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APRIL 2017

Where We Live 30 Family Matters

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Designer Trey Alsup Simulated Experience 22 Chic Boutique

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ORDER RESTORED Visiting the “Situation Room Experience” at the Reagan Library

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iven such turbulent political times, visiting the new “Situation Room Experience” at the Reagan Library seems particularly fascinating. The simulated experience offers high school students the chance to experience what it would be like to deal with a national emergency in real time and in an authentic environment. Do share the article (p. 20) with high schools and teachers; it is a terrific idea for a field trip. That story is just part of what makes this issue a great resource for anyone with kids. It is packed with timely, fun and educational activities. Don’t miss the camp guide (p. 42) and the article on the student travel program, Unearthed (p. 32). When we met Chelsea Ma she was a contestant on the second season of Project Runway Junior. The fashion designer wowed us enough to put her in our cornerstone article, Top Teens: 10 to Watch (p. 64), and on our cover—a decision made in mid February. Who knew that later that month she would be named the winner of the show? Talented, focused and self-motivated, Chelsea personifies the VB Top Teen. Per usual, the starting point (in terms of criteria) is academic excellence and good character, but it takes something extraordinary to get over the finish line. Another example is Maxim Romanovici. His parents moved from Moldova to Encino when he was just 13; no one in the family spoke English. Max went on to exemplify the American Dream—excelling in academics and breaking athletic records—all the while sporting a twinkle in his eye. (We made a video about Max, viewable at ourventurablvd.com.) Also, happy birthday to us. With this issue, Ventura Blvd celebrates its sixth year. Thank you to the content marketing agency, Moon Tide Media (moontidemedia.com), for believing in the value of print. Yes, VB is a brand—with an engaging website, various social media streams and the wildly-popular weekly newsletter, VB’s The Sauce—among other things. But at the end of the day, the cog in the wheel is the magazine that we print every six weeks. And finally, thank you to you, our readers and our advertisers, for keeping that vision— of celebrating where we live and what is important to us—alive. We are truly grateful.

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TRAVEL BUG Education and inspiration through exploration—that is the goal of the student travel program, Unearthed. More on page 32 ...


WHERE WE LIVE | Q&A

Diplomats in Training Trey Alsup spent months combing through historical archives, documenting detail-by-detail, one of the most famous calamities in American history. The result: a new, simulated experience at the Ronald Reagan Museum & Library. PHOTOGRAPH BY TAMEKA

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What would it be like to be inside the White House at the time of a world crisis? That’s what visitors to a new interactive program at the Reagan Library can find out. Using cutting-edge technological programming, hardware and educational theory, “The Situation Room Experience” offers students a 360° view of what it’s like to be at the core of an emergency. VB editor Linda Grasso headed to Simi Valley to sit down with Trey Alsup, the Studio City resident hired by the Library’s National Archives Team to write and design the experience.

fictional foreign policy crisis based on an event from the Reagan administration. Every detail in the simulation has a “historical analog” to what happened in 1981, when President Reagan was shot and Vice President Bush was out of Washington. There were a couple of hours when essentially no one was in charge. I understand the simulation uses actual historical artifacts … In 2006, during the administration of President George W. Bush, they decided to renovate the Situation Room. Nine sitting presidents had used it. So the table, chairs, TVs, microphone, carpet—even instructions on how to put on a gas mask that were taped on a cabinet door—everything was literally removed, put in crates and shipped here. How did you go about creating this experience? I had access to records of what happened that day including the National Security Advisor’s records. I wrote 600 pages of content.

The Situation Room Experience is amazingly life-like. This is the opposite of virtual reality. It is an educational simulation— which kids today really need. Most kids have a relationship with an electronic device. This is an experience based on human interaction. How does it work? We typically have groups of high school or college students. Various roles are assigned to each student from Secretary of Defense to network newscaster. I’m seeing three different areas: White House Press Room, Situation Room and a Hospital Command Center. Once students have roles assigned, we drop them into a modern,

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I noticed the students get to use tablets and Twitter. We needed to use current technology but we wanted it to facilitate human interaction. Students get information in real time and make decisions that can change the direction of the story, but the simulation is really about people talking to each other and making decisions that have real consequences. Are there any surprises or revelations? Students get an understanding of how hard it must be to be in charge and how easy it is for misunderstandings to occur in the heat of the moment. Some of the kids are surprised at their ease in taking a leadership role. Sometimes we’ll see a shy kid blossom as they take on a role like Director of Communications.

Once students have roles assigned, we drop them into a MODERN, FICTIONAL FOREIGN POLICY CRISIS based on an event from the Reagan administration.” What is your background and what’s next for you and your firm, Wishcraft Simulations? I put on large-scale social games at national conventions (Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones). Going forward, I’m working with the Reagan Library in joint projects with Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, and a Middle Eastern coup scenario with UCLA. How come one of the four electronic clocks above the TVs notes the time in, of all places, India? No idea. The day that they removed all the items from the White House in ‘06, for some reason, the time in India was something they were watching.  For more, go to situationroom.archives.gov

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WHERE WE LIVE | CHIC BOUTIQUE

Sweet Dreams An auspicious date night leads to a sugarcoated partnership where playing Candy Land is for real. WRITTEN BY RICH

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M TINY INDULGENCES Sugarfina candy is infused with inventive flavors like champagne and blood orange.

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any of us have a complex relationship with candy. We sneak it. We feel guilty about it. Sometimes we go overboard. At Sugarfina though, they want customers to let go and indulge, in new and different ways. “I think there’s a segment of the population that’s been craving a better experience. I think maybe they gave up on candy a while ago, and we’re showing them there’s more,” says Rosie O’Neill, cofounder of the gourmet candy company. Sugarfina’s story is deliciously ironic. Early in their courtship, after an outdoor showing of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory no less, Rosie and Josh Resnick decided they wanted to follow their dreams. Rosie was working at Mattel as a marketing director, and Josh had sold his company—Pandemic Studios—to Electronic Arts. The LA-based couple’s first boutique opened in Beverly Hills in 2013. In four short years the company has ballooned to 22 stores across the country including one at Americana at Brand in Glendale. In contrast to its stark white interior, Sugarfina is a multicolored orgy of product, bursting at the seams with canisters, troughs and kitschy packages. You can take home the World’s Largest Gummy Bear or a 6-foot-long rope of licorice. Samples are individually wrapped and delivered on silver trays by employees who are dressed in bowties and crisp whites. Colorful cubes filled with canary yellow Parisian Pineapples, blood orange Fruttinis, neon green Cowboy Cactus and rainbow-colored Kyoto Blossoms are stacked two rows high. Themed three-piece and eight-piece sets come bundled in beautiful blue bento boxes. “We’re obsessed with details, maybe in a way that’s not so healthy,” laughs Rosie. When Sugarfina debuted, 50% of their candies were exclusive offerings, but none were original. Success has changed that formula. “Our focus from here on out is to invent and bring to life things that didn’t exist before,” says Rosie. Champagne Bears infused with Dom Pérignon and the wildly popular Rosé All Day gummies—made with Whispering Angel Rosé—are just a few of their unique creations. 

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WHERE WE LIVE | LOCAL TALENT

Talent Times Two Meet Valley boys Ben and Matthew Royer—identical twins starring on a hit Netflix show and also taking an active role in a campaign to combat bullying. WRITTEN BY HEATHER

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ith their bright red hair and effervescent demeanors, it comes as no surprise that Ben and Matthew Royer have been in showbiz their entire lives. The Tarzana-born, identical twins kicked off their careers when they were just infants, appearing in TV commercials for Target, Carl’s Jr. and Oreo. From that day, it’s been pretty much nonstop. The twins, who are 13 years old, snagged roles in several popular shows like 100 Things to Do Before High School (Nickelodeon) and Back in the Game (ABC). “I fell in love with acting when I was really little and I still love it very much,” shares Ben. Currently they play precocious brothers, Bret and Chet, who stir up trouble for their older sister Shelby (Lauren Taylor), on the teendriven comedy series, Best Friends Whenever. The show just kicked off its second season on Netflix. In every other way, the Royers seem like average Valley teens who love

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WHERE WE LIVE | WEEKENDER

Coast to Coast Stay close to home with spring break beach adventures for the entire family. WRITTEN BY DARREN

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iving here in the Valley, we often forget some of the best vacation destinations in the world are just a car drive away. With vacation time right around the corner, we suggest forgoing plane tickets and, instead, indulging in a paradise that is just a freeway or two away. When’s the last time you really explored Santa Monica? It’s much more than Montana Avenue and the 3 rd Street Promenade these days, with a boom of new restaurants, hotels and shops that can keep you entertained for days. The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel (loewshotels.com/ santa-monica) recently received a major renovation, drawing new visitors to its prime beachfront location. With a family-friendly (yet stylish) pool scene, convenient ocean-view bars and restaurants like Ocean & Vine, and an eco-friendly, full-service spa, there’s something to appease everyone in the caravan. If you can pull yourself away from the amenities on property, stroll up Ocean Avenue or take a jaunt down to the nearby Pier for an afternoon ice cream or thrilling loop on the iconic Ferris wheel. Two restaurants generating a lot of buzz right now are Cassia (Asian with a SoCal infusion) and Santa Monica Yacht Club, where diners rave about the signature dish, whole fried fish for two with soba noodles and dipping sauce. For quick eats, grab a grain bowl at the chic, boho eatery Flower Child or at the uber casual Sweetfin Poke. Both are perfect takealongs to the progressive art galleries at Bergamot Station. If your gravitational pull is southward, Huntington Beach is another guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Anchoring an amazing complex right on bustling PCH, the brand new Paséa Hotel and Spa (meritagecollection.com/paseahotel) mixes artful, modern luxury with cool, coastal chic. Here it’s all about the finer details: a piece of wall art made of flip-flops, floor levels named after shades of blue, painted guitars in the rooms. This place was designed for fun. The pool also sits right above the beach for guaranteed sensational sunsets, and the in-house restaurant, Tanner’s, packs in both hotel guests and locals who love their tasty Southern California cuisine. Nearby, the retail hub Pacific City (the original name of the early oceanfront village that would eventually become known as Huntington Beach) offers more food and shopping options, including the Ways & Means Oyster House and Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream. 

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BEACHY KEEN Above: Pool and room at Loew’s Santa Monica Beach Hotel. Below: Al fresco dining at Paséa in Huntington Beach.

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CULTURE VULTURE First Peoples: A Celebration of Native Artists in Southern California San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center This exhibit includes more than 100 pieces of artwork ranging from traditional gourd carving to video and installation art. April 4 to 22. sfvacc.org

Big Bunny Spring Fling

LA Zoo Join in the fun at one of the Zoo’s most popular annual events held on April 14, 15 and 16. Pet a rabbit, face painting, crafts, photos with “Big Bunny” and musical entertainment. lazoo.org

Paul Simon: Words & Music

Skirball Cultural Center Exhibit includes instruments, sheet music, handwritten lyrics, photography and costumes, as well as performance footage spanning Simon’s six-decade career. Through September 3. skirball.org

Going on Now Enduring Splendor: Jewelry of India’s Thar Desert Bold, abstract silver jewelry traditions of the region, brought to life through sculptures and paintings. fowler.ucla.edu The Flower Fields Acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus in full bloom through mid-May. theflowerfields.com

March 17 - 19 Santa Barbara International Orchid Show Stunning exhibits, plant sales, orchid art and photography. sborchidshow.com

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22 The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged) Comedy through the ages, from Charlie Chaplin to The Daily Show. Through April 23. falcontheatre.com 26 The Essentials Food from LA’s best restaurants, paired with wine tastings. laweekly.com/essentials 18th Annual The Taste of the Valley Tasty cuisine, wines, spirits and microbrews from across the Valley. valleycultural.org

April 1&2 Blue & Gray Civil War Reenactment

Head to Moorpark for a dose of history. moorparkrotary.com

Alice in Wonderland The magical tale reimagined through theatrical dance—from hip-hop to acrobatic. elportaltheatre.com 22 Children’s Workshop: Pastel Self-Portraits Utilizes artistic props, accessories and mirrors. pmcaonline.org 25 Berlin and LA: Space for Music An exploration of the Berlin Philharmonic and LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. Through July 30. getty.edu

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WHERE WE LIVE | FAMILY MATTERS

JUDE NATHAN WELLS BUTLER NATHAN FASHION: “I’m big on mixing high with low, i.e., wearing items from Barneys with Zara.”

FASHION: “I like my Stef Curry (for Under Armour) sneakers.” HAUNT: Tender Greens. “I love their salad.” ASPIRATION: To be a police officer. “They get to do everything and anything.”

