Backpack Notes

Weekly News from UCLA Lab School - March 14, 2014

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Take Action

Book Drive last day! Bring your donations!

Collection bins will be available tonight at the Read Aloud Celebration.

Be a caring and sharing reader, and donate a book you love to another reader. The Eighth Annual UCLA Lab School Book Drive, will help stock Magnolia Elementary's new library.

Register for After School Enrichment

It’s time to sign up for After School Enrichment classes for spring. Registration for UCLA Recreation begins Wednesday, March 19. Registration for our other classes is open now. The spring session runs April 7 - May 29. Please visit the Parents Page on the web for more information.

Make Time to Party

There’s still room to sign up for some of this year's Party Book parties! Check them out and sign up online at:

Come to Tea and Transitions for Middle School

Wednesday, April 2, 8:20 - 9:30 a.m. (Literacy Library)

Laurine DiRocco, former Demonstration Teacher, and Laurie Ramirez, Safe School Specialist, will lead a discussion on issues of interest regarding your child’s transition to middle school. The discussion will be geared to parents of children in Upper I and Upper II, but all parents are welcome to attend. This is a special time to come together as your child moves on from the UCLA Lab School environment to the new environment of middle school. The meetings are not meant to cover the nuts and bolts of applying for middle school, as those questions are to be directed to Mr. Kevin North, Middle School Coordinator. Rather they are for dealing with the emotions surrounding this transition and providing a place for sharing, discussion and support. Check the Save the Date section, below, for other dates in the series.

Get Involved in Fit Week

As announced earlier this year, Jog-a-thon is being replaced by Fit Week, an exciting week of fun and fitness. We'll have walking field trips to see UCLA athletes in action, information about nutrition and health, and a culminating event with the things you've loved most about the Jog-a-thon, including running, silly relay races and dancing. No fundraising at this event, but field trips will go on! Look for more details coming soon. Volunteers are needed. Contact Diana Longarzo or Kecia Coby

Donate to the FSA Clothing Drive - Begins March 31

The FSA will collect 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!

Next Two Weeks

Events are also listed on the Parents Page Calendar:

(Username: parent; Password: @labschool)

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.

Monday, March 24 - Friday, March 28: Spring Break

There will be no classes or child care through the week. In addition, school offices will be closed on March 28.

Save The Date

NOTE: New listings are marked by an * (asterisk).

Monday, March 31 - Friday, April 4: FSA Used Clothing Drive

* Wednesday, April 2: Tea and Transitions *

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. (Literacy Library)


Tuesday, April 15 (Literacy Library)

Tuesday, May 13 (Conference Room)

Monday, June 2 (Conference Room)

* Monday, April 28 - Friday, May 2: Fit Week *

Jog-a-thon is being replaced by an exciting week of fun and fitness. Volunteers are needed. Contact Diana Longarzo or Kecia Coby

Tuesday, April 29: Parent and Principal Circle

8:15 – 9:30 a.m. (Conference Room)

Good To Know

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VIVA! 2014 is a Success!

Thanks to everyone who attended and supported UCLA Lab School's 2nd VIVA! event last Saturday. Guests had a great time bidding, mingling, dancing, meeting old friends and making new ones. In the process, we raised a hefty sum for our school and for our children. Check out the gallery of event photos!