OUSD students return to class Jan. 9

01.03.2012 | The Orange County Register | Andrea Mills

Get out those pristine 2012 calendars and start writing – or typing.

School activities are under way! Many private school students are back in class, having returned Jan. 3. Public school students do not return to school until Monday, Jan. 9.

They have one full week of school, then no school on Monday, Jan. 16, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The calendar is such that students return from break just in time for testing and finals.

High schools will have minimum days on Thursday, Jan. 26 and Friday, Jan. 27. Elementary schools will have an end-of-quarter minimum day on Friday, Jan. 27.


Time to purge the outdated phones, computer equipment and TVs to make room for the new ones? La Purisima Catholic School will host an E-Waste Collection from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7 in the northwest corner of its parking lot at 11712 N. Hewes St.

This is a “green” way for the public to dispose of any electronic waste, such as cell phones, copiers, televisions, computer or A/V equipment. Batteries and fluorescent light bulbs will not be accepted. For questions, contact parent volunteer Johnny Meneses at or 949-307-1913.


Orange Lutheran students have dedicated a portion of their break to rehearsing for “Our Town,” the classic from acclaimed playwright Thornton Wilder. The play, set in small-town America, conveys the poetry and grace of daily rural living, and the importance of truly living in the moment and not taking anything for granted.

The production will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22. All performances will take place in the Nechita Center for the Arts, located on the campus at 2222 N. Santiago Boulevard. Tickets are $10, and may be purchased via


Five female students have been selected to sing with the 2012 California All-State Honor Choir, a collaborative effort of the American Choral Directors Association and the Southern California Vocal Association. VPHS seniors Katie Rock and Eunice Lee, and juniors Laura Musquez, Olivia Connell and Sid Anderson will perform with the state honor choir at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 at the Lake Avenue Church, 393 N. Lake Ave. in Pasadena.


Nohl parents will be “Puttin’ on the Ritz” at their seventh annual auction and dinner fundraiser. “A Black and White Casino Night” will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3 at the Phoenix Club. Gaming table sponsors and auction item donations are sought. For more information, contact Dana Jansky at 714-686-0885 or


The Orange Unified School District will offer Transitional Kindergarten during the 2012-13 academic year. In accordance with the Kindergarten Readiness Act, children must now turn 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2012 to enroll in Kindergarten. Previously, children could be enrolled in kindergarten if they turned 5 by Dec. 2. Children turning 5 between Sept. 1 and Dec. 2 will enter Transitional Kindergarten, an additional academic year to help students gain skills and learning before entering Kindergarten. OUSD will provide a district-wide curriculum for Transitional Kindergarten students. For registration information, contact your elementary school, or see the OUSD website,


Children will enter both Mc Pherson 2012-13 Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten through the lottery process. Students with siblings presently enrolled at McPherson will have sibling lottery status. McPherson parents who will have a student entering Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten must complete and return a Sibling Lottery Card to the office before Jan. 30.


The new California law, now in effect, states that children must remain in a booster seat until age 8. And, any child under 57 inches tall must be in a booster seat, as that is the height for which seat belts are designed. The age requirement was boosted an additional year, from age 6 and 60 pounds. Parents may have difficulty enforcing the new booster seat law for their 7-year-olds until realizing that fines may top $475.


The National Center for Safe Routes to School, which facilitates the international October Walk to School Day, is initiating a spring event. The inaugural Bike to School Day will be Wednesday, May 9, just before Bike to Work Week.

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