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Office Hours

  • School Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.

Start/Dism. Times

Kindergarten Classes

Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri

Early Birds - 7:45 a.m. to 11:38 a.m.

Late Owls - 9:15 a.m. to 1:08 p.m.


Early Birds & Late Owls: 7:45 a.m. to 11:38 a.m.

Grades 1- 5

Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri

7:45 a.m. to 2:05 p.m.


7:45 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.


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School Spirit!

Spirit Fridays: bobcat spirit wear day OR wear Character Counts color (October is Yellow for Respect!




Our student spirit wear store is located on campus in Building D, Conference Room #3. It is open Fridays after school. Come by and shop!


Looking for something fun and educational to do with your little one?

Look no further…Capistrano Adult School’s MOMMY & ME/DADDY & ME classes are here for parents and their

two and three year olds! Crafts, directed activities, music and movements, stories, and more! Children play in a

developmentally appropriate setting while parents support them in learning pre-academic skills, following directions,

listening, and socialization under the direction of a credentialed teacher. Parents learn and discuss child development,

family life, and best parenting practices. Field trips, guest speakers, and new friendships pave the way for future school

readiness. Find out more at   or call (949) 493-0658. This is a CUSD program.


Please refer to the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS) Website  to learn more about preparation for a SONGS emergency.


TARGET REWARDS If you haven’t yet designated Truman Benedict Elementary School as your school of choice for your Target Red Card, we would appreciate you choosing us! Money earned goes toward instructional supplies; the bonus being that, not only does our school benefit by using their debit card, but it  will also allow you 5% off your purchases! Please sign up today…it’s a “win-win” for everyone! Our school has already received over $2,000.00.

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Student Life At Truman Benedict!


October 13-20 - Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is this Monday through Friday, October 13-20                     redribbon2.jpg


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15: “We’re Giving Smoking the Boot”

Parent Connection: talk to your children about the dangers of smoking. Have your child

practice what they will say if someone offers them a cigarette by role playing with them.

- students wear boots



THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16: “I CAN Make Healthy Choices”

Parent Connection: look through your refrigerator and pantry with your child. Discuss what

healthy choices they have available to eat when they are hungry. Go to

with your child and have them help plan a healthy, balanced meal for the family.

- 07:30-07:50 a.m., bring in healthy canned food items to be donated to

FAM and collected with recycling at drop off



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17: “We Won’t Let Drugs, Smoking, and Alcohol

Get In the Way of Our Dreams”

Parent Connection: take a moment to discuss with your child everything they have learned about

healthy lifestyle choices this week.

- students wear pajamas

- 09:50-10:30 a.m., chalk activity on the blacktop. Students will be drawing

pictures of people reaching their dreams, and saying no to smoking, alcohol,

and drugs.




- teachers will distribute RR wristbands to students; wristbands are good for

one free Slurpee at 7-11 the week of 10.20-24

- 04:00 p.m., City of San Clemente Red Ribbon Parade (start behind Baskin Robins;

end at Community Center)


November 2 - Daylight Savings Time ends

FallBack.jpegSunday, November 2, Daylight Savings Time ends. Be sure and adjust your clocks so that you get to school on time. Remember the poem: Spring forward, Fall back!

November 11 - Veteran’s Day

Flags1.jpegTuesday, November 11, 2014, ~ NO SCHOOL ~ Veteran’s Day

Character Counts!

Each month we recognize behavior at school and choose a Character Counts trait pillar to honor and discuss. Each trait is symbolized by a color. We choose to wear that color on Fridays as part of a show of school spirit. The following chart shows the Character Counts trait and its month along with its color!


October- respect=yellow

November- citizenship=purplePillars.jpeg

December- loyalty= pink

January- perseverance= light blue

February- caring= red

March-Trustworthiness= blue

April- Fairness=orange

May- honesty= white

June- courage=lavender


School Calendar

Today: 10/20/14

How To Use The Calendar

To use our calendar just click on the day and a window pops up with the information if any. To view a larger version of the calendar just click on the month. To view the previous month or the next month click on the arrows to the right or the left of the current month.

New Student On-line Enrollment

If your student is new to CUSD, please click here to complete your enrollment on-line.

Week At A Glance


Grade Level Recycle Program


We will be collecting plastic bottles and aluminum cans, that have the CA CRV or CA CASH label on them at a convenient drive-thru drop off location in the parking lot (we cannot recycle any glass containers).

Please have the grade level legibly noted on the outside of every bag. Grade level pound totals are tallied by our volunteer recycle team and announced. Don’t forget to bring in your newspapers, too!


After-School Enrichment Classes

All after-school enrichment classes must go through our new program provider Saddleback College Community Education After School and Enrichment Program. This new partnership with CUSD will expand Saddleback’s College For Kids Program and Junior Gauchos outreach efforts to offer fun and educational activities to meet the needs of our local elementary and middle schools. For detailed descriptions of all CUSD after-school programs and to view the Community Education Parent Handbook  Policies and Procedures,  please visit their website Information and registration is also available at the Saddleback Community Education Office 949.582.4646. 

Click here to reach the current after-school classes being held at Benedict School:



FIRST SESSION: all students meet their teachers at the lunch tables

Mondays: September 22-November 10, 2014 (02:10-03:10 p.m.)

One-on-One Basketball: Basketball Pre-Season Tune Up, blacktop (should it rain, MPR)

Academic Chess Class, Room E-2

Tuesdays: September 30-November 04, 2014 (12:55-01:55 p.m.)

Care4Yoga Class, MPR

Culinary Kids Cooking Class, Room E-2

Wednesdays: September 24-November 12, 2014 (02:10-03:10 p.m.)

Young Rembrandts: Draw Amazing Things Class, Room E-2

Fit Kids: Hip Hop Class, MPR

Thursdays: September 25-November 13, 2014 (02:10-03:10 p.m.)

Golf: Tee It Up With TGA, blacktop (should it rain, MPR)

Challenge Island: Shark Tooth Island, Room E-2


Click here to reach the Saddleback After-School Enrichment Classes for Truman Benedict School.