THIS WEEK, 10/9 - 10/12 : TAJ & KODAMA

NEXT WEEK, 10/15 - 10/19 : BURGHER & BRKIC

  • Upcoming Events
  • PFA President's Message
  • Counselor's Corner
  • Annual Fund Drive
  • PFA Meeting
  • Walk-to-School Day
  • Step It Up! Fundraiser
  • Box tops Context
  • Discount Card

MON 10/8:
*NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

TUE 10/9:
*PFA Monthly Meeting, 8:30AM in MPR

WED 10/10:
*Walk to School Day!

THU 10/11:
*Step It Up Fundraiser Kickoff Assembly

FRI 10/12:
*Box Tops Classroom Contest ENDS
*Step It Up "Golden Tickets" DUE by 8:15AM under the dolphin

MON 10/15:
*Islands Restaurant FUN-raiser, 4:00 - 9:00PM at Westfield Topanga

MON 10/22 - FRI 10/26:
* Red Ribbon Week -- Bay Laurel supports "Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds"

FRI 10/26:
*5th Grade Bagel-In-A-Bag

WED 10/31:
H A P P Y H A L L O W E E N !
*All-school Halloween Parade, 8:30AM on the blacktop
(and don't forget about the 50/50 Candy Split, hosted by Girl Scout Troops 2496 & 3606 -- 11/1 in morning carline!)
A Word from our PFA President, Dawn Sue-Dare
First month of school in the books? Check. First PFA meeting of the year? Check. New families welcomed with an evening mixer and a morning coffee date? Check.

A HUGE shout-out and mahalo to all of our parent volunteers who helped make September such a successful month of school: Jasmine Motazedi (Room Parent Meeting), Jody Stiegemeyer (New Parent Welcome Mixer), Amelia Damborg (New Parent Welcome Coffee), Lindsay Strull (Movie Night), Bridget Katz (Treasurer's Training Meeting). Thank you all for your dedication and hard work!

Thank you to everyone who came to show support during our community fundraising days: "Back-to-School Breakfast" fundraiser at The Stand Calabasas , and our "Bay Laurel Giveback Day" at CalaKids Boutique !

Please note that we had to adjust the time for our October PFA meeting next week. It will take place on Tuesday, 10/9 at 8:30AM in the MPR. We moved the evening PFA Meeting to November 13th @ 6:00PM, please join us then! Boys & Girls Club will provide childcare for those who need it, but you *must* sign up for a spot in advance . We always welcome new ideas, and volunteers to join our various committees or become chairs for our special events!

Can't wait to see what October will bring! Go Dolphins!

Dawn Sue-Dare
2018-19 PFA President
Counselor's Corner with Ms. Carter
Hello Bay Laurel Families! I hope everyone has had a wonderful start to the school year. This month kicks off our character dispositions of the month; Mindfulness & Thoughtfulness. Your counseling program will also begin the Second Step Social Skills Program in our Journey and Kindergarten classes, and our Peaceful Players Program has begun. I enjoy supervising this program at Bay Laurel and appreciate the students who volunteer their time to make this program possible.

The Peaceful Players Program is an effort toward students’ learning to examine conflict and develop resolutions. Our 4 th and 5 th grade Peaceful Players are trained in activities to improve their own self-concept, leadership abilities, and improve their ability to communicate more effectively. They help students in the 1 st through 3 rd grades learn various playground games, help build a cooperative environment, encourage good sportsmanship, facilitate winning and losing with grace, and conflict resolution and problem solving.
Homework tip of the month: I absolutely love this luggage tag checklist that you can fill out with your child. It helps them become responsible for items to and from school. https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/teaching-organizational-skills/download-backpack-checklist
Parenting tip of the month:  Fighting the school blues? Check out these ways to respond to your child in an empathetic and effective way.

 What your child says... “I’m too tired to go to school.”
Before you understand, you might think... He gets plenty of sleep, so he can’t be too tired to get himself to school. He just wants to stay home and play his new video game all day.
You might be tempted to say, “You slept for 10 hours. There’s no way you’re too tired for school.”
The frustration behind what your child says... School can be exhausting for kids with learning and attention issues. It takes a lot of energy to try to keep up with work when learning or attention is challenging. It can be even more tiring to try to keep pace with the expectations of adults and peers day in and day out.
A more helpful way you can respond... “I understand you’re tired. I can cancel your after school stuff today so you get a break.” Then watch him for the next few days to see if a break made a difference. If so, think about whether you need to make permanent changes to his schedule so he has more free time.

What your child says... “I hate school.”
Before you understand, you might think... He’s overreacting. You might be tempted to say, “I hate lots of things I have to do. That’s just life.”
The frustration behind what your child says... Sometimes a specific bad experience or trouble with one aspect of school can cast a cloud over everything else.
A more helpful way you can respond... “Something must be really challenging at school. I know there’s a lot that you like, so tell me what’s been happening.” Get him to be as specific as possible, then work with the school to create a plan.

What your child says... “The other kids are mean.”
Before you understand, you might think... He needs to toughen up. You might be tempted to say, “You have to stick up for yourself.”
The frustration behind what your child says... It can be tough for some kids with learning and attention issues to connect socially. And they’re  more susceptible to being bullied  than their peers. Your child may also tend to lose sight of friends he  does have if someone isn’t being nice.
A more helpful way you can respond... “I know kids can be mean sometimes. Who isn’t treating you well? What is he doing or saying?” Try to get your child to be specific and make a concrete plan to help him advocate for himself.
Thank you for stopping by Counselor’s Corner. I look forward to working with your children and invite you to contact me with any questions, concerns, or thoughts. I am on campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00am to 3:00pm and Wednesdays from 9:30am to 1:00pm.

Thank you,
Heather Carter
School Counselor
Annual Fund Drive - THANK YOU Dolphin Families!
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Join our Monthly PFA Meeting!
Everyone is welcome to join our monthly PFA meeting. This month's meeting is on Tuesday, October 9th at 8:30am in the MPR.

Be an active part of your child's school! See what's being planned and get involved!
Lace Up Your Shoes...It's Walk-to-School Day!
On Wednesday, October 10th 7:30-8:15am , join your fellow Dolphins in celebrating International Walk to School Day!

Our Bay Laurel PFA Traffic & Safety Team encourages everyone to walk, jog, bike, skate or scoot to school instead of driving!

We could use some volunteers on Wednesday morning! Click HERE to view the SignUpGenius and volunteer!

See you on the sidewalk on Wednesday!
Step It Up Fundraiser Kicks Off on Thursday, 10/11!
Bay Laurel is getting a new fundraiser this year...Step It Up! Step It Up is a fun, fitness-based fundraiser that culminates in a "Day of Awesomeness", featuring Step It Up's interactive Obstacle Course (based on the TV shows Wipeout and American Ninja Warrior )! Students will receive more information at Thursday's kick-off assembly with the Step It Up Team.

We will also need some AWESOME parent volunteers to help this run smoothly! Click HERE to view the SignUpGenius to see what's needed and volunteer!

Questions? Please email our Step It Up Chair, Jen Jacoby ( richjen123@sbcglobal.net ), or our Fundraising Team ( BLESfundraising@gmail.com ).
Box Tops Classroom Contest Ends Friday, 10/12!
Don't forget to clip, save, and bring in those Box Tops for our classroom contest through Friday, 10/12/18!

Submit as many Box Tops as you can (don't forget to write YOUR name and your TEACHER'S name on your submission!). The classroom with the most Box Tops submitted will win a popsicle party! Top individual contributors can win a free kids' meal certificate from Islands!

Questions? Please email our Box Tops Coordinator, parent volunteer Erin Mediuch, via email at erinmediuch@yahoo.com .
Year-Round Savings from Community Discount Card!
Who doesn't like getting a good deal? Saving money every time you go out for pizza, frozen yogurt, yoga, or a manicure...and on top of that, using that discount for an ENTIRE YEAR, through 8/31/19? 

For just $10, you'll get discounts at merchants such as: Fresh Brothers Pizza, Golden Spoon, WARRIOR&CO Yoga, Menchie's, Fazio Cleaners...AND MORE!

Want to buy one? Click the button below to purchase yours at the PFA Online Store on MySchoolAnywhere !
Questions? Please email our Fundraising Team at BLESfundraising@gmail.com .
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