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Get Ready to Audition for Open Expressions Show!

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Dec 5 (last updated Dec 5)

Calling all Talented Students to the Open Expressions Variety Show scheduled for March 14th!!

We are looking for singers, dancers, magicians, comics, bands, pianists, poets, and performers of all kinds to share their special talent in the show.  Solo, duo, and group acts are welcome!! Auditions will be held the week of January 21-24 and all acts must audition to be considered for the show. We also need MCs and Stage Crew to help with the show - sign up on the audition form!

Because the 2020 show date is earlier, we have moved our auditions into January and to allow time for the performers to practice over Winter Break. Sign up to audition by December 20th.

Paper application forms are available in the cluster rooms and in the front office, linked here as a PDF, OR click here to submit your online application.

Applications forms must be turned in to the front office or submitted online by December 20th.  Sign up NOW! More information can be found on the application form. 

You will receive an email confirming the date and time of the audition by end of day January 15th.  Please (email us) if you do not get the audition confirmation or with any questions.

Reminders / Updates

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Dec 5 (last updated Dec 5)
  • Dec. 6 - LAUSD School Experience Survey Due
  • Dec. 6 - Friends Meeting at 8:15 a.m.
  • Dec. 10 - Math Night from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 12 - Parent Meeting: Math Follow Up at 3 p.m.
  • Dec. 13 - Parent Meeting: Math Follow Up at 8:15 a.m.
  • Dec. 13 - Open Hearts Meeting at 12:15 p.m.
  • Dec. 18 - Winter Concert / Bake Sale / Holiday Boutique
  • Dec. 23 - Jan. 10 - No School - Winter Break
  • Jan. 6 - Ice Skating FUNdraiser from 2:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sign up to bring goodies to our Bake Sale here. All proceeds benefit Open School students! 

12 Days of Giving Raffle Tips Off Today with NBA Tickets!

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Dec 5 (last updated Dec 5)

In case you missed it, today, December 5th, is Day 1 of our 12 Days of Giving Raffle!

A Chance to Win Lakers or Clippers Tickets!

Day 1 tips off with basketball tickets - your choice of Lakers or Clippers. The tickets are in section PR16 Row 10 and come with a parking pass as well. The Lakers option is for Friday, January 31 vs. the Trailblazers, and the Clippers options is for Friday, Jan 10 vs. the Warriors. Enter by end of day to qualify for this and the rest of the raffles - the winner of the Lakers / Clippers tickets will be announced Friday.

Missed the deadline? Enter tomorrow for a shot at a different prize. Click to Donate now!


How This Fundraising Drive Works:

Each Thursday, from December 5th to 20th, Annual Giving will announce a new raffle item via email (like we did today). Every person who gives $100 or more between now and end of day December 20th is eligible for any raffles that haven't yet completed. For instance, giving today means you qualify for all raffles. Giving on the 20th means you qualify just the item being raffled off on the 20th.   If you give $500 or more, you triple your chances to win - you will get 3 entries in each raffle you qualify for. Raffle items will range from $25-$500 in retail value. 

The key lesson: give early, and qualify for all 12 raffles. Click to Donate now!


Why is Annual Giving doing this?

We need to raise $12,000 before the end of the year to keep pace with Open’s annual fundraising needs. These aren’t arbitrary or aspirational “stretch” goals. These are funds that our school, and students, rely on to continue providing the experience we all value so dearly.  

Important reminder: Gifts to Open are tax deductible!

Click here to make your $100 donations online today! 

Winter Break's Very "Cool" Fundraiser

Submitted by Friends on Dec 5 (last updated Dec 5)

Join us during Winter Break, on Monday, January 6, from 2:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. for a cool ice-skating fundraiser at the Toyota Sports Center (555 N. Nash Street, El Segundo). Tickets are $12 per skater and include skate rental. Spaces are limited. Click here to purchase your ticket(s) today.

Dress for cold weather including long pants, socks, gloves, and a jacket. Helmets are recommended. 

Food is available to purchase upstairs at the cafe. You're welcome to bring snacks for your child.  This is not a drop off event; an adult must accompany your child while they are attending this FUNdraiser.

50% of ticket sales will be donated back to Open School.

Don't Miss: Holiday Shopping Boutiques!

Submitted by Friends on Dec 4 (last updated Dec 5)

On Wednesday, December 18th, the same day of Winter Concert, Friends of the Open School will be hosting its annual Holiday Shopping Boutiques. Don't forget to swing by these vendors for unique gifts, home goods, decor, jewelry, self-care and more! Vendors will be conveniently located right outside the auditorium, at the lunch tables near the cafeteria. Although cash is recommended, some vendors will be accepting credit cards, PayPal or Venmo.

A percentage of the day's sales goes directly to supporting our students!

Winter Concert Bake Sale

Submitted by Friends on Dec 4 (last updated Dec 5)

Calling All Bakers (or baked goods buyers!) to donate sweet treats such as cupcakes, cake pops and cookies, as well as your favorite savory finger foods, like mini-quiches, empanadas, samosas, taquitos, etc. Please also consider allergy-friendly items such as nut-free, gluten-free and vegan

Items must be clearly labeled, individually wrapped or pre-cut, so they are ready to sell and serve. Kindly drop off items in the Teachers’ Lounge on December 17 or December 18 in the morning. Use this Signup Genius to tell us what you will bring.

Please note: Most bake-sale items, as well as coffee, hot cider, and hot chocolate — the kids’ favorite — are sold for $1 each. If you don’t plan to stay after the concert, we recommend sending a few dollars with your student.

100% of Bake Sale proceeds go directly to supporting Open School students. 

Winter Concert

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Dec 3 (last updated Dec 4)

Open School's spectacular Winter Concert will be on Wednesday, December 18th in the auditorium.  Seating is limited: we kindly ask those who do not have their child in the Orchestra, Band, or Choir to attend the last performance at 1:10 pm.

  • Complete performances at 8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
  • 1:10 pm show will only have Cluster performances (no Orchestra, Band, or Choir). If you have a flexible schedule, please attend this performance, especially if your child is not in Orchestra, Band, or Choir.
  • Order of cluster performances may vary.
  • Show is approximately 90 minutes long.
  • There will be a Bake Sale and Gift Boutique.

Principal's Message - Everyday Counts!

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Nov 29 (last updated Dec 3)


Attending school daily is the easiest way to ensure that your child is receiving the best possible education.  At Open School, we have so many fun-filled, cheerful days ahead of us. As our teachers and specialists spend hours preparing lessons that enhance your child’s educational experience, it is important that every student is here to partake in the exhilarating learning that is taking place in every cluster. We know that as a parent you want your child to be successful in school. Regular school attendance is an essential component for this to occur. When your student misses school their absence results in the loss of valuable instructional time, as well as loss of funds for our school. We understand that excused absences for illness do occur and in these instances we want your child to take the necessary time to get well.

As a school community, our goal this school year is for 87% of our students to have an attendance rate of 96% or higher. This translates into 350 of our students having fewer than 7 absences this school year. You can support this goal and your child’s educational career by ensuring that he/she is at school, on time, every day!

As the holidays draw near, there is excitement in the air about spending much needed quality time with family and friends. There are so many fun activities that I know you are gearing up for. Please be sure to schedule these activities outside of school time. We have a three-week winter break ahead of us, which I know will be used for fun, rest, relaxation and family time.

We want all of our students to value school attendance and to appreciate our intellectually rich and rigorous environment!

In partnership,