School Events Week of Jan. 20th

Silent Auction,Tax Letter, NOVA, LBGT Clothing Drive, etc.

Silent Auction Needs Volunteers

Dear Parents,

Seeking fun people!! We still need volunteers to help with the online silent auction and Gala, both taking place in March. You need not attend the Wednesday morning meetings to participate, so if getting to the morning meetings or time commitment has been a worry, you can still join our team! There are many different ways to take part in this wonderful fundraiser for the school, and the more help we get, the more successful the events will be. Contact Linnea McAr (, 917.826.8591) to discuss! This is a great opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the school through your participation in the event preparation alone!


Has it really been a year since our last Gala Auction? Time flies so fast and we keep coming back for more because this is such a fabulous night. We are back at the Phyllis Morris Showroom where we've had so many elegant gala evenings.

Information and forms will go home in backpacks this week. In the meantime, here's how you can be involved:

Save the Date. Book your babysitter and get ready for a fun, adult evening of mingling, eating and drinking, and bidding on exciting items, including trips, hotels, restaurants, sporting goods, health and beauty treatments, and so much more! Our gala auction is on Saturday, March 21 from 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm. The live auction portion, during which we auction some of our most sought-after items, will be held at the end of the evening so plan to make a night of it. Tickets will be available the week of February 2.

Tap your Resources. Have a favorite restaurant where you're a regular? Or a corporate connection or insider access to Hollywood happenings or items? We're hoping for at least 2 donations from each of our families to make sure there's plenty to bid on. Most businesses are very happy to help out schools so it's easy to ask.

After you get a "yes", please do the following:

1. Have the donor fill out either the online donation form or printed form (you can take one with you when you ask).

2. Bring the item and the form to the box in the office near Ovsanna's desk.

3. Get donations in by March 2 so we can list your donation in our catalog. We'll recognize you as the item solicitor or donor.

We're also seeking auction sponsors. If you know a business that may want to promote themselves to our school community (or you'd like to advertise your own business), let them know that ads start at just $50. Please have the business submit a sponsorship form and we'll be in touch to get artwork and copy.

Attend a Meeting. Trust us, there's more than enough for everyone who wants to pitch in. Come to a meeting (Wednesday mornings; our next meeting is on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 8:20 in B5). Or if you have some time there are many things that can be done right from home. Contact Linnea at if you have ideas or want to get involved.

We count on our wonderful parent community to help make this big undertaking a success. Thank you!


There's still time to sign up for NOVA classes. Here's the schedule:


ART: Clay Studio. Create amazing works of art with your hands! Learn and practice basic methods of rolling, molding, and texturing to transform a simple slab of clay into something dynamic! 3:15-4:15 (K,1), 4:15-5:15 (2-5).

SPORTS: Soccer Stars. This once-a-week class develops an understanding of more complex soccer techniques and strategies as kids sweat their way toward becoming soccer SuperSTARS! 3:15-4:15 (K,1), 4:15-5:15 (2-5).
RockSTAR: Kinder Rock. RockSTAR, the popular program that turns children's Rock'n'Roll dreams into reality, is proud to offer a class designed just for kinders! Give them the true RockSTAR experience that culminates with an end of session rock out performance at their school for family and friends! 3:15-4:15 (K)and 4:15-5:15 (K).

RockSTAR. The most popular after school Rock'n'Roll education program in Los Angeles! Professional rock musicians teach kids how to play guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards. Kids also learn to compose songs and perform classic Rock'n'Roll hits! 3:00-4:00 (1,2), 4:00-5:00 (2,3), 5:00-6:00 (3-5).


Our school is helping the city & LGBT Youth Center collect gently used clothing for 12 to 24 yr olds. The Youth Center is especially in need of unopened ( still in packages) brand new socks and undergarments. Please place clothing in the marked cardboard boxes inside the school entrance. Please donate through January 26th. Your generosity is greatly appreciated! Email with questions.

CANNED FOOD DRIVE - There's still time to bring in your canned food donations for the SOVA Food Drive. Donation bins are located in the hallway next to the office.


We will email acknowledgment letters this week for donations made to FOWHE in 2014. To claim a deduction on federal tax returns, donors are required to keep a written acknowledgment from organizations to which they gave any single contribution of $250 or more in a year. See IRS Publication 1771 for more information. If you have further questions please email

Important Dates to Remember

Jan 21- New Spirit Wear for Sale @ 7:45am; Location: Front Building

Jan 22-SSC Meeting @ 3pm, Location B5

Jan 23- Spirit Wear Day

Feb 16 - No School (President's Day)
March 9-13 - Parent Teacher Conferences

March 21st - Silent Auction @ 5:30-9pm; Location: Phyllis Morris Showroom
March 30-Apr 3 - No School (Spring Break)
April 6 - No School (Cesaer Chavez)
May 8 - 4th Grade Sacramento Field Trip
May 25 - No School (Memorial Day)

June 4 - Last Day of School


* Check Ms. Russo’s website for homework assignments, upcoming assessments & updates at:

*Take the time to read your Wizard Wire each Tuesday and refer to the FOWHE website at

*Purchase Spiritwear Online at

*Weho Library Day - signup at

*Pledge Donations @

Please let us know if you have questions.

Have a great week,

Ms. Russo's 4th Grade Room Parents:

Marina B. Shlimak (Dascha's mom)

Missi Stein (Isabella's Mom)