Heritage Weekly News - November 3, 2019

Dear Aviator families,

Got Candy?
Student Council is collecting unwanted Halloween Candy for Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude, sponsored by Hersh Pediatric Dentists, sends candy to troops overseas. Thank you to Student Council for organizing the candy drive and supporting our troops!
All candy is due on 11/5.

Construction on Red Hill Blvd.: 11/11-11/15
There will be significant construction on Red Hill 11/11-11/15 between Edinger and Walnut. Traffic will be reduced to one lane each way. Please take alternate routes to school or plan for longer travel times. Students are expected to arrive on time for school this week; please plan accordingly.

See you tomorrow,
Mrs. RB

Heritage Weekly News - October 27, 2019

Dear Aviator families,
 
Thank you to all our students and staff for the amazing participation in Red Ribbon Week. Our students had a great week setting goals to make healthy life choices.  Thank you for all your support!

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Got Candy?
Student Council is collecting unwanted Halloween Candy for Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude, sponsored by Hersh Pediatric Dentists, sends candy to troops overseas. Thank you to Student Council for organizing the candy drive and supporting our troops!

Pictured below are our '18-'19 student council members and the candy we collected. Our school sent 510 pounds of candy to the troops last year, the most of any local school.

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Dino Dash is one week away!
Lace up your sneakers - Dino Dash is Sunday. We are meeting to walk the 2K at 9:00 am in front of PetSmart. We hope you can make it! For more information and to sign-up for the Dino Dash, go to: http://www.tpsf.net/dinodash/

See you tomorrow,
Mrs. RB

Heritage Weekly News - October 20, 2019

Dear Aviator Families,

Red Ribbon Week is next week! This week is celebrated in schools across the nation to support children to make healthy choices, particularly to say no to drugs.

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Each day of Red Ribbon Week we have a special theme. Students are encouraged to show their Red Ribbon week spirit each day. As a uniform school, we encourage students to wear their school uniforms with their spirit wear on Monday and Tuesday, though Wednesday-Friday are special spirit days, and therefore are free dress.

Here are the themes for each day:
Monday: Wear Red -In class write/draw a message
Tuesday: Crazy Socks -Send a message of your unique style
Wednesday: Sports Wear- Send a message of your dedication to fitness and health (free dress day)
Thursday: Twin Day - Send a message of friendship (free dress day)
Friday: Crazy Hair/Hat Day- Send a message of fun and creativity (free dress day)

Heritage is in Second Place

If you haven’t registered, please do so as soon as possible.
Last year, we came in FIRST for number of entries of elementary schools. The first place winner receives an $1000 prize-- let’s work to be the winner again this year!

Parking Reminders
Please do not park in the narrow area between our exit and the neighboring driveway. It is illegal to park in this area, per the city. Additionally, parking in this zone interferes with emergency vehicles accessing/departing campus, blocks traffic, minimizes visibility for pedestrian traffic, and disrupts the parking flow.

*The city has painted this curb red to note that it is a no parking area and a tow-away zone.

See you tomorrow,
Mrs. RB

Heritage Weekly News - October 13, 2019

Dear Aviator Families,

TMA is gaining on us!

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Tustin Memorial Academy is gaining on us for the top participation in Dino Dash. We are currently only six entries ahead of TMA. If you haven’t registered, please do so as soon as possible.
Last year, we came in FIRST for number of entries of elementary schools. The first place winner receives a $1000 prize-- let’s work to be the winner again this year!

Welcome Green Team!
At Heritage we are always pleased to see students taking initiative to better our school and our community. A newly formed club, the Green Team, was formed by upper grade students to keep our campus clean and welcoming. The team began their work Friday and in two recesses filled two bins with sticks, leaves, and debris from the recent high winds. We are thankful for the leadership on campus!

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Heritage Spirit Socks
5th grade is selling Heritage socks to raise money for Outdoor Science Camp. They are $13 each and come in 3 different colors and designs. Check out this link to see the socks in color. Checks can be made to Heritage PTA.

We can't make an order unless we have a minimum purchase and we are not near that yet. Thanks for your help!

See you tomorrow,
Mrs. RB

Heritage Weekly News - October 6, 2019

Dear Aviator Families,

It's time to sign-up for the Dino Dash!

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Did you know for every entry to the Dino Dash, Heritage receives $6 back, directly to your child’s classroom? Can’t join us for the day? You can sponsor a runnership for a child and the school will still receive $6 for your teacher's classroom. The more entries, the better.

Last year, we came in FIRST for number of entries of elementary schools. The first place winner receives an $1000 prize-- let’s work to be the winner again this year!

Reminder: Heritage Elementary Back Gate Procedures
We are thankful for the increased volume of families using the back gate to access campus. With an increased volume we are noticing a number of areas we need to address to ensure student safety, particularly after school. We will be observing the following procedures for Back Gate Dismissal. These procedures are in place for the safety and security of your student.

  • Each Adult must be identified as the appropriate Pick-Up Person for each Student.

  • Students in Grades 4 and 5 ONLY may walk/ride/scooter home without an Adult if pre-arrangements have been made with the school.

  • Younger siblings may walk home with 4th and 5th grade siblings if pre-arrangements have been made with the school.

Thank you for observing these guidelines.

See you tomorrow,
Mrs. RB

Heritage Weekly News - September 29, 2019

Dear Aviator Families,

At Heritage we believe strongly in honoring our students for their unique contributions and personal successes and doing so in a timely and inclusive manner. In our first few years we used a monthly award assembly option to honor children. Last year we shifted to an in-class award program which we call the “Aviator Awards”. This year, we are continuing this method of celebrating the successes for our students for each of their unique contributions. This method aligns with our school mission statement and goals as it relates to celebrating perseverance, individual growth, and providing an environment where all children feel accepted.

