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Submitted by Peggy Lew on Jan 16 (last updated Jan 16)
  • 1/16 - 1/17 - CPK Double Double Dine Out Fundraiser 
  • 1/17 - Governing Council Executive Board Meeting at 7:30 a.m.
  • 1/17 - Open Hearts Meeting at 12:15 p.m.
  • 1/20 - No School (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • 1/23 - Governing Council Meeting at 5:30 p.m.
  • 1/23 - Friends of Open Meeting at 7 p.m.
  • 1/24 - Friends Meeting Recap at 8:30 a.m.
  • 1/28 - Chess Tutors Session #3 Begins
  • 1/30 - Open School Institute
  • 1/31 - Minimum Day - 12:50 p.m. dismissal

Rock Roll & Run - March 14th: Sign Up Today

Submitted by Friends on Jan 16 (last updated Jan 16)

It's that time of year! Join us for an amazing community event and a fun run at the annual ROCK ROLL & RUN, Saturday, March 14th, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., on the LMU campus - rain or shine!

Help support Open School and register here today. 

Not a runner? No problem! You, as well as any family members and friends, can join our team as Virtual Runners for just $10 each, and 100% of these proceeds will be donated back to Open School! Please be sure to select Open Magnet Charter School from the list when prompted. 

For more information, please (email Deedee Li)

After School SQUEAK Computer Programming for Beginners (Gr. 4-5)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Jan 16 (last updated Jan 17)

B.J. Conn (former Blue Cluster Teacher for 34 years) will begin a Squeak computer programming class for Beginners only (without Squeak experience) starting Tuesday, February 4th through March 24th for Grades 4 and 5 only.

Squeak is an open-source authoring tool for children. It is a medium which serves as an electronic paper that holds new ways to represent powerful ideas. Squeak allows children to develop problem solving skills while using their math skills and their creativity to create simulations. In doing so, Squeak inspires them to learn and think deeply and to love math. Students will create computer animations, learn how to use joysticks to control graphics, build machines and invent ones that do whatever their imaginations can conceive.

If you have questions, please contact Ms. Conn.  Click to see informational flyer.

Open Expressions Auditions Next Week

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

We received a record number of applications for performers, MCs, and stage crew for our Open Expressions talent show and are very excited to see the auditions next week. For everyone who signed up before Winter Break, audition confirmation emails will be sent out this week with the date and time of the audition.  The email will come from openschoolexpressions [at] gmail [dot] com.  Please check your spam folder so that you don't miss it!  The email will include instructions for preparing your child for their audition.

Please (email the Open Expressions team) if you have not received a confirmation email by Friday evening.

Open Teachers Receive Mini-Grant Funding

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

Each year, the Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club and LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce partner to donate small grants to local teachers with their Teacher Mini-Grant program.  The funds are raised through generous donations from community members.  This year, 22 local schools received a total of 67 grants ranging in amount from $60 to $400.

Open teachers received $1400 in funds to support classroom projects and supplies to support learning and growth in our clusters:

  • Silver Cluster received $200 for more leveled books to support all readers
  • Red Cluster received $400 to purchase leveled non-fiction books to ensure there are non-fiction books at all levels of reading
  • Orange Cluster received $400 to purchase digital cameras to support their exploration of the world
  • Purple Cluster received $200 to build stream tables to support learning about Geology and using the Investigative Procedure
  • Blue Cluster received $200 for new supplies for the STOMP performance

Funding for the Teacher Mini-Grants is from contributions from RS&H, INC., LAX Coastal Education Foundation, M & M Foundation (The Plotkin Family), Playa Sunrise Rotary Foundation, Southern California Gas Company, Jim Bunch Memorial Fund, Sarlo Tax Service, SuperbTech, Inc., Gail Goldstein, Howard Pollack - Rainbow Acres Natural Foods, Joe and Maria Davis.

EDUCATORS We Still Have Space-- PLEASE JOIN US for the Open School Institute: Constructivism in Action-- January, 30, 2020

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Jan 15 (last updated Jan 16)


Spread the word, we still have space for the Fifteenth Open School Institute: Constructivism in Action on January 30, 2020. Please register by January 21, 2020.

Open School's Institute will take place on Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This one-day conference for educators from across the globe takes place on our campus during the regular school day, offering visiting educators the opportunity to experience and observe learning and teaching processes in an authentic context.  It provides a chance for participants to learn how to integrate constructivist practices into their classrooms and at their schools through a process of focused classroom observation, teacher-led workshops, and panel discussions involving teachers, students, and staff.

Please click the Institute Flyer for more information.

Click to Register for Open School's Institute. If you know of an educator that would enjoy this day of learning, please pass on the information. Registration closes soon and enrollment is limited.

Welcome Back and Happy New Year!

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Jan 12 (last updated Jan 16)

Happy New Year!

Welcome Back to Open School for the second semester of the 2019-2020 school year. It will be an amazing continuation of this school year that has already had so many highlights. Thank you for partnering with us for all of the children of Open School. We look forward to continuing our work together in 2020. 

See you at school tomorrow.