Loma Ridge Report

A Weekly Newsletter From Mrs. Berumen

IUSD Annual Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete our IUSD Annual Survey. Each year, every school in Irvine Unified administers a climate survey. By making this an annual district-wide effort, we can begin to understand our most compelling needs and measure our growth over time.

Obtaining stakeholder feedback regarding school climate and school-community relationship is critical for guiding our continuous improvement efforts. It also allows IUSD to dedicate resources through our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) to ensure that we serve our students, support our staff, and remain connected to our communities. To learn more about the LCAP and the importance of the Annual Survey, please watch this three-minute informative video.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the IUSD Annual Survey! We know that this is a busy time of year and we appreciate you dedicating your time to provide us candid and constructive feedback. The survey will be open from January 25 to February 22. All responses to this survey are anonymous and will be kept strictly confidential.

Parent survey link:

Annual Survey

Funding Survey Video Link:

School Funding Survey – Your Voice Matters

Our School Choice Window is Open

School Choice applications can now be found on our website. The School Choice application allows parents to identify if they would like their child to attend a school other than their neighborhood school. The deadline for submitting a request is February 26, 2020 at noon. If your child is already at Loma on school choice you DO NOT need to complete a new application. If you have any questions about the process, please call our office at 949-404-1400.
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Valentine's Day Guidelines

We are looking forward to celebrating all the people we love and respect in class for Valentine’s Day. Given that it will look different this year due to health and safety guidelines we wanted to provide some clarity on the structure:

  • Students will be permitted to bring Valentine cards and a NON-FOOD goodie for each student in class on February 8th or 9th (depending on hybrid cohort.) Please note that NO FOOD OR CANDY is permitted. Any edible items that are sent to school will be immediately returned home.
  • If students choose to bring in cards, please be sure they bring in enough for everyone in class. Your child's teacher will provide the number of students in class.
  • We will monitor all paths of travel and distribution to ensure we are following all health and safety guidelines. Students in hybrid cohort A will bring their cards/goodies home on Thursday, February 11th and students in hybrid cohort B and traditional classes will bring their cards/goodies home on Friday, February 12th.

We will also be celebrating in class with creative opportunities and technology components to ensure this is a fun day for students to feel loved. Thank you for all your efforts to continue and keep us all healthy!

Roadrunner Staff Spotlight

Dianna Gray has been a music teacher in the Irvine School District for 30 years. Currently, she teaches strings at 5 schools, Loma Ridge, Santiago Hills, Alderwood, Northwood and Deerfield elementary schools. Mrs. Gray was awarded Music Teacher of the Year in 2002, and in 2010, she was nominated for district teacher of the year. In 2017, Mrs. Gray was awarded the Arts Administrators award for outstanding contributions to the arts in Orange County. As a music director, Mrs. Gray has been the conductor numerous times for the Irvine Unified School District Middle School and Elementary Honor Orchestras, All Southern Honor Orchestras, and the Capistrano Unified School District Middle School and High School Honor Orchestras. One of Mrs. Gray’s favorite times of the year is directing the Irvine Unified School District Summer School music program which hosts 125 fourth through eighth grade students in a performance based orchestra and winds program. In addition to teaching full time, Mrs. Gray performs regularly as a freelance violinist. Performance appointments include the Yorba Linda Symphony in concert with trumpeter Doc Severinsen, KLOS radio show in concert with Phantom of the Opera star, Robert Guillaume, and the Southern California Symphony concert for Pope John Paul II on his 1987 visit to California. To keep live music going during Covid, Mrs. Gray started outdoor neighborhood concerts. To date, she and her guitarist have played 10 outdoor performances bringing a lot of joy to neighborhoods in O.C! Mrs. Gray lives in Laguna Niguel with her husband Marcus, son Sebastian and their beloved puppy Leilani. Mrs. Gray’s favorite things to do are hanging out at the beach with family and friends, home decorating and teaching strings to her students!

We Need You- Become a PTA Volunteer!

The Loma Ridge Nominating Committee is currently looking for interested parents to serve on the Loma Ridge PTA Executive Board. Open positions are as follows:

  1. President
  2. Executive Vice President
  3. VP Programs
  4. VP Membership
  5. VP Fundraising
  6. Treasurer
  7. Secretary
  8. Financial Secretary
  9. Historian
  10. Auditor

Job Descriptions can be found here.

We welcome any interested parents to consider joining us. Please reach out to the Nominating Committee by February 12th at: NomComm@lomaridgepta.org

Irvine Childcare Project Funding Available for Eligible Families

Hello IUSD families,

Do you need assistance with child care payments for your elementary school-age child? The Irvine Child Care Project (ICCP) provides scholarships to income-eligible families to help pay for your child to attend an ICCP child care program. An ICCP child care program is located on each Irvine Unified School District elementary campus.

Awards to eligible applicants cover a percentage of monthly tuition fees based on demonstrated financial need. Scholarship payments are made directly to the ICCP child care provider.

To apply or for more information please visit cityofirvine.org/childcarescholarships or call 949-724-66

Amazon Smile & Ralph's Community Program

Please support our school by signing up for Amazon Smile and the Ralphs Community Program. Both companies generously support schools by giving when you shop with them. Signing up is quick and easy via the following links. Thanks for your support!

Amazon Smile

Ralph's Community Program

Box Tops for Education

Box Tops for Education gives families an easy way to earn cash for their school, with products they already buy. Now you can scan your store receipt with the Box Tops mobile app to identify participating products and instantly add cash to your school's earnings. Please see the flier for more details. Thanks for supporting our school!
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