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May 13th: Friends of Open Meeting

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on May 6 (last updated May 6)

Join us on May 13th 2021 at 7 p.m. via Zoom for Friends' May meeting. It is the last Friends meeting of the 2020-21 school year. 

Use this direct link or Meeting ID: 862 6386 4491 and Passcode: friends to attend. 

COVID-19 Testing- Today was a Good Day!

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on May 6 (last updated May 6)

Success! We were able to get all of our cohorts of students and all staff tested today. All AM and PM cohorts were tested. So grateful for the flexibility of our teachers and aides who continuously had to pivot and change directions based on the needs to the whole school to get this task complete.

I also would like to thank all of our parents and guardians that in a second's notice, sent in consent forms or came to the office to fill out the forms to make sure that our kids could get tested today.

Today was a good day at Open School and was a testament to all that we are as a community. 

Gratitude for Your Participation in Book Drive

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on May 6 (last updated May 6)

A few months ago, our Open School community, donated books for a book drive organized by Caleb A. (Blue) and his family. We have received this message of gratitude from them:

Dear Open families,

Our heartfelt thank you to all of you for helping us make our book drive a success!  We just shipped out over a thousand books to the wonderful elementary school students at Namasimba Primary School  in Malawi! 

We still have more books that we plan to use for next school year’s drive. 

Special thank you also goes out to Charla Austin- Harris (parent in Blue Cluster) who has been so supportive! We are grateful for your very generous contribution! 

Caleb and Family

Well done Open School! 

After School Fun: Around the World in 30 Minutes

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on May 6 (last updated May 6)

Let's go on a (virtual) trip!

On Wednesday, May 12th, join your friends on a trip around the globe on Google Earth. We'll follow mystery coordinates to amazing places where we'll find some fun.

We will explore from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Zoom. To join, enter through Schoology and click on the After School Fun course.

Happy travels! 

Sign Up for Swim Lessons at the YMCA

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on May 5 (last updated May 5)

Nobody teaches more Angelenos to swim than the YMCA! And with summer coming, there’s never been a better time to learn to swim! The Y's swim program has been modified with added health and safety measures to help ensure the safety of your students and parents.  

Classes begin the week of May 10th. (Email the Aquatics Department) or visit their website to learn more and sign up. 

A Decision about the Play Structure

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on May 5 (last updated May 5)

Open School works as a very collaborative team, and our Reimagine Team has worked tirelessly over this past year to chart a path for our virtual learning program, as well as our current hybrid program. As a team of teachers, parents and aides that meets weekly, we were tasked with figuring out if opening the play structures at Open School would be feasible this school year. As a collective team, we decided the following:

  • Safety and cleanliness are our top priorities as we navigate reopening Open School 
  • The play structure on the Green Cluster yard will be open for one Green Cluster cohort per day
  • The play structure on the main yard will not be reopened this school year

Although we are just as excited for our kids to get back to play with some sense of normalcy, we do not have the personnel needed to clean and sanitize the play structure between every cohort of children that uses it. Our terrific, two-person, daytime custodial crew is busy sanitizing bathrooms hourly, lunch areas frequently and classrooms between cohorts. 

We also would need more yard supervisors to make sure that play was happening on the apparatus in the safest way possible, which at this time we do not have. At this time we cannot open the play structure on the main yard in a safe way. Therefore, we will not do so. All children may still play other games during play time or hang out with their friends. I appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we navigate this difficult decision. 

In partnership,


Open Expressions Variety Show - May 15

Submitted by Ann Kaatz on May 5 (last updated May 5)

Get your ticket to the hottest show on the Internet - Open Expressions Variety Show: Virtual Edition!

Saturday, May 15 at 11:00 a.m.

You will see amazing magic and science tricks, awe-inspiring sports routines, incredible singing and dancing, hilarious comedians, as well as a wide variety of musical instruments played with passion and style!

The virtual show is free to attend - please reserve a ticket to receive the link to the show. We also have a suggested donation and sponsorship levels available. 100% of the money raised will go directly to The Friends of the Open School to support our wonderful school. We appreciate your support for our students.

Reserve Your Ticket Here

Last and Final Call for Open School Music Class Projects!

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on May 5 (last updated May 5)

So far, we have received many great submissions for the Music Class Projects. But, we are still a distance away from 100% participation across the school. As such, we are extending the deadline one last and final time.

If you haven't already submitted a video for your child, please download this flyer with the latest project details or visit the Open Music website for instructions on how to record and submit a video of your child singing their cluster's song.

If you have already submitted your child's video, please spread the word such that we can have most, if not all, of the school involved!

The absolutely final date video submissions will be accepted for all clusters will be Monday, May 10th. Due to time restraints, we will close the possibility for submissions after this date.

Please (email Mr. Cline) with any questions or if you have difficulty uploading your videos.

Every Monday Follows a Shortened Schedule

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 29 (last updated Apr 29)

Schedule for ALL Mondays
Just a friendly reminder that we have a shortened schedule on Mondays. Please be on time for pick up as gates close promptly.

AM Cohort (30 minute earlier dismissal)
8:00 - 10:30 a.m. for Green, Silver, Red, and Orange
8:15 - 10:45 a.m. for Indigo, Yellow, Blue, and Purple
PM Cohort (30 minute earlier arrival)
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for Green, Silver, Red, and Orange
11:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. for Indigo, Yellow, Blue, and Purple 

Information from STAR

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Apr 29 (last updated Apr 29)

Dear STAR Families,

Thank you for choosing STAR for your childcare needs. We are working closely with all families to ensure that our program is safe and supports the academic needs of the classroom.

Your children are logging into the enrichment classes for Open School (art, garden, music, PE & Library) via Zoom Wednesdays - Fridays. In order to log in they MUST have their fully charged device with them. Please make sure your child brings their device to school everyday so that they can access all of their educational options.

STAR contact information:

Open School STAR Director: Christian Gonzalez


Phone Number: 310-678-6235

Update - No State Testing for LAUSD Students (only Gr. 11)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 28 (last updated Apr 28)

LAUSD will not be administering state testing for this school year, with the exception of Grade 11.

We will be giving district performance tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics. These will be used to guide instruction and give us information on allocation of resources. More information about these district assessments will be provided by your teachers.

ENDS TOMORROW: Early Bird Discount on Ad Space in our Open Thoughts Anthology Book

Submitted by Friends on Apr 26 (last updated May 6)

There is only ONE DAY LEFT to enjoy the early bird prices for Open Thoughts Anthology tribute and dedication ads. 

Prices this year are lower than ever before, PLUS Early Bird Discount for Open School families: 20% OFF - is offered only until tomorrow - Friday, May 7th, so take advantage today!

We accept ads that are tributes and dedications from parents and guardians to students or teachers, from extended family members or local businesses. There is no limit to the number and variety of ads available, so have fun with it and use your imagination. The students and teachers love to be surprised by your tributes! 

Visit our ad reservation page here for all the details, and email the (Open Thought Anthology Team) with any questions. 

On-site COVID Testing at Open School

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 26 (last updated Apr 29)

When we know more details about weekly testing, we will share that with the community. Please be prepared if you need to complete an informed consent form.

  • If your child has already been tested at an LAUSD site in the past, NO NEED TO COMPLETE FORM because permission has already been granted for further testing when you gave initial consent.
  • If your child has NOT been tested through LAUSD (for example, you submitted an external test), you must submit the INFORMED CONSENT FORM to in order for your child to be tested at Open School.