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  • 2017-2018 School Year

    The 2017-2018 school year will begin early this year. The first day of school will be on Monday, August 14, 2017. We look forward to seeing you on or before that day.

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  • Chromebook Information

    We are encouraging all students in grades 4-8 to take advantage of the 1-to-1 Chromebooks provided in the classrooms. In order for the students to take the chromebooks home, they need to sign up for an insurance policy. We will be working with the PTA to collect the permission slips and insurance information. The cost for insurance coverage for the entire year is $21. Please drop by the office to ask about purchasing Chromebook insurance.

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  • Read, Read, Read

    Just remember students that it is important to read at least 20-30 minutes every day. You can also access hundreds of books through your MyOn account.

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  • Paso a Paso: Together We Read

    Click on this link to take you to the free access to the Paso a Paso program.

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  • Certificated Employee of the Month

    Congratulations to Mrs. Patti Dodge on being recognized as the October Certificated Employee of the Month for the entire Santa Ana Unified School District. We are proud to have Mrs. Dodge as a member of our staff and thank her for all of her contributions to the students and staff at Esqueda!

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  • Esqueda Runners compete for Runstrong

    Mr. Turf and Mrs. Davis will be taking a group of students to run in the Renegade Santa Run on December 10th in Tustin. The students will be running with other SAUSD students in a 5K competition. The running club is sponsored by the Kevin Armstrong, MD Memorial Sports Foundation which you can find out more information at www.armstrongmdfoundation.org.

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  • Intermediate Sports

    The Esqueda Girls' Basketball and Boys' Soccer teams will be competing on December 10th in the SAUSD tournament at Valley High School. Come and cheer on our Huskies at this event.

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  • Esqueda Speech and Debate Team

    Congratulations to the Esqueda Speech and Debate Team on their awesome job at the SAUSD tournament on December 3rd at Santa Ana HS. Alex Acatitla, Jesus DeLeon, Elizabeth Agama, Maria Gonzalez, and Sophia Diaz all advanced to the Semi-Finals. Christopher Garcia and Aidan Gonzalez placed first in the Duo Interpretations category beating out 31 other entries. Esqueda's team also won the Small School Sweepstakes Award! Congratulations to Mr. Pegan and the entire team!

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  • PTA Meeting

    There is a PTA meeting on Friday, November 18 at 8:30 in the morning. All parents are welcome to come and see what's happening in PTA.

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  • Chromebook Information

    If you missed the Chromebook meeting, parents of students in grades 4-8 - please come and meet with Mrs. Alvarez in the office. She can assist you with signing up. The last day to sign up for insurance is December 17th. Insurance Link: https://www.worthavegroup.com/gpo/esquedaelm

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  • Esqueda Annual LCAP Meeting

    We will be holding our annual LCAP Meeting for all members of the Esqueda community on December 6th. There will be two meetings - one at 8:15 in the morning and the other one at 6:00 at night. Please come and give input to be a part of the school plan. Food and childcare will be provided for both meetings.

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  • Playworks comes to Esqueda!

    The Playworks program has arrived at Esqueda and the students are very excited to work with Coach D and Coach Veronica! The students are learning new games and model behavior for the playground!

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  • SAUSD has its own Mobile App!

    Have you downloaded the SAUSD app? It features articles and photographs highlighting the programs, events, staff members, and students of our district. The app is offered in the Apple and Google Play Store. Simply type SAUSD or Santa Ana Unified.

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Principal's Message

  •  Kevin Tonai


    Welcome back Huskies!

    2017-2018 is going to be a great year! We have many new faces at Esqueda and we are excited to introduce our new staff members. Joining us in first grade are Ms. Briz and Mr. Mendiola. In third grade we have Mrs. Hu and Mrs. Dodge (formerly 4th grade). In fourth grade we have Mrs. Holland and Mr. Wakayama (formerly 3rd grade). In the middle school there are several new teachers: Mr. Chavez (6th Grade Math/Science, Spanish), Mrs. Mercer (6th/7th Grade Math), Ms. Anderson (6th/7th Grade Science), Mr. Golding (8th Grade English/Speech), and Ms. Sosa (Physical Education). If you don’t get to meet these teachers now, make sure you come and join us for Back-to-School Night on Thursday, August 31 for grades TK-4 and Thursday, September 7 for grades 5-8.

    The district adopted two new math textbooks for the upcoming year. We will be using the Math Expressions text for the elementary school and the College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM) program for the intermediate school. Our teachers will receive training this summer in the new math to prepare for next year. SIPPS reading instruction has been implemented in grades 1-3 and students are gaining in their reading instruction. We also purchased the MyOn program to give students access to hundreds of books through the internet.

    We know all the students are excited and ready to learn. We want each student to set high academic goals and do their best to reach those goals. We plan to have some informational parent meetings this year on a variety of different topics from discipline to helping students in the home. We will also be continuing with the Playworks program again for the upcoming year. Coach D and Coach Veronica will be leading the charge on the playground.

    At the school and throughout the district we are encouraging all students, parents, teachers, staff and community members to make the “I Pledge for SAUSD” commitment. We would love to get everyone involved in the Esqueda community!

    If you have any questions, please feel free to stop by and visit us in the office. We are looking forward to an amazing school year!


    Kevin Tonai, Principal




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