South Lake Newsletter - February 2, 2024

Color Run

Good Afternoon South Lake Community, 

Our Color Run Kickoff has been a HUGE success so far…we have hit our original goal of $7000 in under 2 weeks! We continue to be amazed by our Shark Family! This is our last major fundraiser of the year, it’s a great way to support our school, and a way for students to challenge themselves. Donations will be accepted until Thursday, February 20th. Students will run the mile on February 13th. 

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far!


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, carnival, teacher grants to all teachers, and so much more!


Thank you for being part of our South Lake Family. We look forward to a great event!


The IUSD Annual Survey is open through midnight today. I would like to encourage you to take a moment to complete this important survey.  This is another valuable data point. The survey is available in multiple languages.  Responses are anonymous and it only takes a few minutes to participate. South Lake has used survey feedback to adjust our homework and grading practices, address school climate issues, and strengthen the great work we do around building strong connections with students and creating engaging instruction. To take the annual survey now, click here. Thank you in advance for your participation. Your engagement and feedback are important and greatly appreciated. 

Progress Reports are now available for review. Your student will only have marks to indicate concerns about grade, work habits and/or citizenship. Please refer to the Parent Portal and your student’s gradebook to stay up to date with the assessment and assignment scores. 
We are expecting a lot of rain next week. It is critical for your student’s academic and emotional success to get to school…rain or shine! We understand that there might be additional traffic so we will be allowing some grace should your student be late.

Lastly, we are well aware of the cologne hype happening on TikTok. On behalf of our teaching staff, we would greatly appreciate your help in limiting the amount of cologne your student wears to school. Thank you! 
Have a great weekend Sharks! 
In kindness,
Belinda Averill
Schedule for Week of  2/5 - 2/9






Anchor Day 

8:15am – 3:02pm

Bonus Period PE

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 

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! 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.

Looking to get involved at WHS next school year? - Join WHS PTSA!
The Woodbridge High School PTSA is busy working on filling board and chair positions for the 2024-2025 school year. Becoming a part of the WHS PTSA is the best way to stay connected at the high school. Hear updates from Principal Krebs at our monthly meetings and give back to this wonderful school and community! Please contact Jennifer Rodriguez at to find out what positions are available. Thank you in advance for your support!

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.
Youth Mentorship Program
Middle School Program through the city is offering an incredible opportunity for youth mentoring. This program is free. We have heard from about 16 of your students who participated that this was a really positive and valuable experience so we would like to expand this to more of our students. Students meet on Thursdays, currently the dates are 3/7, 3/28, and 5/16. MSP Staff will pick students up here at South Lake to then head over to Northwood Community Center and then dropped back off at South Lake by 6pm. Please reach out with any questions, and/or go to and register with code #96739.

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.   
  • Youth Action Team at South Lake – Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Galentine’s Day – February 9th 
  • The Lion King at Segerstrom Center for the Arts on February 23rd, 2024
  • Disney’s’ Aladdin at Segerstrom Center for the Arts on May 10th, 2024 
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 2nd – School of Choice Request Window Closes
February 2nd – Last day for Annual Survey 
February 13th – Color Run
February 16th – Student Holiday
February 19th – President’s Day (No School)