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Principal's Back to School Update



Principal's Back to School Update



Hello, Montemalaga Students and Families!


We are getting ready to kick off the 2021-2022 school year! With less than two weeks until school starts on August 25th. We are returning to our regular bell schedule. School will begin at 8:30 am each day, with the arrival of students starting at 8:15 am. See the link to our bell schedule webpage below for details:  Montemalaga Bell Schedule 


We will begin this year with the following routines and protocols based on current County and Health Guidelines. In advance, I ask that our community is flexible as updates are made to guidelines. I will send out notifications and any changes that will impact our school community. My number one priority is to keep our students safe while they attend school. Please review the following information. 


Green Screen:

All individuals coming to campus (students, staff, teachers, parents, etc.) will conduct a daily screening at the link below before coming to campus each day. Have the screener filled at home, as the Wi-Fi and cell service around Montemalaga is spotty. We will be using a new screener, and the link is below. If your screen is green, you come to school, and if it is red you may not come to campus. Please take a screenshot of your green screen and be prepared to show it to a staff member when you drop off your child.



Drop off and Pick up Procedures:

Our "Traffic Flow Map" and "Drop off and Pick up Guidelines" are available here.  Please review before the first day of school.



Per LA County/Health Guidelines, all students and staff must wear masks while indoors. Masking outside is optional. Students will be spaced out when eating outside and playing. Students will be encouraged to keep socially distant. 

I will continue to provide updates as guidance/protocols change. The safety of all on-campus is our highest priority. For the latest protocol guidance from the LA County Department of Health, please see the link below:

Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools: Appendix T1 (


Food Services Update:

The District is pleased to offer complimentary breakfast and lunch to all students for the 2021-2022 school year! Optional breakfast will be provided to students during recess, and lunch will be offered through the cafeteria at lunchtime. Students will be asked to raise their hand in class every morning if they plan to get lunch from the cafeteria. In addition, water and milk will be available for cashless sale with your Titan prepaid account. More information and menus can be found on the Food Services website: > Parents & Students > Lunch Program.


Registration Paperwork: 

If you have not filled out the registration paperwork, please do so by accessing the link below.


Classroom Assignments Available on 8/20: 

On Friday, 8/20, you can log in to see your child’s teacher via the aeries portal. 

Classroom assignments should be available around 6 pm.  


Student Handbook:

Please click here to download and review the 2021-2022 Montemalaga Student Handbook with your children.  Be sure to print, sign and return the signature page to your classroom teacher by Friday, September 3, 2021.  


Before School Supervision:  

  • Before School Supervision is available 8:15-8:30 AM 
  • Children should not arrive at school before 8:15 AM 
  • TK and Kindergarten students report to the Kindergarten yard   


Grades 1 and 2 - Sibling Watch is available Tuesday-Friday:

  • Students in 1st and 2nd grade that need to wait for older siblings may do so at our lunch benches, where they will be supervised until 3:00 PM. 
  • The kindergarten day ends at 2:05 PM.  Kindergarten students may enroll in Kids Corner if supervision is needed. 


Optional Supply Drop-Off:

The first day of school can be a little overwhelming, and we would like to make sure each student has an easy transition back to campus. Therefore, we will be hosting an optional supply drop-off day during the first week of school. More information to come so, please check your email. 

Montemalaga Grades 1-5 school supply list are available here.   


1st day of school is a 1/2 day Wednesday, 8/25: 

The first day of school is Wednesday, 8/25, and is a half day. School will start at 8:30 am for all students (Grades TK-5) and dismiss at noon for grades TK-5 


TK/ K and New Family Social:

The Montemalaga Team will be hosting a TK/K & New Family Social on Friday, August 20th. An email will go out to these families with more information.


Mark your calendar

  • First day of school is August 25th  It's a minimum day:  TK 8:30 - 11:45 & Kindergarten - 5th grade 8:30 - 12:00 noon
  • No School Labor Day - September 6th
  • Student Free Day - Staff Professional Development – September 7th
  • Picture Day - September 24th
  • Back to School Night - Thursday, September 9th
  • Minimum Day - September 10th  TK 8:30 - 11:45 & Kindergarten - 5th grade 8:30 - 12:00 noon



Enjoy the rest of your summer!


Sandi Tsosie