December 2018
Interim Principal: Barbara Friedrich
Vice Principal: Karen Kim
Magnet Coordinator: Susan Taguchi
Beat Editor: Colleen Smith
Beat Writer: Cynthia Lemus
In This Issue

Upcoming Events
Student Council Corner
"What Are You Thankful For" Interviews
World Day
Family Gingerbread House Contest
Annual Toys for Tots Drive
Gardening with Friends
Fall Harvest Festival
Balboa Dine Out Night at CPK
Compass Fund
Little Red Hen Play
Turkey Takes a Stand Play
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 5
Student Council’s meeting 

Friday, December 7
Gardening with Friends
Spirit Day (Disney Day)

Tuesday, December 11
Gingerbread House Entries Due (8:30am)
Dine-Out @ Chipotle Granada Hills
Toys for Tots Drive drop-off starts

Wednesday, December 12
Holiday Performances (1st, 2nd, & 3rd grades only)
Toys for Tots Drive

Thursday, December 13
Holiday Luncheon for Staff and Teachers
Last day for Toys for Tots drop-off

Friday, December 14
Spirit Day (Ugly Holiday Sweater)
Holiday Card and Letter for Veterans Due

Monday, December 17 - Friday, January 4
Winter Recess - No School

Monday, January 21
MLK Jr. Day - No School

Friday, January 25
Math & Family Game Night (please note new date)

Student Council Corner

Student Council Says Thank You to Veterans

Thank you to all those who wrote letters to the Veterans.  They loved them.  The Student Council will also be making holiday cards and letters for the Veterans.  If you would like to participate please bring your card or letter to Room 19 by December 14.

Student Council Winners
President - Caymen Smith   
Vice President - Roman Oh
Secretary - Alex Reisner
5th Grade Historians - Chloe Chou, Talia Copans, Isaac Vasquez
4th Grade Historians - Casey Caldwell, Eden Higinbotham, Presley Hui
Student Council’s Next meeting is Dec. 5

Candy Split
Where did all the Halloween candy go?  The Candy Split was such a success it raised about 400 pounds of candy for the Frontline Foundation.

During Halloween the Student Council raised $600 from selling Boo Grams. Great job!

Gate Greeters
Have you noticed something new at school because I did? Student Council members have started Gate Greeters, where the council Members greet the parents and students as they enter in the morning. I walked by Thursday and it was nice to be greeted and see such happy faces.

Buddy Bench
Some future plans: We will be using the bench outside the playground bathroom area as a "Buddy Bench." We would like a banner to put on it that says "Buddy Bench."

Spirit Days
I love spirit days! Don’t you? The kids look forward to spirit day too. These are some future spirit days to keep in mind:
Dec. 7 is Disney Day
Dec. 14 is Ugly Holiday Sweater Day

Shoe Drive
The Shoe Drive Fundraiser starts Nov. 26.  The Student Council will be collecting used shoes that will be sent to 3rd World Countries and we will receive money for collecting them.

Great Kindness Challenge
To kick of the new year the student council will be doing The Great Kindness Challenge the week of Jan. 28.

Thank you Mrs. Klein and Ms. Bronson for all you do for the Student Council and your contributions to The Beat. We appreciate you!

"What Are You Thankful For" Interviews

I am thankful for my family and loved ones. During the holidays I do a lot of organizing, resting, and relaxing. What I am looking forward to in 2019 is watching my kids grow and learn. 
-Juliet Rodriguez, School Psychologist 

I am thankful for my sweet scholars, their supportive families, and I am grateful for my loving family and friends. During the holidays I spend time with my family and visit Disneyland. I am looking forward to spending time in nature as often as possible in 2019. 
-Ms. Hanley, 2nd grade teacher 

I am thankful for my family and friends. During the holidays I go snowboarding in Mammoth and celebrate my birthday. I am looking forward to more family get-togethers in 2019. 
-Ms. Tidalgo, 2nd grade teacher

I am thankful for my family and first grade scholars! During the holidays I love to spend time with family and friends. I am looking forward to seeing new places in 2019. 
- Ms. Banuelos, 1st grade teacher

I am thankful for my family and job I love. During the holidays I love decorating the house and singing Christmas songs with my kids. 
- Ms. De Silva, 4th grade teacher 

I am thankful for my family, friends, health, and students. During the holidays I do a lot of cooking and baking. I am looking forward to spending more time with the people I love in 2019.
-Ms.Gordon, 4th grade teacher

I am thankful for the ability to work at such a wonderful school and my family, of course! During the holidays, I make homemade crafts with my mom to give to our family and friends. I am looking forward to 2019 to practice my hobby, aerial dance
-Ms.Hallett, 5th grade teacher 

I am thankful for my beautiful and loving family! During the holidays I do lots of cooking, baking, decorating and eating! I am looking forward to attending graduation for my daughter Hayley from college and my daughter Carley from High School in 2019. 
- Ms.Sanders, 2nd grade teacher  

I am thankful for family. During the holidays I do decorating and family dinners. What I am looking forward to in 2019 is senior year at CSUN! 
-Ms. Erica, STAR teacher 

I am thankful for my health. During the holidays I do a lot of shopping. What I am looking forward to in 2019 is success
-Ms. Mishele STAR teacher 

I am thankful for family, friends, and good health. During the holidays I love to spend time at home with my family in pj’s and cafecito. What I am looking forward to in 2019 is new adventures. 
- Ms. Stephanie, STAR Director 

I am thankful for my new opportunities, friends, and memories this year has brought. During the holidays I do family quality time and watch movies. What I am looking forward to in 2019 is endless and new blessings/ opportunities. 
-Ms. Katherine, Star Assistant Director 

I am thankful for my family, friends, and STAR staff. During the holidays I do traveling, decorating, spending time with family and friends. What I am looking forward to in 2019 is a peaceful/ Happy New Year! 
-Ms. Taylor, STAR teacher 

I am thankful for my life and health. During the holidays I love to spend time with my family. 
- Ms. Sara, STAR teacher
World Day

I have worked at Balboa as an after school program director for five years, and although I have seen many events occur over the years, I had not been able to experience or participate until this year. As a parent of a second grader, I finally got to experience World Day and all of the projects. My daughter was not only able to learn about her own ancestors and culture, but her classmates as well. It was a great experience to watch the kids go to different rooms and experience different dances and games from a variety of countries. Overall, it was a great experience.  Thank you to all the second grade teachers and volunteers who help make this event run so wonderfully. 
Visit Balboa Spirit Club website to stay informed on school wide events and volunteer opportunities:

Also, find us on Facebook for daily news and updates! Look for "Balboa Spirit Club" and request to join the group.
Family Gingerbread House Contest

Attention all bakers, architects, engineers and designers! Join the first ever Family Gingerbread House Contest at Balboa! Entries are due Tuesday, December 11 by 8:30am. Top 2 entries will win a $20 Menchie's Gift Card based on creativity, originality, overall appearance and neatness. The top 6 entries will be centerpieces at the Teacher/Staff Holiday Luncheon. All entries will be display in the PTR during the 1st-3rd grade Winter Holiday Performances and throughout the auditorium at the Teacher/Staff Holiday Luncheon.
Annual Toys for Tots Drive

Bring the holidays to families through Balboa's annual toy drive! Bring a new, unwrapped gift to school on December 11-13.  A collection box will be located at the school entrance on December 11 and 13 and in front of the auditorium on December 12 if you are attending the holiday concert.
Gardening with Friends
Time flies by when you are getting your hands dirty.  The Balboa Green Team (Linda Conlon, Kelly Mitchell, Kaori Dagostar, and Pin-pin Wei) hope you are staying safe from the smoke and planting in both the Discovery and Edible gardens for a delicious future.  November continues to bring us mild dry days, and this allows the students to experience the garden at one of the most easily comprehensible stages: planting seeds and seedlings and watching them grow!  Already the peas have grown to knee height and the lettuce is ready to harvest.
A big thanks for everyone who came out to pull out the dried stalks from our native wildflower beds, clearing the space for new wildflowers to start coming up again once the winter rains come.  Students learned about Theodore Payne and how he worked to educate Californians on the importance of planting and preserving California native plants. We also learned that native wildflowers attract native bees, butterflies and birds and that they are perfectly suited to growing in our climate. 

Our garden continues to need as many volunteers as possible, as we are trying to clear out weeds, trimming back bushes, and dividing seedlings.  Keeping the garden clean not only helps the gardening class, but the entire school.  The garden is used by many teachers and administrators for teaching, meetings, and general enjoyment.  Your hard work keeps them coming back for more.  Anyone is welcome to come work —bring a friend!  We are always happy to share our bounty of seeds (and in the coming months, produce) with you.

Gardening with friends happens on the first Friday of every month from 8:30-10AM (after school dropoff). The 2018 schedule is:

December 7th
January 11th
February 1st
March 1st
April 5th

You do not have to start at the beginning, nor remain the entire time, and can drop by between those times.  However, the cookies go fast!
Fall Harvest Festival
It was fun
So much exciting games
& everyone was having fun
Menchies and seeing my friends
was my favorite part.
Written By: Delilah M. (Second grader) 

Thank you to the planning committee (Victor, Ash, Artie, Angie, Reem, Sam, Susie, Indah, and Sandra) for your time and energy in making this event happen and for all of the amazing volunteers who helped out the day of the event.
Balboa Dine Out Night at CPK

It all started when my mom picked me up from STAR. Then I told her can we go to CPK. At CPK I didn’t see any of my friends but I did see some first grade teachers with their friends and family. I was happy the fundraiser was at CPK because I like pizza. I had fun with my family and I had dessert. CPK was fun and everyone was happy. 

Written By: Delilah M. (Second grader) 
Compass Fund
Although the Fall COMPASS Fund Drive is over donations are still being accepted throughout the year at  Don't forget to ask your employer if they have a company matching program.  It's a great way to double your donation and employers may be looking for an end of the year tax write-off.  Receipts for flat dollar donations should be coming out this month and receipts for recurring donations should come out after the year ends in January.
The Little Red Hen Play
On October 12, the first grade classes at Balboa teamed up to perform the “Little Red Hen” play. Students learned and sang songs about working on the farm, practicing with their teachers as well as Mr. Schmidt during vocal music class. Family and friends thought the shows were a hit. After their performances, the classes enjoyed strawberry shortcake desserts to celebrate their hard work. Thank you to our play directors, Mrs. Bass, Mrs. Hurtado, Mrs. Petrilli and Mrs. Banuelos!
Turkey Takes a Stand Play
Turkeys unite!! Mrs. Banuelos’ first grade class were transformed into politicians and activists in the play, “A Turkey Takes a Stand.” Mrs. Bass' class and Mrs. Hurtado's class also performed the play for families. Turkeys were fed up with being the official Thanksgiving meal. They took their complaint straight to the Senate and convinced them that salmon should be the official meal! Congratulations on your accomplishment!
Thank you to our Corporate Banner Sponsors for supporting our school!  Parents - please consider doing business with these groups who are proud supporters of Balboa Magnet:
Ofir Bass - Pinnacle Estate Properties
Dr. Harsimran Chadha - General & Cosmetic Dentistry
Perfect Score Academy
Color Me Mine - Porter Ranch
Camp Helping Hands
CertaPro Painters
Culligan Water
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