January 29, 2016

In this issue: Summer School Registration, Tea and Transitions, Free Day at area museums!

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Take Action

Check Out Our Summer School Classes

Sign-ups begin Feb. 1

Summer School Session, June 27 - July 22


Get ready for Art and Architecture, Summer Science, It's Showtime, and more. We'll have classes to spark your child's creativity and imagination, stimulate learning and help young minds and bodies thrive!

New Student Information System -- Rollout Begins With Re-enrollment in February

We are excited to announce the Phase 1 rollout of our new, much awaited and much needed student information system. This integrated system will hold all our student data including demographics, family information, essential skills reports, and more. The current system is outdated and difficult to maintain. The new system will allow for easier communication between teachers and parents, and parents will be able to view their account statements online.

The first module will be re-enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year. Look for an email from Norma Silva in early February. Staff will be available to assist parents with the new system as needed. We will send more information and FAQs in the coming weeks.

Community Activities

Tea and Transitions

Tuesday, February 2

8:15 - 9:30 a.m.

Conference Room

Beth Rendeiro, educator, clinician and former UCLA Lab School parent and Laurie Ramirez, Safe School Specialist, will facilitate a discussion on issues of interest regarding your child’s transition to middle school. The discussion will be geared to parents of children in Upper II and Upper I, however all parents are welcome to attend.

This is a special time to come together as your child(ren) prepare to move on from the UCLA Lab School environment to the new environment of middle school. These meetings are not meant to cover the nuts and bolts of applying for middle school; rather they are for dealing with the emotions surrounding this transition and providing a place for sharing, discussion and support.

Spanish Conversation Group

Tuesday, February 2

8:15 - 9:30 a.m.

Literacy Library

The Multicultural and Language Committee is excited to announce a new support group for parents who wish to practice and improve their Spanish-language skills in a structured but social environment. Led by educator and UCLA Lab School parent Ana Pescador, the group will meet on a weekly basis. Please feel free to drop in when you are able. All levels of Spanish speakers are welcome. For questions or more information, please contact: mia@harvardwood.org.

Next Two Weeks

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.

Monday, Feb. 1

Pupil Free Day - parent/teacher conferences

Childcare reservations are no longer available - waitlist only.

Tuesday, Feb. 2

Tea & Transitions

8:15 - 9:30 a.m.

Conference Room

Tuesday, Feb. 2

Spanish Conversation Group

8:15 - 9:30 a.m.

Literacy Library

Please note different day and location.

Wednesday, Feb. 3

FSA Meeting

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Conference Room

Friday, Feb. 5

Parent Meditation & Yoga

8:20 - 8:40 a.m. Meditation

8:40 Yoga

Monday, Feb. 8

Pupil Free Day - parent/teacher conferences

Childcare reservations are no longer available - waitlist only.

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Spanish Conversation Group

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

Thursday, Feb. 11

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

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

Friday, Feb. 12

Parent Meditation & Yoga

8:20 - 8:40 a.m. Meditation / Flag Pole Area

8:40 Yoga

Save the Date

Parent & Principal Circle

8:15 - 9:30 am | Conference Room

Thursday, Feb. 18

Thursday, Apr 21

Thursday, May 12

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

8:30 - 9:45 am | Conference Room

Thursday, June 2

Good To Know

Evidence of Cognitive Perspective Taking in Writing

The purpose of this study is to examine how social cognition—specifically, taking the perspective of another—relates to students’ abilities to demonstrate audience awareness in writing through language that is decontextualized. Decontextualized language refers to language that does not rely on the physical “here and now.” Students in this study have already completed measures of cognitive perspective taking as part of their participation in the larger Learning in Two Languages (LTL) research project. This project will collect writing samples that have been assigned as part of normal school work, as well as student journaling, to assess the use of decontextualized language in their writing. This research will be conducted by Amy Woodbridge, a student in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, under the supervision of Professor Alison Bailey. Questions about the study should be directed to Amy Woodbridge, awoodbridge@ucla.edu.

FSA Dues, Yearbooks, DVDs — Making It Easy

Take care of all your FSA business online quickly and easily using the link below.

Order a yearbook! Order a Together Through Music and Dance DVD! Most importantly, make a donation to the FSA to help fund all these wonderful community activities. Go to: http://www.shoplabschool.com/collections/fsa-events

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Visit the Parents Page

For Backpack Notes archives and information on school activities:


Username: parent

Password: @labschool

Backpack Notes Submissions or Corrections

Please email uclalabschoolfsa@gmail.com by 5 p.m. the Monday before publication.

Around Town

So-Cal Museum Free For All

Saturday, Jan. 30

Southern California Museums

Some of the largest museums in Southern California will offer free general admission to the public for one day only on Jan. 30. In all, 30 institutions are expected to participate in the free day, including the L.A. County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Natural History Museum of L.A. County. The free offer is good only for general admission, not for specially ticketed exhibitions. Participating museums that are normally closed on Saturdays will offer free admission on Sunday, January 31. Follow the link for a complete list:


Storytelling Workshop with Antonio Sacre at The Broad

Sunday, Jan. 31 / 10:00 a.m.

The Broad Stage, Santa Monica

Learn about the magic of creating and sharing your very own stories with children's book author and storyteller Antonio Sacre. Antonio is our storyteller in residence. This will be a fun and lively hands-on workshop for families. Info: http://www.thebroadstage.com/en/Performances/Family/15_16_Productions/family_workshops