September 26, 2016
Good afternoon Lions!
Instruction, Curriculum, and Assessment:
The Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) is pleased to inform you that we are continuing to review and enhance our GATE program to find ways to improve the educational experience for our gifted and advanced learners across the District. Please know that the GATE program is not being eliminated. CUSD is committed to gathering feedback from all stakeholders as we consider improvements to our GATE program. We are currently collecting feedback from teachers, parents, and administrators. This Fall, input will be collected through surveys and advisory groups comprised of teachers, GATE coordinators, administrators, and parents. Based upon their feedback, recommendations will be brought to the Board for consideration. If you would like to be considered as the parent representative for your school site, please contact your school principal.
Our PAL students will be recycling empty aluminum cans and water bottles every Wednesday in front of room 724. Please separate cans and bottles into two different bags so your drop-off is quick and smooth.
Important Dates to Remember:
October 20 Minimum Day (Dismissal at 12:15).
October 31 Pupil Free Day (Professional Development Day for
November 11 Veteran’s Day Holiday No School
November 21-25 Thanksgiving Recess
December 21 End of 2nd Quarter
December 22 Pupil Free Day (Professional Development for teachers)
Dec 23-Jan 6 Winter Recess
Student and Parent Concerns:
PTA General Association Meeting- September 27th, 2016 at 8:30am: Hello LRMS families! We hope you will “save the date” for our first LRMS PTA General Association meeting occurring on Tuesday, September 27th @ 8:30am in the MPR. Our guest speaker, Dr. Duarte, will be offering a “Welcome Back to School” session to inform you of the latest school information as well as answer all of your questions. We hope to see you there!
PTA Reflections: "What Is Your Story?" is this year's theme for the National PTA Reflections Art Contest. Reflections is a PTA-sponsored program that encourages students to participate in the Arts and earn recognition by expressing their thoughts and creativity through any of the six categories: Visual Arts, Literature, Photography, Dance Choreography, Film/Video, and Musical Composition. General program information, entry forms and detailed rules for each category are available on the Fourth District PTA's website at www.fourthdistrictpta.org. Go to "Programs" and click on "Reflections." Entries must be submitted to your student's teacher or front office by Monday, September 26, 2016 before 3:00pm. Please note that we are unable to accept late or incomplete entries. Also, please carefully review the instructions for each category. The entry form must include an artist's statement and a parent signature. If you have any further questions please contact Hilary Clark at email@example.com or Julie Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two Easy, Stress Free ways to help Earn Money for our School!
1. Ralph’s Grocery Store Purchases: (I did this earlier this week and it really was easy!) Do you or any of your family members or neighbors shop at Ralphs Grocery Stores? If so, Ralphs will donate a portion of your purchases back to LRMS PTA at no cost to you! All you need to do is visit www. ralphs.com. Click on the Community tab and register your Ralphs Rewards Card online through the Community Contributions Program. The program begins on September 1, 2016 and new supporters and current supporters and will need to register or re-register their Ralphs card on or after September 1st at www. ralphs.com or by calling 1-800-443-4438. For your convenience, step-by-step website registration instructions can be found at www.ralphs.com, click on Community, click on Community Contributions, click on ‘Enroll Now’. If you don’t have computer access, please call 1-800-443-4438 for assistance.
2. Your Amazon Purchases: The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your purchases to our school…at no cost to you. Simply log into your Amazon account at www.smile.amazon.com and choose LRMS PTA as your charity of choice. You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to LRMS PTA. When you are ready to shop at Amazon simply go to www. smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device and start shopping! To make it even easier you may want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com so you never forget. Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for a donation!
PTA Memberships: It's not too late to sign up to be a member of our PTA. It is only $12 and your contribution helps fund many fun and educational programs at LRMS! There are membership forms in the front office. Please contact Audree McClintick (email@example.com) or Jamie Foster (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
News from Capistrano Unified School District:
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