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Don't Wait! Submit Ads to Open Thoughts Before May 8th!

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Apr 23 (last updated Apr 23)

It is time for the 38th Annual Edition of the Open School literary magazine, Open Thoughts, Feelings, and Fantasies

As always, we plan to have a piece of writing and art from every student in the school in the book.  This year we will again have wonderful Cluster photographs by former Open parent Meredith Parmelee.

Every child receives a FREE copy of the anthology as a memento of the school year.  Advertising covers the cost of printing.  We accept ads that are tributes from parents to students or teachers, from children, and from parent or local businesses.  There is no limit to the number and variety of ads available, so use your imagination!  The students and teachers love to be surprised by your tributes!  Please see examples of ads in the Office or in last year's book. 

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Submit this form (one per ad) and payment (check payable to Friends of Open School, Memo: Open Thoughts) to the school office.

Questions?  Please email (Allison Dworetzky).

A Special Thank You for Open Expressions

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 22 (last updated Apr 23)

A big THANK YOU to Kathleen LaGue for orchestrating the outstanding Open Expressions Variety Show for the fifth year.  We are grateful to Kathleen who thoughtfully led the talent show team as they put on a performance showcasing our very talented students.  Bravo! Kathleen, your talent and dedication will be missed.

Also, nothing happens at Open School without a team effort. Therefore, a special thank you also goes to our Open School parents, Stacy Barnhisel, Monisha Brewer, Rocki Davidson, Ann Kaatz, Adrienne Robertson and Michael Thomas, coupled with our teachers Ms. Imani and Ms. Messaye, for the organization, talent and flare that you all gave to our show.

What an AMAZING team!

Celebrating Open School's Success at the Westchester Spelling Bee

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Apr 22 (last updated Apr 23)

On March 28, 2019 our 2nd graders participated in the 1st Westchester Schools' Spelling Bee. Click here to read the article in The Westchester HomeTown News. We are so proud of the courage and perseverance that our students exhibited.

Governing Council Elections TOMORROW: Please Read about the Nominees

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Apr 12 (last updated Apr 23)

We have a wonderful group of 10 Open School parents who have been nominated to run for Governing Council. There are 7 available Governing Council seats for the 2019-2020 school year. Click here to carefully review the statements from the candidates that are running for Governing Council.  

You will be able to vote TOMORROW, Tuesday, April 23rd, at Open House or drop off your completed ballot in the office no later than Thursday, April 25th by 4 p.m. Don't forget to meet the candidates in person at a mixer from 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the Library before Open House.

Thanks again to all the candidates for stepping up to run!

Listen to our Community of Voices: One School, One Book - The One and Only Ivan

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

Our One School, One Book event is off to a terrific start. There is a buzz in the air as our kiddos are reading The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate TOGETHER.

Today, in assembly, we played a game to see if the students could guess which staff members were reading which sections of the books. They knew most of our voices right away! Please click on the link to access the Open School's Audiobook Recording of The One and Only Ivan. With so many of our staff members reading different segments of The One and Only Ivan, you are sure to be captivated as you try to figure who is reading.

To download the audiobook, please follow these steps:

On your desktop computer, go to this link Open School's Audiobook Recording
Click the blue Download tab and select "Direct download"
Go to your Downloads or Audiobooks Folder and Select "The One and Only Ivan" file.
iTunes should automatically open and start playing the file.
Go to the main Menu at the top of the iTunes window and select Chapters to navigate to a specific chapter of the book as we read over the next few weeks.

* Please note that if you download the file on your mobile device (cell phone, iPad, etc.), you will need to get the DropBox App.  Your device must be able to handle the file size (about 60 MB).  It will not be able to separate by chapters, so please print out the Audiobook Chapters Guide. 

 I am so grateful for this community reading opportunity, and I hope you all are as well.

Happy Reading!


Reminders / Updates

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 11 (last updated Apr 11)
  • Apr. 12 - Chuck E. Cheese’s Family Dinner 
  • Apr. 15 - Apr. 19 - No School - Spring Break
  • Apr. 23 - Open House 
  • Apr. 25 - Grade 5 State Testing (Eng. Lang. Arts)
  • Apr. 26 - Grade 5 State Testing (Eng. Lang. Arts)
  • Apr. 26 - Executive Board Meeting 
  • Apr. 26 - Open Hearts Meeting
  • Apr. 27 - Campus Beautification Day
  • Apr. 30 - Grade 3 State Testing (Eng. Lang. Arts)

Measure EE on the June 4, 2019 ballot

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

Recently the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education voted to place Measure EE, a local school funding parcel tax, on the June 4, 2019 special election ballot.

