A message from TOPANGA ELEMENTARY CHARTER SCHOOL
What’s Coming Up?
Fri June 09 Food Truck Friday @ the TCC 4:00 – 8:00 pm
Mon June 12 TEP meeting – 7:00 p.m. off campus (contact Sean O’Connor if interested in attending)
Tue June 27 Last Day on Campus for Office Staff
Thur July 20 Office Staff Returns
Fri Aug 11 Prep and Polish Day
Tue Aug 15 First Day of School
Thank you to all the parent volunteers (there were a lot) who helped make yesterday’s Track and Field Day a success. Big thanks to Michael Heard who put a lot of time and effort into making it more organized than it was previously. The kids had a great time – it didn’t hurt that the weather was cool and overcast so nobody got overheated.
Congratulations to our 5th Grade class on a terrific culmination ceremony! The speeches were great, and they handled the songs with aplomb. We wish them all the best as their adventure continues in middle school... but I know they will all carry Topanga Elementary in their hearts, no matter where they go.
As you can see from the dates listed above, some of us will still be in the office for the next couple of weeks if you have questions or concerns. I won’t be sending out the Friday Focus on a regular basis during the summer, but I’ll try to keep everyone informed of important news and updates.
Still without a yearbook? Order one online!
Congratulations to all students and families of Topanga Elementary on another great school year!
What better way to treasure memories from the 2016-2017 year than with a school yearbook? If you didn't get your yearbook order to us in time for the first printing that's ok - this year you can purchase directly online via the link below:
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If you are interested in helping with next year's yearbook including involving students in its creation please let us know!
Happy summer to all and enjoy the memories ;)
Change is a part of life – but some changes are bittersweet. We can feel happiness because someone we care about is starting a new adventure, but that happiness might be tinged with sadness over losing a valuable member of our Topanga Elementary team.
Jen Hoffman has taught at Topanga Elementary Charter for twelve years. For the last three years, I have had the pleasure of working with her and her first grade students. Most everyone here knows that Ms. Hoffman is a dedicated professional who devotes great amounts of time and energy to her students, but not everyone knows that Ms. Hoffman has two little students of her own back at home.
Now that Ms. Hoffman’s two children are starting school, she’s been torn between her Topanga students and seeing her own children (that’s why she wasn’t here for Track and Field Day – her son was culminating from Kindergarten!) When a first grade teaching position opened up at her children’s school – she was torn between her love of Topanga and the chance to be with her kids at a school that is practically walking distance from her home.
Since this all happened so fast, we could not announce Ms. Hoffman’s move until this afternoon. We have already begun forming a hiring committee to take on the formidable task of replacing Ms. Hoffman – but we plan to work at it all summer if need be. Last summer all our hard work paid off when we hired three excellent new teachers – we plan to again work very hard again to bring a new first grade teacher to our school. We wish Ms. Hoffman a bittersweet farewell, and thank her for all she has done for our school and our students for these last twelve years.
Summer Oak Watering
Our baby oak trees can’t go on summer vacation – they have roots. Since they can’t fetch the water they need themselves, they need our help. Our students have been helping Ms. Benor water the trees every week, but with summer coming, we need volunteers to keep them alive during the hot summer.
If you can help, please follow this link for the Oak Tree Watering schedule. If we can fill every spot, we’ll know that our baby oaks have a fighting chance of surviving the summer heat. Thanks!
Here is the link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d44aeab29aafd0-oaktree
Have a restful, happy summer break!
Mr. Steve Gediman, Principal
The latest news from Topanga Elementary Charter School and TEP, including the TEP Newsletter and the Friday Focus.