La Mesa Update

October 21, 2019

Hello La Mesa Families,

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Sincerely,

Michele Krantz

Principal

ASB Step it Up Fundraiser is BACK

It's not too late to participate in the Step it Up fundraiser and help our school.

Click HERE to register your child.


October 23rd is our cash donation day. Bring in cash for the fundraiser and win an opportunity for our VIP Lobo Passes.

PAC Meeting Review

Our PAC meeting was lightly attended, but none-the-less valuable. Our counselor, Mr. Paterson, facilitated an interactive conversation among those present where experiences, questions, and ideas were shared around the topic of bullying. We discussed how to build resilience in kids, ways to tell if your child is being bullied, and strategies for supporting kids. We also shared ways that students and parents can alert the school if they are aware of bullying on campus.


If you would like to attend the business portion of the meeting, that begins at 5:00 pm. The collaborative conversation begins at 6:00 pm.


Our November meeting will focus on the topic of school safety. We hope to see more parents attend.


November 13th Topic Safety

January 15th Topic TBD

February 12th Topic TBD

March 11th Topic TBD

April 15th Topic TBD

May 13th Topic TBD

End of Quarter 1 was October 18th

First-quarter grades will be available to view on the Parent Portal on Tuesday. Some are already posted. Click HERE for a quick link to the Parent Portal. We strongly encourage you to check in on how your child is doing academically.

Halloween Costume Guidelines

Halloween can be a fun time for students to express their creativity and have fun. While we want to allow students the opportunity to celebrate, we still need maintain a positive and appropriate learning environment. We need your help in ensuring that the costumes worn by our students are school appropriate. With this goal in mind, the following guidelines will assist students in making their costume choices:


1. Dress code applies – this includes attire that is modest and respectful

2. Students must be identifiable – no masks or concealing make up

3. No weapons or imitation weapons

4. Gang attire will not be considered an appropriate costume choice

5. Students should be sensitive to other people when making their costume choices.


We will be monitoring costumes throughout the day. We understand that there is subjectivity to what some might consider appropriate. Our goal is to ensure learning is still the primary focus of the day. Administration will make the final determination. Students that are deemed inappropriately costumed will be changed out and not permitted to wear the costume at school. Students are encouraged to share their costume plan with an administrator beforehand if they feel it could be questionable.

We appreciate your support in helping us to allow students to celebrate a fun day and still get a quality education.

Healthy Choices Parent Information Nights -7th Grade Families

The Healthy Choices comprehensive sexual education and HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum is state-mandated curriculum that includes topics such as pregnancy, relationships, human trafficking, body image, sexual orientation and AIDS and HIV information. The curriculum is taught through our PE and science classes in the spring to all 7th-grade students.


To help parents support the discussion happening in class, we provide an evening to present the curriculum to parents. Because this is district curriculum it is the same at all schools. Below are the dates of the principal led presentation at each of the school sites in the district.


Rancho Pico October 21st at 6:30 pm in the MPR

Sierra Vista October 22nd at 5:00 pm in the Library

La Mesa November 4th 6:30 pm in the Library

Placerita November 7th 6:30 pm in the MPR (Tanner Hall)


Here is a link to the videos that are shown in the classroom: https://1.cdn.edl.io/10RbL1xWaaAmNJawhtUY5pzIXeEaocyj0GAkH9EdIkfG4FK0.pdf


Parents also have the right to opt their child out of parts or the entire presentation of this curriculum. That form is available HERE. We encourage you to attend one of the presentations before deciding to opt your child out.

Honor Society

Honor Society members are having an incentive meeting in the MPR this Thursday, Oct.24th. Students must bring your ID and sign in at the beginning of the meeting. We will be going over some announcements and talk about our upcoming field trip. This meeting is ONLY for the Honor Society students that turned in their applications and fulfilled their community service hours.

HOWLing for La Mesa Staff

Please use this opportunity to recognize La Mesa staff members that have made a difference for you or your child by clicking HERE to fill out a message.
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Coming up:

Friday, October 25th - La Mesa Night at the Golden Valley football game (at Canyon High School).

Thursday, October 31st - Dress up For Halloween (Please see guidelines above or on our website)

Wednesday, November 20th - PAC Fundraiser Restaurant Night at Chipotle 4-8pm