September 16, 2016

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In this week’s issue: Campus Safety, Volunteer Opportunities, Helpful Hints

For archival issues and information on all school activities, go to MyBackpack.

For corrections or submissions, please email by 5:00 p.m. Monday.

Take Action

Update Your Release Contacts

Your children can be released from school only to people you have listed as an approved release contact. To edit or add to your list of individuals who are allowed to pick up your child from school, update your profile in MyBackpack (Profile --> Edit --> Add Additional Contact)

Enjoy the Creek But Don't Go In It

We ask that parents and guardians inform children to stay on established paths when walking around campus, both for safety purposes and to respect our environment. In particular, students should never cross through the creek. Although the creek currently is dry, DPW at times opens up the flow of water without notice. Teachers and assistants will supervise children when exploring the creek as part of the curriculum; otherwise, parents and children should not enter the creek at any time.

Important Traffic Safety Notices

The ONLY DROP-OFF ZONE is at the designated carpool area behind the school

  • The roadway in front of the school is NOT a drop-off zone.
  • The roadway in front of school It is a major thoroughfare for campus traffic. It is unsafe and poses a risk for both your child and other drivers.
  • DO NOT drop your child off in front of the school.

Follow Traffic Rules - Use Common Sense and Courtesy

When on school grounds, drivers must follow traffic safety rules and the pick-up and drop-off policies noted in the Parent Handbook (see "Carpool Information"). We have had a number of incidents since the beginning of the year that put our children and families at risk including dropping children off in the traffic lanes in front of the school, making U-turns in the carpool area, cutting in line, or blocking traffic for an extended time while waiting for a parking space to open up. For everyone’s sake, we ask that you make safe driving a priority.

Admissions for 2017-2018 OPEN

Applications Accepted Online Through Dec. 9

We encourage all our families to invite friends and family members to apply. For our Learning in Two Languages Program we need both Spanish-speaking applicants and English-speaking families who will be strongly committed to supporting their child's Spanish language development.

Volunteer Opportunities - Prospective Parent Visits

The Admissions Office needs volunteers to help with visits for prospective parents - there are so many days & ways you can help! LTL parents are needed on all 4 dates, but especially on Nov. 3. Please click on the links below to sign up:

October 7

October 28

November 3 - Focus on LTL

November 18

There will be an orientation for all volunteers (new and returning) on Thursday, September 29 in the Conference Room beginning at 8:15 a.m.

Help Recruit Spanish-Speaking Families to Apply to the LTL Program

Information Meeting

Tuesday, September 20

8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. / Carpool Area

We need your help recruiting Spanish-speaking families to apply to the LTL program. We want to get the word out in local Spanish-speaking communities (preschools, churches, etc) as well as targeted venues on or near the UCLA campus. If you have any ideas or contacts, or are able to help distribute materials, please email Mia:

There will be an optional volunteer meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 8:15 - 8:45 am in the carpool area, where you can get more information and pick up Spanish-language postcards to distribute. Spanish-language recruiting materials are always available in Nancy Chakravarty’s office as well, if you would like to help spread the word.

Community Activities

Fall Carnival - Volunteer for Fun!

The Fall Carnival will be on Sunday, November 13, 11am - 4pm on the Blacktop. This annual event is always a great opportunity for the whole school to join together for a day of fun and games. Each classroom sets up and runs a game booth for the day. Each booth is set up and run by parents and students (when age appropriate).

Look for an email with more details as well as volunteer opportunities for anyone who would like to help. You can also contact Dominique Wirtschafter at or Megan Kapinos at

Coffee and Conversation

Tuesday, September 20

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. / Conference Room

This six-week series of gatherings is a way to meet, ask questions, get to know each other, and come to a fuller understanding and appreciation of what goes on in the life of your child. Led by Laurine DiRocco, Early Childhood Specialist and former Demonstration Teacher, we will discuss any issues you may be concerned about in a friendly environment. While the discussion is often geared toward EC and Primary parents, all parents are welcome to attend. Did we mention there is coffee?

All meetings are 8:30 - 9:30 am in the Conference Room and continue on the following dates:

Wednesday, September 28

Tuesday, October 4

Tuesday, October 11

Tuesday, October 18

New Families Informational Coffee

Wednesday, September 21

8:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. / Community Hall

If this is your first year at UCLA Lab School, we invite you to join us for a welcome coffee and a chance to get answers to all your questions. The incredibly warm and welcoming school community can be a bit overwhelming for new students, as well as their families. The New Family Outreach Committee is here to help with that transition. Our ambassadors will be all around campus to answer questions and help you find the information you need.

