This Week in LVUSD

Week of December 10, 2018

Resources for The Post-Trauma Response

As our community continues to heal and work through the heart-wrenching fires and Borderline shooting this past November, know that our processing of traumatic events takes time. Over the coming weeks, it's important to have a clear understanding of what the healing process might look like for your child. We highly recommend the Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma factsheet that was compiled by the Child Welfare Information Gateway. Other supportive resources can be accessed through the website. Check out the Counseling Corner episode from the Community 360 Podcast below as a guide for self-care over the coming weeks.

As both you and your children continue the healing process, please reach out to our staff with anything we can do to support you.

Community 360 Podcast: The Counseling Corner Team Discusses Self-Care

This week, Evan Simmons from Engage Therapy and Melissa Gillespie of LVUSD discuss the importance of self-care. This episode addresses the importance of adults taking care of themselves so that they can be in their best, most-present form for children. You can listen to the Podcast at (or subscribe via iTunes: CLICK HERE).


Please join us for the annual Reorganization meeting and Swearing-In of re-elected board members, Angela Cutbill, Dallas Lawrence, and Lesli Stein to the Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education.

Our Board of Education members are Angela Cutbill, Dallas Lawrence, Linda Menges, Lesli Stein, and Mathy Wasserman.

Dallas Lawrence will be recognized for his year of service as President of the Board of Education. Please RSVP by December 4 here: CLICK HERE

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Babaian at (818) 878-5226 or

School Tour Information

LVUSD places great value on partnering with students, staff, parents, and community members to nurture curious and engaged learners and citizens. The best way to experience LVUSD is to tour a campus and walk among our students and staff. If interested in touring one of our campuses, please CLICK HERE for the tour options by site. Be sure to RSVP!
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Students Receive Support from Virginia

A group of 5th grade students from Westridge Elementary School in Virginia reached out to Willow Elementary School and sent a banner and cards with messages of encouragement to Willow staff and students to support them following the Woolsey Fire. The banner of a Willow tree featured below, stated “Willows bend, but don’t break.” This heartwarming outreach touched many in the Willow community. Willow counselor Caity Katz shared that parents came up to her sharing, “What Westridge did for us brings tears to my eyes, it's so kind.” See the photos below of this heartwarming gesture from across the country.

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Community 360 Podcast: Internet Addiction, Online Gaming, and More!

This week, Mona and Ryan sit with Internet Addiction, Online Gaming, and Social Media experts in our community- Dr. Jonine Biesman and Dr. Dustin Weissman. We talk about a variety of topics with our neuropsychologist guests including the ever-popular Fortnite game that students are playing extensively. You can listen to the Podcast at (or subscribe via iTunes: CLICK HERE). For a great article on screen time, CLICK HERE.