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Readathon 2019 Has Begun!

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Feb 14 (last updated Feb 14)

Open’s annual Readathon will run until March 7th! This year's Readathon theme is "The Open School of Reading & Wizardry" inspired by the Harry Potter series.

This three-week event is not a fundraiser, but an opportunity to promote childhood literacy. Click here to read more about the Readathon and how you can support your rising young reader! 

Donations Sought for 2019 Online Auction

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Feb 7 (last updated Feb 14)

The annual online auction is one of Open School's most popular fundraisers.  It helps pay for our kids' gardening, music, arts, and PE programs, while providing an (inevitably exciting) opportunity for parents to bid on valuable listings!  This year the auction opens on March 8th. Bidding is open to the general public.

But the auction can only succeed if we have enticing listings that our friends would want to bid on! 

So at this time, we are requesting you to start soliciting donations of gift cards from your favorite restaurants, gyms, camps, after school programs, sports/fitness classes, beauty salons, vacation rentals, etc. that we could add to our auction listings.  Please publicize our interest in such donations among your social network: you never know when someone may want to help out your child's school!  

This auction letter and donation form will help facilitate this process, and volunteers on the auction committee are ready to provide further help, if necessary.  Please email questions or requests for help to (Jamie Shwartz).

Thank you for your help in making this fundraiser a success for our kids!

Governing Council Only for Tonight

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

Correction:  There will be no Friends of Open Meeting Tonight.

Friendly reminder that there will be a Governing Council Meeting Tonight in the Teacher's Lounge from 5:30-7:00 pm.  Child care is provided in the library.  Click to see agenda.

No More Poems Author Visit! Orders due March 1st

Submitted by Yellow Teacher on Feb 21 (last updated Feb 21)

We are thrilled to welcome an author / illustrator duet on March 15th.  Rhett Miller (author) and Dan Santat (illustrator) are coming to talk about their new book No More Poems.  This is a book of mostly funny poems, sort of like Shel Silverstein’s. 

Order forms have been sent home for purchasing signed copies of this book, as well as two others written and illustrated by Dan Santat:  Sidekicks (a really good graphic novel with a wonderful message about friendship and teamwork), and The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend (an incredible, Caldecott Medal winning picture book also about friendship and being brave enough to try something no one has tried before).  The books can be personalized to anyone you choose, so they also make wonderful gifts.  Please send in your orders by March 1st. 

Your purchases of the signed books from our author visits make the visits possible, and often put us at the top of the list for future visits, so we really appreciate your support!  If your child isn’t interested, but you would like to support our author visits, consider seeing if your child's teacher, or the library, is interested in having a copy donated. 


Tomorrow: Jonathan Planning Meeting

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Feb 20 (last updated Feb 21)

We are getting a head-start on one of Open School’s most beloved events: the annual Jog-a-thon!

Please join us for our first planning meeting tomorrow, Friday, February 22nd at 8:15 a.m. in the Teachers' Lounge. The meeting will be about 45 - 60 minutes long. We would love to hear your ideas and start to plan an exciting day for our school.

The Jog-a-thon is scheduled for late May/early June.  The exact date is yet to be determined.

This Saturday's Campus Beautification Day

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Feb 20 (last updated Feb 20)

Our last Beautification Day had to be postponed due to rain.  So we have rescheduled it for this Saturday, February 23rd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

There are no big projects scheduled, but the campus is in dire need of weeding and some mulching from all the lovely rain. We could really use your help, even if only for an hour and the weather will be amazing for outdoor work: sunny and cool.

Please join us and give your kid's outdoor learning space some love.  Bring snacks, sunscreen, a reusable water bottle, sun hats and kids. We will have tools, gloves, water on site. (Email Anne-Marie Cziko) with any questions.


Tomorrow's Open Hearts Meeting

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Feb 14 (last updated Feb 14)

Tomorrow is our first meeting of 2019! Please come to the auditorium after eating lunch to write letters of encouragement to patients at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. 

We are also kicking off our 2 week food donation drive for LAX Food Pantry and making signs to promote the food collection and decorating the collection boxes.

