What’s Coming Up?
Mon Aug 20 TEP Meeting – 7:00 pm in Rm 14
Tue Aug 21 Topanga Talking Stick - Topanga Library Meeting Room - 5:00-7:00 pm
Fri. Aug 24 Morning Assembly – 8:00 am
Fri. Aug 24 Opening Packet and Comfort Bags Due
Fri. Aug 24 Volunteer Training – 9:00 am in Room 14
Fri Aug 24 Food Truck Friday @ The TCC 4-8 pm
Tue Aug 28 Back to School Night 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Tue Aug 28 Voting for Leadership Council Parent Representatives
Fri Aug 31 Admissions Day – No School
Mon Sept 3 Labor Day – No School
It was good to see so many parents join us for our first Friday morning assembly. As a reminder to our new Kinder parents – on Fridays all the classes (including Kindergarten) gather in the quad area in front of the main office. In addition to important announcements, we also often have students speaking and/or performing, so if you can stay late on Friday, you are welcome to join us at the end of every week for our morning assembly.
Stefanie Becker introduced herself at the assembly as the new president of TEP, our parent booster club. She announced that there will be a TEP meeting on Monday, August 20th at 7:00 pm. The first hour of the meeting will be devoted to VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) and there are two openings on the nine member voting board. If you are interested in one of the positions, email Stefanie at email@example.com to get on the ballot, then come to the meeting Monday night.
Traffic was much as we’ve come to expect on the first week – but I certainly appreciate parent volunteers who help me to remind drivers to keep moving through our pick up and drop off circle. Patience is a virtue for those waiting in line for pick up or drop off, and always let children out using the door facing the sidewalk, not the street. Several times the traffic leaving our school has been stalled because the traffic light sensor doesn’t know people are waiting. I’ve been told that moving slightly forward (or even pushing the crossing button) might speed up the process, but I’m not sure.
I’ve also been told that folks are still parking on the bridge down at the bottom of the street, which can create a hazard as parents drive up and down our School Road.
We close the big gate early in the morning so that we can secure our school. While we have allowed parking on the lower playground until 9:45 am, we cannot leave the gate open that late anymore. If you need to leave campus late and are still parked inside the gate, you can ask in the office and we’ll open it.
Want to add money to your child’s cafeteria account without the hassle of handing cash to Tammy (our cafeteria manager)? Use LAUSD’s “My Payments Plus” at https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/default.aspx
Leadership Council at Topanga Elementary Charter
The Leadership Council is the decision-making body at Topanga Elementary. As outlined in our charter, the council is composed of ten representatives: five teachers, three parents, one classified staff member and one administrator. The parent representatives are elected for a two year term, and this is the year we will elect three new parent representatives.
Interested? Contact me via email, phone – or just come by the office (but let me know by Friday, August 24th so I can put this together in time). Before Back to School Night, I will put a ballot together with all the candidates’ names, and I would like the candidates to also give me a short paragraph to go with their name on the ballot.
The voting will be here on campus. The election will be by secret ballot, with ballots distributed, one per family, at our Back-to-School Night in a manner to assure that each family that is entitled to vote will receive a ballot. Ballots will be counted by two Leadership Council members and me and will be available for review until the next election.
If you want to be involved in Leadership but would rather not commit to being a parent representative, you can join a leadership committee. You don’t need to be voted in – just show up on Committee Meeting Tuesdays, which are always the week before Leadership Meeting Tuesdays. These dates can be found in the Opening Packet.
Topanga Community Club's FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY!
Come to the TCC on Friday, August 24th for Food Truck Friday!
What better way to enjoy our canyon than coming to the TCC, laying out or playing on the field and having a food truck serve you delicious, gourmet cuisine!
So bring a blanket, some adult beverages, and your loved ones and have an amazing time, while supporting your local school! Spread the word. This is a community event so invite the community!
Have a great weekend,
Mr. Steve Gediman, Principal
The latest news from Topanga Elementary Charter School and TEP, including the TEP Newsletter and the Friday Focus.