Issue: February 7, 2018 

February Key Dates:
Feb 5 to Feb 16 - Anza around the World
Feb 12 - Lincoln's Birthday (No School)
Feb 15  - AATW International Fair New!
Feb 19 - Washington's Birthday (No School)
Feb 20 - Box Top Submissions New!
Feb 22 - Spelling Bee (Grades 4 & 5)
Feb 26 to Mar 2 - Penny Wars

Parents - please find  information below attached below: 
  • English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)
  • DELMAC meeting
  • Path to Biliteracy
  • 2018 Pentathlon (Grades 4 & 5)
  • Spelling Bee
  • Noon Aides needed at Anza

ANZA AROUND THE WORLD...February 5 th - 16 th  New!
Celebrating the many cultures from around the world through  fun activities including...
-2/5  - Turn in optional index card "Let's Make a Flag" Activity
-2/6  - Kick-off assembly featuring Ballet Folcl√≥rico do  Brasil
-2/5-2/16 - Classroom presentations by parent  volunteers
-2/15 - International Fair from 1:50pm-4pm. Anza Cafeteria  
For more information on "Let's Make a Flag" or other  questions, see flyer below or contact parent volunteer Cheryl Abbani at

Penny Wars  - The battle begins 2/26 and ends on 3/2.  New!
TK - 2nd grades and 3rd - 5th grades will compete to "slime" Principal Marks!  One class from each group with the most points win.  We will be at morning recess each day that week.  Be sure to separate your silver from your pennies & paper to join in on the fun.  See flyer below for more details.  
Questions?  Contact Deanne Herbers at

ANZA STEAM FAIR - Projects due on Tuesday, April  3rd
Help open your child's eyes to the world of Science, Technology,  Engineering, Art, and Mathematics with a STEAM Fair  project.
Have your child start thinking about their project NOW! Entries are due on Tuesday, April 3 rd . See flyer below. Questions or  want to help? Contact parent volunteer M adonna  Mashburn  at .

Did you receive gift cards as presents that you'll never use? Consider donating them to the EEA for the Silent Auction in May.
Have small balances on some gift cards? Donate those too as we will combine with others. See flyer below for more details, and to donate complete the form at this link.
Questions? Contact Deanne Herbers at

We  need  parents  to  lead  these  programs  or  they  will go  away:
FIELD DAY AM of games & fun activities for our  students
Volunteers also needed  for:
Anza  Around  the  World -  presenters  booth  hosts  in  February
STEAM Fair - check projects in and escort  students
Classroom  Volunteers  for  upcoming  AIA  Project (see  flyer)
Copy Club volunteer for  Thursdays
EEA's Ice Cream Social & Silent  Auction
Please consider volunteering for these worthy  programs.  Training and support is  provided.
Questions?  Contact Monique Akker at
or EEA president Keith Herbers at

Earn cash for Anza while shopping...
- Use Amazon Smile to fulfill your holiday list.
- Register and use eScrip to shop your favorite online retailers
- Visiting the mall or eating out? Don't forget to sign up & use  Shoparoo  to snap a photo of your receipt. 
- Don't forget to turn in your Box Tops for a chance to win cool prizes!! (flyers below)

PLEASE NOTE: The information on our Website and TUSD are being worked on to be updated to the 2017-18 information. All this is done by Parent Volunteers like yourself, so some information may not be readily available yet. We hope to have everything by mid-September. Green books will be sent home during Back to School. Thanks!
English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

Dear Parents,

If your child is currently listed as Limited English Proficiency and requires annual language testing this information can be helpful. The State of California has changed the test to better align with the state standards This test replaces the annual CELDT test that students took at the district office usually during the summer. The new ELPAC test will be given at the school site February 20, 21 and 27. Parents will no longer need to make an appointment with Language Assessment Center the classroom teacher will schedule the children during the school day for testing. Here is a link to practice tests.

District English Language Multicultural Advisory Committee (DELMAC)

Dear Parents,

The DELMAC meeting that was scheduled for  January 20, 2018  has been changed to  April 21, 2018 , @ 8:00  at Torrance High School.

Path to Biliteracy Awards (for 5th grade students)

Pathway to Biliteracy Awards honor students who, by the end of 5th grade, have demonstrated a commitment to becoming biliterate and who have reached a certain degree of proficiency in both English and another language (including the American Sign Language). This award is given at the end of the school year.

All documents at the link below need to be submitted to the office by  April 13, 2018 


Several Torrance elementary schools will compete at the district academic pentathlon in May 2018. The pentathlon consists of language arts, math, social studies, science, and logic / brainteaser questions. Anza's team will be composed of four 4th graders, four 5th graders, and one alternate per grade. With limited slots and a large number of interested students, we must administer a pre-qualifying exam. 
When: 3:20 - 4:00 pm on Thursday, February 8 and Friday, February 9, 2018 ( Please opt for any one)
Where: Room 12, Anza Elementary

Pentathlon Practice Schedule: Please note team practices will take place ever Friday @ 3:15 - 4:15 pm in Room 12, February 16 - May 11. There will be no practice on Friday, March 29 (Spring Break).
Attending all practices is mandatory.

We appreciate your prompt attention. Thank you in advance for your support.

Principal Barbara Marks

Consent form is available here

Spelling Bee

Anza Grades 4 and 5 participate in the Spelling Bee on February 22, 2018. Winners participate in the district Spelling Bee on March 1, 2018 at Hull Middle School. For more information and to download the word list, visit the link below.

Need Noon Aides

Questions? Anita Winsell:

Anza Around The World  New!

Questions: please email
Penny Wars  New!

Questions?  Contact Deanne Herbers at

Questions: please email
Tis the Season for Re-gifting

Support Anza ! 

Shoparoo  is school fundraising made easy: turning pictures of your everyday shopping receipts into cash donations and sweepstakes entries for Anza! Yep, it's that simple. Shop as you normally do. Snap pictures of your receipts with the app, and voila...SHOP, SNAP, EARN!
Get started today:
  1. Download the free Shoparoo app from the Apple App Store or Google PlayStore
  2. Select ANZA ELEMENTARY from the list and start taking pictures of your receipts - shop anywhere, buy anything!
  3. You can even select a grade to support and have fun with grade competitions!
Encourage friends and family to sign up and support Anza throughout the year!

Did you know   partners with merchants to give ca$h to schools?
Vendors donate back from 0.3% - 1.8% of your purchase
Sign up online.  It's quick and easy!

  1. Go to
  2. Click on "sign-up" in the top right corner
  3. Designate "Anza Elementary School" as your non-profit (eScrip allows up to 3 organizations to benefit)
  4. Follow the instructions to register your loyalty and credit / debit cards
  5. Don't want to register your credit cards? No problem, you can still contribute by first logging into and then clicking on the link of the online store of your choice.

What is AmazonSmile?
A simple way to shop that earns 0.5% of your eligible purchase for Anza Elementary!
How do I choose Anza Elementary to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
  1. Click on the AmazonSmile link or go to
  2. Select ANZA Elementary (Torrance) as the organization to receive donations
  3. Shop as usual and your purchase will earn 0.5% for Anza Elementary
Encourage friends and family to sign up and support Anza throughout the year!
Funds raised through eScrip, Shoperoo & AmazonSmile supports Anza Elementary PTA programs such as the School Library, Field Trips, Classroom Enrichment, Science Fair, Adventures in Art, Reflections, Bike Rodeo, Anza Around the World, Dr. Seuss Day, Local Heroes Day, & Talent Show.
For questions, contact Joanne Moore or Traci Iwanaka at

Support Anza through Box Tops New!

Download the Box Tops submission sheet here

Spirit Wear Shop Open! New!

Please note, this is not a fundraiser, we are providing spirit wear at the cost provided to Anza by our partner PrintWorks. Please ensure to put your child's Name, Teacher and Room number in the comments at check out. 
 Delivery will be appx. 3 weeks from order date.

***No Refunds or Exchanges***

Shop now!

Questions? Sandy Johnson:

Torrance Unified School District
Parents and Guardians of Anza Elementary,
We are happy to announce the launch of our new student information system, PowerSchool.
PowerSchool will be replacing Parent Connect this fall of 2017. In order to access the new portal you will need to create a new account. This can be done by visiting and selecting the Create Account tab. It is very important that you submit an accurate email address. We recommend the Google Chrome or Firefox browser to access the portal.
You will need your student's Access ID and Password to link your child to your account. If you have multiple children in the district, you will receive a separate letter for each child, which you can link to your newly created account.
Example of Student Access ID and Password
[NAME OF CHILD] Access Password is #####
Please keep your passwords confidential so that only you can access the information.
Once you have your account created and child(ren) linked, we ask that you click on the Registration link to update your information and review district agreements.
Visit for more detailed information. Please contact the school directly should you have further questions.
Torrance Unified School District

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