South Lake Newsletter - June 8, 2021

Good Morning South Lake Families,


I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your support this past year and a half as we’ve worked our way through an eventful time filled with surprises, twists, and turns. As a parent myself of high school aged children, I know how difficult these many months were for parents, caregivers, grandparents, and family members. I appreciate each and every one of you and the time you’ve committed to make the best of uncertain and often changing circumstances for your children.


I am forever thankful to be part of our South Lake community. Our staff dedicated their professional lives, often ahead of and at a cost to their personal lives, to making the lives of our Sharks better by nurturing their curiosity, creativity, and most importantly, their social and emotional well-being. I couldn’t be a prouder principal.


What is nice is that life gives us these natural breaks from time to time--like the end of a school year—so we can pause, reflect, grow, and resolve ourselves to a better tomorrow. I wish this for our entire community so come August, we will be ready for a new year once again. I’d encourage all of us to take some time to rest, rejuvenate, and reconnect with family members and friends this summer.  If we’ve learned anything during this pandemic, I hope it’s that relationships and time with family and friends are to be cherished. Get outside, enjoy the fresh air and sunshine!


Congratulations to everyone for making it through this year, and an especially big congratulations to our

8th graders who promoted to high school…go Sharks!


Be well,

Belinda Averill



Report Cards

Report Cards are now available on Parent Portal.


Parent Summer Resources

Our Wellness and Counseling Team have put together a really great Parent Resource Guide for you to use this summer. This information includes resources for Youth Summer Resources, Community Mental Health, Self-Care and Coping Skills, Food Bank information as well as Parenting tips. Please keep both of these links handy! Community Resources Guide & South Lake Summer Parent Guide.


Shark Week – Save the Date

In coming 7th and 8th grade families - please save the date for our in person summer Shark Week to kick off the school year. We are planning a few fun days for grade specific groups organized by birthday – see the dates and times below.


Birthday Range


7th Grade Dates

8th Grade Dates

Cohort A

January 1 – June 30

8:30am  - 10:00am

August 9th & 10th

August 11th & 12th

Cohort B

July 1 – December 31

10:30am – 12:00pm

August 9th & 10th

August 11th & 12th

 Example – an 8th grader with a birthday in September attends on the 11th and 12th from 10:30 -12:00pm


City of Irvine (Middle School Programs)

Summer days are upon us! Looking for something cool to do during the Summer break? Join the Middle School Program’s excursion-based camp that takes students to various attractions throughout Southern California such as, Catalina Island, Dave & Busters, Disneyland, Big Air Trampoline Park and much more. Summer Teen Camp is exclusively for 6th to 9th grade in the fall! Though the majority of middle schools in Irvine consider 6th grade to be an elementary grade, we open up Teen Camp to 6th graders who desire a higher degree of freedom in camp. Price includes excursion costs, transportation, and supervision. More information: (949)-724-6744