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November 18, 2023
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Dear La Ballona Families,
Let's take a moment to reflect on the 1st Trimester of the school year and of the amazing things that have happened. We are filled with gratitude for you, our community at La Ballona! From back to school night, PTA meetings, picture day, Friday family days, assemblies, spirit week, coffee & chats, and so much more. All of these activities couldn't happen without the support of our families. Some of you are able to help by joining in the conversations and and some help in other ways, together. This collaboration is what makes our school so special, where everyone feels welcome. As we enter the week of Thanksgiving break, Dr. Godbey and I want to say thank you to all of you. Your support, participation, input, flexibility, and kindness are appreciated. We'll see all students and families back on Monday, November 27th.
We look forward to our continued partnership!
Dr. Becky Godbey, Principal
Ms. Brenda Selva, Assistant Principal
At Home Gratitude Activities
In this newsletter:
- Around the School
- Counselor Corner
- School Meal Information
- Community & After-School Opportunities
- Our Calendar
Our school website https://laballona.ccusd.org/
Our PTA website https://laballonapta.org/
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1. Around the School
Our Weekly Wednesday Principal Video Assembly
November's Rising Star Awardees!
Congratulations to Ahmed Abrahim and Aaliyah Aziz for being recognized as November's Rising Stars. What is the Rising Star Award? The Rising Star Award is designed to recognize students who demonstrate characteristics and behaviors from their school's Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) model. Each school's PBIS model reinforces a positive school climate through adherence to safety guidelines, positive behavior, and social and emotional development.
1st Graders Visit with the Fire Department!
This week, students in 1st grade got a special visit from the Fire Department! They learned about the equipment firefighters use and how they response to an emergency. To our surprise, they received an actual emergency call in the middle of their presentation. Students experienced first hand, how the fire department response to emergencies as they waved good-bye!
Leo's Book of the Month-November
When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people’s water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource. Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, this bold and lyrical picture book issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguarding the Earth’s water from harm and corruption.
How is water important to you and your daily life? Brainstorm all the ways we use water every day. Talk about where your water comes from. Come up with ideas to protect and save your water.¿Qué importancia tiene el agua para ti y tu vida diaria? Haz una lluvia de ideas sobre todas las formas en que usamos el agua todos los días. Habla sobre de dónde viene el agua. Piensa en ideas para proteger y ahorrar agua.
Look at the last two pages of the book, featuring many indigenous people. Learn about the indigenous people who live near you today and the people who lived in your place long ago. Mira las dos últimas páginas del libro que presentan a muchos pueblos indígenas. Aprende sobre los pueblos indígenas que viven cerca de ti hoy y las personas que vivieron en su lugar hace mucho tiempo. Tongva Approved Primary & Secondary Sources
What is the black snake that is poisoning the water, plants, animals, and land? Discuss environmental concerns in your community and what you can do to be better stewards for the Earth. ¿Qué es la serpiente negra que está envenenando el agua, las plantas, los animales y la tierra? Discute las preocupaciones ambientales en su comunidad y lo que puedes hacer para ser mejores administradores de la Tierra.
In the book, a young girl talks about fighting for those who cannot fight for themselves—the animals, plants, trees, rivers, and lakes. How can you fight for them? What resources exist in your community that help aid those that cannot fight for themselves? En el libro, una joven habla de luchar por aquellos que no pueden luchar por sí mismos: los animales, las plantas, los árboles, los ríos y los lagos. ¿Cómo puedes luchar por ellos? ¿Qué recursos existen en su comunidad que ayudan a aquellos que no pueden luchar por sí mismos?
“The four-legged, the two-legged, the plants, trees, rivers, lakes, the Earth. We are all related.” Discuss the ways in which the Earth and all its creatures are related. “los que tienen cuatro patas, los que tienen dos, las plantas, los árboles, los ríos y los lagos…” Discute las formas en que se relacionan la Tierra y todas sus criaturas.
Additional Book: Young Water Protectors…A Story About Standing Rock by Aslan Tudor, Kelly Tudor, Jason Eaglespeaker
A Note from Choir!
Dear 4th and 5th Grade EM Choir Parents (not attending Pali Camp),
I hope you are all doing well and wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving break!
Thank you all so much in advance for participating, helping out our elementary singers, and being so supportive of the music program in CCUSD!
CCUSD administrative teams have met extensively with the city to discuss ways to enhance the tree lighting experience.
For your knowledge, here is a brief timeline and what to expect for the afternoon/evening of the Culver City Tree Lighting on Thursday, November 30th (the actual event starts at 6:00 pm):
- 5:15 pm: Principals arrive and students arrive. Meet Danielle Koplinka-Loehr, Kimberly Gallagher, and Patty Eskridge (the three elementary choir directors), as well as Heather Moses (Fine Arts Coordinator) in the district parking lot at 3927 Van Buren Pl, CC, 90232. We will meet in front of the large mural of the Palihotel. There should be about 150 students total, since it is just the 4th/5th grade singers performing this year (this is half the number from last year, FYI).
