May 6, 2016

In this week’s issue: Orchestra Concert, Guide to May 13 Activities, Research on Reading

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Extended Day Program on Regular Schedule May 13

We have a Minimum Day on Friday, May 13, which means parents can take children home after the Together Through Music and Dance performance. Students who stay at school for the afternoon and are enrolled in EDP will go to their regular EDP location at their regularly scheduled time.

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6) Orders will be in RED. Click on the RED order # and you will see what you have ordered!


Juntos a través de la música y el baile / Together Through Music & Dance - Friday, May 13

For the past 17 years, this has been the celebration that brings our entire school community TOGETHER. It’s going to be a great day! Check out this guide to activities and preparations for the day:

Orchestra Spring Concert and Girl Scout Flower Sales TONIGHT

Friday, May 6

7:00 - 9:00 pm

UCLA Schoenberg Hall

Our Orchestra students present their spring concert tonight (May 6) at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall under the direction of Larry Newman.

Girl Scout Flower Sales

Our Girl Scout Troop 1645 will be hosting the flower bouquet sale before the performance. Please consider purchasing flowers for your child or a friend who is playing in the orchestra! Proceeds go to Girl Scout activities to support their mission to give girls opportunities to build leadership qualities and develop the courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.

Still Time to RSVP for “Best Friends/Worst Enemies,” with Michael G. Thompson

Monday, May 9

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

UCLA Covel Commons, Northwest Auditorium

Free Parking in Lot SV

Childcare provided at Lab School:


UCLA Lab School’s Seros-Ulloa Lecture is proud to present best-selling author, psychologist and school consultant Michael G. Thompson. In reviewing “Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children” (Ballantine, 2001), by Thompson and co-authors Cathe O'Neill-Grace and Lawrence J. Cohen, Publishers Weekly said: “Not since Dr. Spock and Penelope Leach has there been such a sensitive and practical guide to raising healthy children.”

Yuyi Morales at UCLA Lab School and Ed&IS

Friday, May 13 - Gregg G. Juárez Community Hall

1:30 - 2:05 — Geared to EC and Primary students

2:15 - 3:00 — Geared to Intermediate and Upper students

We’re excited to welcome award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Yuyi Morales to our school to talk about her work next week. Note that children who leave early for the Minimum Day and return for the presentation must be accompanied by an adult. They may attend either presentation. Ms. Morales is coming to UCLA to give the Ed&IS Frances Clarke Sayers Lecture for adults (see below). We are fortunate that she will make a special visit to us before the weekend. Information about Friday’s presentation: Judith Kantor,

Sunday, May 15 - Korn Convocation Hall, UCLA Anderson School

4:00 p.m.

Yuyi Morales will present the Ed&IS Frances Clarke Sayers Lecture, Creating Children's Books: An Immigrant's Story. This event is for adults. Admission is free. Information:


Exploring Relations Among Decoding, Phonemic Awareness, Executive Function, and Rapid Automatized Naming in Kindergarten and First Grade

This project seeks to understand the relations among several skills related to reading. To gather information, students will read aloud, manipulate language sounds, make quick and careful decisions, and name things quickly. Students will read three passages aloud, each for 60 seconds. Passages are chosen so that they are not too hard and not too easy. Students will manipulate language sounds by taking spoken words apart and putting them together in three different types of tasks. Students will choose carefully and quickly in three game-like computer tasks. Students will quickly name letters and colors as presented. These challenges will take a total of 30-45 minutes to complete. How Alpert, a doctoral student at UCLA, developed the study. As he completes the study he will work with Dr. Jennie Grammer, professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Any questions about this study should be directed to How Alpert ( or Dr. Jennie Grammer ( or 310-825-8348).


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.

Friday, May 6

Orchestra Spring Concert

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / Schoenberg Hall

Thursday, May 12

Parent & Principal Circle

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

Friday, May 13

Juntos a través de la música y el baile / Together Through Music & Dance

7:45 am - 10:30 am

Thursday, May 19

Spanish Conversation for Parents

8:15 – 9:30 a.m. / Literacy Library

Friday, May 20

Parent Meditation

8:20 – 8:40 a.m. / Flag Pole


Pupil Free Days

Thursday, May 26 & Friday, May 27

Memorial Day Holiday

Monday, May 30

No school. No childcare.

Tea & Transitions

Wednesday, June 1

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Conference Room

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

Thursday, June 2

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


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New Family Social Welcomes New Friends

The New Family Social on April 17 was a big success. The North Yard was filled with children and parents enjoying the sunshine and making new friends. Thank you to Goli, Guilda, Roxanna and Kristy, and to all of our buddy families for creating this wonderfully happy event!

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Girl Scouts Thank You For Feeding Your Neighbor

The Girl Scouts want to thank the lab school community for participating in the "Feed Your Neighbor” program, which collected more than 150 items of food and toiletries for the Westside food banks this week! The total donation from the GSGLA program was 564 lbs of food donations. Way to go!

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Jennifer Holm Author Talk and Book Signing

Saturday, May 7 / 2:30 p.m.

Children's Book World

10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

Meet Jennifer Holm, author of Sunny Side Up and other wildly popular graphic novels, and award-winning middle grade novels, including The Fourteenth Goldfish. Jennifer collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm on the Eisner Award-winning Babymouse series, which has more than 2.3 million books in print, and the bestselling Squish series. She is the recipient of three Newbery Honors for her novels Our Only May Amelia, Penny From Heaven, and Turtle in Paradise. For ages 7 to 12, free admission.

Hot Wheels Garage

Saturday, May 7 / 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Automobile Driving Museum

610 Lairport St.

El Segundo, CA 90245

Hot Wheels Garage features displays of life-size cars and numerous Hot Wheels® tracks and cars to race with.In addition, a face painter and balloon artist will also be available for the kid’s enjoyment. The ADM will also be featuring a special Hot Wheels kid’s sundae in their new Ice Cream Station ice cream parlor. At each event the museum supports a children’s charity. Donate NEW toys, children’s books, or stuffed animals to receive a free raffle ticket to the drawing for some really cool Hot Wheels toys. Admission: Free for 10 and under, $5 for 10-17, Adults $10, Family 4 pack $25.

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