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Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on May 31 (last updated May 23)
  • May 26: Deadline for Program Evaluation Survey
  • May 30: Bus Driver/Valet Appreciation Day
  • June 2: Jog-a-thon
  • June 3: Gala
  • June 5: Gr. 5 Luncheon
  • June 6: Full Day Tuesday - Dismissal at 2:30 pm
  • June 8: Gr. 5 Culmination
  • June 9: Last Day of School - Dismissal at 12:50 pm

Jog-a-thon & Gala

Submitted by Jess Ferguson on May 25 (last updated May 25)

The Jog-a-thon is off to a great start!!

On the first pledge collection day this past Tuesday, more than 60 students, representing all eight clusters, turned in pledges and earned prizes!  We've raised more than $2,000 already! Keep it up Open School! Congratulations to the winners in our first Jog-a-thon prize drawing announced in Assembly this morning. 

What's next?

The second pledge collection day is tomorrow (Fri. 5/26). Every child who turns in any amount of pledges will earn a free treat from Rita's Italian Ice and Custard and be entered into our second prize drawing.

Please be sure to turn in pledge forms AND money.  You may use the Online Sponsorship Form or the paper form

The deadline to turn in artwork and essays for the contest is next Tuesday, 5/30. Please note late entries will not be included in the judging.

Volunteers Needed

Please take a look at the Sign-Up Genius to see where you might be able to lend a helping hand. There is a “Volunteer” tab and a “Donations” tab.

Purchase your tickets for this year's Gala!

Don't miss this fun-filled evening of food, drinks, music, magic, games, raffles, prizes, silent & live-auctions and more!

Reserve your tickets now so we have an accurate count for food. 

Speaking of food, this year's Gala will be catered by the celebrated Minh Phan who is the chef-owner of Porridge + Puffs and Mignardises Fine Dining. Prior to her own businesses, she was the Executive Chef at Beachwood and Gaji Fine Dining in DTLA. Other restaurants she’s cooked at includes: Orsa & Winston, Axe, Joe’s in Venice, Inn at the Seventh Ray, Dragsholm Slotte (Copenhagen), Le Bernardin.

An invite went home this week in backpacks with a paper order form or download it here

Or, purchase tickets online here.

Bus Driver/Valet Appreciation Day

Submitted by Peggy Lew on May 22 (last updated May 23)

On Tuesday, May 30th (day after Memorial Day), the staff of Open School will be celebrating Bus Driver/Valet Appreciation Day in honor of the bus drivers and valet volunteers who provide for the transportation and safety of our school.

As a Magnet school, we rely upon our bus drivers to provide safe and efficient transportation to our students who come from all parts of the city. We also rely on the selfless dedication of our valet volunteers to provide a safe and efficient entry process for our kids who are dropped off every morning at the Breen Avenue gate. Now that we've finished a week of celebrations and appreciation for Open School's teachers and staff, it's time to share some of that love with our hard-working transportation workers and safety volunteers!

They make such a difference as we start our morning and end the day!

Ms. Cass, Ms. Lew, Ms. Robertson, and Matthew will be kicking off Bus Driver/Valet Appreciation by providing a small breakfast of tasty, grab-and-go treats for the drivers and valet volunteers in the library on the morning of May 30th. The students will also have the opportunity to sign cards of appreciation for our drivers during recess and lunch over the coming week.

You can show your appreciation for your child's driver by sending individual thank you cards, small gifts, or treats along with your children as they board the bus or in the morning when they greet the valet volunteers.

If you have any questions regarding Bus Driver/Valet Appreciation Day, you can contact psl4275atlausd.net (Ms. Lew).

Jog-a-thon: Tomorrow, First Pledge Turn-in Day

Submitted by Jess Ferguson on May 22 (last updated May 22)

Tomorrow, Tuesday, 5/23 is the first Pledge Turn-In Day!

Every child who turns in any amount of pledges tomorrow will earn a special Jog-a-thon button and $5 Menchies money. They will also be entered into a drawing to win some cool prizes. Winners will be announced at Assembly this Thursday.

