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Students may bring a lunch to school or purchase a hot lunch for $2.50.  Malcom has a computerized Point of Sale system so you can prepay by cash, check, credit card, or PayPal (Internet).  To use the PayPal system, simple log on to the CUSD school nutrition website at and click on the Deposit Money and Funds link.  In the event a child forgets lunch or loses money, students will be offered peanut butter, crackers, fruit, etc. by lunch staff so that no child goes without eating.  The office does not loan money for lunch.


Open House

This year we are having Open House in CUSD.  The dates for the Open House for your child’s grade level is as follows:

K – Thursday, May 28th 6:00-7:00 PM

1st – Thursday, February 19th 6:00-7:00 PM

2nd – Thursday, April 30th – 6:00-7:00 PM

3rd – Thursday, May 28th – 6:00-7:00 PM

4th – Thursday, May 28th – 6:00-7:00 PM

5th – Thursday, March 26th – 6:30-7:30 PM

Rainy Day

Before School – Drop off procedures remain the same.  Students may go to classrooms when they arrive.  If their classroom is locked, they may enter a nearby classroom that has a teacher present.  The flag assembly will be done over the loud speaker.  Parents may view their students from the front office.

During School – Students will remain inside the classrooms and have “indoor recess.”  They may still buy lunch and snack in the kitchen.

After School – Pick up procedures remain the same.  Students are encouraged to bring umbrellas or wear hoods to stay dry.

Morning Flag

Students are considered tardy if they are not in their classroom line when we put our “right hands over our hearts.”  It is important to show our patriotism by STOPPING during the flag salute and removing all hats and/or hoods during the salute.  Thank you for always modeling respect for our scholars!


Since P.E. is part of the California State Standards of Instruction, the following procedures should be noted:  Students should wear comfortable sports shoes to ensure safe participation in Physical Education classes.  Parents should write a note to the teacher if their child should not participate in P.E. class due to an injury or health issue.  Otherwise, all students will be expected to participate in the P.E. activities.


We have received recent reports that parents are leaving cars unattended at the red curbs.  Also, just for your information, the Loading Dock gates will now be locked at 3:30 pm  each day for safety purposes.  This will most likely only affect YMCA parents.  Finally, it has been reported that parents have left small infants and children in the car unattended.  For your safety and the safety of others, do not leave your cars or children unattended in the school parking lot.  Thank you.




Tardiness:  Malcom School officially begins at 7:45 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Students who arrive late not only miss out on learning opportunities, but they also interrupt the flow of instruction for other students who have arrived on time.  Students who arrive on time between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. should report to the Harbor where teachers are on duty to supervise students.

1.      Students who arrive after 7:45 a.m., must report to the office for a tardy slip before going to the flag ceremony or reporting to class.

2.      After a student’s third tardy, a notification letter will be sent to parents regarding their child’s tardiness each trimester.

3.      Medical and dental appointments are excused tardies.

4.      If an unexcused tardy exceeds 30 minutes, the student is considered truant.  The district office will issue notification letters to parents of students after the fourth truancy.



To minimize classroom interruptions, parents should arrange ahead of time with the teacher for classroom visits. For the safety of all students and staff, ALL VISITORS/PARENTS, INCLUDING CLASSROOM VOLUNTEERS, ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO CHECK IN WITH THE OFFICE UPON ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL.  Visits by children who are friends or relatives of students are not permitted.   Every effort will be made to ensure that instruction is not interrupted by school events or classroom visitors. 

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3/26 - Coffee with the Principal

Please plan on attending Coffee with the Principal tomorrow, Thursday, March 26th at 8:00 a.m. in our beautiful garden.   PTA Executive Board members will join me for an open discussion regarding school-wide fundraisers, programs, and how we use PTA funds.  Coffee and treats will be served.

3/26-Tour of Marco Forster MS


Parent Tours of MFMS:   Thurs., March 26th            1:30pm


3/26 - 5th Grade Open House

Dear parents of fifth grade scholars, please join us for our 5th grade Colonial School Day Open House.  We will begin at 6:30in the harbor, followed by open classrooms.  Don’t miss this opportunity to watch your fifth grade scholar shine!


3/23 - 3/27: Spring Book Fair

The Spring Book Fair is HERE! This season's theme: UNDER THE SEA!

Our Book Fair will be open from 7:30 am to 3 pm from March 23 thru March 27!

Our Night of the Book Fair on Wednesday, March 25th with food, fun, prizes, a scavenger hunt, guest readers and more!

