Supporting One Another: Virtual Learning Officially Begins at Open School -3/30/2020

Dear Open School Families,

Thank you for your patience, as we embark on this very unusual situation. This is not normal for any of us, parents or teachers (and some of us are both) are all, CRISIS Schooling! And all we can ask of one another is to do so with EMPATHY and GRACE, for our children are watching. Be kind, be understanding, and know that every single one of us is trying our absolute best for ourselves and our kids!

Your teachers are extraordinary educators who have been working non-stop, around the clock to start officially teaching online tomorrow, Monday, March 30. There will be bumps, and hurdles, but in true Open School fashion we are here to support one another.

You will get more information from your teachers directly, about the specifics for each cluster, including their class schedule, video conferencing (Zoom), pre-recorded lessons, teacher office hours, recommended online support programs, additional paper pencil work, extra-curricular activities, etc. We will also be piloting an online learning management system, which is new to Open School called Class Dojo. This will be a gradual roll out, there will be more information as we learn this system together. We are looking at using this platform mainly to streamline communication and to engage student work in an elementary school setting.

Please be aware that although teachers will be offering classes via video conferencing, we are also using the guidelines provided by LAUSD for how much total screen time learning a child should be doing per day. As a teaching staff we will gauge what is best for our students and adjust accordingly.

K: 1 hour daily

1st - 3rd : 2 hours daily

4th-5th : 3 hours daily

As a community, I hope we are in agreement that life and learning have many components and we want our children to learn through many modalities, not just via technology. Also,  in accordance with LAUSD guidelines, we will not be able to provide one-on-one instruction via any video conferencing platform. 

We are listening—and know that we understand that families will each have their unique dynamics, so it’s important to reach out to us directly as we navigate these times together. My wish for each member of our Open School family is that you are healthy, safe and learning. Be well and hopefully we will all be back together soon. 

-- Antoinette 

Here is a wonderful art experience to share with your family for Monday, 3/30/2020:


The art I am suggesting should be enjoyable for all. Everything can be done simply with scrap paper and pencil or you can use supplies you have around the house. Be creative and have fun!

Let's travel to Egypt for a bit! Egypt is on the African continent. So many interesting things about Egypt!
-They used moldy bread to help with infections.
-They were one of the first civilizations to invent writing. They used ink to write and paper called papyrus.

-The Ancient Egyptians were scientists and mathematicians.They had numerous inventions including ways to build buildings, medicine, cosmetics, the calendar, the plow for farming, musical instruments, and even toothpaste.

-Ancient Egyptians loved board games “Mehen” and “Dogs and Jackals,” but perhaps the most popular was a game of chance known as “Senet.”

-Egyptian men and women wore makeup. It was thought to have healing powers, plus it helped protect their skin from the sun.

-Cats were considered sacred in Ancient Egypt.


CATS AND HIEROGLYPHS -- Mummy cat sculptures and your name in Egyptian letters


check out this video (parents, please preview the video)

Use either an empty toilet or paper towel roll, on one end press in on 2 sides making a fold so both sides come together (you will see in my photo) now you have a cat.

Use either crayon or paint to decorate your cat.

Draw, with a pencil first, the cats face, then outline with a marker.

Choose from a variety of supplies scarp paper, ribbon, tissue, etc. to wrap up your cat.


Use either paper or a brown bag for your PAPYRUS (paper)

Start with a pencil and draw your name in Egyptian alphabet, then trace with a marker.

Expiration Date: 
May 1