Hollygrove Weekly Update | 10.24.20


  • October 27 - Co Principals' Office hours | 11-12 pm; ZOOM |

  • October 28 - Learn About Dia de los Muertos Morning Sing | 9:15 am | ZOOM | LCSHG

  • October 30 - Special Friday Hollygrove Halloween Assembly | 8:30 am | ZOOM |

  • October 30 - Friday Morning Parent Coffee | 10-11 am | ZOOM

  • November 4 - NO SCHOOL (Staff Development Day)

  • November 6- Friday Morning Parent Coffee w/ Selma Principal Sarah Perkins | 10-11 am | ZOOM

  • November 11 - NO SCHOOL (Veteran's Day)

  • November 23-27 - NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

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Hollygrove parent, Shannon Hawley, leads a virtual soundbath in Kindergarten and 2nd grade-- so magical and so relaxing! Thank you, Shannon!



Hello Hollygrove Families,

Thank you for your patience as we had to re-build this week's blog post! We hope you all are enjoying your weekend. We want to take a minute to thank our entire staff-- teachers, instructional aides, support staff and the enrichment team for making conference week run as smoothly as it did. Our teachers took a great deal of time and care preparing for the individual parent meetings this past week and we know the parent community is grateful for this important home-school partnership.

We did want to take a minute to share with you about our Wednesday morning Co-Principal read aloud. We took this time to explore the concept of skin color through reading two very different books related to the diversity of our skin color. The first book we read is All the Colors of the Earth (video linked here) by Sheila Hamanaka. This book is written in beautiful poetic verse and compares the color of children to the many colors of the earth. Larchmont students took a few minutes to add their own skin color descriptions into the zoom chat. Next, we read All the Colors We Are: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color (video linked here) by Katie Kissinger. This informational book offers children a simple, scientifically accurate explanation about how our skin color is determined by our ancestors, the sun, and melanin. After students asked some questions and participated in a short discussion, we asked students to add either a self portrait, a picture or a skin color sample drawing to a the padlet we created to showcase our work. If you have some time to explore these books, linked above, and complete the padlet activity with your child, we would like to invite you to do so! Click here to both add to and view the lesson's padlet. (Padlet Link: https://padlet.com/alissachariton/twj9nw7heptf5uyb)

Next, please be sure to swing by Hollygrove this week on Wednesday between 11:00 and 1:00 PM to pick up breakfast/lunch packages. This week we have a special breakfast treat curated by our very own innovative and thoughtful Edible Schoolyard (ESY) enrichment teachers. The Larchmont ESY team is working hard to align our cooking and gardening classes throughout our four sites. They collaborated with our chef and lunch vendor, Robertino Cucina, to include delicata squash in this week's meal plan at Hollygrove. Each breakfast package will include a special DIY breakfast kit that includes the squash and ingredients for three recipes: Delicata Squash Pancakes, Easy Basic Pancakes and The World’s Best Oatmeal.

And, finally we do have a couple of reminders about the coming week:

  • TK/Kinder Home Learning Kit Pick-Up Day, 10/28 from 11am-1pm: the TK/Kinder team will be providing more learning materials and supplies for pick up on Wednesday, October 28th. Please plan to drive through the carpool lane between 11-1pm.

  • 3rd/4th Grade Science Materials Pick-Up Day, 10/28 from 11am-1pm: Our 3rd and 4th Grade teams have received a science grant from the Havasi Wilderness Foundation. The Havasi Wilderness Foundation works to create a greater awareness about the importance of protecting and preserving natural ecosystems. They also provide educational resources to the general public. In order to participate in this unit of study the students will need certain supplies supplied by the foundation. On October 28th from 11:00-1:00, 3rd & 4th grade parents may drive through campus to pick up a drawstring bag containing the supplies they will need for this unit. Reminder: Please be sure to store the bag carefully so that we don't lose anything before the first Havasi Zoom lesson when we will be trained on how to use the supplies. Thank you!

  • Southern California Counseling Center (SCCC) Offering Telehealth Counseling Servives for Hollygrove Students: We have 4 SCCC counselors/interns that are working with student clients and holding weekly telehealth counseling services this year. If you are interested in this service for your Hollygrove student and would like more information, please reach out to Eva and Alissa at hgrprincipal@larchmontcharter.org.

Finally, our pledge drive is coming to an end on Halloween! If you have yet to donate, we kindly ask for your support in whatever amount is manageable for your family. Everyone who donates before the deadline is entered into a raffle for Apple AirPods (one per campus) and a schoolwide raffle of an iPad! We thank you in advance for all that you do for our school! We are truly grateful to work in such a generous and caring community!

LARCHMONT ANNUAL GIVING DRIVE Have a wonderful weekend! Alissa & Eva hgrprincipal@larchmontcharter.org


LCS Hollygrove Site Council Meeting Notes

Our LCS Hollygrove site council had their second meeting last Thursday. We discussed what’s on the horizon for re-opening our campus and what LCS’s current thinking is on what our hybrid model might look like, how we are preparing our campus, and other concerns and questions that the site council reps brought to the group. We were joined by LCS’s Director of Operations and Compliance, Esmeralda Sandoval. Esmeralda was able to share the latest on health and safety issues related to reopening for LCS, as well as insights from what's happening in schools across the county and state. In addition, we spoke about our upcoming virtual events, including our prospective parent tours, and our upcoming Thanksgving Drive for Uplift Families. Please make sure to reach out to your Site Council representatives if you have a question or concern that you would like brought to the group. Here is a list our LCS Hollygrove Site Council Representatives: