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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:

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

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


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:

  • Alissa Chariton- Co-Principal

  • Eva Orozco- Co-Principal

  • Sarah McElroy- Kindergarten Teacher Representative

  • Cassey Jenkins- 1st Grade Teacher Representative

  • Rend Al-Kassir- 2nd Grade Teacher Representative

  • Domi Miyamoto- 3rd Grade Teacher Representative

  • Allison Pratt- 4th Grade Teacher Representative

  • Radhika Delfosse- Kindergarten Parent Representative

  • Leemore Kushner- Kindergarten Parent Representative

  • Amy Kaemon-Kindergarten Parent Representative

  • Kristin Mireck- 1st Grade Representative

  • Carolyn Mohr- 1st Grade Parent Representative

  • Jennifer Mann- 1st Grade Parent Representative

  • Christine Safriet- 2nd Grade Parent Representative

  • Eleanor Hong- 3rd Grade Parent Representative

  • Scott Glassgold- 3rd grade Parent Representative

  • Alice Park-4th Grade parent Representative

  • Jennifer Rothman-4th Grade Parent Representative


Dia de los Muertos Morning Sing

Our Wednesday, October 28th Morning Sing will be a time for our community to learn about Dia de los Muertos. In previous years, we have had our students, staff, and parents work collaboratively on a Dia de los Muertos altar art installation. We have also had mariachi performances and a collection of pan dulce and hot chocolate for parents and caregivers to drink after morning sing. This year, our special event will be much more simple and virtual. We will have some of our LFP students including a couple of Hollygrove alumni join us to teach us about this holiday. The LFP students have also posted a handful of fun activities on the LCS Instagram site that families can do at home. Our students that would like to dress up in traditional clothes are welcome to do so. Please feel free to join us on Wednesday, October 28th-- the entire family is welcome!

Meeting Link:

Meeting ID: 845 3320 4102 Passcode: LCSHG


Halloween Assembly on Friday, 10/30 @ 8:30am

We will be holding a special Halloween event in place of morning meeting on Friday, October 30th at 8:30. This assembly will be much like our Morning Sing and will take place in our Morning Sing Zoom Room. We will learn how some of our LCS community members celebrate Halloween and the traditions that go along with it. Mr. Malcolm will also lead us in some Halloween songs together.

Hollygrove students who celebrate Halloween may wear their costumes to our virtual assembly, and those that don’t can wear their pajamas like many of our staff members might be doing on this day. We ask that all students that dress up in costume make sure to wear costumes that are not violent or scary. We would like all of our students to feel comfortable participating in this week's Sing.

Halloween Assembly Link:

Meeting ID: 845 3320 4102 Passcode: LCSHG



Scholar's Circle strives to lessen the financial burden on LCS families while providing students with resources to succeed. Larchmont students will receive a sense of safety, support, and build strong relationships from the comfort of their homes.

Detailed information about the Scholar's Circle program...

  1. Our default schedule is on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 - 5:30 PM. 

  2. Wednesdays are the only days dedicated to Math and Science. Thursdays are for English, Social Studies, and Foreign Language.

Here is the link to the To-Be-Tutored Sign Up Sheet


LCS's Innovator Challenge Student Competition

Registration Link for interested students...



GREAT NEWS!! Larchmont has contracted with a tech firm called TechaBee. We have hired this firm to help support families and teachers by answering your tech-related questions, supporting your technology, and managing your devices. TechaBee is here to help with tech issues regarding Chromebooks, Zoom, technology apps, and much more! We have taken this action to be as responsive as we can as a school to your tech needs during this distance learning period. 

The help desk is available 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. During COVID-19 families are also free to email the help desk at any time! 

Email all requests to, CC

This email address ( forwards straight to the TechaBee help desk so we can more quickly resolve your tech issue.

Please be sure to ALWAYS CC Belinda and Terence so we can keep track of your tech request. 



Our full Larchmont Hollygrove 2020/21 Directory is now available through the link below.

We will send out the password in a separate Hollygrove Newsletter.

Although all class rosters were previously shared, this directory will give you access to information for all staff and families from across all grades and classrooms on our campus. In a year when connections are hard to forge, we hope this will be helpful

is now available below.

If you have any changes to your Directory listing, please be sure to email us at



We know the stress of the time has proven to be challenging for many of our students and their families. We are partnering with the Southern California Counseling Center again this year, and we have 4 counselors/interns that are working with student clients and holding weekly telehealth counseling services this year. Please note that this counseling opportunity is for students who attend Hollygrove, only.

If you are interested in this service and would like more information, please reach out to Eva and Alissa at



Our Virtual Tours have launched! Please spread the word!

We are looking for families that are willing to help us broaden the circle of Los Angeles families that know about our school. We would like to harness our diverse group of parents and their unique set of connections to help us! We are hosting several prospective parent tours over the next two months and it is a great opportunity for new families to learn about our school. Please feel free to share the flyer below about our upcoming tours with any other parent communities who have children that might want to learn more about our school and our upcoming lottery!

We have online info sessions scheduled from 9-10 am on the following dates:

  • Oct. 27, 2020

  • Nov. 10, 2020

  • Nov. 17, 2020

  • Jan. 26, 2020

Please pass along this sign-up link to all interested friends and family!

Please click here for a Hollygrove specific flyer.

Please feel free to send this flyer to your preschools, sports teams, parent groups, local businesses, or any other child-centered communities that you are a part of. If you are willing to get more involved in outreach or take printed flyers to local businesses and opened community centers across our city, please reach out to We could really use the help!



Teachers will be taking attendance every day in their live Zoom classes. On Wednesdays, the completed independent work will indicate that your child is present asynchronously and your child will be marked present accordingly. If your child is going to be absent (both synchronously and asynchronously) for any reason, please email your teacher and

To receive credit for attending asynchronously (not live/zoom) students/parents must both:

  • Log into Seesaw or view the teacher's assignments via their websites to access and complete assignments AND

  • Complete the Distance Learning Attendance Certification Form

  • Please notify your teacher & email when you know your student cannot attend synchronously or asynchronously. 

Questions about attendance?  Email our office manager, Solace, at



Please join us on Friday, October 30th, 10:00 to 11:00 am for our regularly scheduled parent coffee.

Topic to be released soon!

Meeting Link:

Meeting ID: 812 5060 8645

Note: You an always find the link in the LCS online calendar.



Wednesdays, 11:00 -1:00 pm

New: Now Also Providing Free Breakfasts at Our Lunch Drive Through!

We are excited to be able to provide all of our LCS students with free breakfasts as well as lunches through December 18, 2020! We welcome all of our LCS families to come pick up breakfasts and lunches for their students on Wednesdays, 11am-1pm at the Hollygrove campus whether they pre-ordered or not. Please remember to bring a piece of paper with your child or children's first and last name and grade level written in large clear letters. This will be shown to our staff through your car window. Please remain in your vehicle and wear a face covering at all times while on campus. Thanks and see you on Wednesday!



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