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Submitted by Peggy Lew on Mar 22 (last updated Mar 22)

If you are interested in sparking the young minds of students and having a voice in the educational lives of our students, then RUN FOR GOVERNING COUNCIL for the 2020/21 School Year. 

Please click to download a nomination form. Fill it out and return it by April 15, 2020. All forms are due to Denise Benjamin at

A Welcome Surprise: Square 1 Art is Back!

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Mar 26 (last updated Mar 26)

Here's something wonderful we hope will lift everyone’s spirit!

A few weeks ago, your children created beautiful artwork that can now be printed on hundreds of high-quality, useful products through Square 1 Art.  The company has now streamlined the process to make it 100% online! 

Search for your child's art code for our school's Square 1 Art fundraiser online! 

Simply click on Square 1 Art shopsite, and click on "Find Your Child's Art", and enter your state, school name, and your child's name. Your child's art code will appear. Once you enter your child's art code provided, you may view your child's art, and order products!

Mobile Users: If you are already logged in to your Square 1 Art account, and do not see "Find Your Child's Art", scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click on "view full site". The page will re-load and you will see, "Find Your Child's Art Code".

Need help? (Email Customer Care) or call 888.332.3294 ext.1

The best part? A generous portion of all purchases will be donated back to support all Open School students! 

Coming Soon: Open's ONLINE Spring Book Fair!

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Mar 26 (last updated Mar 26)

Save the Date for Open's ONLINE Spring Book Fair!  

***Open's designated link to shop coming soon***

Shop online from April 13th to 26th and have books delivered directly to your door. Open School will receive 25% of sales.

We thank you for your support!

Celebrating the Wonderful Open School Learning Happening At Home

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Mar 26 (last updated Mar 26)

As we settle into being away from one another, we cannot forget - as Bailey L. reminds us in her poem - that we are all in this together. In these surreal times, our children rely on our ability to truly collaborate on their education, and the parents and teachers in our community couldn't have asked for better collaborators.

Our teachers are sparking some of the ideas and our families are running with them! Our students have undertaken many cool projects offline, in their homes and yards. Some of these projects have been shared by our innovative Open School families this week. 

Here's a look at some things that are happening in our community. Keep up the great ideas and keep sharing them with us!

Click here to see a video message for our students from our dynamic Student Body President Bella R. 

Ms. Wada read the Story "A Tree is Nice" to Silver cluster, which inspired Jake R. to spend some time checking out the trees in his yard. And Paige H. has been doing some gardening at home as well.

Inspired by Ms. Nichole's Georgia O'Keefe lesson, Kyra J.L. drew a flower outdoors and Jesse F. painted a houseplant. 


Combining math with creativity, Elah and Khai followed a recipe to make some edible kinetic sand or more like moon sand. And Sawyer S. made a painting of our planet as she continued learning about and exploring our world in Indigo.

Katherine Elizabeth wrote a story called "The Evil Witch and the Princess" and Bailey L., a budding poet, sought to leave us encouraged with a poem, "Beautiful Words" (pictured above).  And all this, while all students, like Oliver C., got a crash course in attending class on Zoom! 


Support Open School As You Shop!

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Mar 26 (last updated Mar 26)

With school closure impacting our ability to organize large end of year event fundraisers, it will help Open School tremendously to have your support while you shop.  Your generosity inures to the benefit of our children.  Here are a few ways in which you can do this, at no additional cost, when you shop for yourself: will donate a portion of your spending, if you shop via this link and select Friends of The Open School as the non-profit organization you wish to support.  

 If you shop at Ralph's follow these instructions to register and Ralph's will donate a portion of the purchase price you paid to our school!

For more information on how to help Open School when shopping, click here.

Supporting One Another: Remote Learning for 3/26/2020

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 25 (last updated Mar 25)

Dear Open School Families:

So many resources have been shared with you with in a short amount of time, I wanted to make sure you had some of the key ones again.

