• 11/11 Veteran's Day Holiday
  • 11/13 Thurston PTA Meeting 9AM in library
  • 11/20 Wheel Day! Use your skateboards, scooters, roller skates in P.E. class! (any items with wheels that are not electric or battery/gas powered and no bikes) Don't forget your helmet.
  • 11/21 All-District Reflections Art Contest exhibit and awards at TOW 5PM-7PM
  • 11/27 -11/29 Thanksgiving Break
Come hear from Principal Jenny Salberg, Assistant Principal Lisa Brackez and site support staff about the happenings on Thurston. Coffee and breakfast items will be provided.

Principal Salberg is in need of 20 parent volunteers in the gym on Wednesday November 13th from 12:25pm- 1:25pm.
The Academic Amazing Race: Teams will consist of one teacher and one student who will race through 10 different brain teasing, thought provoking, mind bending puzzles, and plexers. Volunteers will be checking answers of teams participating.
W.E.B. stands for: Where Everyone Belongs.
Ball Room Sign Up

A parent volunteer is needed at lunch time each day to check out balls.

The job entails showing up at the specified time, going to the Ball Room, pulling out the sign-out sheet for the balls, monitoring that kids sign the balls out.

After 45 minutes and the end of lunch, the kids will return the balls, the parent volunteer puts the sign-out sheet away and the job is completed.

You can sign up for a weekly, monthly, or one time experience. It takes less than one hour of your time. Questions? Contact Ball Room Chair Leslie Heard HERE
SignUp For Super Hike!

Super Hike volunteers make a commitment to be at school during a specific time to accompany the students on their P.E. hike. The hike is always on a block day (Thursday/Friday) and usually takes place once a month. It is a fun and invigorating opportunity to spend time with the kids and we are grateful for your desire to be a part of it.
This week we are pleased to highlight:

Andy Crisp
7th Grade / 8th Grade Electives 
Technology Services 
Teacher - Computers

 Birthday: May 10

Tell us about yourself:  I’ve been teaching at Thurston for 19 years. I was hired to teach math and taught Algebra for almost 11 years, however I’ve always had a passion for photography and video production. In 2007, I made a video for SchoolPower to use at a fundraising event, which ended up opening the door for me to start a Multimedia elective at Thurston. For a while I taught both Algebra and Multimedia, but a few years ago I took an opportunity to spend part of the day at the District Office helping tell the stories of what we are doing as a District. I do other tech-related things for LBUSD, but teaching kids storytelling and telling stories myself through video, are the best parts of my job!

I grew up in North OC and played soccer and golf in high school. I received my BA in Psychology from UCSB and an MA in Education from Chapman. I currently live in Aliso Viejo with my wife April, daughter Callie (4), son Colton (1), and golden retriever Charley. For fun I love spending time with family and friends, surfing, skating, golfing, snowboarding, wake boarding, going to the movies, watching football, and taking photos.  

What advice would you give students?
Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but at succeeding at things in life that don't really matter. So do things that matter…to you, to your community, and to the world.

What songs have you completely memorized?  
I’m terrible at song lyrics, but I’m finally getting close to memorizing Bust a Move…I started in middle school. I’ve also gotten pretty close to memorizing a large body of children’s nursery rhymes and Disney princess songs. 

What fad or trend do you hope comes back?  
Pegged jeans. Only those who grew up in the late 80s/early 90s know what I’m talking about. 

Why did you decide to do the work you are doing now?
As a kid, I thought I wanted to be a child psychologist because I loved talking with friends and helping them process through things they were dealing with. After majoring in psychology in college, I realized that field wasn’t for me…but knew I still wanted a career working with kids, so teaching was a natural fit.  

What question would you most like to know the answer to?
What happened before the Big Bang? 

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been? 
Teaching has afforded me the opportunity to travel a lot. I’ve been to 49 states, 35 countries, and 6 continents. Every place is unique and interesting! 

Thank you Andy Crisp for participating in our weekly teacher & staff interview!
Upcoming Coffee Talk focuses on Challenge Success

LBUSD continues to partner with Challenge Success to support student engagement and well-being. The District hopes to involve more parents and students in the partnership to educate and inform the whole community about current topics related to student wellness and ways to develop resilient learners. The evening will provide parents with student perspectives on sources of stress and foster space where we can collaboratively work together to create a healthy balance.

PTA Coffee Talk will be hosting a Challenge Success Dialogue Night on December 4th, 2019 in the LBHS Library from 5:30-8pm. All parents and 6th-12th grade students are invited to join us and discuss the issues of stress and pressure in our school community. This is an evening of student skits, honest discussion, and brainstorming ways to de-stress our students' lives. 

This event has LIMITED SEATING. Only guests with an RSVP will have guaranteed seating. Attendees not registered will be accomodated after all RSVPs and PTA members have been seated.

Please RSVP to guarantee your seat. Attendees not registered will be accommodated after all RSVPs and PTA members have been seated.

For questions regarding this event please contact Alex Aronson ( ) or Jeanne Brown ( ) or PTA Coffee Talk ( ).

More information about Challenge Success:


No need to register, just show up on Friday, Nov. 22 at 6PM at LBHS field.

Winter Flag Football Sign Ups

Laguna Beach Youth Football is partnering with NFL Flag Football to bring our kids the best experience here in Laguna Beach. Laguna Beach Youth Football has been working with Laguna Beach High School for the past year in order to give our community a great football program starting at the youth level and all the way up through High school. We are the new feeder program for the LBHS. Registration for our Winter Flag Football League is now open!

Please see flyer and go to the website: to register your child and or volunteer as a coach, assistant coach, team manager or official.
Thank you to our Kindness Challenge Sponsors!
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