2021 Parent and Guardian CAASPP Notification

As you may know, each spring students in grades 3 through 8 participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) statewide assessments. For spring 2021, the California Department of Education has given districts flexibility to use the most viable option for assessment in their local context, including the option to administer district assessments in place of state tests. In consideration of local pandemic-related factors and in line with state and county assessment guidance, IUSD will report STAR Renaissance Reading and Math results to parents/guardians of 3rd - 8th grade students in place of CAASPP results. School results will also be reported overall and by subgroup in Cadence Park’s School Accountability Report Card. Students whose IEPs indicate they will take the California Alternate Assessments will either participate in the STAR Renaissance assessments or the SANDI.

Using assessments that are already a part of our curriculum will help reduce testing time this spring, allowing teachers to prioritize instructional time to focus on addressing student academic and social-emotional needs. These assessments provide one of multiple measures of a student’s skills. When combined with other factors, like report card grades and teacher input, results will provide a more complete picture of your child’s performance.

You will receive an email when your child’s scores are available in Parent Portal later this spring. If you have any questions, please contact Samantha Reising at samanthareising@iusd.org.


ViRtual International Week 2021!

CLICK HERE to view all of the amazing submissions from our talented Pumas.

Thank you to all of the students and families who allowed us to learn about and celebrate your culture virtually this year!


Your Cadence Park PTSA is hosting an outdoor, socially distanced event geared for the whole family. Cadence Adventure Day is will take place on Saturday, April 24th from 10 am until 4 pm. The event starts in front of our school; and students and their family can walk, jog, bike or scooter through a neighborhood course. There will be a course map and marked stations along the route. The more stations you find, the more opportunities to win a prize!

To participate, students, parents and siblings must register in advance. Register by April 10th, and Cadence Park students receive a free Cadence Adventure Day T-shirt. We will accept registration up until April 22nd; however, we are unable to guarantee a t-shirt after April 10th.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, we have the following opportunity prizes this year: four (4) passes to Defy OC; two (2) passes to K1 Speed; four (4) Lamppost Pizza gift cards; a certificate to a camp or clinic with Liverpool Soccer; four (4) Fresh Brothers Pizza gift cards; One (1) Target gift card valued at $200, and four (4) Target gift cards valued at $25; a month of coding classes at the Coder School; and an American Girl Doll!

Please visit the PTSA Website and click on events to register and obtain further information. We hope to see you at Cadence Adventure Day!

Cadence Park Adventure Day_V2.pdf


Class of 2021

Commemorative Spirit Wear now available from@cadence_park_ptsa

📣 Class of 2021 gear is available to purchase now only until April 11th. Hoodies, T-shirts and face masks at cost. Names of all the students are printed in the 2021 numbers. Only a few days left. Once we close the orders you will not be able to purchase them so get them before it’s too late.


Mental HEALTH and Wellness

Tips, Tools & Resources to Keep Your Family Healthy

  1. Parent Videos and Resources. These short and engaging video Parent Pep Talks are designed to offer strategies and suggestions for some of the greatest challenges parents are currently facing. This series of videos begins with Adult Self-Care because we often take care of our children before we take care of ourselves. They are followed by videos that provide practical strategies for thriving through the ever-complex adolescent years.

  1. Upcoming Virtual Parent Presentation: “What You Can Do – Notice The Signs. Have the Conversation. Give the Response” Monday 3/22 at 6:00. The sooner a mental health or substance concern is identified and addressed, the better the outcome for your child or teen. Join us for an informative presentation on identifying substance use warning signs and recent trends during the pandemic. Learn helpful tips on how to start conversations with your child about drug use and discover strategies to work through resistance when help is needed. In partnership with the Irvine Family Resource Center and OC Revive Community Mental Health & Substance Use Intensive Outpatient Program: Speakers- Chandra Medina, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist with OC Revive in collaboration with IUSD IPD School Resource Officers. Registration Link: http://bit.ly/322ipep

  1. Mid-year edition of the Speak Up, We Care newsletter. Resources and content to inform, support linkage and outreach for parents and students. Families can also click on the Speak Up, We Care link www.iusd.org/WeCare for access to the Link Up Newsletter, as well as mental health and wellness resources.

2020-2021 Be Kind Elementary School Newsletter

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2020-2021 Be Kind Middle/High School Newsletter

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More Money for Music! We wish to thank CPS music teacher Karen Sposato, who recently secured $1,150 for a Creative Music-Making Grant proposal via the IPSF Innovative Grants Program! CPS staff members have now received over $20,000 since we opened from IPSF, our partner in educational excellence!

ACE CLasses Now Enrolling! IPSF is excited to offer over 100 fun and interactive online classes for students in grades 1-8 afterschool. This session features classes to expand students minds and creativity. IPSF also has added new advanced sections to some of our most popular classes so your student can take their skills to the next level! Register at www.ipsf.net/afterschool . ACE Online scholarships are available to families demonstrating financial need. For more information and to apply, please visit ipsf.net/acescholarship.

Play STRUCTUREs Re-Open!

Given the drastic reduction in community incidence of COVID-19, we have been given permission to re-open our play structures in the elementary and kindergarten play areas starting Monday, 3/12! Students will still be asked to observe distancing as possible and wear their masks, but full acccess will finally be restored to these high-demand options for recess.

Students will be reminded to engage in hand sanitization after every recess and our playground equipment will be disinfected by site custodial staff every morning.


We are excited to announce that we have received clearance to begin planning for an in-person promotion ceremony for our very first class of 8th graders! More details will be forthcoming regarding separation of cohorts, inclusion of IVA, and parameters for parent viewing and/or participation.

CPS PTSA Presents

Family Game Night - March 18

  • Game on! The Cadence Park Virtual Game Nights will be a live hosted trivia night with fellow CP families held over zoom.

  • The 1-hour event will be hosted by Virtual Game Night, and included 8 different rounds of trivia for a night of family fun.

  • Families will only need: (1) a laptop to watch the game in action and (2) a mobile device where they will see each question and a series of answers that they will use to select their answers.

  • Grand Prize: The winning family will receive a pizza party delivered to their doorstep that night/week.

After Hours Screening Flyer.pdf

Cadence Park School is welcoming families of incoming kindergarteners (children born between 09/02/15 – 09/01/16) to join us for a virtual information night on March 4th!

To register for this event, click this link: https://bit.ly/2NG4ZIW

A link to attend will be sent out to all registered families the day before the event.

Portola High School Family Night Info.pdf


Your Cadence Park PTSA is in the process of nominating candidates for the

2021-2022 Executive Board.

Please click here for more information and to submit your interest.

Responses should be submitted by February 10th, 2021. No experience needed.

C&C Flyer IUSD -- Student Registration-2.pdf


Copy of Black and Orange Grayscale Photo Basketball Fundraising Poster (1).pdf
ALL Programs February.pdf
IFRC Parent Enrichment Workshop Flyer.pdf

Valentine's Day - COVID Edition

Please be aware that in accordance with IUSD protocols for safe school re-opening, we will not be organizing or allowing any events involving the distribution or exchange of treats, cards etc. in the week leading up to Valentine's Day. Some classes may engage in other safe and thoughtful gestures of caring, but we ask that you refrain from sending your child to school with any items to pass out to friends and consider other safe means of observing Valentine's traditions within your "bubble" of family & friends off campus. Thank you!

Model Selection Limitation

This notification is intended for any parents who may be considering requesting a model change for the start of Trimester Three. At this time in the year, our ability to make changes is extremely limited by staffing, available seats and our obligation to adhere to safety measures agreed upon for in-person instruction. Making a change is disruptive for students and staff at any time of the year, and is even more challenging toward the end of a year. However, if you have a compelling reason for requesting a change, please contact Ms. Hopkins, and we will asses the feasibility your request.


Please click here to complete IUSD's Annual Survey for parents. Your opinions and insights help us determine our continuous improvement efforts for the coming school year, as well as identify priorities for additional expenditures and attention. When done, send a screen shot of the confirmation page to your child's homeroom teacher to help them win the participation prize!


Be reminded that as part of our safe re-opening protocol, students are not to be on campus more than ten minutes prior to the start of their school day. This is intended to prevent morning congregation and interaction between students in different classrooms and cohorts. Once on campus, students are to remport immediately to their classrooms. Thank you for reminding your children and adjusting your drop off routines as needed to comply.

1st-5th: arrive between 8:05-8:15 6th-8th: arrive between 8:20-8:30

Early Reading Tips for Home- Cadence Park School 2020-2021

It's a Four-Day Weekend!

Be reminded that next week there is no school on the following days:

  • Monday, Jan. 18- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

  • Tuesday, Jan. 19- Non-student/Teacher day

School will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 20.


Middle school students will also be off on Monday and Tuesday of next week, and will follow a special schedule for the remaining three days in order to maximize instruction during this abbreviated week.

Irvine Parent Education Program

Feel free to view the slide deck to the right for an abundance of parenting resources to support you and your family now and in the years to come.

ANNUAL SURVEY---> Coming Soon!

Each year, every school in Irvine Unified administers a climate survey. By making this an annual district-wide effort, we can begin to understand our most compelling needs and measure our growth over time.

Obtaining stakeholder feedback regarding school climate and school-community relationship is critical for guiding our continuous improvement efforts. It also allows IUSD to dedicate resources through our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) to ensure that we serve our students, support our staff, and remain connected to our communities. To learn more about the LCAP and the importance of the Annual Survey, please watch this three-minute informative video.

Please look out for an email from Principal Grasso with a link to the survey on Monday, January 25th!

2020-IUSD-ICCP Scholarship- -Flier.pdf

Care Solace’s team is available 24/7 and can support you in any language. If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:

  • Call 888-515-0595 anytime

  • Visit Care Solace to learn more and access services

  • Email weserve@caresolace.org

In order to better serve our students, families, and staff, IUSD has partnered with Care Solace mental health services to connect families to outside care providers. Care Solace provides concierge services to assist families in navigating mental health services in the community.

Our students, families, and staff can use Care Solace to quickly find verified mental health, behavioral health, and substance use treatment options matched to their needs regardless of circumstances or insurance coverage.

Care Solace will assign a personal Care Concierge to support you through the process of finding mental health care. They will identify available providers who accept your insurance; private, Medi-Cal, sliding scale, or cost-free options. They will help you book an appointment and check-in with you afterwards to see if you like the provider or need additional support.

Would you like to serve as a parent representative on our School Site Council?

If so, please click here to apply!

School Site Council Interest Letter (2020-2021)
IPSF Ambassador Alert November 2020.pdf

Report Cards -Available Online 11/20

Today(11/16) marks the beginning of Trimester 2. Parents and students can access report cards for Trimester 1 online via Parent Portal starting this Friday after 3:00 p.m..


Parents of students in the elementary and middle school hybrid program should be aware that instruction will be entirely online on Monday(11/23) and Tuesday(11/24) of next week. We hope that this will provide greater instructional continuity during this abbreviated week.
Traditional students will report to campus as usual and all students will be off on Wednesday(11/23) through Friday(11/25) for Thanksgiving Break.


If you haven't do so recently, click here to check out our PTSA website. There are an abundance of resources, offers, and updates available to support our Puma families and school.


Please click on the image to the left to access our self-service online PUMA gear retailer. Many thabnks to our PTSA for setting this up for easy access by all Cadence Park community members.


At long last, our Pumas will have their annual school photos taken on campus. Schedule is as follows:

Mon. Nov. 16- MS IVA students

Tues. Nov. 17- Cohort B and Traditional students

Wed. Nov. 18-Elementary IVA Students

Thurs. Dec. 10- Cohort A students & and make ups

Sumner Photography | help@sumnerphotograph.net | (800) 440-2002

Book FAIR!

