Friday Facts

May 2020

In honor of Memorial Day, there is no school on Monday, May 25. 

I want to thank you for an incredible, albeit unconventional, school year.  During these past 9 weeks, your children have shown more grit, perseverance, dedication, and resilience than ever before.  They shifted course and continued to show up daily to meet with their teachers and complete their schoolwork.  They enjoyed projects, spirit days, independent assignments, and kept up with their reading, RAZ-Kids, Lexia, and Freckle.  And as always, they did this with humor and positivity!

We could not have finished the year without your support, and for that, we are truly grateful.  I hope you all have a wonderful and restful summer.  I will continue to send messages throughout the summer to keep you updated with any important information. 

Yours truly,
Dr. Fairchild

Dear TUSD Families,
Tustin Unified has recently been made aware of a potential data security issue that occurred within Aeries, our external student information management system. This unauthorized access was possible because of a bug in the Aeries system that has since been updated and fixed. The TUSD Network and data contained within HAS NOT been compromised.

Those responsible for attempting to access the data stored by Aeries have been identified and apprehended. As of today, there is no evidence that any TUSD data has been misused. Our TUSD data teams have been closely monitoring the situation and will continue to do so as our relationship with Aeries software continues.

Out of an abundance of caution, TUSD is instituting a password reset for all of our parent portal accounts. This will take place Saturday, May 23, at 9am. At which time you will immediately be sent an email with the subject “Aeries Portal Update”. This email will contain a link to setup a new password for your account. You may also choose to click the “Forgot Password” option on the portal’s front page after the date and time mentioned above. Choosing the Forgot Password option will send a confirmation email to you with a verification link allowing you to reset your password. When creating your new password, please adhere to the following rules:

Minimum Length - 8 Characters
UPPER and lower case letters
Must include at least one number
Must include at least one special character (ie. & $ # @, etc.)
Password may not contain the first name or last name of parent or student

If you have any questions or concerns, please click the Portal and Data Confirmation Instructions and Support link at the bottom of the Parent Portal site.

Thank you.
TUSD Data Support Team

* NEW:  Your teacher will tell you whether you will be at the MPR drop-off or the Office drop-off and during what time frame you should arrive.  Please stick closely to the time frame you are given so that we can move everyone quickly and safely through the pick-up/drop-off.  In addition, please write your name on an 8 ½”x11” paper in BOLD letters and place the paper on the front passenger-side window.  To avoid contact, you will need to wait in your car until the teachers waves you over.  Please make sure only ONE person makes the exchange.
* TK-4th grade students will keep their devices over the summer unless you are moving.
* TK-4th grade students from one family MAY pick up at the oldest child’s time to minimize trips to the school.  Please let your teachers know if you plan to pick up at a sibling’s time slot.  This does NOT include 5th grade, as they will have a separate plan.
* Teachers will gather all their students’ belonging from the classroom and put them in individual bags for a drive-thru pick up.
* All library books and classroom/teacher materials need to be returned on this pick-up day.
* Teachers will provide a specific schedule to ensure appropriate social distancing on the following days:
   * May 26:  TK, Kindergarten, Warburton
   * May 27:  1st and 2nd Grades
   * May 28:  3rd and 4th Grades, Reeves, Zavala

* 5th Grade device collection and pick-up will be on Tuesday, June 2.  Teachers will provide a specific schedule to ensure appropriate social distancing. 
* Devices must be fully charged and don’t forget to return the Apple charging cord.  Generic replacement cords will not be accepted.  Fees will be assessed for any missing or damaged items.
* You will enter the traffic line from the park/CDC side.  This is to ensure that students do not cross paths as they enter and exit while returning their devices.
* Student ONLY will enter through the main gate and follow the marked path through the building and library.  They will drop off any school property including their iPads and chargers at different stations along their marked path.
* Student will EXIT on the ramp by the flagpole.  There will be a photo opportunity with their teacher here (from a distance).  Parents MUST stay in their car to take the picture.

UPDATE:  We have been in close contact with Lifetouch regarding our 4th and 5th grade panoramic pictures and out 2019-2020 school yearbook.  Due to the COVID19 closures, they have been unable to meet their regular production times.   At this time, they have not yet been delivered and we do not have an estimated delivery date.  They have agreed to send them to your home if you will not be able to pick them up when they arrive. 

If you are UNABLE to pick up your yearbook/panoramic picture when they arrive at some point after the school year ends, please fill out the following form HERE:  

Please contact if you missed the yearbook ordering deadline.

CONGRATULATIONS!  We came in 2nd place in The Market Place Earn and Learn program and won $2,500!  Special thanks to Tauni Cataraha for submitting all the receipts that were dropped off and helping us with our winnings!

* You can view/download 19-20 trimester 1, 2, and 3 report cards Go to the Tustin Unified School District home page and click on the highlighted link shown below to log into your Aeries parents portal account.
* Once you are logged in you will see the Report Card History on your Dashboard tab with trimester 1, 2, and 3 report cards 
* The Grades tab is another way to see your report cards
* Grades will be available after May 28.

The Tustin Public Schools Foundation Summer Academy will be online starting June 6!  Register at  Use code DELAC for $50 off.

This summer, TUSD’s plan to serve Grab and Go Meals is as follows:
June 1st through August 7th 

  • Monday and Wednesday from 9am to 11am
    • Mondays:   2 lunches and 2 breakfasts
    • Wednesdays:  3 lunches and 3 breakfasts
  •  Sites
    • Tustin High:  1171 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780
    • Sycamore:  1402 Sycamore Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
    • Heideman Elementary:  15571 Williams St, Tustin, CA 92780
    • Columbus Tustin: 17952 Beneta Way, Tustin, CA 92780

The UCI Writing Project has hosted an on-site yearly Summer Youth Program for students in Grades K-12 in Irvine and the surrounding cities for the past 30 years.  However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and out of concern for the safety of our students and our community, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all of our “in person” Summer Youth classes.  This was not an easy decision, but was one that we feel was necessary. 
In lieu of our traditional on-site classes, we are excited to announce the launch of a virtual program with online courses being offered this summer.  The online courses will be taught by credentialed and qualified instructors.  Courses will cover core content areas such as Writing and Math/Science, as well as specialty topics such as Digital Storytelling, Argument Writing, and Intro to Computer Science. 
The Irvine Valley College PreK-12 Reading Program has opened early, reduced rates, and converted all classes to a live online format, to help parents and schools maintain student education during these unusual times.
Our live, teacher-led online classes are available now and throughout the summer, for PreK through 12th grade students. 
The curriculum is high caliber and has been taught in a live, online format for 5 years already with over 50,000 school-age students.  The classes are led by highly-trained teachers with many years’ experience teaching effectively in online classrooms.  Skills taught include:
* Early Elementary: letter recognition, phonemic awareness, sight words, phonics
* Mid-to-Late Elementary: fluency, phonics, long-word decoding, comprehension, textbook reading, writing
* Middle and High School: doubling reading speed, comprehension, writing, notetaking, test preparation, textbook strategies