Buddies Not Bullies

Have you heard about our new buddy bench?

Buddy Bench_Christian and Noah

Christian Bucks, a student at Roundtown Elementary School in Pennsylvania, witnessed lonely classmates at his school’s playground and wanted to make sure everyone had a friend. His solution? The Buddy Bench.

After researching the Buddy Bench idea, La Mariposa purchased a hexagon shaped Buddy table for the playground.  The shape of this particular Buddy bench/table allows multiple students to interact during recess.

La Mariposa second graders Christian and Noah have become great student ambassadors for the Buddy Bench.  Christian says, “I like that they gave a bench right there for kids to go to if they’re sad. My friend Noah and I sit in the cave (under the play structure) and watch for a pair of feet, and then we go over to the bench and ask if they want to play with us.”  Noah adds, “We go over to the bench and ask kids if they want to play. We always try to make them feel better.”

How Does The Buddy Bench/Table Work?

If you are sitting at the table, other students will notice that you are looking for a friend. When someone asks you to play, join them.

If you notice someone sitting at the table, walk over and ask if they want to play.  Keep growing your circle of friends until everyone has someone to play with.

4 Reasons to Sit at the Buddy Table:

  1. If you want to make new friends.
  2. If you are new to the school.
  3. If your friends aren’t at school that day.
  4. If you want to play something different than what your friend is playing.

Make Buddies Not Bullies

Every seven minutes a child is bullied, according to an estimate by the U.S. Department of Justice. The Buddy Bench promotes inclusion and gives students a safe space to eliminate loneliness and foster friendships.

The buddy bench was made possible by grant from the PVSD Wellness Event.

Click here to learn more about Christian Bucks and the Buddy Bench.



La Mariposa Needs Your Help!

LM Open House 2014-40Here at La Mariposa, the PTA strives to make your child’s school experience the best it can possibly be!  We only hold two major fundraisers during the year:  The Jog-a-Thon in October and the Dinner Dance in March.  We hope to raise over $70,000 just from these two events!  With the money raised with these two events we fund over 60 programs and services that directly benefit YOUR child!!  Yes, that is right… 60 PROGRAMS!!!

  • Back to School Programs such as New Teacher Money, Start-up Classroom Money, Student Planners & School Toolbox!
  • Academic Programs such as Science Week, Red Ribbon Week & Ability Awareness Week!
  • Art, PE and Technology Instruction!
  • Fitness & Health Programs such as Jog-a-Thon (October) & Tiger Olympics (June)!
  • Exciting Assemblies throughout the year to broaden your child’s minds!
  • Environmental Programs such as Earth Day, Growing Green, Gardens & Emergency Prep!
  • Programs to enhance your child’s extracurricular activities like Enrichment which include Art, Chess, Soccer and other great programs!
  • Community involvement such as Movie Night & Giving Back to the Community!
  • Learning about historical accomplishments & encouraging inspiration with Women in History!
  • Promoting Spirit Wear for a sense of Team at La Mariposa!
  • Celebration events like 5th Grade Promotion!
  • Grade Level Money for each and every child to help support fieldtrips, supplies in the classroom and other educational needs!
  • Weekly Incentives for the children & Awards for Service!
  • Mother/Son and Father/Daughter Dance for the Family (November) and Dinner Dance (March) for the Adults!
  • School Clubs & Involvement such as Reflections, Robotics, Speech Tournament, GATE, Peer Mediator, Peer Buddies, Rotary Track Team & Student Leadership!
  • A venue to showcase your child’s talent at the annual Talent Show in February!
  • Technology such as Smart boards, Laptops, mini iPads & Chromebooks!
  • Programs to capture Priceless Memories with the end of school Yearbook!


We have a few programs that need YOUR help!  It can be as simple as showing up and volunteering your time, working on the computer at home or taking a leadership role!  Getting involved in your child’s education is PRICELESS!  Think about what you would like to do or where you can help out!

