South Lake Newsletter - February 9, 2024

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Good Afternoon South Lake Community, 

The COLOR RUN is happening on Tuesday! 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. 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 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! 



Parents/Guardians are invited to come out and support this event. We would love to see you cheering along our race course if you live in the area. Students run toward Meadowpark School and then over the bridge and around the lake toward the loop and then enter back on campus on Thunder Run. Our first heat of 8th graders will start at about 1:50pm, and the first heat of 7th graders will start at about 2:20pm. The last heat will start at about 2:30pm. All students will be out on the blacktop afterward where we will have some games and treats. It’s going to be a fun event!
Another upcoming community event is our Open House on March 7th. Please save the date and be on the lookout for more info soon. 
In looking at the calendar for the next few weeks, students don’t have school on Friday, February 16th. This is a staff development day and then the following Monday, February 19th is President’s Day holiday. 
Lastly, our Homeroom’s competed in a schoolwide door decorating competition for Valentine's Day to promote love and kindness…here are a few pictures from the fun event. Winners will be announced in Homeroom on Monday! 
 Have a great weekend Sharks! 
In kindness,
Belinda Averill
Schedule for Week of  2/12 - 2/16






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 

No School

Staff Development 



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

SHARK 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.   
  • Youth Action Team at South Lake – Mondays and Wednesdays
  • 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 13th – Color Run
February 15th – e-Bike Presentation 
February 16th – Student Holiday
February 19th – President’s Day (No School)
February 22nd – Shark Night Out at Rubio’s 
March 7th – Open House