NEXT WEEK, 9/11 - 9/14 : AMICO & GOLDS

  • Upcoming Events
  • PFA President's Message
  • Counselor's Corner
  • Annual Fund Drive
  • Fall Enrichment
  • Homework Club
  • Coach Dante Enrichment
  • Movie Night

MON 9/3
NO SCHOOL - Labor Day

TUES 9/4:
Room Parent Meeting, 8:30AM in MPR

THUR 9/6
New Dolphin Parents Welcome Mixer (all grades), 6:30-8:30PM at a Private Residence

MON 9/10
NO SCHOOL - Fall Recess Day

MON 9/11
New Dolphin Parents Coffee Date (grades 1-5), 7:45-8:15 in MPR
**Monthly PFA Meeting to follow at 8:30AM**

FRI 9/14
Bay Laurel Movie Night, 6:30PM on the Lower Field

SUN 9/16
Back-to-School Pancake Breakfast FUN-raiser, 10:00AM at The Stand Calabasas ( ticket purchase required )

WED 9/19
NO SCHOOL - Fall Recess Day

TUES 9/25
Treasurers' Training Meeting for PFA Board & Event Chairpersons, 8:15AM in MPR

FRI 9/28
Last Day to Pay AFD!
A Word from our PFA President, Dawn Sue-Dare
Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! If we haven't met in person yet, my name is Dawn Sue-Dare, and I am honored to be your PFA President for 2018-19. A little bit about me: I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and I attended Punahou School (the same school President Barack Obama attended!). I moved to California for college, and stayed "on the mainland" after graduating. My husband and I have a 2nd grade daughter, who is ecstatic to begin her 4th year as a Dolphin (we started in TK)!

Our school year is off to a fantastic start -- between our new Bay Laurel Spirit Wear designs, School Supply Sorting Day, the TK/K Welcome Picnic, Registration Day, Back-to-School Nights, the PFA Parent Welcome Breakfast, the 5th Grade Back-to-School Event, and our TWO restaurant FUN-raisers at Rosti and Jeni's Ice Creams during our first week back at's a great year so far!

A HUGE shout-out and mahalo to all of our parent volunteers who made all of our back-to-school events happen: Dawn Goldfarb, Heather Holmes, Marina Lakier, and Lindsay Strull (Spirit Wear); Carrie Brenner (School Supply Sorting Day); Samantha Barnett & Wendy Russo (TK/K Welcome Picnic); Debbie Buxer (Registration Day); Danielle Gold & Robin Feldman (PFA Parent Welcome Breakfast). Thank you all for your dedication and hard work!

I hope you'll join us at our monthly PFA meeting next week, on Tuesday, 9/11 at 8:30AM in the MPR. Come meet new friends and see what we're all about! We are always looking for new ideas, volunteers to join our various committees, and chairs for our special events! Don't forget the October PFA meeting will be in the evening!

I wish everyone a fun and successful school year!

Dawn Sue-Dare
2018-19 PFA President
Counselor's Corner with Ms. Carter
Welcome back Bay Laurel Families! And a big welcome to our new Journeys, Kindergarten, and 1 st thru 5 th grade students! I am your school counselor, Heather Carter. I hope that everyone had a wonderful summer and is looking forward to a fantastic year at Bay Laurel!
Some upcoming and exciting activities at Bay Laurel include the character traits celebrated and encouraged by the entire staff, character recess activities, college day Tuesday, in-class presentations encouraging positive character, District Office parent presentations, Second Step Social Skills Program (J-1 st ), Student Club/Group support (Thursdays at lunch), and our Peaceful Players Program. The Peaceful Players Program is designed to help the 1 st through 3 rd grade students examine conflict and develop resolutions on the playground. Peaceful Players are 4 th and 5 th graders who are trained in activities to improve their self-concept, leadership abilities, and communication skills while encouraging cooperation among students. Bay Laurel also will continue the Buddy Bench Program. The goal of the Buddy Bench is to ease playground loneliness and teach students empathy by reaching out and helping other students. The Buddy Bench also offers a way for students to make new friends. Our new Buddy Bench will be arriving soon, donated generously from Girl Scout Troop 376. I hope members of this troop are reading this….THANK YOU!
We are so lucky to have a school counseling intern, again, at Bay Laurel. Her name is Candice Christensen. She is wonderful, please make sure to say hello to her when you have a chance.
Ms. Christensen and I spent the first couple of weeks saying hello and introducing ourselves to the classes. I like to begin the year making sure that all the students know who we are, where to find us, and how we can help. We presented an activity on working together and making choices in our school that support one another. Please ask your child about what they learned about being “Better Together”.
I also like to take the opportunity, at the beginning of the year, to explain the school counseling program at Bay Laurel. The goal of the elementary counseling program is to identify and meet the needs of students, parents, and school personnel. The counselor's role is to provide early intervention for students to ensure their success in school and throughout life. Counselors work proactively as a team with staff, parents, school psychologists, and community to create an atmosphere where children's needs are met through prevention and early identification.
Elementary counselors work with students individually, in group settings, and in the classroom. In addition, counselors work with parents to help their children reach their personal goals and build on their individual strengths. Some of the goals for the counseling program include:
1.     Building self-esteem
2.     Academic success
3.     Providing a safe place to talk about school concerns
4.     Developing stronger interpersonal and social skills
5.     Improving attitudes about school and learning
6.     Developing problem-solving skills
7.     Working through individual and personal issues and concerns
8.     And to develop programs that positively reach all of the students on campus
Students can be referred many different ways for counseling. Students can be referred by parents, teachers, other school staff, and they can refer themselves. Counselors are able to connect parents to school resources and community support as they are requested and needed.

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 to3:00pm and Wednesdays from 9:30am to 1:00pm.

Thank you,
Heather Carter
School Counselor
Annual Fund Drive (AFD) - We Need Your Support!
Our Annual Fund Drive is in full swing!  Thank you to all the families listed below who have generously donated to our Annual Fund Drive!  

If you gave at the Bronze level donation or higher, the new Bay Laurel magnets have arrived and can be picked up in the office. If you turned in your form by 8/31/18, your child's homework pass will be distributed in the coming weeks!

If you have not donated yet, it's not too late!   Every class who reaches 100% participation will get to take part in a special activity with Mrs. Cortina.   


This is our largest fundraiser of the year and these funds are crucial to the continued success of our school.  

Most large companies (and even some small ones!) will match your donation. Please check with your company and let us know!  

You can turn in your form to your child's teacher or the office. You can also pay online at 
You can find the AFD form on our PFA website at .

Thank you for your support of Bay Laurel and helping to ensure the 2018-2019 school year is our best yet!

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Fall Enrichment Classes - Last Day to Register is 9/7!
The last day to register for all Fall 2018 Enrichment Classes is THIS Friday, September 7th. Don't delay, register now to ensure your child's space in their preferred class(es)!

Classes include a *new* Musical Instruments Workshop, Hip Hop, Robot Building, Ukulele, and MORE!  Click here to download a copy of the Fall 2018 Enrichment Menu .

Want to register or have questions? Please contact Boys & Girls Club Director, Debbie Lizano via phone or email: (818) 225-8660 or .
Bay Laurel's Homework Club - Register Now!
Bay Laurel's Homework Club has been helping our students succeed since 2010! All Homework Club staff members are LVUSD employees, and are First Aid and CPR certified.

Enrollment applications for the 2018-19 school year are now being accepted! Homework Club is open Monday through Friday until 4:00PM (extended care available until 4:30PM for an additional fee).

For questions, please contact Donna Ouaknine (805-338-1967) or Debbie Dreiman (818-277-8776).  
Coach Dante Enrichment - Classes Start 9/11!
Coach Dante's popular sports enrichment classes are back for 2018-19! Basketball, Dynamic Sports, or Flag Football -- sign up today and get your child involved in Coach Dante's awesome sports classes!
Registration forms and waivers are located on the " After School Care/Enrichment Programs " page of the PFA Website. Once completed, please return all forms and payment to the school office.
Questions? Please email us at .
SAVE THE DATE: Bay Laurel's Movie Night on Friday, 9/14!
Get your your lawn chairs and blankets ready....and join us for a fun night of food and fun while watching a great family flick! Help support our 5th Grade class and purchase some tasty treats at their Bake Sale!

*NEW* for 2018 : Pre-order your dinner from our foodie booths and avoid waiting in line! Click here to download a copy of the Movie Night flyer (pre-order form is on page 2).

Mark your calendars for this FREE family event!

Questions? Please contact us at .
Back-to-School Breakfast Fundraiser - Sunday, 9/16!
Join your Dolphin friends & family for house-made pancakes, breakfast burritos, scrambled eggs, bacon, Stand potatoes, orange juice, and coffee!

Buy your tickets today for our "Back-to-School Breakfast" fundraiser at The Stand Calabasas, taking place Sunday, 9/16 from 8:00-10:00 AM!

Tickets are limited (and they won't be available at the door!), so buy them online TODAY:

Questions? Please contact the Fundraising Team at .
Save Those Box Tops - Classroom Contest Starts 10/1!
Start saving those Box Tops, folks, because a Box Tops Contest will begin on Monday, October 1st!

From Monday, 10/1/18 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 .
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? Have questions? Please email our Fundraising Team at .
A HUGE THANK YOU to our Generous 2018-19 Sponsors!
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