April 29, 2016

In this week’s issue: New Family Coffee, Together Through Music & Dance, Yearbooks

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Order your 2016 UCLA Lab School Yearbook before the price goes up!

On and after May 5, yearbooks will cost $30 instead of $25.

Please go to: http://www.shoplabschool.com

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!


New Family Outreach Coffee - Please join us!

Friday, May 6

8:15 - 9:30 a.m.

Apu’s Garden / Conference Room

The New Family Outreach Committee would like to know how your first year as a UCLA Lab School family has been going. Please join us on Friday, May 6, from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. for coffee, treats and conversation! All new families are welcome. For questions, please email Crystal Shepeard at cbshepeard@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you!

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

Friday, May 13

7:45 - 11:00 a.m.

7:45 - All-school breakfast

8:30 - Students report to classrooms

8:45 - Program begins

Get ready for our annual celebration of community and culture! The theme this year is "Harmony and Discord.” Throughout the school, students and teachers explored the concept of harmony and the idea that discord is an integral component: there is no harmony without discord, and vice versa. Please join us as we explore the balance of harmony and discord through dance. Start the day by sharing in the school-wide potluck breakfast, and then enjoy this magical morning of music and dance from around the world!

Breakfast Sign-Up

Bring a favorite dish to share. If your family loves it, others will too! Volunteers for set-up and staffing are also needed.



EC - Upper I: White tops, black bottoms

Upper II: Black tops, black bottoms


Parking is available with parent permits on school curbs only. Lot 5 Level 4 is not an option after 9:30 am. Please do not park in Lot R or on Fernald's green curb. We regret that parking around the school is limited. If the curbs fill up, you will have to pay to park in Lot 4 or nearby pay stalls.

For more information on parking, please visit:


Early Pickup

Let us know if you plan to take your child/children home early:


If you take your child home before 11:30, you must sign out in the classroom. After 11:30, sign out in the front office.

Questions? Contact your Room Parents and/or classroom TTMD Coordinator.

Award Winning Children’s Book Author and Illustrator Yuyi Morales Visits

Friday, May 13

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Gregg G. Juárez Community Hall

Children and parents are invited to this visit with Yuyi Morales, whose books include Just a Minute, A Trickster Tale and Counting Book and Little Night. Ms. Morales’ work has been honored for her portrayal of the Latino cultural experience, for affirming humanitarian values, and for advancing the causes of peace and social equality. She was also a Caldecott Award Honoree for her picture book Viva Frida, becoming the first Latina to be awarded this prestigious award. NOTE: Children who are staying at school after Together Through Music and Dance will have the opportunity to attend this event.

Remember to RSVP for Best Friends/Worst Enemies, with Michael G. Thompson

Monday, May 9

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

UCLA Covel Commons, Northwest Auditorium

Free Parking in Lot SV

Childcare provided at UCLA Lab School — sign up here: http://goo.gl/forms/nkR3IO8CYx

RSVP by May 2 — saldama@support.ucla.edu

UCLA Lab School’s Seros-Ulloa Lecture is proud to present best-selling author, psychologist and school consultant Michael G. Thompson. In reviewing “Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children” (Ballantine, 2001), by Thompson and co-authors Cathe O'Neill-Grace and Lawrence J. Cohen, Publishers Weekly said: “Not since Dr. Spock and Penelope Leach has there been such a sensitive and practical guide to raising healthy children.”


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.

Wednesday, May 4

FSA Meeting

8:30 am - 9:30 am / Conference Room

Thursday, May 5

Spanish Conversation for Parents

8:15 am - 9:30 am / Literacy Library

Friday, May 6

New Family Coffee

8:15 am - 9:30 am / Apu’s Garden

Friday, May 6

Meditation for Parents

8:20 am - 8:40 am / Flagpole

Friday, May 6

Spring Concert

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / Schoenberg Hall

Thursday, May 12

Parent & Principal Circle

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

Friday, May 13

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

7:45 am - 11:00 am


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

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

Thursday, June 2


Help Name Our New Gonda Family Library Friends

Help us name our new library fish and snail! We’ll name them after an author or book character. Nominate your favorites now through May 12 — then we’ll vote on the top four and announce the final results at Open House. Nomination slips are in the library by the aquarium. Check it out!

Juntos a través de la música y el baile / Together Through Music & Dance: Exploring Harmony and Discord

Each year we gather for “Juntos a través de la música y el baile / Together Through Music and Dance" to honor diversity in our community and in the world, and to promote social responsibility. Our goal is for the children to gain an appreciation for the immense potential that art has to inspire social change. Through music and dance, we create a dialogue about our world and explore our vision of humanity’s potential.

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This year the organizing committee created the theme of "Harmony and Discord,” giving special attention to the balance. There is no harmony without discord, and vice versa. It’s a theme that also applies to concepts and big ideas that children explore in the curriculum. For example, the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s created meaningful discord to challenge the established "harmony" of racial segregation. Another example is to think of how the Earth's state of ecological harmony has been challenged by the discord of industrialization and how we are now trying to return to a state of harmony by addressing problems such as climate change. The push and pull of harmony and discord are also seen in relations between Native Americans and missionary settlers, the colonials and the British, Gandhi and the British, and our current tides of immigration and globalization.

We look forward to exploring these ideas together in a morning of music, dance and celebration!


Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the LA Zoo


Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027

A different kind of animal is coming to the Zoo: dinosaurs. For a limited time, ferocious, magnificent creatures of the mighty Mesozoic era will be “unextinct” —brought “back to life” in a previously off-limits corner of the L.A. Zoo. Come face-to-face with 17 life-size, lifelike animatronic dinosaurs on an adventure that also includes photo ops—for the ultimate #SelfieSaurus—and a fossil dig, where you’ll experience what it’s like to discover and interpret clues about these long-gone giants. Admission: $5 event ticket and zoo admission/membership.

Sky Zone Cares

Sunday, May 1 / 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Sky Zone Trampoline Park-Van Nuys

7741 Hayvenhurst Ave, Van Nuys, California 91406

The first Sunday of every month, Sky Zone Van Nuys hosts an event for jumpers with autism. Adults and children with any and all special needs are welcome as they dial down the noise, increase the staff ratio and limit the capacity for the enjoyment of special guests. Admission for jumper and parent/guardian is only $15. That price also includes one hour of trampoline time and Sky Socks for each person.

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