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Weekly News from UCLA Lab School - March 7, 2014

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Viva! Dinner, Dance & Auction is Tomorrow - See You There!

The big day is upon us! We'll see you tomorrow at the VIVA! Dinner, Dance & Auction at Ackerman Grand Ballroom on the UCLA campus. The party starts at 6:00 p.m. this year, so be sure to get there early to bid, mingle and enjoy the music! Take a look at our online auction book and plan your bids.

Preview Party Book Tonight

Starting at 8 p.m. tonight - check out the wonderful opportunities to attend exciting parties created and hosted by UCLA Lab School families! As parents, we have packed schedules, and we rarely get the opportunity to meet and spend time with other UCLA Lab School families. These events are designed to bring parents together and create a stronger bond and sense of community while having fun! Tickets to parties will be available for purchase at the VIVA Dinner, Dance & Auction. They will also be available online starting Monday, March 10. Click to visit the Party Book website (opens at 8 p.m.). Go to the Parents Page for information about how Party Book works.

Help the Book Drive - Ends March 14

One Reader to Another, the 8th Annual UCLA Lab School Book Drive

It’s time to bring in your book donations! This is the last week. Be a caring and sharing reader, and donate a book you love to another reader! Collection bins are at Carpool and the front office. The books will help stock Magnolia Elementary's new library.

FSA Gently Used Clothing Drive - Begins March 31

The FSA begins collecting gently used adult and children's clothing right after spring break, March 31 - April 4. Please look for the red bins at carpool and the North Yard. The clothing will be sorted with the help of Upper II students and then donated to Magnolia Elementary and UCLA students in need through St. Albans Episcopal Church. The UCLA students especially appreciate business and job interview clothing (suits, skirts, blouses, nice / lightly worn shoes), and toiletries also are appreciated (e.g, hotel and airline packets). Thank you for your help! Any questions, please contact Eva Karelsen, or Christine Kim,

Notify Us of BruinCard Changes

Lost your BruinCard? Deleted someone from your authorized pick-up list? Please contact Susy Luis at or (310) 825-1801. Susy will need to disconnect the lost or discontinued card from our school’s security system. It's an important step that's necessary to maintain safety at our school!

Financial Aid Deadline Monday

The deadline to apply for financial aid is Monday, March 10. Parents who are interested in applying may pick up a hard copy of the forms in the front office lobby or download them at:

Next Two Weeks

Events are also listed on the Parents Page Calendar:

(Username: parent; Password: @labschool)

Now through Friday, March 14: New and Gently Used Book Drive

Help stock Magnolia Elementary's new library with children's books, PK-12.

Collection bins are at Carpool and in the front office.

Saturday, March 8: Viva! Dinner, Dance and Auction

6:00 – 10:00 p.m. (Ackerman Grand Ballroom)

Friday, March 14: Camping Committee Meeting

8:15 – 9:30 a.m. (Conference Room)

Friday, March 14: Family Read-Aloud Celebration Party

5:00 - 6:00 Arrival and dinner

6:00 - 7:30 Celebration and reading aloud

(Gregg G. Juárez Community Hall)

Friday, March 21: Parent and Principal Circle

8:15 – 9:30 a.m. (Conference Room)

Principal Norma Silva will meet with parents to check in on school issues, news and events.

Save The Date

Tuesday, April 29: Parent and Principal Circle

8:15 – 9:30 a.m. (Conference Room)

2014-2015 School Year

First day of school — Sept. 2, 2014

Winter break — Dec. 22, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015

Spring break — March 23 - 27, 2015

Last day of school — June 12, 2015

Good To Know

Summer Classes w/ UCLA Lab School Teachers

We are happy to announce that in collaboration with the UCLA Center X Young Scholars Program, some of our teachers will be offering classes this summer at Nora Sterry Elementary School. There is early-bird registration until March 25, and classes are expected to fill quickly. Check it out today!


July 7 - 25, 2014

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Three-week classes for Transitional Kindergarten - Grade 6 (grade in 2014/15 school year)


Nora Sterry Elementary

1730 Corinth Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90025


$595/per class

Early-bird pricing: $545/per class, until March 25

Aftercare: $100/per student (3:30 - 5:00 p.m.)


Thursday, May 29, 2014

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

at Nora Sterry Elementary



Yolanda Reyna, or (310) 825-5599

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