HAUNT: “Iroha. The sushi is great and it is family-friendly.” SANITY SAVER: A daily 30-minute mantra meditation

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FAMILY MATTERS | WHERE WE LIVE

Meet the Nathans She is a successful clothing designer. He is one of the hottest DJs in the business. Along with an adorable ball of energy named Jude, they personify Valley cool. WRITTEN BY HEATHER

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OLIVER NATHAN FASHION: “Vintage, hip-hop tee shirts. I buy them at foralltoenvy.com.” HAUNT: “Red Window for coffee. It’s fantastic.” FAMILY TRIVIA: Oliver’s sister is the restaurateur, Zoe Nathan Loeb (Sweet Rose Creamery, Rustic Canyon, Huckleberry).

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hen Wells Butler and Oliver Nathan met on New Years Eve, Oliver had no problem with a conversation starter. “I said, ‘Hey, my name is Wells too!’ Wells is my middle name,” Oliver explains. “I was like seriously? You expect me to believe that?” Wells chuckles. (It was true.) At the stroke of midnight the duo shared their first kiss, and within a year they were married. Eight years later, the couple is immersed in a busy life with 4-year-old Jude, living up a narrow hillside street south of the Boulevard. Oliver, who goes by “DJ Spider,” is a professional DJ and Wells co-owns the children’s line, Ice Cream Castles. “I was premed in college because my parents are both doctors. They had their hearts set on me having the same path so the agreement was I would get my prerequisites just in case being an artist didn’t work out,” says Wells, who grew up in Iowa. After graduating, she attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and then, at just 22, launched the contemporary women’s brand, Primp. The line, a favorite of celebrities, was successful until Wells closed it down to concentrate on having a family. When Jude was born the designer discovered a hole in the children’s marketplace. “Jude wouldn’t wear something unless it felt like pajamas so I was struggling to find something cozy and cute,” Wells shares. Her solution, a super-soft, fashion-forward clothing line, quickly took off. It can now be purchased in 50 stores across the country, online (icecreamcastles.com) and locally at Meant 2 Be in Tarzana. Oliver grew up in LA with parents who were working actors. After college his career wasn’t taking off. “I had just had a conversation with my mom—she was trying to convince me not to give up—and I got a call from (producer) Mark Ronson, who picked my mix for a tour. That really propelled me to the next thing. “My musical taste is very eclectic. At the core I am a hiphop DJ, but at my gigs I play all genres of music and mix it together in a creative way,” he explains. Oliver has regular work in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, and brands like Nike and NBCUniversal hire him for their events. He recently went on the road as the opening act for Blink 182. The true highs for the couple though, do not surround their careers. “Becoming parents has taught us so much about what really matters in life. Jude has centered us and made us more present. Every moment is made richer when we share it with him,” muses Wells. 

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Bringing it Home Morgan Schaening is on a mission to give young people opportunities to connect with each other, the world and—most importantly—themselves. WRITTEN BY JULIA

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fter enjoying a whirlwind of travel and living in a variety of locations from Madrid to Melbourne, Morgan Schaening is bent on helping others expand their horizons. In 2015, after years of working with Australian student travel organizations, Morgan created his own student program, Unearthed. With destinations from Nicaragua to Nepal, Unearthed revolves around three major principles: mindfulness, resilience and leadership. It offers experiences led by expert facilitators that are designed to be learning adventures. Morgan’s journey to starting Unearthed was an adventure itself. A University of San Diego graduate, he wavered between the worlds of hotel management, finance and sales. And while he found success, they were “all very unsatisfying and unfulfilling.” The missing piece, at that point in his life, was exactly what Unearthed strives to help young people discover. “High school students in general are unprepared for college,” Morgan explains. “It’s tough to expect them to be prepared when they don’t know enough about themselves and yet are asked to invest a lot into a field of

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study that they may not end up loving.” For Morgan, it’s not about avoiding mistakes but getting the opportunity to experiment and make the mistakes that count. As he puts it, “Any time in life is a great time to figure out what your meaning is, but the earlier that happens, the better.” Looking back, he credits his own success “to all of those failed career paths that didn’t amount to what I was expecting them to be. I always say that it’s great to throw yourself into things.” Ready to throw himself in a new direction, he thought back to his time studying abroad in Madrid. He remembers, “It was the first independent trip I had done. I had to fend for myself. It was eye-opening and life-changing in so many ways. It gave me a new perspective on who I was and where I came from.” With that experience under his belt and a decision to work in the world of student travel, the first seeds of Unearthed were planted. “Our trips are generally organized as a ‘school group experience,’ whereby we aim to

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partner with schools to personalize each itinerary and deliver on any specific travel goals. Students have the opportunity to begin developing team dynamics and leadership skills prior to departure,” shares Morgan. According to Morgan, he is working with Campbell Hall (Nepal) and the Milken School (China) on trips this year; Oaks Christian and Viewpoint are in the works for 2018. Unearthed is also developing a couple of “open enrollment” trips this summer that will available for kids from any school. Each Unearthed program includes a community project element, involving hands-on work in basic construction or renovation. Throughout the entire itinerary, program leaders facilitate self-reflection activities around decision-making, problem solving, and teamwork. Through engagement and interactivity, Morgan hopes to inspire and empower youth, as they become more aware of the world around them.  To find out more, visit unearthedtravel.com.

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WHERE WE LIVE | AS YOU WERE

Lulu to the Rescue Touching base with 2013 Ventura Blvd Top Teen, Lulu Cerone, author of a new book aimed at creating the next generation of social activists PHOTOGRAPHED BY RENEE

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hen Lulu Cerone was just 10, she began reaching out to people in need. The Encino resident started selling lemonade and giving the proceeds to nonprofits aimed at providing clean drinking water in Africa. Inspired, she set up a challenge for her fifth-grade class and raised $4,000. That led to her founding LemonAID Warriors, and seven years later the nonprofit has raised more than $100,000. Part of the 18-year-old’s mission has always been to encourage social activism among children. “The younger generation gets a reputation for being self-centered and apathetic. I actually find that most young people care deeply about the world around them but often lack the tools to express their compassion,” says Lulu, who is a senior at The Archer School. She hopes her new book, PhilanthroParties!, published by Simon & Schuster, will be one of those tools. The vibrant book is a photo-packed, month-by-month, philanthropic party-planning guide, complete with recipes, activities and DIY crafts. “I hope to attract kids who would never buy an activism book but might be attracted

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to the fun crafts, recipes and party ideas,” Lulu explains. Making the book was a grassroots effort that involved a pack of Valley kids—and their moms. “We had to recreate 36 parties in my backyard, including food, decoration and party guests ... and we only had the budget for a four-day shoot! The moms helped out with the food styling, craft making and set decorations.” Lulu insists, “Anyone can throw a philanthroparty. Actually I don’t consider myself a natural hostess! I purposely designed each party so that they can be recreated by anyone. They’re budget friendly, and the recipes and crafts are really simple; they range from large events to after-school playdates.” In the fall Lulu will head to college and a friend will take the reins of LemonAID Warriors. She shares that her mentor (Dr. Jeni Stepanek) taught her she need not be defined by one thing, and when the time was right, it would be okay to move on. She looks forward to pursuing other passions “and really enjoying college for the next four years.” 

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WHERE WE LIVE | MEDIA TWO EYES

MOON

What’s up? Or, you are on my radar

That’s awkward!

CRYING WITH SMILE

YELLOW FACE WITH HEART EYES

I’m crying so hard I’m laughing

I like you!

Text Symbol A parent’s guide to emojis

WINKING FACE

I think you are cute

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hen we were kids being social meant spending hours on the phone or hanging out at the mall. Love it or loathe it, today’s teens interact electronically with texts and “snaps.” That is how they meet, communicate and assess social status. And forget about Facebook and Twitter. Teenagers are hooked on chronicling their every move and thought with photos on Instagram (posting photos to profiles) and Snapchat (photo disappears within 10 seconds). Whether sending a message or replying to one, emojis are a critical part of that communiqué. But the message conveyed does not always match the symbol. We queried some local teens to get the skinny on what 10 popular emojis really mean. 

BASHFUL MONKEY

ENGAGEMENT RING

She is worthy of a ring

ELLIPSIS BUBBLE

I’m thinking about you

PLUG

He or she is my source i.e., that’s where I get my Nikes from

Thanks. I really appreciate it!

OCEAN WAVE

That’s so cool in a “wave of the future” or futuristic way

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FIND US SOCIALLY

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Evening to Remember A spectacular model home at the new Calabasas community Country Ridge Estates, represented by The Agency, was the site of a party hosted by Ventura Blvd magazine. Along with delicious eats by Lisa’s Bon Appetit, music by the folk-fusion ensemble, We The Folk, curated wines by the sommeliers of Studio di Sole and custom cocktails by The Natural Mixologist, guests enjoyed a gorgeous sunset. Special thanks to Choura Events and Penta water.

Eileen Stringer, Laura Gubner, Patti Mazerati, Marcie Lluis

Robin Sanders, Jodi Perlman, Pam Frank, Keri Meglan, Sybelle Sprague, Jacquie Lange, Linda Grasso

Lance Williams, Melissa Null, Sadie Williams

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Kathleen Laccinole and Patti Corsiglia

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Angelika Licata and Kirin Stone

Caitlin Wrobel and Joni Deakins

Jeff Meyers and Joan Kramer

Zabra Yee, Amy Mair, Bob Mair

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Robin Sanders, Craig Knizek, Teresa McNamara

Garrett Carter, Michelle Schwartz, Lauren Doyle

Stuart Cramer, Sadie Williams, Jeff Meyers

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Blow Out

Fulfillment Fund founders, Cherna and Gary Gitnick, hosted the 20th annual Super Bowl Halftime Town Hall. The event was aimed at bringing people together to discuss the state of education and addressing how we can improve it. Panelists included the Fulfillment Fund CEO Maria Espinosa Booth, LAUSD’s Steve Zimmer and Michelle King and LA’s Promise CEO Veronica Melvin.

Hop Aboard

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus was helmed by a couple of Valley dwellers recently. The bus, a state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility, is part of a nonprofit made possible by Yoko Ono. It provides young people with informational studio tours and free digital media production workshops. Gabe Smith and Brian Vincik, Wings lead guitarist Laurence Juber, music journalist Ivor Davis.

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River Reveal

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ELAINE LEE

Community Conservation Solutions (CCS) and guests gathered at Vitello’s Restaurant in Tujunga Village to help support efforts to transform the LA River in the Valley. The event raised money for CCS’ construction of the Greenway Trail, between Whitsett Ave. and Coldwater Canyon in Studio City and the planting of native trees and plants.

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Sports, Various

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Grades K–8

Cali Camp

Various M/F Ages 3–15 Topanga

Camp Funtime

Various M/F Ages 3–17 Encino

Camp Helping Hands

Various M/F 6–14

Camarillo, Encino, Northridge, Santa Clarita, Thousand Oaks, West Hills

Camp Los Encinos

Enrichment M/F Grades 1-6 Encino

Camp Summer Time at Calamigos Ranch

Various M/F 4–14 Agoura Hills, Malibu

Campbell Hall School

Creative Arts, Sports, Various

M/F

Grades K–9

Studio City

Catalina Island Camps

Overnight, Various M/F Grades 2–11 Catalina Island

Children’s Arts Institute

Various

M/F

5–17

Van Nuys, Westland

Columbia College Hollywood

Arts M/F Grades 9-12 Tarzana

De Toledo High School

Various M/F Grades 6-12 West Hills

Fusion Academy

Academic

M/F

Grades 6–12

Woodland Hills

Help Group Camps

Special Needs, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Challenges

M/F

Ages 3–22

Sherman Oaks, Culver City

Los Angeles Ballet Academy

Dance

M/F

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Encino

Mad Science Camp

Science

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Van Nuys

Pali Adventures

Overnight, Various M/F 9–16 Running Springs

Rustic Pathways

Travel, Community Service

M/F

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Worldwide

Second City Improv Camp

Comedy M/F 8–18 Hollywood

Sports Plus Day Camp

Sports, Various M/F 5–14 Sherman Oaks

Summer at Viewpoint

Various M/F Grades K–12 Calabasas

Westmark School Summer S.M.A.R.T.S.

Academic M/F Grades 1–12 Encino

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Field Trips

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Rock wall, art, science, karate, drama, gymnastics, nature, swimming, archery, yoga, dance, music, gaga and sports

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Service learning field trips and hands-on service projects.

