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iVIVA LAGUNA!
THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 11 | 5:30PM | BACARA RESORT & SPA
ONLINE AUCTION
Open now through Tuesday, March 14 @ 9PM. New items added daily!


LIVE AUCTION
NOTE: Farm to Table Heritage Pig Roast generously donated by the Sabino Family is available for proxy bid now. Only 40 spots open at $500 per person.


SILENT AUCTION 
New format this year!

The silent auction will be divided into three sections. Please arrive by 5:30PM to allow plenty of time to browse the silent auction area. Announcements will be made before each section closes. All sections of the silent auction will close before dinner.

Vacations & Experiences
closes at 6:40PM

The Marketplace 
closes at 6:50PM

The Art & Wine
closes at 7:00PM

NOTE: Adults & Teen Organic Skincare & Makeup Day is coming soon!
March 18 | 11AM-2PM

Space is limited -
reserve now !

If you cannot attend the benefit and would like to make a proxy bid on live or silent auction items, please contact the development office at 805.687.2461 or email springbenefit@lagunablanca.org by 9pm tonight 3/9.

We look forward to seeing you at the Feria de Sevilla!

FIELD DAY FUN
Last Friday, the entire EK-12 student body gathered for a day of field day fun. Students were divided into mixed-aged teams and competed in the "shoe kick" game, dodge ball, and basketball. What a great time!
BRAZILIAN CULTURAL ARTS CENTER VISITS LOWER SCHOOL
Last Friday, the Lower School started the day with an interactive Capoeira performance facilitated by Mariano Silva, Director of the Brazilian Cultural Arts Center of Santa Barbara. The music and movement program focuses on development of motor coordination, teamwork, self-esteem, and pride, as each student discovers their talents. This unique cultural program emphasizes music, singing, language skills, Brazilian drumming, Capoeira (balance, coordination, flexibility and more), Maculele, drama and performances, as well as art projects including creating instruments.

Enjoy watching a clip of teachers and students dancing
here!
SULLY ISRAEL WINS THIRD PLACE IN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN COMPETITION
Laguna Sophomore Sully Israel ’19 participated for a second year in the annual HS Architectural Design Competition in Santa Ynez and Los Olivos last weekend, taking home third prize for his thoughtful design of a hypothetical senior center. Out of fifty-one students from eight schools competing, all four of Laguna’s students were among the 12 finalists.

Hosted by the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara, students spent seven hours in the gym designing the hypothetical independent-living retirement community featuring eight rentable units and a variety of supporting spaces, all to fit inside the gym.

“This year the competition was very exciting,” says Sully. “Rather than designing a building from scratch, as we have done in the past, we got to transform the very gym in which the competition was hosted. This offered us the chance to actually see the building we were redesigning and imagine our new design in it.” Sully admits that one of the harder aspects of this year’s competition was that they couldn't expand the footprint of the building in any way. “Overall, this year's contest was a unique challenge in which we had to balance structural limitations with our creativity,” he adds.

The judges commended Sully for his consideration to quality of life and encouragement for interaction between residents and the neighboring High School students.

Congratulations to Sully and his fellow finalists Lucy Cao ’20, Helen Yang ’18,  and Melissa Zhang ’20.

MATTHEW PARK HELPS SB ROYALS WIN HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
Last Saturday at the Staples Center, Laguna's Matthew Park '18 and his Santa Barbara Royals hockey team won the Varsity division championship in the LA Kings High School League. Matthew is their goalie. The team was 15-1-0 during the season. Congratulations, Matthew!
LAGUNA BLANCA TENNIS ROUTS COAST UNION
By Chr isti an Eckert, Noozhawk Sports Reporter

The Laguna Blanca boys tennis team routed Coast Union on Tuesday 15-3 in a non-league matchup.

15 different athletes got the o pportunity to participate for the Owls.

Junior Alex Furukawa '18 won two sets at the No. 1 position without dropping a game before being substituted in the final round. Juniors Victor Liu '18 and Conor Scheinberg '18 re-joined the singles lineup after playing in doubles on Monday, each sweeping their three sets of play.

In doubles play John-Henry Schulz '20 and Rhami Zeini '20 stood out, winning against Coast Union's No. 1 and No. 2 teams.

"I was very pleased with the effort I saw from every single player we managed to squeeze into the match," said Laguna Blanca head coach Trevor Thorpe.

Laguna hosts Orcutt Academy on Friday.
SEVENTH GRADERS LEARN ABOUT BEES
This week, Laguna seventh grade students enjoyed a visit from the Beekeepers Guild of Santa Barbara, who provided education about honey bees, how hives work, which plants are helpful for bees, and the importance of bees in spreading pollen.

Currently in their science class with Mr. Neustadt, seventh graders are learning about the declining numbers of honey and native bees and what they can do about it. One reason for the decline is due to Colony Collapse Disorder, when the bees simply leave the hive--sometimes from loss of habitat of bee-friendly plants or from the use of a class of commonly-used pesticides.

In science class, students are working on a bee project in which they are making infographics about the situation with bees. They are also designing small bee-friendly gardens on campus, which will help them to  learn about the crucial role bees play in the pollination of our food crops.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • A third of all our food depends on pollination by bees. A world without pollinators would be devastating for food production.
  • Bees enjoy the following plants most: sunflowers, lilacs, rosemary, African Blue Basil, and lavender.
  • Bees favor the colors blue and purple, followed by yellow, then white.
  • Bees have five eyes!
  • Male bees do not have stingers.
  • Bees see in infrared and can carry twice their own weight.
FOURTH GRADE POWER OF POETRY
Mrs. Brown's fourth grade students have begun their poetry unit, and the prompt on Tuesday was to brainstorm and write about an ordinary object found in the classroom. Enjoy Evan 's poem, Flower.

FLOWER
By Evan

Why does a flower have so many petals?
Like a forest of trees, but the trees are petals
It is like a caterpillar 
The seeds grow into a cocoon and look so green
but open up to be something so different, like a new world
It is not green, it is a design of endless colors, an abstract work of art that is not art at all
It’s own unique thing
On the inside, red with anger
The middle, pink with joy
On the outside, white as a brand new piece of paper with so many possibilities 
FOURTH & FIFTH GRADERS ATTEND DORRANCE DANCE PERFORMANCE
Today the fourth and fifth grade students had the privilege of attending the Dorrance Dance show at the Granada Theatre. Click here to read more and watch a video clip about the tap dancing group.
FIRST GRADE BIRD WATCHERS TAKE INTERDISCIPLINARY TRIP TO MANNING PARK 
Last Monday, First Graders walked to Manning Park for nature explorations in music and  science. Read more about this special field trip here.
SEEKING HOST FAMILIES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Laguna has become a member school of ASSIST, an organization which places outstanding international students on one-year scholarships in some of the finest independent schools in the country. It is an opportunity for high school students coming from countries such as Australia, Croatia, Germany, and Sweden to make contributions to our community and to develop a deeper understanding of American culture.

Laguna is looking for families interested in hosting a high school exchange-student for part or all of a school year.

From former ASSIST Host families:

“We were very fortunate to host a wonderful young man from Slovakia. He was very mature, respectful and prepared for this experience.”

“Hosting {Magdalena} has taught us a lot about ourselves and how we work as a family.”

“Our family is a better family with Quyen. We eat together almost every night and have interesting conversations about Vietnam and Chicago and all those weird cultural things most Americans take for granted.”

If you are interested in putting your name on a list for becoming a Host Family or for getting more information, please contact Carol Nordgaarden, International Student Coordinator at cnordagaarden@lagunablanca.org.
 GR. 7 & 8 HEALTH & WELLNESS WORKSHOPS
Adolescence is a time of great changes, opportunities, and challenges. Part of our educational mission is to give our Middle School students as much information as we can so that they can make good decisions. As part of the school’s program of promoting well-being and healthy choices, Laguna is holding special sessions with local experts on several issues related to personal development. The first sessions will be held for seventh and eighth graders in the coming weeks and will cover issues such as alcohol and substance abuse, bullying, acceptance, and empathy.
 
