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After School Chess Tutors

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 30 (last updated Aug 22)

Want to learn how to play the strategic game of chess or want to continue honing your skills?  Sign up to be on our chess team that represented Open at the final challenge at USC (we made it to the Grand Stage 7 years in a row)!

Chess Tutors is starting Session #1 on Tuesday, September 17th and will continue until October 29th.

Chess raises test scores
Heightens cognition
Enhances mental discipline
Stimulates creative & analytical brain activity
Supports & enhances intellectual endeavors

Click to see Chess Tutors Flyer.
Register at

After-School Music Lessons with Mr. Cline

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Aug 22 (last updated Aug 22)

Mr. Cline (our Open School Music Specialist) will again be offering a variety of engaging music lessons and classes after school this year. Learning an instrument helps to improve important skills such as confidence, creativity, focus, perseverance, dedication, and discipline.

Instruments taught by Mr. Cline include Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Drums, Trumpet, Flute, Clarinet, Recorder, Xylophone, and more!

Private and shared lessons are available daily and beginner classes are held on Mondays.

Click here to learn more and register or (email Mr. Cline) directly. 

Only limited spots remain, so sign up now!

Reminders / Updates

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 22 (last updated Aug 22)
  • Aug. 23 - Coffee & Donuts Meet & Greet at 8:30 a.m. in Library
  • Aug. 28 - Blue Cluster's Back to School Meeting
  • Aug. 30 - No School - CA Admissions Day
  • Sept. 2 - No School - Labor Day
  • Sept. 3 - Early Dismissal at 1:15 p.m.
  • Sept. 3 - Back to School Night for all clusters (except Blue)


New! Order your t-shirts and swag online in the Open School Shop.

Oliver's Labels Helps You Save Money and Support Our School!

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Aug 22 (last updated Aug 22)

You can spend less on new clothes and lunch boxes, if you label the ones your kids currently have by shopping for Oliver's Labels via this link, giving 20% to our school!  These labels come in sticker or iron-on form, and they are dishwasher and washing machine safe. 

Savings for you and support for your school! 

Save the Date for the Open School Campout!

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Aug 22 (last updated Aug 22)

Our annual Campout  - from September 21st at 3 p.m. to September 22nd at 11 a.m. - promises to be as much fun as all the others!  If you’re one of the few families that haven’t participated yet, please don’t miss it again.  

Arrivals and tent-set up will be at 3 p.m.  Then, all the fun begins: dance party, fun games, adult social hour, dinner served, movies shown, arts & crafts, S’mores, breakfast the next day, and more.  Most families do stay the night, but non-overnighters still have loads of fun.  

Online registration for this popular event will be coming soon!  If you have questions, or would like to volunteer some time to help with the Campout, please (email Campout Co-chair Shawna Mills).

Safely Dropping Off and Picking Up Your Child

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 21 (last updated Aug 22)

For the safety of your children and others, please adhere to the following drop-off guidelines:

  • Please use the drop-off valet system or park and walk your child
  • If using the valet, make sure your child is prepared with their materials to quickly get out.  Please park if you need more time.
  • If you are late, the valet is open until 8:15 am to safely drop off (but you children are still marked tardy).
  • Please be respectful and refrain from double-parking or blocking neighbors' driveways.
  • When crossing the street make sure that your children use the cross walk. DO NOT cross into the valet area.
  • Do not use the teachers' parking lot for dropping off.

For after school pick-up, please follow these safety rules:

  • Please park and pick up your child.  
  • Do not drive up to the gate and ask your child to walk out into the parking lot.
  • Students are not to walk out of the gate unattended.
  • Keep the yard gate closed after use.
  • If you plan for someone not on the emergency card to pick up your child, you must notify the office ahead of time.  This includes pick up at the bus stops.

We need everyone's cooperation and diligence every day, especially in these few weeks. Thank you so much for being a partner in keeping everyone safe.

Seeking Fall Festival Committee Members

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Aug 21 (last updated Aug 22)

Our Annual Fall Family Festival is scheduled for October 26, 2019.  The Festival is well-known in the community, a true labor of love and a very important fundraiser for Open School.

We will schedule a first meeting shortly after Labor Day weekend, and are seeking a few enthusiastic individuals that can help put together another memorable event.

If you're interested in helping out, or would like more information, please (email Friends).

September 6th: First Dine Out of the Year at Shakey's!

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

Take a break from cooking dinner! 

Have fun, get to know your peers before our the Annual Campout, and join us for a meal at Shakey's on Friday, September 6th between 6 and 9 p.m.!  A percentage of your meal receipt will be donated back to Open School!  

Skakey's is located at 5604 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City.

Join us for a Friday Morning Meet & Greet!

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

Friends of the Open School and Hospitality Committee would like to invite you to meet new and returning parents and guardians this Friday, at 8:15 a.m. in the Library.

Coffee, donuts and other refreshments will be served.

Afterschool Strings with Mr. Adkins

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 20 (last updated Aug 21)

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.

After School STAR Nova Classes

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 20 (last updated Aug 21)

Check out what STAR Nova has to offer for this session--RockSTAR, Hip-Hop Dance, Body Science, Culinary Art, and Clay Art!

Online registration for STAR Nova is available. Classes begin the week of Sept. 9, 2019.  Hurry as space is limited!

See the STAR Nova informational flyer that went home in students' backpacks for more details.

LAUSD Offers Other Instructional Programs for English Learners

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 20 (last updated Aug 22)

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 Monday, August 26th at 9 am or 3 pm in the office.

September 6th: Our First Author Visit of the Year!

Submitted by Yellow Teacher on Aug 19 (last updated Aug 22)

We are so excited to tell you about our first author visit!  On September 13th, Ibtihaj Muhammad, the 2016 Olympic medal winning sabre fencer, who was the first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while representing the United States in the Olympics, and one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People, is coming to share her new picture book, The Proudest Blue.  

Here's the description from the publisher: "This is a universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond between siblings, and of being proud of who you are. With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It's the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it's her older sister Asiya's first day of hijab--a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong."  

Also available to purchase and get signed is the young reader's edition of her autobiography, Proud.  

This is sure to be an amazing experience!  

These author visits are made free to schools through the publishers, since the books being showcases are also available for purchase, signed by the author.  Your purchases support continued author visits, so we greatly appreciate your orders.  Orders are due to your child's classroom by September 6th.  The order form will be going home from your clusters, if they haven't already, and is available here as well.

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

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 19 (last updated Aug 22)

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, September 10th through October 29th 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.

Important Bus Information

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 13 (last updated Aug 13)

Before school begins, you will receive a mailer/e-mail from LAUSD Transportation Services (if you live outside of a two-mile radius from the school) with your child’s bus route, including the pick up and drop off times. If you plan on having your child ride the bus, we strongly encourage you to make use of the school bus starting the first week of school because the students will be instructed on bus safety and rules. 



  • Send us an email at least 24 hours in advance to or call (310) 568-0735 to speak to Ann or Matthew.  For change requests after the first two weeks of school, please call the school only.

  • We will be placing tags on backpacks to identify students and bus routes.  If you see 9500, it is code for NO Bus.

  • To ensure a smooth transition back into school, make sure you have a conversation about after school plans with your child. If your child needs extra reminders, you can place a written note in an outside pocket of their backpack.