Loma Ridge Report

A Weekly Newsletter From Mrs. Berumen

IUSD's New Covid-19 Dashboard

Earlier today, the District sent the following communication to the IUSD community about the District’s new COVID-19 Dashboard, which will be a helpful tool for our families and staff. In addition to the dashboard, we will also communicate directly with our community about confirmed cases.

In the event there is a confirmed case on our campus, affected individuals will be contacted directly by me or by school staff. They will receive a letter that may include self-isolation directions and other important information. Families of students who are not affected will not receive an exposure notification and no action will be required. I will also send a message directly to our school community to help keep you informed. You can also view information about our school on the dashboard at iusd.org/dashboard.

It is going to take a concerted effort to keep our students, staff and families safe. In addition to health and safety measures taken on our campus, we encourage families to reinforce the importance of hand-washing, physical distancing and face coverings to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Also, if a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19 or is awaiting test results, please keep your child at home and notify our office. If your child has any symptoms associated with the coronavirus, make sure they stay home and get tested if necessary.

The health and safety of our students, staff and families is our top priority. We are committed to continuously improving our process, including notifications, and we thank you for your partnership. Together, we can limit the spread of COVID-19.

From the District:

Dear IUSD Community,

The Irvine Unified School District is committed to providing accurate and transparent information regarding COVID-19 cases on our campuses, while also maintaining privacy and confidentiality for our students and staff. To this end, the District has created a COVID-19 dashboard reflecting confirmed positive cases among District students and staff on our campuses (in-person instruction only). Data will be updated every day at 5 p.m.

The Dashboard also provides information about IUSD’s communication process, parent reporting requirements, information about how families and students can limit the spread of COVID-19 and links to resources. To access the dashboard, visit iusd.org/dashboard.

In addition to updated information on the dashboard, principals or school staff will also communicate new cases directly to their communities. Please note that our District will only communicate and provide data for confirmed COVID-19 cases.


IUSD Communications

Upcoming Calendar Reminders

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Monday, Oct. 5th through Friday, Oct. 9th

Traditional Students: Oct. 5th through 8th - minimum day schedule 1:25 pm dismissal for 1st through 5th, No school for all students K-5th Friday, October 9th

Hybrid Students: No school for all students Friday, October 9th

School Picture Day

Hybrid Cohort A: October 5th

Hybrid Cohort B & Traditional: October 16th

Become a PTA Member!

We are grateful for the support of our amazing PTA here at Loma Ridge! Whether you are available and interested in being a volunteer or you are unable to volunteer and just want to show your support by becoming a member, we appreciate your membership. We encourage you to become a member today! Please see the flier for more details.
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IVA Intel

IVA Conference Week: October 5th-9th

Teachers will be meeting with all parents to review assessments and expectations. This will be a time for the parents, teachers and students (depending on grade) to establish individual goals for the year. Be sure to sign up with your teachers!

Please remember: NO SCHOOL Tuesday, October 6th

All other days next week are Minimum Days -school is out @ 1:15

Scholastic Book Fair

Our first BOOK FAIR is in full swing!

The Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.

Virtual book fair will be held Monday, Sept 28th – October 11th.

We invite you to visit our online Book Fair by clicking HERE.

All orders are shipped directly to your home! Remember, 25% of all purchases benefit our school! Happy reading, roadrunners!

New Members of School SIte Council

We're excited to introduce our newest parent members of our Loma Ridge School Site Council. Please read below for a little introduction of each new member.

Scindia Dhanasekaran

About me, I am Scindia Dhanasekaran, my Son is in 5th grade and I have volunteered extensively in my son's schools working with principals, teachers, and parents, and the community to provide diversified opportunity and support to all students. In the past, I have served in PTA (Co-Chair of reflection and member of Jog-a-thon committee), classroom parent, and coach for the First Lego League team. I have a dual degree in Computer science and electronics & communication engineering, with 15 years’ experience as a technology leader (VP) and cofounder of an AI-based language learning app. I am an active member of Women in Technology and various STEM, AI, and Machine language technology groups. Finding ways to encourage kids to do STEM and ways to incorporate arts with STEM is a passion of mine. I bring my experience, education, and passion for this volunteer position. I look forward to being part of our journey ahead.

Larry Hsia

I’m Larry Hsia, and I’m first and foremost a parent who loves his son and wants him to have the best possible life, with education as its foundation. I’m a first-generation immigrant who was able to rise from poverty to living an American dream through focusing on education and learning in all respects. I graduated from UCLA with a degree in political science, which has afforded me with a general understanding of the operations of various types of organizations, including schools. I negotiate large-scale land transactions, which requires that I understand finance, law, municipal constraints, and, most importantly, the solutions and answers that are amenable to all parties. I would bring my personal experiences, professional skills, and love of my son to bear on the issues impacting his school.

Panitta Tanakomsirichot

Panitta (Fern) graduated with a Master’s of Business degree from Campbell University (North Carolina) and holds a certificate program degree in Child Care Management from NYU (New York). She also studied children’s fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York and for 4 years pursued her dreams of designing her own children’s wear line. Panitta continues to actively volunteer at a Buddhist organization to support youth and the movement for world peace. Her goal is to be the voice for children and support their happiness, health and development.

Roadrunner Staff Spotlight

Hi Roadrunners, my name is April Ryan, and I am the Administrative Assistant to the Principal here at Loma Ridge. I live in nearby Rancho Santa Margarita with my husband and two teenage daughters.

Prior to joining IUSD, I was in the video game industry where I worked on a number of children’s games from Barbie to Marvel and many more! When I’m not in the office, I enjoy going to the beach, spending time with family and friends and traveling. I am looking forward to a wonderful 20-21 school year!

Show us Your Smile Social Media Campaign

We're excited to kick-off our next social media campaign- Show Us Your Smile! Please see the flier below for the details. We can't wait to see the smiling faces of all of our roadrunners!
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Student Fees, Donations and Fundraising

As a public school district, IUSD is committed to providing each student a free and appropriate public education. You can learn more details regarding fees, donations and fundraising by clicking here.

Upcoming PTA Family Dine-out

Mark your calendars, roadrunners! PTA has scheduled this month's family dine-out at Panera Bread on Jamboree. Please join in the fun on Thursday, October 15th from 4:00-8:00 pm.
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Parent/Caregiver SEL Resource: Shifting Perspectives & Finding Joy

It may be difficult to find joy during the challenging times. Finding ways to flourish during a crisis is more simple than you think. Take a moment to watch the videos and read THIS handout to learn about eleven practical and proven tools to help you find more joy in each day.

Doing Less to Find More Joy (4:03 min.)

How Do I Find Joy? - (2.37 min.) Simon Sinek

IUSD Parent Enrichment Workshops

IUSD's Irvine Family Resource Center (IFRC) will be starting NEW Parent Enrichment Workshops in the month of October to continue supporting IUSD parents in addressing collective recovery from traumatic stressors as well as strengthening resilience strategies for our students. Please see detailed information below regarding the three upcoming October workshops.
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Attendance Procedures - All Academic Models

We appreciate that unexpected and planned absences might occur on a school day. In both cases, we need parents of students in all academic models to report the absence by 9:00 am to our Loma Ridge attendance line. Please call (949) 404-1401 to reach our attendance reporting system. Thank you so much for your attention to this matter.
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Stay connected by following us on social media and by posting images of your roadrunner and tagging us @lomaridgeiusd.

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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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