LAUSD Grab & Go Meals Centers

Grab and Go Food Sites are at the following ESC West Locations from 7am-11am daily. Please note the hours have been extended for food pick up:

Audubon MS, Bernstein HS, Bret Harte Prep MS, Cochran MS, Dorsey HS, Fairfax HS, Marina Del Rey MS, Muir MS, Palms MS, University MS & Washington Prep HS

Free Internet and Wi-Fi Resources for Students:

Spectrum internet is offering free internet for 60 days.

For free wifi call: (844) 488-8395


Story Time on YouTube with Ms. Pam (School Librarian) for Thursday, 3/26/2020:

Augustus and His Smile by Catherine Rayner

After the Fall by Dan Santat


Open School Acceptance Letters for the 2020-2021 School Year

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 25 (last updated Mar 26)

Please pass this message on to any families that you know applied to Open School for the 2020-2021 School Year:

Due to our school closure, please contact us at if you have questions regarding your child's enrollment application or if you have wait list questions. Thank you for your patience, as we usually experience a high volume of questions during this period.  We will try to reply as soon as possible.

Note that the application window has closed for the 2020-21 school year.  The next opportunity to apply will be in the Fall 2020 for the 2021-22 school year.

Thank you!

Why I Served on Governing Council: Anne-Marie Cziko

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 24 (last updated Mar 26)

A productive and supportive school community has to be built and maintained. This requires active and involved parent partners working with admin, staff and faculty. My name is Anne-Marie and I have been working closely with or as a leader of the Site Committee since my sons' arrival at Open in 2016.

Serving on Governing Council allows you understand the governance system of the school and the district, and advocate for student needs from a parent perspective. It also allows your committee to have representation on the Council. If community service is a calling of yours being an Open Governing Council rep is a great way to serve our students and learn how successful and collaborative problem-solving can occur when representation from all stakeholders is valued.

Open School’s Governing Council Needs You! Please seriously consider running for Open School's Governing Council. Click here to print and fill out the nomination form and (email it) to Denise Benjamin by Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

Supporting One Another: Remote Learning for 3/25/2020

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 24 (last updated Mar 24)

Hello Open School Families, 

Switching to online learning has its difficulties, we are learning that, no doubt. It also has its philosophical differences, as well. When we sift through all of this, the one thing we can all most likely agree on is we are all doing our best, given these mountainous circumstances. As we continue to cultivate our loving and supportive Open School community, please read this blog by Brene' Brown that shares both the teacher and parent perspective in these new times.  As we all sort out the kinks, we will surely be patient with one another. 


Here's a fun idea for Wednesday, 3/25/2020:


The art I am suggesting should be enjoyable for all. Everything can be done simply with scrap paper and pencil or you can use supplies you have around the house.

Be creative and have fun! 

This lesson's artist to be inspired by: Georgia O'Keeffe

Watch this video about Georgia O'Keeffe

Nature was the true source of Georgia O'Keeffe's art. Growing up in a small town in Wisconsin she was surrounded by nature. She loved how nature made her feel, calm and intuitive. When she lived in New York City she felt as though everyone was so busy and never stopped to look at the flowers so she started painting them really big and close up and it did get people's attention! “FILL A SPACE IN A BEAUTIFUL WAY” is how she approached her art.


paper, pencil, colored pencil, paint

Take a look at nature, in your yard, from your window or an indoor plant. Look at a plant, leaf, flower, tree up close and draw what you see. Pay attention to detail, like the veins of a leaf or the shape of a  petal of a flower, the shadows, and colors created by the plant. THINK BIG and follow the shapes of the plant.

Does this have to be realistic? No! 

Georgia O'Keeffe is my favorite artist because she truly had her own style. Make your art your own. 
Art is as much about seeing as it is feeling. 

Let's fill our papers in OUR OWN beautiful way!


