COME PLAY! COME CHEER!
Come for a day of fun and friendship!

Saturday, November 25
Hope Ranch Athletic Fields
10:30AM Warm-up
11AM Game time
12:30PM Postgame Picnic

Reservations are appreciated. Please contact Cynthia McClintock at cmcclintock@lagunablanca.org or call 805.687.2461 x206.

CHECK OUT LAST YEAR'S EVENT:
A WONDERLAND-SIZED THANKS!
The 8th Annual Owls in Wonderland Carnival was a huge success last weekend, attracting nearly 800 community guests to our Lower School campus.

The event was made possible with the help and generosity of our community of parents, teachers, staff, and students from both campuses. A very special thank you to event organizers  Kate Donovan  and  Alexandra Goodman  for their hard work and dedication and for presenting our school to the community in such a thoughtful way. Each guest was inspired by your every effort! 

CHESIRE ILLUSION PHOTOS



COMMUNITY SERVICE FORM FOR STUDENT VOLUNTEERS

EVENT PHOTOS COMING SOON!
WHOOO ARE YOU?
NAME:  John Pagano
ROLE: STEM Instructor (Robotics and Engineering for Gr. 7-12)

What ONE word best describes you? Curious

What’s an interesting fact about you?
I was an exchange student during high school and spent a full year in Uruguay (South America).

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
To ride around Sicily on a scooter with my family.

KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE VISIT THE SB HARBOR
Being a good citizen is an important part of being a part of Laguna Blanca School. Last week, the kindergarten and first grade classes had the chance to see a good citizen in action in the community of Santa Barbara. We were invited to visit the Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol and were treated to a very special tour of the Harbor Patrol boat.

Students in Dr. Charles Donelan’s AP English Literature class and Dana Caldwell's MS Drama class will present a 45-minute aerial performance entitled Jane Air—an adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre—in Spaulding Auditorium on Wednesday, November 29.

Students have been training with the Centre for Aerial Dance Director Ninette Paloma for the past four weeks for this performance.

Parents are welcome to attend!

UPPER SCHOOL PRINTMAKING SHOW ON EXHIBIT
Visit the Emmons Arts Center for an Upper School printmaking show on exhibit now. Also visit the Isham Library for an exhibit of sixth grade caleveras currently on display.

Laguna Blanca Spanish Instructor Arturo Flores translated the book The Three Sunflowers; Los Tres Girasoles , which was published in its bilingual format on September 26, 2017 by Publishing by the Seas.

Los Tres Girasoles tells of a turbulent day in the garden where a trio of sunflowers—the tall, wise Gloria and young Florecita and Solecito—face unexpected and chaotic events they have no power to prevent. Through it all, Gloria guides and reassures the youngsters and reminds them of the nature and purpose of a sunflower's life. The beautifully written and illustrated book offers comforting messages of hope, compassion, love, and peace, with new perspectives for living in an unpredictable world.  
LOWER SCHOOL STUDENTS WIN MONTECITO BEAUTIFICATION DAY POSTER CONTEST
Laguna Lower School artists Olivia De Meyer '27 (left) and S ydney Fraser '28 (right) were chosen as this year's poster contest winners for Montecito Beautification Day.
 
Each year the event features a community clean-up in Montecito and a contest open to all elementary-age children. Students had fun with this year's theme of "Paws & Pick-up," encouraging pet owners to be responsible for cleaning up after their canine friends.
 
Laguna's first, second, and third grade students did a wonderful job on all the creations. Every student who participated received art materials from the Montecito Association Beautification Committee as well as a Chick-fil-A gift card.
WELCOME TO NEW SPANISH INSTRUCTOR AMELIA RIBBENS
Amelia Ribbens joined Laguna Blanca as the new Lower School Spanish Teacher and Fourth Grade Instructional Assistant.
 
Ms. Ribbens holds bachelor’s degrees in Comparative Literature and Spanish and Portuguese, as well as a minor in Latin American Studies from UCLA. She graduated summa cum laude, and she is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Since graduating, Ms. Ribbens has worked in Spain where she taught language to students who were learning English and tutored students who were learning Spanish.
NOVEMBER 20 IS THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR FEBRUARY COLLEGE TOUR
From February 15-18, 2018 , Laguna Director of College Counseling Matt Struckmeyer will lead a four-day college tour through Philadelphia and New York, which offers a collection of colleges whose cultures are as distinct as the cities themselves.

Students must register online by November 20 to reserve a space on the trip. Reservations cannot be made in person, at the school, or by sending a check with your child.

Questions about the trip? Please contact Matt Struckmeyer


DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS NOV 20
LAGUNA BLANCA
GRADES EK-4 OPEN HOUSE

What would make going to school at Laguna Blanca even more awesome?

