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Win One of 40 Gala Tickets - Easy!

Submitted by Administrator on Apr 26 (last updated Apr 26)

In celebration of 40 years of Open School, we are giving away 40 tickets to our amazing Gala celebration!!

Participating is Simple

You will be entered with ANY donation to our Annual Giving campaign, to fund (among other things) our Music, Art, Garden, Technology, and Sports specialists and classroom aides.  For every additional $100 you donate, you get ANOTHER entry.

We have not met our fundraising goal, so please give generously now.  Your odds of winning have never been better! 

More Details

  • Already donated?  You are automatically included, but you can increase your chances with an additional donation while helping your school.  What could be better?
  • If you have already bought your Gala tickets and then win, don't worry!  Lucky You!  We'll sort it out.  So don't wait to buy your Gala tickets
  • Additional entries start at $200.... 1+1 = 2 total for $200, 7 for $700 etc.
  • You can win multiple times


Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 26 (last updated Apr 26)
  • Apr. 27 - Grade 3 Smarter Balanced Test
  • Apr. 27 - 5th Grade Panoramic Photo
  • May 3 - Grade 5 Smarter Balanced Test
  • May 4 - Grade 5 Smarter Balanced Test


Submitted by Jess Ferguson on Apr 26 (last updated Apr 26)

Book your sitter and brush off those dancing shoes because tickets for an Open School Get Down are on sale!!

Don’t miss out on the Early Bird pricing, good only until Monday, May 7.  Click here to purchase tickets

This year's theme:  COME FLY WITH US!

When:  Saturday, May 19th, 6-11 p.m.


Flight Path Museum
6661 Imperial Highway
Los Angeles, 90045

Limited parking. Please consider ride-share or carpool.

What: Food, Drinks, Dancing, Games, Live/Silent Auctions

Ticket Pricing:

Economy: $40 each ($50 after 5/7)
Premium: $70 for two ($100 after 5/7)

UPGRADE and help sponsor a teacher!

Business Class: +$20 ($25 after 5/7)
First Class: +$40 ($50 after 5/7)

• Adults only. No childcare will be provided
• Vintage Flight or Travel Attire Suggested

Click here to purchase your tickets

See you there!


Step It Up! The "Open School Ninja Warrior Challenge" Fundraiser has Started!

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Apr 25 (last updated Apr 26)

Today, we kicked off a brand new fundraiser for Open School. It’s our very own Open School Ninja Warrior Challenge!

Like the Jog-A-Thon, students will collect donations to help our school earn money, but instead of running laps, our kids will challenge themselves on an interactive obstacle course based on the TV shows Wipeout and American Ninja Warrior. 

The pledge period starts today and goes through Thursday, May 10th. Please review the information packet that was  sent home with the children today, and the email that was sent out earlier today for important information and deadlines.

And be sure to register online tonight, send 10 emails and have your child(ren) bring their Golden Ticket back to school tomorrow to earn AWESOME rewards!

The "Open School Ninja Warrior Challenge" Fundraiser Starts Today!

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 25 (last updated Apr 26)

Hello Open School Families!

Today is the start of a brand new fundraiser here at Open School:  The Step It Up - Open School Ninja Warrior Challenge!  

Like the Jog-A-Thon, in this fundraiser our students will collect donations to help our school earn money, but instead of running laps, our kids will challenge themselves on an interactive obstacle course based on the TV shows Wipeout and American Ninja Warrior.  

We need your support.

We know that parents and students are busy, so we want to make this fundraiser as easy and as successful as possible.  To get our fundraiser off to a great start, we are asking each and every family to register here and send out at least 10 emails tonight to friends and family, enlisting their support. Don’t forget to add yourself so that you too can donate online!  All donations are processed via PayPal, so they are safe and secure, and the emails you send will only be used for this fundraiser (not saved for any other purpose). 

The most important thing you can do to support our school is to help your child complete the first night “Golden Ticket” email assignment that they will bring home from the assembly today. While you have until the end of our fundraiser to raise money and qualify for the various rewards and events, this First Night Golden Ticket Assignment will not only earn your child some fun bonus rewards, but it will also help us get off to an amazing start! 

We look forward to an incredible turn out. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our students.

You can find more information about the Golden Ticket and more here.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Open School Ninja Warrior event chair, (Amy Raichlen).


Friends of the Open School

Community Volunteer Opportunity from the Red Cross

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 25 (last updated Apr 25)

This Spring, Red Cross volunteers and partners will install 100,000 free smoke alarms in high risk neighborhoods nationwide.  "Sound the Alarm" installation and fire safety events will take place in more than 100 communities across the country, providing a lifesaving service in our quest to reduce death and injury from home fires.

The South L.A. Sound the Alarm event will be held on May 5th, with support from LAUSD.  Parents, staff and secondary students from our District are all welcome to support as volunteers!

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer, please e-mail (Peggy Lew) with the names of the volunteers and she will provide you with additional instructions.

LA Public Library's Student Success Card Program

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 23 (last updated Apr 26)

Los Angeles Public Library and our super helpful local Westchester branch have provided all our students with new Student Success Cards.  With these special library cards exclusively for students (K-12), they can:

  • Borrow up to 3 books with no overdue fines or other fees
  • Get digital books, magazines, music, movies, and newspapers
  • Find an online tutor/get homework help
  • And more... Find it all here.

New Student Success Cards went home this week.  Start your reading adventure at your local LA public library with your child now!

Principal's Message

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Apr 19 (last updated Apr 19)

Dear Open School Families,

It was so refreshing and inspiring to see all of our committed Open School families come together in support of our students at Open House Tuesday night. The vast array of talent, curricular themes and knowledge displayed was impressive! Our students are so lucky to have such innovative and dedicated teachers. Your children have learned a lot this school year, and their projects showed it! The deep constructivist learning that has taken place in every cluster has brought us to this greatly anticipated point in the school year, the days before summer vacation.

As the school year winds down, please remind your children to be respectful of themselves, others and the environment. Everyday counts! We want to end this school year in a safe, fun and respectful manner.


Antoinette Cass

Submit Ads for Open Thoughts Before May 8th

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Apr 17 (last updated Apr 17)

It is time for the 37th Annual Edition of the Open School literary magazine, Open Thoughts, Feelings, and Fantasies. As always, a piece of writing from every student in the school and a drawing from as many children as possible will be featured in the magazine, along with cluster photographs by Meredith Parmelee!  Every child receives a FREE copy of the anthology as a memento of the school year.

Advertising covers the cost of printing this book. We accept ads from children, parent businesses and local businesses. But our favorite ads are the tribute ads that surprise the students and teachers who they honor.  There is no limit to the number and variety of ads available. Use your imagination!  

To submit an ad for Open Thoughts, please return this form with your advertisement order and payment no later than Tuesday, May 8, 2018.  Information about the format of the ads and pricing is available on the form. 

Questions? (Email Betsy Main).