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Science Opportunity for Open School with the Natural History Museum

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Jan 27 (last updated Jan 27)

Maiz Connolly, an Open School parent, is the Community Science Program Coordinator at the Natural History Museum. She is responsible for a big community science project called the SuperProject, that is now recruiting participants for its fourth year.  Some of our teachers have already signed up!

Every year, a section of Los Angeles is chosen for this incredible year-long data crowd-sourcing project, and this year Open School is inside the project area! Participation is 100% free, and the perks from the Museum are truly wonderful, including informative training sessions, invitations to special meet-ups with scientists at local parks, site visits from scientists, and parties with behind-the-scenes tours at the Museum.

This is an opportunity to learn more about the nature and wildlife in our garden and on our campus than we could ever imagine, and to also introduce our students to urban wildlife research and engage them easily in real data collection.

The project is open to anyone who lives inside of the study area, so Open School families are encouraged Open families to join the SuperProject if they live in project study area. The SuperProject begins in March, and the training sessions will be in February and March. 

Click here to Apply to the Natural History Museum SuperProject.

One School, One Book (2019) -- One and Only Ivan

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Jan 23 (last updated Jan 27)

If you have your copy of The One and Only Ivan from last school year and you no longer need it, we will be gifting our set of books to another school on Thursday, Jan. 30. Please send your copy in so it can be a part of the donation. If you would prefer to keep the book, feel free to keep it. 

Donations Needed for Online Auction

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Jan 23 (last updated Jan 23)

Our annual online auction raises funds for our art, music, PE and garden programs.  Please spread the word that we are looking for items of value for the auction: gift cards and gift certificates for restaurants; camps; hair, nail and spa services; specialized lessons and other unique programs. 

This year we are adding auction baskets! If you have new/ unused items of value, such as apparel and fashion; self-care, beauty and spa; family fun; etc. please bring them to your cluster or the front office, so we can create a few valuable baskets to auction off and raise money for Open School!

The auction begins on March 2nd and bidding is open to the general public. Also, bidding on auction items makes for fun, exciting times. So please help us make our auction a fundraising success!

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.  

January 31st Minimum Day

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Jan 23 (last updated Jan 23)

Just a friendly reminder that school will be dismissed at 12:50 p.m. on Friday, January 31st.

 If your child rides the bus, please be at their afternoon stop approximately one hour and forty minutes ahead of time. STAR and Youth Services will be open until 6 p.m.

Valet Sign-Up

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Jan 22 (last updated Jan 23)

Has the valet system at the Breen Gate been helpful?  We'd love to get your support to keep it running smoothly.

If you can lend a hand at the gate so that we don't put the burden on just a few, just come by and speak to either (Ms. Lew) or (Mr. Bozé).

Looking forward to some friendly greeters to start our morning off right!

Reminders / Updates

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Jan 16 (last updated Jan 23)
  • 1/24 - Friends Meeting Recap at 8:30 a.m.
  • 1/28 - Chess Tutors Session #3 Begins
  • 1/30 - Open School Institute (No assembly)
  • 1/31 - Minimum Day - 12:50 p.m. dismissal

Rock Roll & Run - March 14th: Sign Up Today

Submitted by Friends on Jan 16 (last updated Jan 16)

It's that time of year! Join us for an amazing community event and a fun run at the annual ROCK ROLL & RUN, Saturday, March 14th, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., on the LMU campus - rain or shine!

Help support Open School and register here today. 

Not a runner? No problem! You, as well as any family members and friends, can join our team as Virtual Runners for just $10 each, and 100% of these proceeds will be donated back to Open School! Please be sure to select Open Magnet Charter School from the list when prompted. 

For more information, please (email Deedee Li)

After School SQUEAK Computer Programming for Beginners (Gr. 4-5)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Jan 16 (last updated Jan 17)

B.J. Conn (former Blue Cluster Teacher for 34 years) will begin a Squeak computer programming class for Beginners only (without Squeak experience) starting Tuesday, February 4th through March 24th for Grades 4 and 5 only.

Squeak is an open-source authoring tool for children. It is a medium which serves as an electronic paper that holds new ways to represent powerful ideas. Squeak allows children to develop problem solving skills while using their math skills and their creativity to create simulations. In doing so, Squeak inspires them to learn and think deeply and to love math. Students will create computer animations, learn how to use joysticks to control graphics, build machines and invent ones that do whatever their imaginations can conceive.

If you have questions, please contact Ms. Conn.  Click to see informational flyer.

EDUCATORS We Still Have Space-- PLEASE JOIN US for the Open School Institute: Constructivism in Action-- January, 30, 2020

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


Spread the word, we still have space for the Fifteenth Open School Institute: Constructivism in Action on January 30, 2020. Please register by January 21, 2020.

Open School's Institute will take place on Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This one-day conference for educators from across the globe takes place on our campus during the regular school day, offering visiting educators the opportunity to experience and observe learning and teaching processes in an authentic context.  It provides a chance for participants to learn how to integrate constructivist practices into their classrooms and at their schools through a process of focused classroom observation, teacher-led workshops, and panel discussions involving teachers, students, and staff.

Please click the Institute Flyer for more information.

Click to Register for Open School's Institute. If you know of an educator that would enjoy this day of learning, please pass on the information. Registration closes soon and enrollment is limited.