We are going to hold a FUN informational meeting on all volunteer positions to help you learn more about it!  You can then decide which committee to join or simply just learn about it and have a fun social night out!

Meeting Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Time:  7:00 PM

Meeting Location:  The home of Natasha Scrivener at 5330 Plata Rosa Ct in Camarillo.  natashascrivener@earthlink.net

If you don’t have a sitter, your children are welcome to attend and play while we hold the meeting!  And bring a friend!  If you cannot attend and would like to volunteer, please contact Kat Gregory, PTA President at katgregory@gmail.com.

LM Dinner Dance 2014-72Dinner Dance

The Annual Dinner Dance is a very exciting event held in March.  This is a fun night out on the town for adults to be social, walk around and enjoy appetizers during the silent auction, participate in an entertaining live auction, dine on a delicious served meal and dance the night away with one of Camarillo’s hottest DJ’s!  From the proceeds raised, La Mariposa pays for the Technology teacher and buys Chromebooks, Mini iPads, and Laptops that are used directly by YOUR children!  In past Dinner Dance years, we have been able to purchase Smart Boards for EVERY classroom!

If you like to plan parties, wish to learn about fundraising, like working with the classrooms at school, love to make bows for gift baskets, want to work the check-in desk, help set-up the venue, or help with any other of the simple, fun tasks, we would LOVE to have you on this committee!  We are also looking for someone to be a fabulous leader for this great event!  This is a very rewarding position and you will have FUN!  Planning meetings will start within the next few weeks.

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Science Week

Pilots-10It has been the tradition at La Mariposa for the PTA to sponsor hands-on science events for students for the past six years.  This event has always been a team effort master-mined collaboratively by several parents that LOVE science.  As the years have passed the event evolved from an extracurricular evening led by parent volunteers to a week-long school-wide co-curricular event involving non-profits and science enthusiasts from our school community and beyond.  While the core team members may have changed as older students moved on and younger students moved in, the group remains strong, with each member taking on a specific piece and everyone sharing the workload of this tremendous event.

Science Week Day 1-47As the Science Event Coordinator, you are the leader of this amazing team.  The team meets and decides together the theme and scope of the event, brainstorms resources, and how much of the work they can do themselves and which parts will be contracted out to vendors.  The coordinator initiates the meetings, manages the budget and timeline, delegates the tasks and makes sure all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place.  In the past two years, the budget has been around $2,500 and each grade level experienced at least two hands on science session in addition to lunch time activities and visitors over the span of a week.  You don’t need a science background to coordinate this event–you’ll have lots of help with the science.  You just need to have a passion for high impact learning and the ability to work with and organize a team.  The activities change every year depending on the availability of the team and the budget.  All activities and vendors must be approved by the school principal and PTA.  This children of La Mariposa LOVE this event and look forward to it every year!

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Tiger Olympics

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATiger Olympics is a highly anticipated event every year!  It is one event that every child looks forward to!  It has historically been one full week, where each grade level comes out to the field during their assigned time each day.  They learn and participate in team sports such as soccer and softball as well as individual track and field events like the high jump, the shot put, the dash, the long distance and the long jump.  The week usually concludes with a fun Obstacle Course that everyone participates in, including the teachers!   The kids are all given participation medals and are so very proud of their new sporting skills!  The event can be altered and run only a few days and the team and individual events can be changed.  This year, we are also incorporating Jump Rope for Heart into Tiger Olympics!

Tiger Olympics-7We are looking for a high energy leader and committee team to run this year’s Tiger Olympics!  It is scheduled for June 1 – 5, 2015.  The hours are heavy the week before and the week of the event.  Committee members can work from home on Excel spreadsheets, create Sign-up Genius posts, monitor volunteers, assist on the field, etc.  There are many fun and easy jobs to be filled for Tiger Olympics!  The children learn to compete, they learn a new sport, they become interested in joining sports, they learn about sportsmanship and they have FUN!  A great quote that was said from a 5th grader, “I wish I didn’t have to leave La Mariposa because I am going to miss Tiger Olympics!”  And another quote, “It was so fun that it made me want to make my own in the future!”   We hope you can join this committee and the fun times ahead!



facebook image 2Do you love social media?  Do you love working from home on the computer?  Well, the Facebook chair is for YOU!  This chair posts updates to our official school Facebook page!  It is public, so anyone can read the posts, but you must at least register to be a Facebook member to post to our school site.  If you love social networks and are connected to the campus, this job is for you!

