The Weekly Roar

October 18, 2020

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Updates from Dr. Godbey

Happy Sunday to you all! I hope your weekend has been filled with relaxation or recreation! Here are few updates from the Principal's Office.


Beginning this week, our district is shifting to utilizing substitutes when our teachers are absent. Substitutes will be used for any absence that is half-day or longer. Should your child have a substitute, you will be notified by the principal, school secretary or classroom teacher. The Classroom Zoom Link will remain the same on days where there are substitutes.


We are still in the process of getting more supplies to families. You will hear from us soon to pick up Makerspace Kits. They are being sorted this week by our Noon Duty Aides and Office Team. Math Kits are still on Backorder from the company, unfortunately.


Thank for your continued homeschooling efforts. I know that it's been a strain on families, and stress is high. My recommendation to us all is to take a collective, deep breath and remind ourselves that we are all doing our best in unforeseen, untrained circumstances. Once we return to physical schooling, we will all have a new appreciation for it. In the meantime, continue to communicate with your teachers. It's really tough for teachers to gauge workload, student understanding, lesson pacing, and student engagement. Let them know what is working. They really need to hear the positives. And, tactfully share what is difficult. We will get better together, as partners in this work.



Sincerely,

Dr. Becky Godbey

rebeccagodbey@ccusd.org

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Caught Being Good 2.0!

In the past, teachers would reward students when they caught a student doing the right thing. Now it's the parents turn. Send rebeccagodbey@ccusd.org your pictures of your students "Caught Being Good". Don't forget to include their name, grade, and teacher.


This is Delia, Kindergartner in Srta. Maritza Carrillo's class.

The American Disabilities Act

This month, La Ballona is honoring Disability Awareness Month. Our passionate committee is excited to share resources and information for all families and staff. Here's our second installment:


This year marks the 30th anniversary of the passage of the American Disabilities Act (ADA). On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the ADA into law; this landmark civil rights law affirmed the inherent dignity of every person, regardless of disability.


The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications. https://adata.org/learn-about-ada


"The A.D.A. helped open building doors, allowed us to earn an education and made it illegal to discriminate against a qualified person for employment. We should celebrate the strides we have made. But there is still work to do. The way society thinks about disability needs to evolve, as too many people view disability as something to loathe or fear. By changing this mentality, by recognizing how disabled people enrich our communities, we can all be empowered to make sure disabled people are included."


-Judy Heumann

Disability Rights Activist

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/20/us/judy-heumann-alice-wong-haben-girma-disability-activists.html

Enjoy this video celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the ADA created by Special X (featuring narration and artwork by kids, including one of our own La Ballona Lions):

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Please Join Our PTA

The La Ballona PTA needs you! Being a member of the PTA is one of the best ways a parent or guardian can be informed on what goes on at La Ballona Elementary School. Being a member also allows you to vote at all La Ballona Elementary PTA meetings. Be involved and have a say at what goes on at our school! Being a member does not require you to volunteer or attend meetings, but we always appreciate extra company! Please join our PTA!

Here are two ways to sign up.

Totem: https://jointotem.com/ca/culver-city/la-ballona-elem

Or use our Square link: https://la-ballona-elementary-pta.square.site

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