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September 20th: Open Hearts Meeting

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Sep 12 (last updated Sep 12)

Open Hearts, our school's community service club, will meet on Friday, September 20th at 12:15 p.m. (during lunch) in the Auditorium. At this meeting, Open Hearts students will create postcards to be mailed to students at Hillside Elementary and Tom Lea Elementary -- schools in El Paso, Texas.  

Please note no food is allowed in the Auditorium.  Please remind your child(ren) to enjoy lunch outside and then come to the Auditorium at 12:15 p.m. for the meeting.

Questions? Please rockidavidsonatgmail.com (email Rocki Davidson)

Join Us in Supporting the LAX Food Pantry

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Sep 11 (last updated Sep 11)

The Breakfast in Class program has food leftover every day.  Last year, when Open School student Luiza F. of Purple Cluster realized that these uneaten servings were going to waste, she worked with her mom Julie, to get approval for our school to donate the leftovers to the LAX Food Pantry, a food bank in Inglewood that gives to the needy.  

Since then, LAX Food Pantry comes to our school to pick up food gathered during the week by Luiza and her classmates, Vaihere G. and Keilani S., on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is one of the many ways that Open School makes a difference in the lives of our students as well as our community.

If you would like to donate to the LAX Food Pantry, they need: Big boxes or Multipacks (big or small) of cereal, peanut butter, and tuna. These items are available at the Dollar Store or Costco.  You can drop them off in the Main Office or rockidavidsonatgmail.com (email Rocki Davidson) to make alternate arrangements for their delivery.

The LAX Food Pantry is appreciative of any and all quantities and efforts.

Annual Giving Progress Report (Spoiler Alert: We Need You!)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Sep 11 (last updated Sep 12)

We extend our deep and sincere thanks to all who donated in the first few weeks of school. Unfortunately, we have seen only 70% of the number of donors this year as we did at the same point last school year. We'll need help from as many as you as possible to close that gap and ensure that by end of year we meet meet what's needed to bring music, art, gardening, technology, and physical education to our school.  To shamelessly tug at your heartstrings, these notes are from our students showing gratitude for the specialists we have at Open because of your generous donation!

You can donate online here for a one-time gift or set up monthly installments to spread out the payments.  While there are suggested donation amounts, please give at the amount that makes sense for your family.  We welcome and appreciate all donations at any amount.  If you prefer to give with a check, please make it out to "The Friends of the Open School" and give it to Ann or Matthew in the school office.

Raffle Winners:
Congratulations Amina Dieye, Cameron Hunt and Jess Ferguson, winners of the AG raffle prizes we announced at Back to School Night! The raffle included all families who donated by end of day Sunday, September 8th. 

Photo Incentive: 
10 spots left! We are getting close to capacity for the family photo mini-sessions. As a reminder, a donation of $850 or more qualifies you for a session and 3 high-resolution digital images that you will select from a gallery. Donations of $1,050 or higher get the entire gallery. Sessions will take place on October 5th and 6th on campus.

Magnets:
We are delivering magnets as we receive donations. We will give them to your child to bring home. Our goal is to get these to families within a week of the donation. If you haven't received yours within that time frame, please annual_givingatopencharter.org (email us).

Corporate Matching:
Many companies have matching programs which will multiply the impact of your donation to Open.  If you're unsure, check with your HR department or let us know where you work and we'll research if there is a matching program in place.  We will help complete any documentation needed to process the match.

Questions?
If you have any questions about Annual Giving, the photo incentive, magnets, corporate matches, or any other giving topic, please annual_givingatopencharter.org (email us).

~Ann Kaatz LoBue & Kevin Joyce
Co-Chairs of the Annual Giving Team with The Friends of the Open School

 

Principal's Message: It Takes a Village

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Sep 11 (last updated Sep 11)

Dear Open School Families,

I am grateful for the Community of Respect that we all contribute to by remembering our school motto, which is: to respect ourselves, to respect others and to respect the environment. As a community of adults, we are always modeling respectful behavior for our children. As children, they are learning how to be in this world based on our examples; they are learning from what we show them daily.

Please keep in mind that children are learning academic concepts in school, but they are also LEARNING how to interact and play socially. School is as much a time for social development as it is for academic growth. Just as your child is growing, so is every child in Open School. It is the job of all of our Open School adults to model respectful behavior for all of our Open School students.

Please keep both the development of your child and their peers in mind when helping your child navigate issues that they may encounter at school. Again, they are all learning how to interact. It takes a village to ensure that all of our kids are learning the art of interaction.

In partnership,

Antoinette

Sign Up to Volunteer - So Many Ways to Help

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Sep 10 (last updated Sep 11)

It just takes a few minutes to show us how you'd like to help out at Open School!

Interested in joining a committee?  Have a special skill in art, music, cooking, or computer skills?  Want to help out with fundraising events?

We need it!  And we so much appreciate your efforts. It indeed takes a village...

Start getting involved by filling out the Online Volunteer Form, where Open School families can indicate their interests and unique skills.