You will work with the communications team including our webmaster, and email newsletter editor to cut down on workload and ensure consistent and accurate messaging.   Most posts can be scheduled ahead of time, however be prepared for an occasional 24 hour turn around in order to share La Mariposa’s best moments in real time!  All posts must be approved by the school principal and all student photos must be checked for media release.   


Open House

LM Open House 2014-32What a FUN night this is!!  Everyone participates!  The children, family and the La Mariposa Staff!  It is held towards the end of May in the evening, usually from 4:45 to 8:00 PM.  The PTA Executive Board is involved with the planning, but we need a few more people to help us out!  The night begins with a picnic on the grass, usually followed by a grade level performance by all the kids!  Then, parents and their children go to their classrooms to show off all their great work during the year!

We need volunteers to help coordinate the vendor food we sell (in the past we have worked with Jersey Mike’s and Surf N’Yogurt), get order flyers out and coordinate the night!  It is a fun event where everyone pitches in to help!

LM Open House 2014-36 Book Fair

Everyone loves a book fair!!  We hold two book fairs per year.  The first one is within the first 2 weeks of December and is the Scholastic Book Fair.   After Spring Break, the second one is held.  One year it is the Scholastic Book Fair (2015) and the opposite year it is Buck-a-Book (2014).   If you love books and love to encourage reading for the students of La Mariposa, this job is for YOU!  We would love to get a group of volunteers to help set-up, organize and sell books!  READING IS FUN!!!

Camarillo Academic Olympics (CAO)

Saturated-11The Camarillo Academic Olympics (CAO) is bi-annual city event where students grades 4-8 from both public and private Camarillo schools compete in categories such as Mathematics, Science, English Grammar, US History, Current Events, Speech, Art, and Creative Writing.

The site coordinator is in charge of the communicating information from the city organization to our students, seeking and scheduling volunteer proctors, arranging facilities, managing timelines, coordinating drivers for our semi-final events, selecting coaches for speech and Superquiz, and picking up tests and awards.  It you love competition and are good at task delegation and logistics, this job is for you!  It is amazing to see our Star Tigers shine at the awards ceremony in the spring!  Planning begins in November & December with most of the work happening in January and February.  We currently have a site coordinator and are seeking a trainee for 2015-16.

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We are looking for someone who loves to type and keep our school organized on the computer!  Each year, in the beginning of the school year, the families of La Mariposa join the PTA!  We need help logging and tracking this information to create a roster of those that joined the PTA and help distribute membership cards!  This can be done at home when you have the time!


Do you love to take pictures?!?  Do you want to capture PRICELESS memories?!?  Being a part of the Yearbook Committee is a super fun job!

IMG_5127The Yearbook is a collection of all the children, classes, and school events from August through March.  Being a part of this team means you get to be on campus and be involved in all of our La Mariposa Events!  We have many ongoing events, either specific to grades, or the entire school.  It is a great opportunity to see and be a part of everything that La Mariposa offers our children!  We would love for you to join this award winning team and to be at as many events as you can!  We love posed group pictures (with at least 3 or more people) as well as candid pictures!   Our goal for the yearbook is to be as reflective of ALL kids and ALL events!  We work on the yearbook throughout the year, so this is an ongoing position. We strive to format and complete pages of events as we go so there’s no “crunch time” at the end of the year!

