What’s Coming Up?
Mon. Aug. 24 TEP Meeting – 7:00 p.m. on campus (all are welcome)
Fri. Aug 28 Morning Assembly – 8:00 am
Fri. Aug 28 Volunteer Training – 9:00 am in Room 8
Fri. Aug 28 Opening Packet and Comfort Bags Due
Traffic Duty for the Week: Ms. Chatham’s Class
Frozen Treat Sales: Ms. Tapper’s Class (Begins next week)
We had a great turn out at our first Friday Assembly of the school year. If you couldn’t make it or are new to our school, you’ll have another chance next week. Every Friday we have our outdoor assembly in front of the office at 8:00 am (the Kindergarteners line up with the other students at 8:00 rather than meeting in the morning on the Kinder yard). Today it was mostly just me giving reminders (traffic safety – and the importance of labeling jackets, sweaters and lunchboxes), but throughout the year we’ll have student presentations, live music, theater, and every sort of announcement under the sun. You won’t want to miss it.
Frozen treats (fruit based) will be sold after school next week on Tuesday and Thursday, and the Fifth grade will begin raising money next week after school on Wednesday with pizza and organic produce.
If you missed my important reminders this morning, or you’d like a recap of my Friday Focus beginning of the year tips from last year, here they are:
Traffic & Parking: Thanks in advance to parents who have signed up or will sign up to help with traffic enforcement. I’ve been observing and helping with the morning drop off and dismissal pick up, and I’ll want to work with the community and the police to improve our system to make it safer and more efficient for everyone. Here are a few ways we can all help:
Attendance and Tardies: The traffic challenges facing Topanga parents are certainly daunting, and that’s why we appreciate so many of you are arriving early enough to begin school on time (8:00 for grades 1-5, 8:15 for Kinder). For the first two days we left the gates open a little late, but now students will have to come to the office for a tardy slip if arriving late. Most of you have been very good about being here on time, and our attendance for this all-important first week was impressive as well. Let’s keep it up!
Back to School Night: Topanga Elementary will be having our Back to School Night one week from Tuesday: September 1st from 6:00 –7:30 p.m. This event is for adults only so that your child’s teacher can best describe expectations and goals for the school year. Next week we will be sending you more details about this event – and I know we will have an excellent turn out for this important night.
Health Advisory: Even though we are starting our second week of school, there’s still plenty of summer sun to go around. During my Good Character assembly on Wednesday, I reminded our students that it is especially important on hot days to drink plenty of water and stay out of the sun if they feel overheated. I also recommend using sunscreen daily (studies have shown that too much exposure to the sun early in life leads to heath issues later), and students are encouraged to wear hats and sunglasses on the yard during outdoor activities for further protection.
Once again, I thank you all for a fantastic first week, and best wishes for a successful school year.
Mr. Steve Gediman, Principal
The latest news from Topanga Elementary Charter School and TEP, including the TEP Newsletter and the Friday Focus.