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The Westwood Window The Monthly Publication of Westwood Charter School April 17, 2013

Volume 40, Issue 8

It’s a new look for the Westwood Window! Flip through our new magazine layout online! Featuring more photos and room for more stories. Submit your photos, and articles to westwoodwindoweditor@y by the 10th of each month to be included! Student articles welcome. Look inside for all the deets on what’s coming up at our wonderful school! A print copy will be available in the office for those without a computer.


Pirates of Penzance * Fam Fest * Shindig * News Earth Day Festival * Photos from ArtShare * Fundraising 2050 Selby Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025 (310) 474-7788

APRIL EVENTS 18 19 20 21: Westood Charter Players present Pirates of Penzance Jr.

28: Spring/ Earth Day Festival 3:00 – 5:00 pm

MAY EVENTS 2: Family 4/5 Shindig 5:30 pm

3: Fam Fest 5:30 pm

6 – 10: Teacher Appreciation Week

22: Parent/Student Community Council 6:30 pm


31: Senior Day

Traffic Duty (Week Of) April 22 April 29 May 6 May 13


Family 4/5 Shindig May 2, 2013 5:30-7:30 p.m. School Cafeteria and Yard Family 4/5 students and families: Join us as we bring our Social Studies curriculum to life! Saturday night was special for miners in the California Gold Rush. They went to town, met their friends, swapped stories, raised a little ruckus, and generally entertained themselves. We’ve chosen a Thursday night to celebrate with all of you! Activities will include: Sing-a-long songs from the Gold Rush period, Picnic dinner in the cafeteria and pavilion. Suggested items include chicken, beef stew, chili, beans, cornbread, fruit pie, and lemonade. Additional music and square dancing with a professional square dance caller Gamblin’ with gold nuggets. We are currently studying Westward Movement, pioneer life on the frontier, and the Gold Rush as students simulate being on a wagon train. All students, family members, and friends are welcome to join in this funfilled event! Remember to dress the part! Come in western attire and sign up to indicate how you can help! Please include your child's homeroom number and/or teacher's name when you sign up. We are hoping to have volunteers and help from all 4/5 classrooms! 0B4BA8AF29A20-thefamily

Mark (or re-mark!) Your Calendar!! Friday, May 3, 2013 @ 5:30 p.m. You don't want to miss the 3rd Annual Westwood Charter

FamFest 2013! It's going to be a wild, fun-filled family festival featuring a mega outdoor screening of hilarious Despicable Me, raffle with cool prizes, games, yummy food trucks and special guests!! Flyers went home to order your FamFest entry tickets and dinner. Please return them to your classroom or the office. Note, FamFest 2013 will help to fund 5th Grade Culmination. We thank you in advance for your support!

Westwood Charter 2nd Annual

Spring/Earth Day Festival

Please come support Westwood Charter’s Gardening Program! Who: Westwood Charter Families and Community Members Where: Westwood Charter Campus When: April 28, 2013, 3pm-5pm Why: To raise money for our gardening program and bring our community together

THERE WILL BE… Games! Food! Prizes! Plants for Sale Student Art for Sale! Fun!

Our second annual spring festival is a celebration of the success of Westwood Charter's garden education program, now in its 4th year. We invite you to celebrate with us, to support our commitment to teaching our children earth- friendly and healthy lifestyle choices. Each year our children participate in garden to table learning… planting seeds, watering, composting, harvesting, and finally, preparing and eating delicious dishes from the produce they have grown themselves. All monies spent at the festival go directly to the garden program. If you would like to volunteer to participate in our healthy eating bake sale, please contact Ilene Simon Solomon @ In an effort to be waste-free, please bring your own reusable plates, utensils & cups/drinking containers

Good Life Organics – SUBSCRIBE! Today’s Harvest Strawberries Blood Oranges Tangerines Eureka Lemons Kiwi Fuji Apples Pink Lady Apples Tangeloes Artichokes Sugar Snap Peas Red Beets Butter Lettuce

Subscribe to the Good Life Organics CSA program. Each Monday we distribute boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables right in front of the school between 1:45-2:55pm. It's a great way to integrate organic food into your lifestyle, support the school ( a percentage of each purchase is donated back to us), encourage your kids to eat fresh fruit and veggies. We are also looking for a volunteer to help distribute the boxes each week. The volunteer receives their half share box valued at $25.00 free of charge every week they help out.

