Brea Old and New: Tick-Tock, History Isn't So Boring After All™ ~ Charlie the Clock

Arovista Elementary

  • Casting Call – An Exciting Historic Centennial Opportunity for Brea Kids!

    3 years ago by

    Photo: Charlie the Clock as drawn by 2006 BOHS grad, Heather Ashlyn Collins, and background image courtesy of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography.

    Photo: Festive "Charlie the Clock" as drawn by 2006 BOHS grad, Heather Ashlyn Collins, and background image courtesy of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography.

      BOUSD elementary students, grades 3rd-6th, you can apply to be featured as kid characters in Brea’s 1st children’s book showcasing the city’s iconic Charlie’s Clock aka Charlie the Clock in time travel with friends - - celebrating Brea's centennial year in 2017.

        I have received parental consent for Valeria Zavala, a former student of Laurel Elementary, who made history as the first Brea student, awarded California National History Day Champion in 2015. Five more students are needed: one from Arovista, Country Hills, William E. Fanning, Mariposa and Olinda elementary.

          Orange County Register News: Our Town Brea, December 26, 2016.

          Orange County Register News: Our Town Brea, December 26, 2016.

            Overseeing the project based on my concept, the author of the book is Teresa Hampson, known for her history book, Brea: Celebrating 75 years, and 2006 BOHS grad and recent CSUF grad, Heather Ashlyn Collins, who drew Charlie the Clock caricature, is the book's Illustrator.

              I’m looking for kids who excel at academics and are interested in Brea history!

                The deadline has been set for Friday, January 6, 2017.

                  If you are interested, I'll need your child's name, name of school, grade level, and academic interests.

                    No doubt, it's going to be a very hard decision. Parents will be notified either way. More to come on Charlie the Clock group photo book op and sub-project opportunities for BOUSD kids, grades 3rd - 6th.

                      Please send your information via private message on Brea Old and New Facebook/Instagram or It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

                        I look forward to hearing from you!

                          Thank you!

  • 2015-2016 PTA Reflections Program creative results!

    4 years ago by

    Helen Newland and Rosemary Kleiser co-chaired the Brea PTA Reflections program. The contest is a national arts competition. Winners were awarded a medal and certificate.

    Some of the award winners of the Reflections PTA contest included (left to right) Devin Hall, photography, Dominique Chen, literature, and Alexander Telly, film.(Courtesy Rosemary Kleiser)

    Some of the award winners of the Reflections PTA contest included (left to right) Devin Hall, photography, Dominique Chen, literature, and Alexander Telly, film.(Courtesy Rosemary Kleiser)

      “The PTA Reflections theme this year is Let Your Imagination Fly,” Helen said. “Wow, did the students from Arovista Elementary, Brea Country Hills Elementary, Brea Junior High, Brea Olinda High School, Laurel Elementary, Mariposa Elementary and William E. Fanning Elementary do just that.”

        Some 171 students entered the judged contest, which includes arts from dance choreography and film production to literature and visual arts.

          “It was a wonderful way students could express their talents and imagination,” Rosemary said. She thanked Brea Woods seniors who were the judges.

            Winners included Lexi Alives, Evelyn Burt, Dominique Chen, Nathan Doh, Devin Hall, Si Woo Kim, Alexander Telly and Nolan Witt.

              Honorable mentions went to Steve Clark, Andrew Gandora, Esmeralda Garcia, Danielle Kim, Novelly Torres and Dominique Zenzola.

                Any news? Give Susan Gaede a jingle at 714-529-8561 or email her at

  • Brea’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa’s Arrival

    4 years ago by

    Well there’s no place like home for the holidays! It’s that special time of year to spend time with family and friends, enjoy good food, share gifts and gather as a community for Brea’s Annual Tree Lighting Celebration!

      Our traditional Tree lighting ceremony is scheduled on Thursday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m., taking place on the front steps of the Civic & Cultural Center.
      Former Mayor Brett Murdock speaking to the community at the annual tree lighting ceremony last year.

      Former Mayor Brett Murdock speaking to the community at the annual Tree lighting ceremony last year.

        It’s a treat for the whole family with live music and entertainment including musical performances from Arovista Elementary School First Graders, Brea’s own Singing Pastors and cast from Brea’s Youth Theatre production of Mary Poppins, produced by Stagelight Productions.

          And to keep you warm, comfy cozy hot chocolate and cookies will be served courtesy of our Corner Bakery.

            Last but not least of course will be the arrival of Santa, creating a wonderland of excitement. Also photo op time with Santa for only $5 for a 5x7.

  • Come see Seussical the Musical starring Brea elementary students

    4 years ago by


      By CC Giang, community publicity volunteer for Seussical production.

        Seussical tickets are up for grabs starting this Sunday, November 8 to the public. Don't miss out, it is a sold out event each year. Come see your fellow classmates and friends perform in this fun and silly production. Fanning coordinates an all inclusive production for all six elementary schools every year to promote Arts and Music for our kids. Come and support us and see if this is something your child might be interested in joining next year. Registration is always FREE!

