A message from TOPANGA ELEMENTARY CHARTER SCHOOL
What’s Coming Up?
Fri Sept 01 Admissions Day – No School
Mon Sept 04 Labor Day – No School
Tue Sept 05 School Resumes
Fri Sept 08 Morning Assembly – 8:00 am
Fri Sept 08 Volunteer Training – 9:00 am in Room 8
Tue Sept 12 Leadership Council Meeting – 1:45 pm in Room 8
Thur Sept 14 Coyote Run
Traffic Duty for the Week: Ms. Santora’s Class
Thanks to all the families who attended, and the folks who helped me make announcements, at Tuesday’s Back to School Night. I enjoyed hearing the presentations in each of the classrooms, and I could feel the positive energy as we move past the first weeks of school and into September. This was also the week our enrichment schedule began, so our students are now settling into their regular routine.
The 5th Grade wants everyone to know that pizza sales have begun on Wednesdays after school in front of the office.
Leadership Council at Topanga Elementary Charter
Voting for the three parent representatives took place during Back to School Night. We had four candidates on the ballot this time, which means that the three candidates who received the most votes will serve this year as our parent representatives. The fourth will be invited to serve as a parent alternate, and one parent representative who served last year has volunteered to serve as the other parent alternate.
For those of you who didn’t get a chance to see the ballot, here are the names of each new representative along with the short biographical sketch I asked them to write. Congratulations and thanks to all our representatives!
Michelle Butler - My name is Michelle Butler. I am mum to Mia (5th Grade) and Gianna (3rd Grade) and our family has been reaping the amazing community and learning benefits at Topanga Elementary for four years. I hold a BA in Business and have worked in film doing visual effects for ten years. Earlier in another lifetime, I was a ski Instructor and taught horse riding. I am in the process of forging a new career, and in the meantime have been very focused on bringing up my beautiful girls. I am very passionate about learning, being fun and creative, working towards smaller class sizes and great teachers. I’m also focused on sport and art, and want to make this an integrated part of our curriculum, not just a sideline. I would be much honored to represent our community on the Leadership Council. Thank you.
Summer Scott-Sexton - I have a Master’s Degree in Education and teaching credential from Pepperdine University and worked with children and families as a caregiver, preschool teacher, elementary school teacher, and director for the past 16 years. Five years ago I started Topanga Community Preschool where I currently am director. I believe I have the skill set and background to serve our school community through the Leadership Council and ask you for your vote.
As a parent representative who is also a fellow educator, it is my goal to make sure that our children are learning through engaging curriculum that is inspired by their interests. I am committed to serving the children and families in our community, working with TEP and faculty, to continue growing our school into one that is reflective of our creative, free-thinking culture in Topanga.
Jesse Welch - Hi, my name is Jesse Welch. My daughter Zoe is in Mrs. Weisberg's class. I've lived in Topanga for seven years and love the community. I run a local business called Honest Carpet Care and spend most of my time in the canyon. I grew up in Seattle and moved to Los Angeles in 1998. I was drawn to Topanga because of the small town feel and nature. I would like to be part of the leadership council to help Topanga Elementary Charter be the best it can be for our students and parents. My family played an active role in the school system when I was a child. My great grandmother was an educator and continued to read to local children in her small town up until the age of 95. At a very young age I was shown the value of education and how everyone can play a role in making learning fun and accessible to everyone. I recognize how lucky we are to have such a great public school in our community, and want to be part of keeping it the gem that it is.
Andrea Shreeman (alternate) - Hello Everyone, my son Maverick is new to Topanga Elementary and we are thrilled to be among this progressive, beautiful and nurturing community. I work as a director in entertainment, most recently having created a campaign for the Sierra Club’s #SaveTheEPA effort. I’m also in post on a music video about healing from domestic violence. For more about me see: www.PrudentPictures.com or you can catch a glimpse of both work and family here: www.instagram.com/prudentpictures. It would be my honor to serve on the leadership council. I hope to play a meaningful part in advocating for our children’s future.
Amber Moreen (alternate) - Amber Moreen served on the leadership council last year and wishes to continue on the council to, among other things, improve the communication between TEP and the leadership council. She has a doctorate in policy analysis and has worked as the Director of Education for a foundation, in leadership positions in local government, and for a think tank.
First Leadership Meeting
Our newly elected representatives will join me, our teacher representatives and a representative from our classified staff for our first council meeting on Tuesday, September 12 at 1:45 pm. We have a box in the office for suggestions for the leadership agenda, and we will allow five minutes at the beginning of each meeting for public comments.
Leadership will also be deciding on the big play that TETA (the theater arts parent group) produces every year. Do you have a play that you are interested in having performed by our students? Then drop a note to me in the office indicating that you would like to make a short five minute presentation at the next leadership council meeting. We will also be voting on other upcoming events – so come if you are interested.
Hurricane Harvey Help
Our school community is eager to help. Topanga Elementary Charter School has a couple of ways to help the flood victims in Texas:
Monetary Donation - Contribute to our relief efforts in partnership with Sierra Club, the non-profit dedicated to the stewardship of our environment, which is one of the key pillars of our school’s Charter:
Clothing and Supplies - The Houston Independent School District continues to have an immediate need for children’s clothing of all sizes (clean and in good condition), school uniforms, and school supplies. Clothes and supplies can be sent directly to:
2020 Mangum Road
Houston, TX 77092
Feel free to share the above, or donate directly to any of these LAUSD-recommended organizations below, if you prefer:
Houston Independent School District: http://www.houstonisd.org/Page/164281
Greater Houston Community Foundation Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: http://www.ghcf.org
Global Giving Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: http://www.globalgiving.org/harvey
Save the Children: http://www.savethechildren.org
American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey
Check your backpacks for pledge forms for the annual Coyote Run, a chance for all students to enjoy physical fitness while raising critical funds for physical education and all the other donation-funded enrichment programs at our school (arts, science, teacher's aides, etc.).
STAR Nova Classes - Enrollment Open Now!
Session 1 is now accepting registrations. Classes run from 9/11 - 10/27. Brochures went home in backpacks this week.
See complete class descriptions & enroll online at topangacanyon.starinc.org.
For more information, please contact the STAR Director Angela Lopez at 310-502-7231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a Wonderful Four Day Weekend,
See You Tuesday,
Mr. Steve Gediman, Principal
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