La Costa Meadows Elementary School

Weekly Dolphin Blast

Week of January 22, 2023

Hello Dolphin Families!

I hope that all of our families have had a wonderful weekend. We have another busy week ahead and are excited to kick off Kindness Week tomorrow, Monday, January 23rd! Our goal for this week will be to throw kindness like confetti in hopes that our students will see the power that being kind to others can have! Each day this week we will have a spirit day and more information about this week's activities and the spirit day themes can be found below.

This week, our students and staff will engage in learning with I Love a Clean San Diego and the City of Carlsbad as LCM will be launching our School Lunchtime Sorting Program. This program will teach our students the value of reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting. We are excited to launch this program and to do our part to be more Earth friendly on campus!

As I've shared previously, the social emotional and mental health needs of our students are a site focus this school year. We are very fortunate to have a parent in our community who is well versed in ways to support the social emotional needs and development of our students in ways that are rooted in brain research. Mrs. Kiley Wheel, LCM parent and Director of Brain Highways, has graciously offered to donate her time to provide a learning opportunity for our families. Mark your calendars for this Parent Education opportunity which will be held on Thursday, February 9th from 6 - 7 PM in our multi-purpose room. More information on this exciting learning opportunity can be found below. This is a evening you don't want to miss out on!

We're looking forward to another week of learning!

With Dolphin pride,

Mrs. Bedard

Great Kindness Challenge Week - January 23rd - January 27th

Kindness week is this week, January 23rd- January 27th! Throughout the week we will be participating in the Great Kindness Challenge! This is a proactive and positive bullying prevention program that improves school climate and increases student engagement across campus. The Great Kindness Challenge is a week devoted to performing as many random acts of kindness as possible on our campus and beyond! Each student will receive a Kindness Challenge Checklist that will be sent home on Monday, January 23rd. Class and schoolwide kindness activities will take place throughout the week for students to spread kindness like confetti! Our Dolphins will be able to experience the power that being kind to others has this week and beyond!

Every day this week we will have a themed spirit day. Below are this week's themes:

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January Friday Flag Salute

Join us for our next Friday Flag Salute this Friday, January 27th. Parents attending Flag Salute may enter campus at 8:15 AM with their first through fifth grader(s), parents of TK students may enter at 8:15 AM with their children through the kindergarten gate, and parents of kindergarten students may enter at 8:30 AM with their children through the kindergarten gate.

Please note that for safety reasons younger siblings attending Flag Salute with their family may not play on the play structure before school or during Flag Salute. Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation with this!

Kindergarten and First Grade students be performing at this month's Flag Salute!

PTO will also have our coffee cart available for adults, along with with breakfast and snack options for kids. Bring a few bucks to donate, or send some cash along with your child (as well as the signed permission slip). Our PTO will have an additional table setup to purchase Dolphin Gear (dolphins, hats, etc). Thanks for your support!


All California students now have access to BrainFuse free through the public library website listed below. BrainFuse is a product very similar to Paper, the online tutoring program that fourth and fifth graders had access to last year.

Parent Ed Night: Increasing and Connection and Regulation in Your Home (and why that's sometimes a struggle)

The social emotional needs of our students has remained a priority for our school this year. Just as our students and staff being unique strengths to our LCM community, so do our parents! LCM Parent and Director of Brain Highways, Kiley Wheel, has graciously offered to donate her time to lead a valuable parent education opportunity for our families. Please see the attached flyer for more information. This is an opportunity you don't want to miss out on!

Parent Ed Night Flyer

We Need Your Input - It’s Time to Take the LCAP Survey

It's Time! The Local Control Accountability Plan, or LCAP, survey provides SMUSD parents/guardians, staff, students, and community members the opportunity to share feedback on our programs and services. Your input is crucial in developing the goals, actions, and budget priorities for our district.

Please take a few minutes to complete this important survey. All responses will remain anonymous. The survey will close on February 12, 2023. Click here to take the LCAP survey

Newly Launched—Let’s Face It. Together. A Mental Health Program

Let's Face It. Together. is a mental health awareness campaign supported by the San Marcos Unified School District and the City of San Marcos. The campaign aims to help youth and teens get support from the District to address mental health challenges.

Learn more about the program and accessing resources at


Wondering what’s coming for the second half of the year? Visit the PTO website Activities & Events page, or check out our School Calendar, which we update often.


Come to our DOUBLE Dine Out tomorrow, Monday, January 23rd, at Shake Shack and Jeni's Ice Cream in La Costa (The Beacon). **Make sure to mention you’re an LCM family and use the code “DONATIONDAY25” so they’ll donate 25% back to our school!


Reminder to turn in your Winter Reading Raffle sheets to the front office before Wednesday, January 25th! TK-1st grade students need to draw a picture of the book they read, and 2nd-5th graders need to write a summary. Raffle winners will be announced at the Flag Salute on January 27, 2023.


If you haven’t ordered your yearbook yet, sales will close on January 27th for hardcover books, and February 28th for softcover! Additionally, the deadline to personalize a yearbook for your student is January 27th. Order Here


Our next PTO meeting will be held on Monday, January 30th at 5:00 pm in the Library at school. The LCM PTO meets monthly and all LCM families and teachers are invited to attend!


Come jump at Sky Zone Carlsbad and raise money for LCM any time on Sunday, February 5th! Visit Sky Zone (6133 Innovation Way) to purchase your child’s tickets in-store for $20 and a portion of the proceeds will go back to LCM. Make sure to mention you’re there for the LCM fundraiser! *You may complete the waiver online but tickets must be purchased in-store.

Inspire Diagnostics Onsite COVID-19 Testing has closed - At-home test kits available

Inspire Diagnostics, the onsite COVID testing provider for SMUSD, has closed the COVID-19 testing center at the District Office due to a decline in the demand for PCR testing. State and local health agencies recommend the use of over-the-counter (OTC) tests as the primary testing option in K-12 settings. Should you need any at-home test kits, please contact the school health office.

Updated information on COVID-19 testing can be found on our website.


Enjoy the winter weekend off for President’s Day! Hit the slopes, try some ice skating, or simply enjoy the weekend together! You’ve got 4 days off to enjoy it.

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