What’s Coming Up?
Tue Nov. 17 Leadership Council Meeting – 1:45 am Rm. 8
Wed. Nov. 18 Art Trek Docent Training – 8:15 am
Fri Nov. 20 Morning Assembly – 8:00 a.m.
Fri Nov. 20 Field Lab Day: Saporta / Tapper / Batz (5th)
Wed Dec. 02 Revere Night – 6:00 p.m. at Revere MS Auditorium
Traffic Duty for the Week: Ms. Chatham’s Class
Frozen Treat Sales: Ms. Tapper’s Class
The Book Fair was a rousing success – hats off to Lisa Looney, Sue Greenwood, and all the other hardworking parents who made it all happen. From Pajamarama last week to the private showing for parents today, it all ran smoothly.
Thanks as well to our producer parents who had the onerous task of watching our students audition and then having to narrow the field while preserving everyone’s feelings. Our school has enough talent for an entire Broadway season – so imagine how difficult it must be to choose students for only a single production.
It was a proud moment during our morning assembly when I brought up ALL of our courageous Student Council candidates so that the winners of the election could congratulate the other candidates for a well-run campaign. I was especially touched when our two runners up for president (we had to hold a second run-off vote) reaffirmed their friendship and commitment to work together, even though only one could be the winner. Now that’s the Topanga spirit I like to see!
We Give Back Food Drive
The 5th grade class invites all to donate non-perishable and canned food items from November 16 - 20 for the Westside Food Pantry. The Westside Food Pantry feeds almost 3,000 people and 26,000 meals per month to unemployed local residents, the working poor, the homeless and those living on fixed incomes.
The top five items that are always needed are peanut butter (in plastic jars), canned soup, canned fruit, canned vegetables and tuna. For a more extensive list of items needed, watch for a flyer coming home.
Invite your friends and neighbors to donate to this drive, just in time to help those in need for the holidays.
Last week I mentioned that I had news about upcoming repairs on our Topanga School Road. As many of you know, several years ago LA Unified set aside a large amount of bond money to make extensive repairs on our school road in hopes that the County would take it over and then be obligated to make regular repairs.
After meeting with a representative of our school board member and someone from District Operations, I now understand why the money was never used and then taken back by the District (in April). However, the District wants to compromise – even though the School Road is privately owned by the residents, the District is now pledging to make major repairs to the road. Pictures were taken today by the District paving team, and the District Civil Engineer came to further assess the condition so they can get a better idea of what repairs are needed. They will be presenting their plan next week.
The other part of the compromise was that if the County wanted to begin a road improvement project on their own, the District would recognize that as we have an interest in student safety they would contribute to a County project (they can’t start the project themselves, since the road is not District property). If you are interested in further details, I have documents on file in my office.
Another big surprise was having twelve of our worst benches picked up to be refurbished – all paid for by the District. I’ve been complaining for months about the condition of our yard benches, and it’s nice that someone finally heard.
Sometimes circumstances force parents to bring their children to school before 7:45 am. At that time we have little supervision (usually me and a couple of our aides) so we keep the students together by the office. Please remind your child that they may not go to any of the yards (especially the lower yard) on their own before school. We need to keep them where we can see them.
Also – please remember that when we ask you to sign in and out in the office before entering or leaving our campus, this is not meant as a punishment. Knowing exactly who is on campus at all times is mandated by the District for good reasons – we need to keep your children safe at all times, and in an emergency everyone (even adults) must be accounted for.
We also appreciate your help as we keep the big gate leading to the parking lot locked during school hours. When the gate is open and not watched, anyone can drive onto campus and have access to classrooms without signing in at the office. And you know how we want you to sign in and out . . .
Mr. Steve Gediman, Principal
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