La Costa Meadows Elementary School

Weekly Dolphin Blast

Week of November 6, 2022

Happy Sunday Dolphin Families!

I hope that this communication finds all of our families enjoying their weekend. Today, Daylight Savings Time ended so hopefully you remembered to set your clocks back one hour.

This week will be a short one with Veterans Day on Friday and no school for students. On behalf of our entire LCM staff, I'd like to express our gratitude to all of the men and women who have served our country. Thank you for your service, we appreciate you!

Families, is your child missing a jacket? Lunch box? Water bottle? Our Lost and Found is overflowing! All items not picked up by the end of day on Friday, November 18th will be donated over Thanksgiving Break.

In recent weeks, there has been an increase in the number of families making a left turn when exiting the school parking lot. Please note that the exit is right turn only. Unfortunately, the sign that was posted indicating that the exit is right turn only was stolen. A replacement sign has been ordered. Thank you for your support with ensuring that you make a right turn only when exiting the parking lot.

With Dolphin pride,

Mrs. Bedard

Make-up Picture Day

Make-up Picture Day is this Tuesday, November 8th. If your student was absent on picture day or if you were not happy with their initial photos and contacted Jostens, your child will have their picture taken this Tuesday.

Student Council Sponsored Food Drive

The Student Council is hosting a Food Drive for the San Diego Food Bank from Monday, November 7th - Wednesday, November 16th. In San Diego County, there are more than one million people who face food insecurity. Our goal is to collect 200 pounds of food for the San Diego Food Bank! Please see the list below of the items that are needed most. Students can bring their donations to their classroom and the Student Council Representatives will come to collect them each day. Thank you for your support!

Most Needed Food Drive Items:

  • Canned Meats (Tuna, Chicken, Ham)

  • Dry or Canned Beans

  • Cereal and Oatmeal

  • Rice

  • Peanut Butter

  • Canned Soup

  • Canned Fruit

  • Canned Vegetables

  • Powdered Milk

  • Pasta

  • Infant Formula

Please note: We cannot accept any glass containers, home-canned, or baked items.

Stranger Danger Assemblies for 1st - 5th Grade

School Resource Officer Herrera with the San Diego Sheriff's Department will be facilitating Stranger Danger assemblies for our 1st through 5th grade students this week. For more information or to ask questions about the assembly, please refer to the contact information in the link below.

Stranger Danger Assembly Flyer- English

Stranger Danger Assembly Flyer - Spanish

Student Council Sponsored Spirit Day

Break out your neon, big hair, leg warmers, and fanny packs! Our next Student Council sponsored Spirit Day will be Friday, November 18th. This month's theme is 80's Day!

COVID-19 Testing After Thanksgiving and Winter Break

Due to the increased travel and social interactions that often occurs during school breaks, it is recommended that students and staff get tested for COVID-19 prior to returning to school following major breaks and holidays (e.g., Thanksgiving, winter, spring). The week prior to Thanksgiving break, your child will receive a COVID-19 at-home test kit. Each test kit contains two tests.

Here is a schedule of when you should test your child:

  • On Monday, November 28th, prior to coming to school or the evening before, and

  • On Monday, January 9th, prior to coming to school or the evening before.

If your child tests positive, please email the school health office at [insert health office email address]. Be sure to include your child’s full name, date of birth, and the date they tested positive. If your child experienced symptoms prior to testing positive, please include the date of symptom onset and a list of the symptoms they experienced.

Thank you for helping to keep our school community healthy and safe.

Opt-In to receive SMUSD Text Messages

SMUSD utilizes the SchoolMessenger system which can deliver text messages to your mobile phone with important districtwide information, safety alerts, and more.

You can opt-in now just by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to SMUSD’s short code number, 67587.

You can also opt out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop”.

If you do not wish to receive text messages, you do not need to do anything.

Please see the flyers with further details:

English flyer

Spanish flyer

City of San Marcos - Active Transportation Plan

If you’ve ever asked yourself “What would make me walk or bike more?”, now is your chance to make your voice heard! As part of their Active Transportation Plan (ATP), the City of San Marcos is hosting a Public Workshop on Tuesday, November 15th from 6 - 8 pm at the Community Center Dining Room at 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069.

The City’s Active Transportation Plan has the potential to greatly impact walking and biking in our community, and it is important for them to hear your feedback. For more information and details, please visit:

La Costa Meadows PTO

The LCM PTO is an awesome team of volunteer parents and teachers working together to create a fun, inclusive environment for you and your children. We are looking forward to meeting you at our annual school events & activities!

Facebook Group:


We are very excited for the 2nd Annual Reindeer Run at La Costa Meadows on Saturday, December 3rd. We'll have 1k and 5k participation options for all ages (includes shirt and medal). The deadline to sign up is Sunday, November 13th. Click here to sign up now!


It's time for the 6th annual LCM Variety Show! We're looking for LCM students in all grades to participate with their unique talents! Pickup audition packets this week from Mrs. Smith's class (B-22) before the end of the week (11/10). Auditions start Monday, November 14th!

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