March 10, 2015

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Family Read Aloud Celebration

Please RSVP to Judith Kantor.

Friday, March 13 at 5-7:30pm.

Painting Update

  • Exterior painting will begin in EC building on Wednesday, March 11th.

Intermediate Spring Sing

Wednesday, March 11th at 8:30 am in Community Hall.



Please find below information for CONTRA-TIEMPO's performance at USC on March 27, 2015:

Performance: Full Still Hungry (Live Music)

When: March 27, 2015

Where: University of Southern California
Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

University Park Campus
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Cost: Admission is FREE. Reservations required. Please click on the link to RSVP.

Also here is the link with all the information about the performance on USC's website:


This year will be our last year using the SAT 10 testing. Next year we are planning on implementing the Smarter Balanced test.

Our testing dates for this year are April 6-10th, and April 20-24th.

Calling for Your Vivid Imagination!!!

After a wonderful Viva auction we are asking our community for different fundraising ideas. Some of the ones shared so far: dance-a-thon and casino night.

Please send your ideas to

On the Radio

KPCC radio ran a story on high quality Spanish-language books for young children that highlights the work of our school and of our Fall Book Fair partner La Librería. Reporter Deepa Fernandes contacted us after hearing about our Learning Two Languages (LTL) program and our efforts to incorporate high quality Spanish language books into the program. She points to the opening of the bookstore La Librería in Mid-City Los Angeles as an important new resource for schools and for parents raising bilingual children. We're proud to be able to contribute to the vital work of guiding educators and families in laying a strong foundation for children's learning and appreciation of the Spanish language!

And you can listen to it any time at:


Tech Tip

The Tech group has received a complimentary Bruin Bike, helmet, and lock for any UCLA related activity- including exercise! The bike is parked in front of the school, and the helmet and key is located in the Tech room for check-out. The Bruin Bike is equipped with a cup holder, and two small backpacks in the rear. Here is a link to UCLA related bike resources:

See upcoming trends in educational technology from the Horizon Report:

Stay tuned - today is a big day for the Mac community today is a big day for the Mac community – Microsoft Office is excited to announce that a preview of the new Office 2016 for Mac is now officially available! Office 2016 for Mac is powered by the cloud so you can access your documents on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint at anytime, anywhere and on any device.

Read more:

The Office 2016 Mac Preview is here!


For those interested in building your Spanish vocabulary one word at a time, we will publish a word or phrase in Admin News, use it in a sentence, and provide the English translation. Today’s Spanish word of the day:

Energía - Energy

Tengo mucha energía hoy.

I have a lot of energy today.


Kate Tirone

Let us all officially welcome Kate Tirone! She has joined our staff as the Assistant to the Administration, supporting the Principal, Assistant Principal, and Director of Finance, Operations & Technology. Most of you know Kate already, and maybe even enjoyed a piece of birthday cake with her! If you haven't had a chance to meet her, please stop by Administration to say hello and welcome.

Kate comes to us with experiences as an editor, communications manager, program coordinator, and executive assistant, at a health and wellness online magazine, MIT and Harvard. She has a master in Library and Information Science and a bachelor of arts, in History. We are so happy to have her!


Primary Storytelling and Music Morning

What a wonderful morning for our Primary students and their families. Thank you to our Primary teachers, Mr. Kello and Mr. Sacre.

Enjoy a poem by Mr. Wilson and Ms. Thomas:


Antonio Sacre


He stands in the front of us

And tells us his stories

He never reads from a book

He just tells a tale from his head

And from his heart.

He makes us laugh

Not just a simple laugh

But a great, big, belly laugh

Facial expressions

Funny faces

His mouth moves this way and that way

Movement with his body

Simple gestures with his hands

And his arms go this way and that way

Sound effects

and Silence

Repetition, repetition, repetition

The parts and craft of the story

Mr. Sacre’s stories

Makes us think

Of all the stories we have

Inside our head

Inside our hearts

He teaches us that

We are all storytellers

So, what is your story?

CGI Family Celebration in Rooms 7 and 8

Wow! It is amazing what opening our doors to families can do for their understanding of what math looks like and sounds like in our classroom communities. Parents were inthralled by the conversations surrounding math, shared in whole group, small groups and pairs. Mathematical problem solving and reasoning was shown through teacher-student and student-student interactions. Great to see.
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What a great party!

Thank you to our wonderful development team and all those who helped a night under the stars come to life. What marvelous art work created by our students and teachers...BRAVO.


Maria Avalos

Maria loves classic black and white movies. Her favorites being "It's A Wonderful Life" and "To Kill A Mockingbird." Who doesn't love those two movies? Maria likes country music and will cry at the drop of a hat. She grew up in the central valley of California but was born in Chicago. Maria has three siblings, two nieces, six nephews and a wonderful mom. Her favorite food is fried chicken and Maria is searching for the best fried chicken restaurant in Los Angeles...please send her your favorite. She loves her job (most days) and has been a part of our school almost 28 years. Maria, "can't wait to read what other people write about themselves."
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Questions... Comments... Put Ups...

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