Dragon Tales

May, 2021

Teacher Appreciation Week: Monday, May 3 to Friday, May 7

May Calendar

Teacher Appreciation Week May 3-7 - A note, flowers, a card, an email, a gift, a snack/treat. All great ways to let your teachers know how much they are appreciated! Please make sure our teachers feel some love this week!


Scholastic Book Fair May 3-7


Monday, May 3

  • 5th Grade Culmination & Virtual Panoramic pictures - Wear blue school polo (or gray if you don't have blue) and black long pants. [Remote and SHINE 5th graders, come 10:15-11:00, to be included in the panoramic picture]


Tuesday, May 4

  • 6:00: ELAC Meeting - For parents of our English Learners and anyone in our community that is interested.


Wednesday, May 5

  • Talent Show Submissions Due (see below)
  • 3:00: School Site Council Meeting (See below for more information. Positions open for the 2021-22 year. We value your input as we work to set goals for next year!)
  • 6:00: Reading Gives You Wings: The Importance of Reading at Home Spanish Presentation - English translation available. Please register here.


Thursday, May 6

  • 6:00: "Rising 6th Graders" Information Night. Helpful information and strategies for our Spanish speaking families to ensure your 5th grade student has a successful transition from elementary to middle school.


Friday, May 7

  • Progress Reports given to on-campus students [Only for students not meeting benchmarks. Please ask your child's teacher if you didn't receive one...and are not sure if you should have.]


Tuesday, May 11

  • Materials Distribution Day [Including progress reports for students receiving one.]


May 28 and 31: Memorial Day Weekend - NO SCHOOL

We are unable to invite parents on campus for the Book Fair, but shopping is super easy!

Blended/On-Campus Scholars:

  1. Scholars will have the opportunity to visit the book fair for 15 minutes with their class. They will be able to create a wish list to bring home.
  2. Parents can set up an eWallet for a safe, secure, cashless way for your student to shop at the book fair without you. Learn more here.
  3. Or if you prefer, shop online at our own school Book Fair page with their families. Explore the Virtual Book Fair, create an eWallet, or shop the online store. Be sure to sign-in so Ladera STARS library gets credit!

Remote Scholars:

  1. Shop online at our own school Book Fair page with their families.
  2. Explore the Virtual Book Fair (its almost like being there!) or shop the online store, but be sure to sign-in so Ladera STARS library gets credit!


Thank you for supporting our scholars' reading practice...as well as our library!


Para anuncio en español

Talent Show submissions due Wednesday May 5!

This unique opportunity to perform your talent on video opens the door to even more talents you can share!

Talent Show Submission instructions and upload.

Spanish submission and upload.

(Need help uploading your video? Contact Mrs. Nassar)

Time to ENROLL TK & Kindergarteners for Aug. 2021!

For the 2021-2022 school year, students born between 7/1/2016 and 9/1/2016 are eligible for either TK or Kindergarten. Students born between 9/2/2016 and 12/2/2016 are only eligible for TK. Let us know if you need help enrolling! (805) 492-3565

PTA News

STARS Community & CVUSD News

School Site Council (SSC)

Your Input is Needed!

The School Site Council (SSC) will have one parent representative position available for the 2021-22 school year.

  • We would love to have you come to our next SSC Zoom meeting, May 5, at 3 PM, so you can see a little of what we do.
  • Complete the SSC self-nomination form if you would like more information or already know that you'd like to be part of the decision making team for our school! (more information below)

A Message from Mrs. Wall

Dear STARS Academy Family,


CAASPP Testing in 2021 and student performance data

I am happy to let you know that CVUSD has received a waiver and will not be administrating the standardized tests this year. Instead, our schools and districts will be giving the District benchmark exams and assessments (as we do every year) and carefully comparing the data to years past to learn more about academic setbacks related to school closures and COVID-19-related impacts on learning.


I can tell you that at the end of Trimester 2 our students in most grade levels were on par with students at the end of Trimester 2 of 2020. This is good news and a definite testimonial of the hard work our teachers, students and parents have put towards academic performance.


Upper Grade Playground and other campus updates

  • We are in the final stages of planning for our new upper grade playground. With a space theme and an ultra-modern look, next year's 3rd-5th graders will be zipping, swinging, and climbing to the STARS!
  • A very large shade structure is planned for our quad area (between classroom buildings). This will be a great benefit to our students during our outdoor assemblies and events, and will enhance the area as an outdoor-extension to our classrooms. Yay for shade!
  • We strive to always keep moving forward with our school's technology. Our classrooms from Room 9 to Room 16 = our TK room, will be getting Promethean ActivPanels installed this summer (or maybe before). These 75" touchscreen panels will bring all sorts of new opportunities into the classrooms...some we haven't even thought of yet!


I know this has been quite a year! Please help your kids to focus and put their best efforts into their academics. We have six more weeks of important learning. Let's finish strong!


We are in this TOGETHER!

Mrs. Wall

SSC - Interested? / Consejo escolar - Interesado?

Choose your preferred language when you enter the from. / Elija su idioma preferido cuando ingrese al formulario.

Big picture

Ladera STARS Academy

Students inspired to reach for the STARS through explorations in Science, Technology, Arts and Rigorous Scholarship.