Extend School Closure: Still Supporting One Another

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 23 (last updated Mar 23)

Hi Open School Families,

By now you know that the school closure has been extended until at least May 1, 2020. The teachers and I are having our third faculty meeting (since the closure) tomorrow morning at 10am to discuss next steps for Open. We are in the midst of rolling out a system that we hope will be feasible for all families. You will hear our plan soon. Please have your child continue to work on the two-week plan that was sent home initially and continue to check all correspondences from your cluster teachers. In the meantime, if you are in need of a school issued device (laptop), please let us know immediately. We are aware that most families have devices, however under these extenuating circumstances, if using a school device would make life a little easier, please reach out, we are here to help.

Please send the email to immediately. We want to have all devices to our students by this Thursday, 3/26.

Here are some fun PE and Art ideas for Tuesday, 3/24 :


Try some of these activities to get your bodies moving.


Parents and students,

The art I am suggesting should be enjoyable for all. Everything can be done simply with scrap paper and pencil or you can use supplies you have around the house.

Be creative and have fun! 

TEXTURE is 1 of 7 elements of art 

our sense of touch or feeling of a piece of art is created by using or making texture with the art piece

Watch this video about texture


the way something feels

sea urchin, hedgehog, pineapple, cactus=SPIKY

clay, chocolate, honey, mud, eggs=GOOEY

metal, ribbon, jewelry, disco ball=SHINY

Take the time to really notice the textures around you. 

The smooth leather of a chair, the coarse grains of the carpet, and the 

fluffy softness of the clouds in the sky all bring feelings.


pencil and paper can add color if you want
Think of or look at an object and how it feels, for example, a rock, is it smooth or bumpy? 
Then draw that rock with the texture you want it to have. If it is smooth it should have long soft lines if it is bumpy it could have short choppy lines.

Texture rubbings

place a paper over an object and rub, with either a pencil or the side of a crayon, back and forth. Floor tile, a piece of wood, the bottom of you sneaker, pineapple skin are all good places to start.


Support One Another- Remote Learning for 3/23/2020

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 22 (last updated Mar 22)

Hello Open School Families,

I hope everyone is well and that you are all taking advantage of this slower pace.

Tomorrow morning, Monday, March 23 @ 11am, Superintendent Beutner will have a press conference on KLCS-TV and online. Please tune in for additional information about the next steps for LAUSD. The teachers, staff and I will be tuned in as well. After these much awaited announcements, we will share additional information that is specific to Open School, as soon as possible.

As for extra-curricular ideas for Monday, 3/23/20, here are some fun musical suggestions from Mr. Cline:​
Music-at-Home by Mr. Cline
Starting this week, Mr. Cline will be adding daily content to his website to engage students and introduce them to important and influential musicians. There will be one musician highlighted over the course of every week. And, each day's post will include at least one song and one video, as well as a daily activity:
Day 1 - A story
Day 2 - Fun facts
Day 3 - A worksheet or other at-home activity
Day 4 - A fun quiz or game
Day 5 - Bonus materials!
This week is "5 Days of Mozart". Bookmark this page and check back each day for new and exciting activities to help your child learn about this incredible childhood composer!

In partnership,


Place A Bid on the Online Auction Before It Ends on Monday!

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Mar 21 (last updated Mar 26)

Check out what's available at Open's Online Auction before it ends on this Monday, March 30th! Mobile users, please use this link

You will find a variety of GIFT CARDS to:

  • Restaurants and eateries
  • Summer camps
  • Hair, nail and spa services
  • Specialized lessons and other unique services

We are still accepting donated items and adding new items daily! Use this auction letter and donation form to donate a listing or solicit a donation from your favorite vendors! Please (email Jamie Shwartz) if you have questions or need assistance.  

Our annual online auction raises funds for our art, music, PE and garden programs.  We value your support! 

Inspiring Learning -- How can you get involved?

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 20 (last updated Mar 22)

Hi Open School Families,

Last night we sent an article celebrating the learning that is happening at home and connecting back to school. Here is one more home-school connection that is a testament to the curiosity of children and the beauty of Open School.

Need some hand sanitizer? Amiyah (Orange) and Ariyana A. (Silver) will show you how. Click here to learn.


If you are interested in sparking the young minds of students and having a voice in the educational lives of our students then RUN FOR GOVERNING COUNCIL for the 2020/21 School Year. Please click here to download a nomination form. Fill it out and return it by April 15, 2020. All forms are due to Denise Benjamin at

Reminders / Updates

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Mar 20 (last updated Mar 26)
  • Tommorow 3/27 - Teachers Online Learning Professional Development Day.
  • 3/30 - 4/2 - School hours are 8:05 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.  After 12:50 p.m. Teachers will be in professional development sessions. 
  • 3/30 - Online Auction Ends (Place a Bid here!)
  • 4/1 - Governing Council Executive Board Meeting (Forum TBD)
  • 4/3 - NO SCHOOL - Cesar Chavez Day
  • 4/6 - 4/10 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break 
  • 4/15 - Governing Council Nomination Forms due ( (Email) form to Denise Benjamin)
  • 4/13-26 - Open School's ONLINE Spring Book Fair


Please note: From 4/13 until school closure ends, teachers will have professional development sessions every Tuesday from approximately 10 a.m to 11:30 a.m. 

Due to the school closure, the following events have been postponed or cancelled: 

  • 3/27 - Chuck E. Cheese Dine Out Fundraiser - Cancelled

Supporting One Another: Remote Learning for 3/20/2020

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 19 (last updated Mar 22)

Fun suggestions for Friday, 3/20/2020:


Parents and kids alike, take some time out to enjoy some partner yoga with a family member. 

Yoga for Kids and Partner Yoga Workout


Parents and students,

The art I am suggesting should be enjoyable for all. Everything can be done simply with scrap paper and pencil or you can use supplies you have around the house.

Be creative and have fun! 

THE COLOR WHEEL: Watch this video about the color wheel

We have talked a lot about the color wheel at school so you probably remember this.
Primary Colors: Colors at their basic essence; those colors that cannot be created by mixing others. 
Secondary Colors: Those colors created by a mixture of two primaries.
Complementary Colors: Those colors located opposite each other on a color wheel.
Warm colors: RED, ORANGE, YELLOW
Cool colors: GREEN, BLUE, PURPLE

PROJECT 1: Collect things around your house that represent the six (R,O,Y,G,B,P) colors of a basic color wheel and arrange them in a circle. Toys, clothing, cups, blankets for example.


Let's combine our One School One Book The Lemonade War and art. Think of flavors for the six (R,O,Y,G,B,P) colors of a basic color wheel to add to the lemonade. Like strawberry or cherry for red, pineapple for yellow maybe something weird like broccoli for green!

Draw a glass with a lemon slice and the new ingredient then color the glass with crayon and or marker then arrange the glasses in a color wheel/circle.

Examples of famous paintings: 

In partnership,


Online Auction Extended to March 30!

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Mar 19 (last updated Mar 19)

Hello to everyone! 

We know that this has been a trying time for everyone, but the auction marches on. We have decided to extend the auction until March 30th.

Please continue to check often and bid, bid, bid! Open School needs your help, so please bid high and often! 

New Items Added!

We're adding new items to our auction as quickly as we receive them. Great new items are up for bid.

Check out all the auction excitement!

~ Friends of the Open School

Supporting One Another: Remote Learning for 3/19/2020

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 18 (last updated Mar 18)

Hello Open School Families,

Thank you so much for all of the positive feedback. So many families have found ways to let us know their family's particular experiences, both joys and trials with this two-week time away from school. No matter the experience, we have a strong partnership, patience and gratitude to get us through. 

Obviously, we are all glued to the news and interested in how this whole pandemic and altered daily routine will unfold. Only time will tell. As for now, we are committed to our initial plan of sending two weeks worth of work home for our students, with a combination of paper packets and online learning. With our commitment to supporting families with learning-at-home, we will communicate through regular emails and other forms of communication. 

