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Please note that calendar dates and times subject to change.

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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!


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12/17 - 4th Grade Holiday Performance

Please note that the 4th grade holiday performance will be at 6 pm in the MPR.

We will be serving hot chocolate and cookies after the performance.

12/18 - 5th Grade NYE Event

Please note that Thursday, December 18th will be the 5th Grade New Year's Eve Event!

Centers will begin about 10:30 am and celebrations will begin at midnight (12 noon)!

Lost and Found

Davy Jones’s Locker is full of lost items - please remember to check for anything your child may be missing (jacket/lunchbox) before we go on Winter Break.  Anything left during the December break will be given to charity.

No School - Happy Holidays

Winter Break – NO SCHOOL

Monday, Dec 22nd  – Friday, Jan 2nd

School resumes on Monday, Jan 5th

Happy Holidays!

1/14 - Book Swap

Gather those extra books now for our Book Swap on Wednesday, January 14th!  For every book your student brings, he/she gets to take a book home!  We want books for all ages of kids, but chapter books are especially needed!   So have your kids bring their books to school the first week of January and attach the ticket they will receive in their Thursday folder this week before the break.    (Additional forms are available in the office.)  Your child will get a voucher to visit the Book Swap on the 14th to choose books.     (There will be a limit of 10 chapter books to take home.)  This event is for students only.    This is not a parent-participation event.   Questions: Contact Paris Touski at

1/16 - Family Movie Night

Malcom PTA presents Family Movie Night featuring…Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  This big screen event will be held Friday, January 16th in the MPR.  Wear your PJs and bring blankets, pillows, and the whole family for this fun event!  Doors will open at 6:00 p.m., show time is 6:15 p.m.  We will have all of your favorite movie concessions on hand at a reasonable price, including popcorn, candy, and water!  We hope you can join us for this FUN family event.  Suggested family donation:  $5.  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is rated PG. Special thanks to our ver own custodian, Jose, and Reels on Wheels OC for providing the movie projection equipment at a discounted rate.  If you would like to assist with this event or if you have questions, please contact Nicole Rusin at


School News

PJ Results are IN!
Thank you to all who were able to donate pajamas in the Wear a Pair, Bring a Pair Pajama Drive. Castille families sent in 365 pair of pajamas! District-wide, 50 sites participated and the total was over 14,000 pairs. We have an amazingly gene... Continue
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
Published: 12/17/14

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

End of Year Donation
Dear Malcom families, our PTA is still conducting its Direct Donation drive. With an annual donation of $120 per family, we—and you—can help build a better future for our scholars. Your entire donation will be used to support student-f... Continue
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
Published: 12/12/14

New School Volunteer Badges
If you are an active Malcom “Tier 1” volunteer and you have been fingerprinted through CUSD, please email your name to Office Manager Marydale at  CUSD is in the process of issuing new ID badges for all... Continue
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
Published: 12/12/14

12/16 - PTA Meeting Postponed
The PTA General Association meeting originally scheduled for Dec. 16th has been postponed until Thursday, January 22nd at 8:00 a.m.  Please mark your calendars and join us! Continue
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
Published: 12/12/14

CUSD LCAP Parent Advisory Committee

Applications Available Starting December 5 for Membership on District LCAP Parent Advisory Committee

The Local Control Funding Formula, California’s school funding model, requires the development of a Local Control Acc... Continue
Posted by: Connie Byrnes
Published: 12/3/14

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
Published: 12/3/14 ribbon.jpg


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.

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.


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 ...more


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.

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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