October 9, 2015

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In this issue: Annual FUN Drive, Community Party Book and Fall Carnival

Visit the Parents Page for archival issues of Backpack Notes and information on all school activities:


Username: parent

Password: @labschool

Backpack Notes submissions and corrections are due by 5 p.m. the Monday before publication. Send to: uclalabschoolfsa@gmail.com

Take Action

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! Register for Community Camping! Buy Carnival tickets! Most importantly, make a donation to the FSA to help fund all these wonderful community activities. All donations are completely voluntary, but $25 per child is suggested, if possible. http://www.shoplabschool.com/collections/fsa-events

REMINDER — Bruincard Required to Enter Through Gate

The gate at the carpool area is open for morning drop-off, 7:10 - 8:15 a.m., and for afternoon pick-up, 2:55 - 3:30 p.m. Once school has begun for the day the gate is locked.


  • Parents and visitors who cannot enter through the carpool gate (e.g., forgot BruinCard or EDP code) will not be let in by a staff/faculty member, student or parent under any circumstances. You must go around to the front entrance.

  • Access to school is available through the front door 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • The gate closes automatically; please do not attempt to force it closed, and please wait by the gate until it closes to ensure no unauthorized entry. All gates open easily from the inside for emergency egress.

Community Activities

Fall Carnival

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

We need volunteers for this wonderful event. Help bring the whole school together for a day of fun and games! Each classroom hosts a game booth that is set up and run by parent volunteers and students (where age appropriate).

Avoid the Ticket Line — Purchase in Advance

You can avoid waiting in line to buy tickets on the day of the Carnival by purchasing your tickets in advance via the FSA website: www.shoplabschool.com. Click on “FSA Events” in the upper righthand corner. Tickets purchased in advance can be picked up at “will call” the day of the Carnival. Carnival tickets cost $1 each. There is no entry fee. You use your tickets to play games at the 18 game booths.

Games: 1-2 tickets each

Food: 5-7 tickets per item

Drinks: 2-3 tickets each

To Volunteer, or for More Information:

Dominique Wirtschafter riptide2@earthlink.net

or Megan Kapinos megankapinos@mac.com

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Community Party Book Is Coming — But first we need the parties!

Accepting Party Submissions Now

The UCLA Lab School Community Party Book is an opportunity to attend social gatherings hosted by UCLA Lab School families. Kids, grown-ups, alumni and families in our community will be able to share interests and have fun while raising money to support our school’s Family Read Aloud Celebration and Annual Carnival.

Hosting an event is optional and we encourage you to co-host. Hosts cover all costs of events and do not get reimbursed, but the costs are tax deductible. Only members of our community will be able to purchase tickets to the parties. 100% of the proceeds go to the FSA. Parties will be accepted through October 16. They must occur between November 6, 2015 and June 19, 2016.

If you’re interested in hosting or co-hosting a party or for more information on Community Party Book, please contact Lisa Smelkinson at: Lpep21@me.com, Laurie Herz at Laurie.Herz@grace-us.com, or Brandy Navarre at Brandynavarre@gmail.com.

Wellness Community Volunteer Opportunity

The Wellness Community is in search of a parent to lead our weekly yoga sessions on Fridays from 8:30-9:30 am at the Totem Pole. If you are available and interested, please call Jennifer Grant (310)968-5551 or email Alisa Becket at alisa@alisabecket.com

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.

Coffee and Conversation

Monday, Oct. 12 & Monday, Oct. 19

8:30 - 9:30 am | Conference Room

Annual FUN Drive

Monday, Oct. 12 - Friday, Oct. 16

Upper Parent Meeting on Digital Citizenship

Wednesday, Oct. 14

6 - 7:30 pm | Conference Room

All Upper I & II parents are invited to attend a meeting facilitated by the Safe School team of Ms. Ramirez and Ms. Rendeiro. The meeting will explore parenting tips for helping children negotiate the cyber world in a safe and responsible way. As our children are now citizens in an online world, they need their parents’ help and support to make decisions that are healthy for themselves and others. Child care is available with a reservation: https://wikis.labschool.ucla.edu/parents/btsn

Parent and Principal Circle

Thursday, Oct. 15

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

Parent Yoga & Meditation

Fridays, Oct. 16 & Oct. 23

8:15 - 9:30 a.m. | Totem Pole

Cool Tools Parent Workshop

Tuesday, Oct. 20

8:20-10:00 am | Conference Room

Come to this workshop to familiarize yourself with the language of Cool Tools and the problem-solving strategies your children are learning about at school

Prospective Parents Day Volunteer Orientation

Thursday, Oct. 22

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. | Conference Room

Orientation for all volunteers (new and returning) for Prospective Parents Day. Meeting will include a walk over to the Young Research Library and back.

Save the Date

Parent & Principal Circle

8:15 - 9:30 am | Conference Room

Thursday, Nov. 19

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, Oct. 29

Thursday, Feb. 11

Thursday, June 2 (NEW DATE)

Good To Know

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iSTEAM — Exploratory Robotics

Students in the Upper Exploratory Robotics elective kicked off a promising year of working together in the iSTEAM Lab on September 25. They're working in project teams of three to learn how to build and program robots to carry out tasks using the NXT Lego Robotics Kits. Now it’s full steam ahead!

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Dribble for the Cure

Sunday, Oct. 11, 10 am

UCLA Drake Track and Field Stadium

Info: https://shar.es/17Ke9r

Take the ball down off the shelf and literally save lives by participating in the 8th Annual Dribble for the Cure hosted by UCLA Athletics. Please join UCLA Lab School staff members Joyce Friedman, Jayne Parkes, Marianne Kanagae, George Parks and Marie Parks and other UCLA Lab school families as we participate in this event to honor the memory of Guru Simran Khalsa, a former student of UCLA Lab School.