South Lake Newsletter - May 24, 2024

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Good Afternoon South Lake Community, 

We are closing in on the last two weeks of school with lots of upcoming activities. To assist, here is a calendar of events:
Tuesday, May 28th – 8th Grade Awards Night at WHS Theater. Students must arrive by 4:50pm to be seated on stage. Nominated students and families have received an invitation to attend. Students should dress appropriately for the occasion. 
Wednesday, May 29th & Thursday, May 30th – Materials Return during PE for all students. 

7th grade students keep their Chromebook and Charger for next year so please keep it safe and have it ready at the start of the school year. 
Saturday, June 1st - Promotion Dance for 8th graders at the Boys and Girls Club. See information below. 
Tuesday, June 4th – 8th grade Student/Staff Softball game after lunch & Yearbook distribution/signing for all students. This is a fun tradition here at South Lake where our 8th graders compete against staff and alumni in softball while 7th graders cheer them on. Students also have this time to sign their Yearbook. Yearbooks can be purchased in the front office, cash only, for $40 based on availability. 
Wednesday, June 5th – Carnival for all students after lunch. This is a fun end of year celebration with games and snacks. 
Thursday, June 6th – Minimum Day & last day of school for 7th graders. Our 7th graders compete in Field Day with their Homeroom…prizes for the winning Homeroom. 
Thursday, June 6th – Knott’s Field Trip for 8th graders. Students must arrive by 8:45am to load the bus. Students return between 5-6pm. 
Friday, June 7th – Promotion for 8th graders (see info below). 
On Friday, June 7, at 9:30 A.M., eighth grade South Lake students will be honored in a promotion ceremony.  The ceremony will take place outside on our blacktop.  Students should arrive at their Homeroom location by 9:00 A.M.  Student dress for the ceremony should follow our dress code and dress nicer than everyday school attire.  Parents are welcome and invited to attend and there is no limit for guest count.  Family and friends attending will be sitting out on the grass behind the blacktop and will need to bring their own chair/seating.  The ceremony will be livestreamed and the link is below. Students will be dismissed at the end of the promotion to enjoy the remainder of the afternoon with family. Please do not bring any noise makers to the ceremony…Thank you! 
The direct link to your school site’s Promotion live stream is:
The password is: sharks
A few other reminders to end our year safety:
  • Students must adhere to our safety expectations for eBikes including wearing a helmet and following guidelines from IPD in their safety presentations. As parents, we expect you to reinforce these with your student.
  • Students are expected to follow our South Lake Cares behavior expectations to be able to participate in all the fun end of year activities. We will have alternative activities prepared for students not meeting our expectations. This includes during the Softball game, Carnival, Field Day, and Knott’s.
  • Promotion is a privilege not a requirement. Students and families are expected to adhere to our South Lake Cares behavior expectations and school procedures/guidelines to be able to participate.
We appreciate your partnership and hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.
In kindness,
Belinda Averill
Schedule for Week of  5/27-5/31






Memorial Day 

School Holiday



Anchor Day 

8:15am – 3:02pm

Bonus Period PE

8th Grade Awards Night

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

8th Grade VIPs: LIGHT UP THE NIGHT on June 1st from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at the Boys and Girls Club to celebrate the end of your middle school journey Let's light up the dance floor with laughter, friendship, and the promise of a brilliant future!
Your help would make a huge difference in making this event a success. If you're available to lend a hand, sign up at the links below. Thank you for your support!
 Tickets are $30 per student and can be purchased on our webstore at or send cash or check made payable to South Lake PTSA to the front office. An eSign Waiver and Dance Contract must be signed for each student who attends.  

Our 8th Grade Dance Committee has been hard at work preparing for the big day! As the event draws near, we're reaching out to our amazing South Lake families for assistance. Firstly, we're seeking volunteers for both set-up and clean-up, as well as a handful of 7th grade parents to assist during the dance. Secondly, we're in search of drink and snack donations to ensure the party is a hit. Any support you can provide would be greatly appreciated! Your help would make a huge difference in making this event a success. If you're available to lend a hand, sign up at the links below. Thank you for your support!

**Volunteers will need to sign the following waiver:
PTSA Information
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.

7th Grade Families
For 7th grade students who would like to enroll in IVA for World Language class in 8th grade next year, please complete this WL Enrollment Form and we will enroll your student. Confirmation of enrollment will come from IVA.

All Student Behavior Expectations
With only five weeks left in the school year, we would very much appreciate you taking time to review South Lake behavior expectations with your student so that we have a positive end of the year. This is the typical time of year where we need to remind students of our behavior expectations. We would greatly appreciate you reviewing the following expectations for student behaviors:
  • Tardiness – it is critical to get to school on time as well to class. Please work with your student to plan to get to school before the bell rings (8:05am or 8:55am). Students have lots of time to socialize with their peers during break and lunch, they do not need to socialize during transitions between classes. 
  • Boundaries – it is crucial at this age that students maintain appropriate boundaries with one another. We understand that students are impulsive at this age however, we are reminding students repeatedly to keep their hands to themselves. This includes hand holding, pushing, grabbing, taking other people’s belongings for fun and being silly. At this point of the school year, our students are physically too big to be engaging in this type of behavior. 
  • Language – we have dedicated time through lessons, assemblies, targeted intervention, and reinforcement of using inclusive language with one another. Language that is racist, obscene, and offensive has no place on our campus. At this time, students are VERY familiar with our expectations and MUST adhere to these at all times. 
  • Release Time – school ends at 3:02pm every day. Students are required to leave campus by 3:15pm at the very latest. We ask that you know where your student is going, who they are with and keep a curfew for when they are to be home. Students MUST wear a helmet and adhere to all requirements for riding an eBike or traditional bike. 
Summer Resources
As summer is approaching and more unstructured time, we encourage you to implement a plan with your young teen about their time spent online and/or on their phone. The American Academy of Pediatrics has put together a comprehensive 5 C’s Young Teen Media Guide and a Media Plan tool to use with your young teen. In addition, with input from families, educators, mental health professionals, and youth, Project Cal-Well produced this easy-to-use guide to help parents and other adult family members navigate how to support the overall well-being and mental health of school-aged children, including tips for what can be difficult conversations. Access the guide here.  Lastly, there are plenty of resources available for you and your family in our Summer Break Resource Guide.

IPSF Summer Programs
Summer is almost here…don’t miss out on all the fun at IPSF Summer! Choose from over 400 exciting and educational classes for students in grades PreK-12, all taught by specialized instructors and IUSD teachers. Session A classes start June 13, register today!

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.    Fall Programming from MSP & YAT 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.  
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:

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
May 24th - Minimum Day
May 27th - Memorial Day
May 28th - 8th grade Awards Night
May 29th & 30th - Materials Return
June 1st - Promotion Dance
June 6th - Minimum Day for 7th grade & last day of school
June 6th - Knott's Field Trip for 8th graders
June 7th - Promotion