In the words of chef Auguste Gusteau, “anyone can cook”. Yesterday, our students had the opportunity to showcase their inner little chef. With pizza on the menu for lunch, it was up to the students to help make dough from scratch, and cover it with sauce and toppings. Ms. Kathryn’s, Ms. Inoka’s, Ms. Alexis’, and Ms. Taregus’ classes merged together essentially creating their very own in house pizzeria.IMG-5263 IMG-5284 IMG-5286 IMG-5273 IMG-5299 IMG-5276IMG-5306

The students loved being hands on,  kneading their dough, and putting on the toppings.

IMG-5308 IMG-5315 IMG-5307 IMG-5311 IMG-5314 IMG-5333 IMG-5335 IMG-5336There were smiles and excitement all around. The students and their stomachs certainly enjoyed pizza day. IMG-5320 IMG-5327 IMG-5330 IMG-5321 IMG-5340 IMG-5328 IMG-5364 IMG-5358 IMG-5359 IMG-5361 IMG-5353

West Coast Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras is a famous occasion in cities across the globe.  From the Port of Spain to the Cayman Islands, millions of people take to the streets for carnival celebrations before the season of Lent. While it isn’t observed nationally in the United States, notable celebrations do take place in French regions such as New Orleans. The West Coast may not be known for Mardi Gras, but it didn’t stop LBA students from making masks in the spirit of Mardi Gras tradition. Paper plates, pipe cleaners, feathers, pom poms, and a whole lot of glue were key components in the making of their Mardi Gras inspired craft. The students had a lot of fun personalizing their masks, and their finished products brought the essence of carnival celebrations to Southern California.  Happy Mardi Gras!IMG-4729IMG-4725IMG-4727IMG-4722IMG-4723

LBA tea party!

New experiences are always exciting! We know most kids love juice and milk, but what about tea? Today, our students had a party. Not just any kind of party…a tea party! To most, if not all of them, tea was a foreign drink. They looked on with bright curiosity as their teacher steeped the tea packet in their cup of water. It was a fruit flavored tea, so it made the water turn red. The color was definitely a bit deceiving. It might have made the children think it would taste like cherry or strawberry, but us adults know tea has a very distinct taste. Despite knowing it was tea, some were eager to try it and others were a bit more hesitant, but eventually they all took the leap and tried it. The taste received mixed reviews, but for the most part Ms. Taregus’ class liked it, and they had a great time at their tea party.IMG-4692 IMG-4690 IMG-4688 IMG-4682 IMG-4679

Last day of winter performances

Ms. Inoka and Ms. Taregus’ classes wrapped up this years winter performances on Friday. In the morning, Ms. Inoka’s class looked so cute in their performance attire of green, black, and white. The girls heads were adorned with Santa headbands, while the boys wore Santa hats. They shook their ribbons to the tune of Jingle Bells and their hips to the tune of Feliz Navidad.

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Thank you Ms. Inoka’s class for such a moving holiday performance!

Lastly, Ms. Taregus’ class sang and danced their hearts out. They gave their families such a lively rendition of Up on the House Top, Jingle Bell Rock, and Rocking Around the Christmas Tree. At the end, parents cheered and clapped, but little did they know, Ms. Taregus’ class had more up their sleeves. They went on to recite two holiday poems. From the smiles on their faces, to their energetic movements, they clearly enjoyed performing for their families. Ms. Taregus’ class did such a great job. Thank you!


On the third day of Winter performances…

Yesterday, families got to see amazing performances from Ms. Kathryn and Ms. Kassandra’s class.

Ms. Kathryn’s class performed their set wearing Santa hats personalized with their names. They looked so happy as the jingles played and they showed their families what they had been practicing for weeks. Their loved ones praised their efforts after every song, and the children completed their performance knowing that their families were smiling in the crowd.

Ms. Kathryn hugs a student before the show for a little encouragement
Ms. Kathryn hugs a student for a little encouragement


In the afternoon, Ms. Kassandra’s class stepped into the spotlight. They all got up on stage wearing reindeer hats and appeared very excited to put on a show. They dazzled the audience with their fun illustration of the songs lyrics.


What a lively performance! Thank you Ms. Kassandra’s class!


Winter performances: Day 2

Wednesdays Christmas performances featured Ms. Alma and Ms. Adriana’s classes. First up was Ms. Alma’s class.  Her class made their presence known as they paraded outside shaking their jingle bells.  Ms. Alma’s students, along with some little ones dressed up as reindeer were ready to perform for their loved ones and stir up some Christmas spirit.

Following Ms. Alma’s lead, the children danced along to the songs. The shaking of their bells, spinning in circles, and swaying back and forth while holding hands had their parents smiling from ear to ear.


A big thanks to Ms. Alma and her class for their awesome moves!

Later on, parents had the joy of watching Ms. Adriana’s class sing and dance in their matching Santa hats. Ms. Adriana’s class also showed us choreographed movements that went along with the music. Their performance was perfect for the holiday and made their families proud. Good job Ms. Adriana’s class and thank you for your jolly performance!IMG-4227IMG-4210IMG-4181IMG-4183IMG-4161IMG-4192IMG-4166

Santa Claus comes to town!

