The Balboa Beat, Volume 9, Issue 2 updated
February 20 ,2017
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The Balboa Beat, Volume 9, Issue 2
February 20 2017 updated
Principal: Jana Davenport
Vice Principal:
Christine Chun
Magnet Coordinator: Susan Taguchi
Beat Editor: 

Balboa Parents Communications
BSC Opportunities
Breakfast with the Principal
Balboa Art Show
Teacher Event Bidding
Spirit Wear
Dine-Out Dates
Balboa Beat - Help Needed
Yearbook Photos Needed
Recipe Corner

Message from the BSC President
Welcome Two of Our New Teachers
A Chat with Coach

COMPASS Fund Participation Winners

Stop, Drop & Roll Reminder
Balboa Sponsorship Program
3/1:   Breakfast with the Principal
3/8:  Art Show Entries Due

3/10: Jog-A-Thon

3/14:  Restaurant Night Presto Pasta
3/22-24: Art Show

3/26:  Festival of the Arts
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!

Balboa Spirit Club is a parent run organization and we need more parent engagement and participation to support our school.
We Need Parent Participation
Opportunities to Get Involved!

Balboa is a great place for our students because we have great parents helping to support our faculty and staff.  We want to encourage more of you to participate in our efforts.  

We have some great opportunities for parents to get involved.  We are still looking for assistance with Festival of Arts, Jog-A-Thon, Green Team (Learning Garden & Recycling efforts), Balboa Beat and BSC Elections (spring).  
Breakfast with the Principal

Wednesday, March 1st
@ 8:30 in the PTR
Sunday, March 26th
Balboa Art Show 2017
My Hope For The Future Is…
Accepting entries in
Visual Art, Photography, 3-Dimensional, Literature
Due March 8th

Visit the Art Show website for more information.


Coordinators are needed for volunteers, snacks, water stations, classroom liaison, first aid, bib marking, and staging. Join the Jogathon team and help create a memorable event for everyone!

Collect those pledges! 


Online bidding for Teacher Events is now open and will conclude at the end of the Festival of the Arts - Sunday, March 26th.
Click here to bid.

You may also place final bids at the festival from 11am – 2pm.

Get Your
Balboa Spirit Wear! 

For more information & order forms visit: Balboa Spirit Wear website
Wear your spirit wear on Fridays!

Save the Date
Dine-Out With Balboa

Tues, March 14th, Presto Pasta Granada Hills
20% back to Balboa

Thu, Apr 20 ALL DAY, CPK Northridge & Encino
20% back to Balboa


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:

Your contributions provide:
Yearbook Photos Needed

Attention parents! The yearbook committee is beginning production of the 2016-17 Yearbook and needs your pictures! Any pictures taken this school year at any Balboa event, field trip, class party or grade-level activity will be helpful.

Please contact Reynalyn Flores or Linda Saenz at with any questions or to send pictures.

Pumpkin Pie Bites
A little taste of the holidays all year long!


  • 2 refrigerated ready-to roll pie crusts
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter
  • Optional
  • 1/2 cup chocolate morsels
  • vegetable oil
  • re-sealable plastic bags


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Use cookie cutter to cut 12 pumpkin shapes from each pie crust. You will need to roll the dough thinner than it comes out of the box.
Press dough shapes into a 24 cup mini muffin tray. (Make 12 at a time, alternating cups to make sure pie crusts don’t overlap each other.)
Apply egg whites from one egg to the top edges of each pie.
Mix cream cheese, sugar, canned pumpkin, remaining 2 eggs, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice together until thoroughly combined.
Spoon mixture into each pumpkin-shaped pie crust.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Remove pies to cool and repeat with second pie crust. Place the muffin tray in the freezer to cool it quickly for reuse.

Want to share your favorite recipe or cooking tip?
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Support the BSC through your 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! 


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 in a baggie or envelope.
Dear Balboa Families,

I hope you all are settling in to 2017! On behalf of the BSC, Thank you to each one of you that have contributed this past semester to Balboa, whether monetary or your personal time. Together we enrich our scholars experience daily.

