May 13, 2016

In this week’s issue: Spanish Conversation, Help With Appreciation Luncheon, Research

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Enrichment Classes Done for the Year

Our Enrichment Program for this school year has come to an end. We will provide information regarding start dates and classes for the next session in September. Program teachers and staff wish you a wonderful summer!

Order your 2016 UCLA Lab School Yearbook!

Go to:

Click on FSA products, add the number of yearbooks you would like to purchase to your cart and check out! Please get your order in as soon as possible. Don’t delay!

How to check if you’ve ordered a yearbook:

1) Go to the Parents Page wiki

2) Click on SHOPLABSCHOOL logo on right side near the bottom of the page

3) Click on Log In on the very top left side of page

4) Enter your email and password

5) Account Details page will come up - look at ORDER column, far left

6) Orders will be in RED. Click on the RED order # and you will see what you have ordered!


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Spanish Conversation Group

Thursday, May 19

8:15 - 9:30 am / Conference Room

The Spanish Conversation Group is a casual weekly class for parents who wish to practice and improve their Spanish-language skills in a structured but social environment. There are four more classes for this school year. There are plans to continue the class in the 2016-17 school year, so please stay tuned for more details this fall.

There is still time to join us! Here are the remaining meetings for this year.

Thursday, May 19 - Conference Room

Wednesday, May 25 - Literacy Library

Friday, June 3 - Literacy Library

Tuesday, June 7 - Conference Room

Volunteers Needed to Help With Appreciation Luncheon

We are seeking volunteers for the Teacher and Faculty Appreciation Luncheon, which will be held on Thursday, June 9, in the fabulous new Community Hall. This is an annual tradition to thank all the wonderful teachers and staff who help our children blossom.

Volunteers are needed for:

Set-up - 9:00 - 10:00

Help during lunch - 10:30 - 1:30

Clean-up - 1:30 - 2:30


Dessert can be dropped off on the morning of the event in Community Hall. There will be a table inside to put any drop-offs. The more desserts the better!

Please contact Tracy Grand at to let her know what times you can come to volunteer or if you can drop off a dessert.

Ed&IS Frances Clarke Sayers Lecture on “Creating Children's Books: An Immigrant's Story,” with Yuyi Morales

Sunday, May 15

Korn Convocation Hall, UCLA Anderson School

This lecture is geared toward adults. Information and RSVP:


Developing Practical Knowledge about Disciplinary Reading Instruction

This project seeks to understand how to teach reading in the content areas, especially as part of social studies/history instruction. The study will involve meetings with teachers, interviews with teachers and students, and classroom observations. Students may be videotaped during some of the lesson observations. The children of parents who have not consented to videotaping will not be filmed. The project will also collect student work samples and written assessments in order to measure reading and learning outcomes. As parents have already signed the UCLA Lab School blanket consent form, they are not required to sign any additional forms at this time. Nicole Mancevice, a doctoral student at UCLA, developed the study. She will work with Dr. Kimberley Gomez, professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, as she completes the study. Any questions about this study should be directed to Nicole Mancevice ( or Dr. Kimberley Gomez ( or 310-825-0991).


For a complete calendar, please visit the Parents Page Calendar:

(Username: parent; Password: @labschool)

You can also subscribe to the calendar through your Google account to stay up to date.

Thursday, May 19

Spanish Conversation for Parents

8:15 – 9:30 a.m. / Literacy Library

Friday, May 20

Parent Meditation

8:20 – 8:40 a.m. / Flag Pole

Thursday, May 26 & Friday, May 27

Pupil Free Days

Monday, May 30

Memorial Day Holiday

No school. No childcare.

Wednesday, June 1

Tea & Transitions

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. / Conference Room

Thursday, June 2

LTL Padres en plática con la directora / LTL Program Discussion Group

8:30 - 9:45 a.m. / Conference Room


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Juntos a través de la música y el baile / Together Through Music & Dance

Before today’s beautiful event many people did lots of organizing, planning and collaborating. Kudos to all for making this a wonderful community celebration!

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Advice for Parents from UCLA Medical Experts

UCLA MDChat Webinars offer the latest information on advances and treatments from expert physicians at UCLA. The free live-streaming webinars give you the opportunity to learn and to also ask questions. The following events focus on child development. For more information on these and other webinars, please visit the UCLA MDChat website.

A Good Night's Slumber: Tips for Healthy Sleep Habits in Children

Thursday, May 19, 11:30 am PDT

Join UCLA OB/GYN Kimberly Cheong, MD, for a discussion of the functions of sleep and common sleep disorders and learn practical tips for putting children to bed,. Register for the webinar »

Understanding Your Child's Emotions:

A Developmental Approach

Thursday, May 26, 11:30 am PDT

Join UCLA psychologist Catherine Mogil, PsyD to learn strategies to help your child manage difficult feelings in different stages of development. Register for the webinar »


Kids Club: Gardening 101

Saturday, May 14 / 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Whole Foods Market

2201 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90403

This is a hands on gardening class with Back to the Roots. They’ll teach children how to grow a garden-in-a-can! Admission is free. Space is limited. Please RSVP ahead of time.

Minecraft Day

Saturday, May 14 / 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Game Gen

5155 West Rosecrans Avenue Suite 101, Hawthorne, CA 90250

Ages 7-14. Admission is free, but tickets are limited

Registration is required

Is your kid a super Minecrafter? Let them have fun building inside their own worlds! During the event there will be prizes, Virtual Reality Minecraft demos, and more cool new things to try out. For parents there will be demos of the Vive VR. Two types of tickets:

  • PC's tickets -- kids can use Game Gen computers

  • Tablet tickets -- child brings their own tablet or phone

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