Weekly Blast: November 4, 2017
From Your School Leader
Dear Larchmont Families,
We hope you are all well!
First, as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, art teacher Jamia Weir is prepping for a fantastic Community Group activity this coming Thursday. In their respective groups, students will be doing read-clouds about giving thanks and having gratitude, and after a discussion of the sentiment and history behind Thanksgiving, students will each be srtiitng a message of gratitude which will be placed on a Gratitude Wall in the auditorium. Chef Aliza Miner shared with us a recent article that details the scientific evidence showing how expressions of gratitude actually change brain chemistry and improves general well being including attentiveness and empathy. Given that these are key areas of focus for Larchmont, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to focus on gratitude with our students.
Second, please don't forget to sign up for a slot for conference week. A Signup Genius was sent earlier this week with links for each classroom. Parent-teacher-student conferences play a very important role in a student’s development and academic success. Teachers and parents can often see different aspects of a student’s personality and performance. Only by maintaining an open dialogue and comparing notes on the student’s achievements or behavior can these perspectives be useful for both. We look forward to seeing you and all of your children then.
Finally, 'tis the season when unfortunately a lot of our students are getting sick. Larchmont is working on revamping our Independent Study process to make it as easy for you as possible. We will share that information as soon as it's ready, but in the meantime please be sure to request an independent study in advance if you think your child is going to be absent for any reason. A couple of years ago, Larchmont lost approximately $100,000 in funding due to absences - this has a huge impact on being able to run the best program possible. With your help, we can keep this situation from happening again.
Have a wonderful week!
MRS. NELSON'S BOOK FAIR
Come pick out a great book (or two)!
Larchmont Fairfax will once again be hosting the Mrs. Nelson's Book Fair during conference week. The book fair will be housed in the auditorium and will be open from 12:30 - 5:30 on Mon, December 11 - Thurs, December 14. Please be sure to stop by before or after your conference slot!
WELCOMING ANDI VARON
We'd like to take this opportunity to give a warm welcome back to our Curriculum Coordinator, Andi Varon. Andi has been on leave for the past few months and we are all thrilled to have her back, as are the kids. In her role as Curriculum Coordinator, Andi works with teachers on developing and implementing curriculum; she does observations and provides teacher feedback; and she helps to plan and facilitate professional development for staff. She will be on campus three days per week. Please be sure to say hello the next time you see her
Come learn more about writing development
Join us for our next coffee on Thursday, November 16th at 8:30 am for our next parent coffee of the year. We'll be taking a close look at writing development in the primary grades and the Writer's Workshop model of writing. We'll also talk about ways to support your child with writing at home. We look forward to seeing you there!
Don't miss the ESY fun!
Mark your calendars for this year’s Harvest Festival & Bake Sale! Students are already preparing crafts to sell and delicious seasonal food to eat and learning about the harvest and the lessons from Stone Soup - a story about communities coming together to support those in need.
This is a great opportunity to come together before the holiday and share a delicious meal from our Edible Schoolyard including Stone Soup made by the kids!
More information will follow and tickets will be available soon.
SAVE THE DATE!!
LCS HARVEST FESTIVAL AND BAKE SALE
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9
11:30 A.M. TO 3:30 P.M.
LARCHMONT CHARTER FAIRFAX CAMPUS
1265 North Fairfax Avenue
If you are an artist or crafter and are interested in hosting a 1 hour workshop (finger knitting, doll making, needle felting, felt flower making, clay, etc.) or volunteering day of to support the art tent (candle making, block printing, sun art) please contact email@example.com. Thank you
THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE
Helping the less fortunate
PLEASE HELP us collect (a) non-perishable food items and (b) cash donations to make Thanksgiving Food Bags for families in need.
Our GOAL is for each class to make 8 FOOD BAGS, with Grocery Gift Cards to provide Thanksgiving Dinners for 80 families!
