The mission of Laguna Road School is to achieve educational excellence, in partnership with parents and community, to prepare all students, through use of knowledge, skills, and behaviors, to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.
Laguna Road is now Blue Ribbon School!!!
What does it means, The Blue Ribbon Schools Program is a United States government program created in 1981 to honor schools which have achieved high levels of performance or significant improvements with emphasis on schools serving disadvantaged students. The program centers on a self-assessment conducted by the school followed by an establishment and implementation of an improvement plan. The Blue Ribbon award is considered the highest honor an American school can achieve.
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Hello Â Roadrunners! Â ,FDQÂ¶WEHOLHYHWKDWZHDUHDOUHDG\KHUHLQ0D\Â«ELUGVDUHVLQJLQJ flowers Â are Â blooming Â and Â we Â are Â already Â talking Â about Â summer Â plans! Â Â :RZÂ«WRVD\WKDWWKLV\HDUZHQWE\IDVWLVDQXQGHUVWDWHPHQW Â PTA Â has Â been Â full Â of Â busy Â bees Â over Â the Â last Â few Â months. Â Â Hopefully Â you Â have Â been Â able Â to Â participate Â in Â some Â of Â our Â fun Â and Â exciting Â events! Â Â Waaaayyyy Â back Â in Â March, Â we Â had Â our Â first Â ever Â Roller Â skating Â party! Â Â Ms. Â Endicott Â and Â Ms. Â Jeffries Â WOWED Â the Â students Â with Â their Â roller Â skating Â skills Â that Â morning Â at Â school Â and Â later Â that Â evening, Â 129 Â Laguna Â Road Â students, Â teachers Â and Â IDPLOLHVZHUHKDYLQJWKHWLPHRIWKHLUOLYHV,I\RXPLVVHGRXWÂ«'21Â¶7:255<:H have Â booked Â an Â end Â of Â the Â year Â roller Â skating Â party!! Â Â Save Â the Â date Â Â± Â FRIDAY, Â JUNE Â 15th Â from Â 5:30pm-Â7:30pm Â at Â the Â Holiday Â Skate Â Center Â in Â Orange. Â Â Tickets Â will Â be Â $7 Â / Â person Â and Â will Â be Â sold Â at Â the Â door! Â Â Join Â us Â for Â a Â really Â fun-Âfilled Â evening!! Â Â More Â details Â will Â go Â home Â in Â June. Â Â Also Â in Â March, Â we Â FHOHEUDWHGÂ³'D\RIWKH5HDGHUÂ´Â³,QFUHGLEOH.LG'D\Â´DQGRXUÂ³0RWKHU 6RQÂ´HYHQW'LG\RXUHDGWR\RXUFKLOGÂ¶VFODVV"2UWHOO\RXUFKLOGKRZÂ³LQFUHGLEOHÂ´WKH\ DUH"'LG\RXMRLQXVIRURXUPRYLHQLJKW":KLOHÂ³'D\RIWKH5HDGHUÂ´ZDVVXSSRUWHG primarily Â by Â our Â wonderful Â Student Â Council, Â many Â of Â our Â PTA Â parents Â participated Â by Â reading Â to Â various Â classes. Â Â Our Â students Â LOVE Â to Â be Â read Â to! Â Â Please Â enjoy Â this Â special Â activity Â at Â home Â with Â your Â child! Â Â While Â it Â is Â important Â for Â your Â kids Â to Â practice Â reading Â to Â you, Â when Â you Â read Â to Â them, Â they Â witness Â flow, Â intonation, Â pronunciation Â and Â they Â SLFNXSQHZYRFDEXODU\ZRUGV37$FHOHEUDWHGÂ³,QFUHGLEOH.LG'D\Â´E\KDQJLQJXS posters Â around Â school Â and Â giving Â every Â studenWDÂ³6WDU6WXGHQWÂ´EUDFHOHWZLWKDQ DWWDFKHGVSHFLDOPHVVDJH$QGRXUÂ³0RWKHU6RQÂ´PRYLHQLJKWZDVDEODVW2XU0RPV and Â sons Â had Â a Â wonderful Â picnic Â dinner Â (provided Â by Â PTA) Â in Â the Â MPR, Â followed Â by Â popcorn Â and Â a Â movie Â Â± Â Â³+RZWR7UDLQ\RXU'UDJRQÂ´,WZDs Â a Â lot Â of Â fun Â and Â the Â boys Â had Â a Â great Â time Â hanging Â out Â with Â their Â Moms Â and Â friends! Â Â We Â are Â sooo Â lucky Â to Â have Â such Â wonderful Â kids Â at Â Laguna Â Road!! Â $SULOSURYLGHGXVZLWKDPXFKQHHGHGÂ³6SULQJ%UHDNÂ´+RSH\RXKDGDQHQMR\DEOHRQH After Â break, Â PTA Â hit Â WKHJURXQGUXQQLQJZLWKSUHSDUDWLRQVWRKHOSZLWK626Â¶6FKRRO &DUQLYDO:KDWD)81HYHQWWKDWZDV,WZDVDJUHDWHYHQLQJRIIDPLO\IXQÂ«EHWZHHQDOO RIWKHFODVVURRPERRWKVDQGWKHWHDFKHUVÂ¶DXFWLRQLWHPV0DQ\WKDQNVWR626Â¶5R\.LP and Â Lizette Â Kizziar Â for Â heading Â up Â the Â carnival Â effort. Â Â And Â of Â course, Â I Â have Â to Â mention Â the Â 6th Â grade Â food Â extravaganza Â (headed Â up Â by Â Cathy Â Geringer) Â and Â the Â wonderful Â talent Â show Â put Â on Â by Â Gloria Â Renfro. Â Â (Many Â thanks Â to Â Gloria Â for Â all Â of Â her Â time Â and Â Â Â
