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Students are expected to be seated in class when the tardy bell rings. If a student is late to school, he/she is required to check in with the attendance office before going to class. Frequent tardiness without a valid excuse is considered truancy under state law. You may view your student attendance and tardy records by logging into SchoolLoop and clicking on the attendance tab or through the Student and Parent Portals. 

Principal Newsletter

October 16, 2017


Dear Lions,


Retake Picture Day is Wednesday October 18th during your student’s PE class.


Curriculum and Instruction:


Social Media Safety Night with Deputy Cranford on Tuesday, October 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the MPR (please attached flyer). _24984701_3dd4bd6f7f1966a64775cd2fa7166be3fca01a2a.jpg Additionally, Deputy Cranford will be speaking to all of our students on Monday, October 16 through PE classes. Clayton Cranford is a law enforcement professional based in Southern California. Clayton is one of the nation’s leading law enforcement educators on social media and child safety and the author of “Parenting in a Digital World.” He created Cyber Safety Cop, an Internet and social media safety program. It teaches parents and students how to avoid the inherent risks of social media and other web based platforms by using safe habits.


CUSD After-School and Early-Morning Experience: 8 Week Programs ** Classes run one day a week, Monday-Thursday ** Classes taught by CUSD Teachers and professional experts. Session 2: November 13th – January 25th Registration is Live on October 16thRegister online at or call the Community Education office at (949) 582-4646.  Office Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:30AM – 4:00PM


Student and Parent Concerns:


Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Workshop Flyer

Please see attached a flyer from the Special Education Community Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC meets monthly, and the flyer shares information regarding an upcoming workshop on February 15th regarding grade level transitions. We are sending this flyer directly to CAC members, but we ask all of you to consider sharing it with the families that you support. For more information re CAC and their meeting schedule, please visit our website:


Online Special Ed Parent Survey – Please Forward to your Families

Below is a link for an online parent survey so that we can collect input regarding a CUSD parent resource center (coming soon!) and the Parent Support Network. Please feel free to forward this link to all of the families that you support and please let them know that the deadline for the survey is Wednesday, 10/18/17.

Here is the link:


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.


It's not too late to join PTA! If you missed us at registration, membership is only $13 and the funds help provide many benefits to our students including technology needs, school assemblies and speakers, Reflections, and teacher grants.

Membership forms are located in the office. Please contact Judi Pitko with any questions,


American Red Cross Opportunity:  The Orange County Fire Authority, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and the American Red Cross are recruiting student volunteers for a smoke alarm event in Aliso Viejo on Saturday, October 21.

I’m hoping you’ll share the attached flyer with student athletes who might be looking for outreach opportunities or in need of volunteer hours.

Students will be included on teams with firefighters, Red Cross partners, and community volunteers and will assist as we install free smoke alarms and provide residents with fire safety information. All volunteers must be at least 14 years old to participate. Saturday events generally last from 8AM to 2PM and lunch is provided. Volunteers have a great time, and leave knowing they’ve made a real difference in their community. They may even be responsible for saving a life!  Please ask interested students to register online at or contact  to sign up. They must also bring a copy of the attached waiver, signed by a parent or guardian, the morning of the event. Verification of volunteer hours worked will be provided at the end of the event.

Volunteer Flyer Link

Volunteer Waiver Link


Important Dates to Remember

October 13                  End of 1st Quarter (grades posted on Parent Portal a week later)

October 18                 Make Up pictures (during PE class)

October 26                   Minimum Day (Dismissal 12:15pm)

November 1               Pupil Free Day – professional development for teachers

November 10             Veterans Day – No School

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


News from San Juan Hills High School


San Juan Hills High School - 2017-2018 Girls Basketball Academy - All 5th-8th GradersMonday and Wednesday 6-7:30 PM in the SJHHS gymnasium, 29211 Vista Montana, San Juan Capistrano 92675


All basic fundamentals as well as advanced basketball knowledge will be covered. 

2 teams exist for play in local tournaments throughout the fall and winter seasons. If you have questions or are interested in participating you can email at or simply show up Monday or Wednesday for the academy sessions.


News from Tesoro High School

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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.


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