January 16, 2015

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Take Action

2015-2016 Re-enrollment Coming Soon

Re-enrollment offers will be emailed to parents at the end of January. Those whose accounts are in good standing will be able to complete the re-enrollment process. If you are not able to access the forms, please stop by the Financial Services Office. Re-enrollment is online only. Forms will be accessible on Feb. 1. The deadline to return the forms and the deposit to hold your child's place for next year is Feb. 28.

Sign Up for After-School Enrichment

Registration is OPEN! - Winter classes begin Jan. 26

Sign up for fun and exciting classes that meet after school, on campus. Go to the Parents Page at: https://wikis.labschool.ucla.edu/parents/after-school_enrichment

Program information: Sylvia Vallejo, 310-267-4586 or svallejo@labschool.ucla.edu.

Financial assistance information: Sara Hernandez, 310-206-1135 or shernandez@labschool.ucla.edu

VIVA! Dinner, Dance & Auction - Auction Items Needed!

It's that time of year when everyone in the UCLA Lab School community is asked to solicit favorite stores, restaurants, resorts and businesses to help gather a wide variety of amazing items to be auctioned to raise money for our school. Items of every value for buyers of every interest are very welcome! What would YOU like to bid for at the silent auction? Whatever it might be, that's what we need!

Our categories include unique experiences (police ride-along, movie set visit, intern at a magazine, visit to a UCLA science lab); electronics (iPads, Xbox); sports (tickets to sporting events); classes and memberships (kids' dance or art classes, museum memberships); cuisine and wine (restaurant gift certificates); health, beauty & fitness (gift certificates for nail or hair salons, yoga, Pilates or gym sessions, beauty products); items for the home (interior design items, kitchenware); jewelry and fashion; items for children (toys); travel; art; entertainment (concert or theater tickets).

Please visit our VIVA! online auction book to register and submit your donation by February 21 - https://uclalab.onlineauctionbook.com/register.php

Email Brandy Navarre with any questions - brandynavarre@gmail.com.

Next Two Weeks

Events are also listed on the Parents Page Calendar:


(Username: parent; Password: @labschool)

Monday, Jan. 19: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

School and offices closed in observance of the holiday.

CORRECTION: Thursday, Jan. 22: Early Childhood Literacy Morning

8:00 – 9:45 a.m. (Conference Room)

EC teachers discuss the literacy program with parents.

Friday, Jan. 23: FSA Yoga & Meditation

8:20 - 9:30 a.m. (Gregg G. Juárez Community Hall)

Friday, Jan. 30: FSA Yoga & Meditation

8:20 - 9:30 a.m. (Gregg G. Juárez Community Hall)

Save the Date

Wednesday, Feb. 4: FSA Monthly Meeting

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. (Conference Room)

All welcome!

Friday, Feb. 6 & Monday, Feb. 9: Pupil Free Days

No school due to parent teacher conferences. Childcare offered; reservations required.

Wednesday, Feb. 11: LTL Café y Plática

8:30 - 9:45 a.m. (Gregg G. Juárez Community Hall)

Join Principal Norma Silva for a conversation regarding the LTL program.

Friday, Feb. 13: Family Read-Aloud Celebration Kick-Off Assembly

8:15 - 8:45 a.m. (Blacktop)

Friday, Feb. 13: FSA Yoga & Meditation

8:20 - 9:30 a.m. (Gregg G. Juárez Community Hall)

Monday, Feb. 16: Presidents' Day

School and offices closed in observance of the holiday.

Saturday, Mar. 7: VIVA! Dinner, Dance and Auction

6:00 - 10:30 p.m. (MountainGate Country Club, Brentwood)

Parents are invited to join together to celebrate our community and to support our children by raising funds for the improvement of our school campus. Our event outgrew the Ackerman Grand Ballroom, so the party is heading to MountainGate Country Club for an evening under the stars. For more information, or to donate an auction item, please contact Brandy Navarre - brandynavarre@gmail.com


Developing the Language of Learning

Researchers from the Dynamic Language Learning Progression (DLLP) project at the UCLA Department of Education and CRESST are conducting an ongoing research study in conjunction with UCLA Lab School to identify and describe the developmental progression of children’s explanations across the grade span. The project aims to aid in the development of the new assessment framework for English language development founded on the WIDA standards and to hypothesize the intermediate building blocks on the way to meeting each standard. As part of this project, students’ explanation skills will be regularly measured using assessments, observations and interviews, including a self-reflection on the progression of their explanations, and teacher and student classroom interactions will be regularly observed. Teachers will also be formatively surveyed for their perspectives on the efficacy of the resulting dynamic language progression for assessment and instructional planning. Interviews with children whose parents have consented to filming may be video or audio recorded. As parents have already signed the UCLA Lab School blanket consent form, they are not required to sign any additional forms at this time. Any questions about this study should be directed to Dr. Sandy Chang, the project coordinator, (310-825-9630 or sandychang@ucla.edu), or Dr. Alison Bailey, the principal investigator (310-825-1731 or abailey@gseis.ucla.edu).

Good to Know

Family School Alliance (FSA)

The FSA is YOUR link to school activities. All are welcome to the monthly meetings, usually the first Wednesday of the month, always 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Conference Room. Find out about all the wonderful activities the FSA spearheads over the year and how you can join the fun and participate!

Check out these links:

Parents Page


Volunteer Opportunities


FSA Contributions and Orders


Support Our School While You Shop -- “Do Nothing” Fundraising

Quotation Corner

“Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.” - Robert F. Kennedy, on April 4, 1968, in announcing the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Parent Submissions for Backpack Notes

Parents who have items to contribute to Backpack Notes: Submissions are due Saturday at midnight for publication the following Friday. Send items to: UCLALabSchoolFSA@gmail.com