As we start this New Year, please think of donating to our Compass Fund. Your donations directly fund the salaries of our four enrichment teachers. This semester we have our Jog-a -thon, Festival of the Arts, and Book Fair to look forward to. Volunteer opportunities are always available and welcome. Please feel free to reach out to me directly at to find out about these opportunities and more!

I look forward to seeing you all on campus.

Mayra Pena
BSC President 2016-2017
Welcome to Balboa!
Two Teacher Interviews

By Tallinn Horn, Balboa Student

This year, Balboa has three new teachers. I had a chance to interview the new third grade teacher, Mr. Palmieri, who is very kind and warm.  Here’s what I learned:

Tallinn: What made you want to become a teacher?
Mr. Palmieri: I’ve always liked working with children.  I used to work at a sports store and I would help kids find roller blades, soccer cleats, and many other items.  I just really had a connection to children so that was one of the major reasons I became a teacher.  I eventually got a teaching credential and became a teacher.

Tallinn: That’s great!  So, where did you work before coming to Balboa?
Mr. Palmieri: I worked at a school called Ranchito Elementary.  I was a third grade teacher for many years.  I also taught second grade, fourth grade and fifth grade as well.

Tallinn: Got it.  So what is your favorite thing about Balboa so far?
Mr. Palmieri: I enjoy the children, the learning we do in the classroom day in and day out.  The motivation I see on every child’s face in my classroom, and also for children outside of the classroom, showing their dedication and motivation to learning each day.

Tallinn: Do you have a favorite subject to teach?
Mr. Palmieri: I love mathematics.  Mathematics is such a great subject.  I love teaching addition and subtraction, especially with regrouping.  I love doing problem solving, helping students construct models, and what we call visual representations.  I love using algorithms, finding different solutions and ways to solve problems.  So it’s fun for myself and my class to dig into math.

Tallinn: How long have you been teaching?
Mr. Palmieri: Great question.  I’ve been teaching for thirteen years, and this year at Balboa is my fourteenth.

Tallinn: Has teaching changed since you started?
Mr. Palmieri: It has changed a lot.  The expectations, the technology, and really also what we do every day.

Tallinn: Do you like using iPads in class?
Mr. Palmieri: I love using technology in the classroom.  While it also makes it easier it offers challenges that are presented in many ways.

Tallinn: Are you married?
Mr. Palmieri: I am married!  Thank you for asking!

Tallinn: How did you two meet?
Mr. Palmieri: Well, it’s a long story, but I’ll break it down.  I basically met my wife student teaching.  We both worked at Ranchito Elementary and we hung out, were friendly, and we eventually got married.

Tallinn: Also, do you have kids?
Mr. Palmieri: Yes I do!  One is a son named Connor who is in fifth grade, and a daughter named Kaitlyn who is in preschool.

Tallinn: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not teaching?
Mr. Palmieri: I enjoy being in nature, being with my family, and also king of being in that calm, quiet space.

Tallinn: Do you enjoy spirit days?
Mr. Palmieri: I do I think it’s important to show that school spirit.  No matter what it is.

Tallinn: What’s your favorite app?
Mr. Palmieri: I have a meditation app on my iPad at home.  It has nice music that I listen to and I really enjoy that quiet space. 

Tallinn: Well, thank you for taking the time to let me interview!

Be sure to stop by room 6 to welcome Mr. Palmieri to Balboa.

Next, I interviewed our new music teacher, Mr Schmidt.   Be sure to welcome him to Balboa!

Tallinn:  So, what made you interested in music?
Mr. Schmidt:  Well, my Dad is a composer so I grew up listening to him compose music for a living.  It was always around the house and I always heard it.  I also grew up singing, but it wasn't until high school that I realized that it was what I wanted to do with my life.
Tallinn:  Cool! And how did you start to enjoy teaching?
Mr. Schmidt:  I didn't start teaching until college.  I tutored my classmates for various things and I realized that I really enjoyed it.  And this is actually the first teaching job I've ever had.

