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For Fifth Graders Still Undecided - Katherine Johnson's Virtual Tour (Article)

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

LAUSD's Katherine Johnson STEM Academy would like to share their Virtual School Tour Youtube link ( with your families, especially to 5th grade families who will be culminating to middle school next year.

Update on State Testing (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on May 16 (last updated May 21)

The California Department of Education (CDE) released an update regarding state testing: for schools that are closed due to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), you should not worry about any statewide testing this school year.

The California Department of Education (CDE) is doing the following:

Messages of Hope & Appreciation from Open School Students! (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on May 14 (last updated May 14)

Every week, we love hearing from parents and teachers what their students are up during school closure.  We received two wonderful video messages from a couple of Greenies this week that we think you should watch!  

Supporting One Another: Stay Optimistic (Article)

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

Our final Roots of Respect word is Optimism. How fitting!

LAUSD Bus Transportation (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on May 13 (last updated May 13)

LAUSD's Transportation Branch is currently reaching out to Open School parents to ascertain if your child plans to use bus transportation when school resumes.  They may contact your family via phone, and they also plan to send out a questionnaire soon.  This effort is to make plans to efficiently utilize available resources and transport students safely.  We do not have further details at this time.

Fifth Grade Culmination Committee (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on May 4 (last updated May 4)

As you all may be aware, we’re looking for parents of culminating students to join the parent culmination committee. 

The parent committee’s role is to assist the administration and the teachers with the plans leading up to culmination, including but not limited to, pricing balloon and decoration vendors, deciding on signage and keepsakes, assisting our video lead parent, Cherie, with any video and streaming needs, etc.

Supporting One Another: There is a Teacher in All of Us (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on May 1 (last updated May 8)

In an email I received from a parent last week, she referenced “calling uncle,” which I found so fitting during this "new normal," for we all can relate to that. We left school on March 13, thinking we would be away for two weeks. Now entering our seventh week, we are figuring out how to operate with calm and grace, because we now know that we will be doing this for a bit longer.

Census 2020 (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 30 (last updated Apr 30)

With everything else that is going on, the 2020 Census may be the furthest thing from our minds.  We wanted to take a second to remind everyone the importance of filling out the Census.  Census data is used to determine funding for local government programs like our school system.  An accurate count helps ensure that our cities, towns, and schools get the funding that they need.  So if you haven’t done so already,

Supporting One Another: We are in this Together (Article)

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

Dear Open School Families,

All of us at Open School are wishing you and your family love, health and happiness. We miss you all and we are reminded that we are all better off together. Remember, we are your Open School family and we are here to help. 

Congratulations: Here are Your Governing Council Representatives for the 2020-2021 School Year (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Apr 25 (last updated Apr 27)

The Open School Governing Council is the school's shared decision-making body.  The Council usually meets once a month and meetings are open to all. Last week the Governing Council elections were completed and we have the results to share. Please join us in congratulating the new parent representatives for the 2020-22 school years.

The following parents have been newly elected to the council as representatives for the next two school years: