Friday Facts

September  2021

My name is Stephanie Bertino. I am the new Health Clerk for Myford Elementary.  I lived in Australia for most of my life and moved to Irvine 14 years ago and have loved living here ever since.I have 3 Mountain Lion Alumni boys (17, 16 and 12 years old) who have all graduated from Myford.  I have been part of the Myford community for 13 years in many volunteer positions from a room parent, the running club to the Myford PTO Board. I was even a Myford PTO president for 2 years. After my youngest promoted from Myford, I got a Health Assistant job with IUSD and worked at an Elementary school.I love group exercise, hiking with families and friends and days at the beach.  I am so happy to be back at Myford and look forward to helping your students.

If your child has a scrape, stomachache, or not feeling well, I will be the person they come to see in the Health Office. We want to keep Myford safe and health so please remember to keep your children home if they are not feeling well and remember to call the attendance line for each day your child is absent. You will also get a follow-up phone call from me to check in on the status of your child.  Always remember to have your student check into the Health Office on the day of return after they have been ill before they head to their classroom to get a green Return to Class slip.

I look forward to meeting your students when they visit the Health Office.

Open enrollment insurance has been extended through October 15, 2021. This will give families additional time to purchase or renew policy for this school year especially if they had a device previously with no insurance. Families that receive a new device after this date can still buy insurance when we provide them a code to access the insurance portal. 

Reminder that next week is our Parent Conference, Book Fair, and Minimum Day Week!

TK:  Schedule is unchanged
K:  M, T, Th, F is out at 12:34.  Wednesday is still out at 1:39
1st-5th:  1:19 dismissal all week!

Please save the date.  Our annual Room Parent Information Meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 28th at 9:00am via Zoom.  Your teachers will be handing out the meeting information, as well as Room Parent Guidelines, later next week. 

Thank you all for volunteering!

The Orange County Transportation Authority has started a Youth Ride Free Pass.  “Beginning in September, youth ages 6 to 18 will be able to ride all OC Bus every day for free during a six-month promotion. It’s a great way for all youth to ride to school, work and play and is particularly valuable for high-school teens to help them access education and jobs as they enter the workforce. The Youth Ride Free pass will be available in September and will work until February 28, 2022 on all of our clean, cool reliable fixed-route buses.”

Please come by the office to pick up a youth pass. 

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the MPR Monday, Sept. 20th – Friday, Sept. 24th. Check out our Book Fair homepage at for information on in-person shopping hours, on-line shopping options, and ways to pay.
* PTO will be hosting BOOKIES & COOKIES FAMILY NIGHT at the Book Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 22nd from 4:00-6:00pm. Come enjoy some cookies and hear from some of your favorite Mountain Lions!
* Would you like to get involved? Sign up for a volunteer shift at the Book Fair

Special thanks to LYNN WONG for sponsoring our Bookies and Cookies (and Ice Cream!) event!

Thanks also to DECK THE HOUSE for lighting up our reading area!

Our first Restaurant Night will be at URBAN PLATES on September 23.  Follow it up with dessert at YOGURTLAND!


National Hispanic Heritage Month honors the traditions and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino American cultures. This is a great time to learn about or share with others!  Check out some wonderful titles to explore HERE

In honor of your child’s birthday, you may wish to donate a book to our school library.  Birthday book donations help our library maintain a high level of engaging and up-to-date books for all our students to enjoy. There are multiple ways to donate a book to the library.  See attached flyer for options.  Your child’s name will be placed inside the book as a thank you, their picture will be displayed in the school hallway outside the library for all to appreciate and your child will be the 1st to check out that book!
We appreciate your contribution to the Myford Library!  Thank you so much for your support!
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Dino Dash is one of the best TUSD events! All schools participate as thousands of students, families, and staff come together for our students! This year Dino Dash will be held on Halloween - October 31 - so come ready to run/walk/ride in your costumes!

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All elementary students are invited to participate in the TPSF Dinosaur Dash poster contest. One winner from each grade level across the District will be selected (6 winners total).

On Wednesdays, wear your Dino Dash shirts!

Oct 1:  No School - Teacher PD Day

When your children are absent, you need call in, email Linda McCord at, or use our website link HERE.  Please remember to describe the symptoms of any illness (not just, “out sick.”)  We want to make sure our health and safety information is accurate.

Upon returning from an absence (illness-related), your children must first get cleared at the office before going to class.  

Don’t forget that Myford is a uniform school and students are expected to be in uniforms or Myford SpiritWear Mondays-Thursdays.  Friday is a Free-Dress Day and we have lots of other Spirit Days throughout the year.  

Myford is a Uniform School but we LOVE our Myford Spiritwear!  Don’t forget to order yours early!   Order forms are attached HERE.

Join Club 125!  For just 69¢ a day, you can help support the many incredible opportunities and programs provided by our PTO.  Some of the things that have been purchased by your generous contributions are:
* Technology
* PE Coach
* Safety
* Playground
* Books
* Assemblies
* Art Masters 
And more!!

Pledge form HERE.

Read the Friday Facts thoroughly – they arrive via email on Fridays around 6:00
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