The Balboa Beat, Volume 10, Issue 1
August 24, 2017
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The Balboa Beat, Volume 10, Issue 1
August 2017
Principal: Jana Davenport
Vice Principal: vacant

Magnet Coordinator: Susan Taguchi
Beat Editor: 
 Sandra Gibson

Balboa Parents Communications
BSC Opportunities
Back to School Night
Movie Night
Dine Out Dates
PE Updates
Spirit Wear
Balboa Beat - Help Needed
Thank You
After School Enrichment Opportunities
A Message from the Principal
BSC Welcome
BSC General Meeting
Earthquake Preparedness
Green Team
Stop, Drop & Roll Reminder
Character Counts
Marathon Kids Running Program

Message from the BSC President

Stop, Drop & Roll Reminder
Balboa Sponsorship Program

   BSC General Meeting
8/29:  Back-to-School Night 


No School

9/4: No School
9/8: Gardening & Coffee

9/8:  Family Movie Night & Ice Cream Social

9/12:  Balboa Dine-Out Night at Islands

9/13:  Last day to turn in Earthquake Kits

9/20:  Coffee with the Principal

9/21:  No School

9/29:  BSC General Meeting


10/6:  Gardening & Coffee

10/6:  Minimum Day

10/12:  Balboa Dine-Out Night at The Stand

10/22:  Fall Harvest Festival

10/23:  Compass Fund Campaign Ends

10/31:  Halloween Parade 
Help get the word out!
Many of our new parents are not signed up on Facebook or to get the Beat.
Stay informed & get involved!
Get Involved!

Balboa is a great place for our students because we have dedicated parents helping to support our faculty and staff.  We want to encourage you to participate in our efforts.  We have some great opportunities for parents to get involved to fit your area of interest.  Whether it's 15 minutes, or 2 hours, or working from home or chairing an event.....

To find out more about getting involved, come to the BSC General Meeting on Friday, August 25th at 8:30am in the PTR, or fill out the following online volunteer questionnaire about interest and skills so that we can better match you with volunteer opportunities as they arise.

All volunteers on campus are required to register as a volunteer with LAUSD. You must re-register every year.  You may register online at
Back to School Night
(parents only)

Tuesday, August 29th

5:45 - 6:45pm - Grades 2 & 4
6:50 - 7:50pm - Grades 1,3, & 5
Movie Night
& Ice Cream Social
Friday, September 8th

Gates Open at 6:30pm
Movie Starts at Dusk (around 7:30)

This event is open to current Balboa students and their families only.  This is NOT a drop-off event (Parents must stay for the entire duration of the event).

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: sign-up online at  or email
Click here for more information.

Save the Dates
Dine-Out With Balboa

20% of your purchase will go back to our school

Now thru September 5th
Menchies, Granada Hills
All Day
plus 20% off your purchase!

Tuesday, September 12th
Islands, Porter Ranch
4pm - close

Thursday, October 12th
The Stand - Northridge & Encino
5pm - 9pm

Friday, November 10th
California Pizza Kitchen
Northridge & Encino
All Day

PE Update

We are excited to welcome the North Valley Family YMCA PLAY Program and Coach Eddie to Balboa Magnet to run our onsite PE Program.

Coach Eddie grew up in the YMCA through its resident camp and has been a participant, counselor in training, and regular camp staff.  He is one of the YMCA's best Coaches and we are fortunate to have him here at Balboa. 

Welcome Coach Eddie!

Get Your
Balboa Spirit Wear! 

For more information & order forms visit:
Wear your spirit wear on Fridays!
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We are looking for an editor and contributors to keep the Beat going!  Could you contribute a story about something great at our school?   Want to highlight a great class trip or activity? Have an idea for an article or a helpful tip? Could you help put the newsletter together?  You can help from the comfort of your home!
Thank you to this edition's student contributors!
Contact us at:


The best and brightest students attend Balboa Magnet and we are committed to providing the tools they need to achieve  their goals. Just like a compass has been vital to explorers throughout history, the COMPASS Fund helps keep our Balboa Explorers on the right path to success.
The Balboa Spirit Club (BSC) receives the bulk of our contributions through the 
Compass Fund. The success of this campaign determines, in large part, how much support we can offer our teachers and students.
Among other programs, the Compass Fund annual campaign provides funds needed to pay the salaries of our:

  • Full Time Instructional Technology Support
  • Full Time Science Lab Instructor
  • Full Time Physical Education Instructor
  • Part Time Vocal Music Instructor          

The COMPASS Fund also enables BSC to host fun events like Math & Family Game Night, Festival of the Arts, Fall Harvest Festival, and Movie Night. These community-builders allow students, parents, teachers, administrators, and staff to interact in a relaxed, non-classroom environment. This facilitates personal connections that help all who attend move beyond just thinking of Balboa as a school and more as being a member of Team Balboa.

