The Weekly Roar

December 11, 2021

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The Final Countdown!


We have a fun, busy week ahead of us. Here is what is happening schoolwide.


  • Parent Conferences are still happening
  • Dismissal is 1:45
  • Spirit Week Dress Up Day- Team Spirit. Wear your favorite color or your favorite sports team colors


  • Parent Conferences are still happening
  • Dismissal is 1:45
  • Spirit Week Dress Up Day- Funny Hat Day. Wear your silliest hat or headband to school
  • Plan for rainy day schedule


  • Dismissal is 1:45
  • Spirit Week Dress Up Day- La Ballona Spirit Day. Dress in the schools Spirit Wear.



  • Dismissal is 1:45
  • Spirit Week Dress Up Day- Pajama Day. Dress your favorite Pajamas or comfy clothes.
  • ELAC Meeting, 9:15. This is for all families who have students who are considered English Learners. Information below.

Special Shout out to Ms. Kowalcyzk's class who brainstormed and submitted our spirit week plan!

Stay PAWSitive

Dr. Becky Godbey


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-Kinder playground

-Brought to you by La Ballona PTA.

The La Ballona PTA will offer 6 days of after school care during parent teacher conferences. For $10/day ($5/day for each additional sibling) you can be carefree to leave your child(ren) in their own school environment with supervision from parent volunteers. Please write a note if you can volunteer. Volunteers get one free day of babysitting for each day of volunteering, up to three days. Volunteers must be Covid vaccinated and a copy of their vaccine card will be kept on file at the office.

Please Fill out the form below and submit payment to the front office. Make checks payable to La Ballona PTA.

If you have any questions or need further information, contact Laura Loo at or text 310-433-8439. No childcare on Wednesdays. PTA babysitting will be cancelled if there is rain.

English/Spanish Online form:

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The Month of December

Important Dates (New Dates in Bold)

December 13- Parent Conference Week, Dismissal is 1:45

December 14- Parent Conference Week, Dismissal is 1:45

December 15- Minimum Day, Dismissal is 1:45

December 16- REGULAR DISMISSAL, 3:15

December 17- Minimum Day, Dismissal is 1:45

December 17- ELAC Meeting at 9:15

January 3- School Resumes

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Beginning this Monday, we are (re)starting our PAWS ticket incentive program. Here's how it works:

  • Every staff member has been given PAWS/PATA tickets
  • Whenever a staff member wants to reinforce one of our PAWS/PATA values, they give students a ticket.
  • Students submit these tickets for a weekly raffle.
  • Raffle winners get to select items from Dr. Godbey's treasure box.
  • Click on the picture of the video for more information. The children are so excited!

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Covid Update

Weekly Covid Testing on Tuesdays

To be tested this Tuesday (12/14), you must be registered by Saturday 12/11 at 8:00pm.

For more information, please go to the district website: 2020-2021 Updates & Communications - ES: COVID-19 / Distance Learning - Culver City Unified School District (

Hard Work, Proper Protocols Pay Off

Did you know that La Ballona has not had a positive case since September? Knock on wood! (And keep washing those hands and wearing masks)

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How Can I Help My Child With Decoding

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Volunteer Qs & As

Question: I missed the orientation. Will there be another one?

Answer: Last week, we held our volunteer orientation. If you missed if and would like to volunteer, please watch this video! Passcode: x&^D22Z@

Question: How do you register?

Answer: Check out our website. If provides the application and all the steps.

Question: If I was a cleared volunteer in the past, do I need to start from scratch?

Answer: No, but make sure your TB test hasn't expired. Oh, and you need to show your vaccination documentation.

Question: How do I turn in all my paperwork?

Answer: Erika Arredondo, the secretary, is your contact person. Please email

Question: Do I have to show a negative Covid Test?

Answer: Not at this time. You need to be vaccinated though.

Question: What do I need exactly to be cleared?

Answer: Current TB Test, Fingerprint Check, Application, Covid Vaccination, and you must watch the video above.

Question: What can I do? What am I volunteering for?

Answer: There are two paths. You can either 1) connect with a staff member or teacher and arrange your volunteering. Or you can 2) wait to hear from PTA. We are finalizing some school-wide volunteer programs like Copy Fairies and Board Games at Lunch (we need a better name for that).

Question: Can I start Monday, December 13?

Answer: Probably not. I anticipate that most teachers will want to wait until January. Plus, it's trickier this year with all the rules.

Question: Can I just show up and say "I'm here to volunteer?"

Answer: No. The teacher, staff member, or PTA coordinator needs to know that you are coming.

Question: What if my teacher isn't using volunteers?

Answer: Due to a variety reasons, this may be a reality for some classes. Please know that each staff member has personal circumstances that may cause reluctance to have additional adults in the classroom during the pandemic. Other staff members may not need or want volunteers for other reasons. In these cases, you are always welcome to help with morning arrival Cone Crew, Dismissal, Copy Fairies, and Board Game Team (still need a better name).