Our food drive will run from Monday, February 18th to Friday, March 1, 2019.  Please donate the following food items: Canned Tuna or Chicken, Peanut Butter, Cereal - large boxes or individual boxes, Shelf Stable Milk, Toiletries (travel size is best), Vienna Sausage, Cake Mixes and frosting, Canned vegetables, Rice a Roni, Hamburger Helper, Mac and Cheese or any packaged dinner helper, and dry rice.

Collection Boxes will be in the Office and in every Cluster.

LAX Food Pantry is a local food bank that gives food to the needy. They are located in Inglewood. Open School donates our leftover Breakfast In Class to LAX Food Pantry every Tuesday and Friday.

For more information or if you have questions, please (email Rocki Davidson)

Open Soccer Team - Event Cancelled

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Feb 14 (last updated Feb 14)

Please note that the Soccer Tournament being held at Goethe Elementary School has been CANCELLED.  They are planning to reschedule some time in March.

March 9th: 10th Annual GATE / SAS Parent Conference

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

The 10th Annual GATE/ SAS Parent Conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. at RFK Community Schools.

No pre-registration is required; on-site registration will open at 7:30 a.m.Free childcare is provided.

Please review this flyer for more information. 

LAUSD Offers Other Instructional Programs for English Learners

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Feb 13 (last updated Feb 14)

The Los Angeles Unified School District provides five different instructional program options tailored to meet the diverse needs of English learners (ELs) and the educational preferences of the parents of ELs in elementary schools. If you have further questions, please meet with Ms. Lew on Thursday, Feb. 21st at 9 am in the office.

Join us for Rock Roll & Run!

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Feb 10 (last updated Feb 11)

On Saturday, March 9th, 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., join us for a *FUN RUN* on the LMU campus to Rock Roll & Run for Open School!  This is a wonderful community event with live-music, booths, pancakes and families from area schools.  The price is $30 for adults, $25 for kids (under 12) for the 5K and $20 for the 1K Kids' Run.  

Can't make it that day?  Sign up as a Virtual Runner for $10. (This is a great way for supportive friends and other family members to contribute too!)

Schools will receive 50% of the net proceeds from the first 20 adult runners (registered to our school), 100% of the net proceeds for all additional runners, and 100% of net proceeds from all virtual runners.

For more information and to register, click here. Be sure to select Open Magnet Charter Elementary School and "Team Open" under "Where would like to direct your funds?"

Rain or shine, we hope to see you there! (And don't worry - if you're not a runner - you can walk!)

Readathon's Magic Begins!

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Feb 7 (last updated Feb 14)

Open’s annual Readathon launched today at assembly on February 14th and continues until March 7th!  It was revealed that this year's Readathon theme is "The Open School of Reading & Wizardry" inspired by the Harry Potter series.

This three-week event is not a fundraiser, but an opportunity to promote childhood literacy. It is designed to help all students find joy in reading, foster interest in new genres of books, spend more time in our wonderful library, and inspire readers of all levels to read more during their free time.  

After assembly, your child received an envelope with instructions and a reading log. Please review this with your child to ensure they are following instructions.

Students need to read at least 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week in order to receive their weekly award. Whether you or somebody else reads to your student, the minutes count! Students who read 480+ minutes or 1000+ minutes per week will receive special recognition. 

We need your help to do the following for your child:

  • Ensure you child reads/ is read to at least 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
  • Ensure the reading log is legible. 
  • Insert and verify total weekly minutes. 
  • Ensure you initial your child’s reading log in the spaces provided.
  • Ensure your child brings their reading log for tallying on Wednesday, February 20, 27, and March 6.
  • Encourage your child to participate in the special achievement activities. Be the reading cheerleader for your child!

Volunteer to Help with Tallying on Wednesday Mornings: 

Each Wednesday morning students will turn in their reading logs which volunteers will tally and record.  The committee would appreciate two adult volunteers from each cluster to help with the tallying process right after drop-off on Wednesday February 20th, 27th and March 6th.

Please sign up here to volunteer for tallying and if your child’s cluster is full feel free to sign-up for another cluster.

Volunteer to Help in the Library During Recess and Lunch:

We would also appreciate daily library support during recess and lunch for the duration of the Readathon.  Please sign up here to volunteer in the Library.  

For more information, (email Kathryn ) (Turnbull).

The Readathon Committee appreciates your help and support.