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Afterschool Music with Mr. Cline

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 18 (last updated Aug 18)

After school music enrichment classes are available with Mr. Cline (Open School's music teacher).  Learn music theory, composition, improvisation.  Instruments include Piano, Guitar, Brass, and Percussion. All ages welcome!

Click to find out more information about After School with Mr. Cline.

Requires Response: Please Read About Monday's Solar Eclipse Activities

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 18 (last updated Aug 18)

Please carefully read the letter regarding Monday's Solar Eclipse from Superintendent Michelle King and return the Solar Eclipse Viewing Permission Slip by Monday morning.

A copy of the letter and permission slip is being sent home today.  Please check your child's backpack or reprint using the links.

On August 21, 2017, for the first time since 1918, a solar eclipse will be visible on a path across the United States.  From our school, we will experience a partial eclipse.

Every cluster will have the option of creating a cluster specific experience around the solar eclipse.  Each teaching team is responsible for deciding what those specific activities will be.  In all cases, if a cluster decides to go out during the eclipse, they will be wearing approved eye protection.

As always, student safety is our top priority.  Looking directly at the sun is unsafe and can cause permanent eye damage or other unknown effects.  The only way to safely look at the sun -- eclipsed or partially eclipsed -- is through special-purpose solar filters, such as "eclipse eyewear."  According to NASA, homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even those with very dark lenses, are not safe for looking at the sun.

Although there is no way to guarantee student safety during such a rare event, we will take precautionary measures to ensure that students are aware of the risks of looking directly at the sun.

At no time should students or other participants remove their eclipse eyewear and look directly at the sun. Please speak with your child about the importance of keeping their eclipse eyewear on during this event. For more information, visit

If you want your child to participate in the outdoor viewing activity planned for your cluster on August 21st, please review, sign and return this form to your child’s teacher. If you do not wish for your child to be outside during in the event or if you do not return this form, alternative activities will be held inside during this period.

Superintendent's Letter about the Solar Eclipse

Viewing Permission Slip must be returned on Monday

Afterschool Strings with Mr. Adkins

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 17 (last updated Aug 18)

If you are interested in signing up for violin, viola, and cello lessons taught by Mr. Adkins after school, please see the registration form for more information. There's even Kinderfiddle for the little ones! This is a wonderful opportunity to learn a new instrument or provide extra support for those already in orchestra.  Don't wait--space is limited.

Return Important Forms

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 17 (last updated Aug 17)

The following information went home in your child's backpack this week:

  • Student Emergency Information Card (past due)
  • Library Policies (past due--will not be able to check books out if not completed)
  • Emergency Information Sheet with Comfort Kit (due Friday, Aug 22; we have a school emergency bin with more supplies)
    • Comfort Kit items:  1 sm towel, 1 sm pk tissue, 2-4 moist towelettes (e.g., Wet Ones), 2 sm juice boxes expire after 6/18, 2 sm snack (e.g., granola bar or fruit rolls) expire after 6/18, family picture/note, small game/toy, completed RED emergency info sheet (on back of comfort kit list)

Thank you for taking the time to fill out these important documents.

Reminder to clear absences within 4 days with a note or an e-mail to or it will be marked unexcused.

After School Chess Tutors

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 17 (last updated Aug 18)

Our team performed yet again at a high level in the Chess Tutors' USC City-Wide Chess Tournament and beat out a lot of schools in Southern California and were 2nd Place Finalists.  We need your child to help us get the championship back for 2018.Chess Tutors is starting September 12th and will continue until Oct. 31st for Session #1. 

Click for the Chess Tutors Flyer or pick one up in the front office.

Cluster T-shirt Order Form

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 17 (last updated Aug 17)

If you still would like to order school t-shirts, please turn in the t-shirt order form along with your payment and items will be delivered to your child as soon as possible. You'll find caps and water bottles, too!

We encourage our students to wear their cluster colors every Thursday for assembly to show school spirit!  You'll find this order form under Parent Resources if you would like to order in the future.

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

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 17 (last updated Aug 18)

B.J. Conn (previous Blue Cluster Teacher for 34 years) will begin a Squeak computer programming class for Beginners only (without Squeak experience) starting Tues, September 5th through October 27th for Grades 4 and 5 only.

Squeak allows children to use their math skills and their creativity to create simulations and in doing so 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.

Subscribe to the Open School Calendar with your Phone!

Submitted by Administrator on Aug 16 (last updated Aug 17)

Now you can automatically subscribe to and synchronize the Open School school-wide calendar with calendars on your computer and/or smartphone so you always have the latest information available!

Simply subscribe to the iCal feed, using the following URL*:

*To be sure your calendar stays up to date, be sure you subscribe to the feed at the above URL rather than downloading it and importing it.  Read on for details..

The process varies depending on the system you use.  For example:

  • For Google Calendar/Android, first go to your Google calendar (in your browser) and choose "Add by URL" under "Other Calendars", and copy the above url into the field.  You can synchronize it with your phone from your phone's calendar application (menu - more - calendars).
  • For iPhone, you can add an "Other" account under calendar settings, and then add the URL in "Add Subscribed Calendar"

Our site uses the industry standard way of subscribing to calendars, so there is a wealth of information on how to do this online....just search for "subscribe iCal" and the device or software you are interested in.  Unfortunately our web team cannot provide individual support on setting up the subscription.

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Save the Date for Back-to-School Night

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

Save the Date:  Back-to-School Night is Tuesday, August 29th from 6:00pm until 7:30pm.

Your child's teachers and the Friends of Open School have a lot of valuable information to share with you about this school year.

We will begin in the auditorium at 6:00pm.

This event is for parents and guardians only. Students should not be in attendance. There will be no childcare provided, so please make arrangements in advance.

We hope to share some exciting plans for the upcoming school year and look forward to seeing you then.

Food Services

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

Food services provided by LAUSD

  • Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) provides breakfast at no charge to students in class in the morning.  Click to read more about the Breakfast in the Classroom Program.
  • Lunch prices are now $3.00 (please note change in price).
  • Parents and guardians can submit a meal application online for free/reduced lunch. The online application will be processed within 24 hours.  Once approved, LAUSD will begin the annual process of qualifying students for free and reduced meal benefits.
  • You can sign up to add funds to your child's lunch account at MyPaymentsPlus. You will need to call the front office for your child's student ID number.  You can also send money in a marked envelope (a follow up e-mail to teachers is helpful if your child is young) or see Ms. Valerie, our cafeteria manager, at the start of school to add money.
  • Go to LAUSD's Food Services Division to find Breakfast and Lunch Menus.  Bookmark these sites (unfortunately LAUSD has stopped the monthly menu notifications).

August Breakfast     August Lunch     September Breakfast     September Lunch


Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 15 (last updated Aug 17)
  • 8/29     Back-to-School Night 6-7:30 pm
  • 8/29     Early Dismissal Tuesdays Begin - Dismissal at 1:15 pm
  • 9/1       No School - CA Admissions Day
  • 9/4       No School - Labor Day
  • 9/7       First Governing Council Meeting at 5:30 pm
  • 9/7       First Friends of Open Meeting at 7:00 pm

Please note calendar update:

  • 10/12   Minimum Day (newly added) - Dismissal at 12:50 pm