It may not be Christmas eve yet, but for the students of LBA, Santa Claus was already in town. Santa Claus made a special trip from the North Pole just to spread some early Christmas joy to LBA. For many of the students, it wasn’t a surprise that Santa was coming. The anticipation of meeting him had been building since they heard the news that he was coming weeks prior. What they didn’t know was that Santa came with a special surprise for each and every one of them. Thanks to the parents, Santa had a gift specifically addressed to each child.

When Santa Claus walked in, the children had no idea. To them, he was just one of the many different adults that they see walk in and out. Of course, what they didn’t know was that this particular adult had the means to transform himself into Santa Claus. The husband of one of LBA’s very own office administration donned the iconic red and white suit, and made our students dreams come true. After a swift wardrobe change, Santa finally emerged and walked around the school to greet all the children. The smiles on the children’s faces seemed to stretch from here to the moon as you heard the echo of “Santa!!!” ringing form all across the school.




Santa completed his rounds, and then it was time for each class to get Santa all to themselves. Class by class, the children’s faces lit up when they got close to Santa. They patiently sat as Santa called them up one by one to sit on Santa’s lap and receive their special gift made in his workshop at the North Pole.







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Ms. Kathryn’s class










Ms. Kassandra’s class


Ms. Taregus’ class

So many gifts, smiles, and dreams come true! Thank you for visiting LBA Santa Claus!

LBA Winter Performance – Toddler Class

Tis the season for winter performances at LBA. Ms. Djoni and Ms. Malak’s toddler class kicked off the season of joy with their performance of Baby Shark, Jingle Bells, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. After weeks of practicing, the toddler class donned their santa claus hats and marched out to their singing debut. They were a walking sea of red as they strolled past their parents, and onto the stage to wait for their cue.



Ready or not, the music blared from the speakers and the parents in the audience pressed play on their recording devices. They looked on with happy hearts as their children bounced and swayed to the Christmas jingles.







There was a lot more dancing than singing, and the audience just ate it up. The kids are too young to know it yet, but just standing on stage in their holiday attire would’ve been enough to bring smiles to their families faces just because of how cute they are. After they wished the audience a merry Christmas, the parents gave their kids praise and applause, and the children were so excited to embrace their parents.  The toddler class did a great job! Thanks to Ms. Djoni and Ms. Malak for all of their hard work.





Halloween day at LBA!!!

Spooky, spooky Halloween

Gloomy skies, but we’ll still be seen

Crowds of parents

Flashing lights

All of us in our costumes,

What a sight!

Some are scary

Some are sweet

Some are even really neat

We marched and marched while our parents stayed

To watch us in the Halloween Parade!

Ms. Taregus’ class



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Trio of Belle’s

For students at LBA, Halloween festivities don’t just take place at night. We kicked off Halloween bright and early today with our very own parade! From superheroes, princesses, and animals, to monsters, firefighters, and ninjas, the Halloween spirit was in full affect. Children trickled in one after another happy to be wearing their costumes, and excited to see their friends dressed up. Of course, it wasn’t always obvious to tell who was who because of superhero and animal masks, but once they peeked their heads out, their true identities were revealed.



Seeing double. 2 Batgirls!


After everyone was dressed and ready to go, the children headed outside for their 15 minutes of fame. All eyes and camera lenses were focused on them as the music began, and they walked around the playground. Friends and families looked on with pure joy and melting hearts as they searched for their child out of a sea full of children, and attempted to capture the memory in their minds, and on their phones.



The parade was for the children, however, the teachers were seen walking in the parade having a good time as well.





Another year, another successful Halloween Parade here at LBA. Happy Halloween from LBA to you!

Ms. Adriana and her class


Splash day fun!

As the sun beams and the temperatures soar, LBA welcomed the opportunity to break out the water hose for one of our more popular activities amongst the children, SPLASH DAY! After putting their bathing suits on, the children marched outside into the heat anticipating the cool feel of the water as it makes contact with their skin.

Water sprays over all the children

With the kiddie pools filled to the brim and the hose erupting with water, some ran straight into the water without hesitation, while others seemed to be a bit more timid. It didn’t take long for those who initially hung back to join in the fun with their friends. Teachers standing by could barely hear the pitter patter of the children’s feet over the abundance of cheerful screams and laughter coming from every direction.

Waiting for the water hose to rain down on them again
Running from the water hose

Of course, teachers were not dressed for the occasion, so they did their best to avoid the downpour of water jetting out of the hose. Still, that didn’t stop some of the kids from trying to make the teachers join in the festivities by splashing water in their direction or trying to hug them with their soaking wet bodies.

Chasing the water
Happy to be getting wet!

All and all, LBA beat the heat today with the help of a simple water hose. Rather than allow the heat to redden our faces and spoil our spirits, we used the power of water to save the day. Despite the heat, the children enjoyed the day with smiles on their faces and laughter in their bellies!

Drying off in the sun
So much fun splashing in the pool!