WEEK OF DEC. 11-17, 2020
Official newsletter of the Santa Ana Unified School District, designed to inform the community about District related news, opportunities, and resources. 
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DISTRICT NEWS
SAUSD TEMPORARILY SUSPENDS IN-PERSON GROUP ACTIVITIES INVOLVING STUDENTS
With a regional stay-at-home order now in place, the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) is suspending all in-person group activities involving students through at least Jan. 11, 2021 out of an abundance of caution. Remote learning and meal distribution remain uninterrupted. If the suspension is extended beyond Jan. 11, the District will notify the community by Jan. 4, 2021. To read more, click here.
WEEKLY UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT JERRY ALMENDAREZ: DEC. 7
Superintendent Jerry Almendarez has issued a new weekly update for the SAUSD community, covering local COVID-19 rates, and the District's decision to pause the expansion of Learning Labs following recently issued stay-at-home orders. Click here to read it.
SAUSD SPEECH AND DEBATE STUDENTS SCORE MAJOR WINS AT BRADLEY UNIVERSITY TOURNAMENT
Students from SAUSD’s high school speech and debate programs scored major awards and accolades at the George Armstrong Bradley University High School Tournament this week. SAUSD high schools took three of the top five spots in the competition, nearly 30 students placed in individual events, and students were offered nearly $40,000 in scholarships. The District’s national award-winning speech and debate program now includes 1,000 students at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. To read more, click here.
35 SAUSD SCHOOLS RECEIVE STATEWIDE PBIS COMMUNITY CARES RECOGNITION
Thirty-five SAUSD schools and the Support Services Department have been recognized by the California Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Coalition for their ongoing, positive efforts during the pandemic. Congratulations to all! To view the full list of honorees, click here.
DONATIONS NEEDED FOR CARING EDUCATORS NOURISHING ALL (CENA) EVENT
The Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation is seeking donations to purchase new toys and food gift cards for the annual Caring Educators Nourishing All (CENA) event, now in its 30th year. 
Although CENA will take on a different look this year because of the pandemic, organizers are still planning to do all they can to bring joy to SAUSD families. For more information, click here


HOW TO SUBMIT A STUDENT RECORDS REQUEST FOR DACA
Support Services has added information to its website for those interested in submitting a student records request for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to SAUSD. Click here for directions. 

SAUSD STUDENTS MAY SOON CHECK OUT RESOURCES FROM SANTA ANA PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Board of Education has approved a new program that will allow SAUSD students to check out materials and access Bookmobile services offered by the Santa Ana Public Library. Parents/guardians may opt out by completing this form by Dec. 14: https://permission.click/4KP1b/us. The District and Library will process the accounts following the opt-out phase. An announcement will be made when the program is live, which is tentatively scheduled for January.


ENROLL NOW IN SAUSD SCHOOLS 
Looking to enroll in SAUSD schools for the 2020-21 or 2021-22 school years? Click here to access important questionnaires, enrollment timelines, lottery guidelines and more. The 2021-22 enrollment window is open through Feb. 26, 2021.
CHECK SAUSD WEBSITE FOR FREE COVID-19 TESTING RESOURCES
COVID-19 case levels in Santa Ana are on the rise. As a service to the community, the District has posted information about free COVID-19 testing opportunities being offered by the City of Santa Ana, Latino Health Access and other groups to the COVID-19 resource webpage. Click here to view them. 


#PROUD2BESAUSD
Are you proud to be an SAUSD employee, alumni, parent, student, or supporter? If so, the SAUSD Communications Office wants to hear from you. Click here to tell us why you're #Proud2BeSAUSD for a chance to be featured in this campaign reflecting the vibrant SAUSD community! To view more profiles, click here.
Meet Sandra Lopez, a proud SAUSD parent!

Lopez is a mother of six children: quintuplets who attend Madison Elementary School and a daughter who attends Saddleback High School. 

Lopez herself is also a proud product of SAUSD schools, having attended Madison, Lincoln, and Fremont. 

One of her favorite things about SAUSD is the amount of unwavering support she and her family have received from SAUSD, especially during these challenging times. 

“Everyone at SAUSD has always been very helpful with my 9 year old quintuplets and my 14-year-old daughter. Especially right now with the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

For Lopez, SAUSD is a school district that truly cares and helps students, parents, and staff. For this reason and more, SAUSD has been the best choice for her children’s education.


MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR SAUSD STUDENTS AND FAMILIES
Did you know that SAUSD offers a list of mental health and wellness resources that students and families can connect with during weekends and after-school hours? Click here to learn more about the agencies that can be contacted during these times for help.
SAUSD OFFERING FREE MEALS TO ALL CHILDREN AGES 1-18
The District is serving free meals to all children ages 1-18 at 58 sites. In addition, the District has also expanded service times, so that meals may now be picked up in the morning, afternoon and evening. For a full schedule, click here.
SAUSD DELIVERING FREE MEALS TO TWO APARTMENT COMPLEXES
SAUSD is also providing free meals for children at Warwick Square and Villa Del Sol apartment complexes. SAUSD serves free meals to children ages 1 to 18 at the Warwick Square apartments, located at 780 S. Lyon St., #911, from 11 a.m. to noon, and at the Villa Del Sol apartments, located at 811 S. Fairview St., from noon to 1 p.m. Click here for details. 


FOLLOW SAUSD ON NEXTDOOR
SAUSD is now on Nextdoor! The District will be using this new tool to communicate information to the community at large about District-sponsored events and programs, and important resources. SAUSD looks forward to further engaging with community partners, as strong schools are a vital part of a strong overall community. Click here to visit SAUSD’s page. 


DOWNLOAD PARENTSQUARE APP TODAY
SAUSD is now using the ParentSquare app to increase communication among families, schools and the District. Download the app today at the Apple AppStore or Google Play to begin receiving important news and updates from SAUSD teachers, schools, and departments. Click here for more information.
SANTA ANA PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION ACCEPTING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS  
The Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation is now accepting applications for nine different scholarships that support post-secondary educational goals. Applications must be submitted prior to Feb. 14, 2021. For more information, click here.


SCHOOL NEWS
Visit our SAUSD school websites and follow our schools on social media for news on programs, accolades, events and more!
VICE PRESIDENT OF LATIN MUSIC AT PEERMUSIC SPEAKS TO WILLARD STUDENTS
Yvonne Drazan, vice president of Latin Music at Peermusic, held a fun virtual visit recently with dozens of mariachi band and orchestra students from Willard Intermediate School, as part of its involvement in Turnaround Arts: California. Drazan answered questions regarding her background and career in the music industry. She also highlighted the importance of good work ethic, and encouraged students to work hard, ask questions, research, and to arm themselves with as much information as possible. To read more, click here


Posted by Franklin Elementary School: Congratulations to Franklin kinder student, Olivia De Nova, for her accomplishment in winning 1st place in the art contest sponsored by Assemblymember Tom Daly!


Posted by Carl Harvey Elementary School: Virtual Awards Assemblies for our amazing scholars, recognizing students for being Safe, Responsible, Respectful, and for demonstrating Integrity during Distance Learning. Check out videos of the award recipients on the Carl Harvey YouTube channel. #wearesausd #sausd
Posted by romerocruzcougars: Congratulations to Erika. She’s one of the winners of the Speech and Debate warm up tournament. #gosausdcougars #romerocruzcougars #romerocruzacademy
Posted by Carr Intermediate School: Thank you so much Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers!!! They donated 400 certificates for their delicious chicken so that we can reward our Astros for staying connected and engaged with distance learning! We can't wait to send these out to our Scholar Astros!
Posted by Santa Ana High School: Congratulations to our December Students of the Month! Way to be amazing examples for all Saints and the community! #GoSaints


Posted by Saddleback IB World High School: Our “caught on camera” raffle winner from last week, Brian Pham, is going to enjoy using his new Apple AirPods that he won! #ItPaysToLearn #PBIS #RoadrunnerNation #AppleAirPods  


Esqueda K-8 presents its Students of the Month for October. Click here to watch!
UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Dec. 15 - Annual Organizational & Regular Board Meeting
  • Dec. 18 - Duty Day - Student Free Day (High School only)
  • Dec. 21-22 - Non-Instruction/Winter Recess - Schools closed 
  • Dec. 23-25 - Christmas Holiday - All SAUSD offices/schools closed
  • Dec. 28-30 - Non-Instruction/Winter Recess - Schools closed 
  • Dec. 31-Jan. 1 - New Year's Holiday - All SAUSD offices/schools closed