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BACK TO SCHOOL Third Street Elementary School’s top ranking is not an accident By Sondi Sepenuk If you live in the Hancock Park area, even if you don’t have kids, you most surely know that Third Street Elementary is one of the top-ranked public elementary schools in Los Angeles Unified School District. In fact, with an Academic Performance Index of 948, the school places in the top two percent of all public elementary schools in Los Angeles.

Third Street, filled with 750 kindergarten through 5th graders, has long held a reputation for having a diverse student body, high academic achievement and an abundance of parental involvement. This is no accident. The woman who has been leading the school since 1993, Dr. Suzie Oh, is determined not only to keep it at its current level of academic success, but to boost it

even higher. With the introduction of the new Common Core State Standards phasing in this fall (a U.S. education initiative that seeks to bring diverse state curricula into alignment with each other), Dr. Oh sees lots of opportunity for progress. “I believe in the Common Core standards because it is rooted in critical thinking, discussion, creativity and community,” says Dr. Oh enthusias-

DR. SUSIE OH is thrilled with new developments.

tically. “I’m glad to be moving away from one-size-fits-all.” The principal doesn’t flinch when she says that, but the reality is that over her last 20 years at Third Street, Dr. Oh has been faced with the constant winds of academic change throughout LAUSD. The one thing that has stayed consistent is her knowledge of what works and what does not. Most recently, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan approved a one-year waiver that releases LAUSD from its obligation to No Child Left Behind. Dr. Oh is thrilled with these new developments. Transformative change This waiver is “transformative change,” she explains. “It provides an incredible opportunity to take a more holistic approach to school improvement. This will allow us to be far less dependent on a single test score.” Dr. Oh has managed to put her own stamp on improvements at Third Street. For example, when she became the principal in 1993, the first thing she did was to enlarge the library.

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“The school had a very small library when I started, and libraries, in my opinion, should be the center of learning… we wanted to instill the love of reading in our students. Today’s readers are tomorrow’s leaders,” Dr. Oh states with confidence. With devastating budget cuts affecting the public schools year after year, one of Dr. Oh’s main priorities was to get the parents involved in fundraising and volunteering. In this way, the school, through “Friends of Third,” has raised enough money for library support, teacher assistants, P.E. classes, the Arts and more. Dr. Oh also introduced a Korean/English dual language program 12 years ago, and expanded the Gifted and Talented Education program (GATE) at the school. Increase in gifted “When I first arrived, only three to five percent of the students were originally identified as gifted and talented. Now, there are about 20 to 25 percent who are in the program,” she says with pride. Even with all of her achievements at the school, the last thing Dr. Oh wants to do is to take credit for anything. She knows, as all good leaders do, that it’s all about “we.” “Every year brings me different opportunities and challenges…” says Dr. Oh, “but we are successful because of a strong parent body and teachers who are a stable presence at the school… I involve parents in our decision-making process, because they are our customers. All of our programs should be about their little darlings.” Twenty years after Dr. Oh’s arrival at the school, Third Street Elementary is moving forward with bold programs, lots of parent involvement, and a laser focus on improving every child’s life. “If I had to start all over again,” Dr. Oh muses, “I would still be in education.”

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BACK TO SCHOOL School year marks Westridge’s 100th educating girls

iPads are popular with both students and teachers at Page A one-to-one iPad program that was introduced last year at Page Private School has expanded this year to include students in preschool and junior kindergarten. iPad use complements the school's "smart boards," as well as its updated computer lab, said teacher Janet Romero. "You have a spelling test tomorrow, so you might want to work on that," Romero told a group of 4th and 5th graders

during a language arts class in the library of the school on Larchmont Blvd. Students seem more excited about learning when using a variety of interactive apps on their iPads in subjects from math and science to language and history, said Romero. The students agree. Utilizing apps in the classroom "feels like regular games, so it's fun," said 4th grader Bridjet Walker. "But we're learning, too."

in an ever-changing world, said Monica Meñez, director of communications. “The vision of Mary Ranney’s Westridge School became a reality in 1913, remained constant decade after decade of national social and cultural change, continues today and is the core of the Centennial celebration,” added Meñez. Special centennial activities throughout the year will be highlighted in classrooms and at special events. Includ-

ed are a Founder’s Day picnic in October; speaker Rebecca Skloot in November; the introduction of a Westridge Athletics Hall of Fame during homecoming in January: and Centennial Weekend in March featuring Festival of the Arts, Alumnae Day, Faculty and Staff Reunion and Westridge 100 Birthday Party. The school has grown from a single home to a nearly 10acre, 17-building campus at 324 Madeline Drive.

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School started on August 13th! Our back to school breakfast is September 10th. More than ever we are looking to our community to continue to help support all of school efforts. Please visit our website,, to see additional ways for you as our neighbor can help. For more specific fundraising efforts, check out Go Panthers! You can support Third Street programs by donating to Friends of Third & by making Amazon purchases thru our website’s Amazon link. Thank you!

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TEACHER Janet Romero assists students in the library.

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BACK TO SCHOOL Hints on managing stress at back-to-school time time comes around. It’s wonderful spending the extra time with the kids during summer, but as all parents know, it can be a challenge

keeping them occupied. Then school begins again, and I’m happy to get back to our routine, but not thrilled about getting back to the crazy Mon-

day-Friday schedule. I’ve identified some tips that may help parents with the two toughest times of the school day: the morning madness and the after-school juggle. I am certainly not an expert in this arena; every day is a work in progress, but these are some ideas that may help. Let’s talk about the crazy mornings. We need to leave our house by 7:15 a.m. to get our kids to school, so evMommy ery minute Beat counts. Parby ents should set a regular Danielle bedtime and Avazianwake-up time Reyes during the school week. This will establish a routine and set the expectation with no room for negotiation. Have your child lay out his/her clothes the night before in a designated spot (this includes shoes, socks and belts.) The homework and backpacks should also be packed up and put in a designated spot near the door. Decide on simple breakfast choices ahead of time and have those breakfast items on hand and ready to go. Make sure your own items (keys, i-pad, jacket) are on-hand so you are not slowing everyone down if you need to hunt for something. To keep kids on track in the morning, try taping a checklist to the bathroom mirror of what they need to do and in what order: get dressed, brush teeth, brush hair, eat breakfast, get backpack. Some families find the afterschool juggle to be tougher

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BACK TO SCHOOL Zimmer hosts award dinner Zimmer Children Museum’s Discovery Award Dinner is Thurs., Nov. 14 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Honored at the event will be Margaret Loesch, president

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BACK TO SCHOOL L.A. High is accredited through 2018

TEX MEX CORNBREAD and Black Bean Mountain, a cucumber salad and a Warm Pear and Raisin Delight dessert were created by LAUSD high school students.

Students create new menu items for L.A. schools Students have their fellow classmates to thank for new menu items at L.A. Unified School District cafeterias. A breakfast item and a lunch meal, created by students, will be served at all 800 LAUSD cafeterias. They will be rotated into the menu cycle every four weeks. Students’ dishes were chosen through district-wide competitions. Among winners are Panorama High school sophomore Guadalupe Gonzalez for her Breakfast Fruit Puff

recipe as well as West Adams High senior Esther Segura and Jose Landaverde, a senior at Manual Arts High School, for their Tex Mex Cornbread and Black Bean Mountain, cucumber salad and Warm Pear and Raisin Delight dessert. “The more involved students are, the more we can deliver dishes that not only look and taste good to them, but also meet U.S. Dept. of Agriculture guidelines," said David Binkle, LAUSD director of food services.

By Laura Eversz Los Angeles High School got some good news recently when it was granted accreditation through 2018. In 2010, the school was named one of five in the Los Angeles Unified School District under threat of takeover or closure because of chronically failing scores. But a recent letter from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges announced that it had been successfully accredited through 2018. A two-day mid-cycle review will take place in the spring of 2015. "A study of the school in 2010 didn't have a great outcome," said principal Dr. Helena Yoon-Fontamillas, who came on board at the end of 2011. "They gave us one year to turn it around and show improvement. If we hadn't succeeded, we would have gotten a one-year accreditation or it would have been withheld, meaning diplomas would be valueless for students applying to UCs or Cal States." In April of this year, a visiting team liked what they

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saw. "The accreditation offers compelling evidence that we are moving in the right direction," said the principal. Being given one year "was a wake-up call for the entire staff," she added. "It was no longer business as usual." She credits the improvement to the staff's commitment to working together as a team. "We had a new instructional specialist come on board, and we made a commitment to come together

from top to bottom," said the principal. It wasn't an easy year, she admitted. "We spent a lot of time finding a happy medium between keeping the focus on students and school improvement." "Rebuilding is going to take some time," said Yoon-Fontamillas. "But the accreditation shows we have made progress and have turned the corner. That is great news," she added.

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By Margaret Combs 11th Grade In addition to welcoming a new 7th grade class of 95 students, kicking off the fall sports season, and starting rehearsals for the all-school play, the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year finds Marlborough celebrating its 125th year as the oldest all-girls school in southern California. Commemorating the school’s anniversary will play a large role in the events of the school year, as Marlborough seeks to make students and the community aware of its history. Students will create artwork and participate in activities centered on learning about Marlborough’s past, and will be able to observe archival displays around campus. Annual traditions such as Pin Ceremony, during which parents and students recognize the 9th graders’ transition to the upper school, will be accompanied by historical information about the event. The yearly drama ensemble play will be a student-written documentary of the school’s history. In the fall of 2014, Marlborough alumna and former employee Judith Minor Campbell ’59 will


By Sam Bernardy 5th Grade We had a pretty fun and exciting month, kicking off the start of the school year with a big game day consisting of games and snow cones. We’ve been swimming during our P.E. classes and on top of that, we took a supercalafragalistic field trip to Soak City! This month, be on the look out for the Safe Moves Assembly. It’s going to inform us about pedestrian and bicycle safety. Our preschool and junior kinder students will celebrate their grandparents and special friends by having morning snack with them. Our field trip is to Kids Concept located in Torrance. We’ll close out the month with our “Jog for Technology” fund run at our Page Newport Mesa campus. For information on the run, call 323-463-5118. I’ll leave you with Sam’s tip #1: “For all those kids and parents out there, take it easy on each other.”

