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Travis Ranch Newsletter January/February 2014

Administrators’ Message Dear Travis Ranch Families, Last month, I discussed some general Common Core shifts in both Language Arts and Math. This month, we move on to the next set of Common Core shifts. By using effective instructional strategies, we ensure that students will be college and career ready. Shifts in ELA/Literacy: Read more complex material carefully. Students will: • Re-read • Read material at comfort level AND work with more challenging material • Handle frustration and keep pushing (perseverance) Parents can: • Provide more challenging texts and read along with them • Provide texts they WANT to read and can read comfortably • Know what is grade level appropriate Shifts in Mathematics: Speed and Accuracy Students will: • Spend time practicing lots of multi-step problems on the same idea (As students advance through the grades, fluency assessments will require speed and accuracy for multiple step operations) Parents can: • Push children to know/memorize basic math facts • Know all of the fluencies your child should have and prioritize learning of the ones they don’t Imbedded in the Common Core Standards are four essential skills and qualities that we will develop and build upon year after year. These skills and qualities are: 1) Critical thinking and problem solving, 2) Communication, 3) Collaboration, and 4) Creativity and innovation. Sincerely, Cindy Freeman Principal

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January/February 2014 Sun. 26





PTA Mtg, 7:00p, MPR




Wednesday 29




Sat. 1

Kinder field trip

Alice in Wonderland Valencia HS

Alice in Wonderland Valencia HS









PTA Executive Board Mtg, 7:00p offsite




grade assembly – 10:30a MPR












Spelling Bee – 4:00p Library


grade assembly – 9:30a MPR










grade field trip

ES - MINIMUM DAY 2nd grade field trip

Attendance Reminder Please call the Attendance Line each day that your child is absent. 714-986-7460, option 3

2013-2014 PTA Executive Committees President Executive Vice President 1st VP, School Programs 2nd VP, Elem Programs 3rd VP, MS Programs Treasurer

Carrie Johnson Laura Paulus Erin Gary Sheri Stewart Kristina Peterson Brenda Stutzman

Financial Secretary Recording Secretary Corresponding Secretary Historian Parliamentarian Auditor

Shirley Van Dyke Kathleen Callahan Cindy Flanagan Jamie Schroth Cindy Fixa Melissa Kane

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Don't be late to this very important date!! The Travis Ranch PTA and Yorba Linda Spotlight Theater are thrilled to present this year's school play "Alice in Wonderland." Come join us as we follow Alice down the rabbit hole meeting all the interesting and colorful characters from this classic tale. Performances dates and times: Thursday, January 30 @ 6:30pm (Heart Cast) Friday, January 31 @ 6:30pm (Diamond Cast) Saturday, February 1 @ 2:00pm (Diamond Cast) Saturday, February 1 @ 6:30pm (Heart Cast) This year's production will again be performed at Valencia High School's 900 seat theatre. All seats are reserved and will sell for $8 each. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door one hour prior to the show. Mark your calendars! You won't want to miss our very talented students as they enchant you through wonderland.

Travis Ranch Newsletter/Jan/Feb 2014

HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP We held our first every Holiday Gift Shop this year! The kids had an exciting time getting to experience the thrill of secretly buying gifts for the special people in their lives. We provided it as a service to the kids, no profit taken. It was a huge success – we did $12,000 in sales. In exchange for running the Holiday Gift Shop for a week, we earned 25% savings towards inflatables and booths at our Carnival in June. Many thanks to all of the volunteers who helped make this a success! Any problems with your product, please call Fun Services directly at 1-800-3006380.

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Community Partners Please support the Travis Ranch PTA through these Community Partners programs! Thank you! Your Community Partners Chairs, Erin Gary and Eileen Ball

Box Tops Marketplace Earn cash for our school when you buy from Box Tops Marketplace stores. Choose from Oriental Trading, Target, Staples, 1-800-Flowers, Personal Creations, Best Buy and hundreds more! Just log on to www.btfe (Box Tops for Education) and go to “shop online and earn” or “shop marketplace” under the Earn tab. Our school can earn up to 8% with your online shopping. Also, while you’re on the Box Tops website, look for coupons for Box Tops products and other promotions.

Sign up for a Target Visa card and up to 1% of each purchase can go back to our school in the form of a cash donation from Target. The money will be used in many ways to benefit the school and our kids’ education. If you already have a Target Visa card, please be sure to link it to Travis Ranch. Here are two easy ways to link your Target REDCard or Visa Card with our school: 1) Use the gift registry kiosks in the store located near the customer service desk 2) Go online to and link your Target Card to our school

It’s that time again!!

PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION FOR THE NEW TERM BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2013. 1. Participants will be required to register or re-register for the new term at or by using the scan-bar letter at the register starting September 1, 2013. 2. If you received a scan-bar letter last year, it is still good and can be used this year. 3. Even if your participants registered as recently as June, July or August 2013, they will be required to register again, on or after September 1, 2013. Although the Travis Ranch PTA cannot endorse any business or service mentioned in this newsletter, we thank them for their support.

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Volunteer Corner Worker Bee Volunteer Program I would like to personally thank every volunteer that assisted our caring Health Clerks for the Elementary (January) & Middle School (past November) Vision & Hearing Screening. Susan Shedd, our school nurse, really appreciated everyone's assistance to run the screenings so efficiently for our students and staff! You all really made a big difference! Joining the TR Worker Bees is easy, simply go to the Travis Ranch PTA web site and go to the Contact tab on the screen. Enter your information and I can add your name or call 714-986-7460, option 7 and leave a message. Here are some possible Worker Bee tasks: work a shift at the Book Fair, help distribute fundraiser prizes, count Box Tops or help sell tickets for an event to name a few. It's a great way to get involved when it fits into your busy schedule. Terise Schweers TR Worker Bee Coordinator

Every Minute Counts . . . You really do make a difference….. WOW! We have had some very busy volunteers since the beginning of the school year. I've recorded over 3,690 volunteer hours! Thank you so much for all of your hard work and dedication. Now is the time for all of you who have helped on campus or at home, to please record all of those invaluable hours! Volunteer hours are used as a tool to lobby our legislators to support programs beneficial to your children’s future. Hours spent are the same as money spent to support our school. Please remember to sign the Volunteer Log located at the front counter in the office. Remember, every minute counts! Thank you again for all you do. Thank you, Jamie Schroth Historian

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Elementary News Birthday Book Club News THANK YOU to our elementary students who, in honor of their birthdays, donated books to the Birthday Book Club. This is a terrific way of keeping our school library updated with great books. Look for our Birthday Book Club poster and “donor” pictures on the wall of the library. We look forward to receiving more books! A Big “Thank you” and “Happy Birthday” to the following students who donated books to our library: Student Kindra Gilbert Blake Thorp Charles Breeden III Matthew Edwards Nickolas Ortega Ricky Muther Kaitlyn Jamison Pyrsofonia Politis Jackson El-Farra Anna Petrescu Ella Hawkins Grant Janish Jackson Winters Francesca Valenzuela

Teacher Mrs. Holo Mrs. Angeles Mrs. Thomas Mrs. Mathewson Mrs. Does/Rodriguez Mrs. Does/Rodriguez Mrs. Does/Rodriguez Mrs. Martin Mrs. Sitar Mrs. Aho Mrs. Hennessy Mrs. Hennessy Mrs. Greenspan Mrs. Osborne

Avinaash Sarma

Mrs. Osborne

Nicole Phillips Autumn Blais Emily Krohn Lexi Broadwater Christopher Oakeson Ava El-Farra Caitlin Ball

Mrs. McDonald Mrs. McDonald Mrs. McDonald Mrs. McDonald Mr. Wilkerson Mrs. Kniess Mrs. Kniess

Thank you! Cindy Flanagan, Birthday Book Club Chair

Book Title Monsters University Chicka Chicka Boom Boom TheAmazing Adventures of Bumblebee Boy Thomas’ Railway Word Book Skippyjon Jones Cirque De Ole It’s Halloween, I’m Turning Green Happiness is a Warm Blanket, CharlieBrown The Magic School Bus Fights Germs Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Third Wheel Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Last Straw Frindle Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Hard Luck Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Hard Luck Geronimo Stilton Cavemice The Stone of Fire Hank Zipzer – The World’s Greatest Underachiever Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are The Mouse and the Motorcycle Dear Mr. Henshaw Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Hard Luck The Mouse and the Motorcycle Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Hard Luck Blizzard of the Blue Moon – Magic Tree House

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Middle School News P.E. /Gym Clothes Middle School PE clothes will be available for purchase every Wednesday morning throughout the school year. We will be located near the girls’ locker room prior to first period from 8:15 to 8:45am. The prices are: T-shirts are $8.00, Shorts are $12:00 and locks are $5.00. Thank you, Cyndi Fixa and Colleen Walker PTA PE Clothes Committee