South Lake Newsletter - April 12, 2024

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Good Afternoon South Lake Community, 

As we are approaching the last eight weeks of school, I want to take a moment to emphasize how critical it is for your student to attend school regularly. We are nearing the end of essential instructional and will be participating in statewide testing later this month. Our teachers are working tirelessly to prepare our students for these assessments, ensuring students are meeting mastery of vital learning targets necessary for moving forward to the next grade level, and making placement decisions for courses. The chart below illustrates the impact of chronic absenteeism. Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing more than 10% of the school year, which equates to 18 days/period absences. Should you need to schedule appointments, we encourage you to make these after school or on the weekends. We understand that there are situations that cannot be avoided, however, attending school is a priority. Should your student have to miss school, our teachers make all their lessons available on Canvas or Google Classroom. At this point of the year, your student is highly proficient in this process and does need to spend time at home completing their missed assignments. Should you have specific questions or need additional support for you student to regularly attend, please contact our front office or counselors at any time. Thank you! 

For our 8th grade families, please see what is quickly approaching:
  • Course recommendations for ELA and History are live on Aeries to use for high school course registration. 
  • Woodbridge High School will be at South Lake on Monday, April 15th to register students for their courses, students must bring their packet with them filled out.
  • University and Irvine High School registration for courses occur online – these schools are sending out information about this directly to you.
  • Purchase Knott’s Berry Farm Ticket (information below) by May 1st for your student to be able to attend.
Lastly, please note the schedule for next week. We have Super Late Start on Wednesday, April 17th, as we will be hosting our incoming 7th grade students for their orientation to South Lake. School begins at 9:45am and ends at 3:02pm. 
Have a great weekend Sharks!
In kindness,
Belinda Averill
Schedule for Week of  4/15 - 419






Anchor Day 

8:15am – 3:02pm

Bonus Period PE

Anchor Day 

8:15am – 3:02pm

Bonus Period PE

Odd Periods

Super Late Start
9:45am - 3:02pm 
6th Grade Orientation 

Even Periods

Late Start
9:00am - 3:02pm
Bonus Period PE 

Anchor Day 

8:15am – 3:02pm

Bonus Period PE

South Lake Announcements and Information
PTSA Information 
Stay informed on all SLMS PTSA information by subscribing at PTSA LINKS and here for our Year-At-A-Glance PTSA Calendar
SLMS GEAR: Get your SLMS GEAR and stay cozy while showing your school spirit! ORDER HERE
ASB SPIRIT WEAR: We have a limited supply of ASB spirit wear being sold on our webstore and all proceeds go to ASB. ASB Spirit Wear
SHARK SHOPPE:  We are looking for donations to stock the Shoppe with snacks, candy, and drinks.  Please order from our Amazon link SHARK SHOPPE WISHLIST or purchase from any store and drop off in the front office.  We appreciate any and all donations. This is a great incentive for our students, so please consider donating.

CAASPP Testing Information 
Your child will take the following tests, depending on their grade level or instructional program:
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Assessments (SBAC) - Grades 7 & 8 ELA & Math
  • California Science Test (CAST) - Grade 8
  • California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) - Grades 7 & 8 for ELA and Math; Grade 8 for Science
Testing Dates:
  • ELA—April 23, 24, 25
  • Science 8th grade only—Week of April 29 - May 3
  • Math—May 8 & 9
  • CAA – Ed Specialist will coordinate
Here are some tips to help prepare your child for testing: For more information about the assessments, please visit the IUSD Statewide Testing website at or the California Department of Education’s Starting Smarter web page at  If you have any questions, please contact our Testing Coordinator Mrs. Amanda Welch at

Knott's Berry Farm - Attention 8th Grade Families
Our end of year fieldtrip and celebration for 8th graders is at Knott’s Berry Farm. This event is for 8th graders only and we encourage all to participate in this fun day! The Knott’s Field Trip will be on June 6, 2024.  This is an all-day school event, all 8th graders are required to ride the bus to and from school. This is not a mandatory trip, should your student not wish to participate, they are expected to come to school that day. This year, Knott’s is requiring us to purchase out tickets in advance. Tickets can be purchased at MySchoolBucks, we will not be accepting cash or checks. Instructions for how to pay through MySchoolBucks are HERE. There are two payment options:
  1. $60 for Ticket + Bus
  2. $20 for Bus Only (For Season Pass Holders ONLY)
The deadline to purchase your ticket is May 10th, 2024. Please make sure to get your ticket! More information about trip, including permission slip will be coming after Spring Break. For questions about the trip, please contact Mrs. Baringoldz, Administrative Assistant, at 

IPSF Summer Enrichment
Don’t miss out on all the fun at IPSF Summer! Choose from over 400 exciting and educational classes for students in grades PreK-12, all taught by specialized instructors and IUSD teachers. Browse classes to plan your summer and register at IPSF are also offering partial scholarships to those who qualify. The application can be found on our website and families can apply through May 3. For any questions related to IPSF Summer Enrichment, please go to

Make sure you get your Yearbook! To purchase your Yearbook, please go to MySchoolBucks, instructions for this can be found HERE

Middle School Program (MSP) at South Lake
If you are looking for great after school activities for your students, there are several events and classes to get involved with through our Middle School Programs hosted by the city of Irvine. Please contact Site Coordinator Karley Abeyrama at (949) 724-7190 or at for information.    Paper – Free Tutoring
As your student is getting going with their academics, please know that IUSD offers Paper Tutoring, a free resource, giving your student 24/7 access to chat with tutors for live help and assignment support. Paper helps parents and guardians avoid the cost, time, and stress of having to relearn geometry and poetry or hire a private tutor to help their child with classwork. Paper can provide support with homework help, writing feedback (i.e. editing essays), and study support. Help is available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and French. Students can access Paper Tutoring directly from their class Canvas Page. Some additional resources are this informational video on Paper TutoringPaper for Parents & Guardians and Paper Website: Unlimited Tutoring, Anywhere & Anytime.  
Student Attendance
It is important to make every effort to have your student in school and on time. While attendance and success in school are positively correlated and directly linked, there are times when a student should stay home and absences are necessary.
  • Illness - Please keep student home when they have several signs and symptoms of illness including a fever (temp > 100.4).
  • Mental health – a new California law states that absences for the benefit of the pupil’s mental or behavioral health shall be excused (Ed Code 48205)After 5 absences, a doctor’s note will be required. 
  • Doctor appointments
  • Court appointments
  • Funerals for immediate family members
We want to honor and support the mental and physical health of our students, and we also need to prioritize the importance of attendance both for student success and to ensure that IUSD receives critically important state funding for our schools. Please know that the School Attendance Review Board (SARB process) will be initiated, when a student accumulates 3 unexcused absences or truancies. If you have concerns about extended absences or if you have any questions about attendance, please don’t hesitate to call. We appreciate your partnership in supporting the health, happiness, and academic achievement of our students. 

OCTA Youth Ride Free Program 
The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is excited to announce the continuation of their “Youth Ride Free” promotional bus pass program.  This free youth pass allows youth ages 6 to 18 to ride all OC fixed-route buses every day for free. The purple/orange Youth Ride Free passes are valid now through September 30, 2024 and require a new Parent Request Form for each recipient.  For more information regarding the program visit: To participate in the program, complete a new Parent Request Form, available using the below links, printed forms are also available in the front office.  Return the completed and signed form to the front office to be issued a purple/orange youth bus pass for the 2023-24 school year. 
Parent Request Form: OC Bus Ride Guide – How to Ride:

Bell Schedule 
The 2023-2024 Bell Schedule includes all the minimum days and special schedules for the year.  Please make sure to review the start and end times for these schedules. 

Stay Connected
Stay connected by checking your email for communication from South Lake and IUSD.  South Lake is also on Instagram @southlakemiddleschool and our website is at
Upcoming Events
April 15th – WHS Registration (during PE) 
April 17th – Super Late Start 
April 18th & 19th – ELPAC Speaking Assessment
April 23rd – SBAC Testing begins 
May 1st - Last day to purchase Knott's Berry Farm Tickets