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Music, art, dance, sports, technology, science, robotics, enrichment, field trips and more

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Swimming, sports, boating, fishing, rock climbing wall, zip line, horsebackriding, arts, crafts, nature center, petting zoo, sports, marine science and more

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Creative arts, sports, dance, robotics, chess and cheer, STEM/STEAM

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Film production workshop, visual effects workshop, creative writing ˜ columbiacollege.edu/ 818-345-8414 workshop, acting essentials workshop academics/high-school-programs Academic courses, skills-based enrichment courses, camp eco-biotics, ˜ ˜ dths.org/summer-school-2017/ 818-348-0048 all level sports summer-school-info-courses One-to-one academic program offering classes for credit and tutoring

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Interactive and hands-on science activities

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Acting, broadcast, culinary, dance, DJ, extreme action, fashion, film, motorsports, watersports and science

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Travel and service programs in more than 20 countries

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Improv, sketch comedy, musical improv ˜

secondcity.com/classes/ 323-464-8542 hollywood/summer-comedy-camps/

Disneyland trips, Knott’s Berry Farm, beach days, movies, rollerblading, boogie boarding, hiking, biking, camping and swimming

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Day camps, field trips, science, robotics, technology, sports, music and visual/performing arts

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Summer S.M.A.R.T.S. – strategies, math & science, active learning, reading & writing, technology, skills for success – building academic skills in a warm, friendly and supportive environment

˜ westmarkschool.org 818-986-5045

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June 12th - August 11th

Come to Our Open House on March 5, April 2, April 30 or May 21

(310) 455-0404

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OPEN HOUSES

March 19, April 9, May 7 1pm-4pm

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Grades 1-12 One to One Tutorials Academic Skills Classes Reading Programs

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VILLAGE GLEN DAY CAMP This fun, creative and enriching specialized social skills camp serves children ages 3-13 with language, attention, social and/or sensory challenges.

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A unique social skills program emphasizing fun and friendship building. Serving teens ages 13-18 with learning, language, attention, social and/or sensory challenges.

SUMMER CampS Exciting one and two week camps that explore everything from coding to cybersecurity, drones to game design. Go to www.stem3academy.org or call 818-623-6386 for more information

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CAMP SUNSHINE Serving ages 5-21 with moderate to severe developmental disabilities. Our multidisciplinary professionals oversee a funfilled, engaging camp experience with a 1:3 counselor to camper ratio.

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Ages 18-22. Young adults enjoy an active social week as they explore and enjoy Los Angeles sites and activities with peers.

LOCATED ON THE SHERMAN OAKS AND CULVER CITY CAMPUSES For more information and camp schedule please visit www.kidslikemela.org OR contact Nicole Webb at nwebb@thehelpgroup.org | 818.778.7136

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Classic summer FUN paired with futuristic tinkering in our high-tech MakerSpace and organic garden

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Academic courses and lab sciences for acceleration or remediation

Skills-based enrichment courses for communication, writing, and studying

All levels & co-ed—strengthen your game

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Kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade Join us for a memorable summer filled with...

new adventures and lasting friendships! 10% Earlybird discount until March 31! Register online today! www.viewpoint.org/summer (818) 591-6591

Themed Day Camps Sports Camps Academic Enrichment For Credit Classes And More!

Summer school doesn’t have to be

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Join us for a summer semester! Fusion Academy is a private school for grades 6 through 12. We provide a comprehensive learning solution for students of all ages, on their terms, fit to their schedule, and crafted to support their unique learning style. We offer academic tutoring, enrichment, and classes for credit - all just one teacher and one student per classroom. Fusion Warner Center FusionSummerClass.com 818.712.9521

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THE SAUCE

I MADE IT! Even the tiniest hands can get involved in making Easter goodies. More on the following pages.


THE SAUCE

TABLE SCAPES Bone Marrow Ravioli. Below, clockwise from left: foie gras macaroon; the edible “dime bag”; a beetroot dish; the communal dining table

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THE SAUCE

Fantastical Feast Part mix and mingle, part gourmet dining, a new chic supper club offers a unique experience in the Valley. WRITTEN BY

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long Lankershim Boulevard, streetlamps guide the way to the brick-walled entrance to Evolution Dance Studio. Enter and you won’t see lithe bodies practicing pirouettes. Instead you’ll discover what essentially looks like an art gallery with brick walls, exposed wood beams, and a 24-foot King’s table sporting rosemary sprigs and candles. Jazz and ragtime music plays. Welcome to INTRO Art Gallery & Chef’s Table, an ambitious weekend pop-up from Manny Marroquin, Rob Ciancimino, and chef Paul Shoemaker. INTRO runs through summer, at which point the trio will pivot to Verse, a 140-seat restaurant with live music, housed in the former Firenze Osteria space down the block. Manny spearheaded plans for the pop-up concept. The eighttime Grammy winner (sound mixing) owns Larrabee Sound Studios next door and often grabbed an “ear break” at Firenze. After Firenze shuttered, he took over the space. A restaurant consultant connected him with GM Rob, a longtime hospitality pro, and Paul, a Michelinstar chef. On the evening I visited INTRO, a crowd of entertainment industry types and adventurous food seekers circled the table. Paul presented every course, starting with edible cocktails: a gin and tonic in a tiny martini glass with freeze-dried pomegranate; a “spherified” bourbon and apple cider flavored with Mexican cinnamon; and champagne with cherries and strawberry espuma. Rob poured white Burgundy, 2015 Yohan Lardy Beaujolais-Villages Blanc. And then the parade of edibles began showing up. First, a tiny salmon cornet, planted in tangy Meyer lemon crème fraiche like a dropped ice cream cone, joined a salmon-skin chip topped with cured salmon and smoked salmon roe. Truffle macaroon with whipped honey truffle buttercream was delivered via a wood block, along with an “edible dimebag.” Japanese rice paper dissolved, unleashing foie gras powder, pine nuts and cocoa nibs. This level of playfulness and luxury lasted throughout the meal. A round, thick-skinned ravioli filled with liquefied bone marrow and Burgundy truffle

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supported the espuma. Paul warned, “Don’t cut it open because you’ll lose all the love.” Diver scallops from Stonington, Maine arrived overnight. He plated each scored, lightly-torched bivalve with savory aged yuzu ponzu, baked avocado, smoked sesame, chile threads and tiny beads of ponzu caviar. Slate slabs (and vibrant green brioche basil crumble) supported short-handled metal spoons filled with sous vide Maine lobster and melted Vermont butter. Pungent Epoisses and Burgundy truffle fondue incorporated macadamia nuts, but as Paul said, “It’s all about the truffle.” A brief intermission allowed diners to stretch legs, socialize and peruse art, which changes every six weeks. On this particular night, walls hosted abstract canvases by Jens Schmidt. When we sat back down, music transitioned to hiphop, and Rob opened bottles of David Givaudan La Bête from Côtes du Rhône. Purple beets accompanied marshmallow, meringue, pickled blueberries, whipped goat cheese, candied walnuts and shaved grapes. Pork belly circulated in apple cider vinegar for three days before joining butternut squash puree, bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup, oat and pine nut soil, crispy chicharron and cocoa ginger reduction. Paul said, “Hopefully it works.” It did. Paul wet-aged Prime beef for 28 days, cooked it sous vide and then plated the rosy slices with sweetbreads, persimmon and sauce vin rouge. For the meal’s curtain call, pastry chef Raymond Morales was inspired by an Alaskan camping trip. Just before he arrived, 1,000 acres of land had burned. “You could still feel the heat,” he said. Here, a dulce de leche tree, chocolate ganache, liquid brownie, brown butter spruce powder and candied cocoa sprig signaled “new life.” Just like INTRO.  INTRO Art Gallery & Chef ’s Table 4200 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, www.experienceintro.com $125 per person; bubbles begin at 7:30 p.m.; dinner starts at 8 p.m.; open Friday and Saturday nights only.

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THE SAUCE

Go Ahead, Be Bitter

Spring is prime season for power greens. Why not venture beyond “spring mix” and “spicy arugula” this year? Here are some daring and delicious greens to put on your farmers market shopping list.

MUSTARD GREENS This variety has fluffy, light green leaves. They have a fresh and tangy bite that is mellowed when you sauté or steam.

FRISEE A variety of endive, frisée has curly, pale green and yellowish leaves and is shaggy. Sometimes it is referred to as chicory. While it can have a slightly bitter flavor, frisée is milder than radicchio or Belgian endive.

LITTLE GEMS These mini heads have crisp leaves and come in pretty hues— from light celadon to soft pink. Key attibute: their “shelf life.” Place in the refrigerator in a plastic bag packed with air, lying on a damp paper towel. Can last for up to a week.

DANDELION GREENS With this bitter green, eat the leaves and flowers raw, mixed in with “sweeter” salad greens. Add to salad as you would endive or radicchio. Another idea: make a pesto—swapping out the basil for dandelion.

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SORREL Leaves have an intense, lemony tang and come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes—from bright green arrows to skinny, tapered leaves with red veins. Eat the short, younger leaves sprinkled in a salad. The larger, more mature leaves are tastier cooked as a complement to a hearty main dish.

BABY BOK CHOY This Chinese version of cabbage has a crisp, delicate taste. Trim (only) the very end of the stem off. Simple side dish: put olive oil, garlic and fresh grated ginger in a sauté pan. Heat. When you can smell the aromatics, toss in cabbage. Sauté for 20-30 seconds. Add a bit of water, wine or broth. Season and serve.

RED RUSSIAN KALE A sturdy variety, it is best cooked. But even sautéed or steamed, it has more of a bite than spinach. Sauté with olive oil, garlic and a splash of chicken or vegetable broth. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar or fish sauce.

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nlike today’s grab-and-go society, Jenny Hinyub grew up in a home where everything was made from scratch. Her mom and grandmother cooked and baked every day and involved the kids in everything, including cleanup. Making candy at home is one of her favorite memories, and she has carried on the cooking tradition with her own kids: Juliana, age 8, and Spencer, age 6. “It brings us all together on such a personal level,” she shares. “We love to create. It’s very rewarding and tangible.” What do her kids love making the most? “We made ‘glass candy’ this year, and the kids were mesmerized,” she says. “We started with a few simple ingredients, watched the candy thermometer, and we ended up with a sweet treat. The kids were also involved with my six-month project attempting to make butterscotch budino. Eventually we mastered it, and now it is a favorite!” Here are some of Jenny’s tips, along with some of our own, for cooking with children. SHORT & SWEET Think bursts of creativity. Stay away from preconceived ideas on how the end product should look. Focus on play and offer options to keep kids engaged. COMPROMISE Whether it’s crafting cookies or setting the table, there are endless options to meet in the middle. Over-the-top edible decorations may not jive with your sophisticated home decor or personal style, but children will get more out of a free-spirited, playful process. SKILLS & SETUP There are always age-appropriate tasks that can be divvied up among the kids. It could be stirring the brownie mix, creating place cards, or adding sprinkles to cookies. As your kids’ skills develop, give them more responsibility. PASS ON PERFECTIONISM Let go of perfectionism and let kids feel like they are doing it alone. Allowing kids to take over and not doing it for them is when they have the most fun. BE REALISTIC & FLEXIBLE Most kids have short attention spans. You may spend hours preparing for a day of activities and realize your kid’s focus diminishes after a few minutes. Create shortcuts by buying premade, store-bought mixes.

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KEEP IT SIMPLE Let the creativity flow and put the emphasis on decorating—which tends to keep kids engaged. Add new activities, such as decorating the table, folding napkins, and handwriting or stamping name cards. CLEANUP Break out the disposables to minimize cleanup. Place goodies in trays and use cutting boards as “workstations,” so leftovers are easily swept into the sink or trash. If the project is messy, buy an inexpensive art tarp or drop cloth to cover carpet or the floor and help with cleanup. 

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Meet some of the most accomplished teens of the Valley. While excellent students, all have stepped off the beaten path to follow their own unique visions and passions—making their marks in fields ranging from cancer research to robotics engineering to fashion design. As you’ll see, many exhibit remarkable courage and humanity in the face of adversity. Their desire to make a difference is palpable. Their drive is infectious. WRITTEN BY SUSAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY MONICA

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Kate Farwell

17, iLEAD NORTH HOLLYWOOD An articulate, confident beauty with a movieproducer mom (Suzanne Farwell), Kate Farwell might have chased a career on the silver screen. But the Encino teen, set to attend Brown University in the fall, has found her calling on a different stage. Kate is among the nation’s top-ranked high school speech and debate champions and the most successful high school Parliamentary Debate competitor of all time. She isn’t afraid to tackle controversial issues either. During her junior year Kate scored big on the debate circuit with an impassioned speech about the necessity for accurate sex education in schools. “Speech and debate offers such a unique opportunity to spread a message that matters,” she says.