We will give you the secrets to finding parking (Spoiler Alert: Good luck, with that!) as well as a preview of community activities that are happening this fall. After we’ve answered all your questions (and the coffee is gone), we will provide a tour of some key areas of the UCLA Lab School and UCLA Campus to help you find your way. We look forward to meeting you!

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Come Learn About the Girl Scouts


Wednesday, September 21

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. / Conference Room

Is your daughter interested in joining Girl Scouts? The Girl Scouts are a great opportunity for you and your daughter to participate in projects together: explore the outdoors, provide service to others, make crafts. The time commitment is minimal compared to other activities. Girl Scouts plan on meeting once or twice monthly.

Arlene Hurwitz ( will continue to lead the Junior/Cadets (grades 4-6) this year. If you are interested in learning more about activities for this age group, please contact Arlene.

We are also gauging interest in forming groups for younger girls. Please contact Catherine Hagney Brown ( if your 2nd or 3rd grade student is interested. Please contact Josephine McNary ( if you have a daughter in Kindergarten interested in joining.

If you are interested in leading a group for your daughter in age groups not listed above, please contact Arlene.

Yearbook Committee Meeting

Friday, September 30

8:15 - 9:15 a.m. / Conference Room

The yearbook is one of the best ways to frame the precious memories of our kids at UCLA Lab School. We need YOUR help to make that happen!

Please come to this meeting if you are interested in being a photographer for your room or at all-school events. We will also discuss the responsibility of the yearbook committee coordinator in each room and share with you some tips to make the kids shine in our yearbook photos. If you have experience using In-Design and are willing with help with the yearbook layout, please let us know as well.

Please contact the yearbook committee if you have any questions:

Next Two Weeks

For a complete calendar, please visit the events section of the Parents Page Calendar in MyBackpack. Here are a few highlights:

Tuesday, September 20

Primary Back to School Night

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. / Classrooms

Childcare is available. To reserve a space for your child(ren), please contact the Finance Office at (310) 206-1135 or email:

Thursday, September 22

Middle School Night

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. / Gregg G. Juarez Community Hall

This is an important meeting for parents whose children will be entering middle school next year. Information about how to prepare for middle school admissions will be thoroughly explained and demystified. Child care is available. To reserve space for your child(ren) please contact the Finance Office: 310-206-1135,

Friday, September 23

Farewell to Dr. Muriel Ifekwunigwe - All School Assembly

8:15 - 8:30 a.m. / Blacktop

Good To Know

Online Giving for the Dr. Muriel Ifekwunigwe Fund for Families

To honor Dr. Ifekwunigwe and her many years of extraordinary work on behalf of children and families, we have established the Dr. Muriel Ifekwunigwe Fund for Families. As she prepares to leave our school, Dr. Ifekwunigwe's wish is for us to support families and children in need. The fund will benefit members of the UCLA Lab School community who are facing hardship. As Dr. Ifekwunigwe stated, "Every donation counts, no matter the size, and will make a difference in the life of someone in our community." Click on the button or go to:

Raise Money for UCLA Lab School While You Shop

UCLA Lab School participates in Ralphs Community Contributions Program. Just by scanning your Ralphs card at checkout, you can contribute to our community. If you already participate, we thank you and remind you that you must reenroll for the current school year. If you used the Scan Bar letter previously, those are no longer valid and you will have to register online.

To register for the new term:

  1. Go to:
  2. Select Community Contributions
  3. Click on “Enroll Now”
  • OR Call Ralphs customer service at: 800-443-4438

Please note that if you registered prior to September 1, 2016 you must register again.

Thank you for your support of UCLA Lab School!

Helpful Hints

Classroom Rosters Available in MyBackPack

Need to schedule a playdate? You can access your child’s class roster via your MyBackPack account. It is so easy to do by following these steps:

1. Log in to your MyBackPack account

2. Click on Student/Family Directory, under Search

3. Search for Students by Homeroom Teacher - please see the attached screenshot

4. The class list appears at the bottom of the page

5. To print it out, click on "Printable Version" at the very bottom of the page

Around Town

2nd Annual Iced Tea Festival

Saturday, September 17 / 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Japanese American National Museum

100 N Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Celebrate America’s favorite summer beverage with many varieties of exotic iced teas, tea talks, live entertainment, vendors, tea samples, and fun! Admission: $12.00, children under 12 free.

12th Annual Moompetam: Native American Festival

Saturday - Sunday, September 17-18 / 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

In celebration of the local Native American cultures, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its twelfth annual Moompetam Festival. This weekend celebration will feature traditional cultural crafts, storytelling, educational programs, live demonstrations, music, and dance celebrating the indigenous California maritime cultures, including Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseno, and Kumeyaay. Admission: General admission required; Members free