The Weekly Roar

March 19, 2022

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We Ran, and we ran, and we RAN!

Congratulations on our Jogathon!!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual Jog-a-thon. Our community came together in a beautiful way. Our La Ballona Lions ran and ran and RAN…and in doing so, they raised more than $54,000 for our school! Each and every one of our families should feel proud of what we’ve accomplished together as a community. With these funds, the La Ballona PTA can continue to support things like Pali Camp for our 5th graders, after-school programs like chess and tennis, our school garden, and much, much more. Congratulations on the tremendous accomplishment, and THANK YOU for supporting our La Ballona Lions! Personal fundraising pages will remain live through March 31, so if you haven’t already shared your page with your friends and family, there is still time to do so!

Use the link below to ask them to support our school:

Early Dismissal Wednesday & Friday

Speaking of running, children (and staff) will be running out the doors early on Friday. Please take note of the DISMISSAL TIMES this week. Put on your seatbelts as we complete this last week before Spring Break.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday- Regular Dismissal (3:15)

Wednesday & Friday- Early Dismissal (1:45)

Stay PAWSitive!

Dr. Becky Godbey


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What's Happening This Week at La Ballona

Monday, March 21st

Tuesday, March 22nd

Covid Testing

10:00 Parent Education: Supporting Your Child in the Dual Program

3:30 School Site Council

Wednesday, March 23rd

Lockdown Drill

1:45 Dismissal

Thursday, March 24th

Friday, March 25th

Early Dismissal at 1:45.

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Around the School

The La Ballona Times

Enjoy another edition of the student written La Ballona Times
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Wednesday Principal Assembly- March 9

School Site Council

School Site Council is the school governance body, which reviews school-wide data, develops a school plan, and allocates supplemental school funds in ways that further the goals articulated in the plan. The governance body consists of the site principal, school staff members, and parents/community members.

Our next School Site Council Meeting is set for Tuesday, March 22 at 3:30 p.m. As a reminder, School Site Council meetings are open to the public, and any member of the public may address the council or committee during the meeting on any item within the subject matter jurisdiction of the council or committee. The agenda and Zoom Link is below.

4th Grade Story Pirates

Do you have a 4th grade student? Be sure to ask them about the Story Pirates! As an arts partner with CCUSD’s Front & Center Theatre Collaborative, the Story Pirates provide a one-of-a-kind experience that ignites students’ imagination while teaching them the building blocks of storytelling and character creation. Story Pirates’ teaching artists are currently working with students in all fourth grade classrooms.

This program is made possible by your generous contributions to the Culver City Education Foundation (CCEF). We are grateful to CCEF for funding this unique opportunity to reinforce literacy skills for our students. Stay tuned for more details about virtual assemblies featuring our 4th graders’ stories.
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Math Circles!

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Astronomy/Science Night pictures

To view all of our Astronomy/Science Night pictures from last Friday, please log into the school's Facebook page and check out the folder with all the wonderful photos that parents sent us.

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Upcoming Parent Education and Family Events

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Information for 5th Grade Families

Virtual CCMS Parent Immersion Night

Join the Zoom to learn about CCMS' Spanish and Japanese programs.

Virtual CCMS Parent Immersion Night

Tuesday, March 22, 2022


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 829 0926 9833
Passcode: 930182

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6th Gr Elective Preferences 2022
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La Ballona 5th Grade Recipe Book needs more Recipes!!

The fifth grade committee is putting together a school cookbook for our Class of 2022 legacy project. We would like to have 1-3 of your favorite recipes as soon as possible (we may be able to add more if space permits). We will select one or more of your recipes to be included in our cookbook; your name will even be printed in the cookbook with each of your own recipes! Please include recipes that reflect your culture, holiday recipes, easy weeknight meals, or ones that are special to your family. If your student is in fifth grade, your recipe will definitely be included. We will include recipes from other grades as space permits.

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The Month of March

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

Important Dates (New Dates in Bold)

  • March 22- Parent Education, 10am All about the Dual Language Program
  • March 25- Early Dismissal, 1:45
  • March 28- Spring Break Begins
  • April 11- School Resumes
  • April 14- PTA Community Meeting

Covid Testing During Spring Break

Dear CCUSD staff and families,

CCUSD will pause weekly Covid-19 in-school testing during spring break (March 29 – April 8). We will resume weekly in-school testing again on Tuesday 4/12.

CCUSD will provide drive-thru testing during the break for students, families and any and all community members in the Middle School/Elenda parking lot, on the following days:

Saturday, March 26, 9 am - 2 pm

Tuesday, March 29, 9 am - 2 pm

Saturday, April 2, 9 am - 2 pm

Tuesday, April 5, 9 am - 2 pm

Registration in advance is required:

· labgen ( See instructions attached.

· Only register once - then “order a test” for each day you want to come.

· There are no appointment times. Just show up during the 9am-2pm window.

· Results are provided within 24-48 hours.

This drive-thru testing is optional; a negative test result will not be required to return to school after the break, although we strongly encourage everyone to get tested at one of these sites, or an alternative clinic of your choosing, before returning to school on Monday, April 11. All students will be required to get tested in person on Tuesday, April 12, whether or not they got tested during spring break, when our in-school testing resumes.

Please remember that students are required to continue masking while indoors on campus from Monday, April 11 – Friday, April 15, as we monitor any Covid-19 cases that occur during spring break. Barring a major surge, masking will be optional, though still strongly encouraged, for students and staff beginning Monday, April 18.


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Community Support Needed

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Restaurant fundraiser ends SUNDAY, MARCH 20th

Last weekend to help us raise more money with our restaurant fundraiser at Sharky's in the Marina. (4371 Glencoe Ave, Marina Del Rey)

Skip cooking for a night (or two) and help raise money for our school!

Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill is hosting a fundraiser from March 14 through March 20. Every order placed in our name will be added up and Sharky’s will donate 15% of the total to our school.

La Ballona Elementary School will compete with another local school to see who can raise the most money during those seven days, so it’s important we ALL participate! The school that raises the most money over the course of the week advances in a competition to earn an additional donation from Sharky’s.

  • For in-person or phone orders, tell them you’re ordering for La Ballona Elementary School
  • For online orders, enter LA BALLONA for your payment method
  • For mobile phone orders, enter LA BALLONA in the order type/additional details

Sharky’s Marina del Rey is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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