December 8, 2015

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Wednesday Meetings

Will be held in Rooms 1/2 until further notices. Thank you Chris, Daniel and Andrea

The Creek Archive

Thank you Laura for creating an online archive of issues so people can refer back to them without searching through their email. She created a section on the faculty and staff page on the wiki:


If you use the shared copier in the Administration hallway, please make sure to check through your pages before you leave to ensure you're not taking someone else's printouts with you.

Did someone leave copies on the printer? Don't recycle or trash them! Leave them on the shelf near the paper cutter. Some of our busy colleagues aren't able to pick them up until later and we don't want them to re-print and waste.

Something is Beginning to Smell a lot like________________________

All food and drink left in the faculty & staff break rooms will be disposed of on Friday, December 18th at 4:00 p.m., including plastic containers and lunch bags.

...But don't wait until next Friday! If you've stored any food/drink in refrigerators, please check the fridges this week and remove old food/drink -- don't forget on doors & in drawers!


All Staff and Faculty Meeting: Campus Enhancement Update

Tomorrow, Wednesday, December 9th, from 3:30-4 in Rooms 1/2.


Friday, December 11th: Festival of Lights presented by EC.


Our Winter Party

Lab School - Friday, Dec. 11, 5-9pm, Dinner, dancing, dessert bar, good times.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP. If you are not planning to attend, please RSVP.


Cookie Exchange

Yum! Monday, December 14th. If you would like to sign up, Sign Up Here!!

GSEIS Holiday Party

Please Save-the-Date

Holiday Cheer!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Moore Hall 3340 (Reading Room)

Pupil Free Days January 4th and 5th

January 4th:


TAs and EDP attend a Safe School Workshop

Vision Committees 1/2 day retreat




Teachers and TAs in classrooms

January 5th: ALL STAFF and FACULTY


Community Building


Community Lunch

Vision Committee Share Outs: All Staff and Faculty

Vision Committees Mid year Share out 30 minutes each:

Wednesday January 6

Balanced Lit. 3:30, Math/CGI 4pm, VST 4:30

Wednesday January 13

Inquiry/Pedagogy 3:30, LTL 4pm Safe School 4:30



The Tech team has been busy over the last few months rolling out new computers and re-configuring student and staff computers. We have configured close to 400 computers throughout the Lab School!

When you have a moment, please fill out the following survey regarding your new laptop!

Click here to take a survey.

p.s. at the bottom of the survey, click the two arrows to submit! ">>"

Jira UCLA Lab School Help Center Customer Portal

Jira is the new way to submit your HelpDesk requests (for electronic set-ups, continue to use the Intranet)


Thank You and Gracias!

What a wonderful treat for all of those who work behind the scenes. Thank you for a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration for all of us who were here on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving: front office, admissions, operations, development, communication, technology, finance, programs, business, teacher assistants, health and administration. Thank you Sara and Ileana for putting it all together!

What Does CGI Look like in Intermediate? Multiplication all Around

whole group games


small groups

children explaining their thinking and learning

team teaching

Hallway Elves: If you Believe, they will Come

Thank you to Sonia and Julyana for their creativity and commitment to displaying teacher and student work so creatively. Thank you to teachers for supporting this effort by mounting the work you send, by sending a clear vision of how you would like the work displayed and for actually helping with the dirty work. What is displayed, honored and showcased, truly reflects your passion for teaching and learning. Thank you!


Those moments when you catch your PE coach reading a story to EC I about cooperation, loyalty and trust...priceless.

The brief walk-throughs when you witness teachers and students collaborating to invent.

And when others take the time to share a moment that was special for them.

Celebrating all of us and how special and important each one of us is to this magical community. Happy winter season to all.


Winter break : Vacaciones de invierno

Enjoy your winter break.

Esperamos que disfrute de sus vacaciones de invierno


Happy Holidays for All

We are participating in the UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital Toy Drive, filling our bin with toys, clothing, and other useful gifts for patients and their families. Our donation bin is in the faculty lounge; gifts must be new and unwrapped. Print the Wish List from the web at

This is a reminder to make your donation before December 16th which is the Pick Up date for the barrels.

