Loma Ridge Report

A Weekly Newsletter From Mrs. Berumen

Student-free Days

This is a friendly reminder that Friday, October 11th there will be no school for students as we complete parent-teacher conference week. Additionally, Monday, October 14th is a district wide professional learning day for staff and there will be no school for students. We hope you have a wonderful extended weekend with your children!

Bike Safety Program

On Saturday, October 19 from 9-11 a.m. at the Irvine Civic Center (1 Civic Center Plaza), the Irvine Police Department will host a free bike safety class for kids who are 6-11 years old. The program will cover the following safety fundamentals:

· Advice for traveling along safe routes

· Practical, emergency and defensive riding

· Situational awareness

· Common courtesy skills

· Bicycle and equipment maintenance

· Pedestrian safety

RSVP required. Send an email to STARS@cityofirvine.org by Friday, October 11.

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Wildfire Prevention Presentation

The Irvine Police Department (IPD) and the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) will host a wildfire prevention presentation on Wednesday, October 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Portola Springs Elementary School (12100 Portola Springs, Irvine) in the Multi-Purpose Room. During this free event, which is open to the public, residents will learn about ways to help protect their homes, mitigate wildfire risks and the importance of being prepared to evacuate if needed. This may be of particular interest for residents in the Orchard Hills and Portola Springs neighborhoods.

IUSD works regularly with both IPD and OCFA on wildfire prevention, preparedness and training. Click here to read more and to learn how you can Stay Connected to IUSD during an emergency.

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Don't forget to Join PTA & Make a Pledge!

We value our PTA and all of their efforts on behalf of our students and families. If you've not done so already, please take a moment to visit our PTA website and join PTA by clicking here. Our goal is to have 100% of our Loma Ridge families and staff as members of our PTA!

Please also consider donating to our Pledge Drive. The funds raised will ensure that our PTA is able to provide assemblies for our students, classroom grants, community building events and so much more! As a new school, we are starting from scratch and our ability to provide these experiences and resources is dependent upon the funds raised.

Please join us! Our second Loma Ridge dine-out on OCTOBER 17TH!

Our PTA is coordinating monthly dine-out experiences as both a fundraising and community building event. We are excited to join our students and their families for food and fun at these events! Our second dine-out is coming up on OCTOBER 17th at Souplantation in Foothill Ranch. Souplantation will donate 20% of the proceeds to our school. If you can't make it for dinner, please consider dining out for lunch or placing a take-out order. Please see the flier with the details. We hope to see you there!
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Be a part of Trunk or Treat at Loma Ridge

Our fabulous PTA is planning a fun community event and it is just a couple of weeks away! We are excited to have our first Trunk or Treat at Loma Ridge and we encourage you to participate! Please see the flier with more details and participant guidelines. If you are interested in providing your trunk for our students to trunk or treat, please click here.

Volunteers for Trunk or Treat are needed. If you are able to volunteer, please click here to sign up. If not, candy donations are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

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Speak Up, We Care!

Speak Up, We Care! Did you know that IUSD provides mental health and wellness supports to all students and families?

The Speak Up, We Care initiative connects students and families to IUSD mental health and wellness resources. This year’s themed newsletters - - Link Up, Be Kind, and Be Well - - will provide tips on how you can build your child’s resilience.

Please click on the Speak Up, We Care link (www.iusd.org/WeCare) for:

1. IUSD mental health and wellness resources

2. The “Link Up” Elementary School Newsletter to find tips on how to build connections with your child

Check out the “Parent/Guardian Challenge” and feel free to post about how you connected with your child (#speakupwecare).

IUSD and Hoag to Host Gaming, Social Media and Mental Wellness Presentation

In partnership with Hoag Hospital, IUSD has developed the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Speaker Series. Below are details about this free event that is open to the public (16+ recommended). No RSVP needed. Click here to view the event flier.

What: Gaming, Social Media and Mental Wellness Presentation

Who: IUSD and Hoag mental health staff

When: Wednesday, October 23 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Where: University High School (Multi-Purpose Room) 4771 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92618

In this session, speakers will discuss the impacts excessive gaming and social media can have on children and teens, including irritability, depression and anxiety. Parents will learn to recognize the differences between normal behaviors and potentially harmful ones and what they can do to support their children. There will be a question and answer period at the end of the presentation.

To learn more about IUSD mental health and wellness resources, information and services, visit iusd.org/WeCare.

Shop and Earn for Loma Ridge

Are you an Amazon shopper like me? If so, please click here to register your account to benefit our school!

We continue to encourage you to shop-n-earn for our PTA with Community for Cause. Download the app on your smartphone, select Loma Ridge Elementary for your cause, and scan your receipts. We will start earning money each time you shop. There's over 1,000 CFC merchants including: Peppino's, Juice It Up, and SportClips just to name a few. Thank you for your support!
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