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Please Help During Fall Conferences 2019: Nov. 20 - 22

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Nov 12 (last updated Nov 14)

Conferences are coming coming up!  During the three early-dismissal days on Wednesday, November 20 to Friday, November 22, we have scheduled some fabulous activities for our students led by LAUSD approved vendors, specialists and parents, and supported by our teachers and aides.

We are always looking for volunteer help, from setting up breakfast at the covered tables to extra hands during rotations. Perhaps consider giving an hour before or after your child's conference time. 

If that slot has been filled, please contact our parent chair to say that you could help in another area.

Say YES to supporting Conference Week by pitching in!

Please sign up through this  Sign-Up Genius link (use the colorful tabs at the top for your cluster) or contact our Conference Week parent co-chair, (Mira Rosenthal).

Safety First: See Something, Say Something

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Nov 14 (last updated Nov 14)

We all have been touched by today's tragedy in our neighboring school district, and our thoughts are with the victims, students and families. This incident reminds us that a school is the heart of a community, and that we all work together to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff.

Los Angeles Unified has resources available for students who may be experiencing difficulties in school and need additional support. We also ask that our students and families follow the district's message: if you see something, say something.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call me at 310-568-0735. Thank you.

We Are Listening: What Parent Education Opportunities Interest You?

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Nov 14 (last updated Nov 14)

We are listening, because as a part of our May 2019 Program Evaluation Survey, you asked for Parent Education in the area of Math. We thank you for your feedback, as this information helps to guide the work we do to improve and maintain Open School. Look below to get information about our upcoming Family Math Night (the whole family is encouraged to come).

Have you ever wondered why your children love math so much? Have you been curious about some of the activities your students are doing to reinforce their understanding and the development of big math ideas? Please come spend part of your evening at Open School’s Family Math Night! On Tuesday, December 10th from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. We will have a blast with math! Stay tuned for more information.

Fifteenth Open School Institute: Constructivism in Action- Thursday, January 30, 2020

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Nov 14 (last updated Nov 14)

In an effort to make a more meaningful contribution to professional communities of educators and to extend our leadership, approximately 20 years ago we created the Open Magnet Charter School Institute: Constructivism in Action.

Open School's Institute will take place on Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This one-day conference for educators from across the globe takes place on our campus during the regular school day, offering visiting educators the opportunity to experience and observe learning and teaching processes in an authentic context.  It provides a chance for participants to learn how to integrate constructivist practices into their classrooms and at their schools through a process of focused classroom observation, teacher-led workshops, and panel discussions involving teachers, students, and staff.

Please click the Institute Flyer for more information.

Click to Register for Open School's Institute. If you know of an educator that would enjoy this day of learning, please pass on the information. Registration closes soon and enrollment is limited.

The Open School Fall Book Fair is Here!

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Nov 13 (last updated Nov 13)

The Fall Book Fair kicks off on Friday, November 15th at 2:30 p.m. with special late hours for Movie Night and will run through conference week to Friday, November 22nd.

Please stop by and browse the books. Consider donating a book to your child's cluster or the Library. Thank you for your support of our book fair, our kids and our school! 

We need volunteers!
We welcome one and all, no experience necessary. For more details and to sign up for a shift, please click here.

Book Fair Hours:
Friday, 11/15: 2:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. *Special Movie Night Hours*
Monday, 11/18: Open at drop off, snack, lunch and from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 11/19: 7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 11/20: 7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, 11/21: 7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Friday, 11/22: 7:45 a.m. - 11 a.m.

You Get A Second Chance: "Respect" Hoodies

Submitted by Friends on Nov 11 (last updated Nov 14)

Did you miss your chance to order a new Open School "Respect" hoodie? Or recently saw your friend with one and realized how much you love them? 

Good news: we reopened the online store for a very limited timeDon't wait, click here and order yours today!

Both color - Neon Pink or Charcoal Gray - are available in either pull-over or zip-up. No other colors are available at this time.

Please note: Youth sizes run a tad small, consider ordering one size up.

The store will close promptly on November 24 at 11:59pm. Items are scheduled to be delivered to school on December 18 - just in time for winter break!

Questions? Send us an (subject: %22Respect%22%20Hoodies) (email).

Your Charleston Wrap Orders are Being Processed

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Nov 7 (last updated Nov 7)

If you submitted a Charleston Wrap order via the paper form (thank you again!), your purchases will be delivered after December 2, 2019.  Questions regarding this fundraiser should be (emailed to Friends of the Open School).

Reminders / Updates

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Nov 7 (last updated Nov 14)
  • Nov. 15: E-choices Application Deadline (Returning Open Students Do Not have to Apply)
  • Nov.15: Open Hearts Meeting at noon
  • Nov. 15: Movie Night & Book Fair Opening
  • Nov. 16: Campus Beautification Day
  • Nov. 18 - 22:  Fall Conference Week
  • Nov. 20 - Early Dismissal at 12:50 p.m.
  • Nov. 21 - Early Dismissal at 12:50 p.m.
  • Nov. 22 - Early Dismissal at 12:50 p.m.
  • Nov. 22 - Book Fair Ends at 11:00 a.m.
  • Nov. 25 - 29: No School Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 1 - Dine Out @ Sharky's Mexican Grill (all day)

Open Hearts Delivers Sweetness!

