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CIF PLAYOFF NEWS!

Boys soccer defeated California Military Academy on Thursday 2/23 in a shutout and are headed to the CIF quarterfinals on Saturday! Read about the exciting game here and best of luck to the team this Saturday when they take on Whitney High at 3PM! (16800 Shoemaker Ave, Cerritos, CA 90703)

Girls soccer closed their season in the second round of CIF play on Tuesday, 2/21 against Lennox Academy at El Camino College. Coach Kevin Shertzer says, "It was an exciting game, with both teams playing fair and hard soccer." Read more about the game here. Congratulations on a great season, ladies!

Our boys basketball team made a great run to the CIF playoffs this year. A young team with a ton of heart, the boys battled their way through a daunting schedule to win their last three Condor League games and earn a spot in the playoffs. While their season came to an end last Wednesday night at Thacher, the boys went down fighting and represented our school well all season long.

SO PROUD OF ALL OUR OWLS!

HAPPY 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL!
DON'T MISS OUT ON THE FUN!
  Tapas, sangria, paella, flamenco, and Spanish guitar!  

HAVE YOU PURCHASED YOUR TICKETS YET?
Celebrate Laguna Blanca! Gather your friends and class parents and put together a fun table!

DON’T KNOW WHAT TO WEAR?
Formal Spanish attire is encouraged.
What to wear in Spain

WHAT IS UP FOR BID?
We can give you a quick peek now!
Preview live auction items

QUESTIONS?
Please contact the development office at springbenefit@lagunablanca.org .
We look forward to seeing you at the Feria de Sevilla!
CONGRATULATIONS TO RAFFLE WINNER
JESSICA KOCIAN

All those who have made auction donations for the spring benefit were entered into a raffle for a free room at the Bacara Resort & Spa on the night of the March 11 event. Pam Lund Brown was the lucky winner, but she generously donated the room to the next name drawn--Jessica Kocian! Congratulations!
LAGUNA ALUMNI SHARE THEIR JOURNEYS TO SUCCESS
On Wednesday, four Laguna alums shared their inspiring career path stories with an engaged audience of Upper School students. The panelists included
(L to R):

The alumni panel was designed to explore the many paths for a successful professional life and encourage students to follow their passions. "It's hard for students to visualize their lives much beyond the age of 18 or 19, which for most means their college acceptance," explains Assembly Coordinator Trish McHale. "This assembly aims to push that time horizon well beyond college so students can see that it is their passion and work ethic that will determine who they become," adds longtime teacher Paul Chiment.

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LAGUNA'S EMILY DONELAN QUALIFIES FOR STATE SPELLING BEE
Congratulations, Emily Donelan '21 for placing second in the Santa Barbara County Spelling Bee on Wednesday, 2/22. Best of luck to Emily as she advance to the State competition in May!

Thank you to the following students who also represented Laguna well at the Santa Barbara County Spelling Bee: Nicole Levine '24, Katherine Ball '23, and Conley Ball '21.
SANTA BARBARA WINS SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW
Last weekend, Clay Rodgers ’18 and Zaira Paredes ’17 were part of a team of five players from the Santa Barbara Athletic Club who won the Southern California High School League A team squash championship for the fourth year in a row. Merith Velazquez ’18 also competed in the tournament in the B division.

The Santa Barbara A team was a heavy favorite going into the tournament, so they earned a bye in the first round and then beat the Episcopal School of Los Angeles in the second round, 4 to 1. In the finals, Santa Barbara beat Irvine, also 4 to 1. The tournament also included two teams from San Diego, as well as the Cate School of Carpinteria.

Other players on the Santa Barbara team include: Dillon Miller and Sebastian Paredes, who attend Dos Pueblos High School; and Jason Feinberg, who attends Santa Barbara High School. Because the Southern California high school league is relatively new as compared to high school leagues on the East Coast, teams are allowed to include players from a variety of schools.

“Even though they go to different schools, they work together really well as a team,” said Tim Thomas, who coaches the team at the Santa Barbara Athletic Club. “They are very well-respected in the squash world, both for their playing ability and their sportsmanship.”
 
The Santa Barbara team has dominated play in recent history, racking up 36 individual match wins and only four losses in the last four years. Its four top players – Miller, Paredes, Rodgers and Feinberg – are the four top high school ranked players in Southern California. In the individual A team tournament on Sunday, Rodgers made it to the semi-finals, and Zaira Paredes made it to the semi-finals of the girls’ tournament. She is also the team captain.

“Zaira was there for everyone and she was a big contributor to the cohesiveness of the team,” said coach Thomas.

Squash is a fast-paced racquet sport played on an indoor court between two players, who hit a small rubber ball against a wall. In addition to the three courts at the Santa Barbara Athletic Club, there are two courts at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Sanctioned junior tournaments are held throughout the country, and squash is a popular sport at over 70 colleges. This year’s highest ranked teams were Harvard, Trinity, and Columbia. 
RACE OF THE ROBOTS
Last week, Laguna fifth grade scientists built robots and then created obstacle courses for them to travel through. Groups then tested the obstacle courses and kept track of the time it took to complete each section.

Keep innovating, Fifth Graders!
LAGUNA BLANCA, MARYMOUNT, & CRANE SCHOOL'S MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE

Friday, February 24, 7-9PM 
$10 at the door
Laguna Blanca Gym
Grades 7 & 8 Only

Students who want to attend the dance must sign up in advance at their own school. Students are permitted to invite one guest to the dance--seventh and eighth graders only. Students who invite guests must provide a completed Middle School Dance Guest Invitation Form.

MOCK TRIAL TO COMPETE AT SB COURTHOUSE THIS SATURDAY 2/25
After five months of legal preparation and working with local attorneys, Laguna Blanca’s Mock Trial Team--a student club open to grades 9-12--will head to the historic Santa Barbara Courthouse on Saturday, February 25 for the annual Santa Barbara County Mock Trial competition. After a year hiatus, the program is back on track and poised for a competitive trial. Led by Jessica Kocian and attorney coaches Dawn O’Donnell, Matt Conley, and Annie Hayes, the students will serve as defenders, prosecutors, and witnesses in a trial about human trafficking and false imprisonment.  

“It’s been rewarding to get to know our students while being able to put my legal education and experience to good use. I can’t wait to see their hard work pay off and unfold in the courtroom,” says Kocian.

All are welcome to attend the competition and awards assembly!

MOCK TRIAL SCHEDULE
9:00 AM – Preliminary Round Competition
12:00 - 1:00 PM – Lunch
1:00 PM  - Preliminary Round Competition

Following the competition, there will be an Awards Assembly at 4:30pm in the Jury Assembly room at 1108 Santa Barbara Street, across from the Historic Courthouse.

Best of luck to the Mock Trial team this Saturday!
PLAN TO ATTEND TEEN STAR FINALS THIS SATURDAY TO VOTE FOR LAGUNA'S HUNTER HAWKINS
Teen Star, a local program that supports youth in the performing arts in Santa Barbara, will feature finalist and LBS student Hunter Hawkins '19 in the 2017 Showcase at the Arlington Theatre on Saturday, February 25. Not a stranger to the competition, this is Hawkins second run for the crown. Similar to last year, she will have the opportunity to showcase her talent before a live, supportive audience and celebrity judges from the music industry. The audience will vote electronically to help determine the Teen Star 2017 winner.

Tickets are available online. Let's show Hunter our support!
  POSTER BY MAUD CHRISTAL '22
LAGUNA BLANCA SCHOOL STAGE BAND & HANDS4OTHERS CLUB HOSTS BENEFIT CONCERT AT SOhO ON MONDAY, 2/27
On Monday, February 27, Laguna Blanca’s Stage Band and the organization Hands4Others will host a benefit concert at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club at 6PM to raise money to provide clean, safe water to people living in remote villages around the world. Laguna sophomore Maxx Christal '19, H4O Chapter President, and Laguna alumnus/H4O Founder Spencer Dusebout '11 have teamed up with the school’s Music Instructor Jillian Honorof and Math Instructor Paul Chiment to raise enough money to build a complete water treatment facility for one village. Dusebout continued working on his Laguna Blanca safe water senior project throughout college and now operates the non-profit – Hands4Others – which is dedicated to solving this crisis. As part of its award-winning global internship program, H4O is equally committed to engaging high school and college students in leadership development.
 
The entire Santa Barbara community is invited to make a global impact on the evening of Monday, February 27 from 6-8pm. Cover charge is $5 for students and $10 for adults with ALL proceeds going to Hands4Others.  
 
For more information or to make a dinner reservation, visit H4O or SOhO.
 
Laguna Blanca’s Parents’ Auxiliary always needs fresh faces and enthusiasm to complement the faithful and fabulous parents who are already involved. If you see an event or program that you’d like to help with—even just a little—please contact Stacey Fell, PA Secretary, or come to any Auxiliary meeting for information. The next and last meeting of this year is on May 9 from 11:45AM-1PM in the Middle School Rugg Room.
 
To learn more about volunteer opportunities for the 2017-18 school year, please CLICK HERE and identify a position that interests you, or tell us about someone you think would be a great addition to the team. Short job descriptions are included on the second page of the Nominating Form. 

FORMS ARE DUE FEBRUARY 28.
 
Thank you for helping to make Laguna Blanca an even better place for our students!
COMPLIMENTARY FLAMENCO LESSONS FOR LAGUNA PARENTS & FACULTY
Join us for Flamenco Lessons iOlé!
March 1 and 8
4-5PM
Lower School Campus

This week, members of the Spring Benefit Committee welcomed Laguna alumna Erika Martín del Campo '07 (pictured in red) back to campus. As the 2010 Spirit of Fiesta, Erika won the auditions that included 22 of the top dancers in Santa Barbara. She has generously donated her time to be Laguna’s flamenco dance instructor for two 1-hour classes. Get in the spirit and learn some Spanish moves for our Féria de Sevilla at the Bacara Resort & Spa on March 11. Classes are open to all parents and staff, señoras and señores. Please let us know if you will be joining us at one or both classes by emailing springbenefit@lagunablanca.org.

Enjoy this preview of our talented and gracious dance instructor.    
LAGUNA STUDENTS SELECTED TO TAKE PART IN GRANADA THEATRE FELLOWSHIP
Congratulations to the following nominees from Laguna who were selected for The Granada Theatre Jurkowitz Fellowship for their exceptional talents and dedication to our own Laguna Blanca Theatre program: Annelle King '18, Rose Houglet '18, Zaira Parades-Villegas '17, and Charlie Jacobs '20.

The Fellowship is an educational immersion program designed to provide industry exposure to to the theatre and the many career pathways that exist in the performing arts for students interested in technical theatre and behind the scenes jobs of making theatre.

Nine students selected from Dos Pueblos, San Marcos, and Santa Barbara High Schools will participate with four students from Laguna Blanca School in two days at the Granada Theatre, where they will observe a professional load-in of Jesus Christ Superstar and meet with professionals from the Theatre League production team, as well as staff members from the Granada Theatre. The Fellowship will conclude with seeing a performance of Jesus Christ Superstar on Tuesday, March 21 and taking a group photo backstage with the cast and crew. 
SUMMER CAMP SIGN-UPS ARE COMING!

PRIORITY REGISTRATION FOR LAGUNA FAMILIES BEGINS APRIL 1

Summer 2017 at Laguna promises tons of fun and sun for camp-goers. Students ages 4-10 will be placed in age-based groups and will experience a variety of offerings throughout the day, including arts and crafts; outside sports and games, including rock wall climbing; building and programming with LEGO; and prepping for singing stardom in music. With so much to do and explore, eac h day will be a fun and engaging experience!

CLICK FOR DATES AND MORE INFO

ONLINE REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 1 AT 9AM

Arts at Laguna is a power-packed summer program designed around a weekly theme to provide campers with an engaging and affirming experience in the visual and performing arts. No experience in performing or visual arts is required.
RAISE A SAFE, SMART KID
When it comes to parenting frustrations, nothing beats the challenges of setting screen limits, picking appropriate media, and figuring out Snapchat. We're raising "digital natives" but we're supposed to be the experts? Actually, no. It turns out, the most effective way to help your kid have a healthy relationship to media is by being their media mentor.

UPCOMING EVENTS
LOWER SCHOOL

FRI 2/24
LS Explorations

SAT 2/25
EK & K Admission Playgroups

MON 2/27
Gr. 1 to Manning Park
(10:30AM-12:50PM)

Gr. 3 to SB Mission & Rose Garden
(10:45AM-2:15PM)

LBS Stage Band & Hands4Others Benefit at SOhO (6-9PM)

TUES 2/28
Gr. 2 to SBMNH
(9:40AM-1PM)

WED 3/1
Financial Aid Tax Forms Due Applicant Families

Spring Benefit Committee Meeting
MPR in Gym (8:30-9:30AM)

Flamenco Lessons with Erika Martin Del Campo at LS Pavilion (4-5PM)

FRI 3/3
Gr. EK-12 Field Day
HR Playing Fields
MIDDLE SCHOOL

FRI 2/24
MS Dance
Merovick Gym (7-9PM)

MON 2/27
LBS Stage Band & Hands4Others Benefit at SOhO (6-9PM)

WED 3/1
Financial Aid Tax Forms Due Applicant Families

Spring Benefit Committee Meeting
MPR in Gym (8:30-9:30AM)

MS Math Club
MS7/E402 (12:20-12:50PM)

Flamenco Lessons with Erika Martin Del Campo at LS Pavilion (4-5PM)

FRI 3/3
Gr. EK-12 Field Day
HR Playing Fields


UPPER SCHOOL

SAT 2/25
Mock Trial Team Competition
SB Courthouse

MON 2/27
LBS Stage Band & Hands4Others Benefit at SOhO (6-9PM)

WED 3/1
Financial Aid Tax Forms Due Applicant Families

Spring Benefit Committee Meeting
MPR in Gym (8:30-9:30AM)

Motivational Guest Speaker Tim Bauer
(10:15-10:55AM)

Flamenco Lessons with Erika Martin Del Campo at LS Pavilion (4-5PM)

FRI 3/3
Gr. EK-12 Field Day
HR Playing Fields

SAT 3/4
DP Jazz Competition