Welcome back to school!
We are looking forward to a happy, healthy, and productive 2018!
GRADES 5-12 OPEN HOUSE THIS SATURDAY 1/6
9:30AM-12:30PM
PLEASE TELL A FRIEND! Students and their families are invited to check out the school's curriculum in action THIS SATURDAY 1/6; meet and ask questions of teachers, administrators, students and current parents; learn about Laguna’s co-curricular offerings; hear about college counseling, leadership opportunities, and athletics; and enjoy a Q&A with a student panel.

Register for this open house event at www.lagunablanca.org/open .
COLLEGE KICKOFF NIGHT FOR 11TH GRADE
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10
Next week, the college counseling office will hold one of its most important events of the year—College Kickoff Night for 11th Grade. Please note that we will begin promptly at 6pm in the Library (new start time) and end promptly at 8pm. We realize that the fire has created havoc with schedules, and we want to minimize disruption to students on a school night. 

We will be covering lots of critical information to ensure a successful college search. In part one, parents will remain in the library for a Q&A session with a panel of college admissions representatives, covering a range of topics. They will share their insight about what makes an application shine and what mistakes they most commonly encounter. They will help parents better understand not just their institutions, but how the selective college admissions process actually works.

At 6:45, there will be a brief intermission afterwhich parents will move to nearby Kalfas Computer Lab and the students will return to the Library. The second part of the evening will begin promptly at 7pm. Alexandra Goodman will present virtually identical content to the parents that she presented to the students—an overview of the college calendar from January 2018 to January 2019. Not only will students sign up for their initial appointment with Mr. Struckmeyer, they will receive a homework assignment, learn about SAT/ACT/Subject Testing, Naviance, using the Fiske Guide , the case studies event in April, and a host of other vital items. Meanwhile, the students in the Library will enjoy a rich Q&A session with the college panel. 

We realize not everyone can make it. We will do our best to provide those students and families who are unable to attend with the missed information. For those without conflicts, we urge you to attend! It will surely be an informative and rewarding experience, and one meant to generate enthusiasm and momentum for the college search ahead. 

Kindly RSVP to Ms. Goodman . If you have any questions in advance of the event, please email Mr. Struckmeyer or Ms. Goodman .
UPPER SCHOOL DRAMA PRODUCTION
OPENS NEXT WEEK, 1/11
GEOMETRY SESSION OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH CLUB: SATURDAY 1/13
Classroom E402
10AM-12PM
 
It's never too late to join the Middle School Math Club (MSMC)!  Our goal is to share the joy of mathematics throughout the Middle School while providing an opportunity for students in Grades 5-8 to experience problem solving situations outside of the math classroom. Participants will solve new mathematical problems and learn new problem solving methods, both individually and as part of a team. The problems will be based on grade appropriate math knowledge, yet may require higher order math problem solving skills.
 
All activities of the MSMC are free of charge. Sessions will be conducted by Kelley Baeza. Come give it a try!
 
The math club also meets each Wednesday at lunch in Room E402.

To register your child today, please email  Kelley Baeza .
WHOOO ARE YOU?
NAME: Luke
GRADE: Early Kindergarten

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?  
Hiking, I have never been hiking before.

What job do you think you’d be really good at?  
Keeping my hands to myself and listening to my teacher.

What is one of your favorite smells?  
Pasta 

CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS & HELP SANTA BARBARA STAY WARM
The Warm Things Drive has been extended until January 11. Please look in your closets for any items you can donate.

Gently used items in adult sizes (preferably): coats, jackets, rain coats, sweaters, beanies, gloves, scarves, tarps, and blankets.

New items: sleeping bags (cost $30 or less) and socks.

Donations may be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Fourth grade classroom
  • Lower School car line
  • Lower School front porch
  • Advisory boxes in the Middle School
  • Outside of Dr. Tidey's classroom in the Upper School

Thank you!
SPORTS SECTION
FREE HIGH SCHOOL NIGHT WITH UCSB MEN'S BASKETBALL
THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 6
On Saturday, January 6 at 9PM, the UCSB men’s basketball team will be hosting its first conference game against UC Riverside that will be aired on TV on ESPNU. This game is free for all high school students who bring a valid high school I.D. For questions, please contact 805-893-UCSB.
OWL PRIDE
Congratulations to the following Laguna athletes who earned All-CIF honors for their excellent performances on the football field and volleyball court this past season.

FOOTBALL
Alex Furukawa '18 – All-CIF
Miles McGovern '18 – All-CIF
Aidan O’Donnell '18 – All-CIF Defensive MVP

VOLLEYBALL
Kelly Bickett '18 – All-CIF
ALUMNI COLLEGE PANEL 2018
Six Owls returned to the nest this week for Laguna's Annual Alumni College Panel. Director of College Counseling Matt Struckmeyer moderated the lively discussion, which was followed by a Q&A. Always a favorite assembly, Upper School students enjoyed learning about the college experience firsthand, and the panelists did a superb job of sharing the successes and struggles of transitioning to the next chapter of their life story.

Panelists pictured L to R: Grace MacNeil ’17 (Wake Forest University), Travis Fristoe ’16 (Cornell University), Armon Ghodoussi ’16 (Duke University), Mathew Goldsholl ’17 (NYU), Hannah White ’15 (University of Colorado, Boulder), and Grace Woolf ’14 (NYU).
WELCOME MEG FONTAINE!
Meg Fontaine is excited to join the Laguna community as the new Communications Coordinator. A southern girl at heart, Meg was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi and holds a BA degree in Psychology from Ole Miss.

She has an extensive background in marketing and communications with experience as both a copy writer and advertising account manager. A graduate of an independent school in Georgia, she is passionate about education and is eager to join the Laguna community to assist in our outreach efforts.

Meg is embracing all that west coast life has to offer with her husband, Will, and their golden retriever, Jack. When not at Laguna, you can find her on a hiking trail, at the beach with a book in her hand, or traveling. She hasn't been everywhere yet, but it's on her list!
THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING FOR LAGUNA!
The results from Deckers are in!
 
The total sales from Laguna Blanca families and staff raised $1,377 for Laguna Blanca. 
 
Thank you so much for all of your support! And special thanks to Laguna alumni parent David Lafitte for hosting the sale to benefit our school!
SPRING BENEFIT
4/28/18
If you would like to learn more and are interested in helping to plan this event, please contact Spring Benefit Co-Chairs Tiffany Pelletier (parent of Jack ’22 & Daphne ’25 ) at tpelletier3003@gmail.com or Valerie Rice (parent of Ava ’22 ) at valerie@casarice.com .
5 MEDIA RESOLUTIONS EVERY FAMILY
SHOULD MAKE IN 2018
Whether or not you're a "resolution person," you can approach the new year as an opportunity to bond, be mindful, and learn something new with your kids.

MYLAGUNA TIP OF THE WEEK ARCHIVES:
UPCOMING DATES
LOWER SCHOOL

MON 1/15
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- NO SCHOOL

MIDDLE SCHOOL

SAT 1/6
Gr. 5-12 Open House

TUES 1/9
Gr. 5-12 Yale Spizwinks Assembly

THURS 1/11
US Drama Production of Rumors in Spaulding Auditorium (7pm)

FRI 1/12
US Drama Production of Rumors in Spaulding Auditorium (7pm)

SAT 1/13
MS Math Club in Classroom E402 (10AM-12PM)

US Drama Production of Rumors in Spaulding Auditorium (2pm)

MON 1/15
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- NO SCHOOL
UPPER SCHOOL

SAT 1/6
Gr. 5-12 Open House

TUES 1/9
Gr. 5-12 Yale Spizwinks Assembly

WED 1/10
Gr. 11 College Kickoff Night in Library (6pm)

THURS 1/11
US Drama Production of Rumors in Spaulding Auditorium (7pm)

FRI 1/12
US Drama Production of Rumors in Spaulding Auditorium (7pm)

SAT 1/13
US Drama Production of Rumors in Spaulding Auditorium (2pm)

MON 1/15
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- NO SCHOOL