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Larchmont Charter School is changing. Larchmont Charter School and Larchmont Charter West merged, but will remain at separate campuses. From changing teachers to changing principals, Larchmont has made many revisions to their staff. Kristin Droege, the previous principal of LCW, is now the head of school K-8. There are even more exciting changes, such as 4th graders taking Spanish language classes and no more multi-grade classes. In the spirit of merging, we ended last year with an LCS, LCW soccer match at RFK High School. Each school had a boy’s and a girl’s team, and they were evenly matched games. Parents, students, and faculty had fun cheering on the players who also had fun playing against friends. We are thrilled to announce our new high school opened this month. They will offer a 9th and 10th grade class and continue to grow by adding a grade each year.

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By Sela Sourapas 6th Grade I am very excited to be writing this column for the Larchmont Chronicle. I am 12 years old and enjoy reading, science and volleyball. It was a busy summer on campus. Our school offered sports, chess, and robotics camps. It also offered a Creative Arts Academy, which is a series of rotating performing arts classes—such as improvisation, fencing, film and costume design. For the final performance, the students created their own stories into an original theatrical production. This year’s theme was Epic-Center. As of August 27 the whole elementary went to back to school. It’s always a happy time to see old friends, make new friends, and meet new classroom teachers. Starting in September is Food on Fridays, where students are asked to bring in canned goods that are donated to a local food pantry.


By Klara Kaupanger-Swacker Alice Lee 4th Grade Hi! We are the school reporters of Wilshire Private School. This summer 2013, we had lots of fun. Every Friday, we went on field trips to places like Knott’s, Soak City and the museums. From 9 a.m. to noon it was study time. Every Thursday for math we cooked desserts such as Jell-O peppermint no bake cake, vanilla ice cream, peanut butter bars, cake batter truffles and Oreo pudding. Our teacher can sure make math delicious! We also read “Island of the Blue Dolphins” and wrote book reports and did projects on the book. After that, it was lunch time. After lunch, on Mondays and Wednesdays, we had PE and music classes. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we had computer and art classes. It was an awesome summer.

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BACK TO SCHOOL Kim recognized as top student by Johns Hopkins Kevin Kim, Sycamore Ave., dent at Walter Reed Middle was recently honored as one of School, was one of more than the brightest young students 40,000 students from over 120 in the nation at a statewide countries who participated in the CTY Talent awards ceremony Search. Because of by The Johns Hopthe difficulty of the kins University tests, only 25 to 30 Center for Talented percent of students Youth (CTY). who participated He is the son of earned an invitation Kyung Un Kim and to a CTY Awards Kook hee Park. Ceremony. The Center hon “It’s inspirored Kevin for his Kevin Kim ing and reassuring exceptional perforto see this group of mance on a rigorsome of the best and brightous, above-grade-level test given to academically talented est students emerging and to second-through-eighth-grade know that they will become tomorrow’s thought leaders students. Kevin, an eighth grade stu- and innovators,” says Elaine Tuttle Hansen, executive director of CTY.

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A CEREMONY AT THE GROVE honored more than 150 innercity youth scholars who had received support through the Caruso Family Foundation. The students were treated to lunch and a movie to celebrate the completion of their summer programs. Rick Caruso, CEO of Caruso Affiliated and founder of the Foundation, was joined by L.A. Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier at the recent event.

Tots learn espanol and English at Zimmer program A bilingual drop-off program for three-year-olds will be launched next month at the Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6595 Wilshire Blvd. The program, Jugando Grande, offers bilingual exposure in a fun Reggio-Emilia inspired learning environment led by a certified early childhood specialist fluent in English and Spanish. “The bilingual movement is growing quickly in Los Angeles and there are not enough programs to fill the need,” says Maria Palazzolo, associate director of Play and Learning for the museum. A rotating schedule of more than 10 weekly parent and child classes, a Caregiver Academy which offers professional development for caregivers, and fieldtrips for Headstart Preschools are also featured at Zimmer. For more information please contact Maria Palazzolo at maria@zimmermuseum. org or 323-761-8994.

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BACK TO SCHOOL From Istanbul to the Big Apple, Lake Crowley to the YOUNGSTERS visited locales near and far. Some went fishing on the Missouri River or camping at Lake Cachuma and Lake Casitas, while others stayed closer to home in Brookside and USC baseball camp.

A VISIT to the Jersey Shore included a bumper car ride for Ryan Lavery and his cousin, Marguerite Scaturo.

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BACK TO SCHOOL Jersey shore, here's how youngsters spent the summer WHETHER enjoying bumper cars on the Jersey Shore, visiting grandparents, attending family reunions or taking part in a fellowship, all agree that the livin' was easy.

LAKE CROWLEY served up a "keeper" for Tim Burschinger over the summer.

THE MISSOURI RIVER in S. Dakota provided a scenic backdrop for fisherman Siobhan Schallert and a friend.