For now, this is our plan. However, our plan is flexible and fluid, as is life during this pandemic. Should the need arise for a plan that extends longer than two weeks, we will share with you our school-wide roll out of any new additions to what we are currently doing. We thank you immensely for standing in our place during this crisis and we do not take your efforts for granted. 

Grab and Go Food Sites are at the following ESC West Locations from 7am-10am daily:

Audubon MS
Bernstein HS
Bret Harte Prep MS
Cochran MS
Dorsey HS
Fairfax HS
Marina Del Rey MS
Muir MS
Palms MS
University MS
Washington Prep HS

Here are a few extra-curricular ideas for Thursday, March 19, 2020:

Music-at-Home by Mr. Cline:
Mr. Cline has been working to create and compile some very exciting resources for continued music learning in the home.Right now, the best way to tap into resources already available is to visit his website:
Feel free to browse the site and find some fun musical inspiration (such as recordings and videos), music exercises for practice, how-to's and recommendations for getting better set up for music learning at home, and more.
In particular, you will see pages on how to continue two of the main music activities students have begun in the classroom this year: Music Karate (3rd-5th grades) and One Pitch at a Time (K-2nd grades). 

He is also in the process of compiling one single resource page with at-home music learning resources for all Open School students. You are encouraged to bookmark this link and check back daily for more engaging resources.

Garden Activities by Mismak:

Click here for some fun indoor garden activities. You might even want to do them outside. Happy Gardening!

In partnership,


Supporting One Another: Remote Learning for 3/18/2020

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 17 (last updated Mar 17)

Dear Open School Families,

Kudos on a second day of school-at-home. We all know how challenging all of this is and we are facing it with grace. Please be aware, our teachers are currently available via email to answer any of your concerns. We will all make sure to get back to each of you in a timely manner. As time progresses, we will keep you updated as to additional forms of communication that we might implement.

We know that many families have shared that the work can be overwhelming.  The home-school communication is not meant to put more on your plate. Rather, we want to give you resources to support this new learning experience. Please know, if it’s too overwhelming, we are only giving meaningful suggestions. Again, what we share is not meant to cause undue stress, rather to communicate some ideas.  Please do what works for your child and your family’s schedule. As we give suggestions, please know reading, writing, and math are the basic requirements. We understand that every family situation is unique and we are here to support you.

If you have individual needs or concerns, please do not hesitate to email.

Ideas to Incorporate – March 18, 2020

Calendar of writing prompts for the month of March

Do you want your child to write, but they don’t know what to write about?

Here is a calendar of writing ideas, topics and questions. Click here and possibly print or save this so that you have a different writing prompt daily.

Also, please remember that the Grab and Go Food Centers will open tomorrow morning. They will be open M-F, 7am-10am. All children ages 1-18 can pick up two meals per day. Log onto LAUSD for more info.


In partnership,


Extended Home Learning

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Mar 16 (last updated Mar 16)

Dear Red Cluster Parents and Families,

On Friday we sent a folder of work for your child to complete while at home. We know that this can be an uncertain and stressful time and we hope to support your child’s at home learning as best as we can by providing helpful resources and tools for your family to use.

Writing: Please encourage your child to practice writing each day. We have listed a few ideas below on how your child can use the writing journal we sent home.

Respond to one writing prompt/day:

1.  Write about what it would be like if you had an alligator as a pet.

  • What do you want to be when you grow up and why?
  • If you could have any super power what would you want it to be and why?
  • Write about a favorite memory.
  • You are a mad scientist and have invented a new vegetable. What is it called? What does it look like? What does it taste like? Most importantly:Is it safe to eat?
  • What is your favorite season and why?
  • If you could meet any fictional character from a book who would it be?
  • If you could be any animal, which one would you be and why?
  • Write a story using these three words: detective, piano, and pizza.
  • Write about 5 things you can do that are important for you to stay healthy and safe.
  • What are you grateful for today and why?

