May 2019
Interim Principal: Brian Sida
Vice Principal: Karen Kim
Magnet Coordinator: Susan Taguchi
Beat Editor: Colleen Smith
Beat Writer: Cynthia Lemus
Upcoming Events

May 24
BSC Meeting and Board Elections @ 8:30am
May 30
Spirit Day - Dodger Wear
Dodger Night
May 27
Memorial Day - No School
June 6
5th Grade Culmination
June 7             
Last Day of School - Minimum Day, Dismissal at 12:58pm
Balboa's Annual Garden Clean-Up

On Saturday, April 27, 2019 volunteers from Stanford and Balboa Elementary took part in the Balboa garden clean-up event. The group’s hard work and enthusiasm paid off – in just one day, the volunteers removed overgrown brush, trimmed back tree limbs, and pulled weeds from all the pathways. Special thanks for clearing the library walkway and removing the plants clogging the Discovery pond. Linda was delighted and said it has been awhile since the garden looked this good!  None of this could have happened without the help of the volunteers.
Ms. Bronson's Garden Project

750 students rotate through the gardening program at Balboa Magnet established by volunteers and retired teachers, all of whom are considered 'Master Gardeners'.  The volunteers walk the students through a step by step process about growing vegetables, wildflowers, and cultivating Mason Bees. From these activities, they learn how to care and protect the environment. Thanks to contributions to Ms. Bronson's Organically Growing - Mentally and Academically Project on much needed gardening supplies will be purchased to advance the education of students' knowledge of gardening and taking care of their environment. Click on the link above to read more about the project and see how the funds will be spent.  Other school projects Balboa Magnet is seeking funds for on are Busy Bees (Mason Bees) and Mrs. Lee's Lego Robotics.
1st Grade Fable Wax Museum
On March 8th and 12th, all first-grade students presented the Fable Wax Museum in the auditorium, an annual tradition at Balboa. Each student was assigned an Aesop fable, such as the Tortoise and the Hare, and created a life-size background. The background was displayed behind each student, with the student in front dressed as the main character from the fable. Family and friends toured the museum, pressing a button on each student which prompted the student to tell his or her story and bring the fable to life. The students did an impressive job of memorizing their story and creating their detailed backgrounds. Thank you to Mrs. Banuelos, Mrs. Bass, Mrs. Hurtado, and Mrs. Petrilli for inspiring and planning the show!
Festival of the Arts and Art Show
Balboa's Festival of the Arts and Art Show event was held on Saturday, March 23, 2019.  This year's theme for the art show was Heroes Around Me.  It was a great success with 69 beautiful entries (Visual Arts-37, Photography-12, 3D-5 and Literature-15). The participants’ originality, creativity and detailed work were impressive and we are very proud of our artists at Balboa.  Last but not least, thank you very much to all staff members and volunteers who participated. This event would not have been possible without their help. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing more beautiful artwork next year.

Art Show winners (participants with no permission to publish their names are not included in this list): 
Visual Arts
First Place:
1st grade: Karis H.
2nd grade: Ema C.
3rd grade: Maya T.
4th grade: Audrey C.
5th grade: Aiden H.
Honorable Mention:
1st grade: Samantha L. and Annabelle L.
2nd grade: Gabriel B.  
3rd grade: Lana L.
4th grade: Eden H.
5th grade: John L.  
First Place:
1st grade: Elijah H.
2nd grade: Isaac B.
3rd grade: Leela S. B.
4th grade: Khanagata C. and Mayank R.
5th grade: Ruby S.
Honorable Mention:
3rd grade: Riyana M.  
4th grade: Khanagata C.
5th grade: Kyla D. and Ruby S.
First Place:
2nd grade: Desmond W. and Adrian W
3rd grade: Peri G.  
4th grade: Noelle G.
5th grade: Aiden H.
Honorable Mention:
3rd grade: Jackson B.
5th grade: Betsy S.
First Place:
1st grade: Naomi A.
3rd grade: Emma P.
4th grade: Daniel O.
2nd Grade Field Trip to Natural History Museum

The second graders had a blast at the Natural History Museum. The students were able to walk around in small groups with teachers and parents. Students were so excited to find the dinosaur they had picked for their project in class. Students enjoyed the dinosaur show and being able to eat inside the museum. It was a great learning experience.
Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon

On April 5th, the Balboa Spirit Club hosted an UP to excellence themed Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon for Balboa teachers and staff. The auditorium was transformed into a colorful wonderland. Two Balboa students dressed in their Boy Scout uniforms and greeted the teachers, TAs and staff through a rainbow color balloon arch. The teachers and staff were treated to a delicious potluck lunch and received Girl Scout cookies as a party gift. A great time was had by all. A special thank you to our student scouts and thank you to everyone who helped set-up, serve, and clean-up and everyone who donated food and Girl Scout cookies. It was a fun event honoring our amazing teachers and staff!
2nd Grade Field Trip to Tree People

On March 14, the second graders went on a field trip to Tree People. After weeks of rain and cold, we enjoyed sunny blue skies for our trip to the top of the Santa Monica Mountains. Our timing was perfect because we got to see snow-covered mountains in the distance and the mass-migration of thousands of painted-lady butterflies enjoying the wildflowers in the park. The kids learned about the ways humans affect natural cycles and how they could be better stewards of the environment. In the end, every child planted their own pine tree seeds. Now we just have to wait 30 years and each family will have a 50 foot tree in their front yard!
Dine Out Night at CPK

As a first year family of Balboa Magnet, it’s great to attend these fundraising events. In addition to not having to worry about “what’s for dinner” for a night, it gives students, staff and all of their families a great opportunity to get together outside of school; all while still showing support to Balboa! I’ve personally had a chance to mingle with families of students from other classrooms than my child’s class and on more than one occasion, we’ve learned that we have quite a bit in common. From having similar interests to knowing the same colleagues and friends. It also gives me a chance to become acquainted with teachers who my child might have down the line. This Dine-Out Night was especially fun for us, because our family loves California Pizza Kitchen!

If you happened to miss this one, don’t worry. We'll have more the next school year! We’re all aware that it takes a collective effort to help our students & faculty thrive, so thank you for helping to provide for YOUR school. We’ll see you at the next Dine-Out FUNdraiser Night!

Submitted by Michael Woodley (Balboa Parent)
"I went to CPK!! I saw Ms. Erica there! I got pizza. It was good!" - Kennedy (1st grade)

"At CPK, the food was great! The waiters are nice and a bit funny. They have fun activities. Finally, everyone there was very polite." - Dariya (3rd grade)
3rd Grade Native American Day

Third Grade students celebrated Native American Day on Tuesday, April 9. The third grade teachers invited a few members of the Chumash tribe to help introduce the kids to the culture and traditions of their tribe. The students assembled in the auditorium at 8:30 am to meet the Chumash Native Americans who were wearing traditional clothing and accessories. The Chumash tribe greeted the kids with a traditional song in their native language. The kids were introduced to a few myths, artifacts, dances, and songs of the Chumash tribe. They were also treated to the traditional fry bread at the end of the celebration.
Fitness Day

Balboa's 2nd annual Fitness Day was held on Tuesday, March 19th and was HUGE success! Kids enjoyed the morning, rotating through different stations doing hip-hop, yoga, jogging and the all new Ninja Warrior obstacle course!  It was great to see all of the parents out there supporting the kids as well as some of the teachers getting in on the action too!  Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers, North Valley's awesome YMCA Play Coaches, and to Culligan water for keeping our children hydrated.  And thank you to all of the parents, friends, and families who donated online to support our school!  Together we raised over $27k, which will help support our future technology refresh efforts for our students.

Student Council Corner - A Year In Review

Gate Greeters:
The Student Council created Gate Greeters to greet students as they arrive at school each morning.

Buddy Bench:
The Buddy Bench was created for students who are in need of a friend. The poster for the bench was ruined so they will be getting a banner for the bench. 

Kindness Week:
Student Council hosted Kindness Week where they created a Compliment Wall, wrote letters to soldiers, vets, and kids at the Children's Hospital.

Fundraising Efforts:
The Student Council raised money for the school through Boo-Grams and Val-O-Gram sales and collected shoes that were sent throughout the world to those in need.