ENJOYING the great outdoors at Lake Casitas were Jake Prior and Luke Genewick.

KELSEY PRIOR took in the scenery from the back seat on the way to San Luis Obispo to visit her Grannie and Grandpa.

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BACK TO SCHOOL Car-related fun at Petersen Museum Visit the Petersen Automotive Museum the first Saturday of the month for Discovery Days drop-in arts and crafts workshops from 1 to 4

p.m. Actors from L.A. BookPals read stories at 2 p.m. Make magnetic streetscapes on Sept. 7. Children under six can join


THREE-YEAROLD Zoey Banks, Larchmont Village, discovered worms at Kallpachay summer camp. The Spanish immersion program, which was founded by two home school teachers, offers classes, camps and preschool for youngsters.

in Discovery Hour on Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. with games, story telling, scavenger hunts and crafts. Stop Lights are featured Sept. 10. The Petersen is at 6060 Wilshire Blvd.

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Spanish enrichment for youngsters at Romp Kallpachay, a Spanish immersion program that offers classes, camps and preschool for youngsters, is being offered at Romp. The indoor/outdoor play facility for children is at 755 N. Highland Blvd. Class sizes are small so that children can easily practice speaking Spanish, said Miriam Epstein, program co-director. The program began in 2011 by home school teachers Epstein and Karina Torres who

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saw the need for quality language instruction. Since their first program— a summer camp in 2012— launched, classes have doubled. Now Kallpachay is launching Spanish Club, which offers specialty classes in pottery, dance, photography, movie-making, music and martial arts, all in Spanish. For more information, go to or contact Epstein at 323-515-4919.

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Watch movies, share books, play games, dust off that screenplay FAIRFAX LIBRARY 161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191 Children LACMA Art Classes for Kids: Best for ages five to 12; meets Wednesdays at 4 p.m. STAR: Library volunteers read children's stories aloud. Call branch for information. Adults Book Group: Call library for selection. Meets Tues., Sept., 3 at 10:30 a.m. First Thursday Films: Have popcorn and see a movie, on Thurs., Sept. 5 at 2:30 p.m. Call branch for selection. L.A. Quiltmakers Guild: Hands-on demonstrations. Meets Sat., Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. TV Writers Group: Discusss and critique your scripts on Sat., Sept. 14 and 28 at 3:30 p.m. M.S. Support Group: Meets for support for those who have or care for people with multiple sclerosis on Thurs., Sept. 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. MOMS Club of MidWilshire: Support group for Moms meets on Fri., Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. Computer Comfort: Handson training on the computer on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. Book Sale: Lots of deals on used books and more on Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. FREMONT LIBRARY 6121 Melrose Ave. 323-962-3521 Children STAR: Library volunteers read children's stories aloud. Meets Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Teens Teen Council: Discuss future programming, books, music and movies on Tues., Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Adults Friends of the Library Book Sale: Book and cd deals on Fri., Sept. 6 and Sat., Sept. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. Book Club: Meets Tues., Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Call library for this month's selection. MEMORIAL LIBRARY 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2732 Children Tuesday Night @ the Movies: Come see a family friendly movie on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Free popcorn. Call branch for title. Babies and Books: For children ages infant to 1 year to share stories, songs and rhymes on Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

Teens Fun & Games: All Ages. Meet Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m. to play Chinese mah jong, Scrabble, Battleship, Checkers, other games. Chess Club: All skill levels welcome to come play chess on Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. Adults First Friday Book Club: Call library for book title. Meets on Fri., Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. Friends of the Library Book Sale: Deals on books, cds and dvds on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 5 p.m and Saturdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sahaja Meditation: Learn meditation on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Computer Comfort Class: Computer basics on Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. or go online: Knitting Circle: Meets Saturdays at 10 a.m. All skill levels welcome to come spin a yarn. Hatha Yoga: Meets Saturdays at 12:15 p.m. Wear comfortable clothing, bring yoga mat or heavy towel. WILSHIRE LIBRARY 149 N. St. Andrews Place 323-957-4550 Children BARK!: Come read a story to a dog who is especially trained to listen to children on Tues., Sept. 17 from 4 to 5 p.m. Baby's Sleepy Storytime: For ages infant to 2 years. Arrive in your pajamas for 15 minutes of lullabies and stories, check out some board books and then home to bed. Mondays from 6 to 6:15 p.m. Preschool Storytime: Kids ages 3 to 5 years can hear stories, sing songs and check out picture books on Weds., Sept. 4, 18 and 25 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Teens Teen Craft: Decorate notebooks with Japanese Washitape Thurs., Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. Teen Council: Discuss books, comics, manga, music and movies on Thurs., Sept. 26 from 4 to 5 p.m. Adults Citizenship classes: Call 213-251-3411 for info. Adult Computer Class: Schedule your own class to learn basic computer skills, Internet research, e-mail, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and

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BACK TO SCHOOL Zimmer launches music series Hear Clare Means and the Bumble Bee Band play original tunes at the Second Sunday Concert Series at the Zimmer Children’s Museum.

