The Weekly Roar

December 12, 2020

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Our final Weekly Roar of 2020

Dear Families,

We are about to end the most unprecedented year of our lives. Never did we imagine what we were all capable of! We've done amazing things together for our students this year. So before I share the updates, I want to take a minute to send a HUGE thank you to our teachers, staff, office team, custodians, OCD team, STAR team, parents, grandparents, babysitters, neighbors, and last but not least, our students. Together, we've ensured that education remained a priority even during the hardest of times. To repeat, thank you, La Ballona Community for everything you've done in 2020. I'm putting on sunglasses for 2021, because it's going to be BRIGHT. And now for the updates:


On December 14-15, we will continue having parent teacher conferences. Students are dismissed at 11:45 each day and there are no afternoon asynchronous lessons.

Report Cards

At your conference, your teacher will share your child's Report Card. Due to the pandemic, we are trying to go all electronic. You can access your child's Report Card through the Parent Portal. Directions on how to go to the Parent Portal and how to view the Report Card, click on the buttons below. Should you need help with the Parent Portal, please email

Dress Up Days

We are hoping for a joyful week during a fairly dark time this week. Check out the flyer below for dress up days to add cheer to our days. I hope to see some lovely sweaters, socks, hats, winter-wear, and pajamas throughout the week.

Dismissal Times

Look below for the Dismissal Time each day. Note: Wednesday and Thursday are the only days that follow our normal weekly schedule.

Need to Pick Up or Drop Something Off?

We know that during the holidays, many families like to drop off items for folks. Our Staff Lounge will be open Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-1pm. Also, there are still makerspace kits, pedometers, school pictures, Chromebooks, and teacher kits available to students. If you need help, please call the office.

Harp Show

This year, we have shifted our assembly times to family evening events. We've enjoyed Infinite Flow's Scoops of Inclusion and Music Technology. This Wednesday, get cozy next to your family and enjoy a beautiful Holiday Harp performance. Wednesday is Holiday Hat day, so let's see those hats on the Zoom screen!

With Respect and Gratitude,

Dr. Becky Godbey

Click: How to View Report Card on Aeries

Aeries will fully update Report Cards by Dec. 30. Until then, the Report Card may be incomplete.

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Kids Heart Challenge

La Ballona Students are doing a remarkable job with the American Heart Association's Kids Heart Challenge. If you'd like to get involved in the action, please register your child by downloading the “Kids Heart Challenge” FREE App or visit our school’s homepage

All students that register win a free "no ascynchronous work" pass. If La Ballona beats last year's record ($3,000 raised for the AHA), Dr. Godbey will dye her hair PINK!

On Wednesday, December 16th, we will have our school-wide Follow-Up Assembly. The American Heart Association will lead a livestream assembly just for our La Ballona students on Wednesday, December 16th at 9:10am- 9:30 via Zoom! Parents, please help your child go to this Zoom Link on Wednesday at 9:10.

Passcode: heart | Meeting ID: 841 4292 4871

Dear 5th Grade Families

On Thursday, December 17th, all fifth grade will be administering the California Healthy Kids Survey during class time. The information we receive helps us make smart decisions about how La Ballona promotes better health and well-being for our students. Our district reviews the results as well to analyze district-wide needs. We are asking for all 5th grade families to click here to tell us if we may or may not give this electronic survey to your child. Please help us, so that we can help you. Thank you!
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Everyone Belongs in our PTA!

We want all families to know that they are welcome to attend our PTA meetings and events! You do not have to be a member. The PTA is vital to our school. We provide field trips, school supplies, teacher grants, volunteer support, the garden, assemblies, family nights, and much much more. We appreciate everything our parents to to help La Ballona. We hope you participate in the following PTA/school community events:

Holiday Harps Family Assembly- December 16th at 7pm.