Your friends!

Invite them to our open house where they can explore art, science, music, technology, and cooking!

Thursday, November 30, 3:30-5PM
and
Thursday, January 18, 3:30-5PM
260 San Ysidro Road
Only pre-registered attendees will be eligible to receive a discount, so RSVP today!


Complete and return to Jessica Tyler or print and return to Chris Davis.
ATHLETICS CORNER
Cheer for the Owls at home this Saturday, November 18 at 1PM for the CIF Semifinals against Hesperia Christian.

General admission $10; Laguna students get in free! Thank you to the generous parent donor for sponsoring student tickets!

GO OWLS!
FOOTBALL
Coach Shane Lopes credited the play of Wells Fowler '20 and Ty Trosky '19 for helping the Owls come from behind and beat fourth-seeded Desert Christian Academy in the CIF-SS 8-man football quarterfinals.

Laguna Blanca was down 20-6 and came back to win 44-35.

Trosky and Fowler hooked up on a couple of touchdowns to tie the score at 20-20, and the Owls wore down DCA in the second half.

“It was all about the players that night,” Lopes said.

CROSS COUNTRY
The girls cross country team had an amazing season! They won every league competition in the Condor League and, no surprise, won the league championship as a team and also for Pisci Abrego '20 as an individual. That earned them the right to compete at CIF Southern Section Prelims in Riverside last Saturday.

There, they competed in a race with 24 teams total, with the top 12 teams in the race advancing. The girls all performed amazingly, finishing 14th out of 24 teams, narrowly missing the opportunity to compete in the Southern Section Finals. This is a particularly impressive accomplishment because the Owls only have five girls on the team, which is the minimum needed to score as a team. Most of the competing teams have two or three times as many runners.
SIXTH GRADERS INSPIRED BY GLOBAL READ ALOUD
This past month, Laguna's sixth grade class participated in the newly founded Global Read Aloud , where Middle School classes around the globe read the same novel and connect as much as they can. This year's novel, Linda Sue Park's A Long Walk to Water , was the true story of a Sudanese child refugee, Salva Dut Ariik. Over the course of the unit, sixth graders used online programs such as Padlet, Flipgrid, and Google Hangouts (think Skype) to connect with classes around the globe and discuss their reactions to the novel. In addition, sixth graders practiced carrying gallons of water barefoot for several hundred meters to get a sense of the characters' struggles. They calculated their own families' water uses, and also organized a fundraiser for Salva Dut's organization Water for South Sudan . Laguna alum and founder of Hands4Others, Spencer Dusebout , spoke to the class about ways to make a difference and the impact of installing water filtration systems abroad.

The sixth grade fundraiser for the main character's organization, Water for South Sudan, will take place tomorrow (11/17) in the form of a bake sale and raffle.
JAMES H. JACKSON NAMED SB COUNTY VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR BY THE ASSOCIATION OF FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONALS
Former Laguna Blanca School Board Chair and Laguna alumnus  James H. Jackson '78  (pictured above in yellow tie) was honored as the 2017 Santa Barbara County Volunteer of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals at a ceremony held November 14, 2017 at The Fess Parker. He served on the Laguna Blanca Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2005 and again from 2010 to 2016.

A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM CO-CHAIRS BRANDI FRASER AND JULIA RODGERS
As the Laguna Fund Co-Chairs, we wanted to remind you of how important your gift is and let you know that we need YOU to help reach our goal of 100% family participation. To date, we’ve raised over $350,000 with only 37% parent participation. We need YOU (and 236 more families) to achieve 100% participation.

Our annual contributions help to pay our teachers, maintain our classrooms, preserve our athletic facilities, and bring us the ability to renew our work. Simply, the Laguna Fund is critical to close the tuition gap we have for each and every student; without it, we limit the opportunities for our kids. 

Regardless of dollar amount, each gift counts and each gift is truly appreciated! Please take the time to make your gift or pledge ONLINE today!

Thank YOU for joining us in doing your part. With your commitment, we are one gift closer!
MYLAGUNA TIP OF THE WEEK ARCHIVES:
IMPORTANT DATES
LOWER SCHOOL

MON-FRI 11/20-24
Thanksgiving Break

THURS 11/30
Children's Interactive Workshop (3:30-5PM)

FRI 12/1
LS Trimester 1 Ends

MIDDLE SCHOOL

MON-FRI 11/20-24
Thanksgiving Break

THURS 11/30
Gr. 5 to Marine Science Institute (9AM)
UPPER SCHOOL

MON-FRI 11/20-24
Thanksgiving Break

SAT 12/2
SAT (SB Testing Centers)