Concerts take place from 3 to 4 p.m. in the museum’s new Slavin Children’s Center through Dec. 8. “We know families like to

rock out all year long, and the Second Sunday Concert Series allows us to share so many of our favorite artists with the community,” said the Center’s education program manager Belinda Vong.

SPIDER PAVILION opens at Natural History Museum this month.

Camps, Critters at the Page, Natural History museums Dig into the Ice Age with Critter Club: Ice Age Stomp! at the Page Museum of the La Brea Tar Pits on Sat., Sept. 21 from 10 to 11 a.m. See critters buried in ice and other amazing creatures at this event for 3- to 5-yearolds and a participating adult. “Junior Scientist: Tremendous Tar or Amazing Asphalt?" takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Learn about the asphalt that seeps surround Rancho La Brea and has preserved millions of Ice Age plants and animals. Meet a life-size saber-tooth cat and her kitten (puppets) at Ice Age Encounters. Shows are every Saturday and Sunday at the Page Museum in September at 11 a.m., 12:30 and 1:45 p.m. Page is at 5801 Wilshire Blvd. Overnight Adventure at NHM Sleep among the exhibits in Overnight Adventures Camp Dino for Boys and Girls begin-

Textiles at LACMA Children accompanied by an adult can make their own textile art in family workshops at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., every Sunday in September from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Draw inspiration from the exhibit “Pinaree Sanpitak: Hanging by a Thread,” contemporary hammocks woven of traditional Thai cloth.

ning on Fri., Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd. Camp Archaeology for Boys and Girls starts Fri., Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Camps are for ages 5 and above with participating adults. Also, Spider Pavilion opens at the Natural History Museum on Sun., Sept. 22.

Auditions for young singers at Colburn School Sept. 7

Auditions for children ages 6 to 18 to sing with the Colburn Children’s Choir for the 2013-2014 school year are on Sat., Sept. 7 at Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave. More than 200 students are placed in seven vocal ensembles, grouped by age and experience. They include a junior Preparatory Chorus, the Young Men’s Chorus, Children’s Opera Workshop and the Colburn Chamber Singers. The advanced Colburn Children’s Choir performs at Zipper Hall and other local venues. Also a touring ensemble, the choir has traveled to China, Europe, Brazil, Argentina, and the UK, and sang at Carnegie Hall. The choir will travel to Russia in summer of 2014, said choral director Mikhail Shtangrud. Call 213-621-4767 or email to schedule an audition.  

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BACK TO SCHOOL Digital dos and don’ts for computer-savvy families Parents have a lot to think about when it comes to teaching children how to live a healthy digital life. The percentage of American children with access to home computers increased 70 percent between 1984 and 2010, and the percentage with home Internet access rose 35 percent between 1997 and 2010, according to the nonprofit Child Trends research center. As families get into a routine, keep these digital do’s and don’ts in mind. Here are the “do’s”... Do limit screen time. The Mayo Clinic reports that too much screen time (whether TV or computer) has been linked to childhood obesity, poor sleep, behavioral problems, poor school performance and even violence. Parents should encourage children to engage in physical activity, creative pursuits or in-person socializing. Do keep everything in the open. Online activity should only take place with a parent present. Keep the family computer—and all Internet use—in a common area of the home. Be around when chil-

dren are online. Do take the first look. If your child wants to visit a new website or join a particular social media group, check it out first. Do use helpful tools: Protecting kids online can be a challenge, but tools like SafetyWeb can make it easier. The tool helps parents keep kids safe online by monitoring online activity—both the child’s and what the child is exposed to. ... and the “don’ts” Don’t let kids isolate themselves in the digital world. While kids might enjoy a TV show or video game together, computer time is too often alone time for them. Children who spend a lot of time online can become cut off from the real world. Encourage children to engage in healthful face-to-face interaction with their peers, whether it’s as part of a sports team, volunteer group or just hanging out together at a friend’s house. Don’t skip exercise. Families that exercise together tend to be healthier, studies show. Don’t forego physical activity in favor of screen time. Instead of sitting down

Preparing youngsters for math Mathnasium Learning Center offers the following ideas for parents to help young children get ready for match class: Change: Have your child calculate how much change you should receive when shopping at restaurants, grocery stores, Differentiated Learning retailers. Time: Ask them to figure Multi-age Classrooms out when to leave for destinations by explaining what time Extraordinary Results

you need to arrive and how long it takes to get there. Fair trades: Tell you child you have six quarters and ask how may dimes that equals. Problem solving: When you child is invited to a birthday party, ask how many months younger or older the friend is than your child. Ask how old your child will be when the friend is a certain age.

