A message from TOPANGA ELEMENTARY CHARTER SCHOOL
What’s Coming Up?
Mon Nov 12 Veterans Day (No School)
Tue Nov 13 Outdoor Science Day – Tapper / Chatham / Tobisman
Tue Nov 13 Leadership Council – 1:45 pm in Room 8
Tue Nov 13 TEP Meeting – 7:00 pm in Room 14
Wed Nov 14 Outdoor Science Day – Welch / Harrell / Galindo / Kort
Thur Nov 15 Outdoor Science Day – Harlow / De La O / Winikoff
Fri Nov 16 Morning Assembly – 8:00 am
Fri Nov 16 Outdoor Science Day – Talan / Santora / Weisberg
Nov 19 – Nov 23 Thanksgiving Week – No School
Mon Nov 26 School Resumes
Traffic Duty for the Week: Ms. Winikoff’s Class
I hope that this late edition of the Friday Focus finds all our Topanga families safe during this very difficult time due to the terrible fires that are raging nearby.
The school district asked me at 6:20 am to send out a message that school would be open today, but by the time I got on campus and saw that we had no power, Topanga Elementary was officially closed. Thanks to the parents who stayed and helped, we were able to quickly get the word out about the school closure without cell phones or the Internet.
I know that mandatory evacuations are now underway in Topanga and everyone is very busy taking care of loved ones, but I’m sending out this edition of the Friday Focus for you to read when you finally get settled. I’m leaving the calendar of coming events the way I wrote it yesterday, but I cannot guarantee right now that school will be open on Tuesday, or that the events we planned will continue. I will send out news when I hear it.
The school district will be sending out alerts, and all Topangans should know about T-CEP:
http://t-cep.org/emergencystatus which gives emergency information for the Topanga area.
When we are back at school, it will be very important to reassure our students that they are safe and to heal the damage created by this traumatic event. It is my fervent hope that we all get through this event safely, and I will facilitate communication as we move forward.
On Monday our nation observes Veterans Day. I hope everyone finds a way to say “thank you” on Monday to those who have served our country.
Once again, I’d like to congratulate all our Student Council candidates who showed courage and kindness during their campaigns. They gave some of the best speeches I’ve ever heard from student candidates. I was proud of all our students who participated in our election this week, and I look forward to working with our new Student Council as we continue to work hard to make Topanga Elementary Charter the best school possible!
The School Experience Survey – Due by December 7th
The School Experience Survey is an annual survey administered at all LAUSD schools. The survey results give each school important insight into what staff, students and parents think about their school's learning environment. Teachers have been giving out the survey forms this week during parent conferences - please submit your responses by Friday, December 7th.
Parents can either fill it out and send it back to school with your child (or drop it off in the office) – or there is an option to fill it out online at
http://achieve.lausd.net/schoolexperiencesurvey using the code provided on the form. Either way, please take the time to complete the survey. Thanks!
One Warm Coat = One Week left for the Lost & Found
Everyone should have one warm coat. But, for the nearly 15% of Americans living in poverty, a warm winter coat is a budget “extra.” Topanga’s Girl Scout Troop 6005 wants to keep our neighbors warm this winter, and if you don’t claim your jacket or coat from the Lost and Found before Friday, November 16th (the day before Thanksgiving break) you will be helping as well! The Scouts will be donating left over coats and jackets from our Lost and Found (plus any more you’d like to donate) to this worthy cause. Thank you for your donation.
Be safe and take care during this difficult time,
Mr. Steve Gediman, Principal
The latest news from Topanga Elementary Charter School and TEP, including the TEP Newsletter and the Friday Focus.