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". For all the latest school news, please see the column below on the far right. We also encourage all Ladera families to subscribe to our email blasts below to stay informed. Go Leopards!

Awards & Accolades

Ladera Named 2014 California Distinguished School
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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.
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Ladera Elementary School News

Dino Dash: Run, walk & ride for education!
Dino Dash
The 24th Annual Dinosaur Dash is coming up on Sunday, November 2nd, at The Market Place. The Dinosaur Dash features 5k and 10k timed races for all ages, a 2k non-timed "Fun Run/Walk" and a non-timed 50k/15k bike tour. An early bird 10% off discount code is valid until Tuesday, September 30th at 11:59pm (use code "SCHOOLS").  This is a wonderful opportunity for the Ladera community to show its pride and enthusiasm for education and our fabulous school! Each entry showing Ladera as the school, will have a direct effect on Ladera continuing to house the coveted Stegosaurus trophy. The elementary school with the highest percent participation will win $500! Additionally, Ladera teachers will receive $6 for each online registration to be used for instructional materials. Can't make it that day? Consider sponsoring a student from the District and still give credit to Ladera! Click HERE and register today! We are also looking for VOLUNTEERS from Friday 10/31 -Sunday 11/2. Click HERE to find out how you can help out at this fun event. 
Attention Parents of Preschoolerspreschool
The SDC preschool program at Ladera is seeking typical peers to provide reverse mainstreaming opportunities for our students. There is a substantial body of research demonstrating the positive effects of inclusive settings for children with disabilities. To that end, we are working to build up the numbers of typical peers enrolled. We have two class sessions, 8:00-11:00am, or 12:00-3:00pm, with no classes on Wednesdays. For more information on program participation, click HERE. Please contact Stephanie Brown with any questions.
PTO Membership Drive is in Full Swing!
Join the PTOThe PTO Membership and Direct Giving Pledge Drive is happening NOW! Membership packets have gone home. Please DO send your forms in ASAP, as we are hoping for 100% participation this year! Your support is critical in order for us to continue the valuable programs, materials and extracurricular activities that the PTO provides. Every donation counts, we need you! Please click HERE for all the details.
Ideal Luxury Live Auction           
Join us for a live auction at the Marconi Auto Museum on Wednesday, October 1st. Luxury items such as watches, diamonds and jewelry will be auctioned off. Ideal Luxury will donate 10% of your purchase price to Ladera's PTO. Be sure to mention Ladera Elementary when registering to bid. Click HERE to view the flyer. To register for the event or preview the items going up for sale, click HERE. Good luck bidding!
Walk to School Day  

Parents and students at elementary schools throughout the Tustin Unified School District will step forward and participate in the International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 8th. Walk to School Day encourages adults and children to walk to school together. The 17th annual event is designed to raise awareness about walking as a form of exercise, reduce traffic congestion and pollution, and focus on teaching children safe walking skills and routes. For more information, click HERE.

New Ladera Spirit Wear is Here!Ladera tshirt
From now until October 10th, orders are being taken for Ladera Spirit Wear. As in past years, we have two different vendors producing our shirts, one that creates standard t-shirts and one that creates "bling" t-shirts. Both options come in youth and adult sizes. Shirt samples for the bling are on display in the front office for sizing reference. For more information or to print order forms, click HERE.
Harvest Carnival & Family Night pumpkin
Don't miss Ladera's 4th Annual Fall Harvest Carnival & Family Night on Thursday, October 30th. Festivities include carnival games, cake walk, costume contest*, concession stands, teacher donations and more!! Dinner will be catered by our friendly Mr. Alba with choices of a hamburger or hotdog, chips & drink all for only $5. Unlimited carnival games and 2 concession items will be available with a wristband purchase of only $15. All proceeds from the event will benefit Ladera PTO and 5th Grade Promotion (Cake Walk). *Costumes are encouraged; no knives, swords or play guns allowed on school property.
Attention 5th Grade Parents    
5th grade
Click HERE to access the video presentation you need to view, and forms you need to read/sign in order for your child to receive an iPad. 
Community Rewards Program
It's that time of year to renew your enrollment in the Community Rewards Program through Ralphs grocery stores. Last year Ladera PTO earned over $600 from this program!  Every time you shop at Ralphs with your grocery card, a portion of your total bill will be donated to our school. For easy instructions on how to enroll or renew your grocery card, click HERE.