Pranali Dave 17, VIEWPOINT SCHOOL

Motivated by the loss of several relatives to cancer, in ninth grade Pranali Dave cold-called UCLA’s Translational Oncology Research Lab pleading for and landing an internship testing cancer drugs on metastatic melanoma cells. “It was just a really emotional time and I wanted to find a solution,” she explains. Then last summer Pranali was selected as one of 20 high school students, out of 1,200 applicants, to pursue her own cancer research project. Five days a week she made the 42-mile trek from her home in Calabasas to the City of Hope hospital in Duarte, where she studied the genomics behind lung cancer. An oboe player, at school and with the LA Youth Orchestra, Pranali plans to study comparative literature in college, before attending medical school.


Cameron Miller

17, CALABASAS HIGH SCHOOL With a gentle demeanor and sweet smile, Cameron Miller possesses optimism and an appreciation of life well beyond his years. Those qualities most likely stem from being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at age 13. They most certainly are a factor in his remarkable recovery. Despite 18 months of chemotherapy that prevented him from attending school three days a week, the Calabasas resident, who plays on his high school’s varsity golf team, is graduating this spring on schedule and with honors. In addition, he’s founded the nonprofit organization, Cameron’s Community, a website where teens with cancer can connect. (cameronscommunity.org). “It was devastating,” recalls Cameron of his diagnosis. “I really wanted to talk to someone my age who’d gone through what I was going through. That’s what gave me the idea for Cameron’s Community.”

Avery Hayes

14, NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL Wearing a scoliosis brace during middle school would be tough for anyone. For Avery Hayes of Sherman Oaks, though, it turned out to be character building. “I didn’t want anyone to see the brace so I wore really baggy sweatshirts, and in P.E. I changed in a separate room,” admits the varsity golfer. After recently undergoing spinal fusion surgery, she’s ditched the brace but gained a cause: Swing Sister Swing—a support group she’s created for other girls with all types of back conditions. “When I had scoliosis, it’s pretty much all I thought about, and I didn’t know anyone else who had it,” she explains. Named for her love of golf, Swing Sister Swing will hold its first event next summer. In addition to being a forum for sharing experiences, Avery hopes the group will raise money for girls who can’t afford treatment.


Natalie Hampton

16 , OAKWOOD SCHOOL Natalie Hampton is proof that nice girls can finish first. After being bullied and eating lunch alone every day of seventh and eighth grade, the Sherman Oaks teen switched schools and made friends. Still determined to help other isolated students, she created Sit With Us, a free, mobile lunch-planning app, available for the iPhone and soon the Android too. Kids sign up as ambassadors for a Sit With Us club and do posts letting others know they are welcome to join their table. So far over 100,000 users in seven countries have downloaded the Sit With Us app. “Every time I saw someone sitting by themselves at my new school I invited them over to my table because I knew how horrible that felt,” explains Natalie. “I wanted to expand that mentality.”


Logan Clark

18 , VIEWPOINT SCHOOL Don’t be surprised if one day Logan Clark wins an Academy Award and delivers a socially-conscious acceptance speech that rivals Meryl Streep’s. The Encino teen is a theater arts tour de force: writing, directing and acting. A former dancer as well, he intends to study creative writing in college and plans on a career writing for television and film. Logan also serves as co-president of his school’s Gender Sexual Alliance and is an active member of its Social Justice and Equity Club. Postpresidential election, he says he’s fighting back by “buying art that’s made by minorities, people of color and queer artists. I feel an obligation to support them.” A star in the classroom too, Logan is an AP Scholar with Distinction and a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.


Maxim Romanovici

18, CRESPI CARMELITE HIGH SCHOOL

Lots of teens excel at both athletics and in the classroom. The difference is varsity water polo player and swim team star Maxim Romaovici, who maintains over a 4.0 GPA while taking many AP courses, didn’t even speak English five years ago. That’s when the Encino teen’s father won the immigration lottery in their native Maldova (formerly the USSR), prompting the family to leave everything behind (his mother was a doctor) to pursue the American dream. “I was just the quiet kid and listened, and I read the dictionary word by word,” he recalls. Max, who is only 5 feet, 11 inches tall, was Crespi’s offensive MVP all four years and recently set the school’s all-time career scoring record. Now Maxim, who works at a kids’ gym and babysits his 4-year-old sister at the family’s Encino apartment on weekends, is hoping to attend Harvard University or a University of California school to study computer science or business in the fall.


Chelsea Ma 15, VAN NUYS HIGH SCHOOL

It’s easy to see why Chelsea Ma ended up winning the second season of Project Runway Junior, which airs on Lifetime. Sure there’s Chelsea’s self-described “fearless but fun” designs, already doing brisk sales on the Chatsworth teen’s website, chelseama.com. Equally engaging though is Chelsea’s playful imagination and high-energy personality. “My parents have been 100% supportive of my working in the arts,” says the A-student, who’s also an accomplished singer/songwriter, pianist and guitar player. In fact, it was watching Project Runway with her mom that ignited Chelsea’s passion for fashion. “I would sketch the runway looks I saw on TV, and I thought, ‘Why couldn’t I do that too?’”


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The boys at student Robotic competitions “think they know it all and underestimate your capabilities,” explains Haley Brooks. That’s a big mistake. Haley may be among the small number of girls competing in Robotics, but she wins a lot. In February her team won the California state championships for Robotics for the second year in a row. That means Haley moves on to compete in the VEX Robotics World Competition held in April. The first time she entered that contest, in 2016, she nabbed 14th place. The petite powerhouse’s accomplishments don’t end there. Two years ago, she raised $2,000 on Go Fund Me to start a robotics program for autistic students at Millikan Middle School that she still helps run and is currently developing a game app based around blood sugar testing for children with juvenile diabetes.


Noah Daniel 18, MILKEN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Noah Daniel doesn’t just make music; he understands how it affects your brain. A guitar player with his school’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Combo and an Associate Composer for the LA Philharmonic, Noah was 10 when he was moved by the effect music could have on others. His band performed at a benefit for the music therapy program at CSUN and audience members, which included both adults and children with disabilities, got up and danced in front of the stage. Years later, that experience prompted Noah to create a research internship for himself at USC’s Brain & Creativity Institute where he studied the effects of music on the brain. One of Noah’s compositions, based on the narrative of a Holocaust survivor, was performed in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. The high school senior, who is also an associate composer with the LA Philharmonic, plans to study both music and neuroscience in college. “I’ve only scratched the surface as far as the brain is concerned,” he explains, “and there’s a lot I want to know.”


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POINT OF VIEW Rachel Pally “Mara” dress, $238; Neiman Marcus at Westfield Topanga or rachelpally.com; “Prita” silver sheen platform shoes, $740; Calleen Cordero in Studio City Sandro “Notch Birdseye” jacket in bleu, $775; ATM Slub jersey T-shirt in malbec, $80; Ted Baker “Curlott” pants in red, $195; K-Swiss “Washburn” sneakers in zinfandel, $79; all at Bloomingdales Westfield Fashion Square

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Custom Fit A fashion designer uproots from Malibu and focuses her penchant for unconventionality on creating her dream home in Encino. WRITTEN BY LINDA

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hen Kym Gold and her ex-husband were coming up with designs for their jeans brand, True Religion, back in 2002, she had a distinct vision. “I wanted to do jeans with twisted seams, big pockets and flare. People were like what? You can’t do that with jeans!” But she stuck to her guns and it paid off. In 2012 a private equity firm bought the company for $835 million. Kym took something of the same approach with her new Encino digs. She bought the brand-new, 7,600square-foot spec home on a quiet cul-de-sac, south of the Boulevard, for more than $6 million. And then she did the unthinkable. She started taking it apart. Kym hired Calabasas-based builder Jon Goldstein and embarked on a yearlong renovation. “The house was pretty typical in terms of what you see in spec homes—everything was Carrara marble and brown wood. We took it all out,” she explains. Kym, who has three grown sons and lives with her fiancé actor, Marlon Young, chose the Valley to be closer to her two sisters. The same realtor who sold her Malibu home, TJ Strong, started combing the south-of-the-Boulevard neighborhoods for the right

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DINING IN Custom made floor-to-ceiling barn doors flank the kitchen entrance, which is set off by one of the many splashes of teal in the home. Below: colored glass provides a whimsical accent on shelving; Marlon at the concrete-topped kitchen table, softened by a charming assortment of seating options.

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I wanted each room to have its own personality with lots of color. Color makes me happy.”

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property. “TJ saw the spec home in Royal Oaks way before it was complete—probably four to six months—but I bought it. I knew I wanted it the moment I saw it,” she says. Though she has considerable design skills, Kym, who is a petite flurry of energy, felt “daunted” by the expanse of the project so she hired interior designer Stephanie Vision to help with scale. With interiors, Kym chose a new direction. “I had done the “shabby chic” thing in Malibu and this time I wanted to have fun. I wanted each room to have its own personality with lots of color. Color makes me happy,” she explains. One of the most dramatic changes was the kitchen. The marble countertops were removed and replaced with Caesarstone. Beams of reclaimed wood were installed, along with humongous barn doors with vintage glass,

TEAL DEAL The media room features a sprawling sofa by Missoni and cabinetry with drawers faced with crocodile skin dyed turquoise. Above: a watercolor by Kym’s sister, artist Michelle Oppenheimer, takes ourventurablvd.com  center stage in the family room.

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DESIGNED Custom Fit TO LAST

Clockwise from this page: the traditional home, built by Jon Goldstein, sits on a 30,000 square-foot lot; a patio looks out onto a two-story guest house, where Kym has her design studio; Kym and Marlon in rope swings, enjoying the park-like backyard and rose garden.

made by the Chatsworth-based Voorhees Design Center. “I believe they are the largest barn doors Voorhees has ever made!” Kym quips. The centerpiece of the dining room is a 9-foot-wide round table, topped by a glass lazy susan, surrounded by vintage Phillipe Starke pin chairs. Grass cloth on the walls adds a cozy vibe. A built-in wine cooler along one wall was removed and replaced with an open bar with drawers (faced with stingray skin) that open to reveal humidors. In the media room, a colorful, multi-patterned oversize sofa by Missoni takes up most of the space. “It is the room we use the most to be honest with you!” laughs Marlon. Built-in cabinetry drawers are

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embossed with turquoise crocodile skin. An upstairs landing showcases a charming seating area and leads to multiple bedrooms. In a day when designers are doing single-color rooms (mostly in various shades of white), Kym chose to do one wall in the master bedroom a whimsical shade of sky blue. Sunlight fills the space; the adjoining porch has a retractable awning. The master bedroom leads to “his” and “hers” bathrooms and walk-in closets. Tucked behind the pool is a guesthouse; the top floor is Kym’s design studio. She anticipates spending more time there this spring as she launches her new project, STYLE UNION, a luxury knitwear collaboration with the young fashion powerhouse 3JAINS. 

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am not a boat person. The last time I hit the seas was in the late ‘90s. I was pregnant and vacationing on the island of Lanai. My most vivid memory is of the boat’s captain pressing cold towels to my neck. Nevertheless, I signed up for a voyage on a 41-foot catamaran with four cabins, in the Caribbean Sea off the southern coast of Cuba, with my husband and son. We would be part of a flotilla of five families—all from the LA area. Also my husband and I wanted to spend time with our 20-year-old son. Ever since he started college, he’s put off travel with, “I just want to sleep in my own bed.” When he shocked us with, “That sounds like a cool trip!” we jumped on it. (Five days of having him all to ourselves with no electronic devices and I’ll just say it—no girlfriend—was just too lovely to refuse.) We thought our younger son could also join us but then discovered he didn’t have enough school vacation. Should we cancel? We decided to go for it. Here are my musings jotted down at the end of each day. DAY 1 After an hour-long flight from Miami, we arrived in Cienfuegos, a small city on Cuba’s southern coast. As our group hopped aboard a big charter bus, I popped a motion sickness patch on the back of my ear, and we were off to the marina. The afternoon was spent in a flurry of activity. Some families arrived to a boat stocked with food; others needed to buy provisions. Some of the captains spoke English; others did not (ours thankfully did). Then came lots of fee paying and document showing. Apparently Cubans are not allowed to charter boats for fear they will flee to America. We enjoyed a seafood dinner at a local restaurant. As evening fell, a large patio was transformed into a dance floor. It was Saturday night. Young and old—and everything in between—made merry. They danced and chatted together in a mixed social scene I rarely see in LA.

SAND MINE Who needs a spa? Our group revels in a natural sea salt exfoliation.

