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campus updates  

Dear Larchmont Families:  

This past Thursday we held our first parent coffee of the year on the topic of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) at Larchmont.  Social-emotional learning has been an integral part of the program at Larchmont since Day 1, but there has been a renewed emphasis in the past two years as a result of a special collaboration between Larchmont and three other schools (CWC, The City School, Multicultural Learning Center) where teams of teachers and administrators shared best practices, programs, and observations in the domain of social-emotional learning.

During the coffee we shared a bit about the nuts and bolts of SEL:
  • SEL is process by which students learn skills, attitudes and knowledge such as: developing empathy, managing emotions, dealing with challenges, developing positive relationships, setting goals, and more.
  • Current research shows that the benefits of SEL are profound and long lasting. Stronger academic performance, less mental health issues, and higher employment rates are just a few examples of the impact of SEL programs. 
We also discussed the fact that Larchmont has now developed it's own distinct vision for social-emotional learning, including four key pillars: Be Mindful, Be Compassionate, Be Inclusive, and Be Advocates. 

Our presentation identified many of the key components of our SEL program.  We'll elaborate a bit more on each element for you here and in the Powerpoint linked below:
Mindfulness/Mind Up: A newly purchased curriculum utilized in all Larchmont FFX classrooms. Mindfulness helps students reduce stress, improve memory and focus, become better regulated, have stronger relationships and more cognitive flexibility. 
Council: All Larchmont FFX classrooms also use the practice of Council.  Larchmont parent and Council facilitator, Andrea Bendewald, led our participants in a special Council activity. Council is a practice that involves students discussing important prompts. Participants agree to speak one-at-a-time, sharing their personal stories and experiences, and listening non-judgmentally while others do the same. Sharing and listening to universal stories about love, happiness, loss, fear, challenges and hopes enables participants to recognize that, despite our many differences, we have much in common. 
•Cool Tools/Safe Schools: Cool Tools comes from the UCLA Lab School. The conflict resolution/character education program teaches students about concrete objects (like toothpaste, ice cubes, and dominoes) and each object represents a value like respect, honesty, and kindness. It provides a concrete way to teach young students about typically abstract concepts
•ESLRs: Officially stands for Expected Schoolwide Learning Results, but unofficially stands for Everybody Learns and Respects.  The five ESLRs (respect, responsibility, communication, seeking to understand, and perseverance) are taught in classrooms and highlighted by Student Council each month at School Sing. 
•Peace Corners: An area in the classroom for students to be able to go if they need a quiet space to deal with big emotions. 
•Whole Child check-ins: Meetings between all teachers and administrators twice per year where we speak about each and every child in our school and discuss their academic, social, emotional, behavioral and physical well being. This helps us ensure that every student is "seen."
•Community Groups: Multi-age groupings of students with different teachers than their own. Community groups help develop relationships so all students feel they have a wide group of friends and adults they can turn to.
•Kindergarten Buddies: Our kindergartners buddy up with fourth grade students to help support our younger kiddos and help develop leadership skills in our school leaders.
•Student Council: Third and Fourth grade students are elected to lead school improvement and spirit efforts.  
•Positive Discipline/Alternatives to Suspension: Examples include: logical consequences, reflection sheets, repairs with classmates, community service, and more. 
•Ecoliteracy and Advocacy through Signature Projects: All signature projects look at ways in which we can improve our world through the lens of the social sciences and sciences.
•Improv(e): Social skills classes take place every Friday. Improv games help students develop stronger relationships with peers and a better understanding/awareness of their own needs and strengths.  

For more information, please click on the link to our SEL parent coffee Powerpoint - SEL at Larchmont Fairfax.  We hope the information provided above and in the link provides you with greater insight into social-emotional learning programs at Larchmont Fairfax.  