2.  Make a delicious dish and write a How-To book that will teach others how to make it too!

3.  Write a letter to your friends and/or teachers to tell about your time away from school. If your child chooses to write us a letter, please email the letter to us and we will be sure to write back! J

4.  Create a nature journal! Go on a nature walk in your neighborhood (or explore your backyard) and draw pictures of some of the plants and animals you see. Label the parts and write down your observations.

Math:  Please have your child work in his/her math packet daily. In class, we require children to finish two pages each day in this rotation, but you can certainly modify this based on your own home schedules. We have included your child’s next math packet in case they finish the one they are currently working on. Children can also continue to practice counting by using their “Counting Collections Journal”. Please have your child count a collection of items at home, such as beans, buttons, pasta shells, pennies etc. In class, we practice different ways to count (for example, by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s) and illustrate how we counted on our papers. Children can choose their own strategies for counting and show their thinking on each page of the Counting Collections Journal. In addition, they can also work on ST Math.

Reading:  There are several ways your child can get in their reading time! Reading for fun, reading The Lemonade War, and Lexia are a few options for your child to choose from. Children can read independently, read to others, and listen to books as well. In addition, your child can read and listen to books on EPIC. We have used EPIC in the classroom so your child will already be familiar with the format.

To log into EPIC:

Go to
Log in with our class code: tls5383
Select your child’s name and happy reading!

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems!

Everyday at 1:00 PM EST, Mo Willems (author of the Elephant and Piggy book series) will be doing a “Lunch Doodle”. Children can tune in to watch and learn how to “draw, doodle, and explore new ways of writing” with Mo Willems himself! The video will be saved on the site for families to watch later. Here is the link:


We hope this information is helpful! Please reach out if you have any other questions or concerns and continue to check your email for further communication.

In partnership,

Joey and Stacy

Red Cluster Update

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Mar 16 (last updated Mar 16)

Hello Red Cluster Families,

LAUSD has just announced that school will be closed for two weeks starting Monday, March 16, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of this announcement, your child will bring home materials to continue their learning.  We are sending home several items.  We have included math work in their math folders, a Counting Collections journal, writing paper to use as a writing journal,  2 weeks of spelling lists/packets, and a Lemonade War packet. Of course, online resources such as ST Math and Lexia are encouraged. We do not expect for all of these activities to be completed, but we would like each student to complete their spelling packets, make progress in their math packets, complete the additional math activities we have sent home, and write one journal entry each day.

There are several websites that are also giving free subscriptions in response to school closures.  We have included a link to a science lesson called " Why don't trees blow down in the wind?" that ties into our animal adaptations and Biomimicry science unit.

You may also go to, a site with educational videos for our grade level span.  If you are looking for more resources you can check:

Please check your e-mail communication during this school closure.  Thank you for your patience as we get through these unchartered waters together.  If you have any questions, please reach out to us.  We are here for you and your children.

In partnership,

Joey and Stacy

Supporting One Another: Remote Learning for 3/17/2020

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 16 (last updated Mar 22)

Hello Open School Families,

How was Day 1? It was weird not having everyone at school today! I hope that you all are staying safe and in positive spirits. Our teachers and the whole Open School Crew are here for you, so just reach out if you need anything.

LAUSD has set up 60 Grab and Go Food Centers, opening Wednesday, March 18th. Together with the Red Cross, the 60 Food Centers will be open in all of our communities. The centers will be open weekdays from 7am-10am, and each child ages 1-18, may take home two nutritious meals. Locations of the centers can be found here. 

