Weekly Update 9/19/20


  • September 22 - Korean Speaking/Spanish Speaking Office Hours with the Co- Principals | 11:00 -12:00 pm

  • September 23 - Morning Sing I 9:15 am, ZOOM

  • September 23 - Lunch Service at Hollygrove | 11 - 1 pm

  • September 24 - LCS HG Diversity & Inclusion Meeting | 3:00 -4:00 PM

  • September 28 - Non School Day (Yom Kippur)

  • September 29 - Finance Committee Meeting | 7 - 9 pm

  • October 6 - LCS Board Meeting | 6:30 pm

  • November 4 - NO SCHOOL (Staff Development Day)

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

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Let's use our reading powers! (1st Grade)



Dear Hollygrove Families:

It's been another busy week at Hollygrove in and out of the classroom.  Our students are doing a fantastic job focusing online while continuing to learn and grow. And, our teachers and support staff are holding the whole school together with thoughtful lessons and daily community building consistency. Also, we are proud to share that we distributed over 180 FREE lunch packages this Wednesday to all those families who came through our carpool gate. Please continue visiting Hollygrove to pick up your weekly lunches on Wednesdays between 11:00am -1:00pm.

Next, we want to THANK all of those parents who have jumped right into volunteering and supporting our site based efforts. First, we want to acknowledge all of you who have stepped into the very important role of Room Parent. For those of you who are new to our community, you will come to rely on the communication and support that comes from your class Room Parents! Thank you to Stacey Widger and Eyde Belasco for taking on the Head Room Parent roles again this year. Also, this week we held our first Hollygrove Site Council meeting of the year as well as our first LOOP (Larchmont Organization Of Parents) meeting.  We saw many new and familiar faces in these meetings. Please see the list below for your school and grade level site council representatives. We know times are not easy right now and we are grateful for the tremendous community enthusiasm and participation. Also, thank you to Jason Daley Kennedy and Jessica Hooper for leading LOOP at Hollygrove this year. We will have notes/updates out soon for both LOOP and Site Council. In the meantime, we encourage you to get involved at Hollygrove by leaning in to all of our parent groups and parent gatherings. As the year progresses, we'll continue on this virtual journey of making connections and building community!

LCS Hollygrove Site Council Members:

  • 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

  • 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-4 th Grade parent Representative

  • Jennifer Rothman- 4th Grade Parent Representative

  • Alissa Chariton- Co-Principal

  • Eva Orozco- Co Principal

Finally, we had a small group at our Friday morning coffee, but the topic and presentation by our Improv teacher, Maja Watkins, was meaningful and useful. Maja works at LCS at Hollygrove, Fairfax and Selma as the Social and Emotional Learning Specialist. She uses improv games to teach social skills and connections! Maja focused her talk on teaching parents ways to engage and connect with their kids at home using play. For those of you who were not able to attend, we did want to share this recorded training that Maja recently held for a small group of teachers and therapists. She covered the same material in this presentation that she did during yesterday's coffee. We encourage you to watch this video -- we promise that you'll be glad you did!

We wish you a wonderful weekend, and to our families celebrating Rosh Hashanah, a very happy and healthy new year.

We'll see you back at school on Monday!

Alissa & Eva



Diversity and Inclusion Committee

  • Meets virtually once a month on Thursdays at 3:00 pm

  • First meeting September 24th

  • Has 12 Parent Representatives, would like 3 more

  • No nomination form, just email hgrprincipal@larchmontcharter.org if interested.

Description: This will be our first time holding a separate LCS Hollygrove council dedicated to LCS Hollygrove’s diversity and inclusion efforts. This group will be made up of parents and staff, including a teacher leader who is taking on Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator this year. Our hope is that this group will hold a space for our Hollygrove community to become more aware of the experiences of others in our diverse community and that collectively we can make our space  more inclusive and welcoming. The format that we will try out for these meetings is to start off with a council (One of our school’s regular SEL practices) for the first half of the meeting- sharing real experiences that come from us, our children, and our staff.  This will be followed by a short discussion.  After this meeting, the co-principals and the Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator (Sarah Minaise) will come up with a related lesson plan to share with the teachers for the students.  At the following meeting, we will share some of the learning activities that stemmed from this initial conversation, before we move into another council and discussion. These meetings will also be a hub for other outreach and welcoming efforts. We have had parents supporting us during the lottery season before by doing outreach to preschools and community centers, as well as leading tours for prospective families.