Upcoming Spirit Day:
Thursday, May 30: Dodger Day in conjunction with Balboa's Dodger Night
Spring Chorus Concert
On April 11th, the 4th and 5th grade chorus had its Spring Concert. The kids did an amazing job singing. They did a fun rendition of Imagine Dragon's “Thunder”, followed by “Akekho Ofana” which is an African gospel. Next they sang a mash up of two Canadian children's song called “My Paddle" and “Land of the Silver Birch”. They were beautifully done. Next they did a traditional American folk song called “Shenandoah”. They did a sweet rendition of another folk song called “Some Folks Do” and then they ended the show with an fantastic mash-up of music from The Greatest Showman. The songs were “This Is Me” and “A Million Dreams”. The ending songs were so fun to hear the kids sing and they all seemed to really enjoy themselves. The performance was also a testament to how great Mr. Schmidt is with all of them and how lucky we are as a school to have such a wonderful and dedicated music teacher!  Thanks to donations to the COMPASS Fund, we are able to offer enrichment programs like this to our kids.

Teacher's Favorite Memories of the 2018/2019 School Year

Balboa Teachers were asked what their favorite memory of the school year was, what their plans are for the summer and what advice they have for students over the summer. Here is what they said...

Ms. Bañuelos (1st grade): My favorite memory of this school year is watching students grow and build confidence during performances and plays. I look forward to traveling with my family in summer. My advice to my students for summer would be have fun with your family and make connections to everything we’ve learned all year.

Ms. Boksenbaum (Music-Orchestra): My favorite memory of this school year was delivering birthday wishes with the orchestra. I look forward to going to Australia in summer. 

Ms. Sanders (2nd grade): My favorite memory of this school year was Room 24’s ancestor's luncheon and museum... seeing all the students, lovely hard work and meeting all the families. I look forward to going to Hawaii in Summer. My advice to my students for summer would be read and do something creative everyday.

Ms. Aguila (YS): My favorite memory of this school year is when the kids participated in pitch, hit, and run. I look forward to coming up with more activities/sports ideas in summer to get ready for the new year. My advice to my students for summer would be to have fun! Always smile, be happy, and productive.

Ms. Bass (1st grade): I look forward to going on a family vacation to Israel and Greece in summer. My advice to my students for summer would be enjoy your time off! Be creative, read for fun, make goals for 2nd grade.

Ms. Hallett (5th grade): My favorite memory of this school year was experiencing Pali camp with my students! I look forward to participating in a summer program for teachers at the library of Congress this summer.  My advice to my students for summer would be to relax because middle school is harder than 5th grade ! 

Mrs. Conway (3rd grade): My favorite memory of this school year was the smiling faces of my students during Native American Day. I look forward to reading great books in summer. My advice to my students for summer would be to read some great books too. 

Ms. Tidalgo (2nd grade): My favorite memory of this school year was having the best parent supporters in my classroom. I look forward to visiting my family in Kentucky this summer. My advice to my students for summer would be enjoy each other, you can’t take this time back. Put down your electronics and enjoy.

Mr. Brescher (5th grade): My favorite memory of this school year was Pali Mountain Institute with 5th grade. I look forward to backpacking in Yosemite in summer. My advice to my students for summer would be eat healthy foods, exercise, read, and have fun.

Ms. Hanley (2nd grade): My favorite memory from this school year was when we had our pet turtle Dash for awhile before releasing him into the school Pond. I look forward to going to Maui and taking a camping trip in Big Bear this summer. I will enjoy reading some new books, too. My advice to my students for summer would be use your imagination and be creative, explore out in nature, and don’t forget to read everyday. 

Ms. Kiana (P.E. Coach): My favorite memory of this school year was getting to know each student and being apart of an amazing school. I look forward to participating in summer camp this summer. My advice to my students would be enjoy your summer as much as you can: do as many activities as you can. 

Mr. Richmond (Technology Instructor): My favorite memory of this school year was playing on stage with Lela Bragger’s band at the Festival of the Arts. I look forward to traveling and seeing family in summer. My advice to my students for summer would be unplug from technology as much as possible. Interact with the world :)
Visit the 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.
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:
Gold Level Sponsors:
Ofir Bass - Pinnacle Estate Properties
Northridge Dental Group
Culligan Water
Bronze Level Sponsors:
Rebound Pilates
CertaPro Painters
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