You may use the Online Sponsorship Form or the paper form, which went home in the kids' backpacks.

Volunteers Needed

Please take a look at the Sign-Up Genius to see where you might be able to lend a helping hand. There is a “Volunteer” tab and a “Donations” tab.

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, May 23 - First pledge turn-in day
  • Friday, May 26 - Second pledge turn-in day
  • Tuesday, May 30 - Artwork and essay submissions due
  • Thursday, June 1 - Final pledge turn-in day
  • Friday, June 2 - JOG-A-THON day!!

Corporate Sponsor:  Iverbe Camp Discount

A big thank you to our Jog-a-thon Sponsor, Iverbe Camp! Iverbe is offering Open School families a $50 per week discount on camp at their new Westchester location. Click here to learn more, and be sure to enter the code “open” when registering to receive the discount.

Questions? Contact amyraichlenathotmail.com (Amy Raichlen)

Open Gala 2017

Submitted by Jess Ferguson on May 21 (last updated May 23)

Tickets are now on sale for this year's Gala!

Don't miss this funfilled evening of food, drinks, music, magic, games, raffles, prizes, silent & live-auctions and a chance to actually have a full conversation with other Open School adults because the kids won't be around!

An invite will go home this week in backpacks with a paper order form or download it here. 

Or, purchase them online here.

 

Get Ready for Summer Camp with Olivers Labels

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on May 18 (last updated May 18)

Getting ready for summer camp?  Make sure you label all of your kids' things using Olivers Labels.  
20% of your purchase goes to Open School and you don't have to replace missing items this summer!

Get Ready for Summer Camp with Olivers Labels

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on May 18 (last updated May 18)

Getting ready for summer camp?  Make sure you label all of your kids' things using Olivers Labels.  
20% of your purchase goes to Open School and you don't have to replace missing items this summer!

The Jog-a-thon has Kicked Off!

Submitted by Jess Ferguson on May 18 (last updated May 18)

We are off and running! (Pun totally intended!)

 

Volunteers Needed

Please take a look at the Sign-Up Genius to see where you might be able to lend a helping hand. There is a “Volunteer” tab and a “Donations” tab.

Important Dates
 
  • Tuesday, May 23 - First pledge turn-in day 
  • Friday, May 26 - Second pledge turn-in day
  • Tuesday, May 30 - Artwork and essay submissions due
  • Thursday, June 1 - Final pledge turn-in day
  • Friday, June 2 - JOG-A-THON day!!

 

Essay & Art Contest

Encourage your children to explore what it means to put your best foot forward, or be your “best self.” Essays should be no more than one page, artwork should use paper size medium, and no more than one entry of each, per child. Essays and artwork will be judged by a panel of teachers and specialists. There will be one artwork and essay winner from grades K-2 and one artwork and essay winner from grades 3-5. All four winners will receive a $25 Amazon gift card!

Collecting Pledges

You may use the Online Sponsorship Form or the paper form, which went home in the kids' backpacks, to sponsor a student's participation.  Family and friends are encouraged and welcome to join the fun!

Prizes

This year, there will be many opportunities to win great prizes and every child who participates in securing pledges will receive a special prize, and those that turn in pledges by 5/26 will be entered into a drawing to win some awesome stuff like iTunes gift cards, games, soccer balls and more.  There will also be prizes awarded to the top fundraisers in each Cluster and in the entire school.

Corporate Sponsor:  Iverbe Camp Discount

A big thank you to our Jog-a-thon Sponsor, Iverbe Camp! Iverbe is offering Open School families a $50 per week discount on camp at their new Westchester location. Click here to learn more, and be sure to enter the code “open” when registering to receive the discount.

Questions? Contact %20amyraichlenathotmail.com (Amy Raichlen)

Help Unlock $4,000 in our Annual Giving Challenge

Submitted by Mark Fischer on May 18 (last updated May 18)

Let's finish the year strong with a final Annual Giving challenge! 

What is it?

