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Family Night IN with ST Math

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Apr 13 (last updated Apr 13)

What is ST Math? How does the learning happen? Can a game change how you feel about math? How can I help my child at home with math? 

Mind Research Institute is hosting four Family Night IN sessions to answer these questions. Gather around the computer screen for a family evening of math, puzzles, and fun. Learn why the ST Math learning experience is unlike any other virtual math game out there. From diving deep into the neuroscience of spatial-temporal learning to playing a couple of practice puzzles with JiJi, you won't want to miss out.

There are four sessions to choose from. To register and save your spot, click on session you wish to attend: 

Return to Campus Information: Childcare, Information Meetings and Testing

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Apr 11 (last updated Apr 12)

Hello Open School Families,


LAUSD and Open School are still working on the final touches for childcare options. Childcare will be daily from 8am-4pm, when students are not in their classroom cohort with their teacher. We have many families requesting childcare, and we also have limited space.

We will only possibly be able to accommodate students for childcare who meet the three criteria below:

  • have already indicated on the LAUSD program selection form that they need childcare
  • plans to attend the childcare program 5 days per week (part-time attendance will not be permitted.)
  • submits a completed application for Beyond the Bell by Thursday, April 15, 2021

​These applications are being accepted at on a first come, first served basis. Your email will act as your time stamped confirmation of submission. Once we fill to capacity, students will be on a waiting list. If you do not have an absolute need for childcare at Open School, please leave these childcare spaces for our families who depend on these critical services. 


We will have meetings this week to give additional information to families about the start of school. 

Green, Red, Silver, Indigo, & Orange: Monday, 4/12 @ 5:30 p.m.
Yellow, Blue & Purple: Tuesday, 4/13 @ 5:30 p.m.

Please use this Meeting ID: 944 9276 6433  Passcode: Respect

Daily Pass and COVID-19 Testing:

In addition, the Daily Pass App (Power Apps) has been deactivated.

To use the Daily Pass, everyone must use this link.

To create a home screen shortcut to your iPhone or Android here are the instructions.

When a parent schedules a COVID-19 test appointment:  

  • Use the Daily Pass link ( and click on “Parent”  
  • Use the Parent Portal login information to log in 
  • Click “Book an LAUSD COVID-19 Test Appointment” to book the appointment OR Call the help desk to schedule an appointment (213) 443-1300 

Every student returning to campus MUST take a COVID-19 test between April 11- April 17.

All COVID-19 test sites are open 7 days a week, Sunday-Saturday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Here is a video that we showed at assembly, that you might want to watch with your child before going to get their COVID-19 test. 

One School, One Book Begins with Dragons in a Bag!

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Apr 9 (last updated Apr 12)

Today we kicked off our second school wide reading event of the 2020-21 school year. Our One School, One Book event is off to a terrific start! There is a buzz in the air as our kiddos have received their very own copy of Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliot.

A Community Reading Experience!

The teachers have been hard at work forming lesson plans, reading timelines and making audio recordings for all of our families to enjoy. Please click here for Open School's Audiobook Recording of Dragons in a Bag. With so many of our staff members reading different segments of Dragons in a Bag, you are sure to be captivated as you try to figure who is reading.

You will also receive cluster specific instructions from your teachers, as each cluster is specifically tailoring this experience as to make it age appropriate. However, every class will follow this Reading Schedule, and finish the same pages each day. Please read, (or re-read) each evening with your child so all of our families can enjoy the story together, at the same pace. 

Happy Reading!

Announcing Open's 2nd Annual Art Contest!

There is a paper included in the brown bag you received with your copy of Dragons in a Bag. On the paper is an outline of a bag - your bag! What kind of baby dragons are inside? What do they look like?

Draw and color them inside your bag.

To enter the art contest, email us a picture or a PDF of your student's art by Wednesday, April 21st. In the email, include the student's name and grade. You will get an email back that says, "Received," so you know we got it.

There will be one winner for each grade level and the winners will be announced at the Assembly on Monday, April 26th

Happy Drawing!

Student Spotlight: Donnell M. is a TFK Kid Reporter!

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Apr 8 (last updated Apr 8)

Congratulations to Donnell M. (Purple) on being selected as a TIME For Kids (TFK) Kid Reporter! This year’s 10 TFK Kid Reporters were chosen from more than 200 applicants. The crew will report on local and national news for TIME for Kids.

Finalists in the TFK Kid Reporter contest were judged on a number of factors. One of their assignments was to write an article about a hometown hero. Donnell’s story is about a social-justice champion in his community.

You can read it here

As a TFK Kid Reporter, Donnell hopes to interview Beyoncé. Good luck Donnell; we cannot wait to read that report!  

LAUSD Choices Application to Accept/Decline Extended to April 16th

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 8 (last updated Apr 8)

The accept/ decline deadline for 2021-2022 on-time Choices applicants has been extended by one week to Friday, April 16, 2021. (The initial deadline was Friday, April 9, 2021.) This is directed to any families who applied to LAUSD schools, especially FIFTH GRADE FAMILIES or incoming new Open students.

Questions about Unified Enrollment/Choices may be directed to (213) 241-4177 or

* This does NOT pertain to students already attending Open School and returning next year.

April 14th: After School Fun - A Virtual Scavenger Hunt!

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Apr 8 (last updated Apr 8)

Are you looking for some fun? Join your friends for an after-school VIRTUAL SCAVENGER HUNT. Let’s see what we can find.

The link to join is in your Schoology course called After School Fun. The search begins at 2:45 p.m on April 14th.

Parents and guardians, please (email Damani Mangum) if you have any fun activities you’d like to host for After School Fun, or if you have some time to give us a hand.

Change in Date: It's Time for Twin Day!

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 8 (last updated Apr 8)

Our next Spirit Day will be on Friday, April 16th and one of our popular ones -- "Twin Day"! 
NOTE:  Date has changed to allow for more time to plan with your friends.

Send your child to school in a matching outfit the matches a friend or friend(s) if they would like to participate. We've had triplets and all kinds of multiples in the past.

Let's show some school spirit by having some fun with coordinating outfits with your friends! Of course all spirit days are voluntary, but we encourage everyone to reach out to a new or old friend and join in on the fun. You can keep it simple like matching the same color shirt or try to match head-to-toe! Don't forget to send photos to (Ms. Lew!)

Change in Date: Governing Council Meeting and Nominations

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Apr 7 (last updated Apr 12)

Governing Council Nominations Extended to Thursday, April 15th

If you are interested in sparking the young minds of our students and having a voice in their educational lives, then RUN FOR GOVERNING COUNCIL for the 2021/22 School Year. 

Deadline EXTENDED to Thursday! Please click to download a nomination form. Fill it out and return it by April 15, 2021.

All forms should be (emailed to Denise Benjamin)

Governing Council Meeting Postponed

This week’s Governing a council meeting has been moved to April 29 at 5:30 pm. Please note, the May meeting has also changed to  May 13th. The agendas and meeting links will be sent out the week of the meeting. 

Schedule Your COVID-19 Test TODAY

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Apr 7 (last updated Apr 8)

Hi Open School Families,

In order to be eligible to return to campus, every child that will be joining us for in-person learning will need to take a COVID-19 test before being allowed on campus. Please schedule your test today. Currently, not many of our families have scheduled their tests, which is mandatory. 

Every student returning to school MUST take a COVID test be between April 11- April 17.

Please use this link to sign up for your child's COVID-19 test.

You will need to set up your Parent Portal account to sign up for COVID Testing through LAUSD. If you have not done this yet, please Register to the Parent Portal or call the Local District West Parent Engagement Office at (310) 914-2124 for support and to find your parent code.

You may also find this flyer (Spanish version here) handy in identifying locations across the city that may be convenient for you. Extended hours between 7:00 am - 7:00 pm seven days a week until April 25th at many schools across LAUSD.

If your child has previously tested positive for COVID-19, and cannot test, please contact Community Engagement at

In partnership,


Sharky's Battle of the Schools FINALS!

Submitted by Friends on Apr 6 (last updated Apr 12)

Thanks to our wonderful families, Open School won our first week of the Sharky's Battle of the Schools and we made it to the FINALS! Should we win this round, we will receive an extra $500, on top of the 15% back from all meal receipts. 

