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Hollygrove Weekly Update | 12.12.20

Updated: Dec 19, 2020


  • December 15 - Co Principals' Office hours | 11-12 pm; ZOOM |

  • December 16 - Morning Sing | 9:15 am | ZOOM | LCSHG

  • December 16 - Wednesday Grab & Go Breakfast & Lunch Pick-Up | 11-1 pm |

  • December 18- Special Winter Assembly | 8:30 am | ZOOM | LCSHG

  • December 18- HGR Friday Morning Parent Coffee with Alissa & Eva | 10-11 am | ZOOM

  • December 21- Jan 4 - WINTER BREAK

  • January 5 - SCHOOL RESUMES ON ZOOM | 8:30 am

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Please take a minute to read through this heartfelt Thanksgiving Bag Drive thank you note from our partners at Uplift Family Services. Thank you to our Hollygrove community for the incredible support for this year's annual holiday collection!

Shadow Puppets created for Fractured Fairy Tales in 1st Grade
Measuring and Line Plots in 2nd Grade Math


Dear Hollygrove Families,

Happy Hanukkah to all those in our community who celebrate! We are heading into the final week of school for 2020. We know everyone is ready for another break and we are appreciative to all the caregivers in our community for helping our students stay on track, as we approach the finish line.

Since this is our final week of school, we have added a special end of year assembly that will take place on Friday, December 18 at 8:30 AM. Please be sure to come by campus on Wednesday for regular breakfast/lunch pick-up. We will include an added treat of hot chocolate, marshmallows and candy canes! Please remember to hold on to your treat. We want all Hollygrove students to sip on some delicious Peppermint Hot Chocolate during Friday's special end of year assembly! If you are unable to pick up grab n' go breakfast/lunch this week, please have a special treat of your own choosing on hand!

Next, we would like to thank Hollygrove grandparent and UCLA infectious disease expert, Dr. Peter Katona, for his time and expertise during yesterday's morning coffee. We had a large group who joined us to ask questions and learn more about the crisis we are currently facing across the world. For those of you who were not able to join the talk, you are able access the recorded coffee right HERE as well as in the school's weekly newsletter. Also, thank you to Karly Katona (Luca Perez, 2nd Grade; Milo Perez, Kinder) for introducing her father prior to the coffee.

Next, our main office will begin distributing digital progress reports for students on Monday.

We thought it would be helpful to highlight the features of, and provide an explanation for, the key elements of the TK-4 progress reports for those of you that are new to our school, and even for those of you who might need a refresher. Please be sure to read the Progress Report section below which is full of important information that will guide you in better understanding your child’s progress report.

And before we close for the weekend, please be sure to read below about the World Fair and how you can contribute. You can also read more in THIS newsletter that was sent earlier in the week. The World Fair team is feeling enthusiastic as the number of submissions continues to grow. Please get your submissions in by this Sunday at 10:00 PM so you will be entered into Monday’s raffle!

Prizes to be raffled on Monday morning include:

1. $100 Target Gift Card (to be picked up at lunch drive-thru at winner's prospective school)

2. Carload Tickets to Holiday Road - the incredible holiday drive-through experience in Calabasas (digital delivery)

3. Small Toy Figurines Boxes (to be picked up at lunch drive-thru at winner's prospective school)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Alissa & Eva hgrprincipal@larchmontcharter.org

We’re so thankful Larchmont Hollygrove grandfather and infectious disease expert, Dr. Katona, was able to join us for a school-wide parent coffee on Friday morning. He spoke about a range of topics from the importance of testing....






Read more below...


1. FIND a recipe, dance, art project, game, favorite story, or other fun adventure that is representative of your family, your heritage, or both.

2. FILM yourselves making the recipe or playing the game, etc to accompany the instructions with how to make/play/etc. Film using your phone in the HORIZONTAL format.

NOTE: Video is highly encouraged, but if you’re more comfortable with sharing only a family photo, artwork from your kids, etc. - those are great ideas too.

