The Weekly Roar

May 2, 2022

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Happy Staff Appreciation Week

It's Staff Appreciation Week. Here at La Ballona, we believe that each and every staff member contributes to making our school the best it can be. For this reason, we do not separate teacher appreciation week from the appreciation weeks for instructional aides, school office team, custodians, and on and on. Instead, we encourage all of us to send gestures of appreciation to any and all staff that has impacted your child (ren) in a positive way.

Reflecting on this school year, I'm filled with gratitude for the entire La Ballona staff. This has been a demanding year due to the fall-out from the pandemic. Each and every day, our team shows up and tries their best to help our school and children. I feel proud to be part of such a dedicated team.

Later this week, be on the lookout for our annual Parent Survey (in English and Spanish). We're eager to gain your valuable feedback.

In this newsletter:

  1. This Week at La Ballona
  2. How Can I Support My Child at School
  3. Around the School
  4. Upcoming Parent Education and Family Events
  5. Information for 5th Grade Families
  6. Community Support Needed
  7. Green Tip of the Week
  8. Important Dates

Stay PAWSitive!

Dr. Becky Godbey


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1. This Week at La Ballona

Monday, April 25th

Masks become Optional

5th Grade to Pali Camp

Staff Appreciation Week

Tuesday, April 26th

Covid Testing

5th Grade to Pali Camp

Wednesday, April 27th

1:45 Dismissal

5th Grade to Pali Camp

Thursday, April 28th

SSC Council Meeting , 3:30

PTA Meeting, 6:30

Friday, April 29th

-regular day-

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2. How Can I Support My Child in School?

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Student Handbook Highlight: Lost and Found

As we continue to shift towards our normal schooling, it's important for all us to remember the particular policies and procedures of our school and CCUSD district. Each week, I will try to highlight a few of these policies so that we are all aware and can move forward together. Here is the Student Handbook in its entirety. (It's on our website

This week we will highlight our Lost & Found Policy

LOST AND FOUND Please put your child’s initials on the label of all sweaters, jackets, lunch boxes, etc. so that they can easily be returned when found. We often have an excessive number of unclaimed articles. It is unfortunate that we have no way of returning unmarked clothing. Articles found are kept on the blacktop or in the lobby. You or your children are welcome to check this anytime. At the end of each Trimester (December, March, and June) all remaining items are donated.

LB PTA May Cultural Calendar

Click on the picture below.
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3. Around the School

From the Desk of Counselor Serrano: May Counseling Resources

May is Mental Health Month!

  • 2022 Mental Health America Tool Kit

  • Mental Health Awareness Month Google Folder (here)

Counseling Resources for parents, teachers, and staff:

  • Resources for parents and teachers (here)

  • Resources for teachers (here)

  • Mindful Monday and Wellness Wednesday resources (here)

Growth Mindset and College and Career Counseling Lesson:

  • TK, Kindergarten, 1st grade: here

  • 2nd and 3rd grade: here

  • 4th and 5th grade: here

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Teacher Appreciation Week starts on *MONDAY*!

We need your help all week long, even if just for a few minutes - let’s work together to make our teachers & staff feel as loved and appreciated as they are!

The schedule for the week (also see attached flyer):

Monday: The PTA is hosting coffee, donuts and juices for the staff/teachers Monday in the Teacher Lounge - please help decorate if you can.
Tuesday: Please have your kids dress up like a superhero and bring a word written by your child to describe what your teachers & staff means to them
Wednesday: Please bring something sweet for your teachers (2nd/3rd grade parents will organize to create a candy bar in lounge)
Thursday: Please have your kids bring a piece of fruit (Kinder/1st grade parents will organize to make fruit baskets for teachers & staff)
Friday***: Please have your kids bring a flower to school (4th/5th grade parent volunteers will make bouquets for all teachers & staff)

IMPORTANT: Any cash donations you are sending your Room Parent will be divided evenly among all four teachers for that grade level. This is to ensure that all teachers feel appreciated! If you want to send a gift card/donation just for your teacher, send it with your child one of the above days!

