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Principal Newsletter

November 20, 2017


Dear Lions,


Curriculum and Instruction:


CUSD After-School and Early-Morning Experience

Session 2: November 13th – January 25th

Remember!  The week of November 20th there are no programs due to the holiday break.  Our Saddleback Community Education office will be open November 20th, 21st and 22nd if you would like to contact us. Registration for Session 2 is still available but you must call our office!  Community Education Office: (949)582-4646

Office Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:30AM – 4:00PM

Please visit our website to view what is running at your school:


Attention parents of all seventh grade students:  The Signs of Suicide curriculum and Brief Screening for Adolescent Depression (BSAD) will be presented the all seventh grade PE classes on Thursday, November 30th and Friday, December 8th. Please review the linked letter Signs of Suicide Presentation Letter.pdf    for the specific goals and objectives of the SOS lesson.  If you have any questions, please contact our school counselor, Mr. Bogiatzis.  He can be reached at


Student and Parent Concerns:


Vaping is the trendy term for using an electronic cigarette. Here's a quick overview for clueless parents and nonsmokers like me: Instead of inhaling smoke, users inhale vapor from their e-cigarette cartridge. E-cigarettes contain liquid nicotine and flavoring to make the vapor more appealing. This liquid (also called vape juice, e-juice and e-liquid) heats up inside the cartridge to produce vapor.


Appealing to Teens: The e-cigarette industry has quickly developed a slew of e-cigarette products that appeal to teens: E-pens, vape pens, e-Hookahs, and hookah pens are some of the more popular nicknames. The bright, iPod-like colors of these devices are enticing to teens; you even plug in and re-charge them just like other tech gadgets. And e-liquid comes in fun flavors like bubble gum, chocolate and watermelon — all available online.

Readily available, cool, tech-like…and unregulated by the U.S. Government: Unlike the tobacco industry and even nicotine gums and patches, there is no national legislation regarding the marketing and selling of e-cigarettes and their ingredients. And liquid nicotine can be bought and sold over the Internet without much oversight. Just one tablespoon of liquid nicotine, at high concentrations, can kill an adult, according to a recent article in The New York Times.

What Should Parents Do?:  So what's a worried parent to do? It may sound trite, but talking to your middle or high school child about the dangers of vaping and nicotine is your best defense. Until the U.S. Government and the FDA issue guidelines for regulating e-cigarettes, it's up to parents to educate themselves and their children. Experts suggest opening a dialogue with your teens. Consider watching the thought-provoking video link, "Do Vape Pens Trick Teens?" with your kids. Make sure that your teen knows that a vape pen is just another name for an e-cigarette, and that no matter what the name, these devices can deliver powerful hits of a very addictive drug: Nicotine.

Don't leave it up to the e-cigarette marketers and celebrities to educate your children about this so-called "healthier" alternative to smoking. Here are some specific tips for parents on how to talk to their teen about the dangers of vaping.


Please have your student look through the lost and found for any missing items such as jacket, lunchbox, pencil pouch, etc.

Items not claimed will be bagged up and donated on December 1st.


Parents of 8th Graders...If you would like to place an ad in the LRMS yearbook for your 8th grader, please follow the instructions for Yearbook Recognition Ads at The deadline for ads is February 16, 2018.


Yearbook Information for ALL Grades...The first Presale deadline to purchase a yearbook is December 1, 2017. Prices will increase after that date. Buying a yearbook during presale is the only way to guarantee your child will receive a yearbook at the end of the year. You may purchase a yearbook online at order forms are also available in the office or room P-8.


Early Out Requests: For less classroom disruption and to help expedite student early out requests, please send a note with your student in the morning. They are to bring the note to the front office before school begins. They will be given a “Special Excuse” slip to show their teacher in the class they are to leave. We understand sometimes you do not know in the morning about the appointment. On those few occasions, please arrive a few minutes early so we can send for your student to come to the office. Please note that if we need to send for your student during his/her PE class, it could take 10-15 extra minutes, please allow for that time.  Please remember to bring in your ID when you come to sign out your student. Students leaving early are NOT permitted to leave campus without a parent or authorized contact coming into the office to sign them out.




Save the Date!! November 30, 2017: LRMS PTA will be holding its first ever Holiday Craft Fair and Bazaar fundraising for our teacher grants and student programs.  There will be 20+ fabulous local crafters and vendors, including some of our very own LRMS teachers and staff. This is a great opportunity to find unique gifts for the holidays.  Come out and enjoy some great shopping and great food from The Burnt Truck.  


WHAT:  LRMS Holiday Craft Fair & Bazaar

WHEN: November 30th (rain or shine)


WHERE:  LRMS Multi-Purpose Room


Important Dates to Remember

Nov. 20-24                 Thanksgiving Recess

November 27             School Resumes

December 21             End of 2nd quarter

December 22             Pupil Free Day

Dec. 25- Jan. 5          Winter Recess

January 8                  School resumes

January 15                Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -  No School


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News from Capistrano Unified School District:


1.         The attendance rate is important because students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school consistently. It's difficult for the teacher and the class to build their skills and progress if a large number of students are frequently absent.

2.         It helps us build opinions and have points of view on things in life. People debate over the subject of whether education is the only thing that gives knowledge. Some say education is the process of gaining information about the surrounding world while knowledge is something very different. They are right.

3.      School budgets may suffer when students don’t attend. In many states, school budgets are based on the average daily attendance at a school. If many students enrolled at a school fail to consistently attend, the school has less money to pay for essential classroom needs.

4.      The attendance rate is important because students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school consistently. It’s difficult for the teacher and the class to build their skills and progress if a large number of students are frequently absent. In addition to falling behind in academics, students who are not in school on a regular basis are more likely to get into trouble with the law and cause problems in their communities.

A 2008 study conducted by the Rodel Community Scholars at Arizona State University that tracked students from kindergarten through high school found that dropout patterns were linked with poor attendance, beginning in kindergarten. Gregory Hickman, director of the Rodel Community Scholars program and former director of the Arizona Dropout Initiative, notes they discovered that as early as kindergarten, behavioral differences are apparent between those who go on to graduate and those who drop out, with dropouts missing an average of 124 days by eighth grade.

The Board of Trustees desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district’s academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities.  The Board prohibits, at any District school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.


With Lion Pride,



George Duarte, Ed.D.


Ladera Ranch Middle School





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