The Weekly Roar

February 19, 2022

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Updated Mask Policy

I want to thank you all for your commitment to create a safe environment for ALL of our students to learn in-person by sending your children with masks on each day. It has not been easy, but we appreciate every parent and child's efforts in keeping their masks on. We did this to keep one another safe. When I reflect on our journey, I'm filled with pride. Just Friday, we gave out hundreds of PAWS tickets to students wearing their masks. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

As the LA County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) guidelines change, the district is sharing updates with us at the school site around the use of masks, weekly testing, and vaccination, and when and if the COVID-19 metrics were to allow for such adjustments to take place.

We would like to share with you the recent changes to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) guidelines regarding masks in TK-12 settings; and based on these new guidelines how the CCUSD mask protocols are being adjusted.

Effective Tuesday, February 22, 2022:

  • Outdoors: Masks will be optional for all CCUSD staff and students outdoors on school property.

  • Indoors: Masks (KF94/N95) are still required for all CCUSD staff and students indoors on school property.

Parents and caregivers may communicate outdoor mask-wearing expectations with their children. La Ballona, however, will not be requiring mask-wearing when students are outdoors. If you want your child to continue wearing their mask, please TALK to your children about this personal responsibility. Please do not rely on the teachers and supervisors to oversee this.

All volunteers on campus will be continued to be required to show proof of Covid vaccination status as well as wear a K95/KF94 mask while indoors.

It has been a long journey for us in doing all we can to support and protect our students and staff, and we are hopeful that we are approaching some relief from this pandemic. CCUSD appreciates your help and will continue to monitor LACDPH guidance to make appropriate adjustments as needed.

Stay PAWSitive!

Dr. Becky Godbey


Wednesday Principal Assembly

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What's Happening This Week at La Ballona

Monday, February 21st:

Happy President's Day- No School

Tuesday, February 22nd:

PTA Board Meeting, 6:30

Jog-a-thon Fundraiser Begins!

Wednesday, February 23rd:

1:30 Rescheduled Fire Drill

1:45 Dismissal

5:30 Kindergarten Virtual Kindergarten Meet & Greet in English (incoming kinders)

6:00 Parent Mental Health Workshop

7:00 Equal Access Committee

Thursday, February 24th:

6:30 DEI Meeting

Friday, February 25th:

No special events

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School Updates and Reminders

Mask Guidelines

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Birthday Policy

We love Birthdays as much as you do, but we must follow district policy that is based on state and federal guidelines. Please be sure you have contacted your child's teacher before sending anything into school. This will prevent frustration and confusion. Below is the policy from our Handbook. Thank you for understanding.

CLASS PARTIES/BIRTHDAYS The CCUSD Wellness Policy mandates that classroom celebrations that involve food during the school day must be limited to no more than one party per class per month. It is against Board Policy, PB 5030(a), to provide foods, such as pizza or sweets i.e. cupcakes, for an entire classroom at any time prior to the end of the last lunch period. Also, foods containing trans-fats cannot be offered or served to students during classroom celebrations . In order to prevent health risks to students from potential allergic reactions (to peanuts, wheat or soy) as well as safety and sanitation issues please comply with the above stated CCUSD Board Policies. Prior to bringing treats to the classroom, you must obtain permission from the classroom teacher. Foods such as fresh fruit or vegetables, popcorn (no caramel corn – it is considered candy), baked chips or 100% fruit juice such as Capri Sun are recommended. It is very important that we demonstrate our compliance with these standards for wholesome nutrition and wellness. Thank you for your cooperation. Birthday parties take away from crucial instructional time so a better suggestion is to purchase and donate a book to the La Ballona Library in commemoration of the child’s birthday. Balloons or flowers for individual students' birthdays are not appropriate or permitted at school.

PBS KIDS Talk About Race and Racism

Watch Amanda Gorman, poet, writer, and the Inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate, recite her original poem "Talking Gets Us There" in the "PBS KIDS Talk About: Race and Racism" special. Share this with your kids and talk about celebrating differences and speaking out against racism today and every day.

BeachBall Parties

Last week, 6 classes earned Beachball parties for submitting letters to Dr. Godbey. Their letters shared how they could include others at La Ballona. Their ideas included saying hello to new students, helping friends that are hurt, valuing one another's identity, showing kindness, and inviting others to play. To celebrate, all six classes won a Beachball party. Thank you to the Special Olympics organization that donated these very large Beach Balls!

Pictured: Ms. Arancibia's first graders having fun in the sun.

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Enrichment & After-care

STAR After-care Space Available!

There are still 30 spots available for Kindergarten-5th grade students to attend free child-care afterschool each day! Please email

STAR NOVA's fun aftercare classes -registration is on NOW!

Does your child like MINECRAFT, SOCCER, CLAY/ART, COOKING, YOGA, HIP-HOP DANCE and MORE?? Star NOVA classes at La Ballona are back to 5 days a week starting at the end of February. Don't forget to check out all the new, fun classes to register for in the flyer attached below.

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STAR free Aftercare registration for fall 2022 info

Flyer attached below with more information for registering for the fall of 2022 for Star's free aftercare program

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Upcoming Parent Education and Events

Kindergarten Meet & Greets for Incoming Kindergarteners

Pass this information on to any and all future La Ballona Lions!
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Equal Access Committee Meeting! (formerly the Special Needs Committee)

Please join us for our next online zoom meeting on Feb 23rd at 7pm by ZOOM. Code and password is in the flyer below, thank you

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Recording of 5th Grade Parent Night from CCMS

5th Grade Parent Night 2/9/2022
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The Month of February

Click on the image for the PTA's Cultural Calendar, February 2022

Important Dates (New Dates in Bold)

  • February 28- Kindergarten Virtual Meet & Greet in English, 3:30pm
  • February 28- March 4- Read Across America Week
  • March 1- Parent Education: Inclusive Practices for Parents, 6:30
  • March 1-4- Restaurant Fundraiser at Alegra (YUMMY)
  • March 7- Kindergarten Virtual Meet & Greet in English, 2:00pm
  • March 7- 11- Book Fair
  • March 11- Family Science Night at La Ballona
  • March 17- Jog-a-thon!

Read Across America: February 28- March 4

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SAVE THE DATE - restaurant fundraiser

SAVE THE DATE for our next restaurant fundraiser! March 1-4th at Allegra Cafe on Sepulveda blvd. More information to come soon.

SAVE THE DATE -Family Astronomy Night

Friday March 11th at 6pm. More information to come soon.

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Community Support Needed

La Ballona's BIGGEST fundraiser of the year has just Started!

The La Ballona Lions' Pride fundraiser has officially kicked off. This year's jog-a-thon will take place on Thursday, March 17. You should have received an email with a link to customize your student's fundraising page. A flyer with information and a pledge sheet were also sent home with students in their backpacks earlier this week. For details about the event, how classrooms can earn incentive prizes, and how this fundraiser supports our school, please visit

PTA Honorary Service Awards 2022 - Can you nominate someone?

Is there an extraordinary person or organization that you'd like to thank for their contribution to La Ballona Elementary? The California State PTA Honorary Service Award is a great way to say thank you for their service to our children and community. For more information and to nominate someone, please click the link below.

Winter Break Photos needed for Yearbook

The yearbook committee is requesting specifically a photo of your child/children from winter break. Here are the specs needed.....

- 1 photo only per family

- please send us a photo of your child enjoying winter break WITHOUT a mask

- state the name of the child, grade and teacher

- email the photo to by Friday, February 25th! ((with the title "winter vacation photo" in the subject line)

Cone crew need 2 different afternoon shifts to be filled!

Our trusty afternoon 'Cone Crew' have 2 shifts in the afternoon that need to be filled permanently (it's only 40 minutes, once a week).....Wednesday from 1:25-2:05pm and Friday from 2:55pm-3:35pm needs 1-2 new people to help out on a weekly basis. Our current crew can't fill these positions and we need your help please?

Our "Online Auction fundraiser Team" needs new help - easy as just writing some emails and requesting donations!

Looking for a flexible way to help La Ballona? Join our online Auction Team! We need volunteers for a variety of jobs—from those who prefer to just send emails, to people who like to talk to local business owners and ask for donations. We meet via Zoom once a month (even when there’s not a pandemic) and our meetings are after our kids are in bed. Working on the auction is an incredibly satisfying way to bring in the money that funds all the wonderful PTA programming! Plus, we are a fun and welcoming group—a terrific way to make friends with La Ballona parents. Please contact anyone on the Auction Team to learn more. Send any one of us a PM (Michele, Laura, Lisa, Felicity, Patricia, Silvia or Christine) or send a direct email to Michele Cerra Lachoff at

2022-2023 La Ballona PTA board Nomination Committee NEEDS YOU!

Our La Ballona Lions PTA is on prowl for next year's board leaders! Our PTA Board leads parent volunteers in creating educational opportunities and experiences for the students at La Ballona. If you're interested in taking an active role in the PTA, please fill out the nomination form linked HERE. Details on each role can be found in the form. Please reach out to Jamie Krute, with any questions. Nominations are open until Friday, Feb 18th. As well, check out the graph listed below that will help you decide where you'd best fit in for volunteering with the new PTA board this coming fall. Thank you so much!

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