Join us again all week, starting today, April 12th through Sunday April 18th and help us gain this much needed reward. Here's what to do:

Order online at SHARKYS.COM, via the Sharky’s APP, or in-store and enter or say Open at checkout.

  • From your desktop: Enter fundraiser code Open under Payment Method.
  • From your mobile: Enter fundraiser code Open under Order Type/Additional Details.

Download this flyer for more information and feel free to share with extended family and friends! 

Campus Re-opening Information

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Apr 5 (last updated Apr 8)

Dear Open School Families,

Welcome back from a well-deserved Spring Break.

As you know by now, we will begin in-person school the week of April 19. If you opted to come to campus in-person, your request will be honored. If you opted for virtual learning, we are honoring your request. Cohorts will be announced in the next few days. Please note, cohorts have been made, we cannot make any switches at this time.

Please see below for the roll out schedule:

Cluster Start Date Hours AM Cohorts Hours PM Cohorts Entrance Gates
Green April 20, 2021 8:00-11:00am 12:00-3:00pm Green Gate
Silver April 20, 2021 8:00-11:00am 12:00-3:00pm Green Gate
Red April 20, 2021 8:00-11:00am 12:00-3:00pm Garden Gate (Breen)
Orange April 21, 2021 8:00-11:00am 12:00-3:00pm Front Gate (Office)
Indigo April 21, 2021 8:15-11:15am 12:15-3:15pm Garden Gate (Breen)
Yellow April 22, 2021 8:15-11:15am 12:15-3:15pm Green Gate
Blue April 22, 2021 8:15-11:15am 12:15-3:15pm Front Gate (Office)
Purple April 22, 2021 8:15-11:15am 12:15-3:15pm Garden Gate (Breen)

As promised, we will have meetings next week to give additional information to families about the start of school. The dates for the meetings will be as follows:

Green, Red, Silver, Indigo, & Orange- Monday, 4/12 @ 5:30pm
Yellow, Blue & Purple – Tuesday, 4/13 @ 5:30pm

Please use this link for the zoom meetings or Meeting ID: 944 9276 6433  Passcode: Respect

We will have information on the following topics and more:

  • Safety & COVID-19 Protocols
  • COVID-19 Weekly Testing
  • Bell Schedules
  • Childcare (Beyond the Bell and STAR) - 8am - 4pm
  • Arrival & Dismissal Procedures 
  • Meals
  • Playtime
  • Transportation
  • Cohorts

Things to do to prepare your child for campus to open:

  • Practice Wearing a Mask for extended periods of time
  • Sign-up for the Daily Pass
  • Schedule a COVID-19 test (All students/staff will have to have a weekly COVID-19 Test)
  • Fill out the application for Beyond the Bell - Youth Services and send it to (Fill out the BTB application if you indicated that you need childcare. This application is only for Youth Services, more information will be provided about STAR)

See you on zoom.

In partnership,


Why I Serve - Governing Council

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 5 (last updated Apr 5)

As an eleven year stretch as parent of an Open School student comes to a close, is it weird to say that I'm going to miss Governing Council? Because I think I'm going to.

I've served on GC for different reasons over the years, but ultimately it was because I was able to, and because I was allowed to. Thank you for that, not only because I got to see up-close how Open School operates, but because it provided an interesting perspective to watch it grow as both a school and a community. Working with Open community members to ensure the students' best interests are being met has been rewarding, and many of my colleagues have and continue to inspire.

In addition to its community, I also admire Open as an organization, and appreciate the transparency with which it conducts business. It is a unique school, with a somewhat unique decision-making body.

The Governing Council is a partnership, comprised of an equal number of
parent/guardian representatives and faculty/admin representatives.

Every year there are several vacancies to fill via the upcoming GC elections, and time is running out to submit an application (due by April 8). I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to help run the school.

It was a privilege and a pleasure to have done so, and I will miss it.

--Matt Wall

If you are interested in sparking the young minds of our students and having a voice in their educational lives, then RUN FOR GOVERNING COUNCIL for the 2021/22 School Year. 

Please click to download a nomination form. Fill it out and return it by April 8, 2021.

All forms should be emailed to (Denise Benjamin)