Hollygrove Weekly Update | 11.21.20
November 23-27 - NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)
December 1 - Co Principals' Office hours | 11-12 pm; ZOOM |
December 2 - Morning Sing | 9:15 am | ZOOM | LCSHG
December 2 - Wednesday Grab & Go Breakfast & Lunch Pick-Up | 11-1 pm |
December 3- All School Site Council Meeting | 4-515 pm
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FROM YOUR SCHOOL LEADERS
Dear Hollygrove Families,
We want to share a few words of thanks and appreciation to our very special Hollygrove community. As we head into this much needed break, we want to turn our attention to everything for which we have at LCS to be grateful.
First, we thank our incredible staff and teachers for creating such a nurturing and enriching environment. The Hollygrove team is truly exceptional and we are grateful to work among such dedicated and talented professionals. Next, Hollygrove parents and caregivers, you are also amazing and deserve a huge bucket full of thanks. We know it is challenging to balance all of the demands of this current situation and we are grateful for your effort and partnership. Finally, to our students, thank you for bringing your heart to class each and every day. You bring us all such joy and give the adults in this community deep purpose. Again, thank you all for making our school community so unique and special!
As you move into the week ahead, we hope you have time to connect with those who are important to you and that you have a moment to reflect on the wonderful aspects of your lives. We wish you all a healthy and happy Thanksgiving holiday and we'll see you back on Zoom on Monday, November 30th.
Alissa & Eva email@example.com
2020-21 LCS WORLD FAIR
Put your stamp on the Passport to the World Fair! Be sure to film or Document your family fun over the Thanksgiving break!
Read more below...
Hollygrove Stakeholder Survey Results
Throughout October, all families, staff members, and students in grades 2-4 had an opportunity to complete the first School Satisfaction Survey for the 2020/21 school year.
We are happy to share that the results of the Fall survey for the Larchmont Charter Hollygrove campus are very strong. We are very pleased to see that we've maintained high satisfaction rates across all metrics amongst parents, students, and staff. We wanted to share a bit more about our highest and lowest rated prompts from each stakeholder group, as well as how this year trends from last year's survey results.
Here is an overview of our LCS Hollygrove results:
This school satisfaction survey also asked for input on the strengths, challenges, and suggestions for improvement for our current distance learning program. Key trends and through lines of strengths and challenges/suggestions of our distance learning program were as follows:
Respect & Strong Classroom Communities
Understanding, Patience, Flexibility, & Care of Staff in working with Kids and Families
Schedule is consistent & well communicated
Well organized teacher websites
Teachers are engaging and making learning fun
Opportunities for live enrichment classes
Small group and 1:1 support from our LCS staff
Home kits are helpful
High attendance and increased student engagement
Students & Staff are becoming more familiar with navigating the schedules, routines, and online tools
Suggestions for Improvement:
More small group and individualized student support opportunities
More social opportunities for students
Differentiated instruction and assignments
Better technology resources and support
More opportunities for projects & interactive learning
Rethinking our school's reopening plan
From reading through all the feedback, we saw how much of our distance learning program is going well. We are amazed with how caring, responsive, and talented our teachers and staff have been to supporting and communicating with our students and their families. Our students are adapting to this reality and making the best of it. Adjusting to distance learning wasn't easy, but we have done so collectively and we are proud of what we have been able to offer and achieve.
We will continue to work on looking for more opportunities for our students to connect socially and interact with each other in child-directed ways. We'll also continue to explore how to best use our instructional support team to support students while thinking about differentiation and social-emotional needs of the students. Finally, there is much work to be done regarding our plan for eventual reopening. We have heard the parent feedback and are working on creating more opportunities for parents to participate in reopening conversations and planning.
LCS Hollygrove Site Council Notes
At our November Site Council meeting, we reviewed our most recent stakeholder survey results that are shared above. If you have any questions about our school satisfaction results, please feel free to reach out to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or your site council representative.
The rest of our meeting we discussed the issue that is at the top of many minds- school reopening. The site council representatives at every grade level had brought questions, concerns, and hopes for LCS reopening. There are many ideas and opinions on the table and our path to reopening is complex! On December 3rd we will have an all school site council meeting to continue to discuss reopening. Since the conversations around reopening and our school satisfaction results took up the bulk of our time- we tabled some of the other topics until a later conversation.
LARCHMONT LOTTERY APPLICATION (2021-22)
As a reminder, all siblings not currently enrolled at Larchmont Charter who wish to attend must complete a lottery form for the 2021/22 school year - this applies to all grades and all campuses. Lottery forms must be completed and submitted by 5:00 pm February 17, 2021. The lottery form is available on line at www.larchmontcharter.org.
FREE SCHOLARS CIRCLE TUTORING FROM LARCHMONT LFP CAMPUS
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...
Our default schedule is on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 - 5:30 PM.
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
NEW SERVICE: LARCHMONT HELP DESK AT HOME
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!
This email address (email@example.com) 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.
HOLLYGROVE 20-21 DIRECTORY
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COUNSELING CENTER
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 email@example.com.
OUTREACH & PROSPECTIVE PARENT TOURS
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We could really use the help!
HOLLYGROVE ATTENDANCE REMINDERS
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org when you know your student cannot attend synchronously or asynchronously.
Questions about attendance? Email our office manager, Solace, at email@example.com.
HOLLYGROVE FRIDAY PARENT COFFEE
Please join us on Friday, December 4th from10:00 to 11:00 am for our regularly scheduled parent coffee.
Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81250608645
Meeting ID: 812 5060 8645
Note: You an always find the link in the LCS online calendar.
HOLLYGROVE BREAKFAST & LUNCH PICK UP
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!