IMG_5146Committee member roles might include the following:  Being mindful of the school calendar of events and Yearbook Timeline, helping with Cover Contest held Oct-Nov (Distribution/Collection of forms), taking photos and sorting through for those “best” ones, submitting to the committee chair (possibly uploading to software), helping with layout of photos in the yearbook (Classes, Holidays, Events), labeling and distribution of yearbooks (Early June).  Bring your camera, your smile, and your creativity!!


–Natasha Srivener, Volunteer Extraordinaire

Tiger Olympics Kick Off Monday, May 12


LaMariposa.Tiger Olympics.RaceDay.060613017Tiger Olympics is a week long event, from May 12th to May 16th.  All students of La Mariposa participate in the Olympics once a day in various events.  The entire week takes place on the blacktop and grass area in the back of the school. All Olympic events are tailored for each grade level and all Olympians will receive a participation medal at the end of the week!  Tiger Olympics focuses on introducing the students to team and individual sports that they might not otherwise participate in.  We focus on the importance of exercise, keeping healthy and good sportsmanship.  Various Olympians will receive special Sportsmanship medals awarded to them daily by their teachers for their outstanding team efforts on or off the field.  As in the International Olympics, our school is able to unite through the Tiger Olympics and come together as a team to represent the La Mariposa Tigers! 


6-7-2013TigerOlympics 1325/12 Monday at 8:30 AM:  Opening Ceremonies!  This will be a school-wide assembly to resemble the real Olympics! It is only 15 minutes long but it will be really exciting!

5/12 Monday & 5/13 Tuesday:  Team soccer and softball events

5/14 Wednesday & 5/15 Thursday:  Individual Track & Field Events:  Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, Distance, Dashes, Relay

5/16 Friday:  Obstacle Course

5/16 Friday 1:15 PM: Closing Ceremonies! This will be a school-wide assembly to resemble the real closing Olympics! We have some FUN surprises planned!


Monday 5/12 through Thursday 5/15

  • K:  9:10 – 9:40
  • 1ST:  Mon:  8:45 – 9:30, Tues to Thurs:  8:30 – 9:10
  • 2ND:  9:30 – 10:10
  • 3RD:  10:30 – 11:30
  • 4TH:  11:30 – 12:30
  • 5TH:  1:15 – 2:15

Friday 5/16

  • K:  9:10 – 9:40
  • 1ST:  8:30 – 9:00
  • 2ND:  10:30 -11:00
  • 3RD:   12:45 – 1:15
  • 4TH:  11:30 – 12:00
  • 5TH:  11:00 – 11:30


The week of the Tiger Olympics, all Olympians should arrive to school in shoes appropriate for sport activities.  Please wear comfortable clothes to participate in sporting events (as we encourage all students to participate).  And don’t forget to wear sunscreen to school!

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And yes, you CAN help volunteer for this event!   You have an AMAZING opportunity go to visit the school, see your child participate in the Tiger Olympics, be in the GREAT outdoors and help run the Olympics!  This is a fantastic event that REALLY needs YOUR help to be successful! All roles are very easy and you do not need expertise in any area to volunteer.  If a slot is full and you want to join, just show up!   Volunteers for Kinder through 2nd will typically stay with their class.  Volunteers for 3rd to 5th grades will typically work with all classes from your grade.  Please arrive through the front school office, sign-in and grab a visitor sticker.  Go to the back of the school to the grassy area and look for the volunteer area where you will be given further instructions and a clipboard if applicable.  Further instructions will be given to you before your event! Please wear sunscreen, comfortable shoes, a hat and sunglasses, if desired, and bring a bottle of water!  It will be a fantastic day for our OLYMPIANS!!


If you have any questions, please email Natasha Scrivener at natashascrivener@earthlink.net or Kat Gregory at katgregory@gmail.com

Tigers Study Their Way To The Top for CAO

Superquiz team member Jenna C. reacts with LM CAO Champ Hailey J. when they find out they've won the event.

Superquiz team member Jenna reacts with LM CAO Champ Haley when they find out they’ve won the event.

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Haley is the first girl in seventeen years to win gold in Science.  Go girl!

Haley is the first girl in seventeen years to win gold in Science. Go girl!

It was a banner year for La Mariposa and the Camarillo Academic Olympics.  For the first time ever, our Superquiz team, The Tiger Tribe, won the Superquiz.  La Mariposa also snagged 14 individual medals, the most of all the elementary schools.  This medal count includes winning gold in five of the ten individual categories.  Looks like our tigers jumped into their smarty pants with both feet for this one!

Alex is the first student in CAO history to win gold in both creative writing and art.

Alex is the first student in CAO history to win gold in both creative writing and art.

The Camarillo Academic Olympics culminated with the Superquiz Finals and Awards Ceremony held at Monte Vista last Friday night.  Students marched in and received their medals on the podium in front of a cheering crowd of parents and Camarillo VIPs.  A huge Tiger congratulations goes out to:

  • The Tiger Tribe Superquiz Team: Manas Khatore, Jenna Chui, Evelyn Li, Matt Kim, Karolina Dzieciol.
  • Haley Jeffers: 1st Place Science, 1st Place English Grammar, 2nd Place Math
  • Manas Khatore: 1st Place Geography, 2nd Place Math, 3rd Place Science
  • Alex Masci:  1st Place Art, 1st Place Creative Writing
  • Jenna Chui:  2nd Place Creative Writing
  • Sophia Pantoja: 2nd Place Speech
  • Tanvi Patil: 3rd Place Speech
  • Andrew Chan: 4th Place Current Events
  • Matthew Yang: 5th Place Art
  • Nicholas Truitt: 6th Place Current Events
The Tiger Tribe--2014 Division II Superquiz Champs!

The Tiger Tribe–2014 Division II Superquiz Champs–blowing off a little steam before the final stage of the competition Friday night.

Big Tiger hugs go out to Speech Coach, Dorothy Hanchey, and Superquiz Coaches Nilay and Nidhi Khatore.  Special thanks to Kathryn Masci for the perfect data entry and all of our judges, proctors, drivers, and tabulators:  Barbara Velji, Erica Williams, Nicole Sadowsky, Christy Pantoja, Ann Hudacko, Cathy Schafer, Jeff Miller, Jill Heybl, Kelly Long, Cindy Laudato-Wong, Yanzhen Xu, Kari Wetter, Lily Li, Natalie Swarts, Mickey Hirsch, Melissa Short, Jennifer Kwast, Alexis Chavez, Catherine Pedrosa, Michelle Fisher, Maria Redekopp, Madhuri Patil, & Linda Fitzgerald.  Programs like CAO do not happen without volunteers like you!

Inspiring Women To Visit LM Classrooms

by Natasha Scrivener, PTA

The Camarillo American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors.  They advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.   Every year, they create a fabulous program to promote remarkable women in history for the elementary and middle schools of Ventura County!  Next week, March 3 to 7, Women in History will be celebrated at La Mariposa!  Six parents from our school will be dressing up and portraying famous women in history to classes that sign-up for a presentation.  But don’t tell the students they are real parents, as we like to pretend we are the actual celebrity!

This year’s famous women presentations are:

imgresMary Pickersgill (K-2)

Mary sewed a 42-foot long American flag by hand! This flag flew over Ft. Henry and inspired the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.  Portrayed by Julie Yousefi.

imgresElma Gonzales (K-2)

Elma grew up in migrant family, worked in the fields as a child.  She couldn’t go to school because the bus wouldn’t pick her up. She became a professor at UCLA in science.  Portrayed by Martita Martinez.

imgresMarla Runyan (1-3)

Marla is a local hero raised in Camarillo who was the first legally blind athlete to compete in the International Olympics.  Portrayed by Jill Hodges.

imgresEugenie Clark (K-5)

Eugenie is a shark researcher and achieved her three dreams:  To walk on the ocean floor, swim with the sharks, and become a teacher!  Portrayed by Natasha Scrivener.