Scholarship for Miss Vanessa We are also excited that Miss Vanessa received a partial scholarship to attend a five day workshop this June at the Edible Schoolyard Academy in Berkeley California. We are very proud of her accomplishment, and delighted that she will bring exciting new ideas to our children this coming fall.


PIRATES of PENZANCE JR Opening show is this week! Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday casts will each perform for various grade levels during the school day. Evening and weekend show tickets are now available online at

ARTSHARE “Always be on the LOOK OUT for the presence of wonder.� E.B. White Westwood Charter wondrous ARTSHARE pieces are currently on display at the Starbucks located at 10911 W. Pico (across from the Landmark Theatres). Take a moment to enjoy the visual art pieces from our program! We thank Starbucks and manager Dominic Fisher for graciously hosting our community gallery.

A heartfelt thanks to all the students, parents, teachers, and WWC staff that helped to make ARTSHARE a creative exploration of so many different art mediums this year! Over 100 students came to our workshops. The ARTSHARE Gallery with Live Performances on March 21st was a beautiful way to celebrate the collaborative efforts of our student artists and parent mentors. Congratulations to our students for an amazing evening of storytelling, original music, poetry reading, video, visual art, and even food art!

Thank you!

A very special thanks to mentors Jim Frohna and Bettina Villalba. This is the last year at Westwood Charter for both of these parents and they have shared their expertise in photography and visual art respectively with ARTSHARE for the past 5 years. Bettina has also cochaired the program for four years and we will truly miss her vision, dedication, and creativity. Thanks to ALL the mentors that shared their creative spirit! We could not have this valuable program without Diane Cyr, PJ Hanke, Kim Hanke, Samira Kordestani, Joey Newman, and Ilene Simon Solomon. Thanks also to Ms. Fai, Ms. Rumi, Ms. Bray, Ms. Kennedy, Ms. Garringer and Ms. Higa for kindly sharing their classrooms with ARTSHARE. A big thank you to Kendra Pearson and Ms. Shepps for helping coordinate space and time, to Tyrekia Carter and Virginia Thomas for helping collect student art, to Mr. Jackson and Russell Harris for helping with gallery set up, Yolanda Davis and the STAR program for sharing our already crowded campus after school. Most of all, thank you to our students who participated in ARTSHARE for their imagination and creativity! If anyone has ideas for next year’s theme, please contact

If you shop at, please get there by clicking the brown Amazon box on the Westwood Charter homepage ( Your shopping experience will be exactly the same as always -- and will give Westwood 4 to 8% of whatever we spend on their website. We can only get this donation if you get to Amazon from so remember to click through every time you shop -and tell your friends and family to click through as welll! If you have any questions, contact Staci Miller (


Get your teacher gifts and load up for the summer! The last chance to order SCRIP gift cards is around the corner with forms and payment due on MAY 15. We will be passing your gift cards out the week of MAY 27. Forms are now available on the schools website (go to the Support WISE tab, then click SCRIP gift cards) or get your form in the main office. You can turn them in any time in the SCRIP box in the main office before MAY 15 along with your payment. Remember, buying gift cards through the SCRIP program does not cost you anything yet still raises thousands of dollars for WISE. WIth just a little effort YOU CAN HELP raise money for the school. Thanks for your support in making this year a successful SCRIP year!

HTTP://WWW.WESTWOODC HARTER.ORG/FUNDDRIVE Imagine our school without: music, art, PE, teaching assistants, computers, a librarian, gardening programs, science programs, drama, dance‌ make your pledge today!

Westwood Charter will earn 10,000 School Cents points for everyone who donates blood at the blood drive at the Westside Pavilion on Friday May 3 from 1:00-6:30PM in Community Room A, behind the food court. The school with the most points wins $3,000!! To sign up you can make an appointment with Guest Services by calling 310-470-8752 or emailing

Host A Party Fundraiser Fun Breakfast with a Side of Magic Who says fundraising isn’t fun? Ann WhitbeckStokols and Sarah Buchignani cohosted breakfast and magic for the kids, doing their part to raise over $100,000 at this year’s auction! Thank you to Sam Shazam who donated his mad skills for this host-a-party that raised money for the Westwood Charter Auction Fundraiser.

Out and About on Campus Kinders learn embroidery at STAR after school program in the outdoor classroom.

Student Council’s “Celebrity Day” was a big hit! Can you find Serena Williams, Elizabeth Taylor, Kobe Bryant, Selena Gomez or Voldemort?

Celebrate Your Teacher and Win Money for WWC! Write 100 words or less about why your teacher should be celebrated and you can earn 250 School Cents points for our school. Just print the form found at, fill it in and either drop the completed form in the School Cents collection box in front of the main office by 9AM on April 26 or bring it directly to Guest Services at the Westside Pavilion (center of the 2nd floor) between April 15-26. Nominations are limited to one entry per student in Grades K-8. One teacher will be celebrated on the Westside Pavilion's Facebook page each day during National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Erica Fox ( or Sabrina Kiperman ( Remember to shop at the Westside Pavilion and drop your original receipt in the collection box sitting on the table outside the main office. Our school will receive School Cents points for every dollar spent. If you prefer to keep your receipt, our school will still receive credit for your purchase if you bring your receipt to Guest Services on the 2nd floor of the mall. They will stamp it and return it to you. We receive points for every dollar spent at the mall, including Nordstrom, Gymboree, GapKids, Westside Tavern and the Landmark movie theater. Thanks so much for taking these small steps to raise money for our school! If you have any questions, contact Erica Fox ( or Sabrina Kiperman (



Community Forum on Affiliated Charter Development at Emerson Please join Emerson Administration, Faculty and Parents Tuesday, April 30, 6:00 pm in the Emerson Middle School Auditorium We welcome your comments, questions and ideas. • The charter process gives us an opportunity to build a nurturing educational environment that will give students 21st Century skills. • Members of our teaching staff and current parent representatives will present the plans for developing our new academic program. • We are seeking active input and involvement from students, parents, teachers, administrators and other community members at all levels. • We are committed to providing the best educational options for all students in our neighborhood public schools. • Update on campus redevelopment project will also be presented. MORE UPCOMING EVENTS: Saturday, May 18: 9 am - 12 pm: Orientation for Incoming Students & Family Mixer Friday, May 17 & Saturday, May 18: Emerson’s Performing Arts Academy presents its Spring musical production of “Seussical” (starring Westwood Charter alumni)! For more information about the community forum and these events, contact PACE at

WISE Board Meeting Monday, February 11, 2013, 7:00 p.m., WWC Library WISE Board Members in Attendance: April Brandon, Ilyse Bronte, Susan Chae, Angelike Dexter, Staci Feldman-Miller, Eva Fogg, Judy Posner, Lisa Woods, Jae Wu. Additional Attendees: Christina Close, Yvonne Condes, Diane Gross, Kim Hoffman, Sharon Rosas, Kerri Schwartz Minutes Angelike Dexter Angelike moved that the last set of minutes be approved with the addition of the names of the City National Bank representatives. Staci Miller seconded. All were in favor with no abstentions or opposition. General Business Lisa Woods Jae Wu reported about Pick Pico Day on June 1. Stephanie Thyer will meet up with student council and discuss service learning projects that could be done. Safety Lisa Woods Lisa reported that the Security Committee met today. The Committee has been following up with different security companies who may come out to do a security audit of the school (some will do this for free). There may be a cost involved and we will determine feasibility when we receive the final report from SBM. The Committee has looked at: (1) changing around windows in the front and other more difficult adjustments; (2) a buzzer system; (3) the logistics of drop off and pick up; and (4) an armed guard (which they have been told LAUSD will not allow). Ross Misher and Ranit Efron are heading the committee. The committee understands that it reports to SBM and that SBM is the proper forum for these issues. The morning check-in desk has already been implemented and there will be a manual to help administer the safety issues. Technology Update Lisa Woods Lisa reported that the iPad cart had arrived; teachers feel that they need more training to effectively teach with the iPads. Kim Hoffman reported that some 4/5 teachers are asking students to bring in iPads/iPods for library time/research and she had concerns about this. This will be addressed at SBM. Yvonne Condes raised the concern that the students could then be using the internet during their lunchtime and recess. Lisa reported that, with respect to the technology challenge grant, the teachers are working on a list of equipment they would like, and Susan Chae will be coordinating sending the list to PC Mall to see what they can provide us for a good price. Lisa also reported that, although we had discussed hiring the Star Support team for computer services, the teachers feel very strongly that they would like to remain with Arc Design. Lisa noted that there are three smart boards on campus that have never been used. The Technology Committee is fine with parents selling those smart boards in order to use the money on other technology needs.

Generally, new technology trickles down at WWC. The 4/5s get the new technology and the younger grades do not get as much. All the 4/5s have a projector/document reader in class and all the classes want one. So that should be a priority. The staff decided on this as the best starting point and it was reported that they agreed to hold off on more for the 4/5 classes at this time and to start with kinders and grades 1-3. Also, WWC, because its teachers teach their own curriculum and do not just follow a workbook, spends a huge amount on copying costs (although each copy itself is less than 1 cent, the toner and maintenance are very expensive). WISE allocates $16,000/year on copying costs; this year a family is generously underwriting those costs, so next year it could possibly be twice as much. Board and attendees discussed ways to encourage teachers to post homework on the website. Board and attendees also discussed that WISE may not be able to fund all of the teachers and administrators asks this year due to lower fundraising. Fundraising Update Staci Miller Staci reported that the E & E Drive was on track, mainly because WISE increased the ask this year. Corporate Sponsorship is up and the affiliate program has already raised $5,000. The Committee is still trying to figure out how to make Scrip and Ralph’s more successful this year. Nina Rosen and Kim Ozar may organize a jog-a-thon. Auction Update Susan Chae Susan reported that the committee feels like its going to be a successful party, but the committee would like to encourage more people to buy tickets. The entire team has been working very hard. Reorganization of WISE Committees Lisa Woods Lisa reported that WISE was going to look at re-organizing some of the committee structures, and she would like all WISE members to look at their committees and see what could be moved around to make better use of their time. [Angelike’s notes end; Eva Fogg’s notes begin] Nominating Committee Kerri Schwartz Kerri Schwartz recommended that WISE begin planning on nominating committee heads for next year.

Agenda Bin Lisa Woods Lisa Woods noted items for the agenda bin, as follows: (1) restructuring of W.I.S.E. committees; (2) open W.I.S.E. positions for 2013-14; and (3) W.I.S.E. members should reach out to their committees before the next meeting, to see if they are staying on. Thank Yous Lisa Woods Judy Posner and Lisa Woods discussed the issue of “thank yous� and the need to thank people individually and the community in general. Lisa gave the example of how she has sent thanks to committees as they conclude their duties for the year and also to corporate sponsors. WISE could ask committees to use Constant Contact to send out thank yous to the community for supporting, helping, etc. Example: when everyone brought in paper when it was requested, it would have been good to send out a thank you. It was pointed out that this is very important because it helps parent participation remain strong. Ilyse noted that, last year, there was a big debate at the SBM Meeting that there is too much going out via Constant Contact. A decision was made, at that time and as a result of that debate, to put the thank yous in the Westwood Window. There was then general discussion, related to the same topic, about the effectiveness of communicating via Constant Contact and a question regarding how many people actually read their Constant Contact emails. Yvonne Condes suggested that, eventually, all information should be posted on the website. Judy Posner stated that she is able to track who open the Constant Contact emails, but that she thinks that it does not get tracked when the emails are opened on the mobile phones. Next meeting we will most likely discuss committees and positions, which is good timing because the meeting after that will most likely be about the budget. Bank of America Account Susan Chae Susan Chae brought up the need to vote regarding the closure of the B of A account. Susan Chae made a motion to close the B of A account. Judy Posner seconded the motion. The motion passed by a vote of all W.I.S.E. members present. There were no abstentions or opposition. Jae Wu motioned to adjourn. Eva Fogg seconded. Meeting was adjourned. Respectfully submitted, Angelike Dexter, WISE Secretary

WISE Board Meeting Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 8:15 a.m., WWC Library WISE Board Members in Attendance: April Brandon, Ilyse Bronte, Susan Chae, Angelike Dexter, Eva Fogg, Judy Posner, Lisa Woods, Jae Wu. Additional Attendees: Anna Berlin, Tina Carlson, Yvonne Condes, Ranit Efron, Hillary Fishman, Allison Gelfond, Diane Gross, Kim Hoffman, Bridget Huskey, Kim Levin, Sharon Masek, Adrienne Nelson, Jerelyn Newman, Massimo Ormani, Michelle Pelsue, Sarah Stone Minutes Angelike Dexter Angelike moved that the last three sets of minutes (for the last two open meetings and the last closed meeting) be approved. Susan Chae seconded. All were in favor with no abstentions or opposition. Fundraising Update Lisa Woods Lisa noted that the Fundraising Team was considering a jog-a-thon in the Spring, which are usually monetarily successful. Additionally, Pitfire Pizza night is on Thursday and a portion of all the proceeds from the restaurant will go to WISE. Auction Susan Chae Susan reported that the party prep is well underway, the team is working hard and it will be a fabulous night. Hillary Fishman reported that each class is working on a canvas to auction off at the event. Attendees discussed whether those should be part of the raffle or bid on individually. Susan asked the attendees to get the word out that the on-line auction needs donations, especially from restaurants, kids classes, and “Hollywood” experiences. Technology Update Lisa Woods Lisa reported that the iPad cart is on the way and that professional development/training for the teachers is being planned. Susan Chae has been working hard on this and Rob Rich has been helpful with pricing and other information. Lisa noted that old iTouch and iPad devices could be re-furbished and used in any classroom and WISE is asking for donations of those. City National Bank Susan Chae Susan reported that City National Bank is now WISE’s bank and that it has generously donated to the Corporate Sponsorship program. She then introduced Susan Chiappetta and Marion Coleman from City National Bank.

