What’s Coming Up?
Mon Nov. 23 School Closed All Week (Nov. 23-27)
Mon Nov. 23 STAR Thanksgiving Camp Begins (though Wed.)
Mon Nov. 30 School Resumes – Welcome Back!
Wed Dec. 02 Revere Night – 6:00 p.m. at Revere MS Auditorium
Fri Dec. 04 Morning Assembly – 8:00 a.m.
Fri Dec. 04 Field Lab Day: Chatham / Welch / Harrell
Traffic Duty for the Week: Mr. Harrell’s Class
Frozen Treat Sales: Ms. Welch’s Class
The infamous Topanga Traffic slowed things down a bit this morning, but the extra time gave me a chance to tell our students how important it is during Thanksgiving week to let those who are close to you (family and friends) know how thankful you are that they’re in your life.
When we see so much poverty and suffering around the world, we understand that we must be grateful for all the things we have. But people are more than just things; we should treasure our relationships with others most of all, because they are our greatest strength. I’m grateful for having found a school community that has been welcoming, thoughtful and, yes, even challenging. I’m thankful to be a part of Topanga Elementary Charter School.
If you haven’t signed up for Thanksgiving Camp, what are you waiting for? Angie from STAR needs to hear from you now!
A team from the District has taken pictures of our school road, and I had hoped there would be a plan ready for me to share with you today, but we’ve hit another snag. Here is an excerpt from an email I received today from a District operations coordinator:
We are making some progress on the repair plan.
However, we are not there yet. The road that needs repair is owned by so many other owners. We legally cannot touch the road without the consent of all other owners. Although I would love to send my paving team now and start repairing the road, we have to do the legal part first that is getting the consent from other owners on the repair. I will have to collect more information to list all the owners to the road and their contacts. I am not sure who would have the magic list.
If you can help me that will be great. Otherwise, I will have my staff start digging this information from the County office.
Send me an email if you think you can help - that magic list may be in my office, but I haven't seen it yet.
A big shout out to Nate Akiva and Sue Greenwood, both of whom have been working tirelessly on this project. It’s certainly been a long haul, but perhaps we’re finally going to see some concrete results.
Talk to the Guy on the Tandem Bike – A Message from Rick
Frustrated by morning traffic? Think outside the Boulevard! Alternatives include:
Try a different route. A mom who lives off Entrada Road now takes the "Crazy Route" to school in 12 minutes instead of 30 on TCB. Who knew you could take Henry Ridge to Greenleaf Cyn, and come out right by school!
Carpool: Plenty of families live near each other, or on the route other school families take, especially from Top o' Topanga, Viewridge, Fernwood, etc. Until this year's increase in traffic, my son's favorite way to school was waiting in front of Froggy's. We never knew which family would stop for us first, but someone always did. Each family carpooling is one less car adding to congestion and air pollution.
Walk all or partway: It's a 30 minute walk from Froggy's. Shortcuts keep you off the boulevard (Except for 100yds) and pass through scenery that you will not believe! If you don't want to walk back, there's always a parent willing to give you a ride to your car. Access direct trails to school at Highvale Trail and Entrada Rd. as well as Greenleaf Cyn, and Old Topanga Cyn. If your morning schedule allows time for a 10-60 minute run or hike, you can get back to your car at least 10 different ways!
Bike ride: We have passed 138 cars between Froggy's and School Road. On family is now joining us, the boy wants to everyday! With interest, we will organize a group ride from Froggy's to the Greenleaf Cyn trail. After drop off, we can transport up to 8 parents, bikes, and kids bikes back to Froggy's, or secure them at our home for future pickup if you prefer. We have other tandems, kids, and adult bikes to lend, and will help fix yours if needed.
So many people going the same place, on the same road, at the same time, and in their own car, is the recipe for the traffic we see each morning. With a little flexibility and imagination, not only can you get your kids to school on time, but share a great time doing so!
For further info, talk to the guy on the tandem bike, or reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether you’re on your bike or curled up with a good book, I wish you and your family a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
See You in a Week,
Mr. Steve Gediman, Principal
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