The locations set up for Local District West are:

  • Audubon Middle School 
  • Bernstein High School
  • Bret Harte Middle School
  • Dorsey High School
  • Fairfax High School
  • John Muir Middle School 
  • Johnnie Cochran Middle School
  • Marina Del Rey Middle School
  • Palms Middle School
  • University High School
  • Washington Preparatory High School

As promised, here are some activities for your children to try at home. These are some suggestions for Tuesday (3/17):

Yoga at Home by Coach Jolyene

Check out some fun St. Patrick's Day Yoga 

Online Opportunity Through The Kennedy Center
Every day at 1 EST Mo Willems, an American writer, animator, voice actor, and creator of children's books is doing a doodle with him video.   Click here to doodle with Mo Willems 


Parents and students, 

The art I am suggesting should be enjoyable for all. Everything can be done simply with scrap paper and pencil or you can use supplies you have around the house. Be creative and have fun!

This lesson's artist to be inspired by Jacob Lawrence

Watch this video about Jacob Lawrence

At a young age Jacob Lawrence became interested in art and the world around him. He liked to tell stories with his art, historical stories and everyday life stories. Jacob's first artworks were of the colorful patterns around his family's apartment. He loved to watch all the action in his busy Harlem neighborhood. He decided to paint scenes and tell stories of his neighborhood on cardboard boxes. 

Let's see if we can do the same. We live in the exciting neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Let’s draw and color our stories! Choose project 1 or 2, maybe try both.


paper and pencil, crayon, marker or paint

Look around your home, what do you see? Color, Pattern? Look at the fabrics on your curtains, blankets, beds, pillows. Look at wall/floor tile, hardwood floor, carpet. Look at books on a shelf, posters on the wall. I bet you see many patterns and many colors. Now choose 1 to draw & color, pay attention to rhythm, repetition, and symmetry.


cardboard, pencil, crayons, markers or paint

Look outside one of your windows and enjoy the scenery. Is it a bustling street, or a quiet front yard, animals? Trees? People? Cars? Airplanes?  Cut open a cardboard box so you have 3 sides to draw on. Now draw or paint what you see.

Happy Learning!

Supporting One Another: Our First Day of Remote Learning

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 15 (last updated Mar 16)

Hello Open School Families,

As you already know, Open School and all other LAUSD schools will be closed for two weeks beginning tomorrow, March 16, 2020. Although our doors are physically closed, our hearts and love for our community are forever open. We will continue to work remotely every day to support all of our Open School families. In light of being supportive, LAUSD is also opening eight Family Resource Centers in Local District West beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Once I have the official locations of these centers I will share them with you. 

Every cluster has provided learning materials for their students. Please help your child(ren) stay on top of a regular learning schedule. Throughout the weeks, the teachers and I will send regular correspondences about different activities that you can incorporate into your child’s “school” day. We understand that planning your child’s full day of learning, might be new for many parents, and we are here to help. Grab what you need, leave what you don't, share with a friend. No need to do it all alone. Let’s band together, during this time that we are isolated.

Just as an informative guideline to help you plan your child’s learning day, below is a sample schedule of what your homeschool day might look like:

Reading (45 minutes)

Writing (45 minutes)

Lexia (20 minutes)

Math (45 minutes)

ST Math (20 minutes)

Obviously, this is a rough guideline for which the bulk of the school day is spent doing math, reading and writing. Please feel free to adjusted or break into smaller chunks depending on family schedule, age, grade, and other factors. 

Our school day also incorporates many enrichment opportunities into the daily routine. Please consider having your at-home regimen include, science, social studies, art, music, gardening and PE. I will send home examples of different enrichment activities that your kids can do.

Monday’s (3/16) examples:

 Go Noodle – Below are examples of a few family physical fitness activities that can be done:

Poppin' Bubbles,  Clap Stomp Jump,  Spread Love,  123 Shake  Like to Move It

In the area of life science, the Aquarium of the Pacific is offering online learning from webcams to YouTube videos.

Also, PBS SoCal has partnered with LAUSD for educational programing on PBS SoCal, KLCS and KCET during the school closure. Use the links above to see what your child can learn this week on PBS kids. 

In partnership,