December 4, 2015

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In this issue: Enrichment Openings, Community Party Book, Campus Enhancements Update Meeting

Take Action

Learn About Campus Enhancements

Tuesday, Dec. 8

8:15 a.m. (NOTE CORRECT TIME) / Conference Room

Architects from Marmol Radziner will share an in-depth look at our Campus Enhancements projects. Leo Marmol, FAIA – co-founder and managing principal for Marmol Radziner and parent at UCLA Lab School – will talk about the transformative work that has been completed, as well as plans for future projects.

Openings for Enrichment — Classes Begin Monday, Dec. 7


The Enrichment Program has openings in Spanish, Cooking, Science, PopSTAR, Skateboarding and Soccer. Please register online through STARNova. Info: Sylvia Vallejo, 310-267-4586

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UCLA Lab School Gear

Kids short sleeve UCLA Lab School shirts in Bruin blue, navy and light green,

vintage style baseball jerseys in Bruin blue, hot pink and bright orange. Also back by popular demand are adult lightweight full-zip hoodies and short sleeve shirts in charcoal. Shop online before they're all gone! Go to:

FSA Dues, Yearbooks, DVDs — Making It Easy

Take care of all your FSA business online quickly and easily using the link below.

Order a yearbook! Order a Together Through Music and Dance DVD! Buy Carnival tickets! Most importantly, make a donation to the FSA to help fund all these wonderful community activities. Go to:

Community Activities

Community Party Book - New Parties Added!

Sign up:

There are still a few spots available, as well as many newly added parties. Check out Bowling Mom’s Night Out, Karaoke with Pizza and Cocktails, as well as a Tree Trimming Party at the California Yacht Club this weekend! Don't miss out on these great parties that also help raise important funds for the Fall Carnival!

Tree Trimming Party at the California Yacht Club

Sunday, Dec. 6, 3 - 5 p.m.

California Yacht Club, Marina Del Rey

Hors d' oeuvres, eggnog, mulled wine, cookies, treats for the kids, holiday crafts and carolers make this a festive event! Shhh -- Santa Claus will show up for a special family photo op! All while looking out over the Marine boating dock. Beautiful and Merry! Please reserve a space for each person in your party, adult or child.

Next Two Weeks

Here are some highlights from the school calendar for the next two weeks. For a complete calendar, please visit the events on the Parents Page Calendar:

(Username: parent / Password: @labschool)

You can also subscribe to the calendar through your Google account to stay up to date.

Buildings and Grounds Update

Tuesday, Dec. 8

8:15 - 9:30 am / Conference Room

FSA Meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 9

8:30 - 9:30 am / Conference Room

Parent Meditation

Friday, Dec. 11

8:20 - 8:40 am / Flagpole

Winter Break

Dec 21, 2015 - Jan 5, 2016

Save the Date

Parent & Principal Circle

8:15 - 9:30 am | Conference Room

Thursday, Jan. 21

Thursday, Feb. 18

Thursday, Apr 21

Thursday, May 12

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

8:30 - 9:45 am | Conference Room

Thursday, Feb. 11

Thursday, June 2

Good To Know

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Seeds of Activism: Alumni Project Promotes Energy Conservation

Galit Ringach (’15) and friends are speaking out about climate change and the need for renewable energy. They visited Upper classrooms recently to talk about their Turn-Off Tuesdays campaign to encourage everyone to unplug electronics at least one night each week. A student at Oakwood School, Galit said she and her group are spreading awareness that this one simple act can "eliminate the amount of energy use and waste, therefore lowering electricity bills and helping the environment." They're visiting area schools and gathering signatures for a petition they'll submit to the Lexus Eco Challenge. Learn more at their website:

What a great example of how the seeds of activism and citizenship planted at UCLA Lab School continue to grow as students move to middle school and beyond!

Thank You From Magnolia Avenue Elementary School

Dear UCLA Lab School Students, Families and Staff:

On behalf of the parent community at Magnolia Avenue Elementary School, I would like to extend our most sincere gratitude to all of you for your amazing kindness and generosity! We appreciate and admire that students take the initiative to develop a plan based on a belief system to support others. We recognize that the effort behind a food drive is very demanding and takes many people working together to help realize your goals.

Our families are hard working people who do their best everyday to provide for their children and their families. As immigrants to the United States, most families struggle to learn English, find employment and housing, and often struggle to provide for their families. As a result, any additional support these families receive is valued and very helpful.

Your food drive has helped 130 families to receive a little extra food and "cash" (gift card) for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Please know that I am thankful for the partnership your community has developed with our school and I am grateful for everything you do to help others through this food drive, the book sharing program, and the clothing program.

When I grow up, I want to be like the amazingly cool scholars at the UCLA Lab School!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Mr. Reyes, Principal

Magnolia Avenue Elementary School

Visit the Parents Page

For Backpack Notes archives and information on school activities:

Username: parent

Password: @labschool

Backpack Notes Submissions or Corrections

Please email by 5 p.m. the Monday before publication.

Around Town

LA Zoo Nights

Through Sunday, Jan 3, 2016, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Stroll through an expanded area of the Zoo that is transformed into a fantastical wonderland populated by glowing light animals and a trove of dazzling additions, such as a decked-out L.A.I.R. and a dramatic display combining light, water and music. View real reindeer, visit with Santa (on select dates), and enjoy holiday treats and goodies, all under the stars. Admission $9 - $16, children under 2 free.

Holiday Lights at the Getty Center

Saturdays Through Jan , 5:30 - 10:00 p.m.

The Getty Center

Spend a Saturday evening strolling the Central Garden at magic hour, photograph sunset, Instagram the lights in the trees, and share videos of your friends masquerading as snowflakes all in one evening. Hunt for the special holiday lights all around campus (starting at 5:30 p.m.), stop by the Museum Entrance Hall for free mulled cider, and enjoy reduced-cost parking from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Admission free, parking $10 after 4:00 p.m.