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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 crackers, fruit, etc. by lunch staff so that no child goes without eating.  The office does not loan money for lunch.

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4/16 - Spring Picture Day

Bring your best smile to school on Tuesday, April 16th .. it's Spring Picture Day!

Attention 5th graders ... you will also be taking your ENTIRE 5th Grade Class Photo, as well!

4/16 - School Site Meeting

The School Site Council is meeting on Wednesday, April 16th at 2:30.  We will be discussing the new State Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and eliciting YOUR important input for the CUSD Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for the 2014-15 school year.  ALL stakeholders – teachers, staff, parents, and community members are encouraged to attend and be heard!  In addition, we will be gathering your input regarding reinstating or continuing to suspend Open House going forward.  These are important topics and we look forward to hearing from you!

4/21 - Teacher Training

Three days were set aside during the 2013-14 school year as Instructional Furlough Days for Common Core State Standards Training. One day was used in October and a second in January. The third, and last training day, is scheduled for Monday, April 21. Students do not attend school on Monday, April 21.


4/24 - Jog-a-Thon

Malcom PTA is pleased to announce this year’s JOG-A-THON has been set for Thursday, April 24.  Sponsorship forms will be going home in Thursday folders on March 13!  If you wish to sponsor a note of encouragement to your child, or advertise your business on the JOG-A-THON t-shirt, please fill out and return the Sponsorship form with payment to the front office no later than April 3.  Please direct questions to Laura Kalfin (

PledgeStar for Jog-a-thon

On April 24th we're asking all parents to support our Mariners as they run the Jog-A-Thon and raise funds for our art programs, class field trips, and much more. This year we've made it very easy for you to generate pledges for your children. Simply visit and create a page for your child.  In a few simple steps you can customize your page and have emails sent directly to your friends and family so that they can make pledges with a credit card.  We're hoping that each jogger can raise a minimum of $40.  If you have questions, please contact Laura Kalfin at or Kathy Tam at


4/29 - ATTN 5th Grade Parents

A letter will be coming home this week describing the curriculum for Family Life Education. Parents have an opportunity to get an overview presentation (parents only) on Tuesday, April 29th from 6:30-7:30pm at the district office. A Spanish presentation is being held on Wednesday, April 30th from 6:00-7:00pm at San Juan Elementary School.  Permission slips must be returned by every student.



All CUSD students in grades 3-8 and 11 will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) online test this spring.  Like the former California Standards Tests, these tests are untimed. It is estimated that most students will complete them in three to four hours.  Most students will take a test in English-Language Arts and Mathematics, as well as a performance task, which requires students to read, answer questions and write a response.  Students will utilize a computer to complete the entire test.  Click here to view a simulation of the test.  More information on this year's testing can be found here.  Please note: this is a field test.  No scores will be released to the district, schools, or parents since this is a test of the assessment.


5/29 - Bring Earbuds to School

We are asking that all students in grades K-5 bring a pair of personal headphones or earbuds to school in a Ziploc baggie with the child’s name on it. We have been given a temporary site license to a new program that requires all students to have a headset. While we do have some on hand here at school, we know that most parents prefer their child have their own set to utilize.

**Students in grades 3-5 need their own set for the state testing that will take place May 19 – June 6.


School News

After-School Classes
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 off... Continue
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
Published: 4/16/14

GATE Testing
If your child took the GATE test back in January or February, the results are being mailed home this week. Capistrano Unified is hosting our spring GATE meeting featuring a guest speaker, College Consultant Debbie Morgan, on April 24 th , at the C... Continue
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
Published: 4/16/14

Preschool Enrollment
The Early Childhood Program will be conducting additional Open Enrollment dates for the 2014/15 school year for the Fee Based Programs at the District Office located at 33122 Valle Rd in San Juan Capistrano.  The dates, times and locations ar... Continue
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
Published: 4/14/14

4/19 - Bunny Blast
The popular  Bunny Blast  is back!  Hop on over to  Chapparosa Park  on  Saturday, April 19  from  9am – 12:30pm  to enjoy crafts, face painting, pony rides, games, a bounce house, petting zoo and... Continue
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
Published: 4/14/14

Kindergarten Registration 2014/15
The office is now accepting Kindergarten Registration Packets once online registration has been completed. Only completed packets will be accepted (check those immunization records!).  Contact Janine Lewis at   or  for details ... Continue
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
Published: 3/30/14


Logo for 2013-2014:

(Navigating New Waters)

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.



As you know, Malcom recycles your plastic bottles!  Thank you for bringing your plastic bottles to the school to help raise money for much needed supplies.  As a reminder, please drop off all bags of plastic bottles at the recycling bin at the Loading Zone.  Malcom is currently looking for new leadership in the area of recycling.  If you have a passion for reducing waste, please contact our office.  We need your help!


Cell Phones

Students are allowed to bring a cell phone to school.  However, phones must be kept in a backpack and turned off throughout the school day. They can be used, if needed, after school for communication with parents (Board Policy #5141.2).  iPods, iPads and electronic games are not permitted at school.  Electronic readers (e.g. Kindles, Nooks) are permitted.  The use of camera functions on phones and other devices is prohibited at all times.  Violation of this policy will result in the privilege to have such device at school being revoked.


Leaving School

Students are NOT allowed to leave school early unless parents have signed the Early Dismissal Log in the office.  The office must be notified in advance if someone other than parents or those listed on the emergency card will pick up students.  Photo identification may be required if someone other than parent picks up a student.  Taking students out of school early is strongly discouraged and disqualifies students from perfect attendance.  Please try to schedule appointments late enough in the day to permit students to receive a full day of instruction every day. 




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