Our Inquiry Pedagogy Facilitators: November 2015 | Volume 57 | Number 11 Education Update, Seeing Beyond the Glass Half-Full Straight from the Horse's Mouth: Discovering the Power of Primary Sources John Micklos

From the Marshall Islands to the Sierra Nevada Mountains

As a school rooted in progressive education and inquiry, the preK–6 UCLA Lab School in California has always engaged students in hands-on experiences and connections to authentic sources. The Lab School and the Cotsen Foundation for the Art of Teaching, in partnership with the Library of Congress's Teaching with Primary Sources program, recently developed a website for K–6 teachers with videos, lessons, and primary source sets.

Teachers at the Lab School have been working collaboratively to incorporate primary sources across the curriculum. For instance, last year during a unit on climate change, 6th graders watched a video of Marshall Islands poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner presenting at the opening of the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit. Jetnil-Kijiner read a moving poem that she'd written for her young daughter about how climate change is threatening the very existence of their homeland.

Then, students examined climate change around the world. They compared photos of the Sierra Nevada Mountains taken by professional photographers in the early 20th and 21st centuries to see how the snowpacks and glaciers have thinned. They analyzed data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about sea-level rise and examined temperature patterns from the last 100 years. "Kids compared data and had incredible conversations about climate change and what we can do about it," says UCLA Lab School demonstration teacher Sylvia Gentile.

The Real Thing

The UCLA Lab School's hands-on projects intertwine elements of social studies, science, math, art, and music—and the primary source materials engage students in ways that textbooks might not have. "We want children to learn through the inquiry approach," says Judith Kantor, the school's library media teacher. "Primary source materials encourage students to ask questions. This really does create an environment for thinking critically and reading closely."

Further, teachers at the Lab School encourage students to bring in their own primary sources from home to share and discuss—items such as letters, diaries, or photographs. "We want kids to see that they are creators of primary sources," says Kantor. "They are a part of history—a part of the story as well."

From historical documents to children's diaries, from scientific data tables to YouTube videos, primary sources offer fresh and interesting ways to inform and engage students. "Primary sources are extraordinarily powerful," confirms Lee Ann Potter, director of educational outreach for the Library of Congress. "They are the real thing."

GSE&IS supports Little Bruin Wishes

This year, the GSE&IS holiday party planning committee has chosen to support Little Bruin Wishes, a holiday giving program that supports UCLA students with dependents.

We are accepting monetary donations as well as gift cards which the UCLA Students with Dependents Program will distribute. Welcome gift cards may include Toys R Us, Target, gas cards, debit cards, grocery store cards, the UCLA Store, etc.

You may bring your donation to the Office of Student Services (1009 Moore Hall), or bring them to the GSE&IS holiday party on December 15th.

You may also send monetary donations via the Students with Dependents online form here:

Winter Holiday Closure

Please note the days the University will close for the 2015-16 Winter break: the last day the university is OPEN before the break is Wednesday, December 23. The campus closure begins officially on Thursday, December 24.


Thursday, Dec 24

Friday, Dec 25

Thursday, Dec 31

Friday, Jan 1, 2016

UCLA will re-open and Instruction will begin, Monday, January 4, 2014.

Employees who earn Vacation time will need to use accrued time on the other days UCLA will be closed during the winter break. There are alternate ways to cover the non-paid holiday days in the body of the email sent by CHR. The unpaid days during the closure are as follows:

Monday, Dec 28

Tuesday, Dec 29

Wednesday, Dec 30

Dean's authority to approve employees to work over the break

The Dean is authorized to approve requests from staff who must work over the break in order to meet essential research or service deadlines. This includes academic, administrative, student, and research staff. With this email, I ask administrative managers in GSE&IS infrastructure units, research units, and in the Lab School to please inform me if you have employees who have a business need to work over the closure. The information you provide is sent to Campus Human Resources and to Facilities Management. If you or a member of your staff has a business need that compels you to work over the break, please send me the following information no later than Monday, December 7, 2015:

Name of employee and supervisor

Designation: administrative staff, Graduate Student Researcher, research staff, or faculty

Name of unit or research program

Days individual will work

Where will work be conducted? Home or UCLA?

Brief description of business necessity (1 sentence)

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the Winter Closure and the process we've established to make sure we and campus officials know the names of employees who plan to work over the break.

Rosemary Chavoya, Assistant Dean for Administration/CAO

Ext. 59739


Questions... Comments... Put Ups...

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