We are doing a "challenge grant".  If we meet our goal, Open School will receive an additional bonus of at least $4,000!  Our goal is met by EITHER:

  • $10,000 in total new donations
  • 100 new donors participating with a donation of any amount (a new donor is any family or extended family that has not yet donated this school year)

 

$4,000?

At least $4,000 and likely more has been committed by a group of 15+ of our very own families.  They generously made this additional commitment because they want to encourage everybody to participate in Annual Giving.  Thank you!  We have great families at Open School!

How Can You Help?

Everybody can help us meet the challenge.  If you usually donate but have not made your Annual Giving ("Pledge Drive") donation this school year, now is the best time.  If you have never donated in our Annual Giving campaign, a donation of whatever amount is meaningful to your family helps us get to our goal. 

Your donation could be the one that unlocks the $4,000 challenge. 

Visit our Annual Giving page for details and an online donation link.

When Does it End?

Our plan is, with your help, to finish this Annual Giving challenge before the doors for the Gala open on June 3.  That will give us just one more thing to celebrate that night!

Announcing this year's JOG-A-THON

Submitted by Jess Ferguson on May 15 (last updated May 17)

What is the Jog-a-thon?

The Jog-a-thon is one of the students’ favorite Open School events. Each Cluster will have a timed period in which students will walk, jog or run as many laps as they can around the school track. The students will have ample warm-up and cool-down time and will also be provided with plenty of water and post-run snacks. This is a great, exercise-oriented event that involves students, teachers, parents, friends and family, and helps raise money for our school through pledges collected by the students. The theme for this year’s Jog-a-thon is “Put your best foot forward!”

When is the Jog-a-thon?

The Jog-a-thon itself will take place on Friday, June 2. Individual Clusters will run throughout the day, with a break for recess, and finishing by lunchtime. All Clusters will participate in a school-wide celebration ice cream party after lunch. Fundraising for the Jog-a-thon kicks off on Tuesday, May 16.

How do students raise pledges?

Students can ask neighbors, friends and family to support them on a per lap basis, or straight-pledge basis. You can turn in pledges using the paper pledge form or donations can be submitted online.  Students will earn awesome prizes by turning in pledges on the three pledge collection days. There will also be prizes awarded to the children who raise the most pledges in each Cluster, and the top three pledge-earners for the whole school. Additional opportunities to earn prizes will be announced throughout the Jog-a-thon pledge collection period. The three pledge collection days are:

1)  Tuesday May 23

2)  Friday May 26

3)  Thursday June 1

What is the Jog-a-thon essay and art contest?

The essay and art contest is a way for the students to express what the Jog-a-thon theme means to them personally. This year, we are asking them to explore what it means to put your best foot forward, or be your “best self” through their writing and artwork. Essays and artwork will be judged by a panel of teachers and specialists, and the children will have an opportunity to earn great prizes. Essays should be no more than one page, artwork should use a paper medium, and no more than one entry per child. There will be one artwork and essay winner from grades K-2 and one artwork and essay winner from grades 3-5. All art and essays will be due on Tuesday, May 30.

How can you prepare your child for Jog-a-thon day?

Please ensure your child has a nutritious breakfast and comes to school well hydrated on June 2. (Breakfast in the classroom will be served that day, as usual). Please be sure your child wears comfortable shoes (sneakers are recommended) and weather-appropriate clothing. We strongly encourage the children to wear their Cluster shirts or Cluster colors to show cluster and school spirit.

Is there an opportunity for parents to be involved in the event?

Absolutely! Family and friends are encouraged and welcome to come join the fun the day of the Jog-a-thon. Come by and cheer on all of our amazing students as they put their best foot forward. We can also use many volunteers in the days leading up to the event and on the day of the event. Please keep an eye out for the Sign Up Genius which will be emailed out soon, take a look, and volunteer when and how you can. Helping hands are always needed!

Additional questions?

Please e-mail:
amyraichlenathotmail.com (Amy Raichlen)
(Jog-a-thon Chair and Red Cluster parent)

Thank you to our Jog-a-thon Sponsor:

Visit https://iverbe.com to learn more about their summer, winter and spring camps.