OWLS IN WONDERLAND IS THIS SUNDAY, 11/11!
The entire Santa Barbara community is invited to jump down the rabbit hole for a whimsical day of interactive learning and creative play for children. It's also the perfect opportunity to invite your friends to explore Laguna!

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11
11AM – 2PM
260 SAN YSIDRO ROAD

Featuring...a Mad Scientist, Cheshire Illusions Photo Booth, Royal Croquet
Art Stations, Mad Hatter's Workshop, Tea Parties, Live White Rabbits and Owls, and Alice!

Admission and activities are FREE and geared toward children ages 3-10. Complimentary valet parking will be available.

Food will be available for purchase from El Taco Tequila Taqueria and Here’s the Scoop Ice Cream

QUESTIONS OR WANT TO VOLUNTEER?
Please contact Courtney Guay in the Lower School Admission Office.
LBS COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE
IS TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 9
THIS FRIDAY, NOV 9 | 10AM - 2PM
MIDDLE SCHOOL PARKING LOT
 

Faculty, Staff, Parents & Students (age 16 or older) are invited to donate blood in honor of all who have served our country. Anyone under 18 needs a signed parent permission slip (also available in the Head of School's Office). Bring a friend and photo ID with you and actually SAVE A LIFE!

To help streamline the donation process, donors are encouraged to complete the online health history questionnaire before coming to the drive. The health history must be completed the same day as the donation; it cannot be completed a day or two ahead of time.

Click here to access the Fast Track Health Care questionnaire.

Questions about whether you're eligible to give? Click here .  
THROW BACK THURSDAY TO SPIRIT OF LAGUNA!
We are 85 years of AWESOME because of YOU -- the Laguna community! That is what the Spirit of Laguna -- Jogathon & Family Festival is truly about.

Enjoy the video above from this year's successful event!
TELL YOUR FRIENDS!
CHILDREN'S INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS ARE COMING
Explore Art, Science, Music, Technology, and Cooking!

OPEN HOUSE FOR GRADES EK-4
NOVEMBER 27, 2018
3:30-5PM
260 SAN YSIDRO ROAD

Click here to reserve a spot!
REGISTRATION FOR THE LAGUNA BLANCA MASTER BUILDER COMPETITION OPENS NEXT THURSDAY, 11/15
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019
4125 PALOMA DRIVE
12:30-4PM

For local students in Grades K-6
Free admission
Awards & Prizes for winners
LEGO kit for all participants

SPACE IS LIMITED!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH CLUB'S SATURDAY SESSION
In preparation for the MathCounts Competition that will take place in February, the Middle School Math Club will meet on Saturday, December 1 from 10AM-12PM to focus on problems and strategies for the competition.

As a reminder, the Middle School Math Club is open to all students in Grades 5-8 and meets every Wednesday from 12:20-12:50PM. Participants will solve new mathematical problems each week and experience problem solving situations outside the math classroom.

We hope to see you there!
We are grateful for FCD Prevention Works for joining the Laguna community this week as part of our wellness education program and ongoing commitment to prevention and wellness.

If you did not have the opportunity to attend one of the parent workshops this week, please find resources below for your reference. These documents will also be accessible on the Parent Resource Board in MyLaguna.





CHICAGO TRIP REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS NOV 14
Juniors or seniors who are interested in joining the 2019 Urban Studies Chicago Trip from March 21-26, 2019 are encouraged to talk to Ms. Tidey ASAP. She would love to have a small group of upperclassmen/women join the trip to serve as Trip Assistants and Trip Mentors. Both roles help to build student leadership skills and college profiles. The trip also offers some unusual “meeting people/not just seeing the sights” opportunities.
 
After Thursday, November 15, the price of the trip increases by $150, in addition to potential increases in airline costs.

It's also not too late for students in Grades 9/10 to sign up!
 
Please contact Ashley Tidey right away with questions.
2018-19 LAGUNA MENTORSHIP PROGRAM KICKS OFF
WITH PIZZA PICNIC
Last week, our Upper School mentors met their Middle School mentees for the first time and enjoyed a pizza picnic as they got to know each other. Each pair was given some questions to get the conversation started, such as "What do you like to do when you’re not at school?" and "How long have you been at Laguna?" -- although most kids jumped right in and didn’t stop talking until it was time to go to the next class. 

The mentorship program was established last year in an effort to create a leadership opportunity for our Upper School students, and to provide our Middle School students with the opportunity to learn from and be supported by their peers in the Upper School. This year, 23 Middle School students requested to have an Upper School mentor! Laguna School Counselor Kim Valentine oversees the program and will organize five meetings this year. In addition, mentors will meet with their mentees throughout the year for lunch and connect with each other through text, phone, and email.

"The enthusiasm from our US students is what makes this program run so well," says Ms. Valentine. "Many of the US mentors have said that they wished they had a mentor when they were in MS. It wasn't that long ago that these mentors were navigating the tricky and sometimes rocky ride of Middle School. We have found that our MS students respond well and often absorb advice more easily when it comes from an US student compared to a teacher or parent."

CLICK HERE FOR PICTURES!
EIGHTH GRADERS COMBAT INVADING ROBOTS IN PROJECT-BASED LEARNING OPPORTUNITY "ROBOGEDDON"
This week, Laguna eighth graders completed their multi-week interdisciplinary, Project-Based Learning assignment "Robogeddon."

The project cleverly combined science, robotics, and English curriculum to explore the connection between individual ingenuity and human identity and provided an opportunity to delve into a survival challenge.

The third and final part of the project took place today, 11/8, where students organized nine survival stations after a surprise Artificial Intelligence invasion took place (Invading robots Mr. Pagano and Ms. Armstrong pictured above). Stations were focused on different properties of matter. In addition, there was a Terminator-style challenge that utilized robotics and a rhetorical persuasion activity in which students made arguments to the invading robots on why the bots should allow humans to live.

See photos of this memorable project below!
Self-Defense Survival Station
Camouflage Survival Station
Electro-Magnetism Survival Station
Heat Survival Station
CALLING ALL OWLS!
LAGUNA PHONATHON IS NEXT MON 11/12
The Laguna Fund Class Captain team will hold their annual Phonathon on Monday, November 12 to help Laguna reach its goal of 100% community participation in the Laguna Fund ! We hope you’ll pick up the phone and chat with our volunteers about the limitless possibilities of a gift to Laguna.

If you’d like to volunteer with the Phonathon, please contact Danielle Sekurski at dsekurski@lagunablanca.org or at 805.687.1372. Busy on Monday night? Make your gift now !

Thank you to everyone who already donated! Every gift matters and your support ensures that a Laguna Blanca education continues to be rigorous, innovative, and utterly limitless!
COLLEGE REP VISIT FOR NEXT WEEK
Loyola Marymount University - Friday, November 16 at 10AM
WHOOO ARE YOU?
NAME: Abbie Delwiche
GRADE: 9

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Creative

Hardly anybody knows that...
A pet peeve of mine is the feeling of silk.

Where is your favorite place in the world?
Big Bear


THE NITTY-GRITTY OF HATE SPEECH
Click here to read where it's found, who's involved, and how to curb it.
THIS VETERANS DAY
LAGUNA HONORS ALL WHO HAVE SERVED
Laguna Blanca alumnus Ian Grant, 1941
UPCOMING DATES
LOWER SCHOOL

FRI 11/9
LBS Blood Drive in MS Parking Lot (10AM-2PM)

SAT 11/10
Set up for Owls in Wonderland (all day)--Come for anytime you can!

SUN 11/11
Owls in Wonderland Carnival at LS Campus (11AM)

MON 11/12
Gr. 1 to Apple Store (8:20AM)

THURS 11/15
Gr. 3 to Disneyland California Adventure (5:45AM)

MON 11/19-FRI 11/23
NO SCHOOL
Thanksgiving Break
School Offices Closed

MIDDLE SCHOOL

FRI 11/9
MS/US Quarter 1 Ends

LBS Blood Drive in MS Parking Lot (10AM-2PM)

Gr. 7/8 Dance in Merovick Gymnasium (7-9PM)

SAT 11/10
Set up for Owls in Wonderland (all day)--Come for anytime you can!

SUN 11/11
Owls in Wonderland Carnival at LS Campus (11AM)

MON 11/12-THURS 11/15
MS ERB Testing

FRI 11/16
MS ERB Make-ups

MON 11/19-FRI 11/23
NO SCHOOL
Thanksgiving Break
School Offices Closed
UPPER SCHOOL

FRI 11/9
MS/US Quarter 1 Ends

LBS Blood Drive in MS Parking Lot (10AM-2PM)

Play Production Class to UCSB "Vanity Fair" (6:45PM-10:15PM)

SAT 11/10
Set up for Owls in Wonderland (all day)--Come for anytime you can!

SUN 11/11
Owls in Wonderland Carnival at LS Campus (11AM-2PM)

MON 11/12
STEM Research Class to UCSB (10:10AM)

TUES 11/13
US Parent Class Visit Day in Library (10:15AM)

THURS 11/15
Digital Photography to SB Waterfront

FRI 11/16
Marine Science Class to Oxnard Harbor--Anacapa Island (8:30AM)

MON 11/19-FRI 11/23
NO SCHOOL
Thanksgiving Break
School Offices Closed