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Aliso Viejo Middle School 




AVMS Weekly News  12-5-19



111 Park Ave.

Aliso Viejo, CA  92656


Phone:  (949) 831-2622

FAX:   (949) 643-2784

Sick Line:  (949) 716-8145


Office Hours:  Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

PRINCIPAL:  Cynthia Steinert



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Pajama Day is Friday December 6th! Enjoy hitting the snooze button, rolling out of bed and coming to school in your cozy pjs. But don't forget to bring in a pair of new pajamas to donate to kids in need. Please place your donation in a Ziplock bag and label with size and gender.


CUSD is launching “Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SS-ARS)”.  

This program teaches students, teachers, and administrators how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and Say Something to a trusted adult OR use the anonymous reporting system. This replaces the Text-A-Tip system.   

Aliso Viejo 3rd Annual “All is Bright” Holiday Celebration

Families, students and staff are invited to the Aliso Viejo “All is Bright” Holiday Celebration on Thursday, December 5th from 5-8 p.m. at the Aliso Viejo Town Center. Along with providing CUSD families with an amazing,  one-of-a-kind holiday event, All is Bright benefits the less fortunate by collecting toys and sports equipment for the Spark of Love Toy Drive. 

This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever! Here are the activities planned as we light our 24-foot Christmas Tree:

·         Santa Visits & Pictures

·         Magical Snow Fall

·         Live Performances

·         Characters from the movie “Frozen”

·         Aerial Arts Show (Similar to Cirque du Soleil)

·         Train Rides

·         Giant Slide

·         Caroling

·         Build-your-own plush snowman

·         Crafts & ornament making

·         The “mane Event” (fun holiday hairstyles)

·         Balloon Twister

·         Face painting

·         Glitter Tattoos

·         Tasty treats from Town Center Restaurants

·         Hot Chocolate Bar & Fresh baked cookies

For more information, visit or contact or 949-425-2550.

Click here to view the flyer.



AVMS and Aliso Niguel High School Choral Music Departments presents “Holiday Harmonies!” This special event will be held on Friday, December 13th at 7:30 p.m. at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods. We hope to see you all there! Please see attached flyer for more details.


City of Laguna Niguel: Junior Civic Workshop #4 (Police Services, Bully Prevention)

The City of Laguna Niguel welcomes all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to attend monthly Jr. Civic Workshops on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and learn about their local government while earning community service hours. In December, Police Services will be discussing bully prevention.

Please bring a notebook or clipboard to write on, and a pen or pencil. Attendees must register each month.

Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM (Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to check in, find your seat, and grab a refreshment.)

Location: Laguna Niguel City Hall, 30111 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Please register for each workshop by visiting

If you have any questions, please contact Laguna Niguel Parks & Recreation at (949) 425-5100.  We hope to see you there!

Flyer linked here.

Contact: Michelle Newton, Recreation Coordinator at or 949-425-5109.




In the past, students have been able to purchase second meals. The California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division has recently placed restrictions on what can be sold as a second meal. The new restrictions are too strict for Food & Nutrition Services to continue this practice. Starting November 4, 2019, students will no longer be able to purchase second meals at breakfast or lunch.  Students are still able to purchase one meal and various a la carte items (i.e. chips, water, cookies, juice, etc.). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Food & Nutrition Services at 949-234-9509. 


Mrs. Parsons, Art Teacher at AVMS, is proud to announce a school-wide art project of creating interactive wings on display in the AVMS Library. All of the student’s feathers that were decorated during RISE, have been assembled into wings! Please feel free to stand in front of the wings and take a picture with them!




8th Grade Parents can purchase dedication ads for this year’s yearbook for their student! It is a great way to commemorate your student’s achievements and important milestones! Ads are available for purchase now through February 2. For information on how to purchase your ad online, click here.



In case your student missed our informational meeting on 9/11, our Falcon Service Program is now online. Join the Google Classroom code bnzv9cm to register for the program and find the latest volunteer opportunities.


CAC (Community Advisory Committee) Special Ed Mission

To foster positive connections and awareness of special education among students, parents and CUSD and to provide guidance in special education so all students become successful life-long learners. 


CAC meeting schedule is at 9:30am on the following dates: 

January 22, 2020 February 12, 2020 March 11, 2020 April 22, 2020

AVMS CAC reps for 2019/2020 school year :

Meredith Chillemi 949-533-4678

Jessie Grafals

Stephanie Tarzia

CUSD Special Education website:



I am delighted to share this information with you about the upcoming Brave Race 5K and Joyful Child Fun Run taking place on January 26 at Aliso Niguel High School. 

This is a fundraiser for The Joyful Child Foundation that does the most amazing work to prevent crimes against children and teenagers. The foundation  hosts parent workshops designed to teach kids how to stay safe and this information is even more essential in light of the recent predator along the trails in Aliso Viejo. 

Kelly Tokarski | Public Information Officer





 AVMS PTSA will be selling Popsicles and See’s Candy Lollipops for $1 plus See’s Candy Chocolate bars for $2 while supplies last, every Friday after school.  All proceeds raised will go towards school supplies, technology and classrooms. Thank you for your support! Volunteers are needed to sell popsicles (Adult and Student).  Please sign-up here students will receive volunteer hours.

This year we are going to offer 2 stations for popsicle sales.  The first station is in the main pick up area in front of the school.  The second location is in front of the school bus stop. We would like 2 parents and 2 students to volunteer.  There must be at least 1 parent per student. The adult will handle the money. Click here for flyer and info.




In case your student missed our informational meeting on 9/11, our Falcon Service Program is now online. Join the Google Classroom code bnzv9cm to register for the program and find the latest volunteer opportunities.


Reminder: Students that do not have their agenda, are not in their stamped class if they have a stamp on their agenda for that day, or are not in an open tutorial class, will receive a lunch detention on that same day.  Please make sure all students bring their agenda to school each day.  


This is a friendly reminder to check your hard bound textbooks for damage. Any damaged textbooks (that have NOT already been noted) must be brought to the library to be signed off. Students assume all financial responsibility for any damage found in books at the end of the year. 



A Festive Tree Lighting Community Event with Performances by Capistrano Unified Students

Join us as we celebrate the season and support CUSD schools at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.  Enjoy a variety of musical performances by our students, complimentary hot cocoa and cookies, visits with Santa Claus, and the official lighting of the holiday tree, hosted by KTLA’s on-air personality Henry DiCarlo.

Merry Monarch will feature performances by Elementary Student Choir, Niguel Hills Middle School Chamber Choir and Jazz Band, Don Juan Avila Middle School Orchestra, Capistrano Valley High School Choir, and holiday carols with Anthony Small, Music Preserves Foundation.

December 15 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Tickets for this special event are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under. All proceeds will benefit CUSD music programs. Valet parking is complimentary. 

Click here to purchase tickets


Attached is the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center’s document Recognize the Signs of Suspicious Activity. We encourage all of you to publicly share the indicators document with your school community. Stay safe.

Introducing Monthly Parent Education Nights on the Dangers of Nicotine Vaping

Capistrano Unified has partnered with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency of Orange County (NCADD-OC) to offer a FREE nicotine vaping presentation designed for middle and high school parents.

Presentations will be offered monthly at the District Office from 7 to 8 p.m.

Topics will Include:

How to recognize vape and E-Cig devices

The dangers of nicotine vaping

Current vape trends

Helpful tools and tips for parents

Presentation Dates:

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Click here to RSVP!

Click here to view flyer.


Capistrano Unified School District has special education paraeducator (instructional assistant) openings. If you enjoy working with children and making a positive impact on the educational experience of our students, we could use your help. Positions are 5-days per week. Be sure to apply online at


Apertura de Asistente de Instrucción Bilingüe de Educación Especial

El Distrito Unificado de Capistrano tiene posiciónes de asistente de instrucción para  nuestro programa de educación especial. Si le gusta trabajar con niños y tener un impacto positivo en la experiencia educativa de nuestros estudiantes, podríamos usar su ayuda. El puesto es de 5 días por semana. Consulte y solicite en línea en


We wanted to reach out to all parents of children currently on an IEP or 504 and remind you about the Special Education Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meetings every month at the district office.

We are a collaborative partnership of parents, educators, and community members that provide parent education opportunities and give families an opportunity to directly communicate with district administrators and other parents, in addition to sharing resources and support. These meetings are open to all CUSD parents.

CAC is also connected with every school’s PTA. We would like to have a special education parent representative for every school site who can attend the CAC meetings and report back to the site’s PTA. The special education representative also helps connect parents of other students with special needs and works to bridge the gap between the general education, and special education community.

We currently are looking for reps from the following schools:

Elementary: Don Juan Avila ES, Laguna Niguel, Viejo, Kinoshita, Ladera Ranch ES, San Juan, Tijeras Creek, Las Flores ES, Wagon Wheel, Hidden Hills, RH Dana, Palisades, Marblehead, and BAMS.

For more information about CAC, you can visit our website at or click on the “CAC” logo on your school’s website.

Parenting OC Top Teachers & School Heroes of Orange County 2020 Award Nominations

Parenting OC is now accepting applications for this annual award. Do you know an OC educator or school employee who gets an A+ in every area? School administrators, parents and students are all invited to nominate a teacher or staff member. Click here for additional information and to submit a nomination. Nominations will be accepted online until December 6, 2019, and the Top Teacher winners will be honored at the Parenting OC Awards Reception on February 5, 2020, at Bowers Museum and featured in the March 2020 issue. 





December 6                    Pajama Day and Drive - Wear a Pair, Bring a Pair

December 6                    6th Grade Winter Party - 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. - MPR

December 12                  Orchestra Concert - 7:00 p.m. - MPR

December 13                  Choral Concert - United Presbyterian Church

December 16-20             Winter Spirit Week

December 16                  Band Concert - 7:00 p.m. - MPR

December 17,18             Math Midterms

December 19                  End of Second Quarter

December 20                  No School - Pupil Free Day - Semester Wrap-Up

December 20                  First Deadline to order Yearbooks

December 23-Jan. 3       Winter Recess - No School



January 6                          School Resumes


The Board of Trustees desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district’s academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities.  The Board prohibits, at any District school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.


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