PEN AND PENCIL MARCH 2010 ISSUE Los Feliz Campus Newsletter PEN AND PENCIL REMINDERS Installation of Fundraising: The February fundraising new hoops Flea Market on the corner of Vermont and • March 3rd: Lions are Hollywood was a success and pulled in playing at the Staples $4,100 to be divided among the 1st/2nd and Center 5th grades for their field trips. Thanks to Ms Staggs and her team of volunteers! Kangaroo Math • March 5th: end of Contest reenrollment School Fair / International Fair: To finish the school year “en beauté” the PA will or- In 1991, a math • March 22-26: Primary ganize a International Food fair. This event is contest was created based on the national parent-teacher con- scheduled for 5 June 2010. Volunteers are model used in Australia (hence the name). It ferences welcomed! is composed of 24 multiple choice questions in growing difficulty and taken on the same Candy in the classroom: Teachers are pro- day worldwide. It has spread to Europe and hibited from handing out candy in the class- now encompasses over 4 million participants room; parents are encouraged not to send throughout the world. The Kangaroo Math candy with their children. Contest is, for the last fifteen years, the pre- MARCH BIRTHDAYS ferred math test among French teachers and Basketball Hoops students in high-school, middle-school, and Monica Sanchez / So our WONDERFUL Lion’s team can train even elementary schools. Lamisse Beydoun / properly, we have installed two new basket- Phoebe Severin / ball hoops. The basketball team has signed Traffic on Russell Avenue: a six year old Nassima Boumedi- their name on the base of the pole. Stars are almost hit by a car ene / Alexandre Gul- born! soy / Mara Harbon / Monday, 22nd of February at 8.00 am, a car Matteo Colaianni / Excuses to avoid P.E.: PE is a part of the rushing to the campus almost hit a six year Chloe Fish / Chelsea LILA curriculum. As such, students should old child. The whole neighborhood is EX- Bazuaye / Jacqueline not be excused whenever they “don’t feel TREMELY worried about cars speeding on Siegler / Manon Tron- like going to PE”. An official system will be Russell Avenue and not respecting the safety cin / Bryan El set in motion to avoid the frequency of sec- of the neighborhood. Hachem / Carl Ael- ondary students bringing in written notes by It is URGENT that parents, teachers and Staff len / Sophie Schuel- their parents excusing them from sports- drive slowly and safely through the neighbor- ler / Charlotte Schul- related activities during P.E. hood. Please, make sure that you respect the man / Emma Levi / speed limit and that you drive safely. Jehane Yazami / Erin English Book Fair Sezgin / Marion We had an incredibly successful Book Fair. Sotin / Julien Wer- Thanks to all the students, parents community zowa / Juliette Allen / members, and staff members who purchased items to support our school and library. Special Nicolas Mak Wasek / thanks as well goes to all the parents who helped Jane Mechner / in setting up and running the book fair: Nancy Sander Beck / Galla Horne, Susan Fink, Anne Foucher, Maria Zam- Page / Coline Regem- brano Toledo. Also thanks for your generosity in bal supporting the Teacher Wish List. It was a suc- cess. Page 2 PEN AND PENCIL THE LIONS AT THE STAPLES CENTER: GO LIONS! LEd by Coach Marilyn, our boys will compete at the Staples Center on Wednesday March 3rd 2010. They will be playing U.S Talence, the French club created by Boris Diaw, NBA player for the Bobcats. Talence will be GO LIONS! flying in from France. They will be staying with host families for a week in LILA SECONDARY Los Angeles. BASKETBALL TEAM The March 3rd event will feature the highly anticipated LILA-Talence For more info go to http:// matchup, as well as the Clippers game later that evening as they take on www.golilalions.com/ Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns. This will be a unique experience to be part of an international event for our Lions. “My teammates and I are excited to use our hard work of practice to LEVONTI OHANISIAN, ABOUT THE GAME AT THE STAPLES CENTER seize the moment and bring a victory "This is Levonti Ohanisian, starter for the varsity championship basketball team at LILA. I’ve been play- at Staples two years in a row.” ing basketball at LILA since 4th grade and never has there been a bigger sporting event than the LILA lions playing at the Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers. Last year LILA played its long time rival “Lycee Francais” and won. This year we will be playing “US Talence”, the French club created by Boris Diaw, NBA player for the Bobcats. Talence will be flying from France to play LILA at the Staples Center. They will stay a week in Los Angeles and will practice with us. With a ticket, not only would you see the highly anticipated LILA Talence matchup, but also the Clippers game later on as they take on Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns. 200 tickets will be available for LILA school but time is of the essence to clinch them. An international sporting event at the Staples Center is rare, and my teammates and I are excited to use our hard work and practice to seize the moment and bring a vic- Levonti Ohanisian tory at Staples two years in a row." OTHER SPORTS NEWS Junior Basketball —Elementary boys and girls: This group is between 8 and 10 years old of age. They are playing twice a week at Hazard recreation center (Tuesdays / Thursdays) and are doing really well. They have 2 wins and 1 loss so far. We are happy to have a team from Pasadena as well. Soccer: Elementary and secondary Girls: A Training session will be held at school, on Mondays by coach Adrien. Girls will be taught the fundamentals of soccer. They will have the opportunity to train and enjoy themselves. Boy’s junior high: A training session will be held at school, on Mondays by Coach Simon. Boys will have the opportunity to improve their technique and agility through games. Physical training will be done while