South Lake Newsletter - November 3, 2023

Hello November

Good Afternoon South Lake Community, 

Our Mission Statement reads as follows, “At South Lake, students will become intellectual risk takers who persevere within a safe, yet rigorous learning environment to navigate college and career options with confidence, skills, and diligence.” Why take risks? For adults it’s to continuously discover our full potential through reflection, refinement and action based on the results of the risk. So what does it mean to be an intellectual risk taker for students? For some students it is raising their hand in class to participate, being uncomfortable with not knowing the outcome of a learning experience but confident enough to still take the chance. For others it means learning from their mistakes, using feedback and making changes to move forward. It can also mean taking a different perspective, trying something new, or problem solving a situation independently. Middle School is when the adolescent brain is developing these skills so it’s optimal for your student to practice intellectual risks and become comfortable taking them safely. At South Lake, our students are coached to: 
  • Persevere through a challenge.
  • Identify what they know, are still learning or need to know.
  • Problem solve in different ways and be flexible with their thinking. 
  • Know it’s okay to make a mistake, recognize it, and grow from it! 
At South Lake, we aim to create a safe environment to allow room for this kind of growth. As part of this, we work with students to be accepting of others, kind and encouraging of others, and inclusive with each other. This starts with how we speak to each other, be there for one another, and show kindness. We look to your partnership as parents and guardians to model this and reinforce these actions. Together, we are stronger!

Please see that next week we have a special schedule on Thursday. School will start at 8:15am, there is no late start, and we will not have Shark Time and end the school day at 1:30pm. There is no school on Friday in honor of Veteran’s Day. 

We hope to see you this weekend at Volley Fest to cheer on our teams.  
  • Boys Team – November 4th @ 2pm vs Venado @ Northwood
  • Girls Team (Motley) – November 4th @ 2:30pm vs Lakeside @TBD
  • Girls Team (Nguyen) – November 4th @ 3:30pm vs Venado @ Northwood
Lastly, this weekend the clocks roll back for daylight savings. Make sure to adjust your clocks on Sunday! 
Have a great weekend Sharks!
Be well,
Belinda Averill
Schedule for Week of  11/6 - 11/10






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

Shark Night Out Chipotle

Even Periods

No Late Start

8:15am – 1:30pm

Bonus Period PE

Special Schedule

No School




South Lake Announcements & Information 
PTSA Information 
Stay informed with all the latest news! Click here and subscribe for ALL PTSA LINKS and Year-At-A-Glance Calendar at PTSA CalendarVisit our shop to pick and choose your favorites and buy your candy online. It's that easy! Shipping begins 11/10! Share this with family, friends, and co-workers! Social media too! Happy shopping, and thanks for your support.

MINTED: Everyone wins with this fundraiser! The holidays are right around the corner! 😬 Save 20% on all holiday photos, cards, and/or gifts when ordering through MINTED. Use our code FUNDRAISESOUTHLAKE and receive 20% off of your entire order AND Minted will give 15% to our PTSA. These funds are used for student activities and programs! WIN- WIN!
SEE'S CANDY FUNDRAISERSouth Lake PTSA needs your sweet support! We're selling yummy See's Candies for our latest fundraiser.
SHARK SHOPPE is an incentive program for our students to use their Shark Cards. PTSA helps to keep it stocked. Our Shark Shoppe Amazon wish list has been updated with non food items. Shark Shoppe Wish List

HARVEST CUP: Boys 7/8 Team tryouts are after school on Monday, 11/6 and Wednesday, 11/8. Registration is open at HARVEST CUP REGISTRATION

Our next Shark Night Out is at Chipotle on November 8th from 5-9pm…see you there!

Yearbook Photos - 8th graders
In this year’s yearbook we will have a section dedicated to our 8th grade students. We will be collected baby photos to feature on an “8th Grade Baby Photos” spread. If you would like your child featured on the 8th Grade Baby Photos spread in this year’s yearbook please email a digital copy of your child’s baby photo to by Dec. 15th. Thank you!

Middle School Youth Outreach Program.
We are very fortunate to partner with our MSP Team through the City of Irvine as they launch the Middle School Youth Outreach Program. This is a free opportunity for all students in our community to receive mentorship and participate in positive community action. Enroll now at, course ID:926260.
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 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. Te new 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
November 8th – Shark Night Out at Chipotle 
November 9th –NO Late Start and Early Out 
November 10th – Veteran’s Day – No School 
November 21st – Minimum Day
November 22nd – 24th – Thanksgiving Holiday