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Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 18 (last updated Aug 16)
  • Aug. 17 - Parents' Meet & Greet at 8:15 a.m. in Library
  • Aug. 23 - STAR Nova Registration Opens
  • Aug. 28 - Back To School Night from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 30 - Executive Board Meeting at 7:30 a.m.
  • Aug. 31 - NO SCHOOL

Safely Dropping Off and Picking Up Your Child

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 15 (last updated Aug 16)

For the safety of your children and others, please adhere to the following drop-off guidelines:

  • Please use the drop-off valet system or park and walk your child
  • If using the valet, make sure your child is prepared with their materials to quickly get out.  Please park if you need more time.
  • If you are late, the valet is open until 8:15 am to safely drop off (but you children are still marked tardy).
  • Please be respectful and refrain from double-parking or blocking neighbors' driveways.
  • When crossing the street make sure that your children use the cross walk. DO NOT cross into the valet area.
  • Do not use the teachers' parking lot for dropping off.

For after school pick-up, please follow these safety rules:

  • Please park and pick up your child.  
  • Do not drive up to the gate and ask your child to walk out into the parking lot.
  • Students are not to walk out of the gate unattended.
  • Keep the yard gate closed after use.
  • If you plan for someone not on the emergency card to pick up your child, you must notify the office ahead of time.  This includes pick up at the bus stops.

We need everyone's cooperation and diligence every day, especially in these few weeks. Thank you so much for being a partner in keeping everyone safe.

Afterschool Strings with Mr. Adkins

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 14 (last updated Aug 16)

If you are interested in signing up for violin, viola, and cello lessons taught by Mr. Adkins after school, please see the registration form for more information. There's even Kinderfiddle for the little ones! This is a wonderful opportunity to learn a new instrument or provide extra support for those already in orchestra.  Don't wait--space is limited.

After School Chess Tutors

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 14 (last updated Aug 15)

Want to learn how to play the strategic game of chess or want to continue honing your skills?  Sign up to be on our chess team that represented Open at the final challenge at USC (we made it to the Grand Stage 6 years in a row)!

Chess Tutors is starting Session #1 on Tuesday, September 18th and will continue until November 6th.

Chess raises test scores
Heightens cognition
Enhances mental discipline
Stimulates creative & analytical brain activity
Supports & enhances intellectual endeavors

Click for the Chess Tutors Flyer.
Register at

Back-to-School Night on Aug. 28th

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 14 (last updated Aug 16)

Save the Date:  Back-to-School Night is Tuesday, August 28th from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Your child's teachers and the Friends of Open School have a lot of valuable information to share with you about this school year.

We will begin in the auditorium at 6:00 pm.

This event is for parents and guardians only. Students should not be in attendance. There will be no childcare provided, so please make arrangements in advance.

We hope to share some exciting plans for the upcoming school year and look forward to seeing you then.

After School SQUEAK Computer Programming for Beginners (Gr. 4-5)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 14 (last updated Aug 16)

B.J. Conn (former Blue Cluster Teacher for 34 years) will begin a Squeak computer programming class for Beginners only (without Squeak experience) starting Tuesday, September 4th through October 23th for Grades 4 and 5 only.

This after school class offers your child an opportunity to enjoy creating whatever their minds can imagine and bring these creations to life on the screen with this simple to use program for children.  They will be taught how to program using pull down tiles that help them create the scripts that make their ideas come to life.  Each child will also be able to take the program home to download on to their personal computers so that they can continue this learning fun at home.  Squeak is both Mac and PC compatible. Class is limited to 15 students. Don't miss out on the fun!!!!! 

If you have questions, please contact Ms. Conn.  Click to see informational flyer.

STAR Nova Session #1 Starts Soon

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 13 (last updated Aug 14)

STAR Nova is one of our after school opportunities bringing innovative and enriching programs to Open School.  STAR Nova invites ALL students to enroll in their classes taught by experienced instructors who are specialists in their field.

Check out what STAR Nova has to offer for this session:

  • RockSTAR (including KinderRock) - 2 session commitment
  • Hip-Hop Dance
  • Culinary Arts - America Cuisine
  • Non-Contact Martial Arts
  • Art: Fazzino - The Pop-Out Art Master
  • Smash Lab Engineering

Register online starting Thursday, August 23rd at 10 am at or contact Jasmine Lang (our STAR Director) or Julie at (310) 678-6235 for a registration form.  No phone calls will be made to you unless classes are full or cancelled. Check in/out will be in the cafeteria area (Kindergartners will be walked for check-in).

Don't delay because classes begin the week of Sept. 4th. 

See the STAR Nova informational flyer for more details.

LAUSD Offers Other Instructional Programs for English Learners

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 7 (last updated Aug 15)

The Los Angeles Unified School District provides five different instructional program options tailored to meet the diverse needs of English learners (ELs) and the educational preferences of the parents of ELs in elementary schools. If you have further questions, please meet with Ms. Lew on Thursday, August 23rd at 9 am in the office.