Teachers submit awards throughout the year to me and then I deliver the awards directly to the classroom, where we celebrate as a class community. This is a special opportunity to tailor each award to the child’s individual achievement. Pictured below are our first group of students honored this year, all from Mrs. Melcer’s class.

Heritage Elementary Back Gate Procedures

We are thankful for the increased volume of families using the back gate to access campus. With an increased volume, we are noticing a number of areas we need to address to ensure student safety, particularly after school. We will be observing the following procedures for Back Gate Dismissal. These procedures are in place for the safety and security of your student.

  • Each Adult must be identified as the appropriate Pick-Up Person for each Student.

  • Students in Grades 4 and 5 ONLY may walk/ride/scooter home without an Adult if pre-arrangements have been made with the school.

  • Younger siblings may walk home with 4th and 5th grade siblings if pre-arrangements have been made with the school.

Thank you for observing these guidelines.


See you tomorrow,
Mrs. RB

Heritage Weekly News - September 22, 2019

Dear Aviator Families,

Next week is our Fall Conference Week. Please be certain you attend your child’s parent-teacher conference to learn valuable information about your child’s goals for the upcoming school year. Grades K-5 are on a minimum day schedule this week. Transitional kindergarten will remain on their normal schedule.

Conference Week Dismissal Schedule:

  • Kindergarten: 12:57

  • Grades 1-5: 1:14

*Transitional Kindergarten is on regular schedule

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It’s Book Fair Week!
The Book Fair is open Monday-Friday for students shopping!

  • Monday: 8:00-2:45

  • Tuesday-Thursday: 7:45-2:45 and

  • Friday: 7:45-2:45 and 5:00-6:00

Students will visit the Book Fair with their class to shop. The Book Fair is also open during recess and lunch for students to make purchases, as well as before and after school. Thank you to Ms. Hudson, book fair coordinator, and all the parent volunteers for running our wonderful book fair!

Don’t forget, Friday is our Fall Festival from 5:00-7:00! I hope to see you there. We are unable to use the back gate path to campus for the Fall Festival, as the path is not lit. Please access campus from the front.

See you tomorrow,
Mrs. RB

Heritage Weekly News - September 15, 2019

Dear Aviator families,

Our students participated in International Dot Day on Friday, based on the children's book The Dot by Peter Reynolds. Dot Day, and the book The Dot, celebrate creativity and expression. This is the fourth year that Heritage students have celebrated Dot Day, and it is one of our most precious traditions. Students in all classes created dot art and "made their mark" through artistic expression. Students also learned a song about making their mark, engaged in school wide sing-alongs of the Dot Song with Mrs. Gibbs and their teachers, and enjoyed dot inspired learning throughout the day.

Click here to hear "The Dot" song
Listen to the "The Dot" Story

Each year we use dots from this day to create a work of public art to brighten our campus. This year, each child and staff member painted a rock to be placed in our garden. The rocks will be temporarily displayed in one of the planter beds in the plaza as they await their permanent garden home. Previous art displays include the flower near Miss Debbie’s desk, the tree in the MPR, and the art along the walls in the main hall of the office.

See you tomorrow,
Mrs. RB

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Heritage Weekly News - September 8, 2019

Dear Aviator families,

Regular attendance is essential to your student’s success in school and a priority at Heritage. Prompt arrival at school is expected of all students; children should arrive at school between 7:45 and 7:55, as school begins at 8:00. Late arrival disrupts class and causes loss of instructional time. Any student who arrives at school after the starting time is considered tardy and must be admitted through the office. Early release of students is disruptive to the learning environment and is acceptable only in the case of illness or a medical appointment.

To support excellent attendance, Tustin Unified is partnering with Data Impressions & Microsoft to highlight students who model outstanding attendance. Data Impressions and Microsoft have generously donated 30 Microsoft Surface Go (or similar) devices to continue the TUSD attendance incentive program into a fifth year! One computer will be given away at the end of the school year at every school site in TUSD. All students who maintain outstanding daily attendance at TUSD’s schools will have a chance to win! See the attached flyer at the bottom for details.

Reminder: Please do not send your child’s food to school in glass containers. We have had a number of containers shatter at lunch which creates a safety hazard for our children. Thank you for your support to keep all our students safe.

See you tomorrow,
Mrs. RB

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Heritage Weekly News - September 1, 2019

Dear Aviator families,

We have some exciting news: Heritage Elementary was selected as a California PBIS Gold Award School. This is the highest honor a school in Tustin can receive for PBIS implementation. You may ask what is PBIS? PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention Systems and is a method of schoolwide behavior support that originates out of the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!). Using this method, we teach positive behavior and reinforce it through praise and SOAR cards. We also have a system to support children when they are struggling to learn school appropriate behavior and a series of interventions. Our school was recognized for its outstanding and rapid implementation of PBIS, its strong intervention system, and its overall high levels of expectations and behavior. A special thank you to our 18-19 PBIS team of teachers: Mrs. Tran (PBIS Lead), Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Melcer, Ms. Petta, Ms. Posavec, Mrs. Lindsay, Mrs. Fitch and Mrs. Martinez (our school counselor).

We celebrated the award through a surprise unveiling Friday morning.

See you Tuesday,
Mrs. RB

Birthday Book Club Sign-ups are now due. See Mrs. Del for more information.

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