AESD October Newsletter

Electric Buses Have Arrived to AESD

Bus driver charging AESDs electric school bus

This school year Anaheim Elementary School District has added two electric school buses to its fleet and by next year we plan on having a total of 14. The buses were acquired through various grants. In addition to making them more financially viable because they don’t use costly fossil fuels, they are also a great resource to teach students about environmentally-friendly transportation options. Many students and their families have shown great excitement about the buses, with some students that are sensitive to loud noises expressing their appreciation for how quiet the buses are. The buses are charged overnight and each time they come back into the bus yard throughout the day. AESD is proud to contribute to good environmental stewardship by moving towards zero-emission buses that contribute to a healthier environment for students and the community!

Revere Is One of America’s Healthiest Schools

Revere Students excited to play catch with LA Chargers Football players
Student running football drills

Paul Revere Elementary School has received a Silver Recognition as One Of America’s Healthiest Schools through The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, one of the nation’s leading children’s health organizations. Revere students and staff have made outstanding efforts to increase health and wellness by taking action such as establishing a Hundred Mile Club, promoting Wellness Wednesdays, and hosting fun school-wide physical activities like color runs. Last school year, thanks to a partnership with United Way OC, the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers visited the school to engage students in exercise drills. The school also promotes healthy eating choices through a monthly farmer’s market hosted by Second Harvest Food Bank and even has a designated “mindful room” that students can visit for some quiet time to relax and practice mindfulness. Congratulations Revere for setting the standard for health and wellness in our schools!

Great Shake Out

On October 17 at 10:17 a.m. all students and staff participated in the “Great Shake Out” which is an international earthquake preparedness exercise that encourages the public to drop, cover, and hold just how they would during a real earthquake. The state of California is a region of significant seismic activity and it is important to teach children what they should do during an earthquake to minimize injury. This time of the year is also a good time for families to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies. For more information and resources, visit and

AESD Creative Writing Project Winners

Creative Writing Project winners with AESD Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Downing

Very few elementary school students can brag about being published authors, but 23 talented AESD students are now able to make that claim. Thanks to a partnership between AESD, Anaheim Public Library, and Altrusa International of Anaheim Inc., 4th grade students at all 23 AESD schools participated in the AESD Creative Writing Project “Finding My Voice, Telling My Story” and the top essay from each school has been published in a zine (independent magazine) that will be available for the public to check-out at the Anaheim Public Library and in all AESD school libraries. Additionally, the AESD Creative Writing Project Zine will be featured at the annual OC Zine Fest attended by thousands.

Creative Writing Partners: Anaheim Elementary School District, Anaheim Public Library, and Altrusa International of Anaheim Inc.

A Morning of Music at Mann!

Alana Springsteen and Mann students on stage

Last month 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students at Horace Mann Elementary School were thrilled to have welcomed country recording artist Alana Springsteen to perform live at their school. The concert was in recognition of the generous grants received from Save the Music Foundation. Mann, Price, and Westmont Elementary Schools each received a $40,000 grant to purchase musical instruments and supplies. Some lucky kids were able to attend a special meet-and-greet at which they personally met Alana and received signed posters. We are beyond grateful to Alana and to Save the Music Foundation for their continuous support of AESD’s award-winning music education program.

Kid Columnist

This month’s Kid Columnist is Gia Khang Nguyen, 6th Grade Student at Stoddard Elementary.

Gia Khang Nguyen practicing his guitar

Three years ago, Stoddard Elementary started a music program, which was an extraordinary addition to our already amazing education. This year, we were presented with something new: Modern Band. Modern Band allows everyone to practice a song using different instruments. We are able to rotate around those instruments and get a feel for each one. In Modern Band, we are required to be flexible between instruments and able to adapt to instruments that are unknown to us. Currently, we are learning to play the song “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley. We are using electric guitars, bass guitars, keyboards, ukuleles, and drums to play the song. In Modern Band, we are learning how to improvise when we’re on stage. That’s what I found to be so special! Being a part of a band requires us to work with one another and give our best effort while playing together on stage.

Meet our Staff: Alina Avelar Roque

AESD English Spanish translator Alina Avelar Roque

Alina Avelar Roque has been part of the AESD team for four years. She is a District Translator/Interpreter and was recently recognized by the Orange County Department of Education with the 2019 Multilingual Award of Distinction. What she enjoys about her job at AESD is helping others achieve communicative autonomy because people are so appreciative when they feel included. Her greatest inspiration is her mom because, to her, she is the most hardworking and courageous person in the world. She is also inspired by her faith and outside of work she loves to read, watch movies, listen to NPR, dance with her husband, and play Mario Kart with her stepson. Her favorite quote is:

“There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.”

Fred Rogers