The Balboa Beat, Volume 10, Issue 2
October 6, 2017
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The Balboa Beat, Volume 10, Issue 2
August 2017
Principal: Jana Davenport
Vice Principal: Karen Kim
Magnet Coordinator: Susan Taguchi
Beat Editor:  Colleen Smith
Balboa Magnet's New Assistant Principal
Balboa Beat - Help Needed
Balboa Showers Mr. Huynh with Love
Book Swap
BSC General Meeting
Coffee with an Administrator
Dine Out with Balboa
Earthquake Preparedness
Fall Harvest Festival
Fitness Fun Day
Gardening and Coffee
Green Team Recycling Program
Halloween Candy Split
Ms. Hallett Interview
Movies Under the Stars
Spirit Wear
Stop, Drop & Roll Reminder
Thank You
Volunteers Needed
Yearbook Pre-Sale
10/22 Fall Harvest Festival
10/23 Compass Fund Campaign Ends
10/27 Balboa Spirit Club General Meeting
10/31 Halloween Parade      

11/3   Minimum Day
          Parent Conferences
          Gardening and Coffee
          Green Team Recycling
11/6   Minimum Day
          Parent Conferences
11/7   Parent Conferences
11/8   Minimum Day     
          Parent Conferences
11/9   Minimum Day   
          Fitness Day
          Parent Conferences
          California Pizza Kitchen Dine Out
11/10 No School
11/20-11/24  Thanksgiving Break

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Movies Under the Stars

Balboa kicked off the year with a much anticipated Family Movie Night and Ice Cream Social.  Over 400 people attended this evening event and everyone had a great time eating ice cream and watching SING under the stars.  The weather was perfect, the company awesome, and we couldn't have asked for anything more. Thank you to all of the volunteers who stepped up to help out.  We couldn't have done it without you.  And thank you Alan Au for providing music and doing trivia during the event.  You are all awesome!

Coffee with an Administrator

This school year’s first Coffee with an Administrator took place on September 20th with Balboa Magnet Principal, Mrs. Davenport. A picturesque garden setting, along with a nostalgic slice of LAUSD coffee cake and a great cup of coffee, made for the perfect informal meeting where parents were encouraged to ask questions and provide feedback.

Mrs. Davenport introduced our new assistant principal, Mrs. Kim, discussed and took questions regarding this year’s new Language Arts program (Benchmark Advance series), touched on the use of technology in the classrooms, and urged parents to help their children by taking time at home to work on repetitious practice of addition facts and multiplication facts. Our BSC President also spoke about upcoming school events and the need for volunteers to help with the events.

If you missed this quarter’s Coffee with an Administrator, mark your calendar and join the conversation during the next Coffee with an Administrator on January 24, 2018.

Dine-Out With Balboa

Mark your calendars for our upcoming dates:

The Stand in Northridge & Encino on Thursday, Oct 12 from 5 - 9 pm
California Pizza Kitchen in Northridge & Encino on Thursday, Nov 9 ALL DAY 

Our restaurant FUNdraisers (aka Balboa Dine-Out nights) have been off to a great start this year with Chuck E. Cheese's raising $950+ and Islands coming in at just under $500!  Not only do these raise essential funds for our school, they are a great time to get together with other Balboa families as well as hang out with some of our teachers, and staff.  We want to thank all the families, teachers, and staff who have shown their support and helped make these Dine-Out nights the place to be! 

Book Swap
Students are asked to bring in up to five used books to their class to be sold at the Harvest Festival on 10/22.  Hardback books will be sold for $1 and paperbacks for $0.50.  The proceeds from this year's book swap will go toward the refurbishment of the wooden Balboa sign. It's a wonderful event and the kids find great books to read!  The Book Swap was started by the Taylor family 4 years ago as a chance to give back to the school for smaller projects. The first year was science lab equipment, the second was to help a former teacher with medical expenses.  Please bring in your gently used books to support our school.

Green Team Recycling Program

Thank you very much for you participation in the recycling program and for collecting and bringing all the recyclable bottles and cans. Our first collection was a huge success. Collected cans alone made $74.44.  Some of that money was used to buy plants for this week's Garden and Coffee work day. All bottles were donated to the fifth graders for their project. Thank you very much to all volunteers and participants. Special thanks to the Gavrilis family who donated a truck load of recyclable materials. 

