February 19, 2016

In this week’s issue: Family Read Aloud, Enrichment and Summer School Enrollment, Donation of Unclaimed Lost and Found Items, Hippos!
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Unclaimed Lost and Found Items To Be Donated

Please check the lost and found for any lost items. They can be found on the EC yard, as well as by rooms 9 and 10. All unclaimed items will be removed and donated after February 26.

Spring Enrichment Registration Starts Monday

Session III Enrichment registration will begin on February 22, 2016. Please log on to Parent Wikis and click on Enrichment for a description of classes offered. Classes will run from March 7th through May 12th.

Registration for Summer School Classes is Open Now

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!

2016-2017 School Year Re-Enrollment Has Begun

Re-Enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year has begun. This year we are rolling out our new online system. An email with the user ID along with instructions was sent earlier this week. The re-enrollment contract and deposit are due by February 29, 2016.


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Family Read-Aloud Celebration Happening Now

Anywhere, Anytime

February 12 – April 1, 2016

On Friday, February 12 UCLA Lab School faculty treated us to a lively reading of Epossumondas Saves the Day by at the all-school kick-off assembly on the blacktop,. The audience delighted at all the Southern expressions and his adventures in search of sody sallyraytus, the key ingredient for his favorite dessert.

That was just the beginning. From now through April 1 we will celebrate reading aloud every day. Here are some fun ways your family can participate:

  • Read aloud with your children at least 20 minutes a day (even the “big” kids)

  • Visit Book Corner for read aloud suggestions

  • Add to our list of favorite read-alouds

  • Send us a photo of your family reading together (jkantor@labschool.ucla.edu). We’ll share it at the party.

Don’t forget to join us for the party on April 1, 5-7 p.m.!

For more information please visit: http://www.labschool.ucla.edu/learning/family_read_aloud

Parent Meditation

Every Friday

8:20 am - 8:40 am / Flagpole

Please join us for our weekly meditation every Friday by the flagpole area. Yoga sessions are currently on hold while the search for a yoga instructor continues.


For a complete calendar, please visit 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, February 22

Enrichment Enrollment Begins

Classes will run from March 7th through May 12th

Thursday, February 25

Spanish Conversation Group

8:15 - 9:30 a.m. / Literacy Library

Friday, February 26

Parent Meditation

8:20 - 8:40 a.m. Meditation / Flagpole

Monday, February 29

Deadline for Re-Enrollment

Wednesday, March 2

FSA Meeting

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m./Conference Room

Thursday, March 3

Spanish Conversation Group

8:15 - 9:30 a.m. / Literacy Library

Friday, March 4

Parent Meditation

8:20 - 8:40 a.m. Meditation / Flagpole


Parent & Principal Circle

8:15 - 9:30 a.m. / Conference Room

Thursday, Apr 21

Thursday, May 12

Family Read Aloud Wrap Up Celebration!

5:30 - 7:30 p.m./Community Hall

Friday, April 1

3rd Annual All School Family Movie Night

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm / Dino Yard

Saturday, April 9

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

8:30 - 9:45 a.m. / Conference Room

Thursday, June 2


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At the west coast celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), student ambassadors from UCLA Lab School sang “The Earth Song" in front of a crowd of over 300. The song, a heartfelt entreaty to take care of our planet was written by our own music demonstration teacher, Nick Kello, in celebration of Earth Day in 2011 and he generously shares it with us and others to spread is message.

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The performance began with a large projected screen image of the last picture of the Earth taken by Voyager 1 from a record distance of 3.7 billion miles. Three frames taken using a different color filter: blue, green and violet, were combined to produce the image that became the Pale Blue Dot. Of the 640,000 individual pixels that compose each frame, Earth takes up less than one (0.12 pixels, according to NASA). Sagan proposed this picture be taken and it took nearly 10 years of perseverance by Sagan and others for it to happen.

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(Earth is the blueish-white speck approximately halfway down the brown band to the right)

From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it's different. Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives […] – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. […] To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

— Carl Sagan , Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space , 1997 reprint, pp. xv–xvi


Los Angeles Zoo Hippo Encounter Tour

Weekends and Holidays at 12:00 noon

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Experience a unique up-close, behind-the-scenes opportunity to meet our beloved hippos, Mara and baby Rosie. Staff will share details about their daily care, training, and feeding. The minimum age requirement is four years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Separate ticket purchase required, $15.00.

Harlem Globetrotters

Sunday, February 21 / 12:30 p.m. & 5:45 p.m.

Staples Center

1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015

Celebrating 90 years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their unrivaled family show to the Staples Center. Tickets $25 - $260.

Peppa Pig Live!

Microsoft Theater

777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is an action-packed live show, based on the popular Peppa Pig television series, designed to deliver to preschoolers and young fans an unforgettable first live theater experience. A fully immersive musical production featuring a dozen familiar and original songs, as well as an interactive sing-a-long, the live stage show will have fans laughing, singing, dancing and of course jumping in muddy puddles too – just like Peppa. Tickets $29.50 - $49.50.

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