A message from TOPANGA ELEMENTARY CHARTER SCHOOL
What’s Coming Up?
Fri Feb 24 Reception @ The Topanga Gallery – 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Mon Feb 27 Parent Conference Week Begins – 1:35 pm dismissal all week
Wed Mar 2 The Vocabulary Parade – 8:30 am in the auditorium – 1:35 pm dismissal.
Fri Mar 3 Friday Morning Assembly – 8:00 am - 1:35 pm dismissal.
Traffic Duty for the Week: Ms. Galindo’s Class
Frozen Treat Sales: Ms. Weisberg’s Class
It’s late in the afternoon, but I’m trying to finish writing this edition of the Focus in time to get over to the Topanga Art Gallery and be a part of this afternoon’s reception. I’ve seen our students and teachers working hard on these projects, and it’s always a special treat to see them up on the wall in a real art gallery.
Thank you all for expressing your appreciation for the final Black History presentation this morning. In contrast to the “hot jazz” played by Louis Armstrong and other pioneers of the 1920s, we listened this morning to the “cool” sounds of Lester “Prez” Young’s tenor saxophone – in both an instrumental setting and with his favorite singer, Lady Day (Billie Holiday). Jazz is a rare commodity on the radio these days – and I’m glad so many parents agree that our young people need to be exposed to this vital musical form that constitutes our nation’s greatest gift to the world.
Parent Conference Week
Next week we will be conducting our second parent conference week for this school year. Dismissal for every day will be at 1:35 pm (not just on Tuesday and Thursday as we usually have it) so teachers have time to schedule conferences with all their students’ parents. I encourage you to attend a conference with your child’s teacher this week even if you feel there is nothing you need to discuss with the teacher. Our Topanga teachers have worked closely with your child for over one hundred days, and meeting to discuss your child’s strengths and challenges is an important way to make sure there is a strong connection between home and school.
Because of the short parent conference days, and because it may rain again early next week, we are postponing the scheduled Outdoor Science Lab (hike) for the week after next. We also need another week to clear away a few tree branches that fell on the trail during last week’s storm. Hopefully we can get dry weather and lots of parent volunteers for the week after next so we can get back on the trails.
The School Return Survey
Thank you all for returning the School Experience Survey to school, or for completing it online. Hopefully you aren’t all “surveyed out,” because we sent another survey home this week! This one is just for our school and it’s much shorter – we need to begin estimating what our enrollment numbers will be as we plan for the next school year. Please return the “return” survey to school by Friday, March 3rd, so we can start planning...
A Message from Rosi Dagit from the RCD
We are starting the trapping effort for the introduced bad beetles and have upcoming watering/weeding events for the baby oaks in lower Topanga and building the traps. Both are terrific scout and student projects.
We would love some help collecting the recycled soda bottles!!!!
I hate to buy soda when we really have so many bottles floating around needing to be recycled! Perhaps this could be part of the trash collection effort?
Stay tuned for more information on the beetle trapping project, but in the meantime, save those soda bottles!
See you at the Gallery,
Mr. Steve Gediman, Principal
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