From Our Dolphin Blast 10.17.18

Hello LCM Families,  

It is Halloween Carnival Week at LCM.  We are so thankful for all the volunteers who have dedicated their time to ensuring the success of our greatest tradition.  We still have volunteer slots available, so see below for more details. We look forward to seeing you all this weekend!

Wigs 4 Kids and Pink Fridays:  

Pink Fridays are back. The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Wear pink every Friday in October to show your support.

If you, your child, or a family member has 8 inches or more of hair to donate, contact Renee Mone at to participate in Wigs for Kids. The event is Friday, November 2nd at 845am.  

5th Grade Family Picnic Lunch:

Fifth Grade Parents, mark your calendars and pack your lunches for Friday, October 26! You are are invited to dine with your 5th grade student during their lunch period from 12:35-1:20. More details will be provided, but a few key points to remember are:

     1. Please bring your own lunch

     2. Plan to check in at the PTO table in front of the school by 12:05 pm

     3. Remember that no siblings may be pulled out of class as this is a special activity for you and your fifth grader

     4.Students will return to class after lunch, please do not check your student out of school early as we want to make Every Minute Count.

We thank you and we are looking forward to a very special Family Lunch together!  *Dates for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th grade picnic lunches will be released soon.  

Parenting Nights at LCM:  

Thank you to the families that joined us for our first parenting night of the year with Christine Fonseca.  We had a great turn-out for her presentation on The Power of Self-Reliance to Help Kids Break Free From Stress and Anxiety.  Mark your calendars and please join us for the next event in our school cafeteria on November 1st at 6pm.  

Attention Dads:  

Over the past years many of you have volunteered on campus as an extra set of eyes and ears to help keep our students safe, and to help us promote a welcoming environment for all students.  We continue to have opportunities for you to volunteer during recess, lunch recess or even to help with student drop-off before school. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering one time, or becoming a regular volunteer for recess, lunch recess, or student drop-off please email our community liaison, Stacy Pollard.

Stay Connected with LCM:  

We have a variety of ways to stay up-to-date on LCM news, keep up with us on social media or here at this website!

From your PTO...

(NEW) Halloween Carnival:
( Our Annual Halloween Carnival will be THIS WEEKEND! Hours will be Friday, October 19, from 6pm-9pm, and Saturday, October 20, from 12pm-8pm!!! There will be rides, games, a magnificent Farmer’s Market/Bake Sale filled with delectable treats, food, and an amazing Silent Auction. For more information on this year’s Halloween Carnival, please visit PTO Website. 

(NEW) Carnival Wristbands and Tickets: Didn’t get a chance to purchase your Carnival wristbands or tickets online? Have no fear…. You still have a chance to purchase these items at the pre-sale price before and after school on Thursday, October 18th (in front of the school from 8am-9am and again 1:20pm-1:45pm), and also on the blacktop during Flag Assembly on Friday, October 19th.

(NEW) Online Auction: Have you visited our Carnival Gift of Time Parties and Online Auction yet??? Bidding closes Thursday, October 18 @ 10pm, and you don’t want to miss out!!! We have FABULOUS items this year such as class baskets, gift certificates, trips, and SO MUCH MORE!!! Come check it out and get ready to bid -- don't miss out!!! Visit and place your bids before time runs out! Must register on the site in order to bid.

(NEW) Carnival Shed Unloading: On Thursday, October, 18th right after school at 1:30pm, we’ll be unloading all of the Carnival items from the storage shed. Bring your pickup truck and your friends and come on down – it takes a village to put on this colossal event!!!

(NEW) Carnival Booth Signups: Attention parents!!! There are still lots of booths without volunteer help to keep them running! If you have just 90 minutes to donate, please visit the Carnival Signup Genius.  You don’t have to limit yourself to your child’s classroom booth – feel free to signup anywhere you can! If there are no parent volunteers, the booth will need to close. And parents who have kids at the middle and high school – their volunteer service is due in just a few short weeks, so this is a great way to fill some hours. Please note that all middle school volunteers require a parent to accompany them. Thank you for your help!!!

(NEW) Carnival Bake Sale and Contest items: Bake Sale donations should be dropped of on Friday, October 19th, in front of the school between 1:15pm-2:00pm. Please ensure your items are individually wrapped. Contest submissions (chili, cakes, and pumpkins) are due at the school on Saturday, October 20, by 11:45am, and should be labeled with your name and phone number (if your child decorates a cake, it should be labeled with his or her grade level as well).

(NEW) Pumpkin Carvers Needed!: Carve a pumpkin and set it on the stage Friday morning before flag! Be sure to write your name and teacher on the back of the pumpkin with sharpie. All pumpkins will be used to decorate for carnival and entered into our contest! Doesn’t have to be professional, it’s just fun!

(NEW) Carnival Clean-Up: Swing by the school on Sunday, October 21st, anytime between 8am-11am to help clean up after Carnival. Kids welcome – come and enjoy some coffee and donuts and teach your kids the value of supporting their community. Plus, all kids who help out will receive a popsicle coupon to be used on any Popsicle Friday.

(NEW) Halloween Costume Spirit Day: Send your child to school in their Halloween costume on Friday, October 19! Just remember --- no masks, makeup, or props.

(NEW) Halloween Carnival Decorating: Parents - We need your help to hang up artwork and decorate the school for the Carnival. Decorating will begin Friday morning, October 19th, right after Flag Assembly, and then we'll finish up right after school releases on Friday afternoon.

Crowdsourcing: The Halloween Carnival Committee is in need of the following items for the Carnival: containers with lids (such as Tide Containers, Costco pretzel containers, buckets from places like Dixieline, etc); pop up tents (EZ Ups); extension cords; stand up construction lights; inflatable Halloween decorations; and a clothing rack for the Haunted House actors. If you have any of these items to lend, please drop them off in the office on Thursday, October 18. Please make sure your item is clearly labeled for easier return. Items will be returned on Monday, October 21. For more information, please visit PTO website. Thank you for your assistance!

October PTO Meeting: Save the date! The next PTO meeting will be Thursday, October 25 in the school library from 3:30pm-4:45pm. Childcare will be provided, and all are welcome!

Volunteer: There are so many ways to volunteer on campus and now it's easier than ever to find a spot! Check a box at and join the fun!

Box Tops: Our first Box Tops collection date is Thursday, October 25. And yes, box tops with a November 1, 2018 expiration date will be honored! Feel free to simply place your box tops into Ziploc baggies in groups of 50.

WAVE donation: Have you ever wondered how the school is able to provide science, art, music, and technology to our students, as well as fund spelling and geography bees, field trips like Biztown, the annual school play, and more? It’s thanks to everyone who contributes to the PTO WAVE fund! But to ensure the PTO can continue to support all of our little Dolphins, we need YOU! Please visit PTO website to make your WAVE fund donations. All donations must be made online this year, as we have officially gone paperless. There are lots of great incentives to donate! Thank you for your generosity!

Amazon Smile: Did you know you can help La Costa Meadows while you shop on Amazon? You shop, Amazon Gives, when you shop through Amazon Smile! To shop at AmazonSmile, simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device and search for La Costa Meadows PTO and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases! Easy, and no cost to you!

Website Updates: Please take a moment today to make sure your child's name and teacher's name are up-to-date on our new PTO website so we can deliver your future purchases to the correct classroom.