They presented to the group the following information: City National Bank has been around since 1954. It is known as a relationship bank. You are assigned a “relationship manager” if you bank there and those managers really get to know their clients. Currently there are good rates for loans. The managers are flexible, can do a lot over the phone and specialize in small businesses. Susan Chae can provide you with their contact information if you would like it. Security Lisa Woods After the tragedy in Newton, CT, Lisa received many e-mails from concerned parents about the security at our school. Lisa reported on the security measures already in place. Each classroom has an emergency clipboard containing the following information/procedures: evacuation, lockdown, shelter in place, lost child, left behind child, earthquake and fire, and a school map. The teachers are trained in these measures and two rooms are partners together and communicate. The teachers have drills. There is also a school safety manual. The teachers have met and discussed feasible safety options. A Safety/Security Meeting will be convened and a teacher will serve on that committee, which will report to SBM (as it is the governing board of the school). Adrienne Nelson noted that this has been discussed annually, and while the Committee meets, some common sense ideas should be put in place immediately, such as a staffed table at the front door for the first hour of the day, which would act as a barrier. Lisa noted that the front door buzzer has also been on the agenda all year, but that no one has volunteered to research it and that the table idea should be explored. Lisa reported that Mr. Jackson has been issued a walky-talky and at 8:15, as he starts to lock the gates, he radios in after each one, concluding with the report that the “school is safe and secure.” Attendees discussed the welcome recent presence of the LAPD officer. Lisa noted that all tragedies cannot be averted, but that WWC could tighten up some of its security. Lisa also noted that the office would really like parents to sign in and sign out so that if there was an emergency, they would know who to account for. Attendees discussed options such as: an armed guard, putting a window in Jeannie’s office so that staff can monitor who comes and goes, not opening all the gates at the school, and bullet-proofing the front glass, among others. Kim Levin noted that dismissal, especially for 3, 4 and 5, is chaos and that it is simply not safe. Other parents noted that this is a problem for 1 and 2 as well

Parents noted that this may be a teacher-by-teacher issue. Attendees also noted that the office needs to be more welcoming to allowing students to stay in the office if they are not picked up immediately at the end of the day, as well as being more accountable for knowing if those students are still waiting/helping them. Lisa reported that the security cameras around campus have been fixed. She also reported that the office would like all morning drop-off to happen through the side gate. Ranit Efron asked for the group to define our security goals, as she had recently visited a school in Israel, and WWC could adopt many of their very secure measures. Angelike cautioned against changing the culture of WWC (which runs on parent volunteerism and ease of presence on campus) given that we cannot protect against any and all possibilities and given that we live in a relatively safe area. Those who volunteered for the Safety/Security Committee were as follows: Janine Bielski, Adrienne Nelson, Sharon Masek, Kim Levin, Ranit Efron, Jeralyn Newman, Michelle Pelsue, Eva Fogg, Lisa Woods and Angelike Dexter. [Adjourn, 9:15 a.m.] Respectfully submitted, Angelike Dexter, WISE Secretary

If you’d like to be part of the Westwood Window, we’d love to have you join our team! We could use another co-editor, or for lighter volunteer work, we could use some help with distribution. Contact Jennie Fahn or Paisley Taylor at the address below. Please submit articles and photos about your Westwood Charter committees, activities, and events to (Submissions are subject to approval and editing.) Our deadlines are always the Wednesday prior to the issue date. Below are upcoming issue dates and deadlines. Enjoy the Window and keep those submissions coming! Kids – we love your submissions, too! Upcoming Issues and Deadlines: May issue date: 5/15 – deadline 5/8 Window Editors: Jennie Fahn & Paisley Taylor Window Distribution: Yvonne Condes, Judy Posner

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