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  • Fanning Elementary Electronics Recycling Fundraiser

    5 years ago by


      Electronics Recycling Fundraiser: Find an area to start decluttering your electronic world of dusty devices! You have over two weeks to complete the job and then the fun part - unload your gear at Fanning Elementary on Saturday, November 9, from 9:00a.m.-2:00p.m.

        The fundraiser is to help raise money for Fanning Elementary School’s computer lab. Businesses interested in participating, Holli Kittleson, event planner, is available to pick up items. You can email Holli at hollik1@msn.com or call her at (714)932-5720.

  • BOUSD Superintendent Skip Roland addresses tragic events

    5 years ago by

    Message to Our Community

     December 17, 2012

    To the Families of the Brea Olinda Community, Employees of the Brea Olinda Unified School District, and the Residents of the City of Brea,

    Family and friends of Jack Culolias’s gather for vigil held at Brea Olinda High School. (Photo by Trent Preston)

    As tragic events of last Friday in Connecticut and news of missing BOHS graduate Jack Culolias at Arizona State University reached the Brea Olinda community, all of us have been faced with challenging questions about the safety and security of our children.  We all have been deeply touched by the tragedies of the past few days.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, survivors, families and friends in Newtown and Brea, and to all of us impacted by these tragic events.

    The events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, remind us that we must all remain vigilant in understanding and practicing the drills and procedures developed to protect students, staff and visitors on our campuses.  All Brea Olinda schools have well developed school safety, lock-down and evacuation plans.  We will continue to refine and practice these procedures to ensure the highest level of safety possible for all of our campuses.

    At times like these, it is important that we all take time to talk to our children about trying to understand and deal with news that is truly unsettling.   Few of us are formally trained to lead these types of discussions.  Listed below are links to websites that provide valuable guidance on how to facilitate these conversations:

    PBS has a resource page to assist parents with understanding age appropriate discussions on what they hear in the news:

              http://www.pbs.org/parents/talkingwithkids/news/

    Here is another set of resources with guidelines for discussing news events with different age level children:

              http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA11-DISASTER/SMA11-DISASTER-09.pdf

    Helping Youth and Children Recover from Traumatic Events is a compilation of resources from the U. S. Department of Education, other federal agencies, and counseling experts.

    Other resource links you may find of value are listed below:

    http://www.childmind.org/en/posts/articles/2011-1-6-caring-kids-after-school-shooting

    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/growing-friendships/201212/talking-children-about-the-connecticut-school-shooting?quicktabs_5=1

    We have school psychologists and counselors available today should students need our support to help manage dealing with tragic news.  We have the full cooperation of Brea Police to provide a stronger visible presence around our campuses for the next few days.

    In closing, we offer our heartfelt thoughts for peace and strength for the families hit hardest by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary and by the case of missing Jack Culolias.  I know that staff and parents throughout the District will give our children a little extra TLC throughout the week, with an eye on an increasing awareness of what we all can do to protect and nurture the most precious resource of any community, …its children.

    With deepest regards and sympathy,

    A. J. “Skip” Roland, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Brea Olinda Unified School District

  • New teen center opens at Brea Junior High

    6 years ago by

    Mike Harvey, Brea Olida High School grad, is the site lead director for the new Brea Junior High Teen Center.

    New Teen Center at Brea Junior High: The Department of Child Care Services, part of the BOUSD, has been on all 6 elementary school campuses in Brea for many years. Within the past year the staff saw a need for an on-campus before and after school childcare program at the Junior High level. “according to Mike Harvey site director. “Pam Gallarda, Principal, and her staff have been amazing in welcoming us onto her campus. They have provided us with our own room, as well as on-campus resources such as the media center, our own textbooks, and access to the library. Our modest portable has been filled by our program with academic resources and games,  as well as a pool table, a ping pong table, a foosball table, and a Wii. We participate in all sorts of activities after school such as academic enrichment, homework assistance, gaming tournaments, long term projects, current events and news from around the globe, and projects that the kids love.

        We are especially proud of our involvement with Coach Jeff Miller, the PE Department Chair at BJH. Jeff came to me with an idea the first week of school to start a recycling program and change drive here on campus in which all proceeds go towards an amazing non-profit called “Drop in the Bucket”. This organization digs wells for less fortunate villages in Sub-Saharan Africa. Countries that have benefited from the program include Uganda and Sudan. It has been so fun to witness the 7th and 8th graders from our program and throughout the school donate their money and recyclables for a worldwide cause that is much “bigger” than they are. We plan to continue this program throughout the school year, while improving our campus and hopefully the lives of countless African citizens.” Mike concluded.
    Susan Gaede

  • Message from BOUSD School Board Member Teresa Hampson – Measure “E”

    6 years ago by

    Dear friends,


      The schools of Brea need YOU!

        Having served this community well for over a century, our district today is suffering due to many years of steadily declining State funding - and the future looks even bleaker. These schools where your children and mine grew and learned together (and where some of you and your parents did too) have lost 16 percent of their funding in the last five years - and always did manage on considerably less than almost all others. (The BOUSD is one of the OC's lowest-funded districts; Orange County also is one of the lowest-funded counties in California, and California ranks 47th in the nation in per-pupil funding.)

          Because of this funding disparity, Brea's great schools (where I've met most of you over the years) always have had to work harder to do more, but there comes a point where will alone won't get it...where so much has been lost that there's just no way to bridge this ever-widening gap. We're precariously close to reaching that point today, and - as a trustee of this district - I just can't find it in my heart to let that happen without trying my hardest to help.

            We starting laying people off here a decade ago, which has made every recent cut harder to bear, as there's just no "non-vital" positions left. Our classes are larger (the wonderfully effective kindergarten through third grade 20-to-1 class size reduction program is long gone; our largest high school class this year stands at 47 students). Our classrooms never are cleaned more often than every three days. Our extensive acreage is maintained by nothing more than a skeleton crew. And you must have seen our "white fleet" of maintenance vehicles driving around town, the oldest trucks dating from the 1960's! All funds from the 1999 general obligation bond were well spent on planned projects, but it always was known that needs would remain beyond this (as we just asked the community for $27 million at that time, even though the known need then was $85 million). New needs also arise as our buildings grow steadily older, especially the oldest of these: Laurel, much of which was built in 1922, Arovista and all the back buildings at BJH, built in 1956, and perhaps surprisingly, Country Hills, because it had to be built all-portable due to a shortage of funds at that time. Portable structures last only about 35 years, and that anniversary fast is approaching there.

              In our classrooms, larger numbers of students per teacher also make learning increasingly difficult. This problem can be alleviated somewhat through enhanced use of technology, which allows students more self-help for managing, storing and correcting work, as well as more direct access to online research. But our technology tools are aging, and no new state money in this area has been available for many years. Our parents (always stalwarts in raising funds for computers and more) also are growing tired of the heavy burden placed on them since all State school site improvement program funds (SIP) were cut some years back. It was this money that helped provide money for art and music, technology and other "enrichment" activities, and PTAs and PTOs increasingly are being asked to help fill this large gap.

                For all these reasons, for the future of this district, and for the health of this community, I'm strongly supporting BOUSD Measure E. I consider this an essential investment in the campuses this community has built and cared for over the years (and which we can't now allow to deteriorate for lack of funds). Measure E is an investment in Brea's future - a way to keep our community strong and ensure it stays a welcoming place for new generations to live and raise their children.

                  Please - if you see this as I do - vote yes on Measure E, strongly consider offering your name as an endorser and let your friends and neighbors know so by posting a sign on your lawn.

                    Teresa Hampson, member, BOUSD School Board

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