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Read-A-Thon Fundraiser is Underway!

Submitted by Friends on Jan 27 (last updated Jan 27)

Dear Open School Families,

This week marks the start of our Read-A-Thon Fundraiser! We hope to raise $40,000 over the next four weeks. This is an entirely doable pursuit if each family commits to sending out 10 emails to their families and friends. In just four days we have raised over $12,000 which is nothing short of amazing!
Some reminders:

  • If you haven't already registered your child(ren) at 99Pledges, please do so here
  • About 55 families – out of 310 – have registered so far. Please register today! All the money we raise directly benefits the school.
  • Send out at least 10 emails and receive a five-dollar gift certificate at The Book Jewel in Westchester! Email us at (subject: Read-A-Thon%20inquiry) (here) to let us know to receive your gift certificate. One per household.
  • If you raise at least $100 this week, you'll get extra chances to win our daily weekday raffle starting on Monday, February 1st!
  • Check out our special Read-A-Thon website! On Monday, February 1st, we will reveal the theme and students can begin entering minutes.
  • We are aware not every family has received their RAT envelopes. Please let us know by this Friday if it still has not arrived.
  • Please reach out to us (subject: Read-A-Thon%20Inquiry) (here) with any questions. 

Read-a-thon Fundraiser

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

Hi Open School Families,

While the three-week Read-A-Thon competition is still a week away, today is the day we kick-off our Read-A-Thon Fundraiser!  Now is the time for all of us to reach out to our respective communities and ask them to support our child(ren) on their reading journeys. Our goal this year is $40,000. If each student brings in $100, we can hit this mark. All the money we raise will go directly towards the school, and this year, more than ever, it’s essential we hit our fundraising benchmarks.  

This week every family will receive an envelope in the mail containing a Welcome letter with fundraising information, a Pledge Form, a Reading Log, a Top Secret missive, and a compass. Please hold onto this information! For this week, only the Welcome letter is needed.  (If you have not received this envelope, email the Read-A-Thon committee at

We are so excited to launch our brand new Read-A-Thon website with you! 

There are instructions on how to set up your child(ren)’s fundraising page on 99Pledges — link here — as well as a list of fun incentives. 

Please note that once you create a page on 99Pledges, you will receive an email shortly thereafter with instructions on inserting a picture of your child(ren). Families with multiple children at Open should read instructions either on the Welcome letter or the website on setting up a family page.

As a thank you for sending out at least 10 emails to your nearest and dearest, each household will receive a five-dollar gift certificate to The Book Jewel, an independent book store in Westchester. Please email and let us know you've sent out those emails in order to receive your reward.

On Monday, February 1st, the website will unlock a whole lot of Read-A-Thon fun, including the theme and teams, so stay tuned! And please poke around the website, check out the FAQs, and make sure to sign your child(ren) up on 99Pledges! Check out the fabulous video we showed at assembly this morning, too!

Yours in Adventure,

RAT Committee


January 27th: Community Building & Parent/Guardian Ed Committee Meeting

Submitted by Ann Kaatz on Jan 21 (last updated Jan 21)

Open School's Community Building & Parent/Guardian Education Committee organizes events and activities for the school community.  We welcome parent and staff participation in the planning process.  Please join us in our Committee meeting on Wednesday, January 27th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to discuss events and activities for the remaining school year.

Please (send an email) to the Committee to receive the Zoom meeting information.

LAUSD School Experience Survey: Deadline Extended; Please Complete TODAY

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Jan 21 (last updated Jan 21)

Please fill out this very important survey by February 5th.

Open School and LAUSD need your responses to The School Experience Survey. This is an annual survey administered to all LAUSD schools. Survey results provide schools with important feedback from teachers, staff, students and parents. If you have any questions about the School Experience Survey, please send an (email to Ms. Lew).

Parents/ Guardians, use the following link to complete your Survey:

English Survey Link
Spanish Survey Link

The Parent Survey will take less than 15 minutes to complete. You may choose to answer some, but not all items.  Also note that some items on the survey are not applicable to our school (e.g. questions regarding a Parent Center). All responses are confidential. 

We want to get a 100% of our parents to complete their survey.  Please help us get to 100%.

Thank you for your participation. Your feedback makes a difference!

Facebook Friends: Help Us Raise Money for Open School

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Jan 21 (last updated Jan 21)

As you know, due to the pandemic Friends' fundraising efforts this year have been severely curtailed. But there is something you could do to help out Open School. If you are on Facebook, please consider creating a non-profit fundraiser in the name of The Friends of Open School.  

Setting up a fundraiser on Facebook is easy: 

  1. Click Fundraisers in the left menu of your News Feed. If you cannot see it in your left menu, you may need to click See More. (If you cannot see the left menu, click on the 3 line icon on the top right corner of your page.)
  2. Click the Raise Money button.
  3. You will be asked "Who are you raising money for?" Select Nonprofit. A list of charities will pop up.  Enter "Friends of the Open School" in the search bar at the top of the list to find our school quickly. 
  4. Select Friends of the Open School, fill in the fundraiser details and choose a cover photo.
  5. Click Create.

If you need help setting up your fundraiser, please (email Friends) for assistance. 

Friends and the Open School community appreciate your help and support.

The Read-A-Thon is Almost Here!

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Jan 16 (last updated Jan 16)

The 2021 Read-A-Thon is just around the corner and we can’t wait to get started! This week, each family will receive a letter in the mail containing a Welcome Letter with fundraising information, a Pledge Form, a Reading Log, a Top Secret missive, and a compass.

On Monday, January 25th, the Read-A-Thon committee will explain the contents of this letter at the 9 a.m. assembly (so please make sure to keep it somewhere safe), and a link will be emailed out for our brand-new Read-A-Thon website which explains, amongst many other things, how to register your child on 99Pledges, a handy, easy-to-use fundraising platform.

While the Read-A-Thon competition will start for the kids on Monday, February 1st, the fundraising side of the event will launch one week earlier, on Monday, January 25th.  Please note that during the week of January 25th, the website will be scaled down and will not reveal the theme or allow students to enter in reading minutes. On Monday, February 1st, the website will transform and we can hit the ground running.

Please (email us) if you have not received the envelope in the mail by Saturday, January 23rd.  The information will also live on the Read-A-Thon website once it launches.

Invitation to Participate: Survey Regarding Impact of Stress During Pandemic

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Jan 15 (last updated Jan 21)

Open School parents are invited to participate in a research study conducted by Lily Ross at the University of Southern California for her doctoral dissertation.

The study is researching the impact of stress on parents of elementary school aged children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants must be aged 18 or older and have a child in elementary school to be able to participate.

Volunteer participants will be asked to take part in a confidential online survey and will be asked detailed questions about stress, social supports, and the impact on their parenting and their children’s behaviors. Also, volunteers will be offered the opportunity to enter themselves in a raffle to win a $50 gift card. The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Click here to take the survey by March 2021.

Safer At Home Order: Campus is Closed

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Jan 14 (last updated Jan 14)

LAUSD is following the Safer at Home order put in place by The County of Los Angeles, until further notice. All LAUSD campuses are closed. All Open School staff is working remotely, except our Plant Manager. We are still accessible through the school phone number or email if you need to reach us.  

Since campus is closed, Clusters will not have material pick-ups on campus at this time. Teachers will give you more information, as it pertains to your specific cluster.

Thank you for understanding as we do all that we can to remain Safer at Home.