A message from TOPANGA ELEMENTARY CHARTER SCHOOL
What’s Coming Up?
Fri Sept 02 Admissions Day – No School
Mon Sept 05 Labor Day – No School
Tue Sept 06 School Resumes
Fri Sept 09 Morning Assembly – 8:00 am
Fri Sept 09 Volunteer Training – 9:00 am in Room 8
Thur Sept 15 Coyote Run
A big round of applause to all the families who attended, and the folks who helped me make announcements, at Tuesday’s Back to School Night. I enjoyed hearing the presentations in each of the classrooms, and I could feel the positive energy as we move past the first weeks of school and into September. This was also the week our enrichment schedule began, so our students are now getting to know our new science teacher (Ms. Benor) and P.E. coach (Coach Sean).
Today we had a glass water bottle break on the upper playground, so we had to quickly get the pieces cleaned up. I know that many prefer glass bottles to plastic for health reasons, but metal water bottles are also a great alternative to plastic – and they won’t shatter on the yard. Please do not send glassware to school with your child.
Leadership Council at Topanga Elementary Charter
Voting for the three parent representatives took place during Back to School Night. Unfortunately, two of our candidates had to withdraw due to other work and family commitments, so we ended up with three candidates for our three positions. This means all three are winners – but more importantly we are the winners because each parent has shown an interest in committing their valuable time to helping our school. For those of you who didn’t get a chance to see the ballot, here are the names of each new representative (in alphabetical order) along with the short biographical sketch I asked them to write. Congratulations and thanks to all three!
Mara Garcia - Hello Families, My name is Mara Garcia and I am a parent of a new kindergartner named Kainoa Garcia. I am interested in getting involved in our school's Leadership Council, as it seems like a way to gain a meaningful connection to the school community and share my professional experience in the field of education. I am currently an Upper School Counselor and Director of Human Development administrator at a local Independent School. I have eleven years’ experience working in schools and have worked directly with students in grades four-twelve. I have also taught parenting classes to parents of children age five-fourteen. Within my role as a school administrator, I have served on leadership committees such as financial aid, student support services, strategic planning, accreditation team (for the section on Social and Emotional Learning), diversity and admissions. As a new parent, I realize that I have a lot of learn about Topanga Elementary, and am excited to jump right in and start working with all members of the community. Thank you for your time.
Julianne Gorman - My name is Julianne Gorman and I'd like to be one of your Leadership Council Representatives. I hope you'll find that my experience & skills both on and off our campus can make a meaningful contribution to the guiding council overseeing our school's academic environment. I look forward to adding value to the programs already in place and working with the whole team to create new opportunities to build upon that foundation.
AT SCHOOL: I've been active within the school's thriving volunteer community for the past two years. I jumped right in the first year at TECS, serving as a room parent (2014-15) when my son Elias entered Kindergarten, and again as a TEP Board Member (2015-16). I've enjoyed volunteering many hours--and more than a few baked goods--while also working with and getting to know many parents & families school-wide. It has been incredibly rewarding to have an active role, along with my peers, to support the important programs that enrich our children's education.
AT WORK: I am a Marketing Director for STARZ Entertainment. Among other things, my marketing role there involves team building, long term strategy and connecting to the passionate audiences who love our programming. I've had extensive training in communication, project management and leadership through a "mini-MBA" program I completed at Daniels School of Business. These professional skills give me a perspective that I hope will enable me to be an effective member of the Council.
AT HOME: My husband, David (another serial volunteer), our son Elias (2nd grade -Mrs. Tobisman) and our baying hound dog, Tesla, enjoy living in 'climate perfect' Fernwood, surrounded by beautiful nature and some of the best friends a community could offer.
Amber Moreen - Amber Moreen served on the leadership council last year and wishes to continue on the council to, among other things, improve the communication between TEP and the leadership council. She has a doctorate in policy analysis and has worked as the Director of Education for a foundation, in leadership positions in local government, and for a think tank.
Environmental Science Training for Parents
It’s not just for helping out at school – it’s a great orientation for anyone interested in environmental science.
On Tuesday, September 20 at Topanga State Park, 10-12:30pm, there will be a Program Orientation. Learn about environmental education from those in the business. Meet dept. educators while enjoying refreshments and hearing about what we do.
All interested parties welcome. RSVP by Tue Sep 13 to Stephen Vodantis, Education Supervisor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pledge forms have gone out for our traditional fitness fundraiser to be held on Thursday, September 15th. Get your pledges done by Wed. Sept 14th. We will keep track of your laps, and you will then be able to collect pledges and turn them back in to school with your pledge form by September 23rd. Challenge your friends and surprise yourself by finding out how many laps you can do! We have a school wide goal of 4500 laps - that’s only 15 laps a student!
STAR Nova After School Enrichment
Reminder: STAR Nova Session 1 Enrichment Classes enrolling online at http://topangacanyon.starinc.org
Classes include: Art, Eco Station Junior Animal Keeper, Chess, Improv Comedy, RockSTAR and Kinder ROCK, Basketball, Soccer (with Coach Daniel), Minecraft Intro and Gardening. A broad array of topics for every area of interest, with programs aligned to S.T.E.A.M. initiative, overing disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics)
For questions, please call 310-502-7231 or email our site Director, Angela Lopez at email@example.com
Enrollment Open until Sept 9. DETAILED BROCHURES AVAILABLE IN SCHOOL OFFICE & ONLINE.
Topanga Soccer is back in season!
I hope you all enjoyed your summer and are excited for fall soccer at TCC. Our start date will be Tuesday, September 13 and, hopefully, conclude the first week of December.
Please, if you plan on paying by check in person, register online first so I have an idea how many kids are in the program. Please spread the word about the soccer season.
I hope to be hearing from you all soon.
The TCC is hosting its 3rd annual Fiddle and Griddle sleep out under the stars September 3rd at the TCC. Come at 4pm and bring food to throw on the grill (and share), then camp out under the stars with friends and family. It’s an amazing night! Let us know if you’re coming by signing up.
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Have a Wonderful Four Day Weekend,
See You Tuesday,
Mr. Steve Gediman, Principal
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