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effort!) Â Â Towards Â the Â end Â of Â April, Â we Â had Â our Â annual Â Honorary Â Service Â awards Â night Â / Â 2SHQ+RXVHHYHQW&RQJUDWXODWLRQVWRDOORIRXUELJDZDUGZLQQHUV:LQQHUVÂ¶QDPHV are Â mentioned Â below). Â Â Did Â you Â all Â come Â to Â enjoy Â the Â food Â trucks! Â Â Thanks Â to Â SOS Â and Â Melisa Â Yeo Â for Â organizing Â them! Â Â We Â know Â a Â lot Â of Â people Â had Â to Â wait Â a Â while Â to Â order Â or Â wait Â for Â their Â food. Â Â Changes Â will Â definitely Â be Â made Â for Â next Â time! Â Â (The Â first Â time Â is Â always Â a Â learning Â lesson!) Â Â And Â a Â BIG Â thank Â you Â to Â all Â of Â our Â teachers Â for Â their Â tireless Â HOURS Â of Â work Â and Â preparation Â to Â make Â their Â classrooms Â look Â amazing. Â Â And Â how Â DPD]LQJZDV\RXUFKLOGÂ¶VZRUN",ZDVEORZQDZD\E\WKHTXDOLW\DQGFUHDWLYLW\RIDOORI our Â children! Â Â We Â are Â soo Â lucky Â to Â be Â here Â at Â Laguna Â Road!! Â Â Â Â We Â finished Â off Â April Â with Â an Â OUTSTANDING Â parent Â education Â evening Â regarding Â Â³LQDSSURSULDWHWRXFKLQJÂ´DEXVH7KHVSHDNHUVZHUHLQIRUPDWLRQDOG\QDPLF educational, Â engaging Â and Â very Â realistic. Â Â They Â realized Â the Â barriers Â there Â are Â to Â discussing Â this Â topic Â and Â they Â offered Â ways Â to Â break Â them Â down. Â Â Did Â you Â know Â that Â 90% Â of Â sexual Â abuse Â can Â be Â prevented Â with Â EDUCATION? Â Â Education Â of Â parents Â and Â education Â of Â our Â children Â Â± Â WRNQRZZKDWÂ¶VRNYVQRWRNZKDWWRWHOOZKDWWRGRDQG above Â all Â Â± Â who Â to Â tell. Â Â Do Â you Â know Â hRZWREH23(1WROLVWHQWR\RXUNLGVÂ¶TXHVWLRQV and Â concerns? Â Â WOW! Â Â I Â walked Â away Â with Â a Â wealth Â of Â information Â and Â resources. Â Â I Â only Â wish Â that Â there Â were Â more Â people Â to Â fill Â in Â some Â of Â those Â empty Â seats. Â Â EDUCATION Â is Â the Â key Â to Â prevention!!!!!!!! Â Â Hopefully Â we Â will Â be Â able Â to Â schedule Â another Â event Â for Â those Â of Â you Â who Â missed Â out! Â Â Â Whew! Â Â Here Â we Â are Â in Â May. Â Â We Â are Â starting Â our Â month Â off Â with Â the Â Volunteer Â Tea Â (put Â on Â by Â our Â wonderful Â staff!) Â Â Thank Â you!! Â Â I Â also Â have Â the Â pleasure Â of Â attending Â the Â California Â Distinguished Â School Â award Â banquet Â on Â May Â 4th. Â Â A Â BIG Â thank Â you Â to Â all Â of Â you Â ZKRSDUWLFLSDWHGLQWKHVFKRROÂ¶VVLWHYLVLWEDFNLQ0DUFK7KHÂ³&'6YLVLWRUVÂ´KDGDQ amazing Â time Â at Â our Â school Â and Â were Â blown Â away Â by Â all Â that Â the Â kids Â had Â to Â show Â them. Â Â ,QIDFWWKHÂ³YLVLWRUVÂ´WROGXVWKDWZHDW/DJXQD5RDGDUHJHWWLQJDÂ³:25/'-ÂCLASS Â ('8&$7,21Â´IRURXUFKLOGUHQ:HDUHWUXO\EOHVVHG Â You Â have Â already Â received Â the Â notice Â in Â your Â Tuesday Â folders, Â but Â this Â month Â the Â kids Â will Â also Â be Â taking Â their Â CSTs Â (California Â Standardized Â Test.) Â Â Please Â make Â sure Â that Â your Â kids Â have Â a Â great Â start Â to Â the Â morning Â Â± Â ZLWKDJRRGEUHDNIDVWDQGDJRRGQLJKWÂ¶VVOHHS the Â night Â before. Â Â PTA Â supports Â this Â testing Â effort Â with Â fabulous Â