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DAY 2 I slept in. Our crew, however, had been up since 6 a.m. embarking on the eight-hour, 55-mile journey to Key Largo. I was grateful that by the time I woke up, we’d passed through the deep, rough ocean waters and were in more shallow, calm, emerald- green waters. During the sail, the captain ran two fishing lines. Alerted to a catch by the shrill, whirling sound of the line, he flew into action. We caught one yellowtail and three barracudas. The crew followed the Cuban custom of pouring rum down their throats “to ease them into death.” Apparently there is no PETA here. After a fascinating show of watching our captain spear a half dozen Langouste lobsters, we motored the dingy to the small, uninhabited island of Key Largo. I have never seen sand so white or shells so beautiful. We anchored for the night and took the dingy over to a friend’s boat for a cocktail and a salsa lesson, courtesy of the crew. Later we feasted on fresh lobster prepared by our cook, Corona. Afterward I asked him what I should buy when we arrived in Havana (the

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second leg of our journey), besides rum and cigars. He responded, “Forget about that. Walk the streets and interact with the people. That is how you experience Cuba. Touch our soul and that is how you will remember Cuba.” DAY 3 We sailed to a nearby reef for snorkeling and then docked at Key Largo where we found a few small, open-air restaurants and modest inns. One of the four catamarans did not show up. We had not seen the crew since setting sail from Cienfuegos and thought they were just doing their own thing but—at this point—we started worrying. After a couple of stressful hours, the missing boat showed up. Turns out they’d had engine trouble and were stranded on rough seas overnight. We were concerned about getting their boat repaired so they could continue with the rest of the journey. While that mini-crisis played out, we explored an even smaller island without a single structure on it. We discovered football-size conch shells with raspberry interiors and a myriad of large starfish that ranged from gold to maroon. There were iguanas everywhere. That evening, we enjoyed a breathtaking sunset. After another lobster and fish dinner, the young and old on our trip (there was nothing in between) rocked out to music on our catamaran. Some of the teenagers were not familiar with the music of Bruce Springsteen (not ours!). As I was dancing on a chair with my son, I had this thought: while in Cuba, we were doing like the Cubans. DAY 4 We awoke to good news. Our friends’ boat had been repaired. After a planning meeting with all the boat captains, aimed at keeping our flotilla intact for the duration of the trip, we sailed to Paradise Beach on Key Largo. The highlight of this pit stop was—of all things— exfoliation. The pearly-white sand, as the spa aficionados on the trip discovered, was terrific for scrubbing off dead skin. A snorkeling expedition revealed a sunken ship, deep purple coral fans, schools of brightly colored fish—as well as stingrays. When one slithered by about 2 feet away, remembering the Crocodile Hunter/Steve Irwin story, I hightailed it back to the catamaran. No idea I could swim that fast! DAY 5 We spent a gloriously relaxing last day. I’ve had a ball, but to be honest, I’m ready to get off the boat and explore Havana on foot. I’m also ready for real bathroom facilities and different cuisine. Every entre served seemed to have the same sauce (pretty sure the base was catsup) and was accompanied by white rice. Veggies have appeared only once. That said, this has been an exhilarating adventure. For the most part, my motion sickness remedy worked, and being shut off from the world has offered a “zen” I’ve never experienced. I’ll always remember the scenic, pristine beauty of the islands (I hope it lasts) and the chance to spend quality, one-on-one time with great friends, my husband and most of all, my son. 

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LAURA WATTS MATTHEW COOKE, TAMEKA JACOBS & SHANE O’DONNELL

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Children. They are our future, and from education to enrichment we strive to give them the resources that will help mold them into the best they can be. But sometimes finding those resources takes effort. With this All About Kids Profiles section, we do the legwork for you. Whether you’re looking for the right school, summer camp or fitness program, on the following pages you’ll find an abundance of Valley professionals and organizations—all aimed at putting kids on the path to happy, healthy, productive lives. It takes a village. And here in the Valley, thankfully, we have one.

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103 LOUISVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 104 ILEAD ENCINO 105 ILEAD NORTH HOLLYWOOD 106 THE WESLEY SCHOOL 107 LAURENCE SCHOOL 108 ADAT ARI EL DAY SCHOOL

115 SIERRA CANYON SCHOOL 116 STEM3 ACADEMY 117 BETH HILLEL DAY SCHOOL 118 VALLEY BETH SHALOM HAROLD M. SCHULWEIS DAY SCHOOL

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Los Angeles Ballet Academy

16422 Ventura Blvd. Encino 818-382-2500 laballet.com

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elebrating its 25th anniversary, Los Angeles Ballet Academy (LABA) offers a variety of dance styles to children ages 3 to 18, and an adult fitness and ballet program, LABA4LIFE. Owner Andrea ParisGutierrez danced professionally for years. She and her husband, Iker, have a son, Dylan, who dances principal roles with Chicago’s esteemed Joffrey Ballet Company, and a daughter, Veronica, who is a freelance dancer, choreographer and LABA teacher. What would you like kids and parents to know about your business? “LABA strives to teach dance to the highest standards and safe practice. As members of the internationally recognized Royal Academy of Dance, our ballet program trains dancers all the way through high school, and our strong contemporary curriculum offers jazz, contemporary dance, tap and hip hop. We expect excellence from our students, and they achieve it—with many of our graduates now dancing professionally around the country. Even though we work hard, we have fun as we strive to instill dedication, commitment, discipline and a lifelong love of dance in all our students.” What do kids love most about your business? “We are a safe, creative place to go after school. We provide a strong sense of community and a friendly atmosphere where everyone is welcome. When our students are not dancing in one of our five beautiful, mirror-lined studios, they gather around a table in the lounge to do homework, socialize and snack. Parents also come together to work on costumes and props for LABA performances and competitions. It’s truly a family affair.”

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Tell us about your Summer Intensive Program. “LABA offers a Summer Intensive Program for students ages 8 and up. Dancers can choose to attend up to four weeks of training in Encino with top international ballet coaches, LA’s best contemporary master teachers and choreographers, plus LABA’s award-winning faculty. Audition information is available on the LABA website.”

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Do you support charitable organizations that help children? “The Los Angeles Youth Ballet Theatre and Theatrics Dance Company is a nonprofit division of Los Angeles Ballet Academy. It provides scholarships to further the training of talented children from all socio-economic backgrounds who may not have the means to study dance seriously. Donations are tax-deductible, and we match all donations in funding talent in the San Fernando Valley.”

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“The Links at Terranea’s PGA Junior League is an experience for the family to enjoy together.”

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he Links at Terranea is a 9-hole, par-3 Southern California oceanfront golf course that offers a junior golf academy for children ages 5 to 18. Assistant Golf Professional Robert Krasemann has worked at Terranea since 2011 and has been involved with the golf industry since high school. The team also includes four PGA-affiliated golf instructors. Tell us a bit about your business. “The Links at Terranea’s Junior League is an experience for the family to enjoy together. Many kids have made new friends, parents have befriended new parents, and many parents and kids have developed a bond they can share together through golf.” How is your business or service unique? “We offer unique programs to fit every age and

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skill level. Whether you are just beginning or already have a strong passion for the game of golf, our junior academy will be the right fit. For those wishing to get a head start on skill development, we have a spring break camp April 3–7 and also an after-school program that will extend into the summer. We will host a number of summer camp offerings tailored to kids of all ages, including participation in the PGA Junior League Golf program where teams of junior golfers compete in a scramble match play format.” How does your business make our community a better place for children? “Golf promotes values that kids can use for the rest of their lives such as honesty, sportsmanship and how to react to adversity. Also, golf can unite a family by providing an activity everyone can do together.”

Robert Krasemann Assistant Golf Professional 100 Terranea Way Rancho Palos Verdes 888-825-4895 terranea.com/golf

How does your business encourage healthy habits? “In the current instant-information era of video games, smartphones and mobile apps, our league is getting kids outside and walking nine holes of golf with a teammate using skills, communication, and strategy to compete and play.” What are some important traits for operating a kid-focused business? “To be patient, unbiased, fun, caring, knowledgeable and genuine. If you don’t care about what you are doing and you are not doing it for the right reasons, the kids will pick up on it instantly. However, if you have a true passion and the kids can tell you really care about them, that will be when you are really able to connect. For more information, please call 888-825-4895 or visit terranea.com/golf.”

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“Viewpoint prepares our graduates to live happy and fulfilled lives as lifelong learners and productive, active citizens who serve their communities.”

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ounded in 1961, Viewpoint School offers an enriched college preparatory program on its 40-acre campus located in the scenic foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Head of School Mark McKee oversees 1,215 students in grades kindergarten through 12. Viewpoint also offers extracurricular activities such as music, filmmaking, robotics, more than 130 athletic teams, arts, computer animation and oceanography. What would you like kids and parents to know about your school? “Serving 1,215 students allows us to go beyond the boundaries of a traditional independent school. We offer a wide breadth of courses and abundant opportunities for our students to stretch themselves in their academics, in athletics, in the arts, in service to the community, and to shape their

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own unique paths in life. As a K–12 school, the culture of extraordinary learning and compassion begins with our youngest students and sets a warm, intellectually vibrant tone for the entire community. Whether a student’s passion is for oceanography, documentary filmmaking, ancient languages, designing self-driving cars or community service, Viewpoint’s expert teachers challenge their students to pursue their interests to the greatest possible extent, thus discovering their capacity for curiosity and hard work. This approach instills within the students a lifelong love of learning and a confidence in their own abilities.” How does your school prepare students for life in the 21st century?  “In order to prepare our students for success in the 21st century and careers that have yet to be

23620 Mulholland Highway Calabasas 818-591-6500 viewpoint.org

invented, Viewpoint offers a program with an emphasis on collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication. With an understanding of the latest developments in neuroscience, child development and the brain, we offer learning environments equipped with the technology, tools and space needed for students to create and to explore in all areas of the curriculum. As global citizens it is imperative for our students to be engaged with the world—locally, nationally and internationally—and our teachers are dedicated to making these connections at every opportunity. Whether in film or orchestra, team sports or Model UN, AP physics or world literature, Viewpoint prepares our graduates to live happy and fulfilled lives as lifelong learners and productive, active citizens who serve their communities.”

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“Campbell Hall emphasizes the importance of healthy living and incorporates mindfulness in daily life for all students.”

Campbell Hall

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ampbell Hall is an independent college preparatory day school for students in kindergarten through grade 12. In addition to offering numerous extracurricular activities, the school also promotes collaborate learning experiences with its Public Partnerships Program. For the past 10 years, Campbell Hall has partnered with area underserved public schools to offer a variety of exchange programs, workshops and enrichment opportunities. What would you like kids and parents to know about your school? “Campbell Hall is a community of inquiry that inspires its students, faculty, administrators and parents to explore the world with open hearts and curious minds. Our academic program celebrates joyous inquiry rather than an anxietydriven curriculum. Our inclusive and innovative programs emphasize connections and relation-

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ships among both ideas and people. Our students’ spiritual development is the centerpiece of our mission in the belief that pursuing academic excellence flourishes most alongside an equal commitment to nurturing loving, responsible and healthy children.” What do kids love most about your school? “Students value the powerful sense of community at Campbell Hall and the relationship they have with their teachers. Students are valued for what they bring to the community in the most full sense; they don’t feel pigeonholed in any way. Balance is encouraged in students’ lives, giving them the opportunity to pursue a wide variety of interests.” Does your school support charitable organizations that help children? “Campbell Hall supports many charitable organizations in our surrounding community

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and abroad. For more than 31 years we have supported Hillsides, the Episcopal Home for Children in Pasadena. Other organizations include MEND (Meet Each Need With Dignity), as well many organizations through Big Sunday initiatives. Campbell Hall students and faculty travel each summer to our sister schools in Port-dePaix, Haiti, for service learning with the children and families in those schools.” How do you encourage healthy habits for students and their families? “Campbell Hall emphasizes the importance of healthy living and incorporates mindfulness and wellness courses for all students. We are a leader in parent education with topics that encourage living a life in balance, an ongoing mindful parenting group and a healthy eating workshop series. Campbell Hall incorporates a late start for secondary students due to the research in anxiety reduction in adolescents.”

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“The Wise Learning Process is recognized statewide as a model for cutting-edge educational practices.”

15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive Los Angeles 310-889-2300 wise-school.org

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the belief that all children have the capacity, creativity and curiosity to engage in gifted education strategies and learning opportunities—is recognized statewide as a model for cuttingedge educational practices.”

to teachers and students. The new Tyberg Arts and Innovation Lab serves as a state-of-the-art learning space with the flexibility to accommodate an entire grade creating with technology and art at the same time.”

What makes your school exceptional in terms of the educational experience? “The California Association for the Gifted awarded Wise School the Five Star Award for Gifted Education in recognition for its use of the standards for gifted education for all students, and by being a model to show how gifted education can be generalized to affect all children in a school. Wise School is one of just four schools—and the only Jewish day school—to receive this prestigious award. It demonstrates that the Wise Learning Process—grounded in

What sets your school apart from the rest? “STEAM is an important focus in Wise School’s curriculum. Our two science specialists align the curriculum with the Next Generation Science Standards. A large part of this alignment has been the implementation of various engineering design challenges that tie into physical, earth and life sciences. Project Studio supports the engineering component of our program. We have an ever-expanding library of building materials and an expansive workshop: this one-of-a-kind Maker Space facilitates amazing student work. Additionally, our art specialist is always available

How do you encourage healthy habits for students and their families? “Our children experience wholeness through our mindfulness program, developed in partnership with the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. By applying the sharpened attention they learn in our formal mindfulness meditation practice to their everyday lives, children bring a rich awareness to their experience of the world and the ways in which they interact with it. In our classrooms, we focus on body awareness, regulating attention, managing emotions, sharing joy and gratitude, self-compassion and empathy.”

ise School was founded in 1977 with the goal that every child would feel a deep connection to their Judaism and the world around them. The school’s 600 students range in age from Parenting Center children through sixth grade.

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“Our students are well prepared for the future.”

Milken Community Schools

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ilken Community Schools is among the largest independent Jewish co-ed schools in the nation. Students in grades 7–12 experience a private school education combining rigorous academic preparation with Jewish studies. What makes your school unique? “Milken graduates think well. Students have the strong academic foundation necessary for success in their next level of education and beyond. They develop an ‘innovator’s mindset’ and an entrepreneurial approach to the world around them. Students connect and contribute to their communities, the Jewish people and the State of Israel. They integrate Jewish values, ideas and texts when making important decisions in their private, personal, professional and public lives. Milken graduates take positive action. Students make a real impact on the world around them— now and in the future. They act with empathy,

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15800 Zeldins’ Way Los Angeles 310 440-3500 milkenschool.org justice and compassion toward others.” Why choose a Jewish school? “A vibrant education focused on helping young people view the modern world through a Jewish lens is the best way we know to prepare students with sharp minds, generous hearts and kind souls and to ensure a bright Jewish future.” What kinds of programs do you offer? “Our specialized institutes and centers range from architecture and design to advanced science research and from creative writing to Jewish studies. Students have access to exceptional performing and visual arts programs, varied world languages, competitive sports, diverse clubs and organizations, and a wide range of Advanced Placement courses. The newlyopened Guerin Family Institute for Advanced Sciences houses the area’s only MIT-Inspired Fab Lab; a CAD Lab; an Engineering Lab; and

an International Classroom to connect students globally. Students have access to state-of-theart equipment and complex professional grade industrial tools to help fabricate their ideas into reality. An experienced college counseling and academic planning team provides students with individualized sessions, weekly classes and meetings with college representatives, which help students create a personalized action plan for their college search.” How do you prepare your students for a global society? “Our students are well prepared for the future. We seek to connect the power of learning with ethical engagement and spiritual purpose. Through a rigorous integrated curriculum designed to increase global awareness and engagement, our students are instilled with a sense of responsibility and a strong commitment to contribute to society.”

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“Our Marianist characteristics are formation in faith; integral, quality education; family spirit; service justice and peace; and adaption and change.”

Chaminade College Preparatory

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haminade College Preparatory is a coeducational Catholic school in the Marianist tradition, serving more than 2,000 students in grades 6–12. The school’s seven-year learning experience offers a rigorous academic curriculum and diverse extracurricular activities. What would you like kids and parents to know about your school? “Beginning this fall, Chaminade is pleased to offer the Collegeboard’s AP Capstone Program—an innovative and engaging, college-level, two-year program for high school students that complements and enhances discipline-specific AP courses. Students at Chaminade are actively engaged in their learning through a curriculum that emphasizes student–centered learning. Collaboration among students is facilitated through project–based learning and the use of our one-to-one, tablet-based technology. Chaminade actively integrates technology into the

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19800 Devonshire Street | Chatsworth 818-363-8127 | Grades 6–8 7500 Chaminade Avenue | West Hills 818-347-8300 | Grades 9–12 chaminade.org

learning environment. Our dedicated faculty take pride in nurturing, mentoring and preparing students for academic success. We encourage leadership and offer students a multitude of clubs and organizations. We spur creativity through a vibrant visual and performing arts program and teamwork though our outstanding athletics. All the while we cultivate a commitment to service grounded in our Catholic tradition.”

ence, students find multiple opportunities to explore their innate desire to lead. Whether it is through Campus Ministry or other Major Leadership programs, our students learn to lead.”

How important is parent involvement at your school? “We welcome, encourage and need parent involvement to make the Chaminade experience an excellent one. When parents share their time, their talents and their resources, they become an integral part of our dynamic Chaminade family and make a real difference in their child’s education.”

What is the Marianist tradition? “With Mary, the mother of Jesus, as our model, we work toward deepening the faith of our students from all religious traditions. Campus Ministry offers spiritual retreats and community service opportunities at each grade level to foster relationship-building with God, self and others. Our Marianist characteristics are formation in faith; integral, quality education; family spirit; service justice and peace; and adaption and change.”

How do you inspire students to be leaders? “Throughout the seven-year Chaminade experi-

What do kids love most about your school? “Family spirit is strong at Chaminade. Our students consider Chaminade more than just a school community. It is a home away from home. It’s a family.”

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“What makes Louisville unique is the ability to teach girls in the way they learn.”

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ouisville High School is an all-girls, Catholic high school founded in 1960. Ninety-one young women and five teachers formed the nucleus of the first class of Louisville, which today has graduated more than 5,000 students. The school offers a variety of extracurricular activities, including a championship volleyball team. What would you like kids and parents to know about your school? “As a nationally recognized college preparatory school, Louisville is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and a member of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools. Louisville offers numerous Advanced Placement and honors classes, including courses offered through the prestigious Online School for Girls. What makes Louisville unique is the ability to teach girls in the way they learn, developing their collaborative nature as they build confidence and become

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exceptional communicators and adaptable thinkers with high expectations for themselves.”

for the most current and innovative methods of teaching young women.”

What sets you apart from the rest? “Louisville is small by design, which allows us to know all our students. As an all-girls school we are able to focus on the way girls learn. Teachers challenge each student to reach her academic potential. The school offers many outlets for displaying talents and teamwork, including a broad spectrum of visual and performing arts activities.”

How important is parent involvement at your school? “Parents are the primary educators of their children. We believe in working in cooperation with parents. Louisville aims to help young women understand that they are in the process of realizing their potential. Additionally, an active Parents Guild and Dads Club host numerous events throughout the school year and participate in all aspects of campus life.”

Tell us about your team. “Louisville boasts an impressive, dedicated faculty with 63% holding advanced degrees. A guidance advisor for each grade level and a dedicated college advisor ensure that each student is known on an individual basis and that no student ‘falls through the cracks.’ Talented staff and support personnel are constantly searching

What do kids love most about your school? “Louisville’s beautiful campus and safe and nurturing atmosphere create an environment where young women can explore possibilities while being true to themselves. Students often refer to Louisville as their second home, with a warm and caring atmosphere.”

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“iLEAD Encino is a small, family-oriented community of learners and educators who work together to develop learning around real-world experiences.” 17500 Burbank Blvd. | Encino 818-796-3044 | Primary Studio

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LEAD Encino offers students an education program that blends independent home study, community experiences and studio instruction based on the Common Core Standards. The learning model of this public charter school promotes individualized instruction, active learning methods and opportunities for self-directed learning. iLEAD Encino launched in 2014 and serves grades TK through 8.

How does your school make our community a better place for children? “iLEAD Encino is a small, family-oriented community of learners and educators who work together to develop learning around real-world experiences. We use a project-based learning methodology that integrates standards and emphasizes social-emotional learning and student accountability. Our learners are involved in

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their community in meaningful ways that involve their path(s) of study. They learn quickly that they can make a difference now.” Tell us about teaching the “whole child.” “Teaching the ‘whole child’ is at the core of our school’s philosophy. Not only do we cover standards-based core content, we also emphasize social-emotional learning. We use the 10 Character Labs and 7 Habits as a foundation to develop each individual in areas of growth, as well as to help them learn to leverage their strengths in everything they do. We also strongly encourage leadership and foster learner-initiated programs, as well as provide as many opportunities and tools for learners to create an excellent community for themselves.” What does your school offer that is unique? “Our learners are encouraged to use their differences as a way to connect and promote unity.

17400 Vanowen Street | Lake Balboa 818-697-8255 | Intermediate Studio ileadencino.org

Because we empower our learners to be comfortable in their own skin and have strived to create an environment that is all-inclusive, the children hold a clear sense of self-image and the learning has become accessible and desired rather than forced and funneled.” How involved do teachers get with students? “Each one gets to know the learners in their care as individuals beyond the classroom. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all.’ Every workshop can be differentiated based on the learners who attend.” What do kids love most about your school? “Our learners love to come to school! They have incredible voice and choice in their education, as do their parents. They know they can use the relationships with their facilitators and administrators to help them work through problems and develop their community.”

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“Our program offers individualized, collegetargeted planning and support for each learner within a small and supportive learning community.”

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LEAD North Hollywood offers a structured yet independent learning model designed and administrated by credentialed, awardwinning faculty and staff. The school offers project-based learning, extensive college counseling, “Flipped Learning” practices, arts integration, individual learning plans, a nationally ranked speech and debate program, and strong connections to the professional writing community through its “Get Lit” partnership. Extracurricular activities include speech and debate, contemporary music/songwriting, theatre, student council, Key Club and Cheers For Queers. iLEAD North Hollywood enrolls more than 300 students in grades 9 through 12. Tell us about the history of your school in our community. “iLEAD NoHo originally opened in 2014 as Valley International Prep-South (VIP)—a charter high school serving grades 9 through 12 with Anne

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Cochran as its founding director. In 2015 VIP joined the charter management organization iLEAD Schools and changed its name to iLEAD North Hollywood. The site leadership and core faculty/staff have remained the same.”   What makes your school exceptional in terms of the educational experience? “We offer a challenging, college-prep academic experience that includes AP and honors coursework and is supported and uplifted via projectbased learning. We oftentimes hear that kids love our small size, openness and communicative spirit.”   How important is parent involvement at your school? “One of the hallmarks of a charter school is the inclusion and input of parents and guardians in its creation and execution. At iLEAD NoHo, we have a particularly passionate and effective parent

group called Parents In Partnership, which plays a pivotal role in supporting our vision, daily operations and ever-changing needs.” What does your school offer that is unique? “Our program offers individualized, collegetargeted planning and support for each learner within a small and supportive learning community. Some of our most unique activities and arts instruction include a contemporary music/songwriting program, Get Lit curriculum and poetry team, and a nationally recognized speech and debate program with mock trial component.”   What’s most rewarding about your work? “It is certainly the joy received in facilitating the building of relationships within a culture of teens from all walks of life—regardless of beliefs, income level, ethnicity. Devising a truly diverse and happy learning and social community is something we’re proud of at iLEAD NoHo.”

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“When you walk onto the Wesley campus, the feeling of collaborating and connecting is palpable.”

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he Wesley School is a co-educational K-8 independent day school established in 1999 by a group of parents after the closing of St. Michael’s in Studio City. The school serves more than 300 students in kindergarten through eighth grade and offers a variety of after-school enrichment classes, a competitive sports program and elective courses. What would you like kids and parents to know about your school? “We believe the K-8 model is the best choice for children. It provides a safe space for children to come of age at an appropriate pace, and a place where they can avoid some of the social pressures found in a secondary school environment. Our middle schoolers have the opportunity to be mentors to their younger peers and to be the leaders on campus. The well-rounded and exemplary academic program ensures our graduates are ready

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to take on the best independent high schools in the Los Angeles area.” What do kids love most about your school? “The community and the teachers. When you walk onto the Wesley campus, the feeling of collaborating and connecting is palpable. Our students not only connect with each other but with their teachers as well. They feel safe, nurtured and loved, and in turn they feel a sense of pride when reflecting on their school.” How do the teachers and staff at your school help your students form happy memories? “Imaginative play—both structured and unstructured—is woven into the Wesley experience, building creativity, ingenuity and happiness. Our students learn to master important skills from their teachers while having fun, causing an increase in retention and cognitive function-

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ing. Scientific evidence shows that the brain is more active and open to learning new concepts after physical play. At Wesley, play happens both inside and outside the classroom, bringing joyfulness into learning and creating positive and happy memories.” In what ways do you encourage parent involvement? “The Wesley School Parents’ Association—comprised of every family at Wesley—plays an integral role in our school’s daily life. This body provides support to the administration and Board of Trustees by holding activities and events that enhance our school environment. There are more than 25 active committees that operate under the umbrella of the Parents’ Association. All parents are strongly encouraged to become involved with at least one committee.”

