The Weekly Roar

February 6, 2022

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Happy 100th Day of School!

Dear La Ballona Community,


Tomorrow is our 100th Day of school! What a year it has been for us all. Here are a few reminders for us all about various topics.



  • If you are struggling with daily child care, STAR is running at full capacity and there are still openings in our STAR after school care program. Children receive free after school care Monday- Friday. Please email cynthiap@starinc.org if you are interested.
  • Please check your child's backpack daily. There are important notices for families to review. Also, it provides you with a good pulse of what's happening in your child's school life.
  • Please remind your children that they should not bring any toys to school. This includes game cards such as Pokemon.
  • Please remember that our children learn healthy food habits very young. We want our children to learn that food is fuel to furnish our bodies with nutrients. Bringing junk food is against our policy.
  • Be sure you email rosyreyes@ccusd.org to provide the reason for any absence. Emails are preferred, but you may also call.
  • Be sure to ask your child about Monday's Lunar New Year Assembly. Thank you to the PTA for bringing this to our students.
  • Below is last Wednesday's student assembly



Stay PAWSitive!

Dr. Becky Godbey

Principal

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Kindergarten Meet & Greets for Incoming Kindergarteners

Pass this information on to any and all future La Ballona Lions!
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All Covid Updates

A Message from Superintendent Tran

Dear CCUSD Community,

Due to the sudden and emergency circumstances that compelled CCUSD to close schools for three days, CCUSD is in contact with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) and the California Department of Education (CDE) to seek a waiver from having to make up those days.

  • If the request is approved, our calendar will remain the same as originally planned.
  • If the request is not granted, CCUSD will add the three days to the calendar. After consultation with union leadership, and in recognition of plans already in place, those three days will not be made up during Spring Break.

We recognize that families are also busy planning their summer schedule and hope to have an answer regarding CCUSD's waiver request soon. I appreciate your patience as we work through the waiver process.

Sincerely,

Quoc Tran, Superintendent

Estimados familias de CCUSD,


Debido a las circunstancias repentinas y de emergencia que obligaron a CCUSD a cerrar las escuelas durante tres días, CCUSD está en contacto con la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Los Ángeles (LACOE) y el Departamento de Educación de California (CDE) para buscar una exención de tener que recuperar esos días.

  • Si se aprueba la solicitud, nuestro calendario seguirá siendo el mismo que se planeó originalmente.
  • Si no se concede la solicitud, CCUSD agregará los tres días al calendario. Después de consultar con los líderes sindicales y en reconocimiento de los planes ya establecidos, esos tres días no se recuperarán durante las vacaciones de primavera.

Reconocemos que las familias también están ocupadas planificando su horario de verano y esperamos tener pronto una respuesta con respecto a nuestra solicitud de exención. Agradezco su paciencia mientras trabajamos en el proceso de exención.


Atentamente,


Quoc Tran, Superintendente

CCUSD: Covid-19 Isolation and Quarantine Update

Please review this helpful 2-page document to answer all your isolation and quarantine questions.
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The Month of February

Click on the image for the PTA's Cultural Calendar, February 2022

Important Dates (New Dates in Bold)

  • February 14- Fire Drill, 10:45am
  • February 15- Kindergarten Virtual Meet & Greet in English (for Incoming Kindergarteners), 12pm
  • February 16- Jog-a-thon Assembly
  • February 18- Kindergarten Virtual Meet & Greet in Spanish, 10:30am
  • February 21- No School President’s Day
  • February 23- Kindergarten Virtual Meet & Greet in English, 5:30pm
  • February 24- DEI Meeting, 6:30
  • February 28- Kindergarten Virtual Meet & Greet in English, 3:30pm
  • March 7- Kindergarten Virtual Meet & Greet in English, 2:00pm
  • March 7- 11- Book Fair

Black History Month Speaker Series Event

Black History Month Speaker Series Event at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10. What is Black History really? Why should Black History matter to those among us who are not of African descent? Dr. Donald E. Grant Jr., a psychologist, author, and tv contributor, will address these questions and more.


Below is the registration link. In the link is also the contact information should you have questions.


https://www.windwardschool.org/fs/comms-manager/view/6c5b9835-6937-4ba5-afff-a52cc06ce434

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Attention 5th Grade Families! *Note the Date Change*

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La Ballona 'Student Store' is open again - in the front lobby

Monday & Friday - 8:50am-9:30am

Wednesday - 1:50pm-2:30pm

Tuesday and Thursday CLOSED!

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After School Enrichment Sign Up!

It's time to sign up for the 4-week session beginning February 14 for Chess, Tennis and Garden Club! The deadline to sign up is February 11. For more information and the registration form, please follow this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSekKxtwPiHSFRouVExvwCDIzUMMXamJ9fnjg_aXcKxT6SSMTA/viewform

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Lions' Pride Run (Jogathon) - NEEDS YOUR HELP!

The Lions Pride Run, our biggest fundraiser of the year, is starting now and we need all the help we can get. Students are lacing up their shoes in preparation and we need parent support as soon as possible. Please contact Rocio Alvarez - webadmin@laballonapta.org if you can help organize this amazing fundraiser. Thank you for your continued support throughout the year.

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ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DRIVE (still going strong)

We are currently at $71,000, over half way to our yearly goal of raising $120,000 (approx $300/child)! Fantastic job everyone so far.

For this year's programs and supplies, we're in need of community support. Every donation pushes us closer to our goal; allowing us to create a platform for our students to access educational opportunities, tools and experiences the school might not otherwise be able to afford.


Ways to donate and help out:
Go to bit.ly/laballona and donate what you can!
By check, make payable to "La Ballona PTA" and return in an envelope to your classroom teacher.
Share this flyer with your friends, family, and local businesses!
Monthly donation option is available at https://laballonapta.org/donate
Ask your company if they offer matching gifts for employees

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2022-2023 La Ballona PTA board Nomination Committee NEEDS YOU!

Our La Ballona Lions PTA is on prowl for next year's board leaders! Our PTA Board leads parent volunteers in creating educational opportunities and experiences for the students at La Ballona. If you're interested in taking an active role in the PTA, please fill out the nomination form linked HERE. Details on each role can be found in the form. Please reach out to Jamie Krute, msjamiedoody@gmail.com with any questions. Nominations are open until Friday, Feb 18th. As well, check out the graph listed below that will help you decide where you'd best fit in for volunteering with the new PTA board this coming fall. Thank you so much!

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