FLIGHT PATH PREPARES NEW STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS
Prior to the start of the school year on September 5, Laguna teachers Blake Dorfman, Landon Neustadt, Andra Wilson, and Kelley Baeza prepared fun and engaging lessons to set incoming seventh and ninth grade students on a "flight path to success."

Together, students and teachers replanted the tower gardens in the Middle School sustainable garden, tackled challenging problems, buried a time capsule, and scurried around campus on a scavenger hunt, among many other activities designed to prepare them for success in the upcoming school year.

"I wanted to create a program for Laguna that would be a great introduction to campus for new students," explains Head of Middle School Steve Chan. "For a lot of incoming students, a new school can be tough. Flight Path helps to make the new school experience a fun one."
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JOIN US FOR COFFEE & SMALL BITES
Please join the Parents' Auxiliary on the Hope Ranch campus for its annual Welcome Coffee on Tuesday, September 12 from 9-11AM. It takes place under the cypress trees next to the gym--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.
LAGUNA BLANCA WELCOMES NEW BOARD CHAIR
It is with great pleasure that Laguna welcomes Hani Zeini as the new Chair of Laguna Blanca’s Board of Trustees. Hani has been an active participant in the Laguna community, serving on its board since 2013, where he is valued for his strategic thinking and leadership on developing Laguna’s future science center.

Get to know Hani by clicking here .
LAGUNA BLANCA WELCOMES THREE NEW TRUSTEES
The Laguna Blanca Board of Trustees welcomes three new members: Mary Morouse, Josh Connor, and Ann Levine (pictured L to R). Get to know them here .
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! Questions? Please contact Jessica Kocian in the head of school's office.
Please join us on Saturday, September 16 from 9AM to Noon for California Coastal Cleanup Day!  We are hosting the table for the eighth year at Miramar/Hammonds Beach (San Ysidro Road exit) in Montecito. 

WHAT TO BRING: 
  • Sunscreen, close-toed shoes, and a hat. Please wear Laguna spirit wear!
  • Water bottle
  • Bucket or reusable bag and/or gardening gloves to help cut down on waste.
  • Waiver signed by parent or guardian for volunteers under 18 who are cleaning the beach without their parent or guardian. The form is available here.

Spread the word about this important LBS event; it is an opportunity for EK-12 to give back to the community and provide service.

WANT TO HOST?
We’d love your help hosting the table. We have t-shirts to hand out for key players. Contact Clara Svedlund for more information.

To learn more, visit the California Coastal Commission website .
Thanks to our generous Laguna community, we have made many improvements to both campuses this summer.

LOWER SCHOOL

Completely remodeled faculty work space: carpet, paint, and furniture

Fully remodeled kitchen -- the new culinary lab!

Awnings over the art room deck

Water fountain complete with water bottle filler

New a/c management system, improving climate control in Grades 1-4 learning spaces

MIDDLE & UPPER SCHOOL

Fully renovated Middle School Quad, including extensive drainage solutions, new landscape and hardscape, exterior lighting and electrical outlets for devices

Completely renovated and reconfigured academic services center

New Tech Support office with soon-to-come Swoop Bar for easy access to technology assistance

Renovated office spaces in Theatre, Business, and Middle School
TEACHERS DEVELOP PROJECT-BASED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Laguna Blanca is committed to interdisciplinary, project-based learning. Over the summer, teachers partnered across disciplines to create project-based learning curriculum that spans subject matters and grade levels. To read about some of the many exceptional projects created, click here .
DO IT FOR DAVIES FUNDRAISER HAS LASTING IMPACT
The successful soccer fundraiser organized by Laguna students in May 2017 to remember Soccer Coach Davies Kabogoza raised more than $12,000, and was bolstered by additional support from the Santa Barbara community. Funds were sent to Kabogoza’s family in Uganda, where they are being used to help his mother add two rooms to her home, which will serve as a lifelong source of rental income for her.

In addition, the Class of 2016 reinvested the senior gift funds given by the Parents’ Auxiliary and chose to remember Kabogoza by planting a cypress tree in his honor along with a memorial plaque. The tree is planted between the tennis courts and the gym at the Hope Ranch campus. Remaining funds provided by the PA went toward installing a water bottle refilling station in the senior quad. 
2017 PREP FOOTBALL PREVIEW: BROTHERS IN ARMS
The Laguna Blanca football team is in the news and kicked off their season opener with a win last Friday against Santa Maria Valley Christian, 32-24! The Santa Barbara News-Press wrote a great piece on the Owls, calling this year's team the Band of Younger Brothers. Read the article here.
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.
MYLAGUNA TIP OF THE WEEK - HOW TO FIND FORMS
Need help finding school forms in MyLaguna? Follow these quick steps:

  1. Log in to mylaguna.org
  2. Click on the "Resources" tab in the navigation bar
  3. Select from the category that applies (e.g. Upper School Forms, Athletic Forms, etc.)
  4. Choose the form you need from the list provided

If you need further assistance, email technology@lagunablanca.org .
IMPORTANT DATES
LOWER SCHOOL

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)

FRI 9/15
Family Picnic on the Green (5-7PM)

TUES 9/19
LS Parents' Night (6PM)

MIDDLE SCHOOL

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)

FRI 9/15
Family Picnic on the Green (5-7PM)
UPPER SCHOOL

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)

FRI 9/15
Family Picnic on the Green (5-7PM)