November 13, 2015

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In this issue: Creek Safety, New Lab School Gear, and Carnival!

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Take Action

Keep Students Safe Around the Creek

Please be aware that it is a safety risk for students to walk across the creek bed and/or use it as a shortcut across campus. Thank you for helping to ensure the safety and well-being of our students.

Registration for Enrichment Classes Opens Nov. 23

Registration for Session II Enrichment classes begins on Monday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. The classes run Dec. 7 - Feb. 18. For information, please contact Sylvia Vallejo at 310-267-4586.

Community Activities

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See You at Fall Carnival This Sunday!

Nov. 15, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / Blacktop

Pre-Purchased Carnival Tickets and Pricing

If you purchased your tickets in advance, pick them up at the ticket booth will call line. Tickets will be listed under your child’s last name. Remember, there is no entry fee. You use your carnival tickets to play the various games at our 18 game booths. Each game cost 1-2/carnival tickets, and to buy food costs 5-7/carnival tickets each, and drinks cost 2-3/carnival tickets each.

Bake Sale Item Delivery

Please check the bake sale sign-up to confirm what item you volunteered to bring:

If you were not able to deliver your item today to the FSA office, you can bring it the morning of Carnival to the bake sale booth. The bake sale booth will be located on the Blacktop in front of the Music and EDP Bungalow.

Underwriting Opportunities Still Available

If anyone would like to help underwrite any of the costs of our Fall Carnival, please contact Dominique Wirtschafter at Some of the items include - Big Slide ($1500), Inflatable Caterpillar ($650), Inflatable Soccer ($700), Tacos ($1300), Hot Dogs ($1900), Indian Food ($1700), Balloons ($900), Ice ($200), Coffee Cart ($1100). Any donation would be greatly appreciated.

Parking Options

  • School curbs and in Lot R with a valid parent permit

  • Lot 5 across from Carpool — purchase a permit at the entrance gate

  • Lot 5 top level — metered parking

  • Lot 4 (underground) at the Westwood Plaza entrance off Sunset Blvd — purchase a permit at the entrance

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Book Fair Opens on Carnival Day!

November 15 - 19

Rooms 3 & 4, 9 & 10

Be sure to come in and purchase books for yourself, your friends and family. Get a jump on your holiday shopping!

Book Fair Hours:

Sunday, Nov. 15 — 10 am - 5 pm

Monday, Nov. 16 — 7:30-9:00 am & 2:15-4:30 pm

Tuesday, Nov. 17 — 7:30-9:00 am & 2:15-4:30 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 18 — 7:30-9:00 am & 2:15-4:30 pm

Thursday, Nov. 19 — 7:30-9:00 am

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Gear Is Here!

Kids short sleeve UCLA Lab School shirts in Bruin blue, navy and light green, vintage style baseball jerseys in Bruin blue, hot pink and bright orange!

Also back by popular demand are adult lightweight full-zip hoodies and short sleeve shirts in charcoal!

Visit us in person at our UCLA Lab School Gear carnival booth this Sunday, Nov. 15

or online at before they're all gone!

Next Two Weeks

Here are some highlights from the school calendar for the next two weeks. For a complete calendar, please visit the events on the Parents Page Calendar:

(Username: parent / Password: @labschool)

You can also subscribe to the calendar through your Google account to stay up to date.

Tea & Transitions

Wednesday, Nov. 18

8:00 - 9:00 am/Conference Room

Informal conversations on middle school transitions for Upper II parents.

Parent & Principal Circle

Thursday, Nov. 19

8:15 - 9:30 a.m. / Conference Room

Parent Meditation

Friday, Nov. 20

8:20 - 8:40 am/Flagpole area

Pupil Free Day

Wednesday, Nov. 25

Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, Nov. 26 - Friday, Nov. 27

Save the Date

Parent & Principal Circle

8:15 - 9:30 am | Conference Room

Thursday, Jan. 21

Thursday, Feb. 18

Thursday, Apr 21

Thursday, May 12 (NEW DATE)

LTL Padres en plática con la directora / LTL Program Discussion Group

8:30 - 9:45 am | Conference Room

Thursday, Feb. 11

Thursday, June 2 (NEW DATE)

Good To Know

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Intermediate Records With Singer Jaymay

Intermediate students had so much fun working with singer songwriter‎ Jaymay‬! The students sang chorus on “Up in the Sky” for the upcoming ‎Jaymay Sings Christmas‬. In addition to being lots of fun, it was an opportunity to explore music production firsthand. The project also connects to their upcoming study of Los Angeles, which looks at the city’s journey from 18th century pueblo to 21st century entertainment metropolis.

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Dean's Scholars Include Former TAs

Former Teacher Assistants Lizzette Mendoza, Jenna Mirander, and Ramon Rodriguez were among those honored at the Ed&IS Dean's Scholars Dinner last week. The dinner celebrates the Ed&IS community and recognizes donors and recipients of fellowships that support students in Education and Information Studies. Dean Marcelo Suárez Orozco hosted, and Principal Norma Silva was on hand to celebrate the honorees. The three former UCLA Lab School TAs all spoke about how valuable their experience working at our school has been in informing their graduate studies in the Teacher Education Program.

Madeline Hunter Fellowship: Jenna Mirander

The Hearst Fellows: Lizzette Mendoza and Ramon Rodriguez

FSA Dues, Yearbooks, DVDs — Making It Easy!

Take care of all your FSA business online quickly and easily using the link below.

Order a yearbook! Order a Together Through Music and Dance DVD! Buy Carnival tickets! Most importantly, make a donation to the FSA to help fund all these wonderful community activities. Go to:

Around Town

Andrew & Polly Mini-Concert

Saturday, Nov 14, 10:30 am

Children’s Book World

10580 1/2 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles,CA 90064

By day, Andrew is a film composer and Polly creates music and sound design for commercials. In their spare time, they write and perform friendly, engaging music for children of all ages. Their folksy vocal harmony and cornucopia of acoustic instruments (mandolins, accordions, ukeleles, shakers, bananas) delight kids and parents alike. All ages, admission is free.

Pauline Ts'o Book Launch and Signing

Saturday, Nov 14, 2:30 p.m

Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles,CA 90064

Celebrate the publication of Whispers of the Wolf, a beautiful picture book set around 500 years ago among the Pueblo Indians. It's a heartwarming piece of historical fiction, weaving together themes of community, tradition, and respect for all life, creating a realistic portrait of a culture that continues to exert a vibrant, living influence today. Ages 4-8, admission is free.

Repticon Los Angeles Reptile & Exotic Animal Expo

Saturday, Nov 14, 10:00am-5:00pm

Sunday, Nov 15, 10:00am-4:00pm

OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Repticon Los Angeles is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone! Admission: Adults - $10, Children (5-12) - $5, free admission for children under 5.