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Students may bring a lunch to school or purchase a hot lunch for $2.50. Malcom has a computerized system so you can prepay by cash, check, credit card, or PayPal (Internet). http://nutrition-capousd ...more


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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Wyland at School Today (Wed)

As part of our ongoing 20th Anniversary celebration, we will be welcoming world renown marine artist Wyland this morning!  Wyland will paint a mural on our playground as a birthday present to our beautiful school and its students. 

Malcom scholars will assist him in this task.  Wyland himself will be here from 9:00-11:00.  Eighty scholars have been selected to paint in 30 minute shifts during the time that Wyland is here.  Staff and students will be invited to watch this process as audience members.  ALL students will be invited to paint between 11:00 and 2:00.  This is a project for all Malcom scholars to participate in!

Wyland has asked that only current students, parents of current student, district personnel, and media be present.  This event is not open to the public.  Thank you for helping us make this a very special gift for our scholars!

2/5 - Kindergarten Roundup!

Malcom will be holding its annual Kindergarten Roundup for parents/guardians of incoming kindergarten students for the 2015-16 school year on Thursday, February 5th at 12:00 pm in our multipurpose room. Our team will present an informative description of the kindergarten program and give a tour of the school. The YMCA staff will also provide a presentation of their Y Kindergarten Plus Program that the YMCA offers here on campus. Children who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2015 and reside in the Malcom Elementary boundaries are eligible for registration for the 2015-16 school year. This information meeting is for adults only, please.

Coffee with the Principal (Follow-Up)

Thank you to all who joined me last Thursday as I welcomed Assistant Superintendent Dr. Julie Hatchel to our coffee time.  Dr. Hatchel did a wonderful presentation on Common Core Standards. 

Here are some of the resources that she mentioned in her presentation.

3-5th Grade SBAC Practice

Dear Parents and Guardians:

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 English/Language Arts and math. SBAC tests, based on the state standards (Common Core) will be administered in April and May.

SBAC tests will be taken on computers, and the Practice and Training Tests provide examples of these new tests. SBAC practice tests are available to the public at Practice tests and answer keys are available for grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 in both English/Language Arts and math. The tests are accessed by clicking on the Student Interface Practice and Training Tests tab.  The answer keys are found by clicking on the Test Administrator Resources tab.

Your child is receiving instruction and practice on the types of questions that will be part of the SBAC test, as well as on the format of the tests. There are four major types of questions that your child may see: multiple choice, multiple response, short answer, and performance assessments. I encourage you to explore the practice tests with your child and discuss them.

When California began the STAR Program in the 90’s, we saw an initial drop in test scores, as staff and students experienced the format of a new test.  Therefore, it is critical your child have opportunities to try out these new assessment questions to prepare for the spring SBAC.

If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask your child’s teacher(s).

Yearbook Deadline

Don’t miss out!  Purchase your 20th Anniversary Malcom yearbook by 1/30!

Click on this link if you have NOT ordered before: Purchase 2014-2015 Malcom Yearbook

or log on to your TreeRing account if you have previously ordered.  You will have until 5/4 to create your two free custom pages.

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 folders on the TreeRing website. 

Questions or trouble with the link?  Please contact Stephanie Lenthall at or fill out the yearbook invitation form located in the front office.


After-School Class Demos at Lunch

After-School Enrichment program instructors will be on site this week conducting demo days during lunch so be sure to ask your children about their lunchtime activities!  Your student will experience first-hand the exciting classes that will be offered starting the week of February 9th.  No on-site registration will be accepted so pre-register! Registration closes at midnight prior to the first class.  Classes that do not reach the enrollment minimum of 12 students three business days before the start of the class will be cancelled.  Visit and register today before classes fill up!  For further questions, please contact Saddleback College Community Education at (949) 582-4646.

Going to Marco Middle School Next Year?

Will your child be attending Marco Forster Middle School next year?  The PTSA Nominating Committee is looking for parents who are interested in serving on the Executive Board or Chairing a committee.  It is a fun group, a great way to connect to the school, and not as much of a time commitment as elementary school leadership positions.  Please email Stephanie Lenthall at for more information.

Flag Football

For the second year in a row, the flag football league, NFL Flag Football South Orange County, has made a generous donation to the Friends of Malcom!   We want to thank league coordinator, Nancy Vos, for choosing to support our school's non-profit foundation by donating proceeds from league registration fees to our school.  Nancy started this non-profit organization during her tenure as a Malcom Mom and chooses to donate to support our students.   Her generous donation of $750 directly helps the FOM initiative toward hiring Resident Support Teachers for the 2015-2016 school year.   So many Malcom students have a great time with their participation  in the Flag Football League and that participation directly also benefits our school.  

If you would like more information on the league visit      

If your organization would also like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Friends of Malcom visit

Malcom Open House Dates

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


School News

Does your child need an eye exam, glasses, contacts?
Attention Parents: If your child(ren) are in need of eye classes or contact lenses, Dr. Asuman Unal will donate 5% of purchases back to Malcom. Dr. Unal’s office is located at 8121 Crown Valley Parkway, Suite G in Laguna Niguel. Please ... Continue
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
Published: 1/28/15

YMCA Sleepover
HEY! All you super heroes! It is time for the Super Hero Sleepover with the Y! Come one, come all! Invite your friends and neighbors! In 2014, the YMCA of Orange County distributed $18,000 in scholarships to those in need in our very own community... Continue
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
Published: 1/21/15

Two-Way Immersion Tour
We invite parents of children who will enter Kindergarten in September, 2015 to come and learn all about the Two-Way Language Immersion Program at San Juan Elementary School. This is a very popular program. Space is limited and parents must a... Continue
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
Published: 1/15/15

Preschool Openings
Early Childhood Programs Fee-based Preschool program will begin Open Enrollment Tuesday, January 20th through Monday, February 9th at the elementary school sites.  Please check the Preschool website at Continue
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
Published: 1/7/15

Parenting a Teen Classes
Class:   Effective Parenting for Parents of Teens

Dates:  Wednesdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28 & February 4 and 11

Time:  4:30 pm – 6:00  pm

Location:  RH Dana elementary School, MPR

Fee:&... Continue
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
Published: 1/7/15

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
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
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24 Hour Absence Line

We have a new email box for reporting absences. 

The email address is

Or, you can still call the sick line  (949) 443-3847


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.

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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