It’s an important way for us to help match you with volunteer opportunities that suit your interests. We will then send this informatio to committee and event chairs.

Thank you getting involved in Open School.  Your efforts make a difference!

Rocki Davidson
Hospitality & Volunteer Coordination Chair

Fall Family Festival and Haunted House Planning Meeting

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Sep 10 (last updated Sep 12)

Love Halloween and festivals with prizes?  Handy with building materials?  

We would love to have your energy as we prepare for one of our biggest community events - the Fall Family Festival and the Haunted House!

The Fall Family Festival Plannining Committee will meet Wednesday, September 18th from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in Teacher's Lounge. 

Join the 2019 Haunted House and Fairlyland Crew (Fairyland is a friendly glow-in-the dark area for little ones).  They will meet on Wednesday, September 18th from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the auditorium as they kick off their annual planning session.  Please contact 2008msmaatgmail.com (Mike Ando) with questions.

LAUSD Middle School Options Meeting Coming Up: Life After Open

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Sep 10 (last updated Sep 13)

Our Life After Open Meeting will be on Tuesday, September 24th from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. in the Auditorium.

We recommend fourth grade parents to get a jump on choices and come listen to presenters to see what there is to offer.

Don’t miss this one-stop shopping opportunity for parents looking ahead to Middle School options in LAUSD!

  • Brush up on the Magnet Application process
  • Hear from our local middle schools in our district
  • Network with our parents going through the transition with you

The following middle schools will be represented:

  • Bancroft (Performing Arts/ STEAM Magnet/ Intl. Bacc.)
  • GALA (Girls Academic Leadership Academy)
  • Katherine Johnson STEM Academy
  • LACES (LA Center for Enriched Studies) Magnet
  • Palms (Modern Media & Communications & Gifted/ High Ability Magnet)
  • Revere Science/ Technology/ Math Magnet
  • Twain World Languages Magnet
  • Webster STEAM Magnet
  • Wright STEAM Magnet

Reminders / Updates

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Sep 5 (last updated Sep 11)
  • Sept. 14 - Campus Beautification Day
  • Sept. 17 - Picture Day
  • Sept. 17 - Chess Tutors Session #1 Begins
  • Sept. 20 - Open Hearts Meeting at 12:15 p.m.
  • Sept. 21-22 - Annual Campout
  • Sept. 24 - Middle School LAUSD Options Meeting at 8:30 a.m.
  • Sept. 26 - Minimum Day; dismissal at 12:50 p.m.

Now you can contribute to Open just by shopping for what you need. Find out how here!  

September 20th: Open Hearts Meeting

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Sep 4 (last updated Sep 4)

Open Hearts, our school's community service club, is having our FIRST meeting is on Friday, September 20th at lunch in the Auditorium at 12:15 p.m. Students have time to eat lunch outside before coming to the Auditorium at 12:15 p.m.  

Under the guidance of committee staff, Open Hearts students volunteer their services in a creative, age-appropriate way in support of various social causes.  Through Open Hearts our students learn about various social issues in our community, and how to educate their peers about the same. Together, we plan how we will support various initiatives, and work to execute those plans in a successful manner.  The Club empowers our students with the knowledge that every person, no matter how young, can make a difference for the better in our world.   Some of our initiatives include: writing encouraging letters to military service people, making bandanas and blankets for animals in shelters, gathering items such as crayons to recycle, food drives for the needy and blessing bags for the homeless.

Please mark your calendars for the following Open Hearts meetings:

  • October 18 
  • November 15 
  • December 13 
  • January 24 
  • February 14 
  • March 13 
  • April 17 
  • May 22 
  • June 5.

Please note: because of lunch schedules, Open Hearts is only available to students in Red and Silver and up. 

Questions? rockidavidsonatgmail.com (Email Rocki Davidson).

Sign Up to Help With The Campout!

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Sep 4 (last updated Sep 5)

Our annual Campout is right around the corner on the weekend of September 21st!  This flyer has all the details!

Register here today, before prices go up on September 17th.

If you want to help with the Campout - one of Open Magnet's most popular events - we need you! There are a number of areas where help is needed so take a look and sign up wherever your heart desires. 

Questions? shawnamillsathotmail.com (Email Campout Co-chair Shawna Mills).

Principal's Message

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Sep 4 (last updated Sep 4)

During Back to School Night, we discussed our commitment to ensure the educational success of  all of the children at Open School. In order to effectively do our job, we need the support of every parent at Open School.

As parents, you are equal partners in the education of your child. We embrace your family’s strengths and assets as essential to the academic success of your child. We realize that as parents, you are your child’s first and most important lifelong teacher. We look forward to a partnership in which all stakeholders are committed to assuming the responsibility for all of our students' success.

We are off to a great start this year as everyone commits to:

Embracing mutual respect and support
Maintaining high expectations for student achievement
Insuring all children are college and career ready
Promoting productive conversations and collaboration

As a collaborative team, our students will succeed.

In partnership,

Antoinette