The Cypress Village Forecast


Monday, 8/15/2022
Front Office Hours:  7:30am - 3:30pm
No School

Tuesday, 8/16/2022
Front Office Hours:  7:30am - 3:30pm
No School

Wednesday, 8/17/2022
Front Office Hours:  7:30am - 3:30pm
Teacher Assignments Available On Parent Portal After 3:00PM
No School

Thursday, 8/18/2022
Front Office Hours:  7:30am - 3:30pm
First Day of School
Minimum Day (1:20 Dismissal)
PTA Welcome: 7:45am (front & back of school)

Friday, 8/19/2022
Front Office Hours:  7:30am - 3:30pm
School Spirit Day

CLICK HERE for 2022-2023 school calendar.
CLICK HERE for our events page.
CLICK HERE for 2022-2023 bell schedule.
CLICK HERE for our News Center.

Line Up Map
CLICK HERE for our line up map. In the morning, adults are allowed on campus to accompany their child to their classroom line up location. We will not be utilizing the playground prior to school starting. Students will be expected to line up at their assigned location. All classes will line up at their classroom door, unless their room number is at another specified location on the map. At the end of the day, all students will be dismissed from their classroom doors. 

Drop-off and Dismissal
We encourage families to walk to school when possible and utilize the street parking around the school. We are lucky to have many entrance points on our campus. As we did last year, students will be dismissed from their classroom door. Please park in an area that is closest to your child’s classroom. You do not need to drop-off or pick up your child from the front parking lots. In fact, we encourage you to find an area around the school that works for you and your child since the parking lots can become congested during arrival and dismissal. We have opened both parking lots for student drop-off and pick-up. For drop-off and walk-to-school procedures, CLICK HERE.

Student Safety
Around any elementary school, there are a few challenges present. Of greatest concern is the automobile traffic around the school and the related congestion at arrival and dismissal times. For this reason, in collaboration with the Irvine Police Department and the City of Irvine, precise procedures have been created and exist for dropping students off, picking them up, and parking. Please read our Parent Handbook, available on our website, for more information. Your cooperation and flexibility are requested with these established guidelines. 

Walk and Roll Challenge
Cypress Village’s Walk and Roll Challenge is back for the 2022-2023 school year! This will be a year long program where each month, the classroom with the highest percentage of walkers (and rollers) will earn a popsicle party with Mrs. Lambert, Mr. Forster and Mrs. Rath. What does it mean to “roll?” Rolling to school means riding on a bike, scooter, or skateboard.

One winner will be determined from the kindergarten classes, the primary classes, and the upper grade classes. Live farther away? No problem. Have your family drop you off at one of the two adjacent parks and walk to school with a buddy. We also encourage families to park at one of the adjacent parks and walk to school with their child(ren). It is a great way to wake up your body and start the day fresh and alert! It also helps with morning and afternoon traffic around the school. This program starts the first day of school, with our first winners being announced at the end of August. We look forward to seeing all our walkers and rollers out there! 

If you plan to “roll” to school, may we suggest reviewing IUSD’s article on Bicycle and Helmet Safety. If riding a scooter or bike, students TK - 2nd must be accompanied by an adult for the entire route (to and from school). And please remember that by law, motorized scooters and segways are not allowed to be operated by children under the age of 16. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Meet Our Crossing Guards!
We love our crossing guards and we are so excited to have them return each year! They are a huge part of our Cypress Village family. Welcome back Mr. John Leonard, Ms. Jean Polachowski, Ms. Ruth Bruno, Ms. Kathleen DeKarver, and Ms. Roxanne Glazer. We appreciate you!

Supply Lists
CLICK HERE to view grade level supply lists and to access voluntary monetary donation links on SchoolBucks. Links are listed within each grade level list. Cypress Village Elementary School will provide all of the necessary supplies for your child to have a quality educational experience. You may, however, choose to assist the school by purchasing supplies for your student. The supplies on the grade level supply lists are not required but are optional, or additional supplies you may wish to include for your child. Each list includes a link for a voluntary monetary donation. These donations help us offset the cost of the items listed at the bottom of the list. We greatly appreciate your support!

All students will need a backpack (no wheels in kindergarten) and a lunchbox if they are bringing lunch/snack to school.  We encourage you to pack food items in tightly sealed containers to avoid any issues. Thank you to our Cypress Village community for generously supporting our school program and assisting our students and teachers. 

Teacher Assignments
Class assignments will be available on-line at through the parent portal beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17th. Please be advised that class lists will not be posted at school. If you need assistance accessing the parent portal, please contact our school office. You may also contact Students who are currently registered have been assigned to a classroom.  As you know, the number of students assigned to a classroom is limited.  Students were assigned to classes with great care based on a number of criteria; balance between boys and girls, equal number of students in each class, academic balance, individual student needs, and enrollment in specialized school programs. Please understand that priority is given to those criteria that protect the integrity of the classroom and ensure the best learning environment for all students.

Data Confirmation
You will receive notification by email requesting you to complete and update information online through our Data Confirmation process. Please CLICK HERE for instructions. It is imperative that this process be completed before school begins. As part of this process, you will be asked to read our Parent Handbook. The handbook covers a variety of pertinent guidelines and policies associated with our school and the district. Please read it carefully and review the information with your child. This information is also available on our school website. 

School Communication - Follow Us on Instagram and Facebook
Every Friday you will receive this email, which we call the “Cypress Village Forecast.” It is also recommended that you follow our Cypress Village Elementary’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. In order for us to effectively communicate with you, it is imperative that we have an accurate email address on file. Changes in your email may be made through the Parent Portal located at or by contacting the front office.

Safety Protocols
Your child’s safety is our top priority. We encourage you to read all IUSD Communications emailed to you in order to receive the most up to date information. The Irvine Unified website also provides the latest news regarding COVID-19, as well as many resources for families.

Daily School Operation and Pandemic Practices
As we prepare for the start of the 2022-23 school year, Mrs. Lambert would like to take this opportunity to share important information with you about what our school and IUSD is doing to continue to address COVID-19 on our campuses.  We will continue our current health and safety mitigation strategies, some of which include: 

  • Standalone air purification units in classrooms, offices and other collaboration spaces
  • Enhanced ventilation throughout our facility 
  • Cleaning and disinfecting protocols
  • Handwashing and/or hand sanitizing stations

In addition, we will continue to provide community notifications of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and track this information on our COVID-19 Dashboard.  We will also have both PCR and antigen testing available for students, staff and IUSD community members at our front desk in the event COVID-19 symptoms occur.  

As a reminder, while masks are not required, anyone who wishes to wear a mask may do so at any time.  Please see the updated California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines for schools for more information or visit our COVID-19 resource page for more information about IUSD practices and protocols.  

Please keep students home when sick.  If your student is confirmed positive for COVID-19, contact the school office.  We will ask you to complete a short google form (similar to last year), which allows us to continue to monitor cases and provide our parent community with appropriate notifications and guidelines to follow.

With these ongoing health and safety measures in place, we are excited to have all our students, staff, and parents back with us as we start the 2022-23 school year. Thank you for your partnership and we look forward to a wonderful year.

Health Guidelines for School Attendance
Please take a moment to read through the Health Guidelines for School Attendance. It is essential that a parent calls the attendance line at 949-936-8901 to notify the school that their child is staying home due to illness. We appreciate your support in keeping our students and families healthy.

On-Campus Volunteers
As we begin the 2022-23 school year, we are excited to have our volunteers back on a more regular basis.  In a change from last year, we will no longer require volunteers to upload their vaccination status into our Raptor System.

If you plan on volunteering and working with students, we do ask that you complete the volunteer application below and also ask to take an antigen test and confirm that you are negative for COVID-19 so we can support a healthy school environment.  However, this is not required and we are not collecting the results.  In addition, masking is also recommended for all our volunteers working within the school.                        

Nutrition Services Information
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that they will reimburse school districts for free meals to all students, regardless of income in the upcoming school year. As a result, meals for IUSD students during the 2022-23 school year will be free. Pre-K and Kindergarten will also be included in our breakfast/snack program. 

If you wish for your child to be able to purchase additional food items from the cafeteria, you can make lunch money deposits through the front office into your child’s account, please drop off the check or money in the office before 9:30 a.m. You may also make deposits through the online system, Titan.

To ensure that your child receives the additional benefits for which your family may qualify, please submit a Free or Reduced-Price Meal Application for this school year as soon as possible. 

  • Parents who are certain that their students do not qualify are not required to submit an application.  All IUSD students will still receive free meals this year.
  • Parents who have already received a letter notifying them that their students are qualified for free or reduced-price meals do not need an application.
  • Click here for Meal Application
    • It is highly encouraged to complete this form as it provides additional benefits to you and the district such as grants, program funding, athletic waivers, and textbooks assistance, among others.

Operation School Bell Program 
Assistance League® of Irvine is starting our annual Operation School Bell Program, which provides new school clothes, shoes, and backpacks to income-qualified IUSD families.  OSB will be done in a safe environment following COVID protocols. To learn more about this program and fill out the online, fillable OSB Application, CLICK HERE.

Child Care Inquiries
The City of Irvine provides resources and referrals for Irvine families looking for child care whether it’s for an elementary-age child, preschooler, infant, or toddler.  In addition to the Rainbow Rising, we have here on-site at Cypress Village, the City of Irvine can provide information on many other resources including financial assistance for child care, transportation options for school-age children (to allow access to a greater number of after-school options), family child care providers, child care for younger siblings, etc.  For inquiries, please contact the City of Irvine Child Care Resource and Referral line at 949-724-6632.

Community Mental Health Resources
CLICK HERE to visit our Community Mental Health page. CLICK HERE for Care Solace - Our Mental Health Concierge Services to Connect Families to Outside Resources.

Our new PTA board is so excited to welcome everyone back for a fantastic 2022-2023 school year! Come on out to our first event and meet the team. We encourage you to sign up and become a member. Every little bit supports your child and our school community. PTA Website: CLICK HERE

August 18 First Day of School 
Our PTA will be out front and by the field welcoming families with coffee, tea, orange juice, fruit, pastries, and other snacks. We highly encourage each of our families to join the PTA.