testing Â pencils Â Â± Â (rainbow Â ones Â this Â year!) Â Â± Â and Â we Â provide Â a Â very Â light, Â but Â nutritious, Â daily Â testing Â snack Â for Â the Â kids. Â Â Best Â of Â luck Â to Â our Â fabulous Â Roadrunners!! Â Â May Â also Â brings Â a Â fabulous Â opportunity Â to Â thank Â our Â wonderful Â teachers Â and Â staff. Â Â On Â May Â 16th, Â we Â will Â be Â hosting Â our Â annual Â Â³6WDII$SSUHFLDWLRQ/XQFKHRQÂ´,I\RXDUH interested Â in Â helping Â out Â with Â this Â fun Â event Â Â± Â please Â let Â me Â know. Â Â We Â have Â a Â lot Â of Â fun Â with Â our Â teachers Â and Â have Â lots Â of Â yummy Â goodies Â to Â eat!! Â Â Â Â Â Â
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PTA is also in the process of filling positions for next year. Do you want to get involved and help our kids? We have some open positions and would love your help! PTA is FULL RIKHOSHUVVRSOHDVHGRQ¶WIHHOOLNH\RXKDYHWRGRDQ\MREDORQH:HDUHLQQHHGRI ³&RPPLWWHH&KDLUSHUVRQV´± the contact people that make sure that things are moving smoothly for that particular event. The open positions are listed here in the 1HZVOHWWHU«SOHDVHORRNWKURXJKWKHPDQGVHHLIDQ\RIWKHPVRXQGLQWULJXLQJWR\RX Feel free to contact me if you would like more information about any of them. WE NEED YOUR HELP!! Laguna Road is successful in part, because of our INCREDIBLE parent support!! (And remember ± this is one of the areas that our California Distinguished School Award focused on ± parent involvement!!!!!) $QGVSHDNLQJDERXWQH[W\HDU«SOHDVHNHHSLQPLQGWKHIROORZLQJGDWH$XJXVW th appears to be the start of the 2012-13 school year. Please keep checking the district ZHEVLWHRURXUVFKRRORIILFH WRVHHLIWKLVGDWHFKDQJHV$OVR«MXVWVR\RXDUH aware. The high school district is going to be moving their school calendar backwards by 2 weeks ± starting in the 2013-VFKRRO\HDU7KLVPHDQVWKDWWKHKLJKVFKRRO¶VVWDUW date will most likely be around August 12th for that school year and school will end around Memorial Day (end of May). The elementary district has not yet voted on doing the same, HOWEVER, it will most likely happen because families want the same schedule for their elementary/high school kids. We will keep you posted with any further developments. One of the reasons behind the changes, by the way, is so that high school testing / finals fall BEFORE major vacations and not the week after. It is a better schedule for the students ± just keep that in mind while you are grumbling about the changes!!! - 7KLQNWKDW¶VLWIRUQRZ«:2:«LW,6DORW,ZDQWWRFORVHE\ZHOFRPLQJP\VXFFHVVRU Helen Kharrat has been voted in as your incoming PTA President and I am just thrilled! She will do a great job in continuing the positive growth in PTA and I look forward to working with her! Both Helen and I will be attending the PTA Convention this month where we hope to gather even more great ideas to bring back to Laguna Road. 6HH\RXDWVFKRRODQGDJDLQ«WKDQNVIRU\RXU*2/'(1FRPPLWPHQWWRour children and RXUVFKRRO:HFHUWDLQO\DUH³*2/'(1+(5(,1285TH <($5´ Please contact me with any questions / comments / concerns!! - Nivie Jhawar PTA President ± Laguna Road School firstname.lastname@example.org
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Congratulations to the following Honorary Service Award winners!!!!! The PTA Honorary Service Award (HSA) Program recognizes the service and dedication of both individuals and organizations and celebrates the spirit of volunteerism.
Marlene Chaw (Roadrunner Award) Cathy Geringer (Honorary Service) Nivie Jhawar (Honorary Service) Catherine Brewer (Honorary Service and Teacher of the Year!)