If approved by two-thirds of voters in a special election on June 4, 2019, Measure EE would provide local school funding to support Los Angeles public schools through a 16-cent per square foot parcel tax for 12 years. Seniors citizens and certain low-income property owners with disabilities would be eligible for an exemption from the cost of the measure.

Measure EE funds would be used to retain and attract quality teachers, reduce class sizes, and support instructional programs including arts, music, science, technology, English and math.

By law, all Measure EE funds must be used to support Los Angeles public schools and could not be taken by the state and federal governments.

As a reminder, the deadline to register to vote in the June 4 election is Monday, May 20. To register to vote, please visit the Secretary of State’s website at:

More information about Measure EE and about voting in the June 4 election is available at or on this Measure EE Fact Sheet.

Thank you. 

Support Our School: Spring Fundraising Drive

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Apr 11 (last updated Apr 11)

As we head into Spring Break, please take this opportunity to donate to our school to support the wonderful teachers, aides, and programs here at Open.  The Annual Giving team is having a Spring Fundraising Drive through the end of April!

Donate NOW to be eligible for our awesome incentives:

  • Dodgers Tickets
  • 1 Week at a Local Summer Camp
  • AMC Movie Tickets

If you haven’t donated yet this year - NOW’S THE TIME!!  Get your Cluster Magnet!!!

AND, the first 20 people who donate more than $100 will receive a ticket to The Party on May 4th!!!

You will receive one raffle ticket for any donation amount.  Give more to get more entries into the raffle - we will add a ticket into the raffle for each $100 you donate (e.g., 2 tickets for $200, 5 tickets for $500…).

Bring a check into the Office (written to “Friends of the Open School”) or donate online now.

Please donate by April 30th. Raffle prizes will be announced on May 1st.

Drew Daywalt and Scott Campbell: Author & Illustrator Team Visit!

Submitted by Yellow Teacher on Apr 10 (last updated Apr 11)

We are very excited to give you an early heads up about our next author and illustrator team visit!  

We are so lucky to be hosting Drew Daywalt and Scott Campbell on May 7th.  You may know Drew Daywalt from The Day the Crayons Quit , The Epic Adventures of Huggie and Stick, and The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors (among other books).  Now, Drew and Scott Campbell have a new book coming out, Sleepy, The Goodnight Buddy, which sounds like great fun. 

Order forms will be going home in your child's classroom after Spring Break, but you can also access a copy by clicking here.  They have made special arrangements to squeeze us into their schedule, so we're hoping to show them our support and appreciation through buying autographed books (there are 6 to choose from).  

April 27th Campus Beautification Day

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Apr 10 (last updated Apr 10)

The Site Committee will host their penultimate cleanup day of the school year on Saturday, April 27th from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

We have a number of small projects that we need to get done before the end of the year and would appreciate your help, if only for an hour.  A sign-up genius will follow, but the projects we will be working on include:

  • priming the wall for the mural we will be painting in May,
  • building a base for the chicken coop to ensure it's longevity,
  • assembling and staining four picnic tables for the blue outdoor classroom,
  • repair and maintenance of the decomposed granite in a few spots around school and
  • some general weeding and trash clean-up. 

We have tools, water and supplies on site. Feel free to bring a reusable water bottle, snacks, kids and a can-do attitude.

Yellow Cluster's Object Parade

Submitted by Yellow Teacher on Apr 10 (last updated Apr 10)

Yellow Cluster is proud and excited to present their Object Parade the night of Open House, Tuesday, April 23rd at 5:45 in the auditorium.  Everyone is invited to watch our students wear the costumes they've built and present a show about the California Gold Rush.  The show will be about 30 minutes long, so there is enough time to come see it and still visit classrooms.  Yellow Cluster will be closed from 5:30 until around 6:30, so if you really want to see what Yellow Cluster is all about, come to the Parade!