Our next collection will be on Friday, November 3rd, and we look forward to seeing you all then. 

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What is the Compass Fund?

Sadly, LAUSD does not provide funding for P.E., Science Lab, Instructional Technology Support (Computer Lab), or Vocal Music Instruction. Therefore, our Balboa Magnet community does. This financial support comes in the form of Balboa Spirit Club’s annual fundraising drive, aka the COMPASS Fund.


Our students are among the best there are. That’s why we are all here at Balboa Magnet, because they deserve every educational opportunity. But funding one part-time and three full time enrichment teachers takes a commitment from all of us.

Donate online at or through the Balboa Spirit Club’s Facebook page. You can also drop off a check, payable to “Balboa Spirit Club,” in the school office. Be sure to include your child’s name and room number, because every class with at least 90 percent participation gets a Slurpee Party! Students will also receive a limited edition COMPASS Fund pencil with every contribution.


For more information, please contact COMPASS Fund co-chairs Don Lukenbill and Michelle Dean at

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.
Thank you to all of the wonderful parents who continually step up to help out at the school to make it the incredible place it is:
Room Parents
Green Team
Movie Night
Earthquake Preparedness
Coffee and Gardening
Balboa Spirit Club General Meeting
Friday, October 27th @ 8:30am in the PTR
Everyone's Welcome
Come see what's going on!

Balboa Magnet's New Assistant Principal

If you see a new face at the front of the school in the morning, then you have seen our new Assistant Principal, Mrs. Karen Kim.  Mrs. Kim has taught elementary school for 8 years and has held positions as a coordinator for 8 more years after graduating from UC Riverside.  “I feel I have been preparing all my life for this job,” Mrs. Kim says when asked about her background.  “Growing up I was not a follower, I led the kids my age in structured play.”  As a high school student, she regularly volunteered to help special needs children. 

Mrs. Kim’s responsibilities include mentoring and evaluating teachers as well as handling students with behavioral issues.  She is genuinely inspired and is passionate about helping children. “It is important to understand that each child has a story.  I want to get to know each child, because they are all different.  As adults, we assume the leadership role, but we are all equal and we need to understand them.  Establishing trust with the child is also important.”

When asked about her first impression about Balboa Magnet Elementary School, she said, “It feels like home.  The children have been warm and welcoming.  Some have introduced themselves at the front of the school, near the buses in the morning.”  Please join me in welcoming our new Assistant Principal, Mrs. Karen Kim!

Halloween Candy Split

This is the 15th year Balboa has participated in the Halloween Candy Split. Each year the Student Council has collected about 800 pounds of candy, and delivered it to the Frontline Foundation. This Foundation makes meals for the homeless. Please help out by donating half of your Halloween Candy. We will be collecting it from Nov. 1 - 4.

Join Us for Balboa’s Fall Harvest Festival……


Join Balboa families and friends as we kick off the season with a Fall Harvest Festival (formerly Fall Picnic) 

on Sunday, October 22nd from 2:00-5:00pm.  

This is a great opportunity for families to come together, celebrate the beginning of Fall, hang out with friends, and share memories.

There will be free games, $1 dessert walk, raffles, great music, food for sale, book swap, and a ton of fun!  ADMISSION IS FREE! Volunteers 

are needed to help man the game booths and work the event.  Please sign-up online at


Also, for the more creative at heart, we will be holding a pumpkin carving and cake decorating contest as well.  Look for more details in eBackpack.

Gardening and Coffee
The first Gardening and Coffee got off to a great start.  Volunteers worked hard to clear the roots out of two garden beds in our vegetable garden so we could start planting our “spring” vegetables the following week.  Southern California has mild frost-free winters, 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 sprouted and the plots with wire baskets on them (to prevent the birds from stealing the little seedlings), have the first leaves of the peas poking through the soil. 
In addition, volunteers got their hands dirty pulling 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.  In our native garden, the wildflower patch attracts many native birds and bees not seen in many traditional gardens, allowing us to observe and appreciate them.  These include the ultra-green sweat bees (smaller than a housefly), Gulf fritallary and Monarch butterflies, and several species of bumblebees. 

