A message from TOPANGA ELEMENTARY CHARTER SCHOOL
What’s Coming Up?
Tue Sept 27 - Picture Day: Kinder/1st
Wed Sept 28 - Picture Day: 2nd/3rd
Thurs Sept 29 - Picture Day: 4th/5th
Thurs Sept 29 - Orchestra Classes Begin (after school – Rms 21 & 22)
Fri Sept 30 - Morning Assembly – 8:00 a.m.
Mon Oct 03 - Unassigned Day (No School)
Traffic Duty for the Week: Ms. De La O’s Class
Frozen Treat Sales: Ms. Galindo’s Class
This morning I told our families how pleased I was now that we have completed our first week of science hikes for the new school year. Our network of trails above our campus is a precious resource that we have been trusted with – let’s use them to educate our young about the wonders of nature and our responsibility to protect what we can.
Attendance Matters: Topanga Elementary students are tops in the District in so many ways – but attendance is our Achilles’ Heel. We need to work even harder this year to raise our attendance rate – and that includes tardies and leaving school early. If you are getting your child out of school ten minutes early, it counts as a tardy just like coming to school ten minutes late (you just won’t get the automated phone call from the District). Three tardies or early outs is equal to one absence, and the District considers that serious if a student has more than seven absences in one year. As much as possible, please try to take advantage of our many holidays and unassigned days (like a week from this coming Monday . . . )
Facilities Update: We may finally get our auditorium bathrooms back after years of waiting – the plumbers found a section of collapsed pipe under the asphalt on the upper yard, and hopefully we will get that repaired this weekend.
This has been the worst year for ants anyone in the Canyon can remember (they’ve invaded my house in Woodland Hills as well). Unfortunately, many lunches have been invaded, but our teachers are trying to find ways to keep the lunches away from the ants.
One solution that has been suggested to me (keeping the lunches in the rooms) would contribute to attracting other creatures into our classrooms. The District Maintenance and Operations have been working closely with us to clean rooms and patch holes, reinforce doors, and do anything it takes to keep our rooms free of pests. It’s a challenge, given our location in the wild and the fact that the District will not use poison bait or traps (which is a good thing), but the District has really stepped up its support in the last week, and we can see the results.
While we often have plumbing issues here at TECS, they are almost always sewage issues. Occasionally plumbers have had to turn off the water and air gets in the lines so the water looks white, but the water has been retested at Topanga and we have been told that the levels of lead here are below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s and the District’s thresholds for lead in drinking water (the letter is on display in the main office). Students are always welcome to bring water bottles, of course (but not glass, please), but hopefully folks will worry less about our drinking water now that we have been given this information.
Boo Grams Are Coming!
Get out the list of those you want to scare! We are going to start taking your orders for scary, spooky Halloween creepy crawlies for your friends and teachers. Your special Boo Grams will be sent creeping to those you chose on Friday, October 28th. Please put in your request for boo grams at the Spirit Booth on campus. Let those people who really freak you out know you are thinking of them! (insert crazy laugh).
Mr. Steve Gediman, Principal
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