The Weekly Roar

October 1, 2022

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Do the R.I.G.H.T. Thing!

Yesterday we had a great assembly brought to us by the PTA: Bullying Prevention Laser School Assembly Program by Jesse from Prismatic Magic. In the assembly, the audience was taught to do the R.I.G.H.T thing. Respect others, practice Integrity, be Generous, show Honesty and be True to oneself. This message is a good one for children of all ages, including we the adults. Our assembly launched an important month for us. October is filled with themes where we should do the R.I.G.H.T. thing. It's still Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15- October 15) where we celebrate and Respect the our Hispanic/Latinx community. Plus, October is Bullying Prevention month. This topic encourages us to act with Integrity and Honesty, It's so important for us all to learn to be better upstanders. It's also Disability Awareness Month. Being Generous in our mindset and being True to Oneself helps us build our empathy and find our own self-worth. May we have a month filled with doing the R.I.G.H.T. thing! (Pictured is an attempt at showing you the laser show)


In other news, here are some general updates and reminders:

  • Road Closure Warning SoCalGas will be working on Spad Place October 3- November 7.
  • Health Alert from The Los Angeles Department of Public Health. The Hayward Police seized over 700 Fentanyl Pills, and warn they look like candy. "Brightly-colored fentanyl (referred to as rainbow fentanyl) has been identified as a new trend according to the United States (U.S.) Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) [3]. Rainbow fentanyl can be found in many forms, including pills, powder, and blocks that can resemble sidewalk chalk or candy. Any pill (regardless of its color, shape, or size) that does not come from a health care provider or pharmacist can contain fentanyl and can be deadly."
  • Absence Reminder. If your child is absent due to a religious holiday, please tell the office this. We can code the absence differently.


In this newsletter:

  1. Around the School
  2. Counselor Corner
  3. Staff Spotlight
  4. School Meal Information
  5. Community & Afterschool Opportunities
  6. Our Calendar


Stay PAWSitive!

Dr. Becky Godbey & Ms. Brenda Selva


Our school website https://laballona.ccusd.org/
Our PTA website https://laballonapta.org/
Our facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laballonaelementary
Twitter https://twitter.com/LaBallona
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/laballonaelementaryschool/
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1. Around the School

Tuesday, October 4 is Picture Day!

On Tuesday, all of our students will take their annual School Picture. CFP Studio is the company that our district uses. Order forms were sent home last week. Also, CFP Studio will email all families 5-7 business days after photo day with a proof. If you do not receive your proof, email CFP Studio at: cfpstudio@yahoo.com. Orders can then be placed online after you receive your proof by visiting CFP Studio Photography. Or, students can bring their order forms with them on picture day. On the website, select online galleries and use your students ID # to gain access. Class photos will be done in composite style. All make-up inquiries should be directed directly to CFP Studio via email. cfpstudio@yahoo.com. Please reference your students first and last name along with grade & teacher in each email. All orders placed before October 21st will be delivered to school by Thanksgiving. If students do not take a photo by October 21st they will not be in their class composite. HELP US RAISE FUNDS for CCCPTA BY ORDERING YOUR STUDENTS PHOTOS.



La Ballona

YEARBOOK Photo day is

Tues. Oct 4th

PHOTOS WILL BE DONE IN THE CAFETERIA


  • Students should not wear green. They will not have a floating head in the yearbook it will just delay the entire process
  • Students should bring forms back with them on photo day.
  • Make up Day has not been set up yet.
  • Questions email CFP Studio Directly cfpstudio@yahoo.com
  • Thank you! CFP Studio- Your schools Photographer 310-821-7500
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Our Weekly Wednesday Principal Video Assembly

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Halloween Event at La Ballona Oct. 31, 2022

Halloween Parade 9:00

We will be holding our annual costume parade on Monday, October 31st, at 9 a.m. Students will walk a large loop around our playground. Students are invited to wear a costume, but if they choose not to, they will still be able to participate in the parade. Any student not wishing to wear a costume and not wishing to participate in the parade will have the opportunity to listen to a story in the library for a special story time. Parents are allowed on campus (Parent directions below).


Costume guidelines:

  • Amended: No Costume masks may be worn to and during school. If your child can see out of it, they can wear it during the parade only.

  • No face make-up

  • Students must show respect for other students by not choosing costumes that are insensitive and/or offensive to the diverse background represented by La Ballona students and families.

  • Students must show respect to other students by not touching, defacing or insulting other students' costumes.

  • No weapons of any kind. (No fake guns, swords, knives, etc.)

  • No fake blood or other substances allowed.

  • Students will be allowed to wear wigs, hats and accessories during the parade, but must be removed if causing a distraction during class time.

  • After the parade, it will be a regular instructional day. Your child may stay in their costume IF the costume is easy to sit and learn in. If the costume impedes school learning, please bring a change of clothes for the school day.


Directions for Parents

  • Families are welcome to come to watch our parade on campus.

  • We will section off areas for parents to stand.

  • All parents may enter through the Back Gate 1.

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Need a Chromebook?

La Ballona will loan ChromeBooks out to any families in need of a Chromebook. Please email thomaskalinowski@ccusd.org if you'd like to borrow a ChromeBook.
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October 5th is International Walk to School Day!