We are soooooo proud of you!! Thanks for your dedication to Laguna Road and our Roadrunners!!
Good News for Laguna Road School!! We recently received word from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson that we were named one of the 2012 California Distinguished Schools. We were recognized for innovative education programs that encourage student to learn and help close the DFKLHYHPHQWJDS,W¶VVXFKDQKRQRUIRUXV7KLVDZDUGGHPRQVWUDWes the incredible commitment of our students, staff, and parents to provide a world-class education. To be invited to apply for Distinguished School honors, schools must meet a variety of eligibility criteria including federal and state accountability measures based on Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Academic Performance Index requirements. The application process consists of a written application, which included description of our Science and Parent Involvement signature practice, and a county-led site validation process, which validated the implementation of those signature practice. Congratulations to ALL. AND GO ROADRUNNERS!!! Beep Beep! Harold Sullivan, Principal
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Roller Skating Event Gallery:
FRIDAY, JUNE 15th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Holiday Skate Center in Orange. Tickets will be $7 / person and will be sold at the door! Join us for a really fun-filled evening!! More details will go home in June.
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School Chorus (3x Gold Award Winner) Annual Concert & Graduation When: Tuesday, June 12 at 7:00 pm in the MPR For inquiry, please contact Dr. Ning @ email@example.com or 714-262-8895.
School Chorus Experience by Lauren Fu I started choir as a fourth grader. Being in choir, although it had many challenges, has taught me to be more patient. Learning to sing is more than just events-but learning why music is important. Choir was not what I expected. It was actually a lot of work. I learned that teamwork takes a lot of cooperation. Being one voice in a group means you have to do your best for everyone else. This is an important lesson to learn, because everything in life involves teamwork. I really enjoyed performing at various school events, the Holiday Concert in December 2011, and the Southern California Choral Music Festival in March 2012. Other highlights include Knott's Berry Farm and end of year swim party at Mrs. Renfro's. I may not sing in a choir the rest of my life, but my experience in choir has helped me discover what kind of music I enjoy.
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Welcome & Congratulations to our 2012-13 PTA Executive Board! President -‐ Helen Kharrat Past President Advisor (PPA)-‐ Nivie Jhawar 1st VP- Membership Co-Chair-‐ Becky Kenrick 1st VP- Membership Co-Chair ² Victoria Muffie 2nd Vice Pres -Ways & Means -‐ Vacant 3rd VP- Outreach Co-Chair -‐ Helen Kang 3rd VP- Outreach Co-Chair -‐ Vacant Recording Secretary -‐ Susan Levinson Treasurer -‐ Nicole Yi Financial Secretary ² Vincent Alvarado Auditor -‐ Purvi Patel Historian ² Bridget Doyle-‐Olsen Parlimentarian ² Shirley Ramirez
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LEADERS NEEDED!! Our children have enjoyed many fun and exciting events so far this year;; including Walk to School Day, Book Fair, Father/Daughter Dance, Skate Night, and Mother/Son Movie Night. Each event would not be possible without teams of volunteers. We are thinking ahead to next year, and our school needs committee leaders to plan and manage school-wide events during the 2012-2013 school year. Many of these events are single day programs and may not require large time commitments. Additionally, two or more people can run the same committee - so much easier when you lead with a friend! We sent out recently a sign-up flyer for open committee chair positions. We received 0 responses! These events will not take place for our children without volunteers to manage them. If you are interested in leading any of the following committees or have any questions about the committees, please contact Victoria Muffie at firstname.lastname@example.org: * FATHER/DAUGHTER EVENT ()HE 3ODQDQGPDQDJHVFKRRO¶V)DWKHU'DXJKWHUHYHQLQJHYHQW * HONORARY SERVICE AWARDS: Coordinate nominations and selection of Roadrunner and Honorary Service Awards. Manage ordering of awards and coordinate award ceremonies. Roadrunner Awards are presented in January. Honorary Service Awards are presented in April. ,1&5(',%/(.,''$<0DUFK 3ODQDQGPDQDJHVFKRRO¶V,QFUHGLEOH.LG'D\HYHQW * MATH OLYMPIAD: Manage a team of volunteers to teach interested 4th ± 6th-graders who meet Tuesday & Thursday mornings (from October-March) for challenging math instruction and problem-solving activities. 027+(5621(9(170DUFK 3ODQDQGPDQDJHVFKRRO¶V0RWKHU6RQHYHQLQJHYHQW * PROGRAM & ASSEMBLIES: Work with school staff and PTA to plan and manage school assemblies throughout the year. * WEBSITE: Oversee design and maintenance of PTA website throughout the year. Thank you for taking a leadership role at Laguna Road! You are setting a wonderful example and making a difference for our children.
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Published on May 7, 2012