That's $350 per student, or only $35 a month per child throughout the school year)!


You can make your donation by check, or by visiting the BSC Facebook Page or BSC Website. 

After School Enrichment Opportunities
Did you know that Balboa offers after school enrichment opportunities in
Robotics, Music, Cooking, Chess, and more?
Check out the course offerings from STAR NOVA.
 First Session: September 5 - October 27, 2017
Register online at: or call (310)386-6359.
Support the BSC through Amazon Smile purchases

Select Balboa Spirit Club as your charitable organization and  BSC will get 0.5% in cash for purchases made through the link.
Win-win for all! 
Click the logo to set up your smile donation now.
Dear Balboa Magnet,                                                            
I’d like to welcome both our new and returning families to the 2017-2018 school year! We stand poised for yet another outstanding year as a school community!
Let’s get everyone up to speed on the latest news:
Last year, we said bittersweet farewells to valuable members of our Balboa Family - Mrs. Marlean Felix headed off into her well-deserved retirement after over 30 years as an educator. Ms. Nannette Ballestero accepted a position as Magnet Coordinator at Garvanza Elementary. And finally, we are proud to announce that Mrs. Christine Chun is now the Principal of Encino Charter Elementary School.
We are pleased to introduce Mrs. Michelle Hurtado as the newest member of the Balboa family. She and Mrs. Dana Bass will be joining the first grade team this year and Mrs. Nary Chau-Sherry will be teaching fourth grade.
We will also be making some important changes in instruction this year. Because of its strong alignment to the Common Core State Standards, Balboa Magnet selected the district-adopted Benchmark Advance series to support our English/Language Arts program. Our teachers all received training over the summer. The district will also be rolling out a new standards-based report card this year and we look forward to sharing the new Language Arts series and the report card with you at our upcoming Back-to-School Night.
As far as facilities, we had lots of projects going on over the summer. We removed several mature trees and some grassy areas on the southwest corner of campus in order to decrease water saturation levels that were creating excessive pressure on the retaining wall. Additionally, we are very happy that the hardwood floor of the auditorium stage was refinished and new carpeting was installed in the school library.
Please feel free to come by the office to say hello!
Happy new school year to all!
Yours truly,
Jana Davenport
Dear Balboa Families,

On behalf of the BSC Board, we'd like to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year!  We are excited to be here and have an incredible year lined up for our Balboa Community.

To kick off the year, we would like to invite you to our Family Movie Night & Ice Cream Social on Friday, September 8th.  This will be a perfect opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones as we hang out under the stars and watch "Sing".  

You may also notice several slight changes throughout the year as we will be holding a Fall Harvest Festival in October (formerly the Fall Picnic), Fitness Day in November (used to be Jog-a-Thon), and Math & Family Game Night will now be in February.  In addition, we will continue to have Festival of Arts in April and are looking to add new quarterly family community events as well (e.g., Skateland and Matador Bowl).

However, none of this will be possible without volunteers and your financial support.  As we speak, our Compass Fund Campaign is under way to help pay for programs like these, as well as to fund our Science Instructor, Instructional Technology Support Specialist, PE Coach, and Vocal Music Instructor.  Please consider donating to the Compass Fund today.   Also, please consider donating your time to help make these programs and events possible.  Volunteer opportunities are always available and welcome.

Please feel free to reach out to us directly at  and to find out about these opportunities and more!

We look forward to seeing you all on campus!

Mayra Pena and Sandra Gibson
BSC Co-Presidents 2017-2018
Balboa Spirit Club
General Meeting

Friday, August 25th 
@ 8:30am in the PTR

Everyone's Welcome
Come see what's going on!

Balboa Earthquake Preparedness

Our Earthquake Preparedness Kits are designed to keep your child warm, fed, and as comfortable as possible in the event of an emergency.  While it is not mandatory, we encourage you to make one for your child.  In case of an emergency these kits will provide for the basic needs and comfort of your child. Please remember to stick to the list sent home.  The last day to turn them in is September 13, 2017.
For additional information and images of the bags, visit

Volunteers Needed
We need volunteers on Thursday, September 14, from 8:30 am until completion to help collect the earthquake bags from each of our 27 classrooms. This is a BIG job that can easily be turned small with enough people!

