March 20, 2015

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Take Action

Happy Spring Break!

Join Your Children for Fit Week!

March 30 – Campus Run

March 31 - Zumba Dance

April 1 – Games/Soccer

April 2 – Soccer/Games

Join us for sports themed activities to teach students about health, fitness, developing physical skills, and teamwork. We want to make sure our students are always reaching for their personal best. Fit Week activities will take place on the UCLA Lab School campus this year. Please volunteer to help. Sign up at:

If you would like to help underwrite Fit Week expenses, please visit our FSA website to donate:

If you have questions, contact Dominique Wirtschafter at

2ND Annual UCLA Lab School Family Movie Night — April 11

7:30 p.m. movie starts

Come early for hot dogs, pizza and snacks

The Upper Level is hosting another spectacular Movie Night fundraiser this year in the Dino Yard! BIG HERO 6 is a great film for all ages. Suggested donation is $10 per person. Pay at the gate -- no advance ticket sales. All proceeds go toward 2015 Upper Culmination expenses. Come join UCLA Lab School friends for a fun movie under the stars!

Creek Week is Coming — April 13-17

A fun week of learning and activism to raise awareness about our environment and improve the health of Stone Canyon Creek, which runs through our campus!

Gentle Volunteer Reminder

We have an assortment of fun events going on right now and coming soon, including Fit Week, FSA Clothing Drive, and Together through Music and Dance. Sign-ups for volunteers are on the Parents Page — we invite you to sign up for one or more event. If the hours don't work for your schedule, please let us know, and we'll find a way. This is a great way to make friends, and you will enjoy it. We promise!

Any questions, please feel free to call or email FSA Co-President Christine Kim at

Yearbook Sales - Ordering is easy!

Go to:

The yearbook frames the precious memories of our kids at UCLA Lab School. If you haven’t ordered a yearbook yet, please take a moment to consider doing it now. Kids love to sign each others’ yearbooks on the last day of school. These keepsakes will bring back fond memories for many years to come. If you forgot whether you have ordered a yearbook, please email your room parents — they can look up the ordering information for you.

Next Two Weeks

Events are also listed on the Parents Page Calendar:

(Username: parent; Password: @labschool)

Friday, Mar. 23 - 27: Spring Break

School resumes Monday, March 30

Monday, Mar. 30: Fit Week Welcome With Bruin Bears

8:15 - 8:45 a.m. (Carpool and EC entrance)

Monday, Mar. 30: FSA Meditation & Yoga

8:15 - 9:30 a.m. (Community Hall)

Tuesday, Mar. 31: FSA Monthly Meeting (NOTE DATE CHANGE)

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

All are welcome!

Friday, Apr. 3: Pupil Free Day

Childcare available with advance reservations.

Save the Date

Monday, Apr. 6: Tea & Transitions

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

Join Laurine DiRocco, former demonstration teacher, and Laurie Ramirez, Safe School specialist, for a discussion on issues of interest regarding your child’s transition to middle school. The discussion will be geared to parents of children in Upper I and Upper II, but all parents are welcome to attend. Also: Apr. 16, May 11, June 4

Tuesday, Apr. 7: Parent and Principal Circle

8:15-9:30 a.m. (Conference Room)

Friday, Apr. 10: FSA Meditation & Yoga

8:15 - 9:30 a.m. (Gregg G. Juárez Community Hall)

Saturday, Apr. 11: 2nd Annual UCLA Lab School Family Movie Night

Dino Yard opens at 6:30 p.m.

Movie begins 7:30 p.m.

All proceeds to benefit Upper culmination activities. Hot dogs, pizza, snacks and all your friends!

Monday, Apr. 13: Creek Week Kick-Off Assembly

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

Thursday, Apr. 16: Tea & Transitions

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

Friday, Apr. 17: FSA Meditation & Yoga

8:15 - 9:30 a.m. (Gregg G. Juárez Community Hall)

Sunday, Apr. 19: New Family Social

1:30-3:00 p.m. (North Yard)

Tuesday, Apr. 21: Speaker Series Presents Lori Getz, Cyber Education Specialist

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

Technology changes so often it can be tough to know how to manage your family’s relationship with the many tools, games, gadgets and resources in the world and in your home. Lori Getz, M.A., is an educator, mother and internet safety expert who has appeared on the Dr. Phil Show, Today, HLN, Dr. Drew and local news and radio programs. Come learn strategies and language to get everyone having more meaningful conversations about our behavior in the digital world. Even the most tech savvy parent can learn something new!

Friday, May 1: Spring Orchestra Concert

7:00 p.m. (UCLA Schoenberg Hall)

Orchestra students perform their spring concert under the direction of Music Director Larry Newman. Admission is free; no tickets required. Our culminating class will be selling flowers, cookies and water in the lobby. Please support them and our school. Information:

Good to Know

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VIVA! Thank You and Photos

On behalf of the auction committee, thank you to all who supported and participated in this year’s ¡Viva! Dinner, Dance and Auction, "A Night Under The Stars". The fun-filled night brought everyone together with the aim of raising funds for the support of our students and our school.

If you were unable to attend the event, or if you joined us and are feeling nostalgic, you can see photos of the exciting night on the Parents Page at:

Also, high resolution photos are available for purchase — please click on the link to choose your favorites!

*Username = ues; Password = ues

REMINDER: Changes to After-School Library Program

The number of children using the library after school has grown tremendously this year. To make sure the program has a safe ratio of adults to children, we will be implementing the following changes March 30 - May 29, when the program ends.

  • Sign-ups will be weekly

  • Maximum of 15 children each day

  • Children may be signed up for no more than two days per week

  • Children who are absent without notice will not be eligible to sign up in the future

  • We will be using a new registration system (more information to follow)

Please note we cannot make any exceptions to this policy.

Thank you for your understanding.

Parents may continue to spend time with their children in the library after school until 4:10 p.m.

REMINDER: Update Your Calendar — Meeting Changes

Due to scheduling conflicts, upcoming meetings of the FSA, Parent/Principal Circle and LTL Café y Platica have been moved up by one day. Please update your calendar ~ We look forward to seeing you there!

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Family School Alliance (FSA)

The FSA is YOUR link to school activities. All are welcome to the monthly meetings. 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

Reminder – our school is asking every family to volunteer three hours this year at an FSA event. Come join the fun and support your child’s education!

FSA Contributions and Orders – Get Your UCLA Lab School Gear Here!

UCLA Lab School gear is a fun way to share school spirit! More of the super popular vintage-style baseball T-shirts will be available soon. Please note that all orders placed will be available for pick-up on Friday mornings at drop off.

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

Quotation Corner

“That great Cathedral space which was childhood.” — from A Sketch of the Past, autobiographical essay by Virginia Woolf

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: