22882 Loumont Drive, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Phone:949-830-4670 Fax: 949-859-2071 Absence: 949-951-4635
Bonnie Chadd, Principal June 2007
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As discussed in previous newsletters and at PTA and School Site Council Meetings, Aliso School and other SVUSD elementary schools submitted proposals to the District for revising the daily schedule for the 2007 – 2008 school year, and our new schedule has been approved. On the new schedule, students will be in school for the same amount of instructional time as they are now. The new schedule will provide for structured professional collaboration time reserved for teacher Professional Learning Community (PLC) responsibilities. This time will support our efforts to set goals, evaluate student progress, implement instructional strategies and best practices, and collaborate with colleagues to ensure student success. The new schedule, which is published below, has a school day of 8:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, with each Tuesday as a minimum day from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for
grades 1 – 6. The kindergarten schedules are detailed below. Revisions in bus routes which service our students have been made to support the new schedule. Administrators of The Learning Connection (TLC) and Kid’s Factory are working with us to make sure that childcare and supervision is provided to accommodate our new schedule.

2007-2008 DAILY SCHEDULE -
AM Kindergarten* (no change from 2006-2007)
Start: 8:00 a.m.
Dismissal: 11:20 a.m.
PM Kindergarten
Start: 10:40 a.m.
Dismissal: 2:20 p.m.
Grades 1 – 6
Start: 8:00 a.m.
Dismissal: 2:15 p.m.

TUESDAY - Early Dismissal Day Schedule
Also: Parent Conference Days, Back-to-School Night, and Open House Schedule
Kindergarten – AM
8:00 – 11:20 a.m.
Kindergarten – PM – Tuesdays, Open House, last day of school
Start: 10:40 a.m.
Dismissal: 1:05 p.m.
Kindergarten – PM – Parent Conference Days
Start: 8:00 a.m.
Dismissal: 11:20 a.m.
Grades 1-6
Start: 8:00 a.m.
Dismissal: 1:00 p.m.

*AM Kindergarten has busing and TLC students

MOVING? - If there is a possibility or certainty that your child (K-5th grade this year) will not be attending Aliso School next year, please call the school office at 830-4670 to notify our staff immediately. Thank you.

YEARBOOKS FOR SALE - Orders are still being taken for Aliso 2006-2007 Yearbooks. The cost of each yearbook is now $15 CASH. The Yearbook will be delivered the last week of school, June 18 – 21. Order forms are available in the school office.

RETIREMENTS - Best wishes to Mrs. Cathy Miller and Mr. Mike Trokey who are retiring in June after more than 60 years in education, teaching and guiding students to success. We will miss them both greatly !
STUDENT COUNCIL -Thank you for supporting our Student Council all year with your donations to food drives, ink cartridges, old cell phones, Box Tops for Education, T-shirts, and yearbook sales. Our students showed great school spirit and outstanding generosity to the community. A special thanks goes to Mrs. Thomsen and Mr. Stanbury for their excellent work as advisors to the Student Council.

CLASS ACT EVENTS ~ School Trip to the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Friday, June 8 – Our school field trip to the new Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center for the Pacific Symphony Concert was fabulous. As one of only 40 Class Act Schools in the county, our students were able to enjoy a concert by the Pacific Symphony in a venue that many people will never see. Participation in the CLASS ACT Program is an enriching, exciting experience for our students. Thanks to the PTA for funding the transportation.
BRAVO Assembly - On Monday, June 11 the students of Aliso performed in their Second Annual Bravo Assembly at 10:15 a.m. outdoors on the upper grade field. It was great that so many parents and families were able to come to see all grades perform creative activities inspired by the music of Sergei Prokofiev, the CLASS ACT composer of the year. Our musician, Ian McKinnell, was very impressed with the variety of our performances which included dancing, dramatics, artwork, speaking, and playing musical instruments. We are anxious to learn who our Class Act composer and musician will be next year!

PTA NEWS –A HUGE thank you goes to our PTA for the $25,000 donation to our new computer lab, which will be located in the new multiuse building. In September our new lab will be equipped with new computers, thanks to all PTA members. This donation shows how our PTA makes a tremendous difference in the quality of our school programs.