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“Music is a wonderful vehicle for interactive learning.”

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aurence School offers a 21st-century academic curriculum, including STEAM and global education programs, as well as visual and performing arts, athletics, character education and project-based educational experiences. Founded in 1953 as a one-room schoolhouse with 12 children, Laurence now enrolls 300 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Overseen by head of school Laurie Wolke, who has 26 years of experience educating children, Laurence is dedicated to the concept of educating the “Total Child.” What is the “Total Child” philosophy of education? “This philosophy of educating children balances academic learning with social, emotional and physical development, as well as recognizes the need to engage them in interactive learning experiences. For this reason, we take a cross-curricular approach to teaching, such as integrating class-

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room lessons—as well as social and emotional development—into our arts and music program.” Why is music an important part of Laurence’s art curriculum? “Music is a wonderful vehicle for interactive learning. Through music, students can learn about history and culture, engage with classmates, develop self-confidence and of course have fun—all of which foster a love of learning. Students regularly participate in music classes—both during the school day and, for some, as part of our afterschool program. They play instruments beginning in kindergarten, including violin, recorders and xylophones; learn to read and compose music; and study music that reflects classroom and character education topics. Music is also integrated with technology using GarageBand. ‘Music education supports brain development, too,’ says Laurie Wolke. ‘Our students learn the ukulele beginning in third grade, which promotes

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the use of both sides of the brain.’ Music specialist Lauren Bruns further explains: ‘Music theory and note reading require children to think within the confines of musical structure, while singing, improvising and ear training allow them to create and explore.’” How does music education support social, emotional and physical development? “Our music program helps children develop a range of life skills important to success. During our holiday show, orchestra performances and school-wide assemblies, students sing in ensembles and as soloists, developing collaboration skills as well as independence. These performances also help students grow comfortable performing in front of large audiences of students and parents, which supports the development of public speaking skills. Playing instruments also helps elementary students of all ages develop physically, increasing finger and hand dexterity.”

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“There is no minimum age to make a difference in the world ... there is no better time to start than now.”

Adat Ari El Day School

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dat Ari El offers a progressive education—rooted in project-based learning and Design Thinking methodologies— to students from TK to grade 6. The school offers innovative general academic studies, Hebrew/Judaic studies, physical education and performing arts, as well as a wide variety of extracurricular activities. Why is differentiated learning so important in our schools? “Every human is unique, and success can come in different shapes and sizes. At ADAT, that is celebrated. Our school is designed to support each child’s strengths and challenges—from the classroom itself to the teachers to technology. It is our goal to help every child work to his/her individual potential.”

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What would you like kids and parents to know about your school? “We are the first Design Thinking Jewish day school in Los Angeles. What this means is that students engage in hands-on learning to discover, interpret, ideate, experiment and, ultimately, evolve and evaluate to gain a deeper understanding of the world and challenge us to make a difference—all the while guided by Jewish values, such as empathy.” What’s the best thing about working with children? “Being able to see the world through the eyes of a child is a magical experience. We believe in the power of play, creativity and imagination to encourage the development of well-rounded individuals.”

12020 Burbank Blvd. Valley Village 818-766-4992 aaedayschool.org

How does your school make our community a better place for children? “Students at Adat Ari El Day School learn that there is no minimum age to make a difference in the world and that there is no better time to start than now.” Tell us about your teachers and staff. “As a small school, we are fortunate to have a high faculty-to-student ratio. We seek out teachers who are committed to helping our students grow in innovative and developmentally-appropriate ways. Our teachers consistently stay on the cutting edge of new teaching techniques and philosophies to remain at the forefront of their practice and to model the value of being a lifelong learner.”

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“Our teachers … are mentors, advisors, coaches, role models and friends.”

The Buckley School

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ounded in 1933 by Isabelle Buckley, The Buckley School teaches 830 students in grades K–12 using the 4-Fold Plan—a model that places equal emphasis on academics, the arts, athletics and moral education. The Buckley School offers a wide range of extracurricular offerings, including National Honor Society, competitive league athletics, Girls Who Code, Diversity Club, several performing arts productions and an award-winning student newspaper. What would you like kids and parents to know about your school? “There is a lot of dynamic change happening at Buckley these days. While remaining committed to our founder’s primary philosophy, our new head of school (since 2013) has sought to infuse the curriculum with updated pedagogies and new thinking in social-emotional learning. We’ve also unveiled three brand new, state-of-the

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art buildings in the past five years, along with countless upgrades and renovations. We can now say with certainty that Buckley offers the full complement of technologies, collaborative teaching, peer-to-peer mentoring opportunities and offerings to feed any interest, from aerospace engineering to advanced video production to social justice.”

tion, through office hours, faculty-staffed math and writing labs, and peer-to-peer mentoring in writing and in math and science. Because Buckley feels like a home away from home for many students, they feel safe both physically and emotionally—to explore new interests, take on leadership roles, enjoy the evolution of relationships and feel truly known.”

What makes your school exceptional? “Of the many factors that deliver an exceptional educational experience at Buckley, we mostly credit our innovative and challenging teachers and our nurturing K–12 model. We regularly engage in thematic celebrations and workshops that bring the community together such as Diversity Week, Founder’s Day, Spirit Week, the sixth grade Anthropology Expo, and school-wide assemblies and speakers. Buckley also offers many opportunities for one-on-one instruc-

What are the most important qualities in a teacher? “We seek out teachers who are inspiring educators with strong pedagogical experience but who are also passionate, continual students in their fields. Sixty of our faculty members hold graduate degrees, and 77% of our faculty has been teaching for more than 10 years. Our teachers are empathic and uniquely trained to the age levels they teach. They are mentors, advisors, coaches, role models and friends.”

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“Camp Funtime campers love the community we have created here at camp.”

Camp Funtime

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or the past 59 summers, Westmark School’s Camp Funtime has provided summer programs for boys and girls ages 3 to 17. Directed by Linda Stephenson and Ali Guerrero since 2007, Camp Funtime offers 25+ activities on the Westmark School campus. What would you like kids and parents to know about Camp Funtime? “Our #1 goal is the growth and development of the camper. With our carefully handpicked staff, parents can feel assured that their child’s needs will be met for the summer. Campers will participate in age-appropriate activities where they will learn new skills and master old ones.” What is the mission of your organization? “The mission of Camp Funtime is to provide well-

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rounded summer programs for children, enabling them to learn new skills and experience personal growth in a safe and secure environment.”

campers. The special part about our staff is that many of them were once campers themselves and have grown up with us.”

What is most rewarding about working with kids? “Watching our campers leave us at the end of the summer with new friendships, new skills and the love for camp. This lets us know that we have successfully accomplished our goal for the summer!”

What do kids love most about you/your business? “Camp Funtime campers love the community we have created here at camp. Many campers grow up with us, spending each summer reconnecting with camp friends and former counselors.”

Tell us about your team. “Our Camp Funtime team is comprised of young men and women who have the desire and ability to work with children. We believe a strong staff member is someone who displays patience, compassion, creativity, flexibility, humor and leadership—all while being a positive role model for our

What sets your business apart from the rest? “Camp Funtime is proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association—an organized group that works to improve the camp experience for children by being a resource for organized camps. Camp Funtime is required to meet more than 300 standards for health, safety and the quality of our summer program.”

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“And the bus! We have four bus routes throughout the valley.”

Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School

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eschel is celebrating 45 years as a community Jewish school, providing a rich education that teaches critical thinking and collaboration. Through experiential learning and innovative programming, the school’s 375 students grow to be mindful about their own learning and to develop a personal understanding of the world. Heschel teaches students in grades TK through 8 and offers extracurricular activities such as athletics, musical theatre and robotics. What are some important traits of a successful school? “Schools should be more than centers of academic excellence; they must be schools of significance as well. They must focus on the purpose of authentic learning, learning beyond success and good grades. They must focus on teaching and modeling responsibility beyond ourselves.”

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What would you like kids and parents to know about your school? “We challenge students at every level; we have multiple sections of many subjects, and we offer math, reading and Hebrew at accelerated levels.” How does your school make our community a better place for children? “We imbue our students with the passion to be ambassadors to the community, working to ensure that the local and wider communities are touched by their active citizenship, strong character and meaningful values.” What do kids love most about your school? “The conversation between student and teacher is the heart of our school. And the bus! We have four bus routes through the Valley, and more than half of our students take the bus.”

17701 Devonshire Street Northridge 818-368-5781 heschel.com

Does your school support charitable organizations that help children? “Each grade supports a charitable organization, giving students an understanding of the responsibility to make a difference. The students help in many ways: raising money, building relationships and learning the importance of tikkun olam (repairing the world).” In what ways do you encourage parent involvement? “Strong partnerships between parents and teachers help students acquire resilience and individually engage in their personal learning paths.” How do you encourage healthy habits for students and their families? “We have a strong social and emotional curriculum for our middle school students, which is incredibly important in helping them to be balanced, make good decisions and be good people.”

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“Children love that at Nachshon, they are part of the creative process and making a difference in our school.”

Nachshon Minyan Religious School

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achshon Minyan is a weekly private religious school emphasizing the teachings and traditions of Judaism in small classes for grades K–6 and a Pre-B’nei Mitzvah class for grade 7. Founder, Rabbi/Cantor Judy Greenfeld, and Executive Director Sandra Gelfat envisioned a camp-like atmosphere for the school and brought in like-minded teachers to teach a project-oriented curriculum that highlights hands-on learning. What does your school offer that is unique? “Every week the Torah comes alive in our Torah Theatre Class, as we transform the ancient stories of our ancestors into characters and plays the children can relate to. Not only does this nurture our children’s individuality and growing Jewish identity, it’s just plain FUN—just ask them!! Often performances are shared with our

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community at our monthly Shabbat Services. We are proud of our unique Hebrew Lab, where children learn and study Hebrew at their own pace with teachers and staff who guide and nurture them to read, write and speak Hebrew with positive reinforcement and patience. The weekly lab prepares our students for an easy transition into our B’nei Mitzvah Program.”

What do kids love most about your school? “Children love that at Nachshon, they are part of the creative process and making a difference in our school. They love the comfort, friendliness and rapport with the teachers and staff, and that they are nurtured and respected. Nachshon is the hub of their Jewish learning, and they feel ownership in its mission and goals.”

How involved do teachers get with students? “Our teachers know each student well and interface with the children on a regular basis. Children are encouraged to ask questions and participate in the team spirit of our school. Likewise, our staff and leadership are involved with the parents. Our core teachers are involved with the children and parents from kindergarten through B’nei Mitzvah and have the unique experience of watching the children grow.”

How important is parent involvement at your school? “We invite parents to our office at the beginning of the school year to share with them the highlights of our curriculum. During the year parents participate by helping create the theme for one of our Friday night Shabbat services, and throughout the year we keep in close contact with our community by involving them in various programs.”

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“Los Encinos School is like family.”

Los Encinos School

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ounded in 1980, Los Encinos School is led today by Ilene Reinfeld and provides rigorous academics and a comprehensive arts and humanities curriculum, integrated with technology and science. The school enrolls 168 students in kindergarten through sixth grade and offers a wide range of after-school enrichment activities.

What do kids love most about your school? “We are small enough so that every child literally knows every other child by name. Parents and children often say Los Encinos School is like family.” Does your school support charitable organizations that help children? “More than one of our students is afflicted with type 1 juvenile diabetes, so for the past several years our little school has been recognized as the

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largest school walk team at the JDRF One Walk at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. In addition, each grade is involved in some way with LA Family Housing, raising money or collecting toiletries and other essentials to help families who are transitioning out of homelessness. Each grade also has a service learning project that is age-appropriate and integrates with their classroom curriculum.” What’s the best thing about working with children? “Knowing that we have a hand in guiding young people to make the right choices, helping them open their minds to creative ideas and giving them the foundation to be the best they can be are among the most rewarding aspects of working with children. At Los Encinos School we have the added benefit of letting kids retain their innocence while much of the world tries to rush them into adulthood.”

