Stonegate News

September 10, 2020

A Message from Sharon Smith, PTA President

Please join us for the first general PTA meeting Friday, September 11th at 1:00 PM.

Topic: General PTA Meeting

Time: Sep 11, 2020 01:00 PM US/Pacific

Join Zoom Meeting

Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Meeting ID: 833 8075 8394

Passcode: 427w15s

Return to School Information

Assuming the county’s data continues trending in a positive direction for 14 consecutive days, IUSD schools will reopen for in-person instruction, for those who selected an in-person academic model, September 24-25.

At Stonegate, all kindergarten and traditional model students will return to school on Thursday, September 24. Hybrid students assigned to the Monday/Thursday cohort will return on Thursday, September 24 and hybrid students assigned to the Tuesday/Friday cohort will return to school on Friday, September 25.

In addition to planning throughout the summer, IUSD administrators, principals, teachers and staff continue to diligently work around the clock to implement IUSD opening and safety plans and to prepare for the transition to in-person instruction. To support these efforts, the District has moved two staff development days from October 12 and February 12 to take place on September 21 and 22, which will now be non-student days for all IUSD students, including IVA students.

The transition schedule for back to school in-person instruction will be as follows:

  • Monday, September 21: Staff Development Day/Non-Student Day
  • Tuesday, September 22: Staff Development Day/Non-Student Day
  • Wednesday, September 23: Distance Learning Day
  • Thursday, September 24: First day of in-person instruction per regular schedule
  • Friday, September 25: Second day of in-person instruction per regular schedule

Please note that October 12 and February 12 will be restored as instructional days. IUSD calendars online will be updated to reflect these changes.

IUSD would like to extend a special thank you to the Irvine Teachers Association, the California School Employee Association, and our dedicated teachers, staff and leadership team for pivoting quickly to make this adjustment. Their ongoing planning and efforts will make a positive difference for our students as they transition back to campus.

School Site Preparations and Communications

Over the next two weeks, please continue to check your email as I will be providing information regarding our updated safety procedures so that you know what to expect upon return. In the meantime, please take a moment to view the District’s Opening and Safety Planning page, the COVID-19 resource webpage and our FAQ, as they contain rich and relevant information regarding our District’s plans and the reopening of schools.

Attention 5th Grade Families - SEL Workshops Available

We have partnered with Western Youth Services (WYS) to provide more support for our Stonegate community. WYS is shifting service delivery to accommodate distance learning and the various academic models, and they are offering to have our families pilot three of their workshops to support 5th graders!

The 3-part series will cover:

  • Identifying and regulating emotions
  • Empathy
  • Coping skills

While the workshops have been created to reach students, WYS encourages parents and students to sign up through the links below. They do encourage the same group of students to be present for all 3 parts to build rapport with the presenters so it will require some commitment!!

Identifying and Regulating Emotions:


Coping Skills & Self-Care Tools:

If you should have any questions, please reach out to our Elementary Resource Counselor, Joanne Choi at

Textbook Access

Although we will be distributing materials on Monday, August 24th and Tuesday, August 25th, you may also access online textbooks using the following links:

Online Textbooks

· Elementary Students (K-6) – Logon Instructions and Links

General Resources

· Student Password Reset
Big picture

Northwood High School's Girls Who Code Club challenges the prominent gender gap in technology today through providing accessible computer science and coding education in after-school meetings for students (of all genders). Our curriculum is developed specifically for elementary school students and includes basic coding principles and syntax in both Scratch and Python.

Please see the attached flyer for information regarding the online zoom classes every Monday from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.

Big picture