April 24, 2015

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Educational Technology Research: Past, Present and Future

Tuesday, April 28, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Gregg G. Juárez Community Hall

Join us for a breakfast symposium to learn about research on educational technology conducted at UCLA Lab School.

  • Dr. Deborah Fields will talk about how students responsibly confronted injustice and promoted inclusion within online communities.

  • Dr. Noel Enyedy will describe a pioneering project funded by NSF in which our current students are learning science through play with augmented reality technology.

  • And Dr. Fields will describe her work using programmable electronic textiles to teach programming through DIY crafts - a potential future direction for educational technology research at our school.

Dive into Your Closets — It’s Time for the FSA Clothing Drive, May 6–15

In addition to clothing from the Lost & Found, the FSA collects and donates clothing and personal articles for children and adults. Primary recipients are families in need at the Para Los Niños schools (http://paralosninos.org/) and students at UCLA who are homeless and/or facing severe financial difficulties (in coordination with St. Albans Episcopal Church in Westwood (http://www.stalbanswestwood.com/)).

What to donate:

  • Gently-used clothing for babies, kids, adults, including shoes
  • New underwear, socks
  • Clothing and shoes for UCLA students going to interviews (new or gently used)
  • Toiletries, such as toothbrushes, hair products, toothpaste, soap — especially travel-sized (new and unused only!)
  • Personal articles such as backpacks, lunch boxes and purses (new or gently used)

Bins will be at the EC Yard, carpool area and front office.

If you have questions or would like to help with the collection or sorting, please email Lisa Baskin at lisafbaskin@gmail.com or Vardit Green at varditgreen@gmail.com.

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Let's Get the Rhythm: Film Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker

Hosted by Ed&IS, Dance Camera West and UCLA Lab School

Monday, May 4, 6:30 p.m.

Moore 100 Lecture Hall at UCLA

Come to this special screening of the documentary film Let's Get the Rhythm: The Life and Times of Miss Mary Mack, which celebrates the wondrous world of hand clapping games, a traditional genre that thrives on playgrounds throughout the world. The child scholars who are interviewed give powerful information about the importance of eye contact and playing face to face. It’s fascinating for all audiences, and especially relevant for teachers, parents and arts educators. Q&A with filmmaker Irene Chagall follows the screening.



Order Yearbook & Together Through Music and Dance DVD

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Next Two Weeks

Events are also listed on the Parents Page Calendar:


(Username: parent; Password: @labschool)

Tuesday, April 28: Educational Technology Research: Past, Present and Future

8:30 - 9:30 am (Gregg G. Juárez Community Hall)

Event info: https://wikis.labschool.ucla.edu/parents/research_news

Thursday, April 30: Family Life Meeting for Intermediate

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. (Conference Room)

Childcare available with advance reservations.

Friday, May 1: FSA Meditation & Yoga

8:15 - 9:30 a.m. (Totem Pole)

Friday, May 1: Spring Orchestra Concert

7:00 p.m. (UCLA Schoenberg Hall)

Orchestra students perform their spring concert under the direction of Music Director Larry Newman. Admission is free; no tickets required. Water and flower sales to benefit Upper culmination. Information: schoolmusic@mac.com

Monday, May 4: Let's Get the Rhythm Film Screening and Q&A

6:30 p.m. (Moore 100 Lecture Hall)

Hosted by Ed&IS, Dance Camera West and UCLA Lab School

Tuesday, May 5: FSA Meeting

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. (Conference Room)

All are welcome!

Friday, May 8: FSA Meditation & Yoga

8:15 - 9:30 a.m. (Totem Pole)

Save the Date

Monday, May 11: Tea & Transitions

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. (Conference Room)

Laurine DiRocco, former demonstration teacher, and Laurie Ramirez, Safe School specialist, lead an open discussion with parents on issues of interest related to the transition to middle school. Geared to parents of children in Upper I and Upper II, but all parents welcome to attend. Also June 4.

Tuesday, May 12: FSA Meditation & Yoga

8:15 - 9:30 a.m. (Redwood Forest)

Friday, May 15: Together Through Music & Dance

7:30 - 11:30 a.m. (Blacktop)

Together Through Music & Dance is a celebration of cultural diversity with dances from different cultures and styles by every classroom. This year’s theme is migration and its significant role in our world. There will be a potluck breakfast before the program (details to come).

Monday, May 18: FSA Clothing Drive Sorting

10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Gregg G. Juárez Community Hall)

Tuesday, May 19: Parent and Principal Circle

8:15 - 9:30 a.m. (Conference Room)

Norma Silva meets with parents to check in on school issues, news and events.

Wednesday, May 20: In-N-Out Burger Party for Extended Day Program

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Blacktop)

Annual celebration for participants of the Extended Day Program.

Thursday, May 21 and Friday May 22: Pupil Free Days

No school, teacher prep. Childcare available with advance reservations.

Good to Know

Upper Student Earns Honors in Letters About Literature Contest

Congratulations to Upper II student Tsubasa Harada, who earned an Honorable Mention Award in the 2015 Letters About Literature contest! He was one of the top four winners from California in his age group. Tsubasa wrote to Eleanor Coerr about her books Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and Mieko and the Fifth Treasure.

Sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, Letters About Literature asks students in grades 4-12 to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author about how the work affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter each year.

Under the guidance of Library Media Teacher Judith Kantor, all Upper II students wrote letters to authors. Their work will be displayed in the main hallway and the Gonda Family Library in May.

“Do Nothing” Fundraising Really Works!

The school year isn’t even over and this is how much money has been raised so far:

  • Amazon.com: $2,550
  • Ralphs Community Contribution Program: $1,258
  • Target Take Charge of Education: $962

These funds go directly to the school and/or FSA and contribute to programs benefiting all students. Thank you to all those who take those tiny one-time steps to arrange for a portion of their purchases to come back to the school. Your “do nothing” purchases really add up! Thank you!

Family School Alliance (FSA)

The FSA is YOUR link to school activities. All are welcome to the monthly meetings.

Parents Page


Volunteer Opportunities


FSA Contributions and Orders – Get Your UCLA Lab School Gear Here!


Support Our School While You Shop — “Do Nothing” Fundraising

Quotation Corner

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” — attributed to Aesop, Ancient Greek storyteller (620–564 BCE), from the fable The Lion and The Mouse

Parent Submissions for Backpack Notes

Parents who have items to contribute to Backpack Notes: Submissions are due Saturday at midnight for publication the following Friday. Send items to: UCLALabSchoolFSA@gmail.com