WeHo Enrichments 2013-2014

Welcome Back !

Dear Committee Members and Prospective Committee Members:

Welcome back! A lot of parents have been wondering what's happening with ENRICHMENTS and in two words - A LOT.


For starters, I had a very informal meeting with Mrs. Charles and the Teaching Staff so that we could get a better idea of what ENRICHMENTS meant to them, find out more about our new curriculums and get feedback. We devised a Mission Statement (below) and this is what has been learned:


1. New curriculum.... exciting news! We are moving from State Standards towards Common Core / Project Based Learning (PBL) curriculum. Both Writers and Readers Workshops are in place, homework is changing and each class is being asked to engage in at least one Project Based Learning (PBL) project through the year.


2. Teachers are developing various units of study right now. This is where our Enrichments Committee will come in to help actualize events (and PBL projects) that support each classes curriculum.


We are in the process of gathering information from Teachers such as units of study, special interests/requests and finding out what of the many amazing Enrichments from 2012/2013 they'd like to see again. We hope to bring back most if not all of our favorite Assemblies, Field Trips, Guest Speakers and Workshops.


In the next week I will be sending out a short survey to gather information about YOU how you would like to be involved, what resources you have access to and how much time you might have to help out. Our goal is to try and match Committee Members to an Enrichment (or two, or three) that they will help 'produce'.

We are currently seeking new members and an ENRICHMENTS CO-CHAIR.

If you have an hour, if you know someone who knows someone, if you have an enriching idea, even if you have a vague interest in Enrichments - I encourage you to join us. If you are already on the committee, THANK YOU!


Those who would like to join - send me an email with the following in the REPLY line:


ENRICHMENTS - This is a no brainer - I AM TOTALLY IN !


If you are still unsure after reading this exhausting note - or- perphaps you're just a commitment phobe needing 'more information' ....

Please join us at our West Hollywood Elementary Volunteer Fair SEPT 3rd @ 8:15 a.m.

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WeHo ENRICHMENTS Mission Statement


A Chinese proverb states:

Tell me, I’ll forget

Show me, I’ll remember

Involve me, I’ll understand


Children learn most effectively when information is presented within a context rather than as isolated facts or principles. FOWHE ENRICHMENTS seeks to assist Teachers in making their curriculum come alive by creating a set of integrated Enrichments (integrated into existing Core Standards and Study Units) connecting academic disciplines to activities which help form a meaningful context.


Modern education realizes that students acquire information through the various intelligences. Through Curriculum Enrichments children are involved in a hands-on process of experiential learning which not only speaks to those various intelligences but also leads to a high level of engagement, full participation, and active rather than passive learning. We also extend learning outside of the classroom through field trips, workshops and outdoor enrichments that work to enhance both academic and social growth.


Our goal is to support our Teachers curriculum and build lifelong learners – people who are excited about learning, curious, willing to take risks and who are comfortable with making choices and trying out new ideas. We aim to influence the success of students, encouraging them to invest in themselves, in the success of others, and to have compassion for and patience with their fellow beings.


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LIST OF ENRICHMENTS BY GRADE for Year 2012-2013

Enrichments 2012-2013 by Grade

Includes Assemblies, Bus and Walking Field Trips, Guest Speakers and Workshops


Assemblies:


  • Flamenco Dancers Assembly - All School
  • Veteran's Day Assembly - All School
  • Chinese New Year (Lion Dance and Kung Fu) - All School
  • Boris Ate a Thesaurus (Author/Illustrator) - TK-3
  • Mrs. P (Read Across America - TK-3
  • Black History Month (Safari Drum Circle) All School
  • Alvin Ailey Dance- K-2
  • Cinco de Mayo - All School



TK

Bus Field trips:

Theatre Works

Los Angeles Zoo

Walking Field Trips:

Fire station- (Oct.-Nov.)

Library- (May)

Guest speakers:

STAR Eco Station

Art

Book Fairy



Kindergarten

Bus Field Trips:

Kidspace Museum- (Mar)

24th St. Theatre- (Nov.)

Theatre Works-

Walking field trips:

Post office- spread out by class (1 in Sept., 1 in Jan., 1 in Feb.)

Fire station-(Oct.- Nov.)

Citibank- (Nov. 9)

Pavillions- (Feb.)

