Weekly Blast: February 17, 2018
From Your School Leader
Dear Larchmont Fairfax families,
I hope this message finds you well after a tough week for us all. I was originally going to write this week about the outcome of our LAUSD visit at the Fairfax campus, but I decided to hold off on that until next week in light of recent events and instead write about emergency preparedness here at the Fairfax campus. This event is an unfortunate reminder that we must be vigilant about school safety and must always be prepared to respond. Amy did a great job of covering most of the details in her message to you yesterday, but I would love to elaborate a bit today.
It all begins in the summer each year when all of our staff undergoes emergency preparedness training. We schedule a distinct time before school even begins (during Teacher's Institute) to review all of these procedures each and every year. We rehearse and walk through all different types of emergency situations. We schedule all of our yearly drills, including monthly earthquake and fire drills in addition to lockdown drills each trimester as required by LAUSD. During our drills, we rehearse the exact procedures in the event of a fire, earthquake or lockdown. Our summer training also includes CPR/first aid training for all staff. We also create an Emergency Response Team each summer and every member of our staff understands and is trained in their role in the event of an emergency, including First Aid Coordinator, Reunification and Parent Liaison, Incident Commander, Police/Fire/Medical Coordinator, Search Team Coordinator, and more. Our campus has a shed which is fully stocked with food, water and emergency supplies enough for at least three days and each class has an emergency backpack.
I've been asked how we broach these sensitive subjects with young students when we have drills. This is a sample of a recent discussion with our students during a drill..."I know drills may feel scary but the teachers and adults are just helping you learn how to think and what to do in an emergency, even though the chance of that happening is really small. I know everybody here wears seatbelts in the car, looks both ways when crossing the street, wears a helmet when riding their bike…those are all things you do to stay safe, and a fire/earthquake/lockdown drill is another thing we do to practice staying safe." We teach students in each of these scenarios exactly what is expected of them and what they should do. We explain that a lockdown (aka Safety drill) usually happens if there is anyone unsafe in the school or in the neighborhood. This message and wording is tailored a bit based on the grade/age of the students.
In addition to our yearly trainings and monthly drills, we take additional measures to ensure the safety of our students. While a threat from a 19 year old high school student is different than what we would typically encounter with an elementary school student, we know that these troubles often begin in elementary school and we are always monitoring the emotional well-being of our students. We are a small enough school that teachers and I are constantly in touch if there are ever any concerns, but we also conduct formal Whole Child meetings three times a year where each teacher and I review the academic, emotional, social and behavioral state of all 242 students so that no one can fall through the cracks. Our school psychologist (Val) is on site two days per week and is always available to consult with us should there be any concerns. We also have additional formal processes (i.e. SST - Student Success Team) for students for whom there is any type of concern. This year we've been lucky to also have support from the Southern CA Counseling Center (SCCC) who visits us once per week for counseling sessions.
We recognize that together, as a Fairfax community, we must remain vigilant regarding the safety of our children and staff and we will do so to the best of our ability. We appreciate your support in this regard and are always available should there be any concerns or questions.
Wishing us all a good week ahead,
Many families have asked me if they can still donate to The Heart Smart Challenge and the answer is yes! We have extended the deadline for fundraising to Wednesday, February 28. You can bring pledges to the office or donate online: https://larchmontcharter.rallybound.org/FFX-SEL-Heart-Smart-Challenge/Donate and if you don’t want to set up a webpage, please just click donate to the “general fund”.
INDEPENDENT STUDY INFORMATION
We're getting ready to unveil a new, SIMPLE Independent Study process next week!
In the meantime, please be sure to request an Independent Study from your child's teacher and Cindy for EACH absence by 9 AM on the day of the absence.
By completing an Independent Study, your child will not miss out on critical work/learning from the school day and the school will not lose critical funding that's so necessary for our basic school needs.
Please note that if you have requested an Independent Study from us anytime in recent weeks, they are DUE THIS TUESDAY and must be submitted by then to be considered valid by our attendance auditors. Thank you.
COFFEE WITH GINNIA HARGINS
Join us on March 2 at 9 am immediately following School Sing for a special Principal's Coffee with Ginnia Hargins, principal of the Larchmont Selma campus. All grade levels are invited to attend.
She'll be sharing some great information about the Selma campus - instruction, programming, enrichments, staffing, and more. Whether you've got a fourth grader heading there next year or a kindergartener and just want to know more, this will be a great time to get your questions answered. Hope to see you there!
JAMIA'S COMMUNITY GROUP ACTIVITY
The amazing Jamia has planned her next Community Group activity for us and it's a Community Art Project!!! Students will be making flowers in the style of Japanese artist, Murakami.
But that's not all. Jamia has been invited to display the art on the building of the famous Bob Baker Marionette Theater. Please see below for more information about the big day:
FEBRUARY 24, 2018 •10AM- 6PM
AN ALL DAY, FIRST STREET CARNIVAL CELEBRATION
YOU are cordially invited to BOB BAKER DAY 2018 - the 4th Annual Celebration of Bob Baker’s ongoing legacy! Let the puppets and the people of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater entertain you with the sights and sounds of a celebration you’ll never forget.
The place where imagination dwells spills onto West First Street as a whimsical Carnival, sponsored by City Council District #1! Enjoy your favorites among an all-day outdoor stage with live music and entertainment, puppet-making workshops with the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry, Carnival midway games, educational and exhibition booths from the local art community, food trucks, walk around entertainment and more! With round-the-clock puppet shows and a pop-up puppet museum going on inside the Theater, this is one celebration not to be missed.
COMMUNITY ART PROJECT FLYER
PARTY BOOK SPOTLIGHT
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FEBRUARY 24th from 1pm - 3pm
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CAMP WILDFOLK TEEN OPPORTUNITIES
Camp Wildfolk is a project-based, child-centered Day Camp, with a focus on Growth Mindset development, housed at the LCS-Fairfax campus.
We have a teen leadership program, Guides-in-Training (GITs), for 8th-11th graders (entering 8th grade in Fall 2018), where they learn about youth development and nurture their leadership skills in a hands-on, meaningful way.
What do G.I.T.s do?
Our GITs have a variety of roles- from helping the campers, assisting with activity set-up (setting up a water game, art project, or sport), and all kinds of behind-the-scenes magic-making. Our GIT role is unique from other camps because we custom-tailor it to their interests. Each session, our Leadership Team meets with the GITs to go through the schedule and discuss where the GITs would fit best, goals they have, and ways we can support them.
Our GITs learn about worth ethic, but we also keep it fun! We build-in opportunities for socializing, working collaboratively with their peers, & enjoying a special Adventure Field Trip each session that is just for our oldest campers & GITs.
Summer: June 18- August 17
GIT hours: 8:30am- 3:15pm
*GITs commit to at least a two-week session, but many work more. There is a pre-summer orientation day.
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Camp Wildfolk is a wildly-fun and unique Day Camp, centrally located in West Hollywood, at Larchmont Charter School (Fairfax), blending the spirit of traditional camp with a progressive, camper-centered approach.
Campers are given the autonomy to influence their experience by choosing class electives. Wildfolk is a hands-on, project-based adventure, where kids teambuild, explore, create, and innovate.
Camp Wildfolk, voted the Best Summer Camp for Kids in Los Angeles (Red Tricycle) is offering 9 weeks of summer camp fun in 2018 (6/18- 8/17), in the West Hollywood and Hollywood area.
Wildfolk also offers two-weeks of Spring Camp (3/26- 4/6) and Winter Camp, too!
Art –Sports- Cooking- Tinkering- Science – Robotics- Crafts- Dance – Theater- Archery- Improv- Animation- 3-D Printing- Woodworking- Engineering- Nature - Field Trips – Water Play- & So Much More!
Want to check it out?
Come to our Annual Open House Adventure Day on 3/17
BOTTLE CAP COLLECTION CALL
At Larchmont Charter we are very aware of environmental concerns and being "green." Currently, as part of Waste Awareness Month ("WAM") kids are learning to be more aware of the things we throw away everyday and how they can use the 4 R's...Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse.
In the upcoming weeks, we will be doing some "upcycling" projects at school which reuse colorful bottlecaps. Collect your family's bottle caps and have students bring them in. They can place them inside the large Tomato Cans and containers that will be located in front of the entrance to the garden by the big blue picnic table at Fairfax. We are going to sort them by color. Kids can sort them into the cans when they bring them in if they'd like, or leave them there for other kids to sort.
Jamia and Abby
DACA Application Renewal Information
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced that the agency is accepting DACA renewal applications from certain individuals at this time. It is extremely important that any individual who needs to file a DACA renewal application and did not do so prior to October 5, 2017 do so IMMEDIATELY, without any delay. The reason for this is that the Government is seeking a reversal of the recent federal court order that the Government must continue to accept DACA renewal applications. Should that order be reversed, the renewal process will be closed immediately. That could happen in a matter of days. (Presumably, if the process is closed by court order, all renewal applications in the pipeline will be dealt with according to the procedures in place at this time.)
Here are the current rules and explanations for who may renew at this time. (The reference to USCIS is the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services bureau of the Department of Homeland Security):
If your DACA expired on or after September 5, 2017, you may send USCIS DACA renewal applications. This means you must fill out the latest versions of Form I-821D, Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization, and Form I-765WS Worksheet.
If your DACA expired before September 5, 2016, you must reapply through an initial application, not renew. Everyone must include the date your DACA expired or will expire on Part 1 of the Form I-821D.
USCIS will not accept any first-time DACA applications. No new or first- time DACA applications will be accepted by USCIS.
Requests for advance parole from DACA recipients will not be accepted.
Click here for the USCIS page with links to relevant forms for each renewal applicant type.
FEBRUARY LUNCH MENU
GET READY TO PARTY! The LCS 2018 ONLINE PARTY BOOK is launching this Friday, January 26th! Sign up for a wide array of LCS-parent hosted parties for kids, adults and families, including Game Night, Poker Tournament, Roller Skating, Cinco de Mayo, Wine Tasting at A.O.C., Capture the Flag with Coach Alan (for kids during conference week) and more! A great way to have fun, get to know your entire LCS community and ALL proceeds benefit our school. Sign up at www.larchmont.onlinepartybook.com
P.S. Do you have an idea for a party, connections to a venue or event— or maybe you’d like to be a co-host? We still have room for more parties and co-hosts from every campus. Please contact Kayla Alpert at Kalpert@mac.com.
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