WELCOME TO SCHOOL!
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

GRADES 5-12
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 | 7:45AM

GRADES EK-4
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 | 8:15AM
GR. 5-12 CLASS TRIPS DEPART EARLY THIS YEAR!
HERE IS WHERE WE'RE HEADED:

Gr. 5/6 – Ojai (Sept 6-8)
Gr. 7 – Catalina (Sept 6-8)
Gr. 8 – San Francisco (Sept 5-8)
Gr. 9 – Malibu (Sept 6-8)
Gr. 10 – Catalina (Sept 6-8)
Gr. 11 – Morro Bay (Sept 5-8)
Gr. 12 – El Capitan (Sept 6-8)
 
Trip details, packing lists, and additional forms are located on the website at MYLAGUNA. Click to log in . Class trip questions? Contact Tina Braniff at 805.687.1752 x202.

To start school and attend class trips, the following forms are required for each student:

  • Student emergency form *
  • Student health form *
  • Class trip forms

All school forms were due August 14, but there's still time to get them in! Just log in to MyLaguna and visit the Resources tab to access forms.

Trip forms should be printed, completed, and delivered to Tina Braniff at 805.687.1752 x202.

* Student emergency and health forms require both parents' signatures. Sign in to MyLaguna to ensure both parents sign each form. For assistance with MyLaguna, email support@lagunablanca.org .
GET IT WHILE IT'S HOT!
The Locally Grown Kids school lunch program will begin for the Lower School on Wednesday, September 6 and for the Middle and Upper Schools on Monday, September 11. CLICK HERE to learn more about the program, and HERE to register/download an order form.
THERE'S STILL
TIME TO READ!
Although summer is coming to a close, there's still time to sneak in one last book! At Laguna, there is required summer reading for students in Grades 3-12 and suggested summer reading for students in Early Kindergarten through Grade 2.

CLICK HERE for reading lists by grade level.

JOIN US FOR COFFEE & SMALL BITES
Please join the Parents' Auxiliary for its annual Welcome Coffee, Tuesday, September 12 from 9-11AM, under the cypress trees near the gym, located on the Hope Ranch campus. It’s the perfect spot to celebrate the start of a new school year, meet and reconnect with other parents, hear from our Head of School, and learn more about this year’s fundraising and volunteer opportunities.
RSVP FOR FAMILY PICNIC ON THE GREEN
Kindly RSVP to the email that was sent from Head of School Rob Hereford on August 14. We look forward to seeing you!
FROM HEAD OF SCHOOL ROB HEREFORD

As we begin the 2017-18 school year, we are excited to welcome 16 new faculty and staff members to the Laguna community. Our new colleagues join us because they value the same things about Laguna as we do, and I know that you will enjoy getting to know each of them in the coming school year! I am confident that this group of new faculty and staff will work with you all to continue to strengthen our community and the incredible learning environment we create for our students. 
 
NEW FACULTY/STAFF MEMBERS  
Eva Asselstine , Development Administrative Assistant
Kelley Baeza , Math Instructor
Devyn DellaValle , Grades 1 and 2 Instructional Assistant
Kate Donovan , Early Kindergarten Instructional Assistant 
Pamela Ellgen , Communications Coordinator
Shauna Ericksen , Athletic Trainer
Alexandra Goodman , Administrative Assistant to Admissions Office with Support for College Counseling
LeAnne Iverson , Fifth Grade Art Instructor
Shelbee Keller , Second Grade Instructor
Sarah Lukenbill , Human Resources Generalist & Business Office Assistant
Farrah Martin , Fourth Grade Instructor
John Pagano , STEM Instructor
SheriAnn Simpson , Spanish Instructor
Victoria Wang , Accounting Associate
Valerie Yoshimura , French Instructor
Drew Zailik , Humanities Instructor
GRADES 7-12, DO YOU HAVE YOUR TEXTBOOKS?
ATHLETICS CORNER
TODAY Tuesday, August 29, 4:00PM
Home
Playing Fields - Merovick Gymnasium
Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball vs Villanova

TODAY Tuesday, August 29, 5:00PM
Home
Playing Fields - Merovick Gymnasium
Girls Varsity Volleyball vs Villanova
Wednesday, August 30, 3:00PM
Home
Playing Fields - LBS Tennis Courts
Girls Varsity Tennis vs Orcutt Academy

Friday, September 1, 7:00PM
Away
Valley Christian
Boys Varsity Football vs Valley Christian
JOGATHON & FESTIVAL 2017
Enjoy a fun run, live music, food trucks, and carnival games at the 2017 Spirit of Laguna – Jogathon & Festival. Organized by the Laguna Blanca Parents’ Auxiliary, the event is the culmination of Spirit Week and kicks off the annual Laguna Fund.

After the run, plan to picnic on the lawn, listen to students perform, and explore Laguna’s exciting school programs, including student club booths and exhibits in the arts and sciences.

SPIRIT WEEK HIGHLIGHTS
HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME
THURSDAY 10/19 AT 3:30PM

SPIRIT OF LAGUNA
JOGATHON & FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 10/20 AT 3PM

HOMECOMING DANCE
SATURDAY 10/21 AT 8PM

FIRST PLANNING MEETING
Come find out what is new this year! The kick off meeting for Spirit of Laguna – Jogathon & Festival happens on Thursday, September 14 at 9AM in the gym foyer on the Hope Ranch campus . Co-Chairs Amanda Whalen and Dawn O’Donnell will lay out the exciting plans that are in the works for this all-school community event.
PODCASTS KIDS WILL LOVE
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IMPORTANT DATES
LOWER SCHOOL

WED 8/30
EK/K Student/Parent Welcome Picnic at the Lower School (5-7PM)

TUES 9/5 
Gr. EK-4 Student/Parent Welcome & Orientation at LS Campus (9-10AM)

WED 9/6 
Gr. EK-4 First Day of School (8:15AM)

TUES 9/12 
Parents' Auxiliary Welcome Coffee
HR Campus (9-11AM)

THURS 9/14
Spirit of Laguna Jogathon & Festival Planning Meeting in Gym Foyer (9:00AM)

MIDDLE SCHOOL

TUES 9/5
First Day of School
All Gr. 5-12 Student Check-in / Retrieve Schedules / Coffee and Treats for New Parents on Merritt Patio (7:45AM)

Gr. 8 Tech Bootcamp (10:55-11:40AM)

Gr. 7 Tech Bootcamp (12-12:45PM)

TUES 9/12
Parents' Auxiliary Welcome Coffee
HR Campus (9-11AM)

THURS 9/14
Spirit of Laguna Jogathon & Festival Planning Meeting in Gym Foyer (9AM)

ALL CLASS TRIP INFO ABOVE
UPPER SCHOOL

TUES 9/5
First Day of School
All Gr. 5-12 Student Check-in / Retrieve Schedules / Coffee and Treats for New Parents on Merritt Patio (7:45AM)

Gr. 9 & New US Students Tech Bootcamp (11:10-11:55AM)

TUES 9/12
Parents' Auxiliary Welcome Coffee
HR Campus (9-11AM)

THURS 9/14
Spirit of Laguna Jogathon & Festival Planning Meeting in Gym Foyer (9AM)

ALL CLASS TRIP INFO ABOVE