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Prices subject to change CHILDREN’S CENTER PRESCHOOL 4679 La Mirada Ave. 323-422-9690 Deborah Wyle, director. Ages 2.9 yrs. to K. Morning program begins at 8 a.m. with optional preschool and pre-K afternoons available from 1 to 5 p.m. 38 students. Call for rates. THE DOHENY SCHOOL 968 N. Doheny Dr. 310-275-3004 Zima Reyes, director. For ages 2 to 5 years. Call for a tour and more information. LARCHMONT PRESCHOOL 555 N. Windsor Blvd. 323-572-0186 Debra Stolberg, director. Ages 2 to 3 yrs. for toddler program and 3 to 5 yrs. for preschool program. Call for rates. MONTESSORI CHILDREN’S WORLD 650 San Vicente Blvd. 323-677-2670 Lori Hernandez, administrator. Ages 18 mos. to 3rd grade. 70 students. Call for rates. PLYMOUTH SCHOOL 315 S. Oxford Ave. 213-387-7381 Penny Cox, director. Ages 2 1/2 yrs. to 5 1/2 yrs. Full days 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Half days 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. 60 students. Call for rates. ST. JAMES’ EPISCOPAL PRESCHOOL DIVISION 625 S. Gramercy Pl. 213-738-7871 Katarina Matolek, director. Ages 2 to 5 yrs. 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 60 students. Closed in Aug. Check website for rates. SUNSET MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL 1432 N. Sycamore Ave. 323-465-8133 Liliya Kordon, head of school. Two campuses. Ages 2 to 6 yrs. 40 students. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call for rates. WAGON WHEEL SCHOOL 653 N. Cahuenga Blvd. 323-469-8994 Ruth Segal, director. Ages 2 to 5 yrs. 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with after school program. 100 students. $1,400/mo. WESTSIDE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER PRESCHOOL 5870 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-556-5251 Ellen Greene, director. Ages 2 yrs. to transitional kindergar-

ten. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 120 students. Call for rates. WILSHIRE BLVD. TEMPLE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTERS Mann (West Side) 11661 W. Olympic Blvd. 424-208-8900 Glazer (East Side) 3663 Wilshire Blvd. 213-835-2125 Carol Bovill, director. Ages 2 to 5 years. West campus hours 7:45 a.m to 3:10 p.m., 240 students. East campus hours 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 73 students. Baby and Me classes offered weekly. Call for rates. WILSHIRE PRESCHOOL 711 S. Plymouth Blvd. 323-931-0546 Myrna Velasquez, director. Ages 2 yrs. to 5 yrs., 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Summer program. 39 students. Call for rates.

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Prices subject to change BAIS YAAKOV FOR GIRLS 7353 Beverly Blvd. 323-938-3231 Rabbi Joel Bursztyn, director. 9th to 12th grade. 300 students. $16,500/yr. BLESSED SACRAMENT 6641 Sunset Blvd. 323-467-4177 Raphael Domingo, principal. Pre-K through 8th grade. 130 students. Call or check website for tuition rates. WILSHIRE BLVD. TEMPLE BRAWERMAN ELEMENTARY 11661 W. Olympic Blvd. 424-208-8934 3663 Wilshire Blvd. 213-388-2401 Nadine Breuer, head of school. West campus, K to 2nd grade. East campus, K to 6th grade. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check website for rates and information. THE BUCKLEY SCHOOL 3900 Stansbury Ave. 818-783-1610 Larry W. Dougherty, Ed.D., head of school. K to 12th grade; lower, middle and upper schools. 810 students. Tuition rates: K to 5th grade is $29,856/yr.; 6th to 12th grade is $33,775/yr. CAMPBELL HALL 4533 Laurel Canyon Blvd. 818-980-7280 Julian Bull, headmaster. K to 12th grade. 1,115 students. Check website for tuition rates.

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LAURENCE SCHOOL 13639 Victory Blvd. 818-782-4001 Lauren Wolke, head of school. K to 6th grade. 300 students. $24,300/yr. LE LYCÉE FRANÇAIS DE LOS ANGELES Main Campus 3261 Overland Ave. 310-836-3464 Clare-Lisa Kabbaz, Esq., president. Bilingual, French or English language sections available. Check website for rates. LOYOLA HIGH SCHOOL 1901 Venice Blvd. 213-381-5121 Frank Kozakowski, principal. Boys only. 9th to 12th grade. 1,200 students. Check website for tuition rates and fees. MARLBOROUGH SCHOOL 250 S. Rossmore Ave. 323-935-1147 Barbara E. Wagner, head of school. Girls only. 7th to 12th grade. 530 students. $33,785/ yr. MARYMOUNT HIGH SCHOOL 10643 Sunset Blvd. 310-472-1205 Jacqueline L. Landry, head of school. Girls only. 9th to 12th grade. 375 students. $28,900/ yr. for 9th to 11th grades. $29,500/yr. for 12th grade. MAYFIELD JUNIOR SCHOOL 405 S. Euclid Ave. 626-796-2774 Joseph J. Gill, head of school. Coed school, K to 8th grade. Check website for tuition rates and more information. MAYFIELD SENIOR SCHOOL 500 Bellefontaine St. 626-799-9121 Rita C. McBride, head of school. Girls only, 9th to 12th grade. Check website for tuition rates and more information. THE OAKS SCHOOL 6817 Franklin Ave. 323-850-3755 Ted Hamory, head of school. K to 6th grade. 150 students. $19,260/yr. plus fees. PACIFIC HILLS 8628 Holloway Dr. 310-276-3068 Jeff Guzman, acting head of school. 6th to 12th grade. 150 (Please turn to page 18)


CATHEDRAL CHAPEL 755 S. Cochran Ave. 323-938-9976 Tina Kipp, principal. K to 8th grade. 304 students. 200 school days. Non-Catholic, $4,690/yr.; Catholic, $4,080/ yr. Family discounts. CENTER FOR EARLY EDUCATION 536 N. Alfred St. 323-651-0707 Reveta Bowers, head of school. 2 yrs. to 6th grade. 538 students. Check website for rates. CHRIST THE KING 617 N. Arden Blvd. 323-462-4753 Ruth Anderson, principal. Transitional kindergarten to 8th grade. After-school supervision until 6 p.m. 220 students. Call for rates. ECHO HORIZON 3430 McManus Ave. 310-838-2442 Martha Schuur, head of school. Pre-K to 6th grade. 256 students. Before and after school care. Check website for rates. EPISCOPAL SCHOOL OF LOS ANGELES 6325 Santa Monica Blvd. 323-462-3752 Rev. Maryetta Anschutz, founding head of school. Grades 6th through 10th, with 11th and 12th grades offered by 2017. 47 students. Call for tuition rates. HARVARD-WESTLAKE 3700 Coldwater Canyon 818-980-6692 Richard Commons, president. 7th to 12th grade, middle school and high school are separate. 1,597 students. Check website for tuition rates. HOLLYWOOD SCHOOLHOUSE 1233 N. McCadden Pl. 323-465-1320 Stephen Bloodworth, head of school. Pre-school to 6th grade. Pre-school supervision until 6 p.m. 287 students. Check website for rates. IMMACULATE HEART 5515 Franklin Ave. 323-461-3651 Virginia Hurst, principal. Anne Phelps, middle school director. Julie McCormick, president. Girls only. 6th to 12th grade, middle school and high school separate. 700 students total enrolment. Tuition is $12,925/yr.



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BACK TO SCHOOL 310-840-0500 565 N. Larchmont Blvd. to 6:30 p.m. Preschool to 6th Douglas E. Phelps, head of (Continued from page 17) 323-463-5118 grade. 200 students. Call for school. CAIS certified indestudents. Check website for pendent school for children tuition rates. tuition rates and fees. ages 7 to 14 with learning disCharles J. Vaughan, president, PARK CENTURY SCHOOL PAGE PRIVATE SCHOOL abilities. Call for rates. Connie Rivera, dir. 6:30 a.m. 3939 Landmark Street OF HANCOCK PARK PERUTZ ETZ JACOB HEBREW ACADEMY 7951 Beverly Blvd. 323-655-5766 Rabbi Shlomo Harrosh, principal. 100 students. K to 8th grade. Call for rates. Do the words “math homework” strike fear in your child…or you? PILGRIM SCHOOL We can change that fear into better grades and higher self-confidence, 540 S. Commonwealth Ave. and eliminate the frustration, tears, and fights over math homework. 213-385-7351 Discover how a better understanding of math can change your child’s attitude. Mark A. Brooks, head of Before you know it, your child could be crazy about math. school. Preschool to 12th grade. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. with Find out how affordable your child’s soaring self-confidence can be! before and after daycare. 350 students. Call or check website for rates. ST. BRENDAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL 238 S. Manhattan Pl. 213-382-7401 Sr. Maureen O’Connor, C.S.J., principal. K to 8th grade. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with after school care. 306 students. Call for tuition rates. ST. GREGORY NAZIANZEN SCHOOL 911 S. Norton Ave. 323-936-2542 Do the words “math homework” strike fear in your child…or you? Linda Guzman, principal. We can change that fear into better grades and higher self-confidence, and eliminate the frustration, tears, and fights over math homework. Transitional kindergarten 5164 Wilshire Blvd. Discover how a better understanding of math can change your child’s attitude. (Just East of La Brea) to 8th grade. 130 students. Before you know it, your child could be crazy about math. Check website for rates. Find out how affordable your child’s soaring self-confidence can be! ST. JAMES’ Grades 2-12 • TesT PreP • MaTh enrichMenT • hoMework helP EPISCOPAL SCHOOL 625 S. St. Andrews Pl. 213-382-2315 Deborah David, head of school. Preschool to 6th grade. 360 students. Accredited by the National Association of Education for Young Children (NAEYC). Check website for tuition and fees. TEMPLE EMANUEL ACADEMY DAY SCHOOL 8844 Burton Way 310-288-3737, ext. 246 Lori Schulman, assistant head of school. Pre-school to 6th grade. 56 students. Check website for more information. TEMPLE ISRAEL DAY SCHOOL 7300 Hollywood Blvd. 323-876-8330, ext. 4000 Rachel Lewin, head of school. K to 6th grade. After school supervision until 5 pm. 210 students. Call for tours and rates. TURNING POINT SCHOOL 8780 National Blvd. 310-841-2505 Deborah Richman, head of school. Pre-school (2.75 to 5 yrs) to 8th grade. 370 students. Before and after school care. Check website for information and tuition rates.


