A message from TOPANGA ELEMENTARY CHARTER SCHOOL
What’s Coming Up?
Mon. Aug. 14 Pupil Free Day – No School
Tue. Aug. 15 First Day of Instruction
Kindergarten: 8:45 am – 1:35 pm
1st – 5th Grade: 8:00 am – 1:35 pm
New Parent Orientation – 8:45 am @ the outdoor stage
Wed. Aug. 16 Regular Day Schedule (Mon./Wed./Fri)
Kindergarten: 8:15 am – 2:40 pm
1st – 5th Grade: 8:00 am – 2:40 pm
Thurs. Aug 17 Banked Time Schedule (Tue. /Thurs.)
Kindergarten: 8:15 am – 1:35 pm
1st – 5th Grade: 8:00 am – 1:35 pm
Fri. Aug 18 Regular Day Schedule
Morning Assembly – 8:00 am
Campus Clean Up - 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Sat Aug 19 Movie Night (The Lego Batman Movie) – 5:30 pm
Tue Aug 29 Back to School Night - 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Fri Sept 01 Admissions Day – No School
Mon Sept 04 Labor Day – No School
Traffic Duty for the Week: Ms. Winikoff’s Class
It was great seeing so many of our Topanga families who came out for Prep and Polish Day today. TEP did a terrific job setting up tables and making sure everyone who attended got their opening packet, volunteer forms, maps, flyers – and bagels!
Thanks to our parents who helped teachers in their classrooms, cleaned up the campus, and even helped carting boxes of books in and out of rooms. It was good catching up with so many of you and hearing about summer adventures, and it was exciting to see our students get to meet their new teachers.
Speaking of new teachers, this year we welcome Ms. Winikoff to our school, and today she met many of her new first grade students in Room 4. She’s very excited to be starting her teaching career with us, and we’re very happy to have found her.
Monday is a pupil-free day. On Tuesday, we will be ready to welcome all of you to the first day of school on Tuesday, August 15. School begins at 8:00 am for grades 1-5 (their regular start time), but Kindergarten will start at 8:45 for just this day. Kindergarten students will be supervised on the Kindergarten yard (behind the office) while we hold a new parent orientation meeting at the outdoor stage at the lower garden area (in front of Rooms 1 to 4). For the rest of the week, we will be following our regular schedule.
In our bucolic location nestled in the canyon we sometimes forget that we live in Los Angeles – and then we get in our cars. Sadly, traffic on Topanga Canyon Boulevard gets worse every year, and when school starts the problem is especially acute. Please allow extra time to get to school, especially next week for the first week of school. Be mindful of the fact that Topanga School Road (the street that leads to our school) is a two way street – so if there are three lanes of cars going in one direction, no one can move in the other direction. Also, please don’t park on the bridge, which also blocks traffic. Most important of all: slow down, look around, and stay calm. We are modeling patience for our students, as well as being as safe as possible near the school.
TEP is sponsoring a back to school movie night a week from this Saturday on August 19th. The doors open at 5:00 pm and the movie will start at 5:30 pm. If you came to one of our movie nights last year, you know that it’s a great way to socialize with other Topanga families while enjoying a movie on the big screen in the auditorium (not to mention supporting our school by purchasing refreshments which goes toward paying for our school enrichment programs). Hot dogs, grilled cheese, popcorn and snacks will be available, and there’s lots of seating on the auditorium floor – so bring your own blankets and pillows. Feel free to let the kids come in jammies to make the ride home extra easy.
See You Tuesday,
Mr. Steve Gediman, Principal
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