Dear Lunada Bay Families,
Hello! Happy Monday. Hopefully you enjoyed the long weekend! I spent the weekend with my Aunt and Uncle who were visiting me from Washington D.C. It is always fun to be a tourist when we live in such a spectacular place! We had a great time.
Reflections from my Office:
This week began the 5th grade leadership program called CHAMPS. This tradition has been around at Lunada Bay for years, as it is a wonderful opportunity for the 5th graders to develop leadership skills. At lunch time, they facilitate activities for the younger students and “give back” to the campus. Anything from reading to the TK class, making comic books with younger kids, or teaching 1st graders how to play games on the playground, the 5th graders work collaboratively to better the campus in their final year in elementary school. This year there is even a group that is a going to be friendship coaches for students! I look forward to sharing some of their stories with you.
There are many ways our kids demonstrate leadership, and far too often they are not celebrated for the littler acts of kindness they make a huge difference. For instance, today four 5th graders were walking around the playground picking up trash. Nobody told them to do it, and they were not seeking recognition. When our yard supervisor walked up to them to give them a Success Ticket, they smiled and thanked her. They told her that they like doing things for the school because “it is the right thing to do.” They said they were trying to encourage other kids to do the same thing and asked if she could spread the word. They told her while they appreciate the “Success Ticket” they don’t need it to keep picking up trash. These are the leaders on our campus. These are the kids who make a positive impact every day for others. They lead by example – for the kids and adults too.
Farm Stand After School Tuesday 11/14! Stop by the MPR after school to visit the Farm Stand! You can purchase fresh herbs grown locally and sample healthy smoothies! Grab your herbs for Thanksgiving while supporting the school. All proceeds will benefit the PTA.
Parent Information Meeting for 5th Grade Parents Only on Outdoor Science School! Join me and the teachers on 11/14 at 6 pm in the MPR for an informational meeting about the 5th grade field trip to Outdoor School.
Disaster Drill this Wednesday! Our school will be participating in our annual disaster drill on Wednesday, November 15th at 11 am. As part of our drill, you will be receiving a test emergency notification message that should arrive to all parent guardians via email, text and phone call. This is an essential part of our drill so that you can check that your contact information is updated and you would receive our message in the event of a real emergency. There is information posted here for further questions:
Fine Arts Culmination for 5th Grade! 5th Grade parents are invited to attend the Culmination Performance in the MPR on Friday, November 17th at 11 am. The students will get a chance to see the 5th graders perform as well at 9 am on Friday.
Gentle reminders about our 4-legged Friends on Campus! As dog owner, I would love to take my dog anywhere on campus. However, on campus during school hours, we ask that our furry pets stay on the sidewalk off campus when you are walking to pick up or drop off your child. Some of our students have allergies or fears related to dogs, and it is imperative we are sensitive to all student needs. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe and happy!
The Book Fair is Coming to Lunada Bay! It is a special time of the year when the Book Fair comes to our school! It will be open the week of parent conferences (November 27th – December 1st) so be sure to stop by when you are on campus for conferences. Classes will also be visiting the Book Fair during the school day, and it will be open before and after school.
11/22 Minimum Day (Book Fair Opens)
11/23-11/24 Thanksgiving Holiday – NO SCHOOL
11/27 – 12/1 Book Fair
11/28 – 11/30 Parent Teacher Conferences: Minimum Days
Have a great week, everyone!
Julie Tarango, Principal
Lunada Bay Elementary School
520 Paseo Lunado
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
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