The PTA Executive Board and Coordinators for 2007-2008 is composed of the following outstanding volunteers:
Executive Board -
President – Charlotte Reed
Executive Vice-President – Allyson Shimasaki
Vice-President/Membership – Mary Barnard
Vice President/Ways and Means - OPEN
Corresponding Secretary – Josie Ruiz
Secretary – Ana Ruiz
Treasurer - Gretchen Sanchez
Financial Secretary – Norma Yokota-Norwood
Auditor - Mercedes Winvick
Parliamentarian – Michelle Danaher
Historian (and Membership) – Michelle Bowren
Hospitality Chair – OPEN
Programs - Susan Dunn Muratalla
Science Fair – Bernadette Halter
Coordinators -
Art Masters – Sue Thomas
Book Fair – Julie O’Sullivan
Bulletin Boards – Teri Griffin
Class Act – Allyson Shimasaki
Fall Fundraiser – OPEN
Jog-A-Thon – OPEN
Legislation – Paul Barnard
Open House – OPEN
Reflections – Susan Dunn Muratalla
Room Mom Volunteer – OPEN
Teacher Appreciation – LeeAnne VanArdenne

Next year’s Sixth Grade Outdoor Science Camp at Camp High Trails is scheduled for Tues.-Fri.,
May 6-9, 2008, which is four days and three nights. The cost is estimated to be $????. Sixth grade camp is an educational and memorable experience for the students, and we hope all of our sixth graders next year will attend. This summer is a great time for students to earn money to cover the cost of their science camp experience.


Many students at Aliso School contribute hours of volunteer time during the year on projects or tasks which benefit the school community. They have earned the Principal’s Award in recognition of their responsible service. Congratulations go to the following students who have earned the Principal’s Award for 2006-07:

Flag Raising/Lowering - Alexandra Rossman, Catherine Rossman, Chloe Smith
Peer Translator - Kelly Gatica, Esmeralda Valdivia, Melisa Vasquez, Margarita Cruz, Yesenia Martinez, Randolpho Martinez
Accelerated Reader Assistance - Francisco Palop, Rachel Alhanati, Madeline Miller, Kaylaa Yearwood
Computer Peer Assistance - John Shaw, Sarah Burson, Oscar Lara
Peer Assistance - Emily Burson, Miles Norris, Kainoa Pawasarat, Pedro Alvarez, Sariyah Anderson, Stephany Estrada
Ball Rack Monitor - Rachel Duckworth, Camila Turati, Luz Cortez, Stephany Estrada, Samantha Reed
Tetherball Monitors - Jessica Cobb, Collin Edwards, Eric DeLeese, Debora Anne Stanley, Philip Duckworth
Rose Garden
Clayton Stanbury, Brenden Crane, Paola Dominguez, Stephany Estrada, Matthew Jackson, Morgan Mutch, Alexandra Rossman, Brianna Valdivia, Ciera Haney, Lauren O’Sullivan, Jazmin Cruz, Shatu Shali, Marisol Brito, Jade Shearen, Ryan Williams, Zoe Muratalla, Parker Griffin,
Tucker Luna, Jacob Cummins

IMPORTANT: The last day of school is Thursday, June 21.
ALL Kindergarten - 8:00-11:20 a.m.
Gr. 1-3 - 8:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Gr. 4-6 - 8:00 - 12:35 p.m.

The rules we have at Aliso School for appropriate dress are stated in the Parent Handbook. The Aliso Dress Code includes the following requirements:
• No “spaghetti strap” tops or dresses are allowed. Tops should have straps that are at least two inches wide (or a sweater must be worn).
• No stomach, midriff or cleavage should show.
• Shorts and skirts must be no shorter than fingertip length.
• No sagging pants.
• No caps worn backwards.
All Students:
• No underwear should be visible.
• No open toed shoes are allowed.
• No gang-related or offensive attire is allowed.
• No T-shirts containing offensive or inappropriate pictures or messages.
Additional recommendation:
• Parents should apply sunscreen to their children before school each day.
• Caps or visors are recommended.

TRAFFIC CONCERNS – Our students are put in danger each day by drivers who drive too fast around our school, parents who motion for students to cross in the middle of the street, and drivers who disregard the parking restrictions. Please make sure you follow all safety and traffic regulations for the welfare of our students – your children. The City of Lake Forest has been contacted by concerned parents to make changes in the signage and enforcement of traffic laws around our school. If you would like to be part of the solution to this problem, please contact Charlotte Reed at 949-830-4670 or email her at

BREAKFAST IS SERVED! – Starting in September 2007 a cold breakfast will be served at Aliso before school, 7:30 – 7:50 a.m. Full priced meals will cost $1.50, and qualifying reduced price meals will cost $.30.

