The Weekly Roar

May 14, 2023

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It's State Testing Time

This week, our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will participate in our state-wide standardized testing. Here are some important tips:


  • Come to school everyday May 17-31.
  • Please arrive on time.
  • Please avoid scheduling appointments in the morning.
  • Students should sleep 8-10 hours each night
  • Each a healthy breakfast
  • Try not to put too much pressure on your child. Tell them that it's their time to show off all that they know!


Below is a letter that provides more information about state testing and helpful links.



In this newsletter:


  1. This Week at La Ballona
  2. How Can I Support My Child at School
  3. Around the School
  4. Information for 5th Grade Families
  5. Community Support & Events
  6. Green Tip of the Week
  7. Important Dates


Stay PAWSitive!

Dr. Becky Godbey

Principal

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Last Chance! Survey Deadline Extended!

50% of our families have completed the Parent Survey! Thank you! We want the rest of you to complete it as well. We will keep the survey open for a few more days.


We'd like all families to complete this La Ballona Survey. Here is the Link:

English Survey: https://tinyurl.com/k4zjt54r

  • You may also use this QR Codes to access the Survey.
  • After you complete the anonymous survey, there is an option to sign up for a raffle to win a gift card. The survey only takes 20 minutes.

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Nos gustaría que todas las familias completaran esta Encuesta de La Ballona. Aqui esta el link:

Encuesta española: https://tinyurl.com/yck76zkf

  • También puede usar este Código QR para acceder a la Encuesta.
  • Después de completar la encuesta anónima, hay una opción para inscribirse en una rifa para ganar una tarjeta de regalo. La encuesta solo toma 20 minutos.
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1. This Week at La Ballona

Monday, May 16th

4th & 5th Walking Field Trip to Robert Frost Performance

Lockdown Drill, 2:15


Tuesday, May 17th

Covid Testing

CAASPP Testing


Wednesday, May 18th

1:45 Dismissal

CAASPP Testing


Thursday, May 19th

CAASPP Testing


Friday, May 20th

CAASPP Testing

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2. How Can I Support My Child in School?

LB PTA May Cultural Calendar

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Guidance Counselor Open House Presentation

Got a Message for Your Child?

Lately the teachers are receiving many last minute messages through communication apps and/or office phone calls asking to tell their child that they are running late or an auntie will be picking up, etc. Although teachers try to relay these messages, it's often very difficult to do so. This is especially true at the end of the day when over 20 children are packing up, collecting their work, and cleaning their workspace. We ask you to please be kind to our teachers and the office staff when messages are not relayed to children. We do try, but it's not always so easy. We ask that families plan ahead, using checklists, calendars, phone alarms, and other strategies so that you are not relying on the teachers or office staff. Of course we want to be supportive, but we also want our students to have consistent routines and learn to be responsible. We need last minute messages to only occur when the unexpected happens. Thank you for helping us with this.
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3. Around the School

Lost & Found

Don't forget to stop by the front lobby and check out the LOST & FOUND! We have around 100 different hoodies, coats, sweaters, and more waiting to be returned to their home.

La Ballona Library Updates

Important End-Of-Year Library Dates from Mrs. Mehl -

  • May 27 - Last day to check out library books.
  • May 31 - Library will be closed for classroom use for the remainder of the school year. It will be open for returns only.
  • June 3 - All library books are due*

*What do I do about a lost library book?

  • purchase a replacement from Amazon or a bookstore. This is preferable over sending cash/check because then the replacement book will go directly to our school library.

  • If the exact same book is not available, you may purchase a similar book or choose one from our Amazon Wishlist, and I will count that as a replacement.

Replacement books must be hardcover unless the book that is missing was a paperback (if the call number on your student's overdue notice is listed as "PB", then it was a paperback).


If you have any questions or need more information, please email me at laramehl@ccusd.org.

Student Store Sale

Year end student store sale! Come by the student store, located in the front lobby, and see what fabulous deals you can get!

We are open on Monday and Friday from 8:45-9:30am and Wednesday from 1:45-2:30 for three more weeks only! Our last Friday will be June 3

Attention 4th Grade Parents- Math Pathway

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Wednesday Principal Assembly

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4. Information for 5th Grade Families

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5. Community Support & Events

STAR Summer Camp registration now open!

Our onsite Aftercare STAR program has now released their Summer camp information from June 13 until August 5th. It is $315 per week from 9am-5pm and STAR will honor scholarships to parents who apply. Please email Cynthia at cynthiap@starinc.org for more information or register today at www.starinc.org. Please reference the flyers attached for all the information
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Restaurant fundraiser!

SAVE THE DATE LA BALLONA FAMILIES! Our next restaurant fundraiser is coming up on May 16th & 17th at Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen. 15% of your purchase will go back to the PTA at no extra cost to you. Please see the flyer below for more details.

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La Ballona Cultural Celebration-June 3rd

Do you have a food truck, restaurant, or food business to offer food for sale at the event? Do You have a special recipe that you can make and donate for our "snack around the world: food stand? Do you know a dance from your culture that you would like to teach in partnership with our dance instructor? Please email dianaserrano@ccusd.org OR tracyandrew@gmail.com to help out and be a part of this amazon upcoming event at La Ballona.

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6. Green Tip of the Week

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7. Important Dates (New Dates in Bold)

  • May 30- Memorial Holiday, No School
  • June 3- La Ballona Cultural Celebration, 6pm (School-wide Event)
  • June 9- 5th Grade Promotion, 9:30am
  • June 10- Kinder Celebration, 9:00am
  • June 10- Field Day, 1st-5th grades
  • June 10- Last Day of school, Early Dismissal
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