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Principal Newsletter

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 sbenclark@yahoo.com or Julie Brennan at julieabrennan@hotmail.com.


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 (amcclintick@me.com) or Jamie Foster (zjsmom@cox.net) 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




7th Grade Students must show proof TDAP Vaccine to attend school.



Unfortunately we have no control over what happens to our messages once they are sent out from the listserv. Many times they do get blocked by spam email filters that providers like Google, Yahoo and Cox (to list a few) have in place.


The suggestion that seems to work best for parents who experience delivery issues is to add the email address of the listserv to their email address book/contacts and also to their list of approved/safe senders (white list).  In this way our messages are better “recognized” by the email provider when they arrive.


The email address of for LRMS listserv is:  lrms-listserv@listserver.capousd.org





Today: 9/24/16


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Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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