Taco Tuesday kids on going back to school

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The crowd at this week’s Taco Tuesday was a little lighter than it has been – perhaps because some regulars were attending the Board of Directors meeting in the Holiday Bay Room; perhaps because it was hot. Next week is likely to be even lighter as Canyon Lake kids attending Lake Elsinore Unified School District schools prepare to begin classes on Wednesday, August 12.

The Friday Flyer asked some of the kids at Taco Tuesday what school/grade they would enter next week. Each one expressed excitement about going back and about seeing friends again. Several were excited about advancing to a higher-level school.

With school beginning, it can feel like Summer is over. But it’s not. The weather is hot and the lake beckons residents to play. Also, Canyon Lake’s weekly summertime party, otherwise known as Taco Tuesday, is still going strong.

Plus, several big events are coming up in August. The Kids Fishing Derby is next Saturday, August 15; the Mermaid Festival is Saturday, August 22; and the Paddle and Pedal Regatta is Saturday, August 29. And then comes Maui Monday on September 7!

Photos by Donna Kupke.

The Newans are brand new residents, having lived in Canyon Lake for only three days. Keira will be in the 4th grade at Cottonwood Canyon Elementary, and Kai will be a 6th grader at Canyon Lake Middle School. They have a newborn sister, Berlyn, who is 7 weeks old. Photos by Donna Kupke.

The Newans are brand new residents, having lived in Canyon Lake for only three days. Keira will be in the 4th grade at Cottonwood Canyon Elementary, and Kai will be a 6th grader at Canyon Lake Middle School. They have a newborn sister, Berlyn, who is 7 weeks old.

Coco Brunson will be in Transitional Kindergarten (T-K) and big sister Olivia will be starting 3rd grade. The sisters will be attending Cottonwood Canyon Elementary.

Coco Brunson will be in Transitional Kindergarten (T-K) and big sister Olivia will be starting 3rd grade. The sisters will be attending Cottonwood Canyon Elementary.

Ray LaFontaine and Kyle Thoulion say they are excited to become middle school students at Canyon Lake Middle School. Both boys will be in 6th grade.

Ray LaFontaine and Kyle Thoulion say they are excited to become middle school students at Canyon Lake Middle School. Both boys will be in 6th grade.

Casey Williams says she’s excited to be a 1st-grader at Cottonwood Canyon Elementary. Little sister, Bailey, will be starting pre-kindergarten through a local church. Casey’s BFF, McKenzi Perzan, is visiting from Canada but says she is excited about returning to school in Calgary, Alberta.

Casey Williams says she’s excited to be a 1st-grader at Cottonwood Canyon Elementary. Little sister, Bailey, will be starting pre-kindergarten through a local church. Casey’s BFF, McKenzi Perzan, is visiting from Canada but says she is excited about returning to school in Calgary, Alberta.

Jack Bowler says he’s looking forward to being a senior at Heritage High School. Marisa Whitson will soon be heading off to college as a freshman at Cal State University San Marcos, majoring in Nursing. Jack’s sister, Eloise, will be a 6th grader at Hans Christensen Middle School.

Jack Bowler says he’s looking forward to being a senior at Heritage High School. Marisa Whitson will soon be heading off to college as a freshman at Cal State University San Marcos, majoring in Nursing. Jack’s sister, Eloise, will be a 6th grader at Hans Christensen Middle School.

Benny and Alex Troiano will be attending Tuscany Hills Elementary, with Benny starting kindergarten and Alex moving up to 3rd grade. Dalton says he is 3 years old and wants to go to school like his big brothers.

Benny and Alex Troiano will be attending Tuscany Hills Elementary, with Benny starting kindergarten and Alex moving up to 3rd grade. Dalton says he is 3 years old and wants to go to school like his big brothers.

Angelina Zambina says she can’t wait to go back to school and see her friends at Cottonwood Canyon Elementary. Coral Smiley will be in the 1st grade at Van Avery Prep School in Temecula.

Angelina Zambina says she can’t wait to go back to school and see her friends at Cottonwood Canyon Elementary. Coral Smiley will be in the 1st grade at Van Avery Prep School in Temecula.

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