The Weekly Roar

September 19, 2021

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La Ballona PTA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee

La Ballona’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is dedicated to supporting our families and community to ensure that all students experience equitable, inclusive, and diverse educational experiences. Our goal is to be reflective, create experiences, share resources, and shape policy that supports the development of students who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and other underrepresented populations as they strive to navigate the surrounding school community.


In an effort to bring more content and exposure to all students about its BIPOC populations, we are seeking motivated and passionate committee members to provide support and tolerance and celebrate diversity and inclusivity at our school.

If you are interested in playing a critical role or providing support, please complete this interest form La Ballona PTAs Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Interest Form. Thank you!

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Mental Heallth Workshops for Spanish Speaking Families

The promoters from LA County Department of Mental Health are excited to begin their mental health workshops for our Spanish speaking families in CCUSD. These workshops are held in spanish. Look below for the schedule.
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SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES WANTED!

  • We are looking for at least ONE MORE parent or community volunteers to be a member of the School Site Council for the 2021-22 school year.
  • School Site Council meets once a month and looks at the decisions made to support our students, staff and school community.
  • If you are interested in joining SSC, please contact Dr. Godbey
  • Thank you Felicity Vabulus and Stephanie Phung for volunteering!
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The Exchange Club of Culver City is hosting a great drive-in movie fundraiser in support of Culver City students. The Mach One will be on display! Come join!

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Our Community Working Together

Annual Fundraising Drive

Hi Parents, With a goal of raising $150K (approx $300/child) for this year's programs and supplies, we're in need of community support. Every donation pushes us closer to our goal; allowing us to create a platform for our students to access educational opportunities, tools and experiences the school might not otherwise be able to afford.

Ways to donate and help out:

    • Go to bit.ly/laballona and donate what you can!
    • By check, make payable to "La Ballona PTA" and return in an envelope to your classroom teacher.
    • Share this flyer with your friends, family, and local businesses!

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La Ballona After-care and Enrichment Survey

A group of parents are working hard to bring some after-care programming to our school. Please complete our La Ballona After-care and Enrichment survey to inform our planning committee of our school community's needs.

English-https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSebGr.../viewform

Spanish-https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSe5Dh57RDd.../viewform

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Give your Room Parent your Contact Information

The PTA Room Parents need your help. They want your contact information so they can keep you updated on your child's classroom. The school is not permitted to give out your information, so if you'd correspondence from your Room Parent, click here.

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Restaurant Fundraiser Week

Starting Monday, September 20-Sunday 26th, we are participating in a restaurant fundraiser at Sharky's (In the Marina) where we are competing against "Mark Twain Middle School". 15% of net sales generated by our group will go back to our school (at no extra cost to us)! The school with the most sales advances to the final for a chance to receive an extra $500 bonus. Please see the attached flyer for more information. Thank you so much for your support.

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Online Auction fundraiser is now collecting items!

ATTENTION LA BALLONA FAMILIES! We are officially starting to collect new items for our online auction (one of our biggest fundraisers of the year). Do you have unused gift cards from restaurants or retail stores you'd like to donate? Are you a photographer, yoga Instructor/Baker or anything else in the service industry who can donate time/session/food? Do you have brand new items you don't need like toys, kitchenware/clothing with tags or jewelry? An old wedding gift still in its packaging? If you don't need them, then please donate them to La Ballona's "Bidding For Good online auction" which starts October 22rd, 2021. All proceeds benefit our school in the form of technology, assemblies and more.. Please contact Nancy at nancybalter@yahoo.com or Michele at michelej75@gmail.com to coordinate drop off. Thank you so much for supporting our school

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Spirit Wear T-shirts For sale!

La Ballona's "Student Store" is now taking orders for t-shirts and hats. Please email laballonastudentstore@gmail.com to place your order today.

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Still need volunteers!

Please check out our google form below and select anything that seems interesting to you. We will follow up with more information soon by email. This is just an interest sheet, not a commitment.

English - https://forms.gle/SijPWkE9CRuBYyKw8
español - https://forms.gle/T2wzK8TrP22VXaZ98

We are still navigating the unknown and appreciate everyone's patience as we learn the ever-changing pandemic protocols and rebuild our on-campus programs. One thing we're sure of is that we're looking forward to seeing more smiling faces this year.

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Reflections Art Contest

It’s Reflection time! This year’s theme is...“I WILL CHANGE THE WORLD BY..”


The Reflections Art Program has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969. California State PTA and its members, families and kids are on the forefront of this amazing program, which increases community awareness of the importance of arts in education.


All students attending PTA schools sponsoring the program are invited to participate and submit original artwork in one of six areas:


  1. Dance Choreography
  2. Literature
  3. Photography
  4. Film Production
  5. Music Composition
  6. Visual Arts


Artworks are submitted first to school-level PTAs, where they are first recognized, celebrated and judged by five grade-level divisions, while a non-judged Special Artists division celebrates student artists with special needs. School PTAs then choose a selection of entries to be judged by local PTA units, which are then sent on to councils and then districts for consideration. The final artworks submitted to California State PTA by districts are then considered for Outstanding Interpretation, Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit. Outstanding Interpretation and Award of Excellence entries then go on to represent California in the final National PTA judging round.


Here you’ll find the student entry packets by category:

https://capta.org/resource/participant-forms/


For more information, please contact your school’s Reflections coordinator Traci Wells at wellster@hotmail.com OR Jenniffer Clinton at jennifferh@ca.rr.com thank you.

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