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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.

Safety at Malcom

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.




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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3/2-3/6: Read Across America Week

March 2nd – 6th is Read Across America Week in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday! 

Malcom scholars will be celebrating not just Dr. Seuss, but FIVE beloved authors next week!

Monday 3/2 – Hats Off to Dr. Seuss – Wear your favorite or craziest hat!

Tuesday 3/3 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid Comic Strip Tuesday

Wednesday 3/4 – Mo Willems Wednesday

Thursday 3/5 – Roald Dahl Golden Ticket Thursday

Friday 3/6 – E.B. White Charlotte’s Web Friendship Friday


3/5 - Malcom Fun Run

The PTA is pleased to announce this year’s Boosterthon Fun Run (formerly called Jog-a-Thon).  Boosterthon Fun Run information and Pledge Books were sent home in your child’s Thursday Folder last week.  Please review the information so that you can set-up your child’s website info to start collecting pledges.  Students will be earning classroom and individual prizes as the online pledges are made.  The Boosterthon Fun Run Event is Thursday, March 5th.

3/5 - Office Closes Early

The Malcom front office will be closed at 3 p.m. on the following date: Thursday, March 5th


5th grader going into Middle School?


Niguel Hills

Principal Visits Malcom: Wednesday, March 11th10:30a – 11:30am @ Malcom MPR


Marco Forster (MFMS)

Parent Information Night: Tuesday, March 3rd - 6-7:30pm in Marco Forster @ MRMS MPR

Student Visits to MFMS: Thursday, March 12th - 1:15pm – 2:30pm @ Malcom

Parent Tours of MFMS: 

Monday, March 23rd - 1:30pm

Tuesday, March 24th - 10:00am

Wednesday, March 25th - 1:30pm

Thursday, March 26th - 10:00am


3/23 - 3/27: Spring Book Fair

Get ready to READ! The Spring Book Fair is right around the corner! 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!

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

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

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


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KROC - Kids Run OC

Malcom Kids Run the OC practices have begun!  If you would still like to join, register online before March 1st.  Practices are after school on Wednesdays.  Please feel free to contact Gina O’Mara and Desserae Verna with questions. 


School News

We have 3 openings on the PTA Board for the 2015-2016 school year:

   Financial Secretary (Verifies and documents deposits; can be done on own time)
   Director of Fund Development (Fundraising position that is part of a team of ... Continue
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
Published: 2/25/15

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: 2/25/15

Malcom's 20th Anniv Yearbook!
Upload Photos to TreeRing for the 20th Anniversary Edition of the Yearbook

Want a chance for your photos to be included in the core yearbook?  Please upload your best photos of Malcom activities and events ASAP to the shared... Continue
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
Published: 2/25/15

Parent University Classes
Parent University classes will be held in February at schools throughout CUSD. The classes will be offered at two levels, elementary math and middle school math.  The sessions will last for 1.5 hours and will be held at middle schools.&n... Continue
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
Published: 12/17/14

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
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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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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.

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.

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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