August 11 Marquez News
- Monday, August 12: Pupil Free Day
- Monday, August 12: TK and Kindergarten Orientation 1:30 -2:30
- Tuesday, August 13: School Starts 8:15
- Tuesday, August 13: Early Dismissal TK/K 11:30; Gr1-Gr5 1:55
- Tuesday, August 13: Marquez 101 New Parent Orientation 8:30 – Auditorium
- Tuesday, August 13: TK/K Coffee – Auditorium
- Wednesday, August 14: Early Dismissal TK/K 11:30; Gr1-Gr5 1:55
- Thursday, August 15: Early Dismissal TK/K 11:30; Gr1-Gr5 1:55
- Thursday, August 15: 5th Grade Orientation TBA
- Thursday, August 15: GB Eat, Meet, and Greet 2:00 – Media Lounge
- Friday, August 16: Early Dismissal TK/K 11:30; Gr1-Gr5 1:55
- Friday, August 16: Celebration Gr1-G5 New Parents 6:00 – 7:30 – Carmichael Residence
- Monday, August 19: Early Dismissal Gr1-Gr5 1:55
- Monday, August 19: Gr5 Valet Service 7:45
- Tuesday, August 20: TB Testing for Volunteers on Campus – Health Office
- Tuesday, August 20: Parent Tech Night Project 6:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 21: Early Dismissal Gr1-Gr5 1:55
- Friday, August 23: Early Dismissal Gr1-Gr5 1:55
- Principal’s Message
- FOM/PTA Welcome
- STAR NOVA Information
- CATCH Mentoring Program
- Creation Station Program
- Music News
- Kinder Yard Clean Up
Welcome to the new school year! I hope everyone had a fantastic summer filled with memorable times!
This year promises to be one filled with amazing possibilities motivated by a few changes we sought and a few changes that found us. What ever the catalyst for change may be, because the Marquez community of students, teachers, parents, and administration, is one of engaged, positive, creative collaborators, and critical thinkers, we embrace change and thrive.
When we closed the school year in June we were filled with anticipation and expectation of completing many tasks to improve Marquez. I am happy to report, most tasks were accomplished, one has been placed on hold and a few tasks were unexpected and addressed.
Let’s start with the unexpected tasks and the changes you will see on campus this year.
Due to land movement on the northwest side of the campus, this year you will see rooms 7, 8, and 9, Mrs. Newman, Ms. Connor, and Mrs. Lew, have relocated to other rooms on campus. Although these rooms have relocated, the remaining classrooms 3, 4, 5, 6,10, 11, and 12 are safe and will continue normal use. You will see a portable children’s bathroom trailer set up on the lower yard. Land movement is also the reason the handball courts on the lower yard will not be used and you will see they are sectioned off by fencing while geologists continue to conduct tests. Although students will miss the handball courts, our yard supervisor, Lisa Borjas, and Coach Shahml Day, have already begun preparing alternative games for the children to enjoy during recess, lunch, and P.E.
Relocation Information Meeting
Recognizing that you will have many questions about these changes at school, the week of August 5th you will receive in the mail an informative from LAUSD providing you important background information, next steps, and actions taken about the land movement. Along with letter you will receive an invitation for Tuesday, August 13th, at 6:00 p.m.to the Marquez community information meeting in the auditorium. Please reserve this time on your schedule to attend the meeting to hear from district engineers, geologist, representatives from OEHS, and facilities services division who will answer your very important questions.
Field of Grass
Now, let’s shift to a change you won’t see yet. Many parents have inquired about the state of the field and anticipated seeing a field of green grass when school opened this year. This is the item on hold. The field remains as is, because district engineers are continuing to test the land, and they have directed us not to water the field area. Once receive a thumbs up, we will move forward with the next steps to transform the field of brown to a field of green grass.
Even with the unexpected changes, Marquez remains committed to the initiatives which make our school an award winning public school of distinction. I must highlight a few welcomed changes you will see in the new school year.
Who’s Who? New Faces and One Goodbye
We’ve added 3 exceptional teachers to our currently talented and dedicated faculty. One resource teacher and two new first grade teachers. All threeare welcomed additions to our staff and bring to Marquez a wealth of interests, talents, and a passion for teaching and learning.
Billie Soo – Gr1 Emily Jeffcoach – Resource Teacher Kinsey Davis – Gr1 Jonathan Fino – After the Bell Yard Supervisor
While we welcome new faces on our campus, we are also saying Goodbye to Dr. Irina Sugar, assistant principal, elementary instructional specialist, (APEIS), serving our students with special needs and their families. Two years ago Dr. Sugar joined the Marquez team. Within that time, she has been instrumental in transforming the special education department at Marquez.
