Class Notes


Music Boosters Present ‘Jazz, Django and Jam’ Benefit Concert

Music boosters will hold their 17th annual fundraiser at the Artists’ Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, to benefit the instrumental music department at Laguna Beach High School and Thurston Middle School.

The Blues Offenders, made up of local musicians, will be the featured performers at year’s event, “Jazz, Django and Jam,” with a gypsy jazz performance by Club Django and additional performances by high school jazz orchestra and Thurston jazz band.

Tickets are $15 for reserved seating and $10 for general admittance and can be purchased at the Artists Theatre box office, or by calling the theater at 949-497-7769.


Students Game for Wacky Challenges

Thurston Middle School’s PTA hosts the Epic Challenge, a fundraiser April 26-29 where kids will compete in  Amazing Race and Minute to Win It type timed challenges.

Local surf school owner and environmental activist James Pribram helped kick off Thurston Middles School’s first Epic Challenge fundraiser, scheduled for April 26-29.

Students began selling pledge tickets last Friday and will be selling them throughout the month. Donations can also be made online at

Thurston’s 700 students will compete during their P.E. classes as teams in 10 events over three days in challenges modeled after television shows, “The Amazing Race” and “Minute to Win It.”

Pribram along with Principal Dr. Joanne Culverhouse last week demonstrated Epic Challenge feats such as Suck it Up, relying on a straw to transport M&Ms from cup to cup. A second contest involved teachers donning shower caps covered in shaving cream while student partners embedded Cheetos in the foam. At one assembly, the winning father-daughter team of Paul and Kaden Matheson had 34.

Students receive prize drawing tickets based on the amount of pledges they collect. Proceeds will go to Thurston’s PTA.


CLC Hosts Open House

Community Learning Center at Top of The World Elementary will host its annual open house at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, for families interested in enrolling their youngsters.

The public is invited to hear about the program and meet the teachers.


Circling for Fun and Funds


TOW students on the run at last week’s fundraiser.

Inspired by the chance to earn a school wide Pajama Day and celebrity runners from the city’s lifeguard and police departments, 600 students at Top of the World set out last Friday, March 25, to conquer their goal of raising $50,000 in their annual Jog-A-Thon.

Although envelopes with pledges are not due until April 1, the students are well on their way to beating their challenge with $15,000 already collected from local sponsors.  They include  Casey’s Cupcakes, Frito Lay, J. Kramer Corporation, Nick Alexander Imports, Ryan Mechatronics and Silverfish.

Above and beyond the cherished Pajama Day, students also look forward to claiming prizes for their pledges, including parties relishing the pancake making skills of Principal Ron La Motte, treats from Casey’s Cupcakes and slices by Gina’s Pizza as well as gift cards and certificates.

TOW also attracted a record number of volunteer parents, including coordinators Michelle Struss, Silvia Colladay, and Jaime Medley.

It’s not too late to sponsor a student and donate on-line



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