With 37 million people living and working in California, a major earthquake could cause unprecedented devastation. What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards. With earthquakes an inevitable part of California’s future, we must act quickly to ensure that disasters do not become catastrophes.
The Great California ShakeOut in October 2012 involved over 9.4 million Californians through a broad-based outreach program, media partnerships, and public advocacy by hundreds of partners. The drill is now held statewide annually on the third Thursday of October, and is organized by the Earthquake Country Alliance (www.earthquakecountry.org
). This year, Farmdale Elementary will participate in The
2013 Great California ShakeOut
earthquake drill at 9:30 a.m. on October 17. The drill will reinact a 7.8 earthquake hitting Los Angeles. This scenario will include damaged buildings, fallen trees and exposed electrical wires. Emergency preparedness will include teachers and staff going through communication, search and rescue, and emergency scenarios with the students. Parents can get involved by going to the request gate at the end of the cul-de-sac and making sure communications run smoothly there.
A key aspect of the ShakeOut is the integration of comprehensive science-based earthquake research and the lessons learned from decades of social science research about why people get prepared. The result is a “teachable moment” on par with having an actual earthquake (often followed by increased interest in getting ready for earthquakes). ShakeOut creates the sense of urgency that is needed for people, organizations, and communities to get prepared, to practice what to do to be safe, and to learn what plans need to be improved.
Not just any drill will accomplish this; it needs to be big. It must inspire communities to come together