FRIDAY AFTERNOON the PTA is hosting a teachers/staff luncheon. Please help us out by donating desserts, utensils, plates, drinks, napkins...

Signup sheet is HERE - there are 60 people on staff - we need you, parents!

We really need LOTS of helpers throughout the week to set up/cleanup and of course bringing yummy food and desserts for Friday!
Thank you in advance for all your help!
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HSA winners revealed! CONGRATULATIONS to everyone.

PLEASE Show your support and gratitude to the 2022 HSA winners and for ALL of La Ballona Elementary School's fantastic teachers and volunteers! THANK YOU

In recognition of their outstanding service to our students and school community, the following individuals have been selected as recipients of the 2022 PTA Honorary Service Awards for our school:

- Outstanding Administrator Award: Tony Sevoian & Manuel Chavez, Bessy Reyna & Emely Rodriguez

- Outstanding Teacher Award: Mr. Ira Proctor (Reading Interventionist)

- Very Special Person(s) Award: Nichole Stone, Jaime Krute & Ti Nghiem

- Honorary Service Award: Felicity Vabulas & Liz Villa

- Continuing Service Award: Nancy Balter

AND honorable mentions going to :

*Honorable Mention (Administrator): Dr. Godbey

*Honorable Mentions: Sonny Paisley & Angie Graves


Thank you for complying with our extended mask mandate, and for patiently supporting one another for this entire school year through all of our COVID-19 protocols. It has been a long nine months since CCUSD instituted the indoor - outdoor masking mandate.

Beginning Monday, May 2, indoor masking will be optional. We are very mindful of the impact that COVID-19 is still having on our community. Therefore, we highly recommend that students and staff continue to wear masks to further protect themselves and others from COVID-19.

While we did have a slight surge in cases upon returning from spring break, the case rate within CCUSD is currently on the decline. But please remember that COVID-19 is still present, particularly the highly transmissible variants that have been circulating since mid-March (Omicron Subvariants, BA.2.12 & BA.2.12.1).

We continue to live by and operate on the principle that the safer our schools are, the safer our homes are. Despite a high vaccination rate in our schools and in Culver City, there are immunocompromised people in our community whose health is at high risk if they contract COVID-19. And there are still children in our schools, and at home, who have not received the vaccine or are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. Furthermore, there are people who have never contracted COVID-19 before who are becoming infected, and people who have been infected are getting re-infected. COVID-19 and the threat to our collective health and safety is still very present.

We will continue weekly testing. We will continue to urge all eligible students and staff to get vaccinated if they aren’t already and to get boosted (and boosted again) as eligible. And we will continue to diligently monitor the caseload in our schools, in our community and in the county. Should the situation warrant a different course of action, we will inform the community immediately.


Quoc Tran


The La Ballona Times

Enjoy another edition of the student written La Ballona Times by Student Journalist Jenson Rivera. Click on the picture.

Wednesday Principal Assembly

After School classes registration is open!

The next session of Chess, Tennis and Gardening after school classes are now available to register for. Deadline is May 5th so don't delay! The classes are for 4 weeks from May 9-June 6th. Thank you!

School Site Council Meeting, Thursday, May 5 at 3:30 p.m.

School Site Council is the school governance body, which reviews school-wide data, develops a school plan, and allocates supplemental school funds in ways that further the goals articulated in the plan. The governance body consists of the site principal, school staff members, and parents/community members.

Our next School Site Council Meeting is set for Thursday, May 5 at 3:30 p.m. As a reminder, School Site Council meetings are open to the public, and any member of the public may address the council or committee during the meeting on any item within the subject matter jurisdiction of the council or committee. The agenda and Zoom Link is below.

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4. Upcoming Parent Education and Family Events

Last PTA community meeting!

