January 15, 2016

In this issue: Summer School Registration, Spanish Conversation Group, Yearbook

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Take Action

Parent and Principal Circle

Thursday, Jan. 21

8:15 - 9:30 a.m.

Conference Room

The next Parent and Principal Circle will focus on the plan for transitioning to a more sustainable financial model to support the continued and future success of our school. This is an opportunity to learn about the new model and to ask any questions you may have. Background information from the January 13 email notice is available on the Parents Page: https://wikis.labschool.ucla.edu/parents/news_financial_0116

Get Ready for Summer School Registration

Sign-ups begin Feb. 1

Summer School Session, June 27 - July 22


Get ready for Art and Architecture, Summer Science, It's Showtime, and more. We'll have classes to spark your child's creativity and imagination, stimulate learning and help young minds and bodies thrive!

February is Re-enrollment Month

Online re-enrollment is Feb. 8-29. Contracts and deposits are due by Feb. 29. Stay tuned for more information and details on how to access the re-enrollment forms.

Community Activities

Spanish Conversation Group for Parents

Weekly - Check the calendar listings for dates

8:15 - 9:30 am

Conference Room

The Multicultural and Language Committee is excited to announce a new support group for parents who wish to practice and improve their Spanish-language skills in a structured but social environment. Led by educator and UCLA Lab School parent Ana Pescador, the group will meet on a weekly basis. Please feel free to drop in when you are able. All levels of Spanish speakers are welcome. For questions or more information, please contact: mia@harvardwood.org

Yearbook Committee Meeting

Friday, Jan. 22

8:15 - 9:00 a.m.

FSA Room

We encourage every classroom to send a representative so we can discuss the current status and map out a plan to meet the Feb. 28 deadline. Thank you!

Next Two Weeks

Here are some highlights from the school calendar for the next two weeks. For a complete calendar, please visit the events on the Parents Page Calendar:


(Username: parent / Password: @labschool)

You can also subscribe to the calendar through your Google account to stay up to date.

Monday, January 18

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

No school. No childcare.

Wednesday, January 20

Spanish Conversation Group

8:15 - 9:15 a.m.

Conference Room

Thursday, January 21

Parent & Principal Circle

8:15 - 9:30 a.m.

Conference Room

Topic will be the budget.

Friday, January 22

Yearbook Committee Meeting

8:15 - 9:00 a.m.

FSA Room

Friday, January 22

Parent Meditation & Yoga

8:20 - 8:40 a.m.

Flagpole area

Thursday, January 28

Spanish Conversation Group

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Conference Room

Save the Date

Pupil Free Day

Monday, Feb. 1

Childcare available with reservations

Parent & Principal Circle

8:15 - 9:30 am | Conference Room

Thursday, Feb. 18

Thursday, Apr 21

Thursday, May 12

LTL Padres en plática con la directora / LTL Program Discussion Group

8:30 - 9:45 am | Conference Room

Thursday, Feb. 11

Thursday, June 2

Good To Know

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CONTRA-TIEMPO’s Agua Furiosa Premieres at UCLA Kaufman Hall

Jan. 14 - 17 & Jan. 21 - 24

Tickets and Info: http://cap.ucla.edu/calendar/details/agua_furiosa

Ana Maria Alvarez (our dance teacher for the past 10 years) and her company CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater are premiering a new work called Agua Furiosa at UCLA's Kaufman Hall - next door to our school - January 14 - 17 & Jan 21 - 24. Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Oya, the Afro-Cuban deity of wind and storms, Agua Furiosa challenges audiences to confront harsh realities about race in our country in a visually stunning and thought-provoking evening of dance performance. Presented in collaboration with UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. Please come and bring the whole family! And share this info with your networks and anyone you think might be interested!

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Girl Scouts Are Raising Vegetables, Studying Water Systems and More!

The Girls Scouts created and have been maintaining the Community Garden in the Redwood Forest area. Special thanks to Ryan Gates, landscape architect, for sharing her expertise with the girls. They plan to expand by planting a vegetable garden in the EC yard. When the vegetables have grown, they plan on having a farmers market at the end of the year.

To further their understanding of the water system, the girls met with Lisette Gold, civil engineer at the Santa Monica Water Treatment Center. Melody Grubbs of Santa Monica Baykeeper taught the girls about our creek. And they built watershed clay models.

This month, we plan to visit professor and UCLA Lab School parent Andrea Ghez at the UCLA Planetarium. We also plan on visiting the UCLA Engineering department and JPL in Pasadena.

Girl Scout Cookie sales begin on January 24. Please support our troop by purchasing cookies!

If you have a special talent or profession to share with the girls, please let us know!

Info: Arlene Hurwitz and Michele Reitman, Troop 1645 Leaders

FSA Dues, Yearbooks, DVDs — Making It Easy

Take care of all your FSA business online quickly and easily using the link below.

Order a yearbook! Order a Together Through Music and Dance DVD! Most importantly, make a donation to the FSA to help fund all these wonderful community activities. Go to: http://www.shoplabschool.com/collections/fsa-events

Visit the Parents Page

For Backpack Notes archives and information on school activities:


Username: parent

Password: @labschool

Backpack Notes Submissions or Corrections

Please email uclalabschoolfsa@gmail.com by 5 p.m. the Monday before publication.