Our school district is again offering the districtwide Summer Reading Program to encourage students to enjoy good literature during the summer vacation. The Participation Form was sent home with students on June 13. The form provides a reading log and information on selecting appropriate books to read. This form can be found on the district website, also. Please visit the El Toro Library or other libraries to find books to suit your child’s interests. We expect all of our students to set reading goals for the summer and participate. Students should bring their Summer Reading Participation Forms or reading logs to school when school starts again. We hope to have 100% of our students bring a list of the books they read to school in September! Remember: Reading during the summer is a guaranteed way to strengthen fundamental academic skills and have fun at the same time.

LOST AND FOUND - There are many jackets, sweatshirts, and lunchboxes in the Lost and Found Cabinet across from the office door. Items will be on display on tables during the last days of school. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity. Please check for lost items.

June 15 Student Awards Assemblies
June 19 Softball Game – 6th Gr. vs. Staff/Parents – 8:30-10:00
June 20 Sixth Grade Wild Rivers Trip
June 21 Last Day of School-Minimum Day
Sixth Grade Promotion – 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, September 6, 2007 - First day of school for students Gr. K-6, and Gr. 8-12.
7th graders start on Wednesday, September 5.
The entire calendars for 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 can be found on the SVUSD website.

Next Year: 2007-08 SVUSD Calendar

Tues., Sept. 4 - Kindergarten Back-to-School Night
Thurs., Sept. 6 - Students- first day
Thurs., Sept. 13 - No School - Fall Recess Day
Tues., Sept. 25 - Back-to-School Night (Gr. 1-6) – Minimum Day
Fri., Oct. 5 - School Picture Day
Mon., Oct. 29 - No School - Staff Dev. Day
Mon., Nov. 12 - No School - Veterans Day
Wed., Nov. 14-Wed., Nov. 21 - Fall Elementary Conf. Days
Nov. 22-23 - No School - Thanksgiving
Mon., Dec. 24 - Fri., Jan. 4 - Winter Break
Mon., Jan. 7 - School resumes
Mon., Jan. 21 - No School - M.L.King, Jr. Holiday
Mon., Jan. 28 - No School -Staff Dev. Day
Feb. 15 - 18 - February Recess
Mar. 10 - 17 - Spring Elem. Conf. Days
March 24 - 28 - Spring Break
Mon., May 26 - No School - Memorial Day
Thurs., May 29 - Open House – Minimum Day (tentative)
Wed., June 18 - Last day of school – Minimum Day

Non-Discrimination Notice
No person shall be excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of any Saddleback Valley Unified School District program or activity on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color, mental or physical disability, or any basis that is contained in the prohibition of hate crimes set forth in subdivision (a) of section 422.6 of the Penal Code (Education Code sec. 220).

No person shall be excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of any Saddleback Valley Unified School District program or activity on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color, mental or physical disability, or any basis that is contained in the prohibition of hate crimes set forth in subdivision (a) of Section 422.6 of the Penal Code. (Education Code Section 220).
Complaints alleging non-compliance for students should be directed to the school principal and/or the Director of Pupil Services, Michael Byrne, Director of Pupil Services, Saddleback Valley Unified School District, 25631 Peter A. Hartman Way, Mission Viejo, CA; (949) 580-3220. Michael Byrne is also the designated Coordinator of Student Compliance for Title IX and Section 504.

This school year has been full of challenges, successes and many memorable activities and achievements at Aliso Elementary. I am grateful to be the principal of a school where the parents, teachers, and staff have a true commitment to working together for the sake of all the children. The staff has enjoyed teaching our students essential academic skills as well as the value of respect, responsibility, and integrity as part of our character education program. We are proud of the activities and projects which have enhanced our schoolwide program, including:
• Participated in CLASS ACT, sponsored by the Pacific Symphony

• Increased student technology skills evidenced by digital video projects, Power Point projects, and word processing assignments

• California Native Plant Garden - maintained beautifully by students and staff
• Student Council service projects - food drives, toy drives, Box Tops for Education, recycling ink cartridges, campus beautification,
• Addition of back pack racks, built by Boy and Girl Scouts

• Wonderful PTA support and organization of outstanding activities and programs.

The staff and I greatly appreciate the valuable involvement of our Aliso parents as we strive to bring the best education possible to our wonderful students. Thank you for your outstanding support. We wish you all a safe summer, with special time for reading, family, and friends.
Mrs Chadd, Principal