Welcome to Ladera Elementary

Welcome to Ladera Elementary, a California Distinguished School and home of the Leopards. Our mission is "Creating a positive learning environment with high expectations for all". We are very proud of our instructional programs, our safe, positive school environment, and the excellent progress demonstrated by our Ladera students. Go Leopards!

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Awards & Accolades

Ladera Named 2014 California Distinguished School

Ladera Named as Honor Roll School
Ladera Elementary has been selected as a 2013 Honor Roll school by the California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) Foundation. Ladera has been recognized for demonstrating consistent high student academic achievement. The Honor Roll schools are consistently raising student achievement and have made significant progress toward closing the achievement gap among all students. They are recognized not only for their accomplishments, but so that other schools can learn and replicate the best practices of Honor Roll schools.  Click HERE for more information. 
Honor Roll Star
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Ladera Elementary School News

Ladera Holiday Performances 
This year's Holiday Performances will again be held at Pioneer Middle School, the evening of Thursday, December 3rd. Grades K-2nd students will perform from 5:30pm - 6:15pm and Grades 3rd-5th students will perform from 6:30pm- 7:15pm. We look forward to celebrating the joy of the holiday season with all families at this fun and festive event!
Front Row Seats at Holiday Performances!cone
Want a front row seat at the Holiday Performance? You got it! We are in need of some adults to direct traffic in the parking lot for 30 minutes at the performances on Thursday, Dec. 3rd. In exchange for your help, you will be guaranteed TWO FRONT ROW SEATS at your child's performance time! Please click HERE for more details and to sign up on VolunterSpot (http://vols.pt/Waw6qJ). Spots are limited so don't miss out!
Family Movie Night
Save the date! Join us on Friday, December 4th, from 6:00-8:00pm in the MPR for a cozy movie night with the whole family. Bring drinks, blankets and pillows, and we will supply the popcorn! Click HERE to see the flyer.
Can Castle Food Drive cans  
From now until December 11th, the Student Council is collecting donated items for the Can Castle Food Drive. Students will build a "castle" outside their classrooms using the collected items. The classroom with the largest castle will win a special prize. Please consider bringing in some much-needed items for the food drive, such as: canned meats, soups, fruits & vegetables, pasta, macaroni & cheese, rice, beans, and peanut butter (please, NO glass or expired items). All items collected will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Operation Barracks in a Box Programveteran
A new local nonprofit group, Tustin Exchange Club, is helping fill boxes with essentials for 32 homeless veterans who are moving into the Orange County Rescue Mission at the Village of Hope. New items such as towels, hygiene items and bed linens are needed. Donations will be accepted through December 17th. Please drop donations at the Ladera front office. Click HERE for more details on the Operation Barracks in a Box program.    
Ladera's Annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair and Restaurant Night at Chick-Fil-ABarnes & Noble Logo
Ladera's annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair is taking place on Thursday, December 10th, at The Marketplace. We have many FUN activities planned, including teacher read-alouds, Ladera Leopard mascot appearance, raffles for special prizes, an in-store treasure hunt for kids, and much more! Purchases made using the Ladera book fair ID#11741113 will earn credit for the Ladera Library. In-store purchases are valid on Dec. 10th only. Online purchases can be made between Dec. 10-15th. More information coming home soon!
Also taking place the same night as the book fair is our Restaurant Night at Chick-fil-A. Click HERE to see the flyer. 
TPSF Classroom GrantTPSF Logo
Congratulations! Ladera has been awarded a $3,000 grant by the Tustin Public Schools Foundation. This grant will be used to host a school-wide math festival for all students, after school teacher professional development, and an evening event for parents. Way to go Ladera!
Support Our School via AmazonSmileSmile
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Riding Bikes to School
Please note that riding bikes to school is considered a privilege and is reserved only for 4th and 5th graders. Bike racks are available inside the back gate and near the Kindergarten roundabout at the Rawlings Way entrance. We appreciate your cooperation with this policy. For information about Parking Lot/Back Gate Safety procedures, click HERE.
P.E. Monday - Help Needed
Parent helpers are needed to assist with P.E. class each Monday. If you are available to help on a regular basis, please sign up HERE for your child's grade level. Ideally we'd like four parents to help with each grade but would happily accept more helpers if available. If all the spots are full for your child's grade level, please come help anyway. You don't have to be athletic, just show up in comfy shoes with the willingness to lend a hand. Thank you for making a difference at Ladera!
PTO Committee Chairs Still Needed!
One reason our school is so great is because of our parent volunteers, and we are still in need of some parent volunteers to head up various PTO committees. Please consider stepping up, either on your own or with a co-chair, to head up one of these committees: Ongoing Fundraisers, Green Committee/Recycling, Wellness Committee, Copy Cats and Spirit Run. Click HERE to see the committee descriptions. Feel free to contact Karen Sisson at ksisson@gmail.com with any questions or to sign up.
School News Bulletin
Click HERE to check out the latest coverage of our school's events, awards, news releases, and much more!