Have a great weekend!



school-wide updates from Amy Held

Hi all,

It was so wonderful seeing you all at Back to School Nights across our 4 campuses.  It’s been amazing to notice, as I’m entering my 5th year at Larchmont, familiar faces who were at Fairfax or Hollygrove when I started and have moved through Selma and are now at LFP.  Time truly does fly.  It was inspiring to hear from these students and parents at the TK-8th grade Back to School Nights about their K-12 journey at Larchmont.  Their poise, eloquence and passion are the most powerful testament to our school.
Couple of quick reminders (more info elsewhere in the newsletter):
  • ANNUAL FUND/PLEDGE DRIVE UNDERWAY:  This is our largest fundraiser of the year.  Thank you for giving generously.
  • 9/30 – CicLAvia – join this bike ride with the rest of Larchmont from the Hollywood Bowl to Disney Concert Hall to commemorate the LA Phil (via Selma, HGR and LFP)
  • 10/22 – deadline to register to vote - https://registertovote.ca.gov/
  • 10/27 – World Fair at Hollygrove
  • 11/4 – OPEN HOUSE to learn about Larchmont’s secondary program (7th-12th grade) at LFP 11-12; followed by Dia de los Muertos 12:30-4
  • 11/6-11/9 – Fall Play – Midsummer Night’s Dream at LFP
Thank you so much for all you do!

With Gratitude,

Amy Held


 office news 

As all of our returning families know, Cindy has been on maternity leave since the end of last year and Tess Trillo has been filling in in the Main Office since that time.

This week Cindy informed us that she will not be returning to her role as Office Manager at Larchmont Fairfax. Cindy has accepted another position that is more closely related to her degree in theology. Cindy has been with us for the past nine years and has been a dedicated and loved member of our community. We want to wish her all the best in her new endeavors! Cindy will be back next week for just one week to help us get better situated before her departure. Please stop by and say goodbye if you get a chance!

For the time being, we are very grateful that Tess will continue on as our interim office manager. We will be sure to keep you appraised of any updates regarding this position. 


reminders from school 

We'd like to reiterate a few policies regarding birthday parties and invitations that were mailed out this summer in our Larchmont Fairfax Handbook. Please help us ensure a happier, healthier and more community oriented setting for young children by following these policies: 

1. Birthday invitations can be distributed in school (either by the child or put in cubbies by a parent) as long as each child in the class is invited to the party. If you are planning a smaller party and not every child will be invited, please distribute the invitations or party favors outside of school to avoid hurt feelings from those not invited.

2.  In order to be sensitive to children with food allergies, as well as out of respect for our school’s “healthy food” policy, we ask that you do not send or bring
food to school to celebrate your child’s birthday.  Instead, you are more than welcome to come in and read a book to the class on or near his or her birthday. This book can be read by the child, by the teacher or by a parent or family member who comes in to read, and if you wish to donate the book to the classroom library, that would be great.  A small token, such a special pencil or a sticker can be given out to each child as well, if you desire.   If you would like to come in to read a book for your child’s birthday, please let your child’s teacher know well in advance.  We also celebrate birthdays at the Fairfax campus each Friday during School Sing.  Any student celebrating a birthday that week is invited to come to the stage where the whole school will sing them a happy birthday song.  

Thank you for your support!


yay LCS!

Don't forget to have kids wear their Larchmont swag (or anything green!) every Friday for our Larchmont spirit days! Staff will be joining in as well!


next to carpool 
We wanted to point out that there is a clothing collection bin directly next to our car line/carpool benches. LCS receives a portion of proceeds from donations to this box. If you're cleaning out your closet, please remember to place your clothing donations in the bin to help support Larchmont!


forms are due!

Site Council is an important advisory body that meets with Andi and I once per month and helps inform on many different topics including budget, facilities, events, data analysis, and more.  We'd love to have representatives from every grade level, or better yet, every class. If you'd like to nominate yourself or another Larchmont parent, please send in the attached form this week: Site Council


stay connected with your child and pitch in

As we start the school year, please make sure that you have all your paperwork done in order to volunteer with Larchmont Charter School. (Please read our Visitor and Volunteer Policy HERE.)

Does everyone need to register as a volunteer?
Yes!  Everyone who volunteers at Larchmont Charter School needs to complete the Volunteer Application (which most of you already did in the Back to School Registration).  Depending on what kind of volunteering you want to do, you may be required to submit proof of TB test results (current within the last 4 years) and background check as well.  These tests help us keep all our students safe AND healthy.