          What an exciting and great opportunity for our Brea kids!!! To see the show, tickets will go on sale this Sunday at the Brea High School starting at 12:00-6:30. Only $10.00 per ticket with the following show times to choose from:

            November 12, Thursday @6:30

              November 13, Friday @7:00

                November 14, Saturday @2:00

                  November 14, Saturday @7:00

                    November 15, Sunday @2:00

                      November 15, Sunday @6:30

                        Hope to see you there!

  • Brea elementary students open registration for Wizard of Oz

    5 years ago by

      “There’s no place like home,” don’t you agree! Fanning PTA and Stagelight Productions are working together again to present a school play: Wizard of Oz. The play is open to elementary students in the Brea Olinda Unified School District, giving them an exciting opportunity to tap into their creative side. For those of you who are interested, a parent meeting will take place on Thursday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Laurel School’s cafeteria. The Parent Meeting Flier, Registration Form and PTA Waiver are available on Fanning Elementary School's website.

  • Brea Olinda Unified School District Earthquake Update

    6 years ago by

    BOUSD Earthquake update

      District staff and contractors have been busy over the past two days to get our sites ready for the safe return of students and staff tomorrow after the earthquakes on Friday night and aftershocks on Saturday.

        Unfortunately, we will need to close Fanning for all staff and students for Monday to continue to assess what will be required to reopen the campus. Most of Fanning campus will be closed through the rest of the week, although school will resume for all Fanning students on Tuesday. Fanning staff will be reporting to Arovista on Monday to develop instructional plans for the rest of the week, and possibly beyond. We have not determined where the Fanning students and staff will report on Tuesday, but we will get that information out as soon as we can.

          All other sites will open as usual on Monday.

            Due to the closure of Carbon Canyon road, we are also working on plans to transport the students living in Olinda Village and Hollydale to school on Monday. Notices will be going out to those families later today.

              Separate SchoolMessenger announcements have been sent to the Fanning staff and parents.

                Thank you for your understanding as we work diligently to prepare our schools for the safe return of students and staff on Monday. We still have a bit of cleaning to do, but we are confident that all sites except Fanning will be ready!

  • Celebrating 11 years of History Days in Brea

    8 years ago by

    For the past 11 years third grade students from Brea’s elementary schools celebrate History Days in Brea.  On May 23 and 24, BOUSD students will take a two-day field trip around town to learn about Brea’s history.

    With every significant project implemented, there is a story.  Over a decade ago, Mayor Don Schweitzer's eldest daughter, now in the second year of college, came home from her third grade class and told her dad that her teacher said they were going to learn about Brea’s history.  Don figured the teacher was going to take her students to our little history museum/store located where Guitar Center is now situated. So he contacted his daughter’s teacher and was surprised, when the teacher said she did not know Brea had a museum.  At that point, Don offered to take the children to the museum, the teacher agreed, word traveled, and all the third grade classes wanted to participate.  And so History Days in Brea began!

    Today it is a well organized event.  The two day event will consist of three busses per day taking students on a history tour to locations such as Craig Park and Brea Canyon.  They will also stop for 45 minutes at the Brea Museum, Brea Civic Center, and Olinda Oil Museum and Trail. Brea Olinda High School ASB students and museum staff will meet the children dressed up in historical garb wearing costumes such as oil workers, baseball players, school teachers and aviation workers. The kids enjoy the added effect of role playing while learning the story of Brea’s rich history. Over at the Civic Center, a mock council meeting is held to give the children an understanding of what goes on in a city council meeting.  Right down to needles and thread, everyone does a great job to add to History Days in Brea, as ASB students make the costumes needed for the occasion.

    One teacher’s idea, one person’s action and 11 years later, a wonderfully fun history lesson is given to area students!



  • Kiwanis Club of Brea 27th Annual Student Essay Contest Winners

    8 years ago by

    The Elementary School Kiwanis Club of Brea Essay winners.

    Essay contest: Catherine Houston and Dr Helene Cunningham, Mariposa Principal, co-hosted the Kiwanis Club of Brea 27th Annual Student Essay Contest.  The 2012 Essay Theme was "As President  of The United States, I Would..." and  embodied the characteristics of - Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility,  Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.
    The Essay winners were Saigen Torres (Arovista), Clara Kang (Country Hills), Makaila  Slife (Fanning), Nathan Hackman (Laurel), Iliana Rodriguez (Mariposa), Elaine  Lin (Olinda), Camille Wedin (Brea Jr HS) and Matthew Hernandez (BCHS). Each winner received a plaque. The best essay winner, Matthew Hernandez, also  received a $100 award...Congratulations to all!.
    Story by Susan Gaede

    Brea Canyon High/Brea Junior High winners: Mathew Hernanex- Cannon High and Carmille Wedin- Brea Jr. High