This book fair will be an amazing opportunity for families and students to build their home libraries as well as our school library collection. Follett has a much more extensive collection of titles compared to Scholastic and Follett credits our school 25% of the profits to be used toward adding to our CP Library Media Center collection.

​Follet does not ship to students but will ship your order to the school for pick up.

​Click on image or here for direct link


Part of our ability to ensure our students' well being in the immediate and longer-term aftermath of a major disaster will depend upon the preparedness and cooperation of our parent community. To that end, we wish to make you aware/remind you of the following:

1. Stay Connected: See information below about how we will communicate with you in the event of an emergency.

2. Understand Our Reunification Plan:

  • Students will only be released to a parent, guardian or contact listed in our database. Be sure that any adult who you may wish to pick up your child in the event that you cannot make it to school is added to your Parent Portal approved contacts list.

  • In order for us to release your child, we will need to see a photo ID of the Contact who arrives to pick him/her up.

  • If students are sheltering in place, parents will report to the door of your child's teacher(middle school parents are encouraged to keep their child's schedule handy) where students will be released to parents/approved contacts, one at a time.

  • In the event of a major earthquake or fire on campus, we will have evacuated the buidlings, so parents are directed to report ONLY to the check-in desk, which will be located adjacent to the child care building(see map below), and not attempt to gain access to campus through any other areas. Once we verify your identity, we will send for your child, and you will meet him/her in the adjacent student pick-up area.

3. Be Prepared at Home: Click here for information about how you can ensure your family's safety and well-being for an extended period in the aftermath of a major disaster. For a more detailed plan for home preparedness, click here.

CPS Student Reunification.pdf


1.) Check your voicemail, text messages and email first for the most up-to-date information from the District. If you unsubscribed from school or District emails, you will not receive important updates during an emergency. To re-subscribe, email helpdesk@iusd.org.

2.) Check IUSD.org and your school website for alerts and updates.

3.) Follow and like us on social media for real-time updates

Facebook: facebook.com/irvineunifiedschooldistrict

Twitter: twitter.com/iusd

Instagram: instagram.com/irvine_unified

For more information, visit iusd.org/connect . To make sure you know who is authorized to pick up your student, visit Parent Portal and view the “Contact” page.

Thank you to our PTSA and all participants in this year's Reflections contest!

The following student entries have received Honorable Mentions:
  • Pranamya Aditham (Visual Arts, Intermediate)
  • Grace Oh (Visual Arts, Intermediate)
  • Kylie Yim (Visual Arts, Intermediate)
  • Jaskiran Singh (Visual Arts, Middle)
  • Neil Iyer (Literature, Intermediate)

The following student entries will advance to the Irvine Unified Council PTA for the next round of competition:
  • Nish Wadhwa (Visual Arts, Primary)
  • Kai Hataishi (Visual Arts, Intermediate)
  • Teddy Huang (Visual Arts, Literature, Photography, Intermediate)
  • Xinyuan Zhang (Literature, Intermediate)
  • Molly Gabbert (Dance, Photography, Intermediate)
  • Rishant Pinnama Reddy (Film Production, Primary)

Congratulations to all! The Reflections programs is designed to give students confidence in their abilities to explore ideas and learn through the arts. Every Cadence Park Puma should be proud of their work and effort.
Enrichment Day Flyer 11.11.20.pdf
IPSF Ambassador Alert October 2020.pdf


Halloween (10/31) is not a national or school holiday, but we do recognize that many of our students will participate to some extent in the opportunities for fun and revelry that this day presents. With this in mind, students will be allowed to wear their costumes to school on Friday, 10/30, should they desire to do so. Hybrid students who do not attend on 10/30 will be allowed to dress up on 10/29 should they wish to do so. Children who opt to come to school in costume are asked to observe the following guidelines:

• No masks

• No excessive face paint or gore

• No high heels

• No replica weapons

• No culturally insensitive otherwise offensive or inappropriate attire

Costumes must also be safe and comfortable enough to be worn for the entire day and still permit participation in regularly scheduled activities . Children who do not have a costume or do not wish to wear theirs to school might also opt for an outfit of orange and black that day.