A big thanks to everyone for coming by and weeding, cleaning, and chatting.  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.

Gardening and Coffee happens on the first Friday of every month from 8:30-10AM (after school dropoff).
The next Gardening and Coffee dates are November 3rd and December 1st. You do not have to start at the beginning, nor remain the entire time, and can drop by between those times.  However, the cookies and coffee go fast!

To find out more about the Balboa Garden, the Wildlife Habitat, and Recycling Program visit:

Balboa Showers Mr. Huynh with Love
Mr. Huynh was a beloved member of the Balboa faculty.  He served as the science lab instructor for many years.  He engaged students in minds-on, hands-on science activities that kept them looking forward to their next weekly visit.  At the end of August, Mr. Huynh left Balboa to become the Director of the AP Readiness Program at UCLA.  On September 19th a special assembly was held in his honor.  Students representing every class spoke to him and presented him with homemade cards, letters, and presents.  It was a great day to honor Mr. Huynh, and we are so thankful to him for bringing science alive at Balboa.  Good luck Mr. Huynh in your new job at UCLA!

Earthquake Preparedness
An earthquake can happen at any time, and your child may be at school when it happens. Thankfully, our school has an earthquake preparedness program in place.
Earthquake kick off began on August 30th with volunteers delivering storage bins to each classroom door. Each child’s kit was placed in a storage bin. On September 14th, teams of volunteers worked hard to collect and store the earthquake supplies, check the contents of classroom duffle bags, and replaced missing or expired items.
The earthquake committee would like to thank the following individuals who volunteered their time to assist with earthquake kick off and/or kit collection:
Earthquake Kick Off – Yamin Aung, Joy Miranda, Rafik Petrosian, Chester Kido, Ann Song, Danielle Muller
Kit Collection – Julia Perez, Joanne Choi, Jason Shokrian, Agnes Taylor, Amemita Villarino, Tina Cooper, Kaz McKnelly, Jake Brunelle, Diane Bonzell, Daniell Muller, Maiko Nishimura, Wanda Yung, Queenie Ceniza, Cherryll Esclanda, Jennifer Plummer, Dipali Modi, Natalie Alvarez, Jon Blatt, Edna Basurto, Mihoko Bunker, Michelle Weiss, Joy Miranda, Yamin (Bessie) Aung, Ash Narayanamurti, Bryan Hillestad, Will Salazar, Visara Saravasi, Rafik Petrosian, and Catherine Vowles

Fitness Fun Day is Coming in November
We're expanding our jog-a-thon to be a school-wide celebration of fitness.  Join us for Fitness Fun Day on Thursday, November 9th in the morning. Parents are encouraged to come and help out at this fun event.  We will need lots of volunteers to supervise stations, cheer on students, hand out water, hand out snack bags, and more!  Sign up to volunteer at the following link......

Ms. Hallett Interview
by Tallinn Horn

Where and what was the name of your first school?
Ms. Hallett:    
Last year, I taught at Ingenium Charter School.
Do you like Balboa so far?
Ms. Hallet:     
Yes, everyone here is wonderful, the other fifth grade teachers are so helpful and nice to me.  They keep on giving me loads of helpful information and the students are wonderful. They really strive for the best.
How many years have you been teaching?
Ms. Hallet:     
This will be my second year teaching.
What's your favorite subject to teach?
Ms. Hallet:     
I actually like teaching math, even though when I was a child I struggled in math.  But I love teaching it.  I like it because there's more than one way to solve a problem.  Especially with Eureka Math.  So it's fun to teach the different ways for different learners.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Ms. Hallet:     
In my spare time, like on weekends or evenings, I enjoy going out with friends for dinner, or sometimes we go hiking.  I like to do yoga and I also like to make jewelry - all sorts of things.
Well, welcome to Balboa.  I hope you have a great year with us!
Ms. Hallet:     
Thank you!

Stop, Drop & Roll (Carpool Lane)

Upcoming schedule:
Room 13: Oct. 4th – Oct. 11th
Room 11: Oct. 12th – Oct. 19th
Room 23: Oct. 20th – Oct. 27th
Room 22: Oct. 30th – Nov. 6th

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