Weekly Blast: March 17, 2018
From Your School Leader
Dear Larchmont Fairfax Families:
Final Countdown!!! Spring break is just one week away!! But, before we head out for a 2 week break, we want to remind everyone that next week is Student Participation Conference week. Students will be released from school at 12:10 (kinder), 12:20 (grades 1-2), and 12:30 (grades 3-4) for the entire week. As usual, we will offer ASP (After School Programming) each day from release time until 6PM EXCEPT for Friday when we will close at 5PM . Should you need some private conference time with your teacher, you are welcome to sign your child in to ASP during your conference time free of charge, but please be sure to pick them up right after your meeting. At this time, if you have not signed up for your conference, please be sure to reach out to your child's teacher to schedule your conference. The signup genius is no longer active. Again, we can't stress enough the importance of attending a parent-teacher conference.
We wanted to thank you all for affording us the opportunity to meet as a K-12 professional community this past Wednesday. We know that a mid-week day off of school is challenging, but the value we get from these days as educators is immeasurable. The PD this past Wednesday culminated this year's K-12 theme for professional development: Equity Through Constructivism. Each teacher in our school prepared and presented a learning experience for his or her fellow colleagues. We had teachers presenting on a range of topics from meditation and mindfulness, engineering in science, to teaching empathy through art. We all had the opportunity to participate in a learning experience as both a teacher and as a learner, just as our students do each day. It was truly an inspirational, powerful day!
Lastly, at our Site Council meeting this past Monday, Amy Held and I asked site council reps to give us their input on budget development for next year. WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ALL FAMILIES ABOUT BUDGET DEVELOPMENT. Just like our parent satisfaction surveys, we always review the feedback carefully and really do take your input into consideration. For example, in previous years families have noted everything from large items like air conditioning to smaller ones like more chrome book technology, and we've made many of these things a reality with your help. Please take just a few minutes to fill out this budget input survey for the 2018-2019 school year: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1tKK4CsAbHPOoPAQG3zzK_ymaEZObK1_clpkboGSUhGo/edit.
There are many updates down below so please be sure to read through them carefully.
Enjoy your weekend!
Because much of the time in conferences in spent discussing the specific strengths and areas for growth with you and your child via a very in-depth set of conference notes, which therefore will not leave much time for an in-depth look at the progress report during the conference, we thought it would be helpful to send a reminder about what the developmental descriptors on the progress report (E,G,P,O) mean with respect to student progress and performance.
Please see the attached letter for complete details about our Larchmont K-4 progress report.
MRS. NELSON'S BOOK FAIR & BAKED GOODS
Please bring baked goods this week Monday through Thursday for our book fair bake sale. Proceeds go towards new reading material in the classrooms! Be sure to label allergens and individually wrap each item. Everything sells for $1 so keep that in mind. Thank you!
SELMA CHOIR PERFORMANCE
The Selma choir will be in the house at Fairfax for a very special performance. If you have children headed to Selma in the near future (or even not so near future), you're definitely not going to want to miss this awesome showcase of their music program.
MATH PATHWAY MEETING
If you missed that message, please click on the link (Math Pathway) for complete details. We look forward to seeing you there.
LCS BOARD MEETING
WANNA PARTY? YES YOU DO...
All-Star Poker Tournament
MARCH 24 from 5-11pm
SOLD OUT LAST YEAR! Like the World Series of Poker, this is a Texas Hold 'Em tournament with CASH PRIZES and other prizes throughout the night. Four tables of nine players with on-site opportunities for additional buy-ins-- at Mark Feuerstein and Dana Klein's gracious Hancock Park home. Amazing food and copious drinks... if you know when to fold 'em. Book now at: https://larchmont.onlinepartybook.com/details.php?party_id=22768
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.
424-341-5522 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The March lunch menu is now available for your reference.
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