One of our guests is Erin Shaffer, MFT, a trained counselor and therapist who works at Westmont College and maintains a local private practice. She will talk to students in Grades 7 & 8 about alcohol and substance use on Friday, March 10 and Monday, March 13. Ms. Shaffer is also offering a parent presentation and discussion on Wednesday, March 22 at 7:00 PM. This information session will take place in the school library, and all Middle School parents are welcome to attend. An invitation by email will be sent next week.  
SOCK CLUB SHOE DRIVE
For distribution at Alameda Park on Thursday, 3/16
 
Shoes will be collected in bins outside Ms. Tidey’s & Mr. Nathan’s rooms
until Thursday, March 16 at 3 p.m.
 
Wearable shoes (no holes)
Hiking boots, running shoes, etc.
All Men’s and Women’s sizes
Especially needed: Men’s 9.5-13
 
THANK YOU!
Click here for additional information.
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 IS OPEN; CAMP IS FULL FOR GR. K-3

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.
PRESIDENT'S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD FORMS ARE DUE APRIL 15
The President's Volunteer Service Award was created to recognize the tens of millions of Americans who have made a sustained commitment to volunteer during the past 12 months. Awards will be distributed on May 24 during assembly in Ruston Amphitheatre.

Students who have completed the required number of service hours between April 15, 2016 and April 15, 2017 should complete the Presidential Volunteer Service Award form and submit it to Trish McHale no later than April 15.
COMING SOON - PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS
One of Laguna’s most treasured traditions—a day honoring grandparents and special friends
 
THURSDAY, MAY 4
Middle & Upper Schools | Grades 5-12
 
FRIDAY, MAY 5
Lower School | Grades EK-4
 
Highlights include: classroom visits with students, campus tours, and a presentation by Laguna leadership
 
Invitations will be mailed soon. Please contact Marcy Jacobs at mjacobs@lagunablanca.org or 805.687.2461 x201 with any questions or to ensure we have your child’s grandparents' or special friends' correct address. 
UPCOMING EVENTS
LOWER SCHOOL

FRI 3/10
LS Trimester 2 Ends

Admission Notification Letters Mailed

SAT 3/11
Spring Benefit "Viva Laguna"
Bacara Resort & Spa (5:30-10PM)

SUN 3/12
Daylight Savings Time Begins

WED 3/15
Financial Aid Tax Returns Due from Returning Families

THURS 3/17
St. Patrick's Day
LS Dress Down Day

LS Explorations
MIDDLE SCHOOL

FRI 3/10
Admission Notification Letters Mailed

SAT 3/11
Spring Benefit "Viva Laguna"
Bacara Resort  & Spa (5:30-10PM)

SUN 3/12
Daylight Savings Time Begins

WED 3/15
Financial Aid Tax Returns Due from Returning Families

Gr. 6 to Getty Villa
Malibu (7:30AM-3:15PM)

MS Capture the Flag 2
(10:15-10:55AM)

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

THURS 3/17
St. Patrick's Day

UPPER SCHOOL

FRI 3/10
Admission Notification Letters Mailed

SAT 3/11
SAT

Spring Benefit "Viva Laguna"
Bacara Resort & Spa (5:30-10PM)

SUN 3/12
Daylight Savings Time Begins

MON 3/13
Gr. 9 to Plaza de Oro Cinema
(8:20AM-2:45PM)

TUES 3/14
NYC Trip Parent Meeting
Library (6-7PM)

WED 3/15
Financial Aid Tax Returns Due from Returning Families

THURS 3/16
US Parents Challenge Success Seminar in Library
(7-8PM)

FRI 3/17
National Latin Exam

St. Patrick's Day

US Advisory Conflict Resolution Lesson #2
(10:15-10:55AM)