La Ballona families, Our very last PTA community meeting of the school year is THIS Thursday, May 5th at 6:30pm by ZOOM. Code and password will be sent out by Dr. Godbey. We hope to see you all there online for this fun evening event.

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5. Information for 5th Grade Families

Hot off the Press! Fifth Graders are at Pali Camp.

Here's the first picture that we've received!

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6. Community Support Needed


A limited number of tickets are still available for Culver City Education Foundation's Ruby Gala, their 40th-anniversary fundraising event on Saturday, May 14 from 6-10pm at Playa Studios. Please join us in supporting all of our Culver City schools with an evening featuring delicious food and beverages from our diverse restaurant scene including Chicas Tacos, Allegra California Café, Hatchet Hall, George Petrelli Steak House, Mayura Indian Restaurant, Lonzo’s Restaurant, Hotcakes Bakes, Harajuku Taproom, and Nankai Shochu. Additional gala highlights include student performances, a DJ and dancing. All event proceeds benefit the dynamic arts & STEM programs across the district. Visit the CCEF website to RSVP.

Mothers Day fundraiser!

From April 18th - May 1st, you can purchase your Mothers Day flowers at The Floral Boutique (Venice & Girard) and 15% of your purchase will go back to the La Ballona PTA at no extra cost to you.

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La Ballona Cultural Celebration-June 3rd

Do you have a food truck, restaurant, or food business to offer food for sale at the event? Do You have a special recipe that you can make and donate for our "snake around the world: food stand? Do you know a dance from your culture that you would like to teach in partnership with our dance instructor? Please email OR to help out and be a part of this amazon upcoming event at La Ballona.

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We need Your Help!

La Ballona Needs your help! We have a few opportunities to join short-term committees for upcoming events at La Ballona. We can't do these activities without the help of several parents, and we truly appreciate your support!

1. International Family Night: We need people to help plan and organize the International Dinner & Entertainment Extravaganza on Friday June 3rd this year. Please contact Laura ( if you are interested in wrangling kids on the day of, decorating, setup and tear down, or just being involved.

2. 5th grade committee: 5th grade parents! We need help for the 5th grade activities at the end of the year. Please contact Laura ( if you can help set up and tear down, get donations for treat bags, contribute to the picnic potluck, or anything else.

3. Kinder committee: Kinder parents! Please email Liz ( if you are willing to help set-up and teardown, contribute cookies, snacks, or juice, or just want to get involved.

4. Staff appreciation: May 2-6 is Teacher and staff appreciation week! We need parents who can make Teacher and Staff appreciation week amazing for our beloved La Ballona Staff. Please email Sonni ( if interested.

5. Auction committee: If you're a parent who can volunteer from home, consider joining the Auction Committee! We need you! Our October auction raises around $28000 every year, and we need people to help solicit donations, take pictures, upload descriptions and send thank you's at the end. Email Michele ( to join!

6. Cone Crew: Love being outdoors? Cone Crew needs a couple more parents to keep our pick ups and drop offs more smooth and orderly. It's just 30 minutes of your time once a week (or more if you can)! Volunteers must go through the official volunteer process (fingerprinting) to participate. Contact Nichole ( for more info.

7. Field Day: The last day of school, June 10th is Field Day! We need parents to man stations (like bean bag toss and hula hoops) for an exciting, active last day of school! Please email Laura ( to be put on the list....

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7. Green Tip of the Week

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8. Important Dates (New Dates in Bold)

  • May 9-13- Student Mental Health Coping Skills Week (see flyer above)
  • May 11- Open House (Virtual)
  • May 30- Memorial Holiday, No School
  • June 3- La Ballona Cultural Celebration, 6pm (School-wide Event)
  • June 9- 5th Grade Promotion, 9:30am
  • June 10- Kinder Celebration, 9:00am
  • June 10- Field Day, 1st-5th grades
  • June 10- Last Day of school, Early Dismissal
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