South Lake Newsletter - February 15, 2024

Black History Month

Good Afternoon South Lake Community, 


Carter G. Woodson is considered the founder of Black History Month, honored throughout the month of February. Through our partnership with Middle School Program with the City of Irvine, MSP Counselors will be taking our students back through time to learn about Black Foundations of Pop on Tuesday.  Learn more about Black History Month from the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Learning for Justice. The celebrations of African American Pioneers, voices and stories go beyond this month as is our commitment to social justice education. If you are looking to extend at home, Adolescent Literacy and Center for Racial Justice in Education contain a wide range of resources to use. 
We are in the midst of ASB elections where we have a record number of 7th grade students running for one of the five officer positions. It is wonderful to have so many students want to get involved with this leadership class. We also have our first VEX Robotics team qualify for state finals. They will be competing in San Diego in March. Lastly, the trimester is ending March 1st, it’s a good time to check in with your students about finishing their trimester strong. For our 8th graders, the transition to high school is just around the corner. Please make sure to save the date for 8th Grade Family Night on April. This is an important evening to attend with you 8th grader, more information will be coming soon. 
Have a great long weekend Sharks…reminder that there is no school for students tomorrow and Monday. 
In kindness,
Belinda Averill
Schedule for Week of  2/19 - 2/23






President's Day

No School

Anchor Day 

8:15am – 3:02pm

Bonus Period PE

Odd Periods

Late Start
9:00am - 3:02pm

Even Periods

Late Start
9:00am - 3:02pm
Bonus Period PE 
Shark Night Out at Rubios

Anchor Day 

8:15am – 3:02pm

Bonus Period PE



South Lake Announcements and Information
PTSA Information 
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Color Run! Volunteers, Teachers, Staff, YAT, and PTSA, we couldn't have done it without your generous donations and support. From the vibrant colors to the delicious popsicles, popcorn, and amazing music, it truly was a day to remember! Check out all the pictures and video on South Lake and South Lake PTSA Instagram accounts. 
Donations are open through February 20th. Keep them coming so we can make our carnival another epic community building event! Raffle drawing will be on Monday February 26th. Special Shout Out to O'Donnell Real Estate for giving our Sharks energy and keeping them hydrated with water, fruit and granola bars!


When we raise $10,000, PTSA will buy a grill for the school and hold a WHOLE-SCHOOL Hot Dog Party at Carnival! Remember to invite your family, friends, and co-workers to donate to our Color Run Fundraiser. Let's make a splash of generosity together! Money raised through this event will be used immediately to continue funding programs and activities for the current school year including academic competitions, ASB, teacher grants to all teachers, and more!

Stay informed on all SLMS PTSA information by subscribing at PTSA LINKS and here for our Year-At-A-Glance PTSA CalendarSHARK NIGHT OUT is at Rubio’s on Thursday, February 22nd. 

SLMS GEAR: Get your SLMS GEAR and stay cozy while showing your school spirit! PERFECT GEAR FOR CHILLY WEATHER! 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.

Chromebook & Charger Reminders
Welcome back! We have seen an increase in missing/lost chargers and lost/damaged Chromebooks during the past couple of months. Just a reminder that Chromebook insurance only covers damage and does not cover lost chargers or lost Chromebooks. The fine for a lost charger is $25 and a lost Chromebook is $225. It is part of your child’s responsibility to charge their Chromebook each night and keep their charger at home. If you have any questions please reach out to our librarian Ms. Byars at
7th Grade Parent-Guardian Notification Letter
Yesterday all 7th grade families should have received an email detailing the upcoming Health Unit for all 7th grade students. Please make sure to read the 2023-24 Parent-Guardian Notification Letter as it contains all information about resources and what will be covered. For specific questions please reach out to your students 7th grade Science teacher or Principal Averill.

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 any of the following signs and symptoms of illness: Fever (temp > 100.4), excessive runny nose, excessive cough, two or more episodes of vomiting in the last 24 hours, or an unexplained rash.
  • 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
February 19th – President’s Day (No School)
February 20th – Last Day to Donate for Color Run
February 21st – School Site Council 
February 22nd – Theater Night
February 22nd – Shark Night Out at Rubio’s 
February 26th – Color Run Raffle Drawing 
February 28th – PTSA Meeting 
February 29th – Winter Recital & Concert 
March 1st – End of Trimester 2 
March 7th – Open House