17100 Ventura Blvd. Encino 818-990-1006 losencinosschool.org

How does your school help children have fun with fitness? “Our athletics/PE department encourages physical activity with a number of fun sports and games. With two coaches, each grade is guided through age-appropriate activities, which often integrate with classroom learning, such as being introduced to the Chinese jump rope in time for Lunar New Year. Upper grades participate in the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. Highlights of the year include the multi-grade softball game and the students-versus-staff basketball game.” In what ways do you encourage parent involvement? “Parents help in so many ways, from assisting in classroom projects to serving as chaperones on field trips, and to helping manage after-school events. We are fortunate to have a devoted parent body which builds our warm community.”

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“We pair academic rigor with a culture of kindness.”

de Toledo High School

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e Toledo High School is an independent Jewish co-ed college preparatory high school founded in 2002. The school offers honors and Advanced Placement courses, performing arts, athletics, STEM, robotics, a speech and debate team, senior internships, extracurricular activities, a four-year college counseling program and global education opportunities. What would you like kids and parents to know about your school? “We recently changed our name from New Community Jewish High School to de Toledo High School. Students and parents consider de Toledo as their extended family, coming from more than 50 zip codes, with bus transportation from city and valley locations. Summer school, camp and sports are also offered for grades 6–12.” Why Jewish? “Simply, we build personal character at this important developmental age. Academic rigor is

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paired with a culture of kindness. Students can become inspired leaders who, in the best of Jewish tradition, will seek social justice and the best version of themselves.” In what ways do you encourage parent involvement? “Parents are invested in maintaining the unique culture of the school and partner with administration to support educational, social and community events. Parent volunteers manage the student store and the sales of spirit-wear and healthy food choices.” How is your campus expanding? “This is an exciting time for our school! Our new MakerSpace will be home to stagecraft, robotics, digital fabrication, engineering and more. Our new culinary institute and fresh kitchen will tie health and cooking to Jewish values, using fresh produce from our Community Garden. After school, the award-winning dance program

22622 Vanowen Street West Hills 818-348-0048 dths.org

practices in two large dance studios, while the varsity and junior varsity baseball and softball teams hone skills in the batting cage.” Do your students travel? “More than 85% of our students currently travel outside the U.S. to participate in our extensive Israel and Uruguay exchange programs. This fall the Global Jewish Education Department will expand to include Hungary and Africa. Juniors and seniors journey to the American South and national parks for education about our U.S. history and the environment.” Tell us about your team. “We have a dedicated team of more than 72 teaching faculty, 35 athletic coaches and 50+ guest speakers. Our experienced college counselors work with students during their high school years to provide individualized counseling throughout the entire college process.”

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“Sierra Canyon is known for its community and approachability.”

Sierra Canyon School

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ierra Canyon School is an independent, nonsectarian, college preparatory school with an average class size of 17 in the Lower School (grades Early Kindergarten through 6) and 14 in the Upper School (grades 7 through 12). Located in the northern San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, families comprise more than 90 zip codes made accessible by a reverse commute and daily bussing. Tell us about your school. “Since 1978, intellectual discourse, athletic prowess and artistic expression come together at Sierra Canyon in an environment that instills a sound work ethic and promotes strong personal values. Close, meaningful student-faculty relationships instill a love of learning and the pursuit of personal excellence.” What differentiates Sierra Canyon from other independent schools? “Sierra Canyon is known for its community and

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approachability. Teachers engage with students in a nurturing way as individuals, small groups and as a whole class. Faculty members and administrators refer to students and parents by name. Teachers support students in all aspects of their development, from learning in the classroom to participating in experiential learning activities. With small classes, teachers inspire critical thinking and collaborative discussion at all grade levels. Students develop as independent learners, curious thinkers and self-advocates, resulting in an educational experience that serves as a foundation for life.” What is a frequently asked question by parents inquiring about an independent school education? “Parents often consider the value added question specific to an independent school education and its most profound impact. At Sierra Canyon, the essence and purpose of learning is nurtured beginning in the tender early childhood years. It is

11052 Independence Avenue | 20801 Rinaldi Street Chatsworth 818-882-8121 sierracanyonschool.org

during this critical development stage, within small learning environments, where curiosity is fostered and active participation encouraged. Students learn how to think critically, wonder profoundly and take the academic risks required of learning. This inspired engagement continues through upper grade levels, complemented by sophisticated and abundant resources and technology.” What do your students love most about your school? “Sierra Canyon is often described as a family-like environment—a warm and nurturing community that supports and challenges individual students to reach their greatest intellectual, ethical and physical promise. Passionate, diverse and expert teachers deliver a rigorous academic program, while making it both interactive and accessible. Faculty are approachable and committed to educating students for a lifetime of learning and active citizenship.”

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“We take a revolutionary approach to learning that expands the life options for our students.”

STEM3 Academy

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TEM³ Academy, located on two campuses, serves students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering and mathematics yet may struggle with traditional educational methods due to social and learning differences. The school, which accepts public and private funding, offers distinct tracks for elementary, middle and upper school. How is STEM3 Academy different? “We take a revolutionary approach to learning that expands the life options for our students, many of whom may be future innovators in groundbreaking industries. We provide realworld experience through hands-on projects, internships and personalized education plans.” Why is it necessary? “Traditionally, 80% to 90% of students with special needs are unemployed/underemployed post-high school. Studies show approximately

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34% of those on the spectrum that go to college will enroll in a STEM major—a 12% increase compared to the general population. Meanwhile, we need an additional 1 million STEM jobs over the next decade to maintain a technological edge, and demand for STEM professionals consistently outstrips supply. Many companies see the value of these young people as employees, so opportunities are constantly expanding.” What do you offer students? “STEM³ Academy offers a full, K–12 experience in Valley Glen and Culver City. Program highlights include small class size, an award-winning robotics program, computer programming, AP classes, digital arts and videography, and a state-of-the-art Innovation Lab. Classes encourage participation and cooperation among students as they prepare for a world where collaboration and innovation are as necessary as keyboarding and coding.”

6455 Coldwater Canyon Avenue | Valley Glen 12095 West Washington Blvd. | Los Angeles 818-623-6386 stem3academy.org ecrasnow@stem3academy.org

What is the driving force behind the school? “Our mission is to connect the students’ particular strengths with an innovative and rigorous STEM curriculum that positions them for success. We invite people to learn more about the school, schedule a tour or apply via Stem3Academy.org or 818-625-6324.” Where does STEM3 Academy fit into the “big picture” for children with special needs? “STEM³ Academy is the newest school of The Help Group—the largest, most innovative and comprehensive nonprofit of its kind in the U.S. serving children, adolescents and young adults with special needs related to autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse and emotional problems. The Help Group’s 10 specialized day schools offer pre-K through high school programs for more than 1,600 students. More can be found at TheHelpGroup.org.”

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“Beth Hillel Day School is a warm and inviting community.”

Beth Hillel Day School

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eth Hillel Day School was formed in 2013 with the merging of the Early Childhood and Elementary School. Both schools had well-established programs in the Temple Beth Hillel community since the early 1990s. The school’s enrollment of 200 includes children from age 3 months to 13 years. What would you like kids and parents to know about your school? “Beth Hillel Day School is a warm and inviting community. The Parent and Me, Early Childhood and Elementary School programs engage children in rich, creative learning opportunities, where teachers nurture every child’s confidence and sense of self and where children receive strong, enduring Jewish values. Our caring educators immerse students in critical thinking, problem solving, creative expression and collaborative learning.”

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How does your school make our community a better place for children? “From the moment you walk through our doors, the love of learning is palpable. Through our joyful, hands-on approach, children develop their natural curiosity and become active participants in the learning process. Our teachers celebrate the successes of each child. We endeavor to meet the individual needs of every learner, differentiating their learning experience to help them realize their fullest potential.”

growing and harvesting fresh produce for a local food bank.”

Does your school support charitable organizations that help children? “Tikkun olam, making the world a better place, and tzedakah, charitable giving, are important values we instill in our children. These values are authentically practiced through a variety of daily and special opportunities including collecting infant care items for Baby2Baby, assisting with food collections for the Interfaith Food Pantry on campus, crafting beds for animal shelters, and

What are the most important qualities in a teacher? “Optimism, empathy and a growth mindset. The teachers at Beth Hillel are committed to providing an excellent education to our students. The teachers are continuously pursuing professional development and modeling growth mindsets for our students. Teachers see the best in their students and use empathy to support and stretch kids at all stages of development.”

In what ways do you encourage parent involvement? “Parents are important partners in the success of our school and their child’s achievements. As an inclusive Jewish community, we believe that it takes a village to raise a child. We engage parents through our active parent associations and larger temple community.”

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“Students take pride in their strong Jewish identity and self-confidence, ready to make a difference in the world.”

Valley Beth Shalom Harold M. Schulweis Day School

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stablished in 1978, Valley Beth Shalom Harold M. Schulweis Day School (VBS) is a K–6 Jewish elementary school in Encino. Valley Beth Shalom Day School shares a campus with the Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue and the Early Childhood Center (infant-toddler through TK). What do kids love most about your school? “Inspiring teachers, being a part of a caring community and the lifelong friendships formed. Students also love engaging in design-thinking, using their problem-solving skills across the curriculum in the arts, science, math, social studies, Hebrew and more to critically examine the world around them. The Lions athletics program is a favorite too, with a 98% participation rate and 18 championships! Students take pride in their strong Jewish identity and self-confidence, ready to make a difference in the world.”

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What sets your school apart? “We believe our children can make a difference today. Beginning in kindergarten, our school focuses on enriching and educating the whole child by providing a strong academic foundation, continuous support of the social and emotional well-being of each child, and building strong character through leadership opportunities and living Jewish values every day. Our administration and faculty knows each child and empowers every student to shine in their own way.” How does innovation play a role at VBS? “With a focus on innovation, students utilize technology for project-based learning and making global connections. With our brand new Innovation Lab, students can use our 3-D printers, laser cutter, work bench and green screen production studios to develop skills for their future careers. We have an all-school iPad program beginning in kindergarten and SMART

15739 Ventura Boulevard Encino 818-788-2199 vbsds.org

Boards in every classroom that give our students opportunities to create, explore, question and collaborate in a multidisciplinary approach.” How do your students make the world better? “Our students have yearlong service projects including caring for animals and the environment, respecting differences, feeding the hungry, supporting the elderly and taking leadership in the Jewish World Watch Walk to End Genocide. VBS also sent 263 sixth-grade students to Israel over the past 16 years as part of the Israel Partnership Program, helping build a global partnership.” In what ways do you encourage community? “We see parents as partners in our school and provide many opportunities for them to be involved in special events, parent socials, family camp, along with a Parent Organization helping to create a dynamic day school community.”

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“Berkeley Hall balances its analytical approach to improving teaching and learning with a warm personal approach to its students.”

Berkeley Hall School

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erkeley Hall School (BHS) is a coed independent school founded in 1911 by sisters Mabel Cooper and Leila Cooper. The school has an enrollment of 265 from nursery through eighth grade, offers a wide variety of team sports and enrichment classes, and is situated in the Santa Monica Mountains on a 66-acre campus. What does your school offer that is unique? “BHS offers an interesting balance of being very analytical in our approach to teaching and learning, yet very personal and warm in our approach to people. Our professional teachers collaborate constantly to improve teaching because that’s the only way you can improve learning. That translates into an environment where kids feel very seen, very comfortable learning, and have continuously better learning opportunities.”

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What are your thoughts on teaching the “whole child”? “Our students are identified by their receiving high schools as ‘amazing human beings’ because they are able not to just be strong, independent scholars, but they’re able to share knowledge, listen for other people’s ideas and think about how to problem-solve in a broader sense through collaboration with others. They also present themselves very well and are able to communicate well in both written and spoken language. People need to leverage their intelligence, talent and skills on behalf of humanity, because if you can’t do that, what is the point of being a brilliant scholar?” What are the most important qualities in a teacher? “Teachers need to love students enough to be professional and to treat the profession as a

16000 Mulholland Drive Los Angeles 310-476-6421 berkeleyhall.org

profession. It’s having the energy and desire on your students’ behalf to be flexible and analytical and to change and improve your profession, which is a whole different level of professionalism that we demand of our teachers in a very specific, collaborative, ongoing way.” How important is parent involvement at your school? “Parent involvement is highly important because we’re very much a community. It requires parents to buy into all the qualities we work to bring out in their children. We collaborate closely with parents to continue working with their kids on shared moral values, focus on citizenship and being a whole person, on thinking of others and also being a fearless scholar. We often hear from our students that Berkeley Hall isn’t a second home; it’s just another part of home.”

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