Night of the Book Fair will be 5:30 to 7:30 pm!

Can't make it to school? No problem! Our ONLINE BOOK Fair will be March 18 thru March 31st

Just click HERE and your books will be shipped for FREE to your teacher, after the book fair closes on 3/27.

Stock up on those books for AR quizzes, summer reading, or just for fun!



3/18 - 3/30 ONLINE Book Fair

Can't make it to our upcoming Book Fair? Easier to shop in your PJs? Grandma & Grandpa want to shop from another state?

Check out our ONLINE BOOK FAIR, open March 18 to March 30th:



Tier 1 Badges Available

Volunteers that notified Marydale via email of their Tier 1 status can pick up their badge in the office starting next week.  Thank you for your volunteerism and support of Malcom students!


3/31 - Ecology Center Competition

Chipotle Mexican Grill and the Ecology Center are teaming up to offer $2000 toward a sustainable garden retrofit for a school garden.  We are looking for students who would be willing to write an essay (up to 500 words) describing how our school community currently uses our garden and how we would use the $2000 to make the garden more sustainable together with a detailed full color drawing  of the garden design.   The competition is open to all grade levels and we will be choosing 3 student entries to submit to the Ecology Center by Tuesday March 31st 2015.

We will be holding a meeting in Mrs. Slee’s classroom for all interested students this coming Wednesday, March 11 from 2.05 to 3pm.  During the meeting we will be providing more details about the competition and elements that need to be included together with sharing and discussing ideas for the garden.  Parents are welcome to attend.

If you would like more information or if your student would like to participate but is unable to attend the meeting please contact Jacqui Neuharth - or949 331 3697.


4/13-4/17 Clothing for a Cause

Malcom is hosting a Clothing Fundraiser!  But guess what?  Keep your checkbook in its place.  We are collecting textiles that you already have and want to give away and turning them into cash for our school.

Over Spring break clean out closets and pack items in large trash bags secured tightly and ask family, friends & neighbors to donate as well.

Don’t throw them out or donate to another organization. Bring the bags to Malcom stage the week of April 13th – 17th to be collected on April 17th at the end of the day. The more bags and weight we collect, the more money we raise!

Check out this youtube video to see how it works:

98% of all textiles can be recycled (re-worn or repurposed).  Not only does your school benefit, the environment does too!

What Do We Take?

•       ALL household textiles* – all kinds/any condition

•       Paired Shoes – in any condition

•       Towels

•       Gloves, Hats, Purses & Belts

•       Sheets

•       Blankets, quilts and bedspreads

•       Drapes

•       Purses & Belts

•       Stuffed animals

All items must be kept dry, so please put them in tightly tied plastic bags.

*We cannot take glass, breakables, electronics, pet beds, bed pillows, uniforms, carpeting, hotel linens, or items that have been previously for sale at a thrift store.

For questions, please contact: Kristin Wall 949-933-9255 or Misti Blodgett 949-463-6061

5/1 - Save the Date


A Fabulous fundraiser at the Monarch Bay Beach Club to hire Resident Support Teachers for the 2015-2016 school year.   More info coming soon on how to purchase your tickets for this awesome adults-only evening!   You won't want to miss this event!


Last/First Day of School

It’s never too soon to start planning ahead!  Please see the last day and first day of school schedules below:

June 19 –   Last day of school

August 25 – First day of school 2015-2016

Grades 1-5 dismissed at 12:15


School News

SBAC Practice
We are pleased to announce the online availability of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Practice and Training Tests. SBAC is the system of academic tests that replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program tests in ... Continue
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
Published: 3/25/15

4/25 - CAPO Art Festival
Student works in art, drama, dance and music from schools across Capistrano Unified

School District will be showcased at the second annual Capo Arts Festival. Sponsored by Capistrano Council of PTSAs the event is Saturday, April 25 at... Continue
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
Published: 3/19/15

Kindergarten Registration
Parents of potential Kindergarten students for the 2015-16 school-year need to begin their registration process online. Students must turn 5 by September 1 in order to qualify for Kindergarten enrollment.  The additional packet of i... Continue
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
Published: 3/5/15

Ready, Set, Run with the YMCA
Youth Track and Field

The YMCA Track and Field program provides an introduction to track and field events with an emphasis on skill development and sportsmanship. Each student participates in one, one hour practice each week (8 practices) and t... Continue
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
Published: 3/5/15

Internet Use
Internet Use Policy:  The Capistrano Unified School District strongly believes in the educational value of electronic resources and their potential in supporting the curriculum and student learning.  The District makes every effort to pr... Continue
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
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Reporting Absences

Our email address for reporting absences is:

Or, you can call the 24 hour sick line: 

(949) 443-3847

Per distict policy, parents have 3 days to clear absences. If NOT cleared, the absences will be recorded as unexcused and are not changed.  Also, illness, religious holidays and doctor’s appointments are the only excused absences.



New Student On-line Enrollment

If your student is new to CUSD, please click here to complete your enrollment on-line.


Drop Off/Pick Up Rules

IMPORTANT!  All drop-offs/pick-ups are along the “loading dock” between Ridgeway and Charles Road.  The parking lot is a fire lane and is closed to traffic.  It is reserved for staff parking ONLY.

As a note, although Capistrano USD is a public school district, its property is not open to the public at all times.  Signage is posted prominently at the entrance to the lot and written procedures are available in the Malcom Handbook on our website above.  According to Penal Code, the school has the authority to regulate exit and entry, especially at pick up and drop off times, to ensure student and staff safety.  Thank you for using the Loading Dock and for not entering the school parking lot, especially when there is lots of foot traffic.  Safety is always our #1 concern.


Illness Guidelines:  When students come to school they should feel well enough to participate in their classroom program.  If your child has any of the following symptoms, he/she should NOT be at school.

  • Fever.  Your child must be free of fever for 24 hours before returning to school. We consider a fever 99.6 and the student must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not associated with allergies).  Please remember that green or yellow nasal discharge is not normal and indicates infection and your child should not be in school.
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • A cold, sore throat or persistent cough
  • Any open sores or open wounds
  • Any undiagnosed rashes
  • Red or swollen eyes
  • Earache

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

School begins at 7:45 a.m.  Students are not to arrive more than twenty minutes before the start of school. Morning supervision is from 7:25-7:45 a.m.  School ends at 2:05 p.m. on MondayTuesdayWednesday, and Friday.  On Thursday, school ends at 12:50 p.m. for grades 1-5.  Students must go directly home, to an afterschool class or to prearranged childcare after school.


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Detaining Pupils

The teacher may detain students after school to finish incomplete assignments or for disciplinary reasons, provided parents have been notified.


Children should not be sent to school when they are not feeling well.  It is district policy that students be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. When a student is absent, please send an email  If sending an email is not an option, please call the 24-hour absence line when your child will not be in school.  That number is (949) 443-3847.  Illness and doctor or dental appointments are considered excused absences.  Attendance at the funeral of an immediate family member is also considered excused.  ALL other absences are recorded as unexcused.  Please make every effort to have children in attendance at school unless they are ill.  The district office will issue notification letters to parents of students after the third unexcused absence.

Personal Belongings

In order to prevent loss or damage and eliminate classroom disruption, toys and personal items may not be brought to school without prior permission from the teacher.

After School Playground

After School Playground/Field Use:   Students may use the school playground/field after school only under specific conditions:

  • Students must be under the direct supervision of their own or another parent who maintains visual contact with the student at all times.
  • Groups scheduled to use the field/playground (e.g. Kids Run the OC, YMCA, Community Ed.) have priority and may prohibit other use while they are present.

Kids on Wheels

Skateboards/Roller Blades/Skates /Razor Scooters/Wheeled Shoes: For safety reasons, Capistrano Unified School District policy prohibits skateboards, skates, roller blades, wheeled shoes, or Razor scooters on school grounds at any time.

Class Parties

In accordance with CUSD Board Policy, classroom parties are allowed only for winter holidays and at the end of the school year.  In order to participate in year-end parties, students must have satisfied any obligations for lost or damaged books or property and be in good standing for citizenship.


Classroom time will not be interrupted for birthday parties or activities.  Parents wishing to acknowledge their child’s birthday are encouraged to give a “celebration book” to the school library or a “celebration ball” to the playground through the PTA or to select another means indicated by the individual classroom teacher. No food items may be brought to school for birthday recognitions. Delivery of flowers, balloons, etc., creates a distraction for students and is not allowed at school. Invitations to out-of-school parties may not be distributed at school unless the entire class is invited.

Indep Study

State law requires all students to be in attendance during regularly scheduled school days.  Family vacations may only be taken during school holidays. Five hours of daily classroom instruction cannot be fully replicated by take-home assignments.  In the event of an emergency, for parents to keep their children out of school five or more days, please request an independent study agreement from the teacher two weeks ahead of departure time.  This will provide the student with lessons and activities to complete while away.  The study agreement will be given to the student and must be completed upon return to school.


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