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Westchester Community of Schools' June Newsletter

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

Please click here to read the Westchester Community of Schools' June Newsletter. 

For more information about the Westchester Community of Schools, please visit their website.

Drive-By Retirement Celebration

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Jun 10 (last updated Jun 10)

Please join us in wishing happy trails to Greg Bryant, our beloved Purple teacher for seven years at Open School and nearly 30 years teaching and touching so many students' hearts.

We are going to sing him praises in his Drive-by Retirement Celebration on Sunday, June 13th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the large parking lot on Osage Ave. Everyone is invited to give him some applause, shower him with gifts, and send him off with love.

2021 Friends of Open School Alumni College Scholarship Recipients

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Jun 10 (last updated Jun 10)

This year we pulled off the second Friends of Open School Alumni College Scholarship. The Open School community is so close, and this connection spans far beyond the years when students are actually at Open School. We were so excited to have 14 alumni apply and to be able to send all fourteen off to college with a special gift. 

Over the past two weeks we had the joy of honoring three Open School Alumni, each with $500 scholarships for college. In these trying times, especially for graduates, it was such an honor to celebrate a few alumni and wish them well in their future endeavors. 

The scholarship recipients are:

Trinity Haywood (LACES) will be attending UCLA
Brad Lee (Larchmont Charter) will be attending Boston College
Heiarii Gurion (John Marshall) will be attending UC Davis

Initially our goal was to honor two alumni. However, with the direct donations of a few members of our Open School Family, we were able to give a third scholarship. A special thank you to all of our generous donors.

Also, an additional thank you to all in our community who were a part of our Scholarship Committee, either reading applications or delivering scholarship checks. The input of these wonderful volunteers have kept this new tradition alive. A resounding thank you to: Lillian Alba, Denise Benjamin, Imani Blackwell, Cathy Furer, Matthew Hoffman, Berta Howard, Shachar Lavi, Tracey Maye, Shawna Mills and Matt Wall. 

As the African Proverb reminds us, "It take a village to raise a child." I am so thankful to be a part of this Open School village.

In partnership,


Cedars-Sinai Share & Care Summer Staycation

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Jun 3 (last updated Jun 3)

For children aged 5 to 11, Ceder Sinai is offering "Share & Care Summer Staycation": virtual summer sessions on Zoom for children to socialize with peers, play games, and have social emotional support all from the safety and comfort of their own homes. The program is led by counselors from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, as part of our community outreach program.

Please see this flyer for more information (Spanish version here). 

To register please fill out this form (Spanish version here).

Baseline Covid Testing for Summer School Students

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Jun 3 (last updated Jun 10)

Students who have registered for Summer School, but have not attended school in person this spring need a Covid test to join the summer programs. They must have a baseline test within 7 days prior to the start of the Summer School Program. Please review this flyer (Spanish version here) for more information, including testing locations and how to schedule an appointment for the test.

Students who have been attending school in person this spring do not need a COVID test to join the summer program. 

LAUSD Summer Programs

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Jun 2 (last updated Jun 3)

Summer Community of Schools (CoS) TK – 8th Grade Program

The CoS TK-8th Grade Summer School program offers a standards-based curriculum that includes math, English language arts and English language development with engaging themes and projects. Students will also have the opportunity to work in small groups to receive academic enrichment and acceleration.

On-site after school care through Beyond the Bell is also available Monday to Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

DATES: June 22-July 23
TIMES: 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon, Monday – Friday
HOW TO APPLY: Accepting applications starting Monday, May 17

1. Submit an online application at
2. Pick-up an application at your child's school

LEARNING METHOD: On campus and online options available
ELIGIBILITY: Current TK – 8th grade Los Angeles Unified students

Summer Enrichment

Fun and exciting virtual courses ranging in topics from robotics, STEM, theatre arts, sport and nutrition, foreign languages, and much, much more. Some enrichment courses are credit bearing, others are not. Please visit the virtual course brochure (link below) for additional details.

Due to limited seat availability, each student can enroll in one summer enrichment course, only.

 DATES: June 22–July 23
TIMES: Times vary by course
ELIGIBILITY: Current TK – 12th grade Los Angeles Unified students

Please check LAUSD Summer Programs for updates and information.

2021-2022 Instructional Calendar

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Jun 2 (last updated Jun 3)

Planning for next year?

LAUSD has published its instructional calendar for the 2021-2022 school year. Click here to view it.