Read for all the benefits of walking or biking to school each day
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Please leave Pokemon Cards & Other Card Collections at Home

Strategy game cards can be very fun and enriching for students. Unfortunately at elementary schools, they become big distractions. Often the children use them as "social currency" and it results in school disruptions. Please remind your children that Pokemon cards and the like are for after school. These cards should remain at home.
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October - Disability Awareness Month


October is Disability Awareness Month! La Ballona will be celebrating diversity and differences all month long while raising disability awareness! Please take some time to speak to your students on the importance of this month and we’ll be sharing more opportunities for awareness in the coming weeks.

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2. Counselor's Corner

October Parent Newsletter

Click here for all kinds of resources to support your children.
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3. Staff Spotlight

Introducing Ms. Heidi Flores, our new Arts & Innovation Teacher

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4. School Meal Information

EVERY PARENT AT LA BALLONA NEEDS TO COMPLETE THIS!- Repeated

A special note from Dr. Godbey- La Ballona receives federal funding each year due to the number of families at our school living at or near the poverty line. We use our funding to provide your children with programs and support such as kindergarten aides in every classroom, free aftercare, free theater, Chromebooks and/or ipads for every single student, classroom supplies, and so on. Our students deserve this and we need your help. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE complete this application. Please.


FOOD SERVICES


Parents are asking why they should submit an application when all meals are free.

1. By submitting an application it can help your school with much needed funding for the classrooms from the federal government.

2. If their student(s) qualify for Free or Reduced Price Meals, the household may be eligible to receive discounts on their utilities and internet services.

3. Students may receive discount pricing for tests, such as ACT and SAT exams.

4. Increased percentage district-wide helps with additional funds.


Thank you all in advance for communicating this to your families Food Services will be sending out letters to families who applied last year, but have yet to apply this year next week. We need to encourage as many families/guardians as we can to submit applications. This is a requirement. Meal Application Flyer & Link

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What's for Breakfast and/or Lunch?

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5. Community & Afterschool Opportunities

LA County Library Bookmark Contest 2022

Culver City Julian Dixon Library would like to invite La Ballona students to participate in LA County Library’s 43rd Annual Bookmark Contest, an annual program that encourages a love of books and reading while also promoting creativity, artistic expression, and community engagement. Students will have the chance to see their bookmark designs featured at their local library and throughout Los Angeles County. Participants compete in the following age categories:


• Kindergarten – Grade 2

• Grade 3 – Grade 5

• Grade 6 – Grade 8

• Grade 9 – Grade 12


Completed entry forms can be dropped off at individual library locations, sent in by mail, or submitted digitally via a link on the Library’s website. The deadline for entry is October 29, 2022.


The winning bookmarks from each library will be shared with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, who will select winners that reside in their District from each category. Winners selected by the Board of Supervisors will be recognized by the Board in the spring of 2023.


The pdf Entry form is below

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REFLECTIONS ART CONTEST

The theme for this year's Reflections Art contest is SHOW YOUR VOICE! Consider submitting an original work of art by October 14, 2022 in the following categories:

  • Dance Choreography
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Film Production
  • Music Composition
  • Visual Arts

La Ballona families can submit their art either to their teacher or digitally to traciwellsphd@gmail.com. For more information, see the Reflections entry form (also attached here) and make sure to fill out all categories correctly. This form will also be sent home in your child's backpack in the next couple of weeks.

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Join the PTA!

School has now started and so does our PTA membership drive! Joining the PTA is a great way to get involved and show your support for La Ballona students. Membership dues are just $8 per person and all dues-paying members can vote at PTA meetings, which are held the first Thursday of each month. Member dues are used for programs, resources, and activities that benefit our students. Click below on the link to pay your membership today, thank you so much for your support


Sign up with TOTEM: https://jointotem.com/ca/culver-city/la-ballona-elem/join/register

Sign up with Squareup: https://la-ballona-elementary-pta.square.site/s/shop

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OCTOBER PTA MEETING

October 6th at 9am
Zoom & in-person options will be available
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6. Our Calendar

This Week at La Ballona

Monday, October 3

PTA Enrichment Tennis, 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm


Tuesday, October 4

Picture Day! (see information above)

PTA Enrichment Class Chess, 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm


Wednesday, October 5

International Walk to School Day

Early Dismissal Every Wednesday at 1:45

PTA Enrichment Class Tennis, Group A 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm and Group B 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

PTA Enrichment Class Garden Club 1:45pm - 2:45 pm

PTA Enrichment Class 24th Street Theater 1:45-3:15


Thursday, October 6

Vocal Music Classes K-2

Choir, 8:00

Young Storytellers, 5th Grade

PTA Meeting, 9am (In Cafeteria and on Zoom)


Friday, October 7

Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Lessons, 5th Grade

Fire Truck visits 2nd Grade

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Upcoming Dates (New Dates in Bold)

October 15- PTA Beach Clean-Up & Family Day

October 15- Reflections Art Contest Deadline

October 20- Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill

October 21- How to Help My Child With Math for K-2 families (4-part series). Info Coming.

October 21- Bidding for Good Online Auction Begins

October 25- School Site Council Meeting, 3:30p

October 28- Tea with the Counselor, 9am "Bullying Prevention" in English

28 de Octubre- Té con la Consejera, 10am "Prevención del Acoso Escolar" en Español

October 31- La Ballona Costume Parade, 9am (Parents welcome on campus)

November 5- Fall Festival