October 14, 2016

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In this week’s issue: Annual Fund Volunteers, Community Camping - Community Service, & Carnival Donations


You can find all issues of Backpack Notes and information about school activities in the Resource Center of My BackPack.


Send Backpack Notes submissions or corrections to: uclalabschoolfsa@gmail.com by 5:00 p.m. Monday.

Take Action

Photo Orders Due Monday

Children will be bringing their school photos home this weekend. Please return the proofs on Monday, Oct. 17.

Parent Volunteers for Annual Fund Week Needed

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday - October 24, 26 & 28

7:45 – 8:15 a.m. / School Entrance or Carpool


Get your 3 hours of community service by signing up to be a parent volunteer during Annual Fund week! As a volunteer, you will encourage parents to help support our school’s Annual Fund by:

· Sharing information

· Handing out Annual Fund FAQs, donor courtesy information and remit envelopes

· Handing out coffee and biscotti to interested parents


To sign up, please email Sandra Aldama at saldama@support.ucla.edu with your availability.

Community Activities

Community Camping – Community Service Signups Now Live

Friday, October 21 – Sunday, October 23

Ventura KOA


Many hands make light work, and everyone is expected to pitch in. All adults (and older children, too) are asked to sign up for one job plus one physical item (i.e. food).

Please sign up at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C4CACA62EA5F94-community3

Access code: @labschool


Helpful Hint:

Not sure how to manage your little one while you help out? Try trading off childcare with another parent, or choose a shift such as check-in that allows you to have your child with you.

Girl Scouts Halloween Costume Drive

Tuesday, October 18 – Thursday, October 20

Morning Drop-off / North Yard (EC) and Carpool


The Girl Scouts are having a used Halloween costume drive Tuesday, October 18 through Thursday, October 20. Please drop off any gently used Halloween costumes (for ages 3-10) at the Girl Scout booths in the morning at carpool and in front of the EC yard. Costumes will be donated to Head Start Santa Monica.

Carnival Volunteer and Underwriting Opportunities

Sunday, November 13

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. / Blacktop


The sign-up genius for volunteers to set up, clean up and inflate balloons is now live. Please go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4ca4a629a31-carnival2


You can also contribute by underwriting any of the costs of our Fall Carnival. Some of the items include - Big Slide ($1500), Inflatable Caterpillar ($650), Inflatable Soccer ($700), Boom Blaster ($450), Air Hockey ($500), Double Shot Basketball ($200), Photo Booth ($895), Science Show ($425), Reptile Show ($250), Tacos ($1300), Hot Dogs ($1900), Indian Food ($1700), Balloons ($900), Ice ($200), Coffee Cart ($1100).


Any donation would be greatly appreciated! Please contact Dominique Wirtschafter at riptide2@earthlink.net if you are interested in donating.

Still Seeking Party Book Parties

Date and Time: You tell us!


Don’t forget to visit the Community Party Book website at uclalab.onlinepartybook.com to browse through the informational links and party ideas. Click the “host a party” link to donate a party. As always, if you have any questions please contact one of our Community Party Book representatives:


Laurie Herz laurie.herz@grace-us.com

Brandy Navarre brandynavarre@gmail.com

Sydney Hewer sydneyherwer@gmail.com

Next Two Weeks

For a complete calendar, please visit the events section of the Calendar in MyBackpack.


Tuesday, October 18 – Thursday, October 20

Girl Scout Halloween Costume Drive

Bins located at carpool and North Yard


Tuesday, October 18

Coffee and Conversation

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


Wednesday, October 19

LTL Café

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


Thursday, October 20

Parent and Principal Circle

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. / Community Hall


Friday, October 21

Spanish Conversation for Parents

8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. / Literacy Library


Friday, October 21 – Sunday, October 23

Community Camping

Ventura KOA


Monday, October 24 – Friday, October 28

Annual Fund Drive


Tuesday, October 25

Cub Scouts Den Meeting

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. / Conference Room


Wednesday, October 26

Tea & Transition to Middle School

8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. / Conference Room


Thursday, October 27

Spanish Conversation for Parents

8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. / Literacy Library

Good To Know

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Outreach Program Shares CGI Math With Visiting Educators

Teachers from Southern California schools joined us yesterday to learn about "CGI Math: Counting Collections Across the Grades." The 56 teachers came from LAUSD, Torrance Unified School District, charter schools and independent schools. It was part of a series of professional development sessions on using an inquiry approach to teaching and learning. By observing in classrooms, visitors got a firsthand look at how students' mathematical thinking progresses as their strategies for counting become more and more sophisticated. They were able to see how teachers push children to think while also gauging their understanding of concepts. Lessons in English and in Spanish showed coherence across the school—how mathematicians plan, organize and record their work to be able to verify their results. Students were excited to prove their thinking and share their work. After the observations, our demonstration teachers shared videos of math teaching and learning at our school and led discussion and planning.

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Around Town

The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition

October 15, 2016 – April 9, 2017 / 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

California Science Center

700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles 90037


Enjoy a first-time look into the Pixar filmmaking process, and explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters with the west coast premiere of The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition. This 12,000 sq. ft. interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen.


The exhibition’s eight sections each focus on a step in the filmmaking process to give you a view of the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day. Participate in fun, engaging hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts from members of the studios’ production teams, and even come face-to-face with re-creations of Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E! Admission: Adults – $14.95, Children - $9.95