3. UPLOAD your video (or photo/artwork) HERE and be sure to include all your info!

4. SHARE the DIGITAL PASSPORT TO THE WORLD with your friends and family! Since we’re virtual this year, we can invite friends and family from the world. We have made this process very clear and easy, and instructions on how to sell subscriptions will follow soon. These can make great gifts, btw!

So let’s show the world what we’ve got, have family fun, celebrate our community and

raise some funds while doing it!


Please call Jason Daley Kennedy, Event Chair, at (310)966-7220

or email him at LCSworldfair@gmail.com


Larchmont Charter School follows the Common Core Standards in Reading, Writing and Math, as well as the Next Generation Science Standards, the CA History/Social Science Standards, and standards in each of the respective enrichment subjects - Music, Art, and PE. The broad standards are all listed under the various subjects areas on your child’s progress report.

The Common Core Standards were designed and written as a TK-12 trajectory of concepts students are expected to understand in order to be successful in various higher education systems and/or the workforce. The broad concepts are consistent across each grade level, which explains why our progress reports have similar language from one grade level to the next.

The intention of progress reports is to inform families of their child’s development and progress towards understanding these broader concepts, rather than emphasizing mastery of isolated skills. Progress related to specific skills is better communicated as areas of strength or challenge during parent-teacher-student conferences, as well as through ongoing verbal and written feedback by teachers during class lessons and on student work.

Keeping in line with our belief that student development is ongoing and not defined by age or a particular grade level, our evaluation of progress intends to communicate student progress along a continuum of learning. When families sit down to read through their child’s progress report, the question to be thinking about is “Where is my child in their understanding of concepts along a continuum of learning over time?”

  • Sometimes, families become concerned if their child does not receive a “P (Proficient)” or an “O (Outstanding)” on their first progress report of the year, or even in the earlier TK-1 grades. We want you to know that it is indeed COMPLETELY NORMAL to have not achieved a “P” or an “O” at these points in time given that the progress report is a reflection of the child’s progress over a continuum of time, just as the standards intend.

The developmental descriptors on the progress report used to describe where students are in their understanding of the Common Core concepts are Emerging, Growing, Proficient, and Outstanding (E, G, P, and O). These descriptors carry the following meaning:

  • Emerging – we have seen signs that the student is beginning to grasp this concept. It is inconsistent and needs more time and opportunity to solidify.

  • Growing – greater consistency is showing or the student is demonstrating greater comfort in exploring, expressing, or applying the concept.

  • Proficient – the student demonstrates solid understanding of the concept at the level consistent with expectations for the particular grade level.

  • Outstanding – the student demonstrates complete comfort with the concept and has taken it significantly beyond expectations for the particular grade level; this manifests itself in higher level creative application of the concept to new experiences and opportunities.

ENRICHMENT GRADES - Students enrichment grades in Music, PE, Art and ESY (Cooking/Gardening) reflect their participation and not skills in any particular given area.

Our progress reports carry forward the Larchmont approach to focusing on each individual child’s growth, learning, and development as opposed to comparing students to each other with traditional letter grades.

DISTANCE LEARNING UPDATES: Because of the parameters of distance learning, students who did not connect online or submit completed work were assigned E’s or *’s, depending on the situation. In these cases, the teachers did not have the data needed to fully assess student progress.


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.  


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


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 techabee@larchmontcharter.org, CC belinda@techabee.comterence@larchmontcharter.org

This email address (techabee@larchmontcharter.org) 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 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 one online info session left that is scheduled from 9-10 am on the following date:

  • 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 hgrprincipal@larchmontcharter.org. 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 attendancehgr@larchmontcharter.org.

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 attendancehgr@larchmontcharter.org when you know your student cannot attend synchronously or asynchronously. 

Questions about attendance?  Email our office manager, Solace, at solace@larchmontcharter.org.


Please join us on Friday, December 18th, 10:00 to 11:00 am, for our usual weekly Parent Coffee.

This week we will be available to answer any questions you might have about Progress Reports and our student evaluation system.

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.


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 and lunch. 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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