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Thank You Parent Tour Guides

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 28 (last updated Apr 28)

Much appreciation goes out to our wonderful volunteer parent guides who helped during our Magnet Schools of America visit.  Thank you Julia Jones, Jevone Moore, Matt Wall, Dena Vatcher, Nikki Cannon, Tanya Jones, David Abroms, and MJ Kang for representing our parent group. 

A super big thanks goes out to Adrianne Robertson, our Volunteer and Hospitality Chair, for organizing a beautiful welcome table with treats.

Thank You to Jamie Shwartz for Another Successful Online Auction

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 27 (last updated Apr 27)

Jamie Shwartz, our fabulous Online Auction Chair, did an amazing job yet again! 

Jamie and her team got started much earlier this year and worked tirelessly to gather items for our auction, not to mention logging them in and getting them to the right people.  With her help, our community raised over $14,000 from this event! 

Thank you again, Jamie, for getting our parents excited about bidding for good.

Innovative Arts Summer Camp at Open School

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 26 (last updated Apr 27)

Spots are filling up fast in Innovative Arts Summer Camp at Open School!  Please register soon! We now have a website for online registration and we also now take credit cards!  Please visit for registration and payment!

Also feel free to email Marya and Ron at or call 310-621-4633 for any questions.  

Please click to see camp flyer with class information and registration form for dates, times, and fees.  Your completed registration form and payment secures your child's spot in camp!  You will need to mail in the registration form so please note the address on the form.  Once we receive those two items we will email you a confirmation securing your child's spot in camp!!!

Marya Alford
Former Open School Art Specialist

Armchair Auction: Teacher & Staff Outings

Submitted by Jess Ferguson on Apr 26 (last updated Apr 27)

By now your child should have received information about our Open School Armchair Auction in which teachers and the administrative team have generously donated outings with students to help raise money for Open School.

We are even auctioning off a week of Innovative Arts Camp!

Look for information about these SPECIAL opportunities in your child's backpack (there are some specific items per cluster) and submit your highest bid in a sealed envelope by the next Tuesday, May 2nd deadline.


You may find additional Cluster specific bidding sheets in the main office (see Ann/Shannon). 

If you have further questions, don't hesitate to e-mail (Holly Clark). Looking forward to seeing your bids!

Principal's Message

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Apr 26 (last updated Apr 27)

In an effort to make a meaningful contribution to the professional education community at large and to extend our leadership, we were selected by LAUSD to participate as a host school for the Annual Magnet Schools of America Conference current taking place in Los Angeles. This conference hosts approximately 2,000 participants from across the nation and a bus load of 50 educators descended upon Open School today to see constructivism in action.

This one-day visit for educators from across the U.S. took place on our campus, offering visiting educators the opportunity to experience and observe learning and teaching processes in an authentic context.  It provided a chance for participants to observe constructivist practices and focused classroom demonstrations, as well as see student performances, visit the garden and ask questions of panelists including teachers, students, and staff.

We thank LAUSD for this national recognition and we look forward to many opportunities to come.

Open House: A Terrific Night to Celebrate Our Children

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Apr 26 (last updated Apr 27)

It was so refreshing and inspiring to see all of our committed Open School families come together in support of our students at Open House Tuesday night. The vast array of talent, curricular themes and knowledge displayed was so impressive. Our students are so lucky to have such innovative and dedicated teachers. Your children have learned a lot this school year, and their projects showed it! The deep constructivist learning that has taken place in every cluster has brought us to this greatly anticipated point in the school year, the days before summer vacation.

As the school year winds down, please remind your children to be respectful of themselves, others and the environment. Everyday counts! We have one last attendance incentive left in mid- May. We want to end this school year in a safe, fun and respectful manner.


Antoinette Cass

A Special Thank You to the Site Committee Chairs

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Apr 26 (last updated Apr 27)

Open School is transforming right in front of our eyes!

We owe a great deal of gratitude to our Site Committee Chairs, Imani Smith (teacher chair) along with, Melanie Banders and Anne-Marie Cziko (parent co-chairs). The outdoor classroom spaces are already enriching our students' learning experiences. The cleanliness of the school encourages our students to take pride in their beautiful school. What a wonderful place to come to school everyday.

We thank you for enhancing their school experience. We appreciate all of the hard work that all of our families put in this school year to put a shine on Open.

If you would still like to help, it's not too late, we have one last beautification day on May 20.


Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Apr 20 (last updated Apr 28)


  • Apr. 28: Fifth Grade Panorama at 8:45 a.m.
  • May 2 - 8: Fifth Grade Smarter Balanced Testing
  • May 8 - 12: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 9 - 12: Fourth Grade Smarter Balanced Testing
  • May 16 - 18 Third Grade Smarter Balanced Testing
  • May 22: Blue Cluster's STOMP Performance

Smarter Balanced Assessments for Gr. 3-5

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 20 (last updated Apr 20)

The computer-based Smarter Balanced Test will be administered to students in Gr. 3-5 at Open School from May 2 - May 19, 2017.

  • Grade 5     May 2 - May 5; May 8 (Science Pilot Test)
  • Grade 4     May 9 - May 12
  • Grade 3     May 16 - 19

Please click to read the parent notification letter about the CA Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).  The notification letter also went home in early March.

For more information, including sample tests, go to the CA Dept. of Education's page regarding the Smarter Balanced Practice Test.  We suggest taking a look at the specific grade level Practice Tests.  Teachers will be using some of the same practice tests in class, but we encourage additional support.  Simply use the "Guest" default when signing in.

Friends of Open School Facebook Group

Submitted by Jess Ferguson on Apr 18 (last updated Apr 19)

Just a reminder that Friends of Open has a Facebook Group!

The Friends of Open School Facebook Group is an optional closed group for the parents, teachers, and staff of Open School. Through Friends' Facebook group, we strive to communicate quickly and effectively regarding Friends' events, school notices + news, exciting successes, and our love for Open School. The Friends of Open Facebook group~strengthening community and communication while optimizing our children's educational experience.

Request to become a member by typing FRIENDS OF OPEN SCHOOL in the search box on Facebook or e-mail

New Sports After School Opportunity

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 18 (last updated Apr 18)

On May 1, 2017 Athletes Up Close (AUC) will start a 4 week after school sports program. The program days will be Monday and Thursday from 2:45pm-4:15pm. Participants will have a chance to develop their skill and enhancement in a classroom and outdoor setting. AUC focuses on introducing physical conditioning, base fundamentals of sportsmanship, team work, Olympic pillars, and coordination.

Click to SIGN UP NOW because May 1st is right around the corner!

Open Thoughts Anthology Ads & Tributes--Don't Wait!

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 16 (last updated Apr 27)

It is time for the thirty-sixth annual edition of the Open School literary magazine, Open Thoughts, Feelings, and Fantasies. As always, we plan to have a piece of writing from every student in the school and a drawing from as many children as possible. This year we will again have wonderful Cluster photographs by Meredith Parmelee!

Advertising covers the cost of printing this book. We accept ads from children, parent businesses, tributes of parents to children and teachers, and advertising from local businesses. There is no limit to the number and variety of ads available.  Use your imagination!

Students love to be surprised by your tributes!

Questions? E-mail Betsy Main at or contact the front office.

Every child receives a FREE copy of the anthology as a memento of the school year.

Please return the Ad & Tribute Form with your advertisement order no later than Tuesday, May 9, 2017.