Dear Parents/Guardians,

IUSD conducts an annual Multiple Criteria Measure screening process for all students in 3rd through 6th grades to identify students for placement in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program. With various educational models this year, we are committed to a universal screening process for each child. To learn more about the MCM screening process for the 2020-21 school year please see this written summary and visit our website for other updated information.

OLSAT Registration is now open on the GATE Department webpage. IUSD offers families an optional fee-based OLSAT assessment each year. When administered by IUSD, OLSAT scores can be considered as one screening measure. Please note, the OLSAT is not required for GATE identification.

For the 2020-2021 school year, the OLSAT will be administered on November 7 & 18, 2020 at a testing center. All health protocols will be followed to ensure the safety of students and staff during the assessment. Again this is not required and is offered as a service to families that would like the OLSAT assessment. Families interested in taking the OLSAT should register here. No dates will be added later in the school year.

*Please note: Students that qualify for GATE in the 2020-21 GATE screening process will be notified via email during June 2021.


Lauren Sipelis

Coordinator, GATE and Advanced Learning

The beauty of the public school system is that it is set up for everyone to enjoy and appreciate the same experience, regardless of socio-economic background. To that end, Cadence Park wishes to remind you that whether it's a donation or a fee being requested for an expense or event, your child will never be excluded due to your inability to pay the requested amount. Please see the following helpful links below regarding available support and information:

IFRC October Parent Enrichment Workshops.pdf

Annual Right to Know Letter

Copy of Parent Right To Know Letter

Parent Bulletin: Monday Messages

Week 2 Is Underway

Parent Bulletin: The Big Day

The Big Day

Parent Bulletin: Weekend Update

Weekend Update

Can We Switch Instructional Models?

We recognize that making a choice from the various instructional models this past summer was not an easy decision for many, and that in the weeks since, feelings and circumstances may have changed for some students and families. We further understand that as the reopening of schools becomes imminent, some may reconsider their choice altogether. If you find yourself navigating any of the aforementioned sentiments, we ask you to be aware that our capacity to accommodate requests for change at this time is extremely limited outside of emergency circumstances. If you feel your family has encountered such a critical development, you are always welcome to contact us in the event that there is something we can do to support you in your time of need. If, however, your desire is moreso related to personal preferences, we ask that you click the adjacent linked images to be added to the appropriate waitlist. Submitting your preferences via these forms will assist us with tracking and accommodating families who want (vs. need) to make a change, and we'll do our best to attend to such requests as space becomes available down the road. Our staffing across the District was determined by your original preferences, and will ultimately be the determining factor in our ability to accommodate any requests. We thank you in advance for your patience and ask for your understanding of our limited flexibility.

Parent Bulletin: Planning and Expectations for In-Person Instruction

9-14-20 School Community Expectations Letter

Parent Bulletin: Re-opening on the Horizon

Copy of Watchlist Community and Staff Templates

Translations now available!

We are pleased to welcome Janice Chen to the Cadence Park Staff. She will serve as our liaison to our growing Mandarin-speaking community. Parents are welcome to contact her directly for assistance, and one of the services she will be providing is ongoing translation of school documents and correspondence. you may click here and/or bookmark this link for future reference.

Parent Bulletin: Weekly Updates

Good Evening Puma Parents,
IFRC Parent Enrichment Series Flyer.pdf

Parent Bulletin: Welcome Back

Welcome Back Parent Info


That's a wrap!

Summer Sendoff.pdf

Optimistic Household

Last week, Superintendent Walker announced the launch of Optimistic Household, which is part of our ongoing efforts, as a District, to connect our students and families with helpful resources that support learning and social emotional wellbeing at the highest levels for students. Shawn Achor, bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage, speaker and renowned expert in the field of positive psychology, who taught at Harvard, will provide a series of six interactive modules designed only for IUSD families.

