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“Perform at your best when your best is required.

Your best is required every day!”

~ Coach John Wooden


Dear Canyon View Parents,

Irvine’s Vision Statement: As a school and community partnership, our promise is to provide the highest quality educational experience we can envision.

Welcome to the 2016-17 Shooting Star school year! I hope you and your family enjoyed a relaxing summer vacation. The summer months are an important time for sharpening the saw and finding balance. After wrapping up summer school my husband and I were able to enjoy a couple weekend getaways - scuba diving in Catalina and toasting to 10 years of marriage in Napa Valley! I am excited to catch up with staff, students and parents in the coming weeks. Canyon View successfully hosted IPSF Summer Enrichment Academy and IUSD Extended School Year program. Thank you Mr. Eduardo, Mr. Rogelio, and M&O staff for keeping our campus in pristine condition!

On August 24th we will begin our 180-day journey of helping students learn, grow and achieve. Students and staff will demonstrate intellectual risk taking and embrace error as an integral part of the learning process. At Canyon View we are guided by the following principles:

  • Instill a love of and joy for learning within our students.

  • Demonstrate our passion for teaching and learning.

  • Collaborate to maximize our impact on student learning.

  • Evaluate the effect of our teaching on student learning and achievement.

  • Know our impact. Understand that the success and failure in student learning IS about what we do or do not do well.

  • Focus on evidence of student learning.

  • Maintain high expectations for all students.

  • Listen to and learn from our students.

  • Create intellectually safe and engaging learning environments.

  • Invite parents to be our partners in improving student achievement.

As a learning community we value trustworthiness, integrity, collaboration, empowerment and learning. Teachers and staff ARE passionate, flexible, reflective, courageous and joyful. This year we have the honor making a positive impact on 700 children and families - we hope you will be fully engaged with and connected to our learning community.

A few highlights for the upcoming school year…

  • Adding a Transitional Kinder class to Canyon View.

  • A variety of Professional Learning opportunities for staff in Writing, Reading, EdTech, Math, English Language Development, Mental Health, PLCs and more.

  • 5th & 6th grade to launch Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).

  • Innovative furniture allocation - Classroom teachers will be able to purchase items of their choice and contribute to a potential redesign of SWA 3.

  • Visual and Performing Arts allocation to spend on materials / equipment for visual & performing arts and/or physical education.

  • Six Primary Art lessons in partnership with Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

  • Ongoing allocation for PE Paraprofessionals.

  • Canyon View Facebook Page and Messenger Bot to promote communication with the community. Please Subscribe to our messenger bot for Canyon View news and updates.

  • We will launch a student news group and student spirit club.

  • Numerous family and community events including a Pancake Breakfast in September!

  • Talent Show in the fall & Musical in the spring.

Please READ the following important information regarding the beginning of school:

    • The 2016-2017 bell schedule is as follows

TK/Kindergarten “Early Bird” 8:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

TK/Kindergarten “Later Gator” 10:20 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Grades 1-3 8:20 a.m. – 2:20 p.m. (1:30 on Wednesdays)

Grades 4-6 8:10 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. (1:30 on Wednesdays)

*SAI TK/K 8:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

There is no supervision at school before 8:00 a.m. Parents of Kindergarten students may drop off and pick up their children at the Kindergarten yard gate, using the front sidewalk approach that runs alongside the wall around the Kindergarten play area. Grade 1-6 students, who come to school in the family car, should be dropped off and picked up alongside the main school parking lot, via the drop-off lane next to the curb. After departing the family car, children should walk directly to the supervised blacktop area in back of the school. Please do not bring students to school before 8:00 a.m.

Please adhere to the traffic plan for drop-off/pick up, located on page 14 of the CV Informational Brochure. Please follow all Traffic Safety Guidelines explained on page 14. Do not park or leave your car along the yellow or red curb in the drop-off area. If you’d like to walk your child to class, please park in the school parking lot, church parking lot across Yale, Meadowood park parking lot, or legally along Arborwood. We do enforce the “No Stopping” and “No Parking Anytime” signs along Arborwood, along with the “No U-Turn” sign. It is also safest to use the crosswalk at Arborwood & Yale. The IPD Traffic officers do make frequent school visits during busy times. Thank you for remembering, Safety First!

When children report for the first day of school, Wednesday, August 24th, they should line up outside their classroom door, where their teacher will greet them. School personnel will be at the front landing and sides of the school to provide directions to class for anyone having difficulty finding their classroom. Also, please remember that Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the first week are Minimum days for grade 1-6 students. All students will be released at 1:30 p.m. Kindergarten parents will receive information about first day procedures from the kindergarten staff.

Students must leave campus at their dismissal time, and we ask that parents promptly pick up students at this time. There is no after school supervision. All students are to wait for their parents in front of the school. Children are not to play on the playground after their dismissal time. Students may not remain on campus waiting for older siblings. Parents waiting with younger children for older siblings must wait at the front of the school or at Meadowood Park. Our playground is closed for public use until 3:00 PM.

Re-Registration Process (Online First Day Packet) - On Wednesday, August 17th after 10am you may begin completing the online Re-Reg process. Please refer to the attachment for directions. Please call our office if you have questions. This is a requirement for ALL students and can be completed in the IUSD Parent Portal.

Our childcare is provided by City of Irvine Childcare Development Center. If you have questions about schedules, fees or fall registration, please call the director at (714) 730-5194.

Please consider nut-free options for lunches. Remind your child to not share their snacks or lunch, as we have many students with a variety of food allergies. A more detailed letter will come out from our Health Office the first week of school.

Canyon View Elementary School will provide all of the necessary supplies for your child to have a quality educational experience.  However, you may choose to assist the school by purchasing supplies for your student.  Any donations are greatly appreciated.

Children can buy a hot lunch or bring a sack lunch. Milk can be purchased for $.75, and a school lunch, including milk, costs $3.25. The menu includes a choice of entrée with salad, fruit and milk. Please visit Nutrition Services for more information.

I hope this communication answers most of your general questions about the beginning of school. Please be sure to subscribe to our Messenger Bot for news and updates, visit the Canyon View website, like our Facebook Page, follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read all of the information and supporting your child’s education. In addition to reading this welcome back letter, please be sure to read the Canyon View Informational Brochure (attached to this email and on the parent portal). And, don’t forget to do Re-Registration on the parent portal (directions attached). I am truly looking forward to a stellar year at Canyon View, focused on empowering students and connecting with our community!


Mrs. Christina Giguiere, Principal

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