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Nov 7 (last updated Nov 7)

Open Hearts leader Adrianne Robertson delivered our leftover Halloween Candy to Operation Gratitude today.  

Your sweet donation weighed in at 234 lbs!  Thank you to everyone in the Open community for their sweet generosity.  

And thank you to Adrianne and Rocki Davidson for making it easy for us to give with wonderful Open Hearts service projects every month!

Check If Your Employer Matches Your Generosity

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Nov 7 (last updated Nov 7)

Reminder:  Please check with your company to see if they match charitable contributions, either in part or in full. This is effectively free money for our school, and often just requires a small amount of paperwork, which is often completed by the Annual Giving team rather than you. 

We have received donations from roughly 150 families so far this year, with just a handful indicating that their companies match. Our experience tells us that there should be a few more matching gifts out there waiting to be found -- so please double check! Just a few of the companies that have matched recent Open donations include Disney, Sony, Honda, Google, Wells Fargo, Mattel, Bank of America, Raytheon, Northrup Grumman, Apple and Dell -- as well as many smaller companies. You'd be surprised!

If your employer has any questions, please ask them to (email us).

Start Thinking About Open Expressions!

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Nov 7 (last updated Nov 7)

The Open Expressions Talent Show will be Saturday, March 14th. 

Attention All Friends of the Stage:

We are looking for talented performers, charming MCs, and hard-working stage crew members for the show.  Applications will be due before Winter Break to allow students more time to prepare for their auditions.  Applications will be available after Thanksgiving Break.

Attention All Parents:

The organizing team is also looking for parent volunteers to help with auditions, coaching sessions, rehearsals, stage design, and the big show.  You don't need any special skills or performance experience to join the team, but availability during after-school hours will be very helpful!

Our next planning meeting will be Thursday, November 14 right after school in the Blue Cluster classroom.  Please join us to find out more about the Open Expressions show and how you can get involved! 

Questions? Please (email us)!

Principals' Message: Safety Drills

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Nov 6 (last updated Nov 7)

Dear Open School Families:

The safety and welfare of our students and staff are our highest priorities. To provide Open School an opportunity to practice emergency response procedures, we had a Lockdown Drill this past Tuesday. A lockdown is necessary when the threat of imminent danger arises or when directed by law enforcement. We inherently believe, as I'm sure you do, that our precious children should be shielded from the issues that are facing our society. However, in doing our best to keep everyone safe, conducting this drill is at the heart of preparing our children as much as possible. Please know that all conversations with each cluster were on an age appropriate basis. We want to equip our students with the tools to act swiftly if necessary, not to instill fear.

Please make sure that all contact information for your child is current, so that in the event of an actual emergency, we can reach you.  You can also review Open's Emergency Handbook that was sent at the beginning of the year. Throughout the school year we also practice many other safety procedures, including earthquake, shelter in place and fire drills. There are different detailed procedures for all of these preparedness activities.

If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to call our school office at 310-568-0735.

In Partnership,


Countdown to Open's Fall Book Fair!

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Nov 6 (last updated Nov 6)

Mrs. Nelson's Book Fair will kick off with special late hours during Movie Night on Friday, November 15th and run throughout Conference Week to November 22nd. This community event sparks students' interest in books, fuels their love of reading, and serves as a fundraiser for our school. We have books for all reading levels and offerings for parents, too.

We need volunteers!
We welcome one and all, no experience necessary. For more details and to sign up for a shift, please click here.  Thank you for your support of the book fair, our kids and our school! 

Book Fair Hours:
Friday, 11/15: 2:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. *Special Movie Night Hours*
Monday, 11/18: Open at drop off, snack, lunch and from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 11/19: 7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 11/20: 7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, 11/21: 7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Friday, 11/22: 7:45 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Questions? Please (email Brynn McQuade Karwas).

Friendly Reminders on Important Dates for Nov 2019

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Nov 5 (last updated Nov 14)
  • Choices Application Deadline Friday, Nov. 15th (Especially for our Gr. 5 Families!) Continuing Open students do not need to apply.
  • Minimum Days with dismissal at 12:50 p.m. due to Fall Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences Nov. 20th  - 22nd
  • ​No School--Thanksgiving Break Nov. 25th - 29th

Fall Portrait Update

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Nov 5 (last updated Nov 6)

Fall portraits went home in backpacks recently.  NOTE:  The group classroom photo will arrive at a later date.

If your child participated in retakes, you should have contacted (Ultimate Exposures) to select which pose to use.  You must contact them and return your original packet (you can send them to the front office with a note).

If you are interested in ordering your packages online, please wait until after the class photos have been prepared.  That way your package will include them (additional shipping fees apply).

If you have any questions, please contact (Ultimate Exposures). If you need further assistance, contact (Ms. Lew).