Tallinn:  Wow! So do you also like working with kids?
Mr. Schmidt:  Yeah, that's definitely one of the things I looked forward to. I've also just had a blast teaching all of you.  I thing you're such good students that are dedicated to learning.  And you're all so much fun.

Tallinn:  Do you have any kids of your own?
Mr. Schmidt:  No, I don't have any kids.  I'm still pretty young.

Tallinn:  Do you do anything besides singing, like playing an instrument?
Mr. Schmidt:  Yeah, actually. In music I write stuff for things like plays and musicals.  I play the piano and guitar too.

Tallinn: Do you write any of the songs you sing?
Mr. Schmidt:  No, I do not. I usually just listen to different folk songs from different time periods.

Tallinn:  Besides folk songs, what type of music do you listen to?
Mr. Schmidt:  Well, that's like the hardest question anyone's ever asked me.  I would say that I like all music types, but I like the bands Coldplay, Radiohead and Queen.

Tallinn:  Do you have a hobby that's not music related?
Mr. Schmidt:  Well, I love reading.  I love hanging out with friends.  I also like talking to friends.

Tallinn:  Well, thank you for all of that information and welcome to Balboa!

A Chat with Coach
Coach Amour is not new to Balboa, but he has a new position this year!
What did you do prior to coming to Balboa/in your prior role?  
Prior to accepting my role as the Physical Education Teacher, I was a Teaching Assistant for Mrs. Donson and Mrs. De Silva's 4th grade classes for two years. In addition, I helped supervise Balboa students in the mornings, before class, and during recess and lunch. 

What other activities are you involved in that help you teach our students? 
I am currently enrolled in CSUN's Teaching Credential Program which has been a helpful learning experience in regards to developing and practicing ideas and methods to better teach and engage with my students. 

What is your approach to coaching the students?    
I try to develop and maintain a communal, welcoming, and fun learning environment for all of my students. I understand that one of the best ways for them to develop their physical education, fitness, skills, and confidence is by having them work together as a team to help each other succeed and have fun through healthy competition rather than constantly dominating one another in their athletic abilities. 

How do you keep students engaged?
I understand that not all my students are on the same level of athletic ability and motivation, so I actively attempt to keep them engaged by providing a variety of PE lessons with ample opportunity for them to practice and develop their skills and confidence. 

What are the plans for the PE program in the spring?
While maintaining a communal and team-building environment for my students to learn, stay fit, and have fun, I intend to help them develop their physical skills and education by introducing new lessons and activities to strengthen their physical capabilities and help them realize their potential. 

Anything else you would like to share?
I am grateful to have this opportunity to help strengthen and empower Balboa students, all 750 of them. Throughout the years, investing my efforts and time at this school, I have developed intimate relationships with the students and genuinely care about their success and well-being. I will continue to give them the same energy and care as their coach, teacher, and mentor, and will continually improve and develop my skills throughout the school year.  
Room 4 Celebrates COMPASS FUNDRAISER Victory
Thank you for your spirited participation!
You can still donate to help support our school!
Donate on the Balboa Spirit Club website (
Or send checks in a sealed envelope, made payable to Balboa Spirit Club. Make sure your student's name, class number, and teacher's name is indicated.
For more information, contact
COMPASS Fund co-chairs
Don Lukenbill and Michelle Dean.
Stop, Drop & Roll
Please remember to follow the Stop,Drop & Roll Carpool rules.  This is especially important during the rain. 
We are always in need of volunteers,especially in the afternoon.
Upcoming schedule:
Rm 28: Feb. 16th – Feb.24th
Rm 29: Feb. 27th – Mar. 7th
Rm 30: Mar. 8th – Mar. 15th
Rm 31: Mar. 16th – Mar. 24th
Rm 18: Mar. 27th – April 4th
For more information or to sign up,visit:

Corporate Sponsorship Program

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