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FROM YOUR SCHOOL LEADER

campus updates

Dear Larchmont Fairfax Families: 

Special Note: Don't forget to set your clocks ahead this Sunday!

Dear Larchmont Fairfax Families:
 
We hope this message finds you all well.  We have a few items from this past week that we wanted to share a bit with you about - - 
 
1. We’ve received the results of our mid-year NWEA standardized assessment for students in grades 2-4 in reading and math and we’re excited to share our analysis of the data with you.
 
  • Our overall Math proficiency was 86% and our overall Reading proficiency was 85% at the Fairfax campus. These are very strong proficiency rates and higher than the results we are seeing in many other high performing schools. The math proficiency rate held fairly steady between Fall and Winter administration while Reading jumped from 81% to 85%. For the students who did not meet the criteria for proficiency, the majority were "just below grade level" as opposed to "far below grade level." That means that with the appropriate support (such as our after school Academy classes), these students should reach proficiency soon. 
  • Our English Language Learners increased their proficiency rates in Reading from 25% proficiency at the beginning of the year to 57% at mid year. We saw a similar increase in Math from 38% to 57%. While we’re proud of the hard work these students have done, we know that English Language Development is still an area of focus for our school. Our Rosetta Stone program (in English) was just implemented this past month so we'll soon see what impact that might have on English Learner performance.
  • This year we launched brand new reading and math intervention programs. The NWEA results showed that 83% of the students that were in Reading Intervention/Academy met their growth targets. This is verification that our new Fountas and Pinnell reading assessment program is working well and helping students reach grade level expectations. Fewer students in the Math intervention program met their growth targets. As a result, we are looking closely at ways to bolster math intervention, including considering other curricular options for our after school math classes.
  • Lastly, our analysis shows that when we compare students who have been at Larchmont Fairfax for three or more years compared to those who have been here for two years or less, the students who have been here longer are outperforming the newer students. This is a testament to the strength of our Larchmont Fairfax program - the longer students are exposed to our program, the better they do. 
 
2.  We also wanted to share a bit about our amazing professional development day this past Wednesday. As you might remember from our earlier blasts this year, all of our TK-12th grade teachers were part of a learning community with other teachers and campus leaders researching and learning about subjects such as Gifted instruction, English language development, Math, Social Emotional Learning, Culturally Relevant Instruction, Technology and much more. They had an expert in each of these fields visit us earlier this year and we did school observations tailored to each of these topics. This past Wednesday, each of  he teacher groups presented one session for other teachers to share their newfound knowledge and they also got to observe two sessions that they were interested in learning more about.  Our elementary, middle and high school teachers did a truly phenomenal job sharing and learning with and from each other. As a bonus, we were all treated to a delicious Edible Schoolyard lunch cooked by our chefs here at the FFX campus!
 

3. We didn't want to pass up the opportunity to share this wonderful article about the power of arts integration sent to us by a Larchmont FFX parent.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/04/well/family/using-arts-education-to-help-other-lessons-stick.html The article highlights so well how working with art helps to develop critical skills in so many different disciplines. We're so lucky to have the amazing Jamia and our wonderful teachers who incorporate art every chance they get.  

4. I came across a great set of recommendations for parenting books from Woman's Day, many of which I've read myself over the years. If you're looking for support on issues such as discipline, schoolwork, parent-child communication, friendships, and more, this is a great list to peruse. 
https://www.womansday.com/life/entertainment/g25952665/best-parenting-books/?fbclid=IwAR16HfYcHSNFm9h1vRKbtlpsM04w3HwN9iHLCOq5PbljtWlDiqDZ_eii-5g

Thank you for all that you do for Larchmont!  

Andi and 
Mersedeh 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MESSAGE

from Amy Held

Lots of LAUSD related news to share –

The LAUSD board election in district 5 was this week and Jackie Goldberg and Graciela Ortiz look to be the frontrunners (some late counting is still underway) with Goldberg the clear frontrunner with nearly 48% of the vote.  She served on the school board in the past and has very strong positions against charter schools.  The outcome of the runoff election in June will resonate across the district into the future.

LAUSD’s board voted to put a parcel tax on the June ballot.  Charter school students in LAUSD boundaries are thankfully being included.  It would require a 2/3 majority to pass but if it does it could provide up to $500-600 more per pupil.  This would be extraordinary and would help both LAUSD and schools like ours be able to compensate our staff more competitively and further enrich our program for students. 

Lastly, I wanted to share that our teachers’ professional development this past week consisted of an impressive showcase with teachers teaching teachers what they learned over the course of the year from readings, experts and excellent school visits about various ways to differentiate instruction to serve different learners (GATE, EL, etc.).  Teachers chose their original groups and got to choose different sessions to attend and learn more about other strategies.  Larchmont is incredibly lucky to have such incredibly smart, passionate and inspiring teachers.

Thanks so much for all you do to make Larchmont great!

Warmly,

Amy Held  


SPRING PARENT CONFERENCES


Spring Conferences will run from Monday, April 1 - Thursday, April 4.  ALL FAMILIES SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED A SIGNUP GENIUS LINK ON FRIDAY.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO SIGN UP TO GET YOUR PREFERRED TIME.  

If you did not receive the email, please click on the following links to sing up for a conference:

Cassandra: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0545A9A629A2F58-cassandras1

Cheryl: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0545A9A629A2F58-cheryls1

Elham: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0545A9A629A2F58-elham1

Heidi: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0545A9A629A2F58-heidis1

Jen: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0545A9A629A2F58-jens1

Karen: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0545A9A629A2F58-karens1

Kate: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0545A9A629A2F58-kates1

Michelle: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0545A9A629A2F58-michelles

Rich: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0545A9A629A2F58-richs1

Scott: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0545A9A629A2F58-scotts1

Tatiana: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0545A9A629A2F58-tatianas1


THERE WILL BE MINIMUM DAY DISMISSAL FOR THE ENTIRE WEEK FROM MONDAY, APRIL 1 - FRIDAY, APRIL 5:

TK/Kinder:   12:10 pm dismissal (carpool ends at 12:45)
Grades 1-2:  12:20 pm dismissal 
(carpoolends at 12:45)
Grades 3-4:  12:30 pm dismissal (carpool ends at 12:45)
 
Note: After school care will still be available until 6 pm on Monday - Thursday, but will close a bit early on Friday, April 5th at 5 pm in advance of the holiday break.

 

 

TRIMESTER 3 AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES

Our next round of Spring after school classes will run from the week of April 22 - June 3rd. Registration information will be shared via email within the next two weeks. Stay tuned!
 



PARTY BOOK SPOTLIGHT

 
New parties are popping up all the time. Sign up for one or all of the events below!
 

 


Family Movie Night Under the Stars
HUGE HIT FOR FAMILIES FROM LAST YEAR!
Bring a blanket and a cozy sweater and enjoy a family-friendly movie under the stars, complete with open concession stand (candy, popcorn, hot dogs and adult beverages).
NOTE: Movie TBD
Saturday, March 23, 2019
6:30pm-10pm




A special night of Holistic Healing and Wellness
Delightful herbal elixirs and tea sampling, delicious vegan/vegetarian snacks, 30-minute yoga session with Yoga Master Teacher Amy Lafond, aromatherapy, community style acupuncture AND Gong Sound Healing with Yaelle E. Shaphir, L.Ac, MTOM.Each participant as the option of upgrading their Gong Sound Bath experience with custom essential oil blends and/or esoteric acupuncture to promote deep relaxation and revitalization. 
Sunday, March 31, 2019