1:1 iPads to launch in 2nd Grade
As many of you know, 8 years ago Marquez committed to incorporating technology authentically into our teaching and learning experiences. This commitment is commonly referred to as our “Digital Edge Program.” This year we continue to advance our digital edge program by launching 1:1 iPads in the 2nd grade which made possible because of your investment in every child at Marquez and we THANK YOU.
As you continue preparing for the start of the new school year, allow me to review the notification process. The evening of August 12, around 5 p.m., please look forward to receiving your child’s classroom assignments in an email from your child’s new teacher welcoming you to both the new school year and directing you to your child’s classroom on the first day.
Recognizing that technology is reliable 99.9% of the time, if for some reason you find yourself in the .1% of those who have not received an email notification the night before from your child’s new teacher, rest assured, greeters will be available at 7:45 a.m. on the first day at the entrance ready to help direct you to your child’s classroom.
Valet and Carpool Volunteers
Carpool valet service will be suspended on the first day of school and will resume on August 14th at 7:45 a.m. Each classroom will be assigned valet duty starting with 5th grade and working down through the grades as the year progresses. Each room parent will facilitate the details of the carpool sign ups. Thank you room parents for taking care of the details! Volunteers, thank you in advance fir signing up and showing up for Carpool/Valet Duty. You keep our kids safe. Here is a reminder of the Volunteer Guidelines.
Your involvement and participation at Marquez makes our learning community unique. Staying in touch and informed is one of the first steps of being involved and participating in our vibrant school community. Thank you in advance for visiting the website, keeping current by reading the weekly newsletter, and information posted. Our communications team works hard to make sure you can stay informed. This year, motivated to keep you updated in real time with the many changes on campus, I will be tweeting as well. Please follow me, emily williams@marqueztweets. On marqueztweets you will find short bursts of the latest stories and happenings told in 140 characters, photos, and occasionally a short video.
As I said earlier, Marquez is a unique learning community where together our students, teachers, staff, parents, and administration are engaging, positive, creative collaborators, and critical thinkers, we embrace change and thrive. Knowing this, I’m excited about this new school year. Thank you for making it great!
FOM and PTA Welcome
The FOM and PTA would like to welcome you to this new school year and say thanks to all the volunteers that have dedicated their time, talents, and efforts to make our learning community the enriching safe place it is! Monthly meetings are open to all parents.
The FOM meets on the third Thursday of every month at 8:30 in the Teacher’s Lounge. Friends of Marquez was established in 1983 by parents to raise money for class size reduction, educational enrichment through the provision of art, music, drama, physical education, computers, teacher’s assistants, an edible garden and many other basic needs and extras that enhance our school.
The PTA meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 8:30 in the Teacher’s Lounge. PTA is the largest grassroots child advocacy organization in the world and promotes the education, health, and welfare of our children.
STAR NOVA Information
The STAR NOVA program is an enriching after school option. Sign Up will begin August 23. You can find the schedule of NOVA#1 Classes Here.
The Spanish Academy starts September 9, 2013 and Ends May 23, 2014. You can view the registration packet Here.
Please consider volunteering for this amazing program, working one-on-one with one of our very own Marquez students who needs a bit of help. Just one hour a week, on the time and day you choose together with the teacher, can make a significant difference in the success of a child who may fall behind without it. The program is very short on volunteers and absolutely no experience is necessary, so please contactChristi Catalano at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to volunteer!
Please volunteer to staff our fabulous Creation Station. This center is a wonderful place for your child to do crafts, play games and enjoy a quiet and safe environment during recess. We are funded by the PTA and staffed only by parent volunteers and would love your help. We could use two volunteers per day; it makes the job easy and fun to be with another parent. You can volunteer weekly, biweekly, bimonthly or just when you have time. We will take you any day you can make it! The time commitment is from 12:00 to 1:00pm with a few minutes to clean up at the end. Contact Bren Padawer, email@example.com or Leah Herndon, firstname.lastname@example.org to add your name to the schedule today!
Congratulations to our Children’s Music Workshop elementary musicians! They were honored this weekend at the Academy of Television Arts and Science in North Hollywood, California with their fifth Emmy nomination for ORCHESTRA KIDS 2012.
Please see photos from Saturday night’s awards show HERE.
Thank you for your unwavering support and encouragement. We are looking forward to another great year in 2013-2014!
Kinder Yard Clean Up
Thank you Ms. Miller and Mr. Hernandez for keeping our school in tip top shape over the summer. The week before school some kindergarteners and their parents came to pitch in.
Ava and Alana helping the clean up team on the Kinder Yard.