Chalk Talk Briefs
May 2009 District Newsletter
IMPORTANT ⇒ Memorial Day (School Closed) Monday, May 25, 2009
DATES ⇒ Last Day of School for Students June 12, 2009
⇒ Summer Programs June 22 - July 17, 2009
PTA April 29th found the La Habra Council PTA holding their annual Honorary Service Awards dinner at Ritz Gardens.
HONORARY Following the Council’s Honorary Service presentations, 2008-09 Honorary Service Awards recipients from the
SERVICE / Lowell Joint School District, Fullerton Joint Union High School District and La Habra City School District were
CONTINUED recognized. Those LHCSD PTA volunteers and school staff honorees recognized are as follows: Arbolita
SERVICE / School—Maria Diaz and Mark Lawton, El Cerrito School—Jennifer Casida, HSA and Patrick Long Ladera
VERY SPECIAL Palma School—Alice Doering, VSP, Lisa Rossmango, VSP, Las Lomas School—Carl Emslie, Las Positas
AWARD School—Susana Kurth, HSA, Sierra Vista School—Debbie Loomis, HSA, Carolyn Svensson, HSA, Karl Kiel,
RECIPIENTS VSP, Michelle Tolmasoff, VSP Walnut School—Vilma Abarca Imperial Middle School—Kathy Chestnut,
Kerri Slaughter Golla, Washington Middle School—Jill Wrathall, CSA, Blanca Serva, HSA and Mario
Carlos, VSP. Congratulations!
(* HSA – Honorary Service Award VSP – Very Special Person CSA – Continuing Service Award)
2009 “VERY LHCSD student artwork was featured at the Westfield MainPlace in Santa Ana April 25th through May 10th as part
SPECIAL ARTS of the 33rd Annual “Very Special Arts Festival” sponsored by the Orange County Department of Education. Our
FESTIVAL” own District Artist, Mary Schultz works with our students in creating their art and coordinating the display. The
following artists are featured: El Cerrito School – Juan Zavaleta, Reymundo Moreno, Kiara Romero, Aiden
Parks, Angel Rodriguez, Alijah Ramirez, Adrian Cloud, Pedro Cisneros, Johnatan Munoz, Angel Martir and
Marcos Wright. Las Lomas School – Justin Aquino, Jesus Medina, Collin Johnson, Destiny Ramirez, Brian
Kanashiro, Christian Torres, Irving Peralta, Sebastian Vellanoweth and Oscar Rosales. Las Positas School –
Adrian Gallegos, Edward Lopez, Valerie Castanon, Gerardo Rodriguez, Jesus Flores-Diaz and Ian
Velazquez. Sierra Vista School – Alison Turcios, Adam Vassia, Ruby Hernandez, Aurelio Rodriguez,
Gabriel Castillo, Melanie Castillo, Jorge Reyes and Ana Flores Arias.
SPECIAL The Orange County Department of Education has announced that Mary Schultz has been named as an “Arts
RECOGNITION Educator of the Year” and will be honored on May 12th at an event sponsored by the Orange County Music and
Arts Administrators. Congratulations Mary!
MATH TEXT- The District is in the process of adopting new textbooks and materials for Math. At the April 16th Board Meeting,
BOOK ADOP- staff made its recommendation to the Board of Trustees for textbooks to be considered for adoption. Those books
TION and materials are currently on display through May 14th in the Board Room at the District Office at 500 N. Walnut
St. You are welcome to come anytime between 7:30 and 4:30, Monday—Friday to view the materials being
SCHOOL NEWS On Thursday, April 23rd, Arbolita School had the opportunity to recognize two fantastic parents with Honorary
AND VIEWS Service Awards. This prestigious award is given to those who go above and beyond to make a difference for our
AROUND THE kids. Our hearty congratulations goes out to Maria Diaz and Mark Lawton. They have certainly worked hard to
DISTRICT make Arbolita a great place for our students. On that same evening, we held our Family Food and Fitness Night. It
was fun watching our parents and kids work together with scarves, hula hoops, and soft balls. Our leader, Hiba,
sure had the group moving as they learned that exercising as a family can be lots of fun. Our families then had a
chance to learn about healthy foods. They were shocked when they learned how much sugar was actually in many
of the “healthy” beverages they regularly give their children. A big THANK YOU goes out to Susan Goellrich, our
Site Staff Support Teacher, for planning such a wonderful evening.
The El Cerrito staff extends a huge “Thank You” to all of our families for a wonderful turn out at Open House last
month. A fun time was had by everyone in attendance. The month of May is very important month for our second
graders. California State Testing takes place the weeks of May 4th through May 15th. Thank you to our parents for
sending their children to school prepared each day and encouraging them to always do their best! Mark your
calendar for Wed. May 27th because you won’t want to miss the opportunity to see our 1st grade student’s
performance of the “Zoo Revue”. It is sure to be a treat!
