January 12, 2016

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Let's Give a Cheer for Fit Day! This Friday

Friday, January 15th is Fit Day, inspiring kids to love health and fitness - for life! Please join us with your biggest smile and loudest voice to help us cheer the kids in at the carpool areas from 7:45-8:15 a.m. All faculty and staff are asked to come out for five minutes, grab a couple pom poms, and help us start the day off right!

Fitzone Classes are Back

Monday: Full body

Tuesday: Zumba

Thursday: Yoga


Teacher Reference

We have two extra copies of A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas by the National Research Council. If you would like to borrow a copy, please see Kate Tirone.

For Those with Blue Shield

Due to a systems processing problem at Blue Shield, new members of the plans administered by Blue Shield have not yet received their ID Cards for 2016. However, as of today, Members can print their ID card from the Blue Shield website and they will receive their hardcopy ID card no later than January 21, 2016.

In the interim any current Blue Shield member can use their 2015 ID card to access care or fill prescriptions; New Members or Members Changing Plans can contact Blue Shield’s Concierge Team which has the roster of all 19,000 members and is standing by to confirm eligibility of any member that needs medical attention or a prescription filled.

• UC Care members can call 855-201-2087 for assistance

• Members of the Core, HSP, or Medicare Plans can call 855-201-8375 for assistance

Mileage Reimbursement Rate

The mileage reimbursement rate for business travel has been decreased from 57.5 cents per mile to 54 cents per mile. The decrease is effective for mileage expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2016.

Travel Reimbursement Guidelines

A reminder about travel policy as we are getting reimbursement requests where you may have forgotten some of the guidelines. Here's an excerpt from the employee handbook about airline tickets:

Airline tickets will not be reimbursed until travel has been completed. To avoid the traveler from incurring the cost of an airline ticket, travel should be arranged through UCLA Travel Center at 310-206-2639, or 800-235-UCLA for assistance.

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Training

Thursday January 28

9:00-11:00 a.m. General Abuse Prevention

Friday January 29

9:00-11:00 a.m. General Abuse Prevention
1:00-3:00 p.m. Best Practices in Screening and Selection

Please rsvp using the link below and the sessions will remain open until filled.



SAVE THE DATE-All Staff and Faculty Meeting: Calm Classroom

Wednesday, January 27th in the Conference Room. More information to come.

Vision Committee Share Outs: All Staff and Faculty

Wednesday January 13

Inquiry/Pedagogy 3:30, LTL 4pm Safe School 4:30


Safe School Workshop for Teacher Assistant and Extended Day

Thank you to the Safe School Committee for offering our TAs and EDP Staff a wonderful workshop. Here are some ideas that were brainstormed for Rainy Days; one of the many things they did together.

Rainy Day Activities

• Snowball (Fight) Game

1. Shape recycled paper into balls.

2. Mark off rug with masking tape.

3. Have one game standing, one game where they must be on their knees, one game with children with long sleeves. Be creative!

• Supervised walks in the rain with students who have rain gear (umbrellas, rain boots, coats). Walk students to the bridges to watch the creek water rushing by.

• Fast walking around the blacktop track

• Dodgeball

• Steal The Bacon

• Talent Show - students sing, dance, do a play

• Zumba - follow along to a YouTube video for kids. Great exercise for adults too!

• Charades

• Chinese jump rope in the hallway

• Chalk art in covered areas of hallway

• Silent Speed Ball

• Board games

Winter Party!

Thank you to the wonderful Social Committee and all those who helped in the planning, set up and take down of yet another fun filled holiday celebration. Pictured are our winners of the ugly sweater contest (there wasn't really a contest).

EC Winter Sing Assembly and Performance

What a harmonious way to end the year. Thank you to Mr. Kello, EC teachers and teacher assistants for a heartwarming performance.

Memories for a Lifetime

Intermediate overnight...success! Intermediate teachers and teach assistants kudos for making it through the night safe and sound. Thank you for being part of a memory that will stay with our intermediate students for a lifetime. All other faculty and staff who volunteered their time and talent, and perhaps had a bit of fun themselves, see you in two years.


Happy New Year : Feliz Año Nuevo



Ana Maria Alvarez (AKA Mrs. Alvarez, our dance teacher for the past 10 years and former demonstration teacher for upper level) and her company CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater, will be premiering a new evening of dance theater called "Agua Furiosa" - its at UCLA's Kaufman Hall - next door to our school for the next two weeks (January 14, 15, 16, 17 & Jan 21, 22, 23, 24). Please come and bring the whole family, post and share the information with your networks and directly with anyone you think might be interested!

Robotics Ambassador

Taylor Halsey is Harlym Rose's (Rm 14) God-sister. She visited our Upper robotics team, and spoke with students about robotics and competitions. Taylor remembered seeing our students at their robotics tournament, where she was one of the judges. She brought three of her robots and put them on display for the students to see. She also visited Room 14 and the students were really excited about seeing and playing with the robots. Taylor has a BA in biotech engineering from California State Polytechnic University and is currently a graduate student at Cal Poly Pomona University. She is a robotics mentor at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and teaches science each summer at Stanford and Cal. She was on the first all girls robotics team with the Girl Scouts and received the Gold award. Taylor was invited to the first science fair at the White House and met with President Obama. What an inspiration.

How UCLA Community School prepares grads for higher ed

How UCLA Community School prepares grads for higher ed

College-going rates have soared in the area around the UCLA Community School, which opened in L.A.’s Koreatown in 2009. (video)

Free Financial Education Classes offered by Fidelity Retirement Services: January 2016

Free Investment classes offered by Fidelity Retirement Services at the Wilshire Center.

You can visit the LMS website below for class descriptions, times & locations, and to enroll:

  • Create a Budget, Ditch Your Debt, and Start Building for the Future,
  • Building a Portfolio for any Weather,
  • Fundamentals of Retirement Income Planning,
  • Your UC Retirement System,
  • Your College Savings Options,
  • Designing a Financial Roadmap,
  • Getting on the Right Path with Your Workplace Savings,
  • Women and Investing,
  • Preserving Your Savings for Future Generations.

All classes will be held at the UCLA Wilshire Center, 10920 Wilshire Blvd, in either Suite 200 or Suite 1080. Use the LMS link below to find out which conference room your class will be offered.

How To Enroll - To see where your class is being offered, and at what time, please register through the campus LMS online enrollment system at: www.lms.ucla.edu At the search window type in the name of the class you’re enrolling in to be taken to the enrollment tool. When using the LMS system, login in with your UCLA logon ID.

You may also get additional information on the UC Retirement Savings Plans, and see a more complete schedule of investment classes by visiting the UC Focus On Your Future website athttp://www.ucfocusonyourfuture.com

Can’t attend a Class?

If you can't attend a class but would like investment guidance about your UC Retirement Savings Plan benefits, we recommend that you call the Fidelity Retirement Services customer service line at 1-866-682-7787 and speak with a licensed advisor. Or, you can meet with Fidelity’s on site certified financial planner for an in-person consultation right here at Campus Human Resources. Call 1-800-558-9182 for an appointment.


Questions... Comments... Put Ups...

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments, concerns, celebrations, at our Newsletter email: admin@labschool.ucla.edu.