EVERY CLASS COLLECTS:
8 Boxes of stuffing
8 Boxes of instant potatoes
8 Canned vegetables
8 Canned soups
8 Pie filling and crust (no frozen pie crust)
8 Cans or Boxes of Gravy
8 Cans of Cranberry Sauce
Grocery Gift Cards (into $20 grocery store gift cards for families to buy turkeys and other perishable items)
Give a CAN or what you CAN!
1 Please place your CASH donation in the envelope in your Friday Folder and return in your Friday folder or drop off directly in the office!
2 Classroom parents will send out Sign Up Genius links. DONATIONS WILL BE COLLECTED IN EACH CLASSROOM!
LAST DAY of collections will be Wednesday, NOV 15TH!
COOKING CLASS FEATURED RECIPE
Each week our wonderful Cooking teacher, Teresa Feldman, will share one of the recipes that she's taught students in cooking class in recent weeks.
This week's featured recipe is for the Butternut Squash Saute with Greens, made with the students in cooking class last week.
BUTTERNUT SQUASH SAUTE WITH GREENS
1 TABLESPOON OLIVE OIL
2 TABLESPOONS BUTTER OR VEGAN BUTTER
½ TEASPOON SALT
1 MEDIUM ONION, DICED (1/2 CUP)
1 CLOVE GARLIC, MINCED, OR ½ TEASPOON GARLIC POWDER
6 CUPS BUTTERNUT SQUASH, PEELED AND DICED INTO ½ INCH PIECES
½ TEASPOON FRESH THYME, OR ¼ TEASPOON DRIED
PINCH OF PEPPER
3 CUPS FIRMLY PACKED BABY SPINACH, OR 2 CUPS CHOPPED CHARD OR KALE
IN A 12-INCH SKILLET, HEAT THE OIL ON MEDIUM HEAT. ADD THE BUTTER. AFTER THE BUTTER MELTS, CAREFULLY WATCH THE BUTTER AND HEAT IT UNTIL THE BUTTER STARTS TO BROWN. ADD THE ONION AND SALT, AND COOK UNTIL THE ONION IS TENDER, ABOUT 4 MINUTES.
STIR IN THE SQUASH, THYME, AND PEPPER. COOK FOR A FEW MINUTES UNTIL THE SQUASH BROWNS A LITTLE. IF USING CHARD OR KALE, ADD NOW. THEN COVER THE PAN, TURN DOWN THE HEAT, AND SIMMER 8 TO 10 MINUTES. IF USING SPINACH, ADD AFTER THE SQUASH SIMMERS FOR 8 MINUTES, AND COOK JUST UNTIL THE SPINACH HAS WILTED.
ENRICHMENT CLASSES - WINTER REGISTRATION
Extra great stuff!
Trimester 1 has been great; kids have learned to take photos, learned improvisation, and elevated their percussion skills. We are now preparing for trimester 2 class list. Please be on the lookout for your campus registration link later this month.
Do you know that last year Larchmont DOUBLED the amount of money earned from using our link when shopping on Amazon? Let's pump it up again! Please use this Amazon School Rewards Program link when shopping Amazon: https://bit.ly/shopLCSamazon. There's NOTHING To sign up for. Just click on that link before you shop and that's it!
Copy & share it with your friends and family. ANYONE who shops on Amazon can use it and earn money for Larchmont - so easy!
Please see the lunch menu for November...
2018-19 Lottery Application Opens November 1st
We will be accepting lottery applications for our 2018-2019 school year beginning November 1st on our website at www.larchmontcharter.org/admissions.
Sibling Preference: If you would like to be considered for sibling preference, you must submit an application for children who will be entering kindergarten or any other grade, if they are not currently enrolled at LCS.
Important Lottery Dates
November 1, 2017 2018-19 Lottery Application Window Opens
February 14, 2018 @5pm Lottery Application Window Closes
February 24, 2018 2018-19 Lottery Drawing at LFP at 9am
February 28-March 9, 2018 Lottery Notifications Sent of either Offer or Wait List
Tours and Informational Sessions
Tour and informational sessions information for prospective families are posted on our website. Sign-ups are available at: http://www.larchmontcharter.org/campus_tours_and_meetings