You can sign up to volunteer by emailing
Kelly Skorupski and Valerie Rodarte
Earthquake Preparedness Co-Chairs

Balboa Gardens

Balboa has maintained an extensive learning garden for the past 19 years, which showcases a living laboratory for students, teachers, and parents to enjoy. It includes a life cycle pond, classroom garden plots, and a Discovery garden. The Discovery garden hosts plants from the five Mediterranean regions of the world, and includes a large California native garden where children can learn about our state's environment. Students in the 2nd and 3rd grade are able to observe the life cycle of a vegetable from seed to harvest through the school year. In addition, they are given lessons in integrated pest management, soil microbiology, and botony.

The gardens are maintained through parent participation, and every first Friday (except in September) from 8:30AM-10:00AM is a Gardening and Coffee workshop for parents and volunteers. It is run by a University of California Master Gardener and volunteers help weed, prune, and learn evidence based horticultural techniques. The first Gardening and Coffee of 2017 is on Friday September 8th. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Green Team Chair Pin-pin Wei.
Find out more about the Balboa Garden, the Wildlife Habitat, and Recycling Program at:

Stop, Drop & Roll (Carpool Lane)

Please remember to follow the Stop, Drop & Roll Carpool rules and please use the cross walk (we have had several near misses this school year where children and parents have almost been hit while darting across the street by the carpool gate).

  1. Please print your child's name and grade level on a piece of paper and display it in the dashboard while driving through the line.  This will make it easier for the volunteers to see who to call.  
  2. Please have your child waiting and listening for their name by the carpool gate (the volunteers cannot go onto the yard to look for your child or call them from the handball court).
Upcoming schedule:
Room 8: Aug. 28th-Sept. 6th
Room 9: Sept. 7th – Sept. 14th
Room 10: Sept. 15th – Sept. 25th
Room 12: Sept. 26th – Oct. 3rd
Room 13: Oct. 4th – Oct. 11th
Room 11: Oct. 12th – Oct. 19th
Room 23: Oct. 20th – Oct. 27th
Room 22: Oct. 30th – Nov. 6th

For more information or to sign up, visit:

Character Counts!

(previously written by Lisa Kinsey and information from the Josephson Institute of Ethics)

Demonstrating good character helps to set the stage for strong academic performance, positive conduct, and good citizenship.  People of character know the difference between right and wrong and guide their thoughts and actions by six basic rules of living (the "Six Pillars of Character"): trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship. 

Engage your family in meaningful discussions showing how character is intertwined with the many choices one makes in life.  The following synonyms might be helpful in your discussions:

Trustworthiness: courage, dependability, honesty, integrity, loyalty, sincerity, keeping promises.

Respect: considerate, courtesy, dignity, understanding, appreciative, accepting, thoughtful.

Caring: compassion, empathy, kindness, helpful, listen, sympathetic, friendly

Citizenship: cooperation, law-abiding, participation, volunteer, compromise, appropriate behavior.

Fairness: equality, fair play, justice, patience, tolerance, open-minded, sharing

Responsibility: accountability, self-control, excellence, goal-setting, hard work, perseverance, reliability.

Activity Suggestions
  • Play a game.  Match the synonyms with the correct pillar.
  • As a family, design a board game using the Character Counts! vocabulary.  
  • Discuss people in your family, neighborhood, and community that uphold one or more of the "Six Pillars of Character"
  • Play "Catch You in the Act."  Let each other know when you see someone displaying examples of good character.  Keep a chart on the refrigerator and see who spots the most examples of good character in a week.

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Local YMCA Partners with Marathon Kids!

Do You Like to Run?  Check out this incredible opportunity for our children from the North Valley Family YMCA and their partnership with Nike.

Marathon Kids Program is a family fitness program where kids set their goals and track their progress on a journey to complete four marathons, or 104.8 miles in 8 months. Families can join the YMCA coaches once a week for a guided run and a day filled with friendships and movement.  Participants:

Non-members and YMCA members of all ages welcome!

Informational meeting at the North Valley Family YMCA on September 9, 2017 from 1:15pm to 2:15pm.

Click here for more information.

Thank you to all of the wonderful parents who have stepped up to go above and beyond to help make these first two weeks of school awesome for our kids and families!
  • New Student Orientation
  • Welcome Back Refreshments
  • Volunteer & Room Parent Fair
  • Stop, Drop & Roll
And thank you to the parents who have volunteered to be Room Parents for your classes!

Finally, thank you to Panera Granada Hills for hosting our Welcome Back luncheon for our teachers!
Did you know that Balboa collects Box Tops?
Did you know that each Box Top is worth 10 cents?
Submit them on the sheets that are sent home or download them from the Balboa Parents' website.

Corporate Sponsorship Program

Advertise your business with a banner and the Balboa Parents (BSC) website.Click here for more information or contact:
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