March13, 2015

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Changes to After-School Library Program

The number of children using the library after school has grown tremendously this year. To make sure the program has a safe ratio of adults to children, we will be implementing the following changes March 30 - May 29, when the program ends.

  • Sign-ups will be weekly

  • Maximum of 15 children each day

  • Children may be signed up for no more than two days per week

  • Children who are absent without notice will not be eligible to sign up in the future

  • We will be using a new registration system (more information to follow)

Please note we cannot make any exceptions to this policy.

Thank you for your understanding.

Parents may continue to spend time with their children in the library after school until 4:10 p.m.

Last Chance! Book Drive: From One Reader To Another

Collection bins will be at the Family Read-Aloud Party TONIGHT

Help stock the library at Para Los Niños Charter Elementary School, located in the Skid Row section of downtown LA. Show our children how we work together for others and how we support literacy! We need new or gently used books in good condition, PreK-12. No encyclopedias, magazines, out-of-date reference materials or toys, please.

Speaker Series Presents Lori Getz, Cyber Education Specialist

Tuesday, April 21, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Gregg G. Juárez Community Hall

Technology changes so often it can be tough to know how to manage your family’s relationship with the many tools, games, gadgets and resources in the world and in your home. Lori Getz, M.A., is an educator, mother and Internet safety expert who has appeared on the Dr. Phil Show, Today, HLN, Dr. Drew and local news and radio programs. Come learn strategies and language to get everyone having more meaningful conversations about our behavior in the digital world. Even the most tech savvy parent will learn something new!

Gentle Volunteer Reminder

We have an assortment of fun events going on right now and coming soon, including FSA Book Drive & Clothing Drive, Fit Week, and Together through Music and Dance. Sign-ups for volunteers are on the Parents Page — we invite you to sign up for one or more event. If the hours don't work for your schedule, please let us know, and we'll find a way. This is a great way to make friends, and you will enjoy it. We promise!

Any questions, please feel free to call or email FSA Co-President Christine Kim at

Yearbook Sales - Ordering is easy!

Go to:

The yearbook frames the precious memories of our kids at UCLA Lab School. If you haven’t ordered a yearbook yet, please take a moment to consider doing it now. Kids love to sign each others’ yearbooks on the last day of school. These keepsakes will bring back fond memories for many years to come. If you forgot whether you have ordered a yearbook, please email your room parents — they can look up the ordering information for you.

Next Two Weeks

Events are also listed on the Parents Page Calendar:

(Username: parent; Password: @labschool)

Friday, Mar. 13: Family Read-Aloud Party

5:00 - 7:30 p.m. (Community Hall and classrooms)

Food, games, fun read-alouds by students and families, and more!

Friday, Mar. 20: EC Spring Breakfast

8:15 - 9:15 a.m. (EC patios)

Friday, Mar. 20: FSA Meditation & Yoga

8:15 - 9:30 a.m. (Dino Yard or Redwood Forest)

Friday, Mar. 23 - 27: Spring Break

School resumes Monday, March 30

Save the Date

Monday, Mar. 30: Fit Week Welcome With Bruin Bears

8:15 - 8:45 a.m. (Carpool and EC entrance)

Monday, Mar. 30: FSA Meditation & Yoga

8:15 - 9:30 a.m. (Community Hall)

Tuesday, Mar. 31: FSA Monthly Meeting (NOTE DATE CHANGE)

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. (Conference Room)

All are welcome!

Friday, Apr. 3: Pupil Free Day

Childcare available with advance reservations.

Monday, Apr. 6: Tea & Transitions

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. (Conference Room)

Join Laurine DiRocco, former demonstration teacher, and Laurie Ramirez, Safe School specialist, for a discussion on issues of interest regarding your child’s transition to middle school. The discussion will be geared to parents of children in Upper I and Upper II, but all parents are welcome to attend. Also: Apr. 16, May 11, June 4

Tuesday, Apr. 7: Parent and Principal Circle (NOTE DATE CHANGE)

8:15-9:30 a.m. (Conference Room)

Friday, Apr. 10: FSA Meditation & Yoga

8:15 - 9:30 a.m. (Community Hall)

Saturday, Apr. 11: 2nd Annual UCLA Lab School Family Movie Night

Get ready for "BIG HERO 6" in the Dino Yard, with hot dogs, pizza, drinks and more. All proceeds to benefit Upper culmination activities. More details to come.

Friday, May 1: Spring Orchestra Concert

7:00 p.m. (Schoenberg Hall)

Orchestra students perform their spring concert under the direction of Music Director Larry Newman. All music students should report to the warm-up rooms in Schoenberg Hall at 6:30 p.m. Dress is black pants/skirt/dress and a white top. Honor Orchestra students please wear your black honor polo shirt. All instrumental music students are expected to attend this performance. If for any reason you are not able to attend, please notify Mr. Newman immediately at (310) 356-2144. Admission is free; no tickets are required. Our culminating class will be selling flowers, cookies and water in the lobby. Please support them and our school. Information:

Good to Know

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Creek Restoration in Campus News

Santa Monica Bay Foundation's Mark Abramson talks about the Stone Canyon Creek Restoration, including UCLA Lab School involvement, with the UCLA Daily Bruin:

Update Your Calendar — Meeting Changes

Due to scheduling conflicts, upcoming meetings of the FSA, Parent/Principal Circle and LTL Café y Platica have been moved up by one day. Please update your calendar ~ We look forward to seeing you there!

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Family School Alliance (FSA)

The FSA is YOUR link to school activities. All are welcome to the monthly meetings. Find out about all the wonderful activities the FSA spearheads over the year and how you can join the fun and participate!

Check out these links:

Parents Page

Volunteer Opportunities

Reminder – our school is asking every family to volunteer three hours this year at an FSA event. Come join the fun and support your child’s education!

FSA Contributions and Orders – Get Your UCLA Lab School Gear Here!

UCLA Lab School gear is a fun way to share school spirit! More of the super popular vintage-style baseball T-shirts will be available soon. Please note that all orders placed will be available for pick-up on Friday mornings at drop off.

Support Our School While You Shop — “Do Nothing” Fundraising

Quotation Corner

“Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.” — Martha Graham

“There is in every true woman's heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.” — Washington Irving

Parent Submissions for Backpack Notes

Parents who have items to contribute to Backpack Notes: Submissions are due Saturday at midnight for publication the following Friday. Send items to: