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Principal's Message


Dear Ynez families,


Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year. I hope you are enjoying your summer with family and friends, whether you are taking a class, exploring our state, traveling all over the world, or relaxing at home. 


As we enter into July, many may be thinking about the school year ahead as school will begin for students on Tuesday, August 8th, 2023. It will be a minimum day. We look forward to another year full of learning and growth for our Ynez community.  This past year, Ynez hosted  Literacy Night, STEAM Night, community and positive engagement events which we hope to continue and evolve for the 2023-24 school year. 


Our goal continues to be supporting all students’ well being and academic success, as we look innovatively at student engagement through well-rounded curriculum and instruction, to prepare our students for college and career. Parent and family partnerships are a critical component of school and student success. I invite you to communicate with our staff and administrators, attend school meetings/events, and visit our website for updated information.  Together we can build positive learning communities and experiences for our students.


This year, Ynez students will continue to receive a free breakfast and lunch. We encourage all families to fill out the Alternative Income Form to assist Ynez School with funding.  Every form makes a difference! Here is the link, it is also on your PowerSchool Family Portal. Student’s homeroom announcements will be accessible through the parent portal on August 7th at https://family.ausd.us. Due to enrollment changes, homeroom assignments are subject to change. Your child’s teacher will send you a list of suggested supplies after school begins.


To assist in back to school shopping, I want to remind all families that students are required and expected to be in school uniforms everyday. Uniform tops can be yellow, navy blue, white, or light blue. All tops must have a collar and sleeves. Bottoms can be navy blue or khaki and must be at least mid-thigh to mid-calf. Ynez apparel is accepted and can be purchased through PTA. School appropriate dress is expected during Spirit Days that adhere to the AUSD Dress Policy. We also want to remind students that cell phones are to be turned off during school hours as per board policy. Also, please be advised that we do have a schedule change for TK-3rd grades.  The day will start at 8:10AM.  Please see the attached schedule for the updated time.


We wish you well and  look forward to seeing you and your child on the first day of school!


Warm Regards,

Janice Phan

Janice Phan Ed.D

Ynez Elementary School


7th Grade Students: Please remember that all incoming 7th-grade students are required to submit proof of their TDAP vaccination by August 7th at 3:00 pm, to attend school.


First Day of School 2023-2024