- Every choir will have their own signs with the name of their school Feel free to bring an additional school sign to carry if you wish. Anyone want to make a big La Ballona sign or two to hold up? Lights/streamers? :)
- There will be a speaker/microphone system so that students can hear us during the rehearsal in the district parking lot.
- There may or may not be a Culver City Parks and Rec tent in the district parking lot helping to pass out wristbands for choir students who have pre-registered to participate in the sledding in the snow *after* they perform.
- Additionally, the EM Japanese Chorus, CC middle school choir and CC high school performing ensembles will be meeting in the district parking lot too, FYI.
- 5:30 pm: Directors will warm up the choir as a group. Parents, please watch from a few feet away if you wish to watch the rehearsal before the concert (i.e. not right next to their student) so we can have their full attention.
- 5:40/5:45 pm: We begin to walk over to the stage for the performance. A few things to note:
- There will be 15 FreeMasons from Culver City wearing their regalia to also escort us to the stage.
- All of the parent volunteers will be walking with us, holding up the signs for each school
- We will be entering the stage from Stage Right, which is different from last year. We will walk across the street from the district lot, walk through the alley, and enter the stage from the side of the stage that is closest to the district lot (the right side of the stage, if you are standing on the stage).
- Lin Howe and El Rincon will walk first, then Farragut, then El Marino and La Ballona (we will already be in the correct order in our rehearsal).
- Your main job is to help us to get through the crowd, onto the stage, and help get the students all onto the stage safely by 6:00 pm. You can come on the stage with us to help arrange the students if necessary.
- 6:00 pm: Students perform. We are singing three songs: Holly Jolly Holiday, Hear the Bells, and Lights of Hanukkah.
- 6:10 pm: At the conclusion of our last song ("Lights of Hanukkah"), the MC will announce to the crowd that one family member per family should walk back to the district lot and meet their student there, then return to the tree lighting to watch the end of the show. Families have also had a lot of communication from us about this. Your job is to help the students exit from stage right (the same side we entered on), and walk safely all the way back to the district lot. Please discourage parents as best you can from trying to pick up their student from the walking line of students back to the district lot.
- 6:15 pm: Once back at the district lot, family members meet their student, then are expected to walk back to the tree lighting to watch the rest of the show.
- Please help students reunite with their families. Encourage them to return to the tree-lighting to watch the rest of the show.
- Please stay in the district lot until all of the students from your school have been reunited with their families
- FYI, if families ask, once the show is over (6:45 or 7 pm) then the students are encouraged to go sledding, etc.
Questions? Please reach out!!
Keep practicing & stay healthy!
Thanks so much again for all of your support and we look forward to seeing you on 11/30!
Winter Instrumental Concert
The Winter Instrumental concert will be held on Wednesday, December 6th at the Robert Frost Auditorium at 7pm. Students received hard copies of the flyer for the concert this week. All students should be dressed in concert attire (white shirt or blouse and black or dark pants or skirt) and arrive prepared to perform with their instruments and music books.
District Music Teacher
New School to Home Communication- "Parent Square"
We are excited to announce that we adopted a new form of school-to-home communication at La Ballona called ParentSquare. This unified communications platform is designed to keep parents and guardians informed and encourage greater engagement and connection with [school or district name]. It provides a safe way for district administrators, school principals, teachers, staff, and parents to:
Send and receive school and class information
Share pictures and files
See calendar items
Sign up to volunteer
Schedule parent-teacher conferences
and much more . . . all in one centralized place!
All district and school, grade level and classroom information will now be sent to your computer or phone via email and/or text. For even more convenience, download the ParentSquare app (available for free for iOS and Android devices).
Have questions? Click the question mark in the top right corner of the desktop version or the Help tab on the app (tap the triple bar icon at the top left) to find answers to most of your questions.
Nos complace anunciar que adoptamos una nueva forma de comunicación entre la escuela y el hogar en La Ballona llamada ParentSquare. Esta plataforma de comunicaciones unificadas está diseñada para mantener informados a los padres y tutores y fomentar una mayor participación y conexión con [nombre de la escuela o del distrito]. Proporciona una forma segura para que los administradores del distrito, los directores de escuela, los maestros, el personal y los padres:
Envíe y reciba información de la escuela y la clase.
Comparta fotografías y archivos.
Vea los elementos del calendario.
Inscríbase para ser voluntario.
Programe conferencias de padres y maestros
y mucho más. . . ¡Todo en un lugar centralizado!
Toda la información del distrito y la escuela, el nivel de grado y el aula ahora se enviará a su computadora o teléfono por correo electrónico y / o mensaje de texto. Para mayor comodidad, descargue la aplicación ParentSquare (disponible de forma gratuita para dispositivos iOS y Android).
¿Tiene preguntas? Haga clic en el signo de interrogación en la esquina superior derecha de la versión de escritorio o en la Ayuda pestaña de la aplicación (toque el icono de la barra triple en la parte su
Walk and Roll to School!
La Ballona's next Walk & Roll to School, will be Wednesday, December 6, 2023 from 8:00-8:40am. See you then!
2. Counselor's Corner
3. School Meal Information
4. Community & Afterschool Opportunities
Family Friday and Library Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!
Join us on Friday, December 1st at 8:45am for December's Family Friday school-wide assembly. It's 3rd grade's opportunity to share their singing talent as they lead us all in our school song! Following the school-wide assembly, please join us as we officially reveal La Ballona's new library!
Reflections Art Winners
Thank you and congratulations to ALL students who submitted entries for the Reflections art contest, "I am hopeful because..."
We are thrilled for our school-site winners whose work will also go on District competition.
PTA Reflections Art Chair
VISUAL ARTS - PRIMARY
DINOMONIA! Marker on Poster Paper
Dinomonia represents peace and balance between humans and all creatures. The human is friends with the dinosaur, and helps her keep eggs safe. The sunset represents clear, beautiful skies. I am hopeful. that we will one day live in peace and balance with animals, and the skies will be clean like in the Arctic.
VISUAL ARTS - INTERMEDIATE
LANA EILBECK NATURE NEEDS HOPE
Watercolor on Paper
I drew this because I feel like our world needs help. I'm hopeful that if we help nature, our world will be a better place. It symbolizes nature trying to cure itself because we aren't. doing enough to help. We're destroying our world by doing things we don't need to do. If we do the right thing, we can all be happy.
PHOTOGRAPHY - PRIMARY
CHARLIE VILA THE WORLD AROUND US
I am hopeful because I see the world around me and I'm excited for my many adventures ahead of me.
MUSIC COMPOSITION - SPECIAL ARTIST
LUCAS VILA THE FUTURE
I am hopeful because I am the future and my future is bright!
Sponsor A Family!
For those of you new to CCUSD, each year we organize a "Sponsor A Family" Program for the holidays. It is modeled after the LA area organization "Adopt A Family," but only supports CCUSD families. To make this program possible, we need a lot of sponsors. Please include the following blurb in your newsletter this week:
CCUSD Sponsor-a-Family December Holiday Program
CCUSD recognizes that the holiday season can be stressful for families who are most in need. Again this year, CCUSD School and Family Support Services is coordinating various district-wide efforts to support our CCUSD families in need during the holiday season to increase the joy and lessen the stress.
At this time, we are excited to announce our Annual Sponsor-a-Family Program. The program will enable families/groups of families/organizations to provide gifts for a CCUSD family in need. Both families will remain anonymous. Prior to the Thanksgiving break, sponsor families will receive the list of wishes and needs for each member of one family. Our request is that the sponsor family/group of families/organizations purchase at least one wish and one need for each member listed. If you provide a gift card, please include the activation receipt. All gifts will be dropped off at the CCUSD District Office Annex (located on Van Buren between the Palihotel and Lin Howe Elementary school) on December 14 and 15. School and Family Support Services staff will distribute the gifts on December 19 and 20. If you are able to make the holiday season special for another family, please click on the link below and complete the form.
Link to Form- Sponsor A Family
Patrocinar-una-Familia de CCUSD - Programa de Días Festivos en Diciembre
CCUSD reconoce que la temporada de días festivos pueden ser estresantes para las familias con más necesidad. Este año, los Servicios de Apoyo Escolar y Familiar de CCUSD están coordinando varios esfuerzos en todo el distrito para apoyar a nuestras familias necesitadas de CCUSD durante la temporada de días festivos y así aumentar la alegría y disminuir el estrés.
En este momento, nos complace anunciar nuestro programa Patrocinar-una-Familia. El programa permitirá que una familia pueda proveer regalos a una familia necesitada. Ambas familias permanecerán anónimas. Antes del descanso de Acción de Gracias, las familias patrocinadoras recibirán la lista de deseos y necesidades para cada miembro de una familia. Nuestra petición es que la familia patrocinadora compre al menos un deseo y una necesidad para cada miembro de la familia en la lista. Si proporciona una tarjeta de regalo, incluya el recibo de activación. Todos los regalos se entregarán en el CCUSD Districto/Annex (situado en Van Buren entre Palihotel y Lin Howe Elementary School) el 14 y 15 de diciembre. El personal de Servicios de Apoyo Escolar y Familiar distribuirá los regalos el 19 y 20 de diciembre. Si puede hacer que la temporada de los días festivos sea especial para otra familia, haga clic en el enlace a continuación y complete el formulario.
Enlace el formulario-Patrocinar-una-Familia
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La Ballona’s online shop is open for business!
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Place your order by 11/29
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Backpack for Kids Program Needs your Help!
5. Our Calendar
This Week at La Ballona
All new events, will be in italics
Monday, November 27
Tuesday, November 28
- School Site Council Meeting, 2pm
Wednesday, November 29
- Students leave for Pali Camp, 7:45am-Bus leaves at 8am
- Early Dismissal, 1:45pm
Thursday, November 30
- Pali Camp
- Choir, 8am
- Fire Drill, 9am
- Tree Lightening Ceremony, 6pm
- DEI PTA Meeting, 6:30pm
Friday, December 1
- Family Friday-School-wide Assembly, 8:45am
- Library Grand Re-opening, 9am
- Students return from Pali Camp (afternoon)