News & Information

Due to Middle School Conference Week (October 23 - 27, 2017), Middle School Students will be released from school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during the week of October 23 at 12:20.  There will be no lunch for students on those days.  They MUST be picked up by 12:45.  Students may not wait for 5th grade students.  On Wednesday, we will be following the Early Release Wednesday Schedule.  Please refer to Bell Schedule HERE for more information.

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With the recent fires, this is a good time to remind parents of our emergency procedures. Be sure that your emergency release form is up to date. You can go into your AERIES parent portal to add any names or make changes. In the event of an emergency and you are not able to get to school, your child will ONLY be released to the persons you have listed on the form. This is very important! In case our school would need to be evacuated, students may be bussed to another location. Parents would be notified via the Pace/Blackboard Connect systems. In a true emergency, multiple phone numbers may be simultaneously called. It is important to listen to voice mail messages left on phones. Often, parents don't listen to messages and just push "call back" on their phones.  We will be unable to field all those calls.  Please always listen to messages before contacting the school. On October 19th, OH will be participating in the state wide "Shake Out". This gives us an opportunity to practice our emergency procedures. Always remain calm and be patient. 

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Thank you Irvine Police Department and SRO Phil Walsh Last Monday when the fires were moving, officer Phil Walsh came to Orchard Hills to give us up to date information regarding the movement of the fires. We proactively looked at different scenarios should the fires get close to our school. He asked for additional backup so that we could efficiently get students off campus and cars through the parking lot at dismissal. Even though we were not in a mandatory evacuation area, we took precautions to clear our campus. CDC students were picked up early. Irvine PD helped to secure our campus and checked every classroom to ensure everyone was out of their rooms and the campus clear. Officer Walsh stayed with us until we were fully evacuated. Kudos go out to Irvine PD and their proactive procedures to keep our schools safe. We are so fortunate to have such a great relationship with our local law enforcers. 

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We have had a small delay in receiving spirit wear. We are planning on distributing all orders early next week, beginning Monday, October 16th.   The 5th graders will have their spirit wear orders delivered to their classes, while middle school students will be picking them up during PE.

If you have not received your order by October 20th, please email us at  Go Hawks!!

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We continue to get complaints from the  Association Manager for the Orchard Hills Communities. 

Cars are driving in the Groves (the west side of Culver) and making dangerous U-turns before the gates or inside the community. 

Please do not use these streets for pick up or drop off.  The Irvine PD has been policing the area and have been giving out tickets.

I encourage you to carpool or have your children walk to and from school. The safety of our children comes first.

Cindy Agopian - Orchard Hills Principal

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