News & Announcements

Free COVID-19 Take-Home Rapid Tests

We hope you’re enjoying Spring Break. We want to provide a reminder about the availability of FREE COVID-19 take-home rapid tests at our MPUSD COVID-19 testing center offered through our partner Heal 360.

PTA Coffee Connections

Please join us Thursday March 10th at 8:00AM in the La Mesa Cafeteria to sip some coffee and talk about what it means to be a part of the La Mesa PTA.

UPDATE: Masks in schools

From the very beginning of the pandemic, the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District has adhered to guidance from the California Department of Public Health and our county health department. We intend to follow the updated state guidance unless more restrictive measures are adopted by the Monterey County Health Department. In accordance with the state’s update, effective Monday, March 14, 2022, masks will be strongly recommended but not required for students (regardless of vaccination status) at all MPUSD school sites and departments.

Town Halls in English and Spanish will be held this evening (March 1) at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to learn more and ask questions. Read full story for links to Town Halls.

Important Information Regarding La Mesa Elementary Grade Expansion

La Mesa Elementary will expand to be TK-8 schools by adding 7th grade in the 2022-2023 school year and 8th grade in the 2023-2024 school year. In order to support La Mesa’s expansion, the Board recently approved the reconfiguration and consolidation plan that will add classrooms and modernize the La Mesa campus in order to create an engaging age appropriate learning environment for all grade levels.

MPUSD Hosts COVID-19 Town Hall

The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District welcomes students, families, and staff back from Winter Break. The California Department of Public Health has released updated guidance regarding COVID-19, and the district will host a Town Hall to provide an overview, as well as address questions from the community.

Parent Workshops Coming Spring 2022

The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District in partnership with Effective School Solutions offers four parent workshops January - April 2022.

Welcome Back: Return to School COVID Testing Information

Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh shares with families the importance of getting tested before returning back to school on Wednesday, January 5. Take a moment to listen to his message, as well as where you and your family can pick up testing kits or to have a test administered at our Cabrillo Family Resource Center.

Open Enrollment for Elementary and Middle School Opens January 5

Open Enrollment for grades Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade is now open for the 2022-2023 school year. This period is the only time to request a transfer from one school to another school within the district for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. If you wish to request a transfer you must complete a request form no later than Friday, February 4, 2022 for middle and elementary school.

Nov. 9 Board Retreat: Attendance Boundaries

The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District is evaluating and redrawing its school attendance boundaries for the 2022-2023 school year.

We welcome your participation in this process. You're invited to the November 9 Board of Education retreat to hear stakeholder feedback, provide community input, and learn more about the proposals for consideration.

MPUSD September 16 Town Hall Archives

MPUSD held a districtwide Town Hall on September 16 with an update on the school year, including COVID-19 protocols, process and communication. The PowerPoint presentation and video archive is available.

District English Learner Advisory Committee and District Advisory Committee

Mark your calendars! Parent engagement is critical and we invite your participation and feedback at our 2021-2022 District Advisory Committee and District English Learner Advisory Committee meetings. Our District English Learner Advisory Committee serves in an advisory capacity on English learner programs and services.

Welcome Back!

Visit the front office to turn in enrollment information and receive student supply lists.

In Person Book Fair

Come visit our in-person book fair this week after school. All books are buy one get one free. Proceeds are donated to La Mesa.

Return to School Town Hall

Join Zoom Meeting
https://mpusd-k12-ca-us.zoom.us/j/95131555110?pwd=aGJNSm5RS1BOZks0b1QzS3FLVjh4UT09 

Meeting ID: 951 3155 5110
Passcode: E2xk6UVF

Community Meetings: Reconfiguration & Consolidation of Schools

MPUSD continues its path toward implementing a transitional kindergarten - grade 6 model in the 2021-22 school year, as well as TK - Grade 8 models, attendance boundaries, and school consolidations in 2022-23. The district held virtual staff meetings with various schools at the end of January and early February, and hosted stakeholder engagement in community meetings in February. The PowerPoint and video archive may be found by clicking the headline.

January 27 Town Hall Archives and PowerPoint Presentation

The district offered a Town Hall to the community on the state of the community health, update on future in-person instruction, and reconfiguration/consolidation of elementary schools. PowerPoint and video archive are now available.

Free Food Boxes for Families

LIMITED TIME: Thanks to a grant from the USDA, for the next five weeks (beginning week of January 25 through February 22) MPUSD will offer free food boxes to its families. You will recall this option was available for a brief period late last year. Thank you USDA for your support!

New Office Hours for La Mesa

The front office will now be open daily from 8:00am - 12:00pm. There will also be extended hours every other Wednesday from 8:00am - 4:30pm to accommodate more families. Extended days will be posted on our calendar for your convenience.

The Book Fair is Here!

Visit http://www.scholastic.com/bf/lamesa to buy books and help earn money for our school

Welcome Back!

Open up this message to see important details about returning to school such as technology distribution, meeting your new teacher, and staying connected during distance learning.

Monterey County Herald: Guest Editorial PK Diffenbaugh: State Budget Must Reflect Our Values: Invest in Schools

Educators will be forced to overcome this budget challenge — offering services despite the lack of adequate resources. We shouldn’t have to. It is a reflection of our societal values that we continue to underfund our schools while relying on them to be the primary institution responsible for meeting the needs of our most vulnerable populations. Read more in this weekend's Monterey County Herald (click headline link).

Grab and Go Meals

Grab and Go Meals are available from La Mesa at 11:00-1:00 to accommodate family requests. Other school sites are available from 10:00-12:00.

Join our PTA!

La Mesa's PTA is a wonderful place to get to know your child's school, meet other parents, and help your child's learning community. Our PTA is responsible for tons of on and off campus activities and fundraisers. It's a great way to be engaged in the local community, support your child, learn about various support services, stay updated on school functions, and mingle with other military families. Visit La Mesa's PTA on campus or visit their website at lamesapta.com to get more information.

We are a TreeRing School!

Congratulations to La Mesa Elementary on being a TreeRing Green Yearbook School! Since we've sold 101 yearbooks, we'll be working with our partner, Trees for the Future, to plant that many trees in our school's name.

Lyceum Spelling Bee

Our 4th and 5th graders have been preparing for the annual Lyceum Spelling Bee. Contestants will compete on stage at La Mesa on February 7th from 12:00-1:00. Two finalists and two alternates will be determined to advance to the County Final Spelling Bee at San Benancio Middle School. The competition will be held February 23rd at 9:30-12:00. Come support our hard-working students.

Candy Grams

La Mesa's student council is fundraising to repair our wall ball wall. Candy grams will be sold for $1 each. Students can purchase as many candy grams as they would like. Money must be submitted to class room teachers no later than February 12th.

Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is back! This is the 2nd book fair this year. If you don't buy this week, the last book fair will be in May. Don't miss out! This Book Fair's hours are:
2/25 7:30-8:30 and 2:00-4:00
2/26 11:00-4:00
2/27 11:00-2:00 and 5:00-7:00* featuring 2 story times and a raffle
2/2811:00-4:00
3/1 7:30-12:00

Dr. Seuss Week

Next week is Dr. Seuss week. Dress up every day throughout the week to show your love for the famous author, Dr. Seuss!
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