October 13, 2015

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Please make sure to have your walkie-talkies on, with the volume turned up high enough for you to hear if someone is trying to reach you.

Community Hall Construction Zone

After around 6:00 pm, the area around Community Hall becomes a construction zone and should be avoided at all times for safety purposes. If you have meetings or events that are taking place after hours, please ensure that all guests know to avoid the area.

Don't Miss this Opportunity!!!! Complex Learners: ED 196C

As many of you may know, a group of Lab School faculty, staff, and parents have been meeting since January to explore new ways to address the needs of complex learners in our classrooms. Stemming from the conversations, Drs. Connie Kasari and Jennie Grammer are excited to announce the development of a new Practicum course for Undergraduate Students at UCLA called 196C Apprenticeship in Teaching and Learning: Complex Learners School Practicum. Now that we have the course approved, we are looking for teachers who are interested in having additional assistance with students in their classrooms.

Please let Renata and Jennie know if you are interested in having students from this course assist you in your classroom or if you have any questions about the course! grammer@ucla.edu


Upper Parent Education: Digital Citizenship

Wednesday, October 14th, from 6-7, in the conference room.

Inquiry Pedagogy Professional Development

Wednesday, October 14th, from 3:30-5, in Rooms 3/4 NOTE ROOM CHANGE.

ALL Staff Meeting: School Leadership Committee Purpose & Representation

Monday, October 19th, from 10-11am, in the conference room.

The Library of Congress is hosting an online conference on October 27 -28 from 1- 5 pm.

Even though you may not be able to participate live, you can view recordings of the different sessions.

Over the course of two days, there will be 15 one-hour sessions facilitated by Library specialists, instructional experts from the Library’s Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium, and other recognized K-12 leaders. Sessions will cover topics ranging from literacy and historical thinking to historic newspapers and the civil rights act, and will all focus on the effective use of primary source documents.

The keynote speaker for the event will be photographer Carol Highsmith, who will discuss her decades-long project of documenting the United States in a one-hour conversation with Helena Zinkham, director of Collections and Services at the the Library.

Library experts will include specialists from the World Digital Library, the Chronicling America newspaper archives project, the Prints and Photographs Division, the Veterans History Project and more.

Other presenters will include Sam Wineburg and Joel Breakstone from Stanford University, Barbara Stripling from Syracuse University and Dan Rothstein of the Right Question Institute.

For more information go to:



If you are ready to transfer your old laptop to a new one please let Chris know...they are ready to go.


Emergency Response Procedure (Official Resource – UCLA Emergency Management):

BruinAlert is a personalized emergency notification system. UCLA developed BruinAlert to communicate official information during an emergency or crisis that disrupts normal operation of the UCLA campus or threatens the health or safety of members of the campus community.

By providing a current and accurate cell phone number you will receive BruinAlert text messages. You can sign up for this service by clicking on the following link.

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Cool Campus Challenge

Join us as we work together to do our part:

The Cool Campus Challenge is an online learning experience and competition between UC campuses running from October 6 to December 10, 2015. It’s designed to motivate and reward staff, faculty and students who take steps to reduce their carbon footprints and help the UC system reach Carbon Neutrality by 2025. It’s a big, daring goal, but we can get there if we all work together as a community to make it happen.

More information: Cool Campus Challenge

Book Donations

We have donated several boxes of books to the Watts Learning Center. Thank you to Jenny Q., Susana and Shelley for facilitating this gift.

Math Blog

It is up an running and ready for you to enjoy:


Password: uclalabschoolmath

Women's Soccer VIP Reception with Mrs. Block

Join UCLA's First Lady, Mrs. Carol Block, and your fellow Staff Assembly members, in cheering on the UCLA Women's Soccer team as they face off against Utah on Sunday, October 25! Enjoy a reception in the Morgan Press Room before walking over to Drake Stadium for the match. This event is a wonderful opportunity to meet the First Lady in an informal setting, snack on great food, win raffle prizes, and support Bruin athletics. The event is sponsored by the Chancellor's Office and UCLA Staff Assembly. Sign up now, space is limited!

The event will be co-hosted by UCLA Athletics. The package includes:
• Two complimentary tickets to the game
• Free admission for two to Mrs. Block's VIP Pre-Game Reception
• Raffle prizes

Dress code is game day casual UCLA spirit blue and gold.

The application deadline is October 16, 2015. A random selection process will choose 25 respondents to attend the event (each person may bring one guest). Those who are selected will be notified by Monday, October 19. To ensure that the maximum number may participate, those who have been selected to attend a past VIP Reception and game may not apply again.

To apply, please go to http://ucla.in/1WIPdqi and fill out the short application form (on the Staff Assembly landing page click "continue" to login).

For questions, please contact Ramces Jimenez, UCLA Staff Assembly Vice President of Special Programs atjimenez@gseis.ucla.edu.

