South Lake Newsletter - May 3, 2024

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Good Afternoon South Lake Community, 

Next week we will celebrate our amazing Staff and shower them with appreciation! An educator has the MOST important job in the world…securing a beautiful future for everyone for years to come! They work tirelessly, day in and day out creating, inspiring, innovating, cheering, comforting, supporting, leading, juggling, teaching, learning, believing, and caring. Please take time to thank our incredible teaching and support staff for their extraordinary efforts. Thank them for their strong commitment to excellence and for making our community special! 

Thank you to our PTSA for coordinating a Swift Teacher Appreciation Era week of treats for our staff next week. Please take a moment to contribute your own gratitude in whatever way you wish!

CAASPP Testing 
For the week of May 6th -10th 
  • Wednesday, May 8th - 9:00am to 10:35am
  • Thursday, May 9th - 9:00am to 10:35am
Please make every effort to have your student present and ready on these dates. Please DO NOT schedule appointments etc. during these times as they will then need to miss class to make up the test. 
Here are some tips to help prepare your student for testing:
  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast before testing.
  • Talk about the tests and encourage your child to try their best.
  • Bring Chromebook to school for testing, school device only.
  • Remind your students to charge their Chromebook each night.
  • Bring headphones if they’d like to use their own pair. 
  • Avoid scheduling appointments or planned absences on these dates.
8th Grade Families
Yesterday you received an email detailing the end of year activities and events to anticipate. Your 8th grade student came home with the following items: 7th Grade Families
The process for registering students for 8th grade electives is now available on our website at Please choose the 7th grade tab, refer to the Course Catalog for course descriptions and fill out the Registration form.  

Have a great weekend Sharks!
In kindness,
Belinda Averill
Schedule for Week of  5/6 - 5/10/24






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 
CAASPP Testing

Even Periods

Late Start
9:00am - 3:02pm
Bonus Period PE 
CAASPP Testing  

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! 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.
Step into the spotlight and let's LIGHT UP THE NIGHT at our 8th grade graduation dance! We invite our 8th Grade VIPs to join us on June 1st from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at the Boys and Girls Club to celebrate the end of your middle school journey and ignite the excitement for the adventures ahead in high school. It's a chance to shine bright alongside your classmates, reminisce about the success you’ve achieved and eagerly anticipate the glow of your future endeavors. So, dust off your fanciest attire and get ready to glow and grow together as we make unforgettable memories under the shimmering lights.  
Tickets are $30 per student and can be purchases on our webstore at or send cash or check made payable to South Lake PTSA to the front office. All students who plan to attend are required to sign this eSign Waiver and submit at signed Dance Contract which will be distributed next week during Homeroom. Students will NOT be permitted to use their cell phone inside the venue. 

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. 
Message for 8th graders attending WHS
Dance Team 
WHS Spring Dance Show is May 3rd at 7pm and all are invited to attend, especially those who are interested in auditioning for the team, to come check it out. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for Students.  Additionally, on May 13th at 7pm, there is an information meeting about how to audition for the team in the WHS Staff Lounge.  It will outline how auditions will run on May 20th - 23rd.  
Latin & JCL
Woodbridge Latin has an up to four-year sequence that includes mythology, geography, and history, as well as the Latin language (i.e., vocabulary, grammar, and rhetorical style).  The course is designed so after four years a student might confidently take the Latin Advanced Placement Exam. Although the Woodbridge language program also features Spanish and Chinese, Latin offers more monsters, murder, and magic than the other languages. An important adjunct to the Latin program is the Junior Classical League, a state-wide and national network of high school Latin clubs, whose Woodbridge chapter is the largest student club on campus (52 members this year). In addition to Latin and academics, JCL club activities also include art, athletics, volunteer work, and social events. Here are links to our recent scrapbook and flyer please take have a look!
WHS JCL Scrapbook 2025 
WHS Latin Flyer
Make sure you get your Yearbook! To purchase your Yearbook, please go to MySchoolBucks, instructions for this can be found HERE

You may have recently seen Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s announcement of their 2024 Innovative Grants Program awards. These grants have the power to bring amazing ideas to life and continue to keep our school and district on the leading edge of innovative teaching and learning!
The Innovative Grants Program is made possible by IPSF thanks to the support of parents like you. Donations to the Parents Appreciating Teachers and Staff (PATS) campaign directly support teacher grants. PATS is also a meaningful way to show our South Lake teachers, nurses, and staff how much you appreciate all that they do! When you recognize teachers and staff with PATS, they will receive your family’s personal message along with recognition of a PATS donation made to IPSF in their honor.
To support the PATS campaign and donate in honor of a teacher or staff member, please visit:  Thank you for your support and appreciation of our school, our classrooms, and our teachers! 

IPSF Summer Enrichment
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. Browse classes to plan your summer and register at IPSF are also offering partial scholarships to those who qualify. The application can be found on our website and families can apply through May 3. For any questions related to IPSF Summer Enrichment, please go to

Make sure you get your Yearbook! To purchase your Yearbook, please go to MySchoolBucks, instructions for this can be found HERE

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.    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 several signs and symptoms of illness including a fever (temp > 100.4).
  • 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
May 9th - 8th Grade Panoramic Picture 
May 24th - Minimum Day
May 27th - Memorial Day