Spring is in the air at Ladera Palma as we share new
beginnings and celebrate! Our kindergarten classes visited
the Sonora Farm to visit pigs, chickens and goats. For many
students, this was their first experience with the farm animals
up close and personal. We love Sonora for providing this
experience for our students. Kindergarten students also
received a visit from the Santa Ana Zoo. A very large frog, a
very curious Milk Snake, and a very prickly hedgehog had a
chance to meet our students in their classrooms. The Santa
Ana Zoo does a terrific job of teaching our young ones about
animals. We are so lucky to have them! Our kindergartners
got plenty of information to create fabulous paragraphs to
read to the Principal! In addition, every spring offers the
opportunity to have our Volunteer Tea and celebrate all of the special people who make Ladera Palma a great place
for kids! We will also be celebrating kids and the recognition of them making their California Reads reading goals
this year by awarding gold medals to them on Wednesday, May 13th. Truly, spring is the time of year that we
rekindle our love for what we do and enjoy the fruits of our labor as we celebrate learning and student
La Habra City School District, 500 North Walnut Street, La Habra, CA 90631
SCHOOL The Performing Arts were the focus of staff development, children workshops and an assembly last month at Las
NEWS AND Lomas. Through a partnership with the La Habra’s Children’s Museum, teachers and students learned about the “We
VIEWS Tell Stories Process.” Using pantomime, students learned to dramatically retell stories. Not only did the students have
AROUND fun, but they learned skills to help them comprehend literature and develop their
THE descriptive writing. Mr. Carl Emslie (pictured with his family) was recognized at the
DISTRICT annual PTA Honorary Service Awards on April 1st for his service as a Cross Guard on
(Cont’d) Las Lomas Drive. Anyone who has met Carl knows him for his friendly demeanor. Not
only is he kind to our children, but he keeps them safe. He is one of the many caring
people that make Las Lomas a family. Congratulations Carl! Thanks to the PTA,
kindergarteners and second graders learned about insects and rocks and minerals
respectively, during our March “Science on the Go” Presentations. The PTA has
organized several fundraisers to help Las Lomas continue to provide these outstanding
enrichment activities. Thank you for your support of the PTA!
Las Positas is proud to honor District Nurse, Susana Kurth as their recipient for the PTA
Honorary Service Award for this year who is pictured with her family, and Principals Sheryl
Tecker and Sandi Baltes. Students in Mrs. Miller’s fourth grade class at Las Positas
demonstrate how they feel about the up coming California State Test of Achievement
(CST). Starting on Monday, May 4th, all students in the La Habra City School District will
be testing their
academic skills to
show the world how
much they have
learned at school this
year. Hopefully their test results, which will be
reported back from the state in late summer, will
have shown great growth, enabling them to reach
state and federal achievement goals….and…they
will have “knocked the socks off” everyone who
is waiting to see how well they do!
April was a busy month for Sierra Vista students. The month began with our Open House on April 1st and continued
with our PTA hosting a Father –Daughter Dance at the La Habra Community Center on April 3rd. The Father –
Daughter Dance was a huge success with students and their fathers participating in dance contests, photo sessions and
enjoying snacks and desserts. Fifth grade students spent the month participating in Physical Fitness testing for both the
California Department of Education and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. We are proud of the 21 students
who earned the President’s Physical Fitness Award, which is the highest honor a student can earn for fitness.
Additionally, we had 26 students who earned the National Fitness Award, the nations’ second highest fitness honor.
April also brought Staff Appreciation week with our PTA honoring our staff with a wonderful Hawaiian Luncheon and
daily gifts and treats. A big thank you to our PTA for their wonderful support of our staff and teachers. The month
ended with students presenting poetry they had written at a School Board meeting in honor National Poetry month. The
students involved in the presentation were; Andy Reyes, Lisa Johnson, and Laney Apodaca from Miss Koppany’s class,
Sarah Hill, Jenna Carey, and Nicolette Torres from Mrs. Wiedder’s classroom and Isaiah Diaz, Brianna Vasquez,
Samantha Bonsol from Mrs. Bento and Castaño’s class.
Kaitlyn Holt, a 5th grade student at Walnut Elementary School, recently competed and placed 3rd in
her age group in the Placentia "Get Fit 5k". Kaitlyn is an avid runner and enjoys competing in races
whenever she can. To date, she has run in over 20 sponsored races.We are very proud of you, Kaitlyn.
Walnut School would also like to congratulate Vilma Abarca for being named our PTA Honorary
Service award winner for the 2008-2009 school year. Vilma is an outstanding volunteer. She is always
willing to help out in any way she can. Thanks, Mrs. Abarca, for all you do for our school!
April 16th was the awards ceremony for the Orange County Academic Pentathlon and, once again, Imperial Middle
School rolled over the competition. The Pentathlon is an academic competition in which students from schools all over
Orange County compete in the areas of Literature, Science, Math, Social Science, and Essay Writing. With 56 seventh
grade teams and 83 eighth grade teams, competition was fierce but the Imperial teams were able to bring home 100 total
medals, with 6th place and 3rd place overall team medals for our two 7th grade teams and an amazing 2nd place overall
finish for our 8th grade team. Some notable individual winners were: Eugene Marinack with an individual overall 3rd
place finish, Andy Halsig and Ben Russell with 2nd place individual overall medals, and Jared Smith with an incredible
1st place individual overall finish. Congratulations to ALL of our team members. Way to go!!
Washington Middle School congratulates Brandon Rios for earning second runner-up in the Passkeys Foundation
Laws of Life essay contest. Brandon’s essay on “Integrity” was chosen from over 1600 entries and earned him a $50 gift
certificate and 2 Disneyland tickets and Washington Middle School received $250. Congratulations also to Kaycee
Hoover and Ryan Kim for being our school’s top essayists and to 8th grade teacher, Susan Lee, for her coordination.
All three students were honored on April 29th by the Passkeys Foundation in Santa Ana.
WE Please jot them down on the form below and return to Sharon H. Brown, Board President, 500 North Walnut Street, La
WELCOME Habra, CA 90631.