The Weekly Roar

November 6, 2021

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The STARs have aligned!

La Ballona has Great News! STAR, our free after-care program, is ready for full capacity. Everyone on the STAR waiting list has already been notified. If you are in need or after-care through STAR, please contact STAR coordinator Cynthia Perez at cynthiap@starinc.org.

Enjoy these class letters from Room 1, 12, and 14. Their writing prompt was "How our class makes everyone feel included"

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Covid Testing Continues each Tuesday

Dear CCUSD staff and families:


We are ready to go with the new COVID testing provider - Living Fit Nation (LFN). Testing will begin next week for all staff and students, with the first week (similar to the last rollout) acting as our pilot to make sure everything runs smoothly. We will monitor the registration status to ensure everyone is registering and contacting those who do not.


To be tested this Tuesday (11/9), you must be registered by Saturday 11/6 at 8:00pm.


Registration for this system is similar to the last one with several improvements:

  • One parent email is able to register multiple students
  • Once registered, you are set - no need to “order tests”
  • Assistance is available directly from LFN
  • Step by step instructions are attached here to assist you

You will have to provide insurance information if available, as billing is done the same way. LFN will bill insurance if available and if not will bill the Federal grant program, which is why they need further information if you select “no insurance”. You will never be charged anything for these tests.


With this new provider, we will be able to do all the testing in one day. The schedule for now will be Tuesdays:

  • All elementary schools and OCD first thing in the morning until 10:00am


For more information, please go to the district website: 2020-2021 Updates & Communications - ES: COVID-19 / Distance Learning - Culver City Unified School District (ccusd.org)


Click on the video to show your child what to do.

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The Month of November

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Important La Ballona Dates (New Events in Bold)

Nov. 7- Online Auction Ends

Nov. 9- Covid Testing during school

Nov. 11- Veterans Day Holiday

Nov. 12- Coffee with the Principal

Nov. 16- SSC Meeting

Nov. 16- Covid Testing during school

Nov. 19- Trimester 1 Ends

Nov. 22-26- Thanksgiving Break


Below is our November Cultural Calendar. Click on the picture.

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Updates around Campus

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Incident Reporting

Sometimes children come home with bumps or scrapes, and parents naturally would like to know the cause. Some parents have expressed frustration that they are not getting enough communication in this area, so I'm hoping to clarify how we, the staff of La Ballona, make decisions about whether or not a particular incident is serious enough to require a call or email to parents.


As you can imagine, your children are quite active throughout each school day. Children move within and between classrooms, participate in PE and recess, stand in lines, gather supplies, play games with (or without) recess equipment, and so on. Teachers are supervising this activity while also providing instruction, helping children cope with big feelings, managing behavior, and providing conflict resolution. During any of these activities, students may physically bump into others or into objects, get knocked down, trip over something, or in some other way end up with a bump or scrape.


The protocol for staff at La Ballona is for teachers and/or the Health Office to notify families of incidents that involve intent to harm, head injury, or a significant visible injury. In many cases this will be a judgement call, as to what "intent" or "significant" means in context. Please remember your child's teacher is a trained, concerned professional doing their best. They are not infallible (since they are human), but they are caring advocates for your children. Their judgement is informed by years of experience with hundreds of children, and I have confidence they are making good choices about what to report the overwhelming majority of the time.

This year is uniquely difficult regarding student bumps and scrapes, because our Health Office's capacity has been greatly impacted by our Covid protocols. Nurse Maria is required to investigate each staff/student illness absence. We average over 30 student or staff illnesses per day. This by necessity limits our ability to give above-and-beyond attention to small incidents that do not rise to the level of our reporting protocol (above). Please know that we are all trying our best in one of the hardest years of our careers. Most of the time, we get it right. There will be times when we miss something. This is never intentional, but a result of the overwhelming amount of tasks each staff member is handling any given moment. I ask that you please assume goodwill and professionalism on the part of your student's teacher. And I ask for your patience as we handle the very much ongoing fallout of a global pandemic.

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From the Attendance Clerk

Dear La Ballona Parents,


My name is Rosy Reyes and I’m the Senior Office Assistant here at La Ballona. One of my main responsibilities is attendance. If your student is ever absent please email rosyreyes@ccusd.org with the reasoning for the absence and the number of days that your student will miss. If you have a Doctor/Dental/Court or any other legal form of an excused absence, please include attachment in the email.


If your student is late, please come in to the front office to sign them in. If the student is late due to a Doctor, Dental, Court etc. appointment, please bring the note from the corresponding office verifying the appointment. Please feel free to email any digital note to rosyreyes@ccusd.org .


If you are picking up your student early, please let the teacher know ahead of time. This will allow us to save time with having your student ready for you. Be sure to arrive to school with spare time, sometime students are out on Lunch/Recess and it is hard to locate their exact location. If your student is leaving early due to an appointment, please make sure to ask for a letter confirming of such appointment and bring excused note the following school day. You can also email the note to rosyreyes@ccusd.org


If you have any attendance question please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

With love,

Rosy Reyes

Senior Office Assistant

Office: (310) 842-4334 / Fax: (310) 842-4298

rosyreyes@ccusd.org

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Square Art catalogs!

Double check your child's backpacks next week as the 'Square 1 Art' catalogs will be distributed to all the students on November 2nd. All orders will be due by November 12th (for it to arrive before the holidays).

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Special Shout out to our Cafeteria Team

Did you know that our office team is serving almost 100 students each morning at breakfast and up to 380 lunches each day? These are very high numbers and our cafeteria team is handling it so well. Thank you for all of your hard work Bessy, Shamara, and Safaa.
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Our Community Working Together

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PTA discounts now from local CC stores.

For all our PTA members at La Ballona, here are even more discounts for you to enjoy with your $8 membership, yayyyyy!!

*** The Council PTA has partnered with local businesses to provide perks with your PTA card. If you signed up through Totem, you can download a digital card and take advantage of the perks right now! If you signed up with cash or Square and you wish to have a digital card, email me and I'll add you to Totem (so you won't be charged the $1 service charge that Totem has). Then you'll need to register an account with Totem. Email me back and I can send more instructions. You can also show your paper membership card to get these perks! Email me to coordinate a pick up or see me at the Membership table on October 29th at the school to pick up your paper membership card. (from Laura....info@laballonapta.org)

Sign up with TOTEM: https://jointotem.com/ca/culver-city/la-ballona-elem/join/register

Sign up with Squareup: https://la-ballona-elementary-pta.square.site/s/shop

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Online Auction fundraiser is now open!

La Ballona Elementary Schools online auction (our 2nd biggest fundraiser of the year) is NOW OPEN for bidding! Please check it out, as it has lots of absolutely FANTASTIC items to bid on from restaurant gift cards, tons of toys, teacher treats, gym memberships, clothing and MUCH MUCH more, so don't delay! This fundraiser is from Friday, October 22 until Sunday, Nov 7th at 9pm!

www.biddingforgood.com/laballona

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Join the PTA!

School has now started and so does our PTA membership drive! Joining the PTA is a great way to get involved and show your support for La Ballona students. Membership dues are just $8 per person and all dues-paying members can vote at PTA meetings, which are held the first Thursday of each month. Member dues are used for programs, resources, and activities that benefit our students. Click below on the link to pay your membership today, thank you so much for your support




Sign up with TOTEM: https://jointotem.com/ca/culver-city/la-ballona-elem/join/register

Sign up with Squareup: https://la-ballona-elementary-pta.square.site/s/shop

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Room Parents STILL Need Your Information ASAP!

The PTA Room Parents need your help. They want your contact information so they can keep you updated on your child's classroom (especially teachers birthday gift, teacher Appreciation Week info etc). The school is not permitted to give out your information, so if you'd like correspondence from your Room Parent, click here.

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The Student Store is NOW OPEN to pick up "Spirit Wear" orders!

La Ballona's "Student Store" has brand new facemasks for sale, 1 for $4, or 3 for $10. Stop by the Student Store today (during their new hours listed below) to purchase some and support the PTA. They also still have some "tie-dye" shirts available for purchase and are taking new orders for the sizes that they are currently sold out on, so don't delay in putting in your order for the family. Please email laballonastudentstore@gmail.com to place your order or drop by at the front of the school across from the entrance to the main office to see them in person.


Hours are Monday 8:50-9:30am, Wednesday 1:50pm-2:30pm and Friday 8:50-9:30am, thank you!

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Mental Health Workshops for Spanish Speaking Families

The promoters from LA County Department of Mental Health are excited to begin their mental health workshops for our Spanish speaking families in CCUSD. These workshops are held in spanish. Look below for the schedule.
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Annual Fundraising Drive

Hi Parents, With a goal of raising $150K (approx $300/child) for this year's programs and supplies, we're in need of community support. Every donation pushes us closer to our goal; allowing us to create a platform for our students to access educational opportunities, tools and experiences the school might not otherwise be able to afford.

Ways to donate and help out:

  • Go to bit.ly/laballona and donate what you can!
  • By check, make payable to "La Ballona PTA" and return in an envelope to your classroom teacher.
  • Share this flyer with your friends, family, and local businesses!

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