We will keep the Volunteer page on the Website updated as we go.

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Aftercare Enrichment class registration!

La Ballona families!

**Aftercare Enrichment class information**

There are 3 additional 4-week enrichment programs beginning the week of January 3, 2022. Spaces are limited and the deadline to register your child is Friday, December 17. You may apply to more than one program, but placement is dependent on available space, with priority given to ensuring each child gets at least one class they are interested in. Please use this signup link. Class registration will be confirmed via email over the winter break.

**Garden Club, Wednesdays 1:50-2:50, starts January.

**Chess Tutors, Mondays 3:15-4:15, starts January 3.

**Tennis with Coach Susan, Mondays 3:50-4:50 (K-1st), starting January 3, and Wednesdays 1:50-2:50 (2nd-5th) and Wednesdays 2:50 - 3:50 (Mixed grade) starting January 5.

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SSC Meeting Tuesday- New Date

Our School Site Council meeting is Tuesday, December 14th at 3:30. The School Site Council is a governing group that helps our school make decisions about the school budget. Next week's agenda is below.
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Square 1 Art - can still be ordered all year long!

Great news everyone, if you still want to put in an order (anytime of the year) through 'Square 1 Art', then absolutely do anytime! Just use your Art Access Code that came with your child's project and order it online at Square 1 Arts website.

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La Ballona Community Rewards!

How your daily spending can make money for La Ballona.

**Did you know that your weekly shopping can turn into money for our school at no extra cost to you? Is Amazon one of your favorite online places to shop? By taking 1 minute to designate La Ballona Elementary School as your charity and making your Amazon purchases on ‘Amazon Smile’ instead of Amazon, you’ll be donating to La Ballona and it’s at absolutely no extra cost to you.

Amazon Smile contributes .05% of your sale to La Ballona. Prices on are identical to so it’s of no extra cost to you.

Here’s how:
Go to and enter your Amazon login information
In the “or pick your own charitable organization” field, type in La Ballona PTA and click select.

Now La Ballona is your designated charity! When you shop and/or want to finalize your Amazon purchases, sign into on your computer or use the Amazon Smile App on your cell phone and you will have access to your shopping cart and all the same inventory and prices.
**please note that purchases completed on or thru your regular amazon app on your mobile phone do not support donations to the schools PTA (must be the “amazon smile app” that is FREE to download)

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Do you have questions about an IEP or 504 for your child??

Do you have questions about an IEP (individualized Educational Plan) or 504 for your child or others? Do you ever question what is meant by inclusion for your child’s classroom? If so, please join our zoom Tuesday night December 14th from 6:30-7:30pm to get your questions answered by the experts at Undivided.

Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 862 7979 9895

Passcode: access

Contact Liz Vila at for more information. Thank you!

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Help still needed for our after school Cone Crew!

We still need more "alternate" volunteers (coverage when someone is sick) to help our school cone crew with the drop off or pick up in the mornings or afternoons. CAN YOU VOLUNTEER ONCE IN AWHILE (45 MINUTES) TO HELP KEEP THIS GOING SMOOTHLY? All volunteers must be vaccinated as well, thank you so much from La Ballona and the PTA board.

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THANK YOU to everyone who came to our Winter Wonderland festival last week!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Winter Wonderland festival last Friday after school and supported the PTA . As well, thank you to our many volunteers who always take the time to help out at these events and to bake up some delicious treats for the PTA to sell. We appreciate you all
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**Hi Parents, with a goal of raising $120,000 (approx $300/child) for this year's programs and supplies, we're in need of community support. Every donation pushes us closer to our goal; allowing us to create a platform for our students to access educational opportunities, tools and experiences the school might not otherwise be able to afford.

Ways to donate and help out:

Go to and donate what you can!

By check, make payable to "La Ballona PTA" and return in an envelope to your classroom teacher.

Share this digital flyer with your friends, family, and local businesses!

Monthly donation option is available at

Ask your company if they offer matching gifts for employees! Thank you so much for your support!

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Don't forget to stop by The Student Store and purchase your warm and fuzzy La Ballona sweatshirts and hoodies for holiday gifts .The student Store will only be open Wednesday, Dec 15th from 1:50pm-2:30pm and Friday, Dec 17th from 8:50am-9:30am. Thank you so much for your support this year
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In honor of its 40th anniversary funding district-wide programs for every CCUSD student, Culver City Education Foundation has a goal of raising $40,000 in 40 days (November 22-December 31). To help celebrate this milestone year, we invite you to make a gift of $400 per student, or $40/month as a sustaining gift: Support today to sustain and grow vital arts, STEM and college preparedness programs at your school - today and for the next 40 years!
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Mental Health Workshops for Spanish Speaking Families

The promoters from LA County Department of Mental Health are excited to begin their mental health workshops for our Spanish speaking families in CCUSD. These workshops are held in spanish. Look below for the schedule.
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