playing short side games. Cross country: Elementary and Secondary: Training will start in March, on Tuesdays, with Coach Caroline. Students will work by age group and will have a different work out. The objective of this session is to give the students the opportunity to participate in the cross country competition. PEN AND PENCIL Page 3 EVENTS TO LOOK FORWARD ELEMENTARY STUDENTS ARE GETTING READY TO GO TO RILEY’S FARM This year we have reserved March 10th for the 3rd , 4th and 5th grades to go to Riley’s Farm. To make sure they’re doing something different from last year the activities will be the following: 3rd Grade and 4th Grade: Gold Rush, 5th Grade: Civil War. Students will be there by 9:45 and we’ll finish at 2:00pm. They will need to bring their lunches and there will be a snack provided like last year. As there is lots of walking and it could be hot, the kids need to dress appropri- ately (no sandals, flip flops, skirts or dresses) and bring a hat just in case. MARCH MADNESS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT LF Campus Sport Committee will organize a Basketball tournament during the whole month of march. This tour- nament will be held in the secondary basketball yard during lunch. PRIMARY PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES Parents are welcomed to meet their children’s teachers. Sign-up will open the 8th of March and will be closed the 17th of March. Signing sheets will be available in front of the Main Office. FRANCOPHONIE For the second year in a row, primary teachers are celebrating the Journee Mondiale de la Francophonie. Work- shops will be offered to primary students for them to learn more about countries that speak French. March 2010 Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat MARCH 1 2 3 4 5 6 FIELD TRIPS IB Mock Exam IB Mock Exam IB Mock Exam IB Mock Exam IB Mock Exam ♦ 3/10: Riley’s Farm Lions playing Brevet Blanc Brevet Blanc at the Staple (english 3rd to 5th Center End of Reen- grades) rollement ♦ 3/10: Charlotte’s 8 9 10 11 12 13 Web Musical (2nd March Mad- Bac Blanc Bac Blanc Bac Blanc Bac Blanc grade) ness Basket- ball Tourna- IB Mock Exam IB Mock Exam ment ♦ 3/18 to 4/2: France PA Meeting (5th grade) 15 16 17 18 19 20 5th Grade ♦ 3/19: Norton Mu- field trip to France seum (5th grade who stay) 22 23 24 25 26 27 Elementary Elementary Elementary CAC Meeting Francophonie ♦ 3/24: UCLA Cam- Parent- Parent- Parent- Day teacher con- teacher con- teacher con- Elementary pus Library (10 and ference ference ference Parent- 11th IB students) teacher con- 28 29 YOU HAD QUESTIONS...NEWS FROM THE CAC The Campus Advisory Committee meets once a What is the deal with Smart Boards on campus, where are they, and can month, usually the last every class use them? Thursday of every month. Smart Boards will be purchased in waves. Last year’s GALA allowed us to pur- Don’t hesitate to contact chase two of them, one being used in 5th grade and the other in a secondary your CAC representative! math class. Each Smart Board purchase corresponds with a mandatory training for the teachers using it. The acquisition of Smart Boards are not an end in itself but a way of using the newest technology for the profit of educating our students. Preschool: Jackie Weinstein: firstname.lastname@example.org What is the status of the Winterfest DVD? Elementary: Shakeh The filming of Winterfest was done by our parent and professional videographer, Khayat: Mr. Malouki, who has been tremendously busy. He will provide us with an edited Shakeh.Khayat@disney.com copy of Winterfest in mid-March, where we will then burn them to the DVDs that will be distributed to elementary parents. In the future, to avoid the expense of Secondary: Cecile Gareton: using hundreds of DVDs, we could put the video online and e-mail it to parents. email@example.com What is LILA doing about bullying among our students? Our first step towards taking action addressing the issue of bullying was a work- shop last week with all secondary student delegates by Dr. Chiang and her three assistants. The subjects of self-esteem, self-care, and self-respect were all dis- cussed. Communication tips and bullying basics were given to our students; the feedback was very positive. In the beginning of March, the delegates that re- ceived the information will use the time period of the SLC class to give a sum- mary of what they learned and to open debate in these classes. A second train- Get More news from the CAC ing, designed for seventh-grade girls only – which is an age at which bullying is most evident, will be held March 1 to address the issues regarding this specific http://www.lilalosfeliz.com/ age-group. Another information session will be held later in the year for other secondary grades. Are teachers required to use LILA Portal and in what capacity? It is mandatory for all teachers to use LILA portal not only for posting homework but for posting grades in a timely manner. Administration has reminded all teachers to adhere to this rule and to use it on a regular basis. Would it be possible to enclose the soccer field by adding a gate to the side between the field and the parking lot? This task was part of last summer’s projects but it fell to the bottom of the list and time and money ran out. It is currently on the list of Summer 2010 projects and will be financed by the results of our fundraising efforts. Will there be a Grad Nite this year? We will ask Debbie Zimmerly, who organized this last year. Mrs. Khayat works at Disney and could potentially help us with this, if needed. Once we have an an- swer, we need to let Mme. Gareton know to pass this information along. A few parents are concerned about the current look of the report cards. Can we not have it look more official by adding a signature? All establishments accept LILA report cards as they are and they are official. We will consider consulting PCR, the company who creates our report cards, to ask if adding the Campus Director’s signature is a possibility.