Another Four-Day Week . . . But there is School on Monday!
What’s Coming Up?
Sat Sept. 19 “Heal the Bay” – Topanga Beach Clean-Up – 9:00 am
Sat Sept. 19 “Mega Play Date” – Family Get-Together at the Topanga Community Center (TCC) 4 – 8 pm
Wed. Sept. 23 Unassigned Day – No School
Thur Sept 24 Original Works Art Project Begins
Fri Sept. 25 Morning Assembly – 8:00 a.m.
Fri Sept. 25 Volunteer Training – 9:00 a.m. in Room 8
Traffic Duty for the Week: Ms. Weisberg’s Class
Frozen Treat Sales: Ms. Galindo’s Class
A great big thank you to parents who volunteered, pledged money, and supported Topanga’s Coyote Run yesterday. It was my first experience with this fabled event, and I was pleased to see how well organized it was (thanks to TEP and other parents), and the tremendous effort put forth by our boys and girls. Nature herself cooperated with a nice cool morning in contrast to the heat and humidity we had earlier in the week, and it was a great way to exercise and earn support for our school.
Thanks as well to the parents who came today to supervise some of our first “Field Lab” days for Ms. Bordier, Ms. De La O and Ms. Hoffman’s class. I was able to get out on the trails with all three classes, and it was great experiencing the differences between oak woodlands and grasslands as we navigated the network of trails above our school. Outdoor science is off to a big start at Topanga!
The last of the District’s “unassigned days” for September will be this Wednesday, September 23. After that, we’ll have no more days off until Veterans’ Day (which will also be a Wednesday, but not until November).
Are you staying on campus more than five minutes after dropping off your child? If so, we ask that you come to the office and sign in. For a number of reasons connected with student safety, we must know who is on campus at all times.
Leadership Council: The first meeting of the new school year was held on Tuesday, September 15th at 1:45 pm in Room 8. Bonnie Graves and Dan Ward will both serve their second and final year as parent representatives, and Kayt Jones will continue as the parent alternate.
In rewriting the Charter last year, it was discovered that we should have three parent representatives rather than two (I think in practice only two have been chosen over the years because it was difficult to find three). Amber Moreen, a parent who came to many Leadership meetings last year, has asked if she could be our third parent representative. The Council agreed (since our alternate wants to remain an alternate), but it was decided to let our parents know (through this email) that we will have a special election and vote for the third representative if anyone else would like to self-nominate. If you are interested, please send me an email, call, or come by the office between now and next Friday. Next week I will let everyone know if Ms. Moreen is joining the Council, or if we will have a special election to make that determination.
Topanga Active Sports “Klub”
Rick Denman, a dad at our school, has told us about taking the trails to school instead of driving. Now, he has a message about bicycling:
Do your kids like the great outdoors? Ours would rather be in front of a screen, but will hike or bike without whining when with friends. Topanga is a great place to live, but not for kids to ride bikes or skate. Fortunately, we have 4 great car-free options nearby, 3 near Victory and Canoga in the Valley, and the PCH bike path.
Our town produces champion cyclists. Matt Francis was Junior National Track Champion, and Casey Patterson and Tony Restuccia have both won the 3000 mile "Race Across America". Harry Denman did it at age 73, and last week rode 350 miles in 4 days at 90. This WWII vet says cycling is what got him to this age, even though he didn't start until age 45. All want to inspire the next generation.
Topanga Active Sports Klub, or "Task Force Topanga" is a club, not a class, so NO FEES! We'll need parental help to get started, but if your child really wants to participate and you can't, we will try to accommodate. Our club has extra kid size and adult bikes, tandem bikes, a trail-a-bike, a semi-recumbent (Great if you have a baby), a trailer, rollerblades, helmets, tents and sleeping bags available for outings. One will be a campout on Mt. Pinos, then riding down the McGill trail, a beautiful but beginner level mountain bike ride.
If you are planning a hike, skate, bike ride, camping trip, etc and would like to invite other families, you can post it on Facebook's "Task Force Topanga" page, or on Nextdoor Topanga and mention "Task Force event" in the 1st line.
Our first event will be Thursday, Sept 24th. Bring bikes to morning drop off, they will be locked on bike racks, or to afternoon pick up. We will take up to 9 people and bikes and head for the coast. Unload at Temescal Canyon and PCH, and head onto the bike path for a 3 mile (25min) jaunt to the Gymnastics apparatus playground just past the SM pier. We'll swing, climb, balance, play for 30-45 minutes, then return to Temescal Cyn and school by 5-5:30.
Skaters, skateboarders, runners are welcome if the distance and pace are doable. A fridge in the van will keep your after-ride drink or snack cold. For more info contact Rick at 310-995-2084, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Facebook/Task Force Topanga. Join the page for notifications. Please let friends and neighbors not at TECS know if you think they might be interested.
Let's get off our butts and screens, and get moving!
Topanga Beach Cleanup – “Heal the Bay”:
Community service (along with science and the arts) is very important to our school, and in the past we have been involved with food drives and other causes to help our community. The mother of one of our fifth graders had a great idea to get our fifth graders (and the rest of the school) involved with cleaning up our local watershed. Here is her message:
This year the fifth grade class would like to adopt our neighborhood beach. To do this we need to commit to three cleanup dates throughout the school year. The first date is on September 19; we are piggybacking onto Coastal Cleanup Day.
All volunteers should be at Topanga Beach September 19 at 9 am. The cleanup goes from 9am-12pm. Heal The Bay provides trash bags, gloves, all the equipment, etc. as well as an expert to talk to the volunteers and give information. Carpooling is encouraged.
But, most importantly...
All volunteers--parents and children--need to come with a safety waiver. Go to Heal the Bay.org, under Volunteer and Coastal Cleanup Day 2015, on the right side of the screen under quick links, you will find the Safety Waiver available in English and Spanish.
Coastal Cleanup Day is the first of three dates we have committed to - so Topanga Elementary Charter School can officially say that we have adopted the beach!
Mega Play Date at the TCC
If you’re not too tired after cleaning up the beach, some Topanga parents have organized a “mega play date” on the same day – Saturday, September 19th from 4-8 pm. This is not an event connected to our school, but many of our families may be there. You can bring food to grill and to share, and they are promising games, bouncy houses and fun.
Mr. Steve Gediman, Principal
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