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Sacagawea accompanied Lewis and Clark on expedition from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean.  Portrayed by Marla Pizzia.

imgresDeborah Samson (4-5)

Deborah disguised herself as a man and enlisted as a soldier in the Revolutionary War.  Portrayed by  Margaret Kelly. 

Talent Show 2014: Photo Gallery

LM Talent Show 2014What a spectacular night.  All the hard work and preparation our tigers put into the show made for the best Talent Show, yet.  Big thanks go out to Tami Michelson and her talented team: Natasha Scrivener, Dorothy Hanchey, Jeanette Rueckert, & Kim Woolley.  Fabulous work everyone!  

2014 Talent Show: Sneak Preview

Singers and Dancers and Karate Ninjas, Oh My!

…and Actors and Musicians and a Hula Hooper, too!

Our Pawprint paparazzi popped in on the Talent Show Dress Rehearsal last week and the report is, it’s a show you won’t want to miss.  We have some terrifically talented tigers taking the stage starting at 6pm this Thursday in the MPR.  Come watch our tiger stars shine!

Here’s a little sneak preview to introduce some of the STARS of the show:


From classical dance like ballet and tap to modern lyrical and street dance–even a  cultural Irish dance, our dancers will delight you!


We’ve got pianists galore, some are singing’ along while they tickle the ivories and even one dynamic drummer.


We have lots of vocal artists just letting their voices go!  Listen for titles like “The Cup Song”, “Momma Mia”, “Brave”, “Firework”, “Pompeii”, “Yesterday”, “Fine By Me”, and you guessed, “Let It Go”.

Actors & Extraordinary Entertainers

Get ready for readers of poems, storytellers, and more!

Last, but certainly NOT LEAST…

An exclusive engagement, they perform only once a year

…the Karate Ninjas!

Pawprint Print Pride Restored

By Sheri Long, PTA Parent


You may have noticed our paw print path leading up to the front main gate received a “restoration” this past weekend. Our La Mariposa paw print painters Alexis Long, AJ Long, Sydney Searle and soon to be kinder Madison Searle, repainted the 26 blue tiger prints with the help of Sheri Long and Amanda Searle.  The next time you walk up that path and through those gates, follow those prints with all your tiger spirit and La Mariposa pride!

Peer Mediation & Structure to Reduce Playground Conflicts at LM

by Erica Williams, Principal

We have some exciting things happening on the playground this week!  Peer Mediators are on the playground at all of the K-3 recesses to help students in resolving issues on the playground.  The 4th and 5th grade Peer Mediators were chosen by their teachers and Mrs. Williams met with them once per week for the past six weeks.  In addition, thanks to our generous PTA and parent community, Campbells Soup Labels for Education points were used to add soccer balls, handballs, basketballs, volleyballs and hopscotch beanbags to the playground.  Game Rules from our PE curriculum are posted in each of the areas to help resolve any conflicts students may have about the game rules during recess.   In the coming weeks we will add a new volleyball net as that has become a popular new game on the playground.  As we are halfway through the school year, our PE Coach reviewed playground games with all students the past two weeks.  It has been an exciting week to watch students try some new playground games that they haven’t tried before!

Tigers Welcome Some New Faces On Campus

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Mrs. Ruiz’s long term sub, Chloe Negrey

Have you noticed a few new faces around our campus?  We have three student teachers from National University working on our campus for the next few months. These teachers are observing our wonderful teaching staff, working with small groups of students and teaching whole group lessons under the supervision of their master teacher.   Wendy Lockridge is working with Mrs. Davis, Lara Landry with Mr. Blumfield and Andrea Vansameno with Ms. Wadley.  We also welcome Chloe Negrey who will be the long term sub in Mrs. Ruiz’s class through the end of the school year.  Please join me in welcoming these new teachers to La Mariposa.

Hover over the images below to match the faces with the names.

–Erica Williams, Principal