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VISTAMAR SCHOOL 737 Hawaii St. 310-643-7377 Karen Eshoo, head of school. 9th to 12th grade. 270 students. Check website for rates and information. WESLEY SCHOOL 4832 Tujunga Ave. 818-508-4542 John Walter III, head of school. K to 8th grade. Check website for tuition rates and fees. WESTRIDGE SCHOOL 324 Madeline Dr. 626-799-1153 Elizabeth McGregor, head of school. 4th through 12th grades. Girls only. Check website for tuition, fees and more information. WILLOWS COMMUNITY SCHOOL 8509 Higuera St. 310-815-0411 Lisa Rosenstein, head of school. Pre-K to 8th grade. 435 students. Before and after school care. Tuition for Pre-K to 5th is $25,700/yr.; 6th to 8th grade tuition is $29,300/yr. WILSHIRE PRIVATE SCHOOL 4900 Wilshire Blvd. 323-939-3800 Edward Shin, principal. K to 6th grade. 50 students. 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. with daycare until 6:30 p.m. K is $6,500/yr. 1st to 6th grade is $7,500/yr. Afterschool and summer programs. YAVNEH HEBREW ACADEMY 5353 W. 3rd St. 323-931-5808 Rabbi Moshe Dear, headmaster. 2 yrs. to 8th grade. 465 students. Check website for rates.

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HANCOCK PARK 408 S. Fairfax Ave. 323-935-5272 Ashley Parker, principal. K to 5th grade. 765 plus students. Has summer programs and after school programs. LARCHMONT CHARTER 815 N. El Centro 323-836-0860 1265 N. Fairfax Ave. 323-656-6418 Kristin Droege, head of school. Fairfax campus, K to 3rd grade. Hollygrove, K to 6th grade. MELROSE MATHEMATICS/ SCIENCE/ TECHNOLOGY MAGNET 731 N. Detroit St. 323-938-6275

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BACK TO SCHOOL Stephanie Harris, principal. K to 5th grade. 8:06 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., after school program. 350 students. THIRD STREET ELEMENTARY 201 S. June St. 323-939-8337 Dr. Suzie Oh, principal. K to 5th grade. 740 students. VAN NESS AVENUE/ FRANCIS BLEND ELEMENTARY 501 N. Van Ness Ave. 323-469-0992 Katty Iriarte, principal. K to 5th grade with a special education component. 300 students. WILSHIRE CREST 5241 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-5291 Carolyn Taylor, principal. PreK to 5th grade. 315 students. WILSHIRE PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 4063 Ingraham St. 213-739-4760 Enrique Franco, principal. K to 5th grade. 503 students. WILTON PLACE 745 S. Wilton Pl. 213-389-1181 Jung Hae Kim, principal. PreK to 5th grade. 970 students.

Middle Schools

JOHN BURROUGHS 600 S. McCadden Pl. 323-549-5000 Dr. Steve Martinez, principal. 6th to 8th grade. 2,200 students. LARCHMONT CHARTER AT SELMA 6611 Selma Ave. 323-871-4000 Kristin Droege, head of school. 4th to 7th grade. Check website for more information. NEW LA CHARTER 1919 S. Burnside Ave. 323-939-6400 Brooke Rios, principal. 6th to 8th grade. 300 students.

High Schools

FAIRFAX HIGH 7850 Melrose Ave 323-370-1200 Carmina Nacorda, principal. 9th to 12th grade. 2,500 students. HAMILTON HIGH 2955 S. Robertson Blvd. 310-280-1400 Gary Garcia, principal. 9th to 12th grade. 3,000 - 3,500 students. LARCHMONT CHARTER AT LA FAYETTE PARK PL. 2801 W. 6th St. Kristin Droege, head of school, 7th to 10th grade. Updates available by Sept. 3. Check website for more information.

Skirball hosts family programs Bring the entire family to the Last Weekends of the Month at the Skirball at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. These funfilled Saturdays and Sundays feature special performances and activities. Celebrate the Jewish harvest holiday of Sukkot by learning how to create an urban garden from local farmers, The Growing Home. Children will create pots out of recycled newspaper and fill it with seeds. Drop in any time between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m LOS ANGELES HIGH 4650 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-900-2700 Helena Yoon-Fontamillas, Ed.D., principal. 9th to 12th grade. 1,600 students.




September 2013

Larchmont Chronicle

Los AngeLes City CoLLege FALL CLAsses

Earn a Degree or Certificate while enjoying a more varied choice of classes during the day or in the evening! ClASSES BEgiN AuguST 26 Areas of degree concentration include: • Physics & Engineering • Mathematics • Computer & Information Technology • Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology • Journalism & Media Arts • Business Administration • Chemistry & Geological Sciences • Administration of Justice and much more!

Now, evening classes offered off-site at Van de Kamp (VDK) location on Fletcher Dr.

Classes start here on Sept. 23rd! Enroll Now!

Intro to Business • Principles of Economics • College Reading & Composition • Principles of Healthy Living • Elementary Algebra • Intro to Philosophy • General Psychology Email Dr. Thelma Day at for more info. Register online today: or call admissions at 323-953-4000 ext. 2104.

855 N. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90029 and 2930 Fletcher Dr. (VDK Campus), Los Angeles, CA 90065



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