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Weekly News from UCLA Lab School - April 11, 2014

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Enjoy Family Movie Night On the Dino Yard

Saturday, April 12

6:30 p.m. — Arrival / Bring a picnic dinner, blankets and chairs

7:30 p.m. — Frozen begins

Upper II is hosting a special opportunity to see the movie Frozen on the Dino Yard. Suggested donation is $10 per person at the door (all proceeds will go to the 2014 Culmination). Drinks, popcorn and snacks will be sold. Information: Alyson Marmur,

Fit Week is Coming! / April 28 - May 2

Save the date: Fitness FunFest, Friday, May 2, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. (Drake Stadium)

Fitness and a healthy lifestyle — We believe this is so important it deserves a significant emphasis in our community, so we will have a full week of activities! There will be walking field trips to see UCLA athletes in action, information about nutrition and health, and a Fitness FunFest on Friday, May 2. As a foundation for all our activities, we'll introduce John Wooden's Pyramid of Success, a framework he used to inspire his athletes to achieve their personal best in sports and in life.

Volunteers are needed. Please contact one of the committee chairs, Diana Longarzo ( or Kecia Coby (, to see how you can help. Watch Backpack Notes and come to the next FSA meeting for more info.

Join in the Fun With Party Book

Some of the parties in our UCLA Lab School Party Book still have spaces available. Sign up at

Register for After School Enrichment

It’s time to sign up for After School Enrichment classes for spring. The spring session runs April 7 - May 29. For more information, please visit the Parents Page.

Next Two Weeks

Events are also listed on the Parents Page Calendar:

(Username: parent; Password: @labschool)

Wednesday, April 16: Rehearsal for Spring Orchestra Concert

7:15 - 8:15 a.m. (Gregg G. Juárez Community Hall)

Full orchestra rehearsal for the May 2 performance

Thursday, April 17: Campus Renovation Info Session

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

Learn about our school's upcoming renovation project at this presentation by Marmol Radziner architects. A light continental breakfast will be served.

Friday, April 18: Pupil Free Day

Monday - Friday, April 21-25: SAT 10 Testing

Intermediate and Upper students only

Wednesday, April 23: Middle School Night

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. (Gregg C. Juárez Community Hall)

This is a general information evening about middle school options and the application process. Speakers will include representatives from public, charter and independent schools. Information will also be provided about the ISEE test process. For childcare reservations, please sign up at the following link:

Save The Date

NOTE: New listings are marked by an * (asterisk).

April 28 - May 2: Fit Week

An exciting week of fun and fitness!

Tuesday, April 29: Parent and Principal Circle

8:15 – 9:30 a.m. (Conference Room)

Friday, May 2: Fitness FunFest

8:30 - 11:30 a.m. (Drake Stadium)

This is the final, big event for Fit Week! Volunteers are needed. Contact Diana Longarzo or Kecia Coby

* Friday, May 2: Spring Orchestra Concert 2014

7:00 p.m. (Schoenberg Hall)

Orchestra students will perform their spring concert at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall under the direction of Music Director Larry Newman. All music students should report to the warm-up rooms in Schoenberg Hall at 6:30 p.m. Dress for performers is black pants/skirt/dress and a white top. Honor Orchestra students please wear your black Honor Orchestra polo shirt. Admission is free and no tickets are required. Our culminating class will be selling flowers, cookies and water in the lobby. Please support them and our school. Info:

* Wednesday, May 21: Café y Conversación

Join Principal Norma Silva to talk about the LTL program.

Good To Know

Environmental Law Institute Honors Mark Abramson With Wetlands Award

The Environmental Law Institute has announced the recipients of the prestigious National Wetland Awards – individual stewards from across the country who have been recognized for their exceptional and innovative contributions to wetlands conservation. Among them is Mark Abramson, senior watershed advisor for The Bay Foundation and advisor and partner in our school's Creek Restoration Project.

Announcing the award, the Institute noted that Abramson has dedicated the last 15 years to protecting and restoring wetlands and streams in the coastal County of Los Angeles. In his work for The Bay Foundation, he has achieved "a range of accomplishments. One of his most significant is the 10-year effort to restore the Malibu Lagoon, one of the last coastal wetlands in the County. The project was completed in May 2013 and, since that time, a diverse community of plants and animals has returned to the lagoon," the announcement said.

“I congratulate the extraordinary individuals selected for the National Wetlands Awards for demonstrating how citizens and communities can – and do – make a difference,” said ELI President John Cruden.

"It is such an honor to collaborate with Mark," said Principal Norma Silva. "He has a great spirit in working with our teachers and staff, the university students, and our children! I know our entire school community will join me in congratulating him on this award."

Abramson and his fellow 2014 National Wetlands Awards recipients will be honored at a public ceremony on May 8 at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit

LA Times Festival of Books - April 12 & 13

Check out the annual two-day extravaganza of books for all ages at USC this weekend. The Children’s Stage offers lots of great entertainment for families, including the release of Luis y Jennifer en: César Chávez y la máquina del tiempo, by Juan Carlos Quezadas and Bef, read by actor Diego Luna on Sunday at 11:55 a.m. — it’s presented by LA Librería and Televisa Foundation. Learn more about the festival at:

Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series Examines Civil Rights in Schools, Apr. 14

Catherine Lhamon, U.S. Dept. of Education Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (and a former UCLA Lab School parent) will be a panelist

Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco will moderate a panel discussion about the importance of civil rights in education, and key topics such as resegregation, school discipline, English language learners, and DREAMers. Panelists will be U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon, UCLA Education Professor Gary Orfield, and UCLA Law Professor Hiroshi Motomura.

Access in Education: Why Civil Rights in Schools Still Matter

Monday, April 14

4:00 p.m. reception / 5:00 p.m. lecture

Palisades Room, Carnesale Commons, UCLA

Complimentary parking in Sunset Village and Parking Structure 7

RSVP by April 11 on Eventbrite

And check out Getting to Know Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon, on Home Room: Official Blog of the US Dept of Education