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Teacher Honored as Teacher of the Year for DJAES!


Please join me in congratulating second grade teacher Susan Hepner who is DJAES’ Teacher of the Year for 2013- 2014.  Susan is in her 17th year of teaching.  She has taught second grade for the last four years at DJAES.  Prior to that, she taught first grade and spent one year in kindergarten at Reilly Elementary School in Mission Viejo. 

Mrs. Hepner considers herself a lifelong learner and loves to light that ‘love of learning’ spark in her students.  A sense of community and support are essential elements in her life, both with her colleagues and in her classroom. 

On a personal note, Mrs. Hepner lives in Mission Viejo with her husband and two wonderful puppies, Avalon and Scooter.  Her daughter Greta and her husband Andrew live in Los Angeles.  Greta works in finance for Verizon and Andrew is finishing up at Art Center in Pasadena.  Susan’s son Lee is an attorney in San Francisco and Susan’s parents are moving out this summer from Michigan.  She is so excited to have the family together.


Susan was honored on Tuesday, April 22nd at a ceremony at Soka University. 



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2014 California Distinguished School Award Ceremony

PTA Presidents, Teacher of the Year & Principal

HOME of the EAGLES!! Summer Enrichment Challenge!

SUMMER ENRICHMENT BEGINS NOW:  Looking for academics to increase your children’s skills this summer?  Here is our summer challenge.

  • We challenge our students to read for at least 40 minutes daily and to log their reading minutes on the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge website and
  • 10 minutes should be spent on Typing Agent and
  • 10 minutes daily should be spent on FASTTMATH

That’s an hour a day of summer enrichment.  Research shows that the brain atrophies in two weeks without being challenged.  Let’s keep our children’s brains creating new dendrites and pathways!  

SCHOLASTIC SUMMER READING CHALLENGE (all students):  If you are having difficulty logging on please email  for assistance.  If you haven’t logged onto your child’s Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, please do so now.  Letters went home in backpacks:
Logon to:          

Scroll Down to:          KIDS-click Go Now        

Click on login

Screen Name:            (Paper went home with this information)

Password:                   (Paper went home with this information)


For the first time you Logon, you will be asked if you want to change your password.  It is recommended that you DO NOT Change it.  Type in the same password that was provided in the letter sent home in backpacks.  Choose a security question and answer it.  (You will not be asked this again, this is only done once.)


FASTTMATH:  (grades 2-5) Assists with math fact fluency.  The Stretch to Go is the Home program.

Logon to:          

Click on Students/Student Links

Click on FasttMath Next Generation (Home Access)  

Username:                  (year they graduate, last name, first name initials. Ex. 21floresr)
Password:                   (child student ID/7 digit lunch number) )



TYPING AGENT: (Grades 2-5.  It teaches students to type with fluency which they will need to do with the new state assessments.

Logon to:          

Click on Students/Student Links

Click on Typing Agent

Username:                  (year they graduate, last name, first name, initials)
Password:                   (child student ID/7 digit lunch number) )

student ID/7 digit lunch number) )

Starting Friday, August 22 our Technology Department will commence work on our learning program databases.  This is required every year at this time to prepare the learning programs for the new school year.  We cannot guarantee that your student’s regular password will work once this process is underway.

In order to standardize students’ passwords for the wide variety of learning programs used, the District is implementing a modification to the student password structure in the fall.  Students will be required to add the letter “a” after their regular password, which is the 7-digit student permanent identity number.  Example: 1234567a

Here is a link to a web page that we have compiled containing a list of other suggested learning programs your student may explore in addition to those mentioned above:


OTHER RESOURCES FOR PARENTS: . On this site you will find summer reading lists, online resources, OC Public Libraries summer reading programs and resources, and more…

Direct link to booklists:





Summer Online Resources:

OC Public Libraries “Paws to Read” Summer Reading Program

ReadWriteThink with the Pearson Foundation’s Summer Reading Program

One of our favorite sites to share is Read Write Think, and they are partnering with the Pearson Foundation to provide a summer reading opportunity for children ages 0-10. is proud to be a free resource for teachers, caregivers, and out-of-school practitioners, and our Parent & Afterschool Resources section offers activities, tips, and tools specifically designed for learning outside of the classroom. Evidence has shown that all students suffer from the “summer slide” if they don’t read and write during the summer break. This is especially true of low-income students who have little access to books in their homes and communities (Neuman & Celano, 2001). Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen have done extensive research on how to address academic setbacks during the summer, particularly of poor students. They recommend that schools consider a summer book distribution program, which can be a “potentially powerful initiative” (2013).


This summer, ReadWriteThink is pleased to partner again with the Pearson Foundation’s We Give Books for the second year. Their summer program, Read for My Summer, highlights a book each week in three different age categories (0-3, 4-7, 8-10) that caregivers can read with a child from the free, online We Give Books library. For every book read online, children can elect to donate a book to a selected public library, providing greater access to books for low-income kids. Each book listing includes fun activities and reading tips to help kids make a deeper connection with what they’ve just read. ReadWriteThink has Parent & Afterschool activities to accompany many of the highlighted books:

Fantastically Fun Word Families
Use the Word Mover mobile app to play with word families and listen for rhyme, then sort real and nonsense words, alphabetize the words, and create a story or poem using the words.

Blast Off to Learn New Words
Boost vocabulary by taking an imaginary trip into space. After a lunar “landing,” children return to Earth with a galaxy of new words. 

Write "Moving" Sports Poetry
We've all heard the expression “poetry in motion”—this activity gets children writing poems about grace and movement using photos of athletes. 

Amazing Biographies: Writing About People Who Change the World
After reading about historical figures and other important people that have changed the world, children choose someone that they consider to be “amazing”—either someone they’ve heard about or someone they know—and create a book page that highlights this person.

Ask students to share their work (with a guardian's permission) using #RWTsummer. We look forward to seeing how kids are tackling the summer slide! 

Allington, R.L., & McGill-Franzen, A. (2013, April/May). Eliminating summer reading setback: How we can close the rich/poor reading achievement gap. Reading Today, 10-11.

Neuman, S., & Celano, D. (2001). Access to print in low-income and  middle-income communities. Reading Research Quarterly, 36(1), 8-26.

Be Book Smart! Did you know that children in low-income families tend to lose up to 3 months of reading skills when school lets out for the summer?

Be Book Smart this summer and join Reading Is Fundamental and Macy’s to support children’s literacy and save big. When you give $3 at your local Macy’s from June 18th – July 13th, you’ll get $10 off a purchase of $30 or more. Macy’s will donate 100% of every $3 to RIF to go towards getting books to the children who need them most.

 How can you get involved?

  • Visit your local Macy’s and give $3 for RIF!
  • Talk about the Be Book Smart promotion at your next book club, staff meeting, or community event. 



Have a fabulous summer!

The office is now closed for summer and reopens to public on:

Aug. 14-15      8 AM -12PM

Aug. 18           8 AM-3:30 PM


PTA's Ice Cream Social is Wednesday, September 3 at 4 PM in the Quad area.


First Day of School is Thursday, September 4 on a minimum day schedule:

Grades 1-5:  7:45-11:50 AM

Early Birds come with parents to the MPR: 7:45-8:58 AM

Late Owls come with parents to the MPR: 9:15-10:28 AM






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2014-2015 Voluntary Supply Lists


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More information about Student Fees can be found on the CUSD page at: 

School Contact Information

26278 Wood Canyon Drive

Aliso Viejo, CA  92656

Phone: 949/349-9452

FAX: 949/362-9108

School Hours

Grades 1-5 (M, T, W, F)
7:45 a.m. - 2:05 p.m.
Early dimissal at
12:50 p.m. every Thursday

All daily schedules are listed under Quick Links. 




Kindergarten daily schedules are posted under Quick Links.

Students must be five on or before September 1, 2014 in order to enroll in kindergarten for 2014-2015. 

Please bring proof of residency in order to pick up a packet.

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Office Hours

School Office Hours

7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Office closes for Summer Thursday, June 26 at 3:30 PM

Office re-opens Aug. 14-15 from 8-noon

Aug. 18 on 8-3:30 p.m.