Sheriff station- (April)

Library- (May)

Guest speakers:

Bees- (Anytime)

Art- (Jan.- May)

Book Fairy

Antoinette Portis- (end of May)



1st Grade

Bus Field Trips:

Tree People- (Mar. 22)

9 O'Clock Players- (Oct. 30)

Sea Safari Cruise- (1st week of May)

Walking Field Trips:

WEHO city planner- (Oct.)

Weho Library- (Oct., 1 class at a time)

Guest speakers:

Self Portraits

Art- (Friday's)

Bristol Farms Chef- (Feb./ Valentine's Day)

Mad Science, wacky weather- (Jan.)

Improv- (Nov. and anytime)

Photography Class-

Yoga

Guitar sing-a-long

Bee Keeper Visit

Book Fairy


2-3 multiage class

Field trips:

El Portal Theatre- (Dec. 13)

Aquarium of the Pacific- pull 2nd (Nov.)

Sea Safari Cruise- (1st week of May, pull 1st)

Olvera St.-

Zoo

Walking Field Trips:

WEHO city planner- pull 1st- walking tour (Oct.)

Andaz Hotel Day of Giving

Library

Guest Speakers/ Workshops:

Art- Alexandra Fisher and Kevin Johnson

Self Portraits (with Ms. Melzer or Alexandra Fisher and Kevin Johnson)

Sheriff- (Nov.-Dec. Pull 1st.)

Canvas Painting- (Jan)

Improv- (Jan.-Feb.)

V/O studio- Will come to class. (Jan.-Feb.)

Origami- (Jan.-Feb.)

Paws for Learning- (Feb. 28)

Trash for Teaching- (end of Feb.)

Heal the Bay- (Mar.-April)

Caterpillars- (Mar.-Apr.)

Yoga- (beginning April)

Bee Keeper Visit

Book Fairy



2nd Grade

Field Trips:

El Portal Theatre- (Oct./ Nov.)

Aquarium of the Pacific+- (Nov.)

Natural History Museum with Butterfly exhibit plus Cal. Science Center-

(mid to late May)

Guest Speakers/ Workshops:

Career Week: Weather (10/22)/ Medicine/ Arts(10/24 or 25)/ Social Worker (10/23)- (10/22-10/26) (Fritz Coleman, 10/22, 10:30am; Elizabeth Goechius, 10/23 am; Lyn Bradley, either 10/24 or 25)

Paws for Learning- (Feb. 28)

Origami- (Jan.)

Trash for Teaching- (end of Feb.)

Bee Keeper Visit (May)

Caterpilars -

Book Fairy



3rd Grade

Field Trips:

LA Philharmonic, Disney Concert Hall- (Tues. 2/5, 10-10:45am)

LACMA Metropolis Exhibit-

Rancho Los Alamitos Hands on History-

Guest Speakers/ Workshops:

Positive Motion-

Mad Science, Light and Color- (a Wed. or Fri. in Nov. or Dec.)

Art

Lego Robotics-



4-5 Multiage class

Field Trips:

San Gabriel Mission- 3rd and 4th (Feb.)

LA Philharmonic- with 3rd Grade pulled out to join the other 3rd grade classes (Feb)

Columbia Space Center- (Jan. or Feb.)

Autry Museum- for 3rd and 4th (Mar.-May)

Out of Town Trips:

Astrocamp-

Sacramento- 4th grade only. (May 10)

Guest Speakers/ Workshops:

Etiquette Luncheon- pull 4th Grade (before Spring Break)

Positive Motion-

Quilling-

Animator-

Bee Keeper Visit



4th Grade

Field Trips:

San Gabriel Mission- (with 3/4). (Feb.)

Autry Museum- with 3/4. (March-May)

Santa Monica College Planetarium-

Out of Town Trip:

Sacramento- (May 10)

Guest Speakers/ Workshops:

Mad Science: Electricity- (Nov)

Etiquette Luncheon

Positive Motion-

Art-


5th Grade

Bus Field Trips:

Planetarium (Apr.-May)

Museum of Tolerance-

Walking Field Trip:

House of Blues

Out of Town Trip:

Catalina Camp- (Spring)

Guest Speakers/ Workshops:

Ballroom Dancing

Positive Motion-


5th and 6th Grade

Bus Field Trips:

Skirball- (Nov. 8)

Museum of Tolerance-

Walking Field Trip:

House of Blues

Out of Town Trip:

El Capitan Camp- (late April- early May)

Guest Speakers/ Workshops:

Ballroom Dancing

Positive Motion

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Thanks again! See you at the Volunteer Fair!

Angela Galletta

(Joseph Levy's mom)