South Lake Newsletter - Jan. 24, 2020


Hello Sharks,

We are officially half way through the school year! Progress Reports are now available on the Parent Portal at Should you have any questions or concerns about your student’s performance, please do not hesitate to contact their teachers directly. Your student’s Homeroom teacher is another resource as well as our school Counselors, Ms. Watkins and Ms. Holcomb. Please make sure to read about all the upcoming events and important information below as they include specific times and some deadlines.

Thank you and have a great weekend…go Sharks!

Belinda Averill



Parent Engagement

Substance Abuse and Vaping Dangers

IUSD, in partnership with Hoag Hospital, will host a Substance Use and Vaping Dangers parent night on Tuesday, February 4th in the Irvine High School Theater from 6:30-8p.m.

Topics include:

  • How to identify substance abuse disorders and common warning signs
  • Talking with teens – openly and honestly – about drug and alcohol use
  • Health impacts and dangers of vaping
  • Available resources and supports for families

After the presentation, a panel of experts from IUSD, Hoag and the Irvine Police Department will be on hand for a question and answer session. This event is free and open to the public (ages 16+ recommended). No RSVP need.


Tuesday Talk – Navigating Divorce for Parents and Students

Ms. Holcomb and Ms. Watkins, South Lake Counselors, will be leading a conversation with parents and students about parenting post-divorce and discussing effective coping strategies. Please join her on Tuesday, February 11th at 7:45am in room 701. See this flyer for information Tuesday Talk Feb 11th.pdf


Tuesday Talk - Managing Stress and Wellness

Come and learn about common stressors amongst teens and how to support your student’s stress with Mrs. Kelly Alexander, South Lake’s Wellness Specialist. She will be presenting at South Lake on Tuesday, February 25th at 6pm in the MPR. See this flyer for information Tuesday Talk Feb 25th.pdf


Annual Survey

The Annual Survey window is now open, please take 10-15 minutes to complete this survey about your experience here at South Lake. The information from this survey is used to identify and prioritize needs for South Lake as well as IUSD. Here is a short video providing an overview of the Local Control Funding Formula and how the Annual Survey supports the LCAP process-- School Funding Survey – Your Voice Matters. The survey is available at Annual Survey - Parents 2020…thank you!


Intradistrict/School Choice

The window to apply for school choice is now open. Please go to Intradistrict-School Choice for procedures for Intradistrict transfer. Please note that Woodbridge High School is only open to requests for siblings concurrently enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year. The application window closes on January 31st.


Winter Bowl

Come out and support all 4 South Lake teams playing tomorrow at IPSF sponsored Winter Bowl at the Great Park. For schedule of games, please visit Winter Bowl 2020 Schedule…good luck Sharks!


Yearbook Sales

The presale price for purchasing a Yearbook deadline is January 31st. The cost of the Yearbook will increase from $42 to $48 starting February 3rd.


English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

ELAC is meeting February 26th at 2:45pm in room 302. We will be discussing the upcoming High School Placement exams, discuss updates from DELAC, and the value of using a growth mindset as an English Learner. All parents, guardians, community members and students enrolled in English Learner Programs are invited to attend.


After School Tutoring

Reminder that the Joy Club from WHS is continuing their free tutoring at South Lake every Tuesday after school. Tutoring will take place in the Media Center from 2:45pm – 3:30pm every Tuesday. Ms. Watkins, Counselor, will be there to assist as well.


Upcoming Dates

January 25th – Winter Bowl

January 29th – PTSA Meeting

January 29th – School Site Council

February 3rd – No School for Students (Staff Development Day)