What are the volunteer requirements?
Anyone volunteering at Larchmont Charter School, from helping with lunch to helping in the office, must complete the following:
  1. Volunteer Application
  2. Proof of negative TB Test, unless working off campus (must be current within the last 4 years)
  3. DOJ (Department of Justice)/Livescan clearance only if you will be unsupervised by staff member with students.
There are two types of on-campus volunteers:

Tier 1: Supervised Volunteers who have completed the application and submitted TB test results.  Volunteers are able to support with on-campus activities while being supervised by a Larchmont Charter staff member.
Supervised volunteers refers to those that remain in the same room as a teacher and or staff member at all times- do NOT need to be fingerprinted.  Examples include: working in the office with a staff member, supporting with Jog-a-Thon with staff members present.

Tier 2: Unsupervised Volunteers who have completed the application, submitted TB test results and have DOJ/Livescan clearance.
Unsupervised volunteer refers to situations and/or volunteer roles in which the volunteer will be alone with one or more students.  Examples include one-to-one tutoring in a private space and facilitating yard supervision without a staff member nearby.

Does every volunteer require fingerprint clearance?
No!  Only volunteers whose responsibilities may result in unsupervised work with students also require DOJ fingerprint/Livescan clearance.  Volunteers who are supervised by a staff member do not need fingerprint clearance.

FYI - Background checks conducted with other companies/schools are not accepted.  Agencies are not allowed to share confidential information.  All background clearance information is completely confidential and solely for use by Larchmont Charter School.

CicLAvia 2018

get your ride on with Team Larchmont!

CicLAvia is the BIGGEST open street event in the USA. Streets across the city will be closed to car traffic and opened for Los Angelenos to use as a public park. Free for all, CicLAvia connects communities to each other across an expansive city, creating a safe place to bike, walk, skate, roll, and dance through Los Angeles.

Join team Larchmont on 9/30 to ride as a community! 
Gather at Selma at 9am
Leave Selma at 9:30
Pick up additional riders at Hollygrove at 10am
Ride together toward DTLA (Route map HERE)

Ask your friends to join. Make sure to wear your Larchmont gear to represent!


 jump in and get partying now!

Don't miss a chance to get in the mix. These parties are the perfect way to reconnect and mingle with new and old communities alike. (Plus, all tickets prices come back to Larchmont.)

9/16 FULL SCHOOL ICE SKATING PARTY - This event sold out last year so sign up with your friends soon!  


9/22 HOUSE CONCERT - Connect with the community as a mazing and talented Larchmont parents perform throughout this exclusive evening of music under the stars. Dinner and drinks will also be provided at the home of one of our families. 21 & over only. 

10/4 WOMEN'S CRAFTING & COCKTAILS - A women's crafting and cocktails party at MAKERS MESS in Silverlake. We will gather, do a craft - a floral wreath arranging activity - and enjoy some wine and snacks. Mingle and craft without having to share your glue with your child.

10/12 PAELLA GARDEN PARTY - SOLD OUT LAST YEAR! A special opportunity to enjoy a seasonal Spanish feast prepared by LCS Edible Schoolyard chef and LCS parent Aliza Miner, formerly a chef at A.O.C.!  Exclusive dinner where you'll munch on Spanish cheeses, charcuterie and tapas while Aliza makes Paella over fire pits in a dreamy backyard garden.  You'll leave with a full belly and book of recipes. 

10/13 MARK PEEL DINNER PARTYAward winning chef Mark Peel (and Larchmont dada!) makes a one night only return to his fine dining roots just for LCS. Enjoy the food that made him famous. You will be treated to a four course meal, starting with cocktail hour and passed appetizers, in the Carys' gracious Hancock Park home.

Got an idea for a party? Email kimkayh@gmail.com to brainstorm


100% participation please

Every year, families must complete a new lunch application – regardless of their status.  Please complete the 2018-19 lunch application and return it to the office or email it to admissions@larchmontcharter.org ASAPIf you are not sure if you qualify, it's better to just complete one. 

18/19 Lunch Application Download


what's for lunch?
The September lunch menu is available to view here.

2018-19 LCS Calendar 

start making plans

Larchmont Charter's 2018-19 calendar is now available. To view, click:
2018-19 LCS Calendar


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Copy & share it with your friends and family. ANYONE who shops on Amazon can use it and earn money for  Larchmont - so easy!