Staff Assembly – Lecture on Sleep Health by Dr. Ravi Aysola – sponsored by UCLA Health & UCLA Institute for Pure & Applied Mathematics (IPAM)

Friday October 23, 2015
12:00 pm - 01:00 pm
IPAM (1200 Portola) - Get Directions

Spaces Available: 88

Event Description:

Do you have trouble sleeping and would like ideas on how to get a good night’s sleep? Look no further! As November is just around the corner and also recognized as National Sleep Comfort Month, it is only fitting to invite Dr. Ravi Aysola to provide UCLA staff a lecture about sleep health at our upcoming monthly Learn-at-Lunch.

Dr. Ravi Aysola is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. He is also part of a multidisciplinary faculty group from the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center actively involved in basic and clinical research aimed at determining the conditions that result in sleep disturbances. We appreciate Dr. Aysola taking the time to educate us on various topics related to sleep disorders and the impact that sleep has towards our overall health and wellness. There will also be some time at the end of the lecture for Dr. Aysola to answer any questions you may have about sleep.

So do not “sleep” on this special Learn-at-Lunch topic and RSVP today as space is very limited!

Shortened RSVP Link:

For more information on this event, please contact Walen Ngo at: walenngo@unex.ucla.edu.



Please remember to send a short description of any professional development you have attended to share with all. Pictures are appreciated.


Enrichment Experiences:

If you have a proposal for enrichment experiences, share it with your level’s TLC Rep and TLC will discuss it and bring it to the faculty to assess the level of interest school-wide.

Thematic Hallway Displays:

With the caveat that the proposed Math theme will be one that will be applicable to any level at any given time, and that teams can pick which classroom will present during that month, December-January (beginning in the 2016-17 school year) is designated as the math-month for our hallway display, where the progression of mathematical thinking across the various levels will be highlighted.

Assembly Guidelines:

    • Except for assemblies that feature specific school-wide events, assemblies are held in a “town hall” style and are student lead.

    • Assemblies start promptly at 8:15, regardless of attendance, and finish no later than 8:30.

    • All classrooms/students proceed directly to the blacktop, except for ECI-II.

    • Time frame for assemblies is a two year cycle: eg. Rooms 11, 12, and 15 together one year, 9 and 10 next year.

In order to respect the 15-min. timeframe, nothing will be translated into Spanish or English, English and LTL classrooms will alternate months for assemblies, so that there will be equity. LTL classrooms conduct the assembly in Spanish. EO classrooms conduct the assembly in English.

Assembly Template: Time,Who,What


Student Rep 1



Student Reps 2 and 3

Lead Song or Sing a song


Student Reps 4 and 5

This is one thing we are learning/interested in


Student Reps 5 and 6

This is one thing we are learning interested in in our classroom


Student Reps 7 and 8

Good bye

September 25

Topic: Harmony

October 30

Topic: Primary 9/10 in Spanish

November 20

Topic: Intermediate 1, 2 and 18

December 11

Topic: Winter Celebrations - Festival of Lights

EC will perform songs... different from their Winter Sing


Visit from John Benedicto Kreislerl

John Benedicto KrejslerI will be visiting our school in Room 14 and Rooms 3/4 on October 19 and 22nd. He has a background as an elementary and secondary teacher as well as a teacher educator in 1980s and 1990s in challenging urban areas of Copenhagen and Aarhus in Denmark.

He hopes to be able to contrast the knowledge from visits to American schools and educational context with his knowledge of similar Nordic and European developments.

He hopes his visit to here will help in his research to better understand how US perspectives on education policy are generated and emerge on a transatlantic/global scale.


For those interested in building your Spanish vocabulary one word at a time, we will publish a word or phrase in The Creek, use it in a sentence, and provide the English translation. Today’s Spanish word of the day:

Imagine: Imagínate

Imagine our school prospering everyday.

Imagínate nuestra escuela prosperando cada día.


Mini iSteam and iSteam Lab in Full Swing

Inquiry, Investigation, Imagination, Science, Social Studies, Social-emotional, Technology, Teamwork, Engineering, Engaging, Art, Architecture, Math, Music...it is all happening!!! Small groups of EC children exploring geometry and engineering while imagining and creating elaborate wood sculptures, to Upper Robotics elective and the building of the outdoor patio furniture, to primary exploration of tools and their purpose and intermediate will begin visiting the lab once they have completed their Contra-Tiempo adventure!

Green Club

The Green Club (teacher and parents) have met and come up with a proposal for TLC. Stay tuned.

Saying Thank You

Thank you to all the TA's and Teachers who helped our children sign the wonderful banner for the UCLA Athletic Department for their generous donation. A special thank you to Coach Cohen and Mr. Kong for coordinating the space and time for this banner to be created.

The Hallway Displays are Amazing!

Thank you to our first set of seemingly professional curators from Rooms 1/2, 3/4, 14 and 15 and Darlene for her all her support in displaying Counting Collections across levels.

Contra-Tiempo and Antonio Sacre

Spanish, Spanish everywhere...through dance and storytelling our EC and intermediate students are learning culture and language through two of the oldest forms of expression.

Questions... Comments... Put Ups...

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments, concerns, celebrations, at our Newsletter email: admin@labschool.ucla.edu.