To learn more about how you and your family can take advantage of this exciting opportunity, visit iusd.org/OptimisticHousehold. To learn more about Shawn and the neuroscience behind Optimistic Households, watch Shawn’s TED Talk, which is one of the 15 most watched Ted Talks of all time, with more than 22 million views.

As we head into the summer months, this is a way for our students and families to stay connected to our school and to IUSD. Through these helpful modules, our students and families can continue to reinforce the importance of grit, resiliency and adaptability, especially now during these uncertain times. We hope you have a moment to utilize the Optimistic Household modules with your family this summer.

EOY Materials Pick-Up_Drop Off @ CPS.pdf
IUSD Common Expectations for EDL.pdf


(Services Resume after Spring Break)

STAY FED! IUSD will continue to provide free meals for students in need. Click here for details about when and how to access this ongoing support. Note: changes to protocol are being implemented.

SEE YOU ONLINE! If you need to borrow a chromebook to support your child's access to Emergency Distance Learning, click here!

I LEFT IT IN MY CLASSROOM! Not a problem. Click here to let us know what supplies/materials you need to access from your child's classroom or cubby and we'll gather it for you and place on the pickup table in front of our office the next day.

PBIS At Home: Completed Sample


In addition to the academic standards, we spend a LOT of time helping our students learn to L.E.A.P. while at school. Since our students are spending more time at home, we thought we'd share some ideas about what L.E.A.P. behavior might look like at home (to the left). If you'd like to create your own L.E.A.P. chart, then please download and complete the document to the right!

PBIS at home Editable Matrix



No. Don't panic, Puma parents! We are still going to take the lead on facilitating your children's education, but moreso than usual, we are going to lean into our partnership. We know that the last eight days of Emergency Distance Learning have presented many challenges, and we are committed to staying in touch with you to make this experience as productive and painless as possible under these unusual circumstances. To that end, we'd like to share a couple resources that may support your child as he/she engages in distance learning:

EDL Updates from Cadence Park


Until further notice, our campus is closed to students and parents. Some staff may still be reporting to the site on occasion as we continue to support the online learning of our students, but for the most part, we will not be interfacing with the general public.

Access to Learning Materials

During this time, however, we will continue to support parents who need access to materials left in the classroom or assigned by teachers. To request an item, click here. All requests will be responded to the following business day.


In addition, we will continue to welcome and process enrollment of new students through an online process. If you have completed the online enrollment process through the IUSD website, click here for an appointment to complete the process with us.


Unfortunately, the future of our Jog-a-thon remains uncertain due to the school closure. Given the current crisis facing our world, we have also suspended all promotion of our fundraising efforts associated with this event.

That said, we were able to raise a substantial amount of money prior to the school closure, and all channels remain open for donations should people care to continue supporting this effort in the meantime. Our progress & donation page remains accessible online indefinitely.

All funds raised will go directly to support the purchase of additional devices (chromebooks and/or iPads) for student use at Cadence Park to help us maintain a 1:1 student:device ratio.

Let's Keep Moving with 100MC!

While school facilities are closed, we want to offer a little bit of fun to our Cadence Park 100 Mile Clubbers ---26 day CHALLENGE, beginning WEDNESDAY MARCH 18th, 2020. Participation in this challenge is completely OPTIONAL.

For 26 days (or until school resumes, whichever comes first,) all students may earn up to 1 mile per day towards their 100MC goal using the attached mile tracking sheet. This challenge is self-reported and requires a parent/guardian signature for verification of family activities. For every day a student walks or runs, they will write the distance in the appropriate box. If they miss a day, skip and move on to the next day. Parents/guardians are responsible for calculating the distance walked or run per day. Students and families are encouraged to keep healthy and active with smart, safe exercise at home, in a park or in the neighborhood; while still supporting social distancing and minimizing social contact as much as possible.

The 100MC 26 Day Challenge is FREE for all to who download and complete the mile tracking sheet. Please note that miles counted towards your student's 100 Mile Club goal are at the sole discretion of the school's 100MC coaching staff; up to a maximum of 26 miles (1 mile per day).

Our top priority is keeping our kids Healthy, Happy, and Connected.