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Benefit Open School By Shopping Via Amazon Smile

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

Click on the image below and set your bookmarks to always shop via for the benefit of Open School! 

Thank You for Our Heartwarming Winter Concert

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

Thank you to our Music Specialists Mr. Richard Adkins (Strings), Mr. Matthew Cline, and Mr. Mark Geiger (Band), and parent volunteer Michael Rhoton, who accompanied our students on piano, for presenting us with a wonderful Winter Concert. 

Thank you also to our Art Specialist Ms. Nicole Taylor who, with the help of our students, decorated the auditorium with works of art that brought attention to the plight of polar bears, in addition to creating a fun, winter ambiance in the auditorium. 

And lastly, thank you to the Friends of Open School, who organized our Bake Sale and Holiday Bazaar to raise funds for the School, and to all our parent volunteers who baked or bought yummy holiday treats and helped staff the Bake Sale.

Thank You for the Winter Concert Bake Sale & Bazaar

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

A huge shout-out to our wonderful Open School Community for your delicious contributions to our very successful Bake Sale! Kids and adults alike enjoyed the sweet treats. A special thank you goes to Jamie Shwartz, Sue Sywak, Andy Sywak, Michael Sweeney, Ann LoBue Sheri Lipschutz, Chey Townsend and Shazneen Gandhi for your help in setting up and manning the bake sale throughout the day. And, of course, thanks to Truxton’s and Starbucks for the coffee donations and their continued support. 

Thank You to everyone who visited and purchased from our holiday shopping boutiques! Your purchases help support small local business, as well as our students. Another special thanks goes to Cara Pohle for organizing the bazaar. 

All of the day’s proceeds will continue to support Open School specialized programs that our students enjoy immensely.

Open School “Respect” Hoodies: Paper Orders Due Tomorrow!

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

Tomorrow, Friday, December 14th is the final day to submit your paper order-form with check or cash for Open School “Respect” hoodies which are available ONLY through pre-orders.

The deadline for online orders will be extended for two extra weeks, and will close on Friday, December 28. Get them here today!

Questions? (Email Shachar Lavi-Pangindian).

CA Dashboard: How are the Schools in California Progressing?

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Dec 12 (last updated Dec 13)

The California School Dashboard provides parents and educators with meaningful information on school and district progress so they can participate in decisions to improve student learning.

Please log into the CA Dashboard to find out about the progress of Open School in 2018 and other schools you may be interested in. If you have any specific questions, please join us for the first Governing Council meeting of 2019, on January 17th at 5:30 p.m., where specifics will be discussed. 

Reminders / Updates

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Dec 11 (last updated Dec 13)
  • Dec. 14: Open Hearts Meeting at noon
  • Dec. 17 - Jan. 6 - Winter Break - Happy Holidays! 
  • Jan. 7 - School Resumes
  • Jan. 9 - Winter Break Mural Contest Submission Due
  • Jan. 11 - Executive Board Meeting at 7:30 a.m.
  • Jan. 17 - Governing Council Meeting at 5:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 17 - Friends of Open School Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
  • Jan. 18 - Open Hearts Meeting at noon
  • Jan. 21 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observed

Town Hall Meeting with Deputy Superintendent at University High School

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Dec 11 (last updated Dec 13)

Reimagining L.A. Unified:  A Conversation with Deputy Superintendent Vivian Ekchian

You are invited to participate in a town hall conversation with Deputy Superintendent Vivian Ekchian around “Reimagining L.A. Unified.” You will have an opportunity to learn more about the L.A. Unified plan for empowering school communities, moving resources closer to students, and achieving greater equity, as well as the community input and feedback that helped guide the development of this plan. 

January 9, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

University High School Theatre

Click for Informational Flyer.

Updates from LAUSD's GATE Program

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Dec 10 (last updated Dec 11)

LAUSD's Gifted and Talented Education Programs provides parents with information through their newsletters.  This issue includes information regarding This issue includes an article on Odyssey of the Mind, an international creative problem-solving program that Gifted/Talented Programs, Advanced Learning Options, is proud to pilot at six LAUSD schools and Open School is one of them!

Click to read the latest LAUSD GATE Winter 2018 Newsletter

Go to LAUSD's GATE Parent Page for more information and resources.

2018 Winter Break Mural Contest

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Dec 6 (last updated Dec 6)

Did you know that one of the murals on our handball courts was designed by Open School Students? Here is your child's chance to submit a drawing to go on an Open School wall!  

Students may pick ONE of the words below and make a drawing about what the word means to them:

  • Perseverance
  • Courage
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation

Student's art is due to the Main Office or your teacher by Wednesday January 9th, 2019.  The winning artist (or artists) will have their art painted on a wall at Open School in the spring.

Questions? Email (Anne-Marie Cziko) or (Michael Thomas).

Invite Your Friends and Family to the Season of Giving

Submitted by Kevin Joyce on Dec 5 (last updated Dec 6)

During this Season of Giving, donations from extended family are a great way to support our school. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles are looking for meaningful ways to give to your child. Their gift to Open will directly provide enriching experiences for your child at our school.  

And, as an added incentive, their donation will qualify your family for the “Season of Giving” raffle prizes, so make sure they add your child’s name on the donation form so that we can match it to your family correctly!

We want to make it easy for you, so you can just copy/paste this into an email to your extended family to encourage them to support your child’s school.

Dear Family,

During this Season of Giving, we would like to encourage you to support our wonderful school. Your donation will directly support art, music, gardening, physical education, and technology for <YOUR CHILD’S NAME> at Open Magnet Charter School.

<YOUR CHILD’S NAME> loves the teachers at Open and this is a great way to support the school.  And your donation is 100% tax deductible!

Please visit to donate to Open Magnet Charter school and know that you are making a difference at our school.  Be sure to add their name on the giving form when prompted!

Thank you!!

Fifteenth Open School Institute: Constructivism in Action- January 31, 2019

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Dec 3 (last updated Dec 6)

In an effort to make a more meaningful contribution to the educational professional community at large and to extend our leadership, we created the Open Magnet Charter School Institute: Constructivism in Action.

Open School's Institute will take place on Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 7:30 am-3:30 pm.

This one-day conference for educators from across the globe takes place on our campus during the regular school day, offering visiting educators the opportunity to experience and observe learning and teaching processes in an authentic context.  It provides a chance for participants to learn how to integrate constructivist practices into their classrooms and at their schools through a process of focused classroom observation, teacher-led workshops, and panel discussions involving teachers, students, and staff.

Please click the Institute Flyer for more information.

Click to Register for open School's Institute. If you know of an educator that would enjoy this day of learning, please pass on the information. Registration closes soon.