September Tiger Tales

The latest news and updates from LGAE

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Hi Tiger Families,

Welcome to a wonderful new school year! Each month, I'll be sharing our Tiger Tales newsletter. Our newsletter will highlight what's happening here at LGAE, as well as share information about upcoming events and ways that you get involved and stay connected with our staff and other families!
We have truly enjoyed welcoming our students back to campus. Our hallways and classrooms are full of energy and it's clear that students are excited to be back to school in-person! During these first few days of school, it has been wonderful getting to watch our students digging into thoughtful learning opportunities. From paper clip parachutes to painted self portraits, we're quickly jumping back in to all of the hands-on, creative ways of learning that occur best when face to face!

Our focus this year is on connection. Our hope for every student, family and staff member is that they feel connected to one another and to our school. Although physical distance may separate us, we strive to build deep emotional connections that ensure each person is seen, valued and heard as a part of our Tiger family.

One of the ways to deepen our connection is having frequent conversations with your child about how their school day went. If you're looking for more than the typical "How was your day?" "Good" conversation, here are some questions you could ask your child to prompt them to think and share about their day..

  • Who is someone that made you smile today?
  • Who did you play with today?
  • What is one way you helped someone at school?
  • What was something that you did today that was hard or difficult to do?
  • What do you wish you got to do more of?
  • What's something that made you laugh?
  • Is there someone you would like to say thank you to today? Someone you'd like to say sorry to today?
  • What do you hope to do again tomorrow?

We are grateful for your support and are looking forward to an amazing school year together!


Ms. Ochi

Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Students

For the 2021-2022 school year, breakfast and lunch are free for all students.

Please help us by completing a 2021-2022 Household Income Form

online at

Free COVID-19 Testing begins Thursday

Free Covid-19 testing is available to students and staff every Thursday. Only students with a signed permission form will be allowed to test. Permission forms were sent home on a purple paper on Monday but are also available in the office!
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Wednesday, Sept. 1- Coffee with the Principal at 8:45am

Monday, Sept. 6- Labor Day, No School

Tuesday, Sept. 7- Back to School Night (Virtual on Zoom) from 5-6:30pm

Friday, Sept. 10- Sports Day Spirit Day!

Tuesday, Sept. 21- ELAC at 8:45am

Friday, Sept. 24- PTA at 3pm

Monday, Sept. 27- School Site Council at 3:10pm

As a reminder, every Wednesday is a minimum day. On Wednesdays, school ends at 1:28pm.

Don't forget, there is no school on Monday, September 6th for the Labor Day Holiday.

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Please join us for Back to School Night on Tuesday September 7th from 5-6:30pm.

Back to School Night will be held virtually on Zoom! Zoom links will be shared through Class Dojo. Our teachers are excited to meet you and share more about what to expect this school year! In order to accomodate for families with multiple children, teachers will be presenting the same information in three time slots: 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm.

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There are many great events happening in the month of September! Our district's parent and family engagement specialist, Azucena Garcia, has compiled a list of family-friendly events like online game nights, wellness classes and a chess tournament! The document also contains resources for families on a variety of topics to support different needs! Click here to read on.

Interested in learning more or have some ideas to share?

Contact Azucena at

LGAE Parent and Family Leads

Here at LGAE, we also have two amazing staff members dedicated to deepening our connection with our parents and families.

Emma Rios is our parent volunteer coordinator. Many of you may already know Mrs. Rios. Besides being the first face students see as they enter school at our auditorium gate, Mrs. Rios is deeply connected to the Lemon Grove community. As a former parent to Lemon Grove learners, Mrs. Rios cares deeply about our schools and ensuring that all parents are able to participate and partner in their children's learning and growth! Although on campus volunteers are currently not permitted due to COVID protocols, Mrs. Rios is supporting our work virtually and you can find her at monthly PTA meetings! To reach out to Mrs. Rios, email

Francis Lacsamana, or Mr. L as he is most commonly known to some of our littlest lemons, is LGAE's parent and family engagement lead! Together with Azucena, he will be sharing opportunities for families to engage with both the LGAE and greater Lemon Grove community. Besides being a phenomenal part of our Kindergarten teaching team, Mr. L is also a parent to one of our very own Tigers and lives in the Lemon Grove community. To reach out to Mr. L, email