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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. 



Quick Links

2014 California Distinguished School Award Ceremony

PTA Presidents, Teacher of the Year & Principal

HOME of the EAGLES!!


A 2004 & 2014 California Distinguished School



    August 18, 2014

Dear DJAES Families:                                                                              


On behalf of the Don Juan Avila staff, welcome to the 2014-2015 school year. We are looking forward to a fabulous year!   I hope that you are enjoying your summer and that this letter finds you rested, relaxed, healthy and looking forward to another exciting year, filled with meaningful, enriching experiences for your children and entire family.  Keep reading and logging your reading on Scholastic’s website.  We are currently in second place in California on the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge which ends on September 5th


We are still working to finalize our numbers.  Please, if you would, encourage your neighbors to inform the office if they plan to move prior to the start of school. If they are new to the area and have not yet registered, they may do so online.  Please encourage them to do so immediately.  If any kindergarten parent decided not to send their kindergartener this year, please let us know as our final staffing depends on the exact number of students enrolled.  Even though parents have completed the registration process, students are not enrolled until the first day of school on Sept. 4th.  If your student is not here on the first day of school, please contact the office.  If we do not hear from you and your child is not on school on Sept. 4th, we will assume that you will not be attending DJAES this year.  Thank you! 

Parent Portal---The Portal is now open to parents of returning students to reconfirm student data for 2014-2015.  It is imperative that parents update vital contact emergency information yearly and re-register your student.  Please check/update your child’s information on the portal and print out a copy for verification.  If you have not already set up your ABI Parent Portal account, this is an excellent time to do so. The online ABI Parent Portal can be accessed throughout the year and any changes to contact information or demographic changes can be made by parents. Parents/guardians received Parent Portal information many times during the school year. If you would like more information related to Parent Portal registration, visit  Kindergarten and new parents will receive their Parent Portal information on the first day of school. 


Focus for the Year

We will be fully implementing CCSS in both math and English Language Arts this year.  As our state and district continue transitioning to full implementation of the CCSS, our site focus will continue to be placed on delivering quality instruction that yields high levels of rigorous learning for all students.


One of the ways we will accomplish this goal will be through continued staff development. Elisa Koenig and Mary Wilson have volunteered to serve as our site Common Core Task Force liaisons, for this year. They will be attending training meetings on both the CCSS and on the use of Thinking Maps, and will deliver that new information to the staff.  We will all work together to become familiar with the unfolding of the learning objectives within our new focus areas, and to ensure that the new information translates into rigorous, high quality instruction and learning.


New this year, students in grades 2-5 will be administered the Fall Universal Screening Assessment.  This will provide teachers with baseline information regarding student performance.   Students in grades 3-5 will take the revised online CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) assessments that we piloted last year.  The exact window of test administration for DJAES is still to be determined but will probably be given in May and June.  Parents will receive student score reports that will be sent home, next summer.  DJAES’ new API calculation will be based upon these assessments. 


Welcome aboard to Mrs. Erica Bisaccia who is our new PTA President! Erica and her board have been working tirelessly over the summer months to plan and prepare for a variety of exciting and enriching programs for our children and families.  PTA funds some major ticket items like a part time librarian, primary music, Art Masters, field trips, classroom supplies, books, technology, family events, and the new science lab in P-7.  New this year is a Discovering Science Specialist who will deliver science instruction to classes several times yearly. 


Office Hours

Summer office hours are as follows: August 18 on 8-3:30 p.m. (closed from 12-1 for lunch) and regular offices hours begin on September 3rd from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. 


School Starting & Dismissal Times/Class Lists

The first day of school is Thursday, September 4, 2014.  We will be on minimum day schedule in grades 1-5. (7:45 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.) See the schedules below for the first day of Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten.  Class lists will be posted beginning Wednesday, September 3rd at 4 p.m. outside of the MPR in the quad area.  The PTA invites families to a Back-to-School Ice Cream Social in the quad area on from Wednesday, September 3rd 4-6 p.m.


Drop Off and Pick-up
If you are driving into the lot to pick up your child, please put a sign in the passenger window with your child’s name on it.  The cards assist the staff to direct children more quickly to their vehicles.  We will be handing them out on the first few days in the car lines.  Other than that, we are using the same arrival and departure procedures that were in place last year.  Please refer to the map on the DJAES website under Quick Links at and follow the direction of staff members when they are on duty in front of the school. Please do not park in the red zone at any time or in the staff lot.  Staffs come and go at all times of the day and need to park to supervise children. The red zone area in front of the office is reserved for school buses only. Remember that parking at a red curbed area and leaving your car unattended is illegal and disallows emergency personnel to respond, if needed. In addition, please pay special consideration to our neighbors and families when parking, dropping off and picking up your child. This is inclusive of Kindergarten and pre-school drop-off and pick-up times. Thank you for your support and help with this important safety aspect of our school arrival and dismissal procedures.



We hope that you will always feel welcome and appreciated at our school. We encourage and are grateful for our volunteers. We appreciate your participation and support of our school programs. Please be aware of the volunteer policy that is in effect throughout CUSD. Please refer to or check in our office for specific information, requirements and details. Any adult that walks past the gate or enters the building MUST SIGN IN and wear the appropriate badge. Our sign in procedure is one way to help ensure a safe campus for all of the children and adults.  In addition, please bring a PHOTO ID when picking up your child early from school. Your identification will be verified with the online Parent Portal student emergency information for security purposes.  We can only release a child to persons that parents identify on the Parent Portal. Finally, please make arrangements for your child’s pick up and any other special directions or changes before he/she comes to school in the morning.  Please only call school in emergency situations. 


Schedules, School Calendar, Voluntary Grade Level School Supply Lists, Don Juan Avila Handbook

All of the above items are found on our website at


School Communications

Please be sure to register your home or work email address for our school ListServ on the DJAES website at .



Grade Level


Regular Daily Schedules for Grades 1-5


Daily Schedule Grades 1 - 5 (M,T,W,F)

7:45 a.m. – 2:05 p.m.

Daily Schedule Grades 1 - 5 Thursday Only

7:45 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.



First Day Schedule for Grades 1-5

7:45 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.



First Day Kindergarten Schedule:


Kindergarten parents attend the first day of school with their children in the MPR.

Early Birds: 7:45 a.m. - 8:58 a.m.

Late Birds: 9:15 a.m. - 10:28 a.m.



First Day Transitional Kindergarten Schedule:


TK parents and children attend the first day of school in room 204. 

TK Early Birds: 8:00 a.m. – 9:13 a.m.

TK Late Birds:   9:30 a.m. - 10:43 a.m.



Regular Kindergarten Schedule:


Early Bird Kindergarten

7:45 a.m. – 11:38 a.m.

Late Bird Kindergarten

9:15 a.m. – 1:08 p.m.



Kindergarten Thursday Schedule:

(Both Early and Late Birds attend together)

Early Bird Kindergarten

7:45 a.m. – 11:38 a.m.

Late Bird Kindergarten

7:45 a.m. – 11:38 a.m.


Enjoy the remaining days of summer! We look forward to seeing you at the PTA Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 from 4-6 p.m. and on the first day of school, Thursday, September 4, 2014.



Pamela Watkins


Don Juan Avila Elementary School






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


2014-2015 DJAES CALENDAR (subject to change)


Sept. 3             PTA Ice Cream Social and posting of temporary class lists 4 PM

Sept. 4             Opening Day of School-minimum day; PTA Open House in P3

                        Grades 1-5:  7:45-11:50 AM

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

                        Late Birds with parents in the MPR: 9:15-10:28 AM

Sept. 4-10/31  CELDT (Grades TK-5)

Sept. 5             Summer Reading Challenge Ends!

Sept. 8-12       Fall Universal Screening Assessment (Grades 3-7)

Sept. 9             Reflections Art Contest Begins

Sept. 11           Soar to the Top Direct Donation Campaign Kicks Off

Sept. 12           PTA Association Meeting in P3 at 8:00 AM

Sept. 15           Art Masters Lecture

Sept. 17           Picture Day




Oct. 2              Minimum Day:  Gr. 1-5 7:45-11:50 AM

                        EB K: 7:45-11:20

                        LB K: 8:40-12:15

                        Back-to-School Night-  

                        Gr. TK & K-2 6:00-6:45

                        Gr. 3-5 7:00-7:45

Oct. 6              Imagination Machine Assembly

Oct. 7              Make-up Pictures

Oct. 6-10         Used Book Drive

Oct. 8              Reflections Art Entries Due at DJAES

Oct. 10            Direct Donation Campaign Ends

Oct. 13-17       Red Ribbon Week

Oct. 17            Walk to School Day

Oct. 24            Boo Bash Carnival

Oct. 27            Art Master Lectures




Nov. 4             Elections-Library Closed

Nov. 7             Veteran's Day Assembly

Nov. 7-14        Book Fair in the library.  Library closed.

Nov. 10-14      Food Drive for South County Outreach

Nov. 14           End of the First Reporting Period

Nov. 11           Veteran’s Day Holiday

Nov. 14           End of the First Reporting Period

Nov. 18-19      Pupil Free Days for Parent Conferences

Nov. 20-21      Minimum Days for Parent Conferences

                        Gr. 1-5:            7:45-12:15

                        Gr. K EB:         7:45-11:38

                        Gr. K LB:         8:40-12:15

Nov. 21           PTA Association Meeting 8:00 AM in P3

Nov. 24-28      Thanksgiving Recess-No School

Nov. 20           PTA Lego Family Night




Dec. 1              School resumes

Dec. 3              Imagination Machine Assembly

Dec. 22-Jan. 2 Winter Recess-No School



Jan. 5               School Resumes

Jan.                  Jog-A-Thon Art Contest Begins

Jan. 14             Meet the Musicians 4th & 5th

Jan. 16             Brock Edwards Principles of Character Assembly

Jan. 19             Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-Holiday

Jan. 21             Amphibians Assembly-2nd grade

Jan. 24             Criteria-based OLSAT-Grades 3-7 (Last names A-K) for invited students only

Jan. 26             Art masters Lectures

Jan. 28             Water Assembly 2nd grade

Jan. 29             Family Fun Magic Night; 6:00-7:30 PM in MPR

Jan. 30             1st & 3rd Music Program



Feb. 2 & 3       Talent show auditions

Feb. 2-4/30      Grade 5 PE Testing

Feb. 4-Apr.     KROC Run Wednesdays 2:15-3:15 field

Feb. 7              Criteria-based OLSAT-Grades 3-7 (last names L-Z) for invited students only

Feb. 9              Art Masters Lectures

Feb. 9-20         Jog-A-Thon Pledge Campaign

Feb. 13             Lincoln Day Holiday-No School

Feb. 16             Washington Day Holiday-No School

Feb. 25             Spring Pictures

Feb. 25 & 26    Talent Show Rehearsals

Feb. 27             Talent Show



Mar. 3             Grade 5 Reading Assessment

Mar. 11           Rocks & Minerals-2nd Grade

Mar. 13           End of Second Progress Reporting Period

Mar. 23-June 18 Grades 3-5 SBAC Testing Window

Mar. 20           PTA Association Meeting; 8:00 AM in P3

Mar. 25           Family Fun Art Night 6-8 PM in the MPR

Mar. 27           Jog-A-Thon

Mar. 30           Art Masters Lecture

Mar. 30-Apr. 3   Scholastic Book Fair Library.  Library closed




Apr. 6-10        Spring Holiday

Apr. 13            School Resumes

Apr. 17            Walk to School Day

Apr. 23            Teacher of the Year at Soka University



May 7              Grade 5 Math 7 Accelerated Placement Test

May 15            PTA Association Meeting; 8:00 AM in P3

May 21            Family Fitness Night; 6:00-7:30 PM

May 25            Memorial Day Holiday-No School

May 29            Kinder & 2nd Grade Music Program




June 9-11        Staff Appreciation Week

June 19            Family Fun Movie Night

June 19            Last day of school for all students


August 2015:
Please note the start date is moving to August 25th  in 2015.







No news posted

2014-2015 Voluntary Supply Lists


Please note that the Constitution of the State of California requires that we provide a public education to you free of charge. Your right to a free education is for all school/educational activities, whether curricular or extracurricular, and whether you get a grade for the activity or class.  Subject to certain exceptions, your right to a free public education means that we cannot require you or your family to purchase materials, supplies, equipment or uniforms for any school activity, nor can we require you or your family to pay security deposits for access, participation, materials, or equipment.   

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.

New Student On-line Enrollment

If your student is new to CUSD, please click here to complete your enrollment on-line.


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Summer Office Hours


Summer Office Hours---Office hours for the summer will be as follows:


  • August 12 & 13 - Office Closed
  • August 14 & 15 - Office Open 8:00 - 12:00
  • August 18 - 29 -  Office Open 8:00 - 4:00  (Closed 12:00-1:00 for lunch)