Hello South Lake Community,
IUSD is hosting a Job Fair on Thursday, September 28th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Learning Center (3387 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine) in Room 1. The District and South Lake are hiring:
- Instructional Assistants
- PE Paraprofessionals
- Nutrition Services Staff
- Media Technicians
- SLPA (Speech Pathologist) and COTA (Occupational Therapist) Positions
IUSD offers paid sick, holiday and vacation! If you have a resume, bring it with you but it is not required. See the flier for more information.
IUSD’s Community Advisory Committee has several events to calendar for the year. CAC is our district committee dedicated to serving the needs of individuals with disabilities. Please see the flyers below for upcoming events and meetings.CAC General Meeting CalendarCAC Parent Education Presentations
Have a wonderful weekend…it’s a great day to be a Shark!
We have one week left for our Direct Donation drive. We are currently at $4250 and hoping to reach 10,000. Donate now for your student to have a chance to win one of our amazing raffle baskets. All donations go towards your students. Donate here at https://linktr.ee/southlakeptsa.
South Lake PTSA proudly sponsors the National PTA Reflections Program, an arts recognition and achievement program for students. The Reflections Program provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art. This year's PTSA Reflections theme is: "I am hopeful because..." Students may submit an entry in any of the following six areas: Dance Choreography, Literature, Photography, Film Production, Music Composition, Visual Art. Only original works of art are accepted. Students may enter more than one work of art. More information to come. Suicide Prevention Month
September is Suicide Prevention Month. We have lunchtime activities planned the last week of September that focus on the importance of identifying trusted adults, establishing caring friendships, and increasing emotional support hotlines awareness. We all have a role to play in creating healthy communities. For caregivers it can be tricky navigating a conversation around this topic, here is helpful guide should your student or a loved one need support: Suicide Prevention Parent Tool. If you are interested in learning more about the topic of suicide prevention, the CDC recognizes it as a public health issue and created this detailed resource that outlines examples of what we can do as a society to prevent it.Enhanced Math 7/8 Webinar
IUSD will be hosting an Enhanced Math 7/8 Webinar on October 5th. The webinar will give you a brief overview of the Enhanced Math 7/8 course and the pathway implications as your student continues Middle School and enters High School. Our Math team will not be present to answer specific questions about your student. We highly recommend 7th grade parents to attend who want to learn more about the pathways moving forward. When: Oct 5, 2023 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)Topic: Enhanced Math 7/8 Overview and Pathway
Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://iusd.zoom.us/j/87893731266
IPSF UpdateAFTERSCHOOL CLASSES COMING SOON!
Looking for activities to keep your child engaged and learning while having fun after the school day? The next session of IPSF’s ACE program is coming soon to participating IUSD school locations throughout Irvine, offering our students hands-on opportunities to explore interests and discover new passions. Classes are held in-person, directly after school on our campus beginning the week of Oct. 16, 2023. For more information on classes offered, locations, and to register, visit https://ipsf.net/classes-camps/afterschool/JOIN US FOR IGNITING POTENTIAL! On
Wednesday, September 27, IPSF is joining forces with 24 local nonprofit organizations for Igniting Potential, a community initiative to support the youth of Orange County. Every donation made will be matched by the City of Irvine. Mark your calendar and join us on this special day to raise awareness and funds for critical mental health resources in Irvine schools. https://igniting-potential-giving-day.ocnonprofitcentral.org/organizations/irvine-public-schools-foundation VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE
Are you and your children looking for ways to give back to the community? Support for IPSF’s mission comes in many forms, and we are so grateful for the passionate volunteers who dedicate their time throughout the year to help IPSF make a greater impact in our schools. Check out upcoming opportunities by clicking below. https://ipsf.net/get-involved/volunteer/#volunteer-opportunitiesSAVE THE DATE: TURN IRVINE ORANGE OCT 19
Wear orange Thursday, October 19 on IPSF Giving Day to show you value educational excellence in Irvine! Whether you are at school, work, or out in the community, rock your ORANGE to raise awareness about the importance of community support of public education! www.Ipsf.net/givingday Middle School Program (MSP) at South Lake
If you are looking for great after school activities for your students, there are several upcoming events and classes to get involved with through our Middle School Programs hosted by the city of Irvine. Each of the flyers below have information about registration, cost and contact information. For more information, please contact Site Coordinator Karley Abeyrama at (949) 724-7190 or at KAbeyrama@cityofirvine.org.
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 Tutoring: Paper for Parents & Guardians and Paper Website: Unlimited Tutoring, Anywhere & Anytime.
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. Last year’s orange/red Youth Ride Free passes expire September 30, 2023; the new purple/orange Youth Ride Free passes are valid now through September 30, 2023 and require a new Parent Request Form for each recipient. For more information regarding the program visit: OCbus.com/YouthRideFree. 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:
Students will not be able to park on campus without a registration sticker. We will also be enforcing all rules and regulations covered in the IPD Safety Presentation. We will be scheduling a Safety Presentation in October for those needing to register their e-Bike. 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 www.southlake.iusd.org.