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Proud Member of NEU

Proud Member of NEU

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A California Distinguished School!

Achievement Award

Sonora Quote

Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.  ~Les Brown

District News


Staff Birthdays


6   Rosa Salvador - Preschool Assistant

7   Deanna Maher - 4th Grade Teacher

8   Julie Cunningham - 3rd Grade Teacher

19  Teresa Canez



7   Debra Muniz - 6th Grade Teacher

9   Ryan Baker - PE Teacher

14  Bonnie Bachelor - 2nd Grade Teacher

20  Emily Carmichael - 2nd Grade Teacher

24  Peggy Roberts - 3rd Grade Teacher

25  Nereyda Rynearson - Instructional Assistant

29  Jon Pardoen - 6th Grade Teacher

30  Anthony Gallegos - Occupational Therapist





Paddle Out, Tree Planting and Fundraiser in Memory of Kyle Johnson

Saturday morning there's a "Paddle Out" in memory of Kyle Johnson. 8am at the Newport Pier.

A tree will be planted in Kyle's memory in front of Sonora Elementary School after the Paddle Out.

Chick-fil-a Fundraiser for the family from 11am - 7pm at the CM Chick-fil-a on Harbor. 20% of all proceeds during that time will go to Kori and kids. No flier needed.

Costa Mesa is a great community in which to belong!

RIP Kyle Johnson!

We love you and will miss you!

Summer is Here!

We hope you have a wonderful summer vacation!

Our office is closed from July 1 - August 3 and will reopen on August 4th.

Office hours are 7:00 - 3:30.

We look forward to seeing you all next September when school resumes on

September 2, 2014 at 7:50am!

Order Your NEU T-Shirt - $5.00

Order your NEU t-shirt for $5.00. Send your money in an envelope to the school office or your teacher with your:

  • Name
  • Teacher Name or Room #
  • Number of shirts you want
  • Sizes you want

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The Sonora Staff, Students, and Parents are committed to creating a school

that accepts no limits to the academic success of ALL students.

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Preparing for college begins in elementary school!

Sonora Students are College Bound!

Mr. St. Royal Receives an Orange County Outstanding Music Educator Award!

Congratulations to Nicholas St. Royal, our amazing Band Director, on his recent "Outstanding Orange County Music Educator Award." Nick received this well deserved award on May 7th at the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center. Nick provides amazing band, handbell choir and show choir experiences for our students. He and his Advanced Band just won a 1st Place "Excellence" Award at Disneyland's Music in the Parks. Mr. St. Royal and his students ROCK! Thank you, Mr. St. Royal, for all you do!

Sonora School wins 1st Place with an Excellent rating at Disneyland's "Music in the Park" school band competition. Sonora is the only elementary band competing in this middle school/high school competition! Congratulations Mr. St. Royal and our Advanced Band Students on this phenominal win! 
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Congratulations, Mrs. Farnsworth, Sonora Teacher of the Year!

We thank you for ALL that you do for our school, students and our community!

Thank you for helping us with EVERYTHING!!

We admire and appreciate YOU

and are proud to be your colleagues!

Sonora 2013 - 600 Club Members!


A ride in the limo - 350.00, lunch at Joe's Crab Shack - 250.00,

a perfect score on the CST last May? Priceless!

Congrats to the 2013 600 Club Members!

You are truly ROCK STARS!


Sophia Catania (600 in both Reading & Math! & 2nd time in the 600 Club)

Benjamin Vu (600 in both Reading & Math!!)

Megan Farrington (2nd time in the 600 Club)

Kai Kamikihara (2nd time in the 600 Club)

Kayla Nguyen (2nd time in the 600 Club)

Quinn Handy (2nd time in the 600 Club)

Edwin Estrada

Jasmine Rodriguez

Matthew Anderson

Joshua Galamgam

Gagandeep Kaur

Grace Fesili

Tiernan McNally

Mikayla Sokmanan

2013-14 Staff Pictures

Staff Picture 50th Anniversary Quilt
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Jim Cogan - Resident Master Teaching Artist - Storytelling at Family Game Night

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A Huge THANK YOU Community Partners!

A huge thank you goes out to the Costa Mesa Foundation and Bill Turpit, Grants Committee Chair, for their generous donation of $2,000 to help cover the cost of our popular and successful "Ticket to Read" program here at Sonora! Our students LOVE this program, which fosters increased reading fluency and comprehension at all levels.

Rock Harbor Church and the Crossing Church for their ongoing support of our school! They have made significant improvements to our campus during annual Make-over Days, breakfast and lunch for our staff a couple times during the school year, teacher supplies and backpack stuffed with wonderful school supplies! Holy Trinity Church is joining our community partnerships this year providing classroom instructional supplies and volunteers to tutor individual students needing a little extra support. We LOVE our Costa Mesa Church Partnerships!!

Newport Balboa Rotary Club for donating a beautiful tree planted in the front of our school on March 7, 2013 in preparation for Arbor Day. Thank you, Newport Rotary!

Segerstrom Center for the Arts for your continuing support of our visual and performing arts programs! For the amazing performances we attend at the Center to the Master Teaching Artists who work with our staff and students! We so appreciate your support!

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Dad's Club

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Websites for Home Use


Renaissance Learning ( Accelerated Math ) - click here then use 6 digit student ID and birthday for password. You can check your student's AR progress at this site too.

Typing Club - https://nmusd.typingclub.com at then use 6 digit student ID and birthday for password

Lexia -:  http://www.lexialearning.com - same username and password as they use at school.

SWUN Math - Teachers have set up their classes to go onto www.Swunmath.com for math practice and short video lessons at home. 

CM Zone Elementary College Night - CM Zone Principals

CM Zone Elementary College Night - CM Zone Principals

2014 Spirit Run with Vanessa & Eric Castillo

2014 Spirit Run with Vanessa & Eric Castillo

Online Flyers

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Home to School Parent Newsletter - Jan.

Parent Emergency Procedure Information

All Sonora Teachers and Para Professionals are Highly Qualified!

All Sonora Teachers and Para Professionals are highly qualified, as indicated by the No Child Left Behind Federal Act.


NCLB Parent Notification

GATE Parent Information

Today: 8/27/14
All Day: K-12 Staff Development Day (First Duty Day for K-12 Teachers)

Sonora School News

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"No Excuses University"

To find out more about "No Excuses" visit      http://turnaroundschools.com/neu-network/

Parent Reading Guides

Parent Reading Guide in English and Spanish . . . http://sections.latimes.com/parentreadingguide2012#2012/09/19/?page=1

Parent Handbook

Our new Parent Handbook is now online in English and in Spanish! Hard copies will be available on Back to School Night on Sept. 20th.

Sonora School Creed

Sonora Students are College Bound!

"I pledge to be a person of character and trust,

I will be respectful and responsible doing what I must!

I will act with fairness and show that I care,

Be a good citizen and do my share!

Character counts at Sonora School!


Sonora PTA Email Address

Have a suggestion for PTA?

Want to get involved but don't know exactly how?

If you have anything specifically for our wonderful PTA, please send an email to


We love to hear from you!

Contact Your PTA Grade Level Rep!

You can contact your grade level PTA representative by using the following email addresses:

Preschool  - sonorapreschool@gmail.com

Kindergarten - sonorakinder@gmail.com

First Grade - sonora1st@gmail.com

Second Grade - sonora2nd@gmail.com

Third Grade - sonora3rd@gmail.com

Fourth Grade - sonora4th@gmail.com

Fifth Grade - sonora5th@gmail.com

Sixth Grade - sonora6th@gmail.com

Help Raise $$$

Register at igive.com  and have $$ donated to our school each time you shop at participating stores!