Information for the New School Year

Information for the New School Year
Posted on 06/25/2018
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~ Welcome Cougars ~

Welcome to Country Hills Elementary School!  Country Hills is a special place thanks to the teachers, staff and families that work together to create a welcoming community focused on student success. We hope you are ready for a great 2018-19 school year together! Please note the following information for the Fall:

Tuesday, August 14 – Country Hills Office Opens

Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten students will be notified of AM or PM session enrollment at that time.

Tuesday, August 21 – Welcome Packet Volunteers Needed

Come to campus and help fill first day of school packets in the Multipurpose Room (MPR) near the lunch tables at 10am.  This is a great way to meet other parents and start to get involved!

Friday, August 24 – Teacher / Classroom Assignments

Class lists for all students will be posted after 4pm in the lunch table area.

Monday, August 27 - First Day of School

SCHOOL BEGINS DAILY AT 8:30am. Please be sure to get to school on time. Students are not to arrive on campus before 8:15am, as there is no supervision until then. The first bell rings at 8:25am. Students not physically in their classroom when the 8:30am bell rings are tardy and must go to the office for a tardy slip.

On the first day of school please plan to stay on campus for a few minutes after your student begins class. The PTA will be hosting a Morning Mingle at 8:35am in the center of campus at the lunch tables to welcome families back to school. If your child is assigned to PM TK or Kindergarten, there will be a Morning Mingle at 10:50 a.m. near the benches in the loop.

Monday, September 3 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day

Tuesday, September 4 - Back to School Night / Minimum Day

Back to School Night is a wonderful opportunity to meet the principal and your child’s teacher.  It is a time to learn more about Country Hills and to hear more from your child’s teacher about the upcoming school year.  Please note this event does not include students, so plan ahead for child care. Back to School Night is 6:30-8:00pm with a general session with the whole staff in the lunch table area and two classroom sessions with teachers.  Please note both AM and PM TK and Kinders will attend from 8:30am-12:00pm on this day due to the Minimum Day Schedule, and the Minimum Day dismissal time for 1st - 6th grade is 1:00pm

Wednesday, September 5 - Early Release begins

Dismissal on Early Release Wednesdays is at 1:55 pm for 1st - 6th grades + PM TK/Kindergarten. Early Release dismissal for AM TK/Kindergarten is at 11:45 am. Please note: there is no Early Release the first week or the last week of school.

Tuesday, September 18 - School Picture Day

As you join our community, we hope you find ways to be involved.  At the start of the school year we will give you more information about opportunities to make a difference.  The Country Hills PTA makes a huge difference for every one of our students! There are a variety of ways to get involved including the following:

  • Volunteer in the classroom

  • Donate time or supplies for classroom and special campus-wide events

  • Attend PTA Meetings … mark your calendar for the first Tuesday of every month at 6pm in the multipurpose room.  The first meeting is Tuesday, September 11th.

  • Assist with a PTA Committee and help with major events throughout the year such as the Bubble Run or Cougar Carnival

  • Be a part of the Country Hills PTA Facebook Page, or email our PTA President, Melinda Gutierrez, at with any questions or ideas you may have.

As the Principal of Country Hills Elementary School, I would like to personally welcome your family to our school. Please be sure to read our weekly Cougar News delivered via email every Monday, and check our school website at for important information. Follow us on Instagram or Twitter @cougarsofbchs. Please call our office at 714-990-3221 or email me at if I can assist you or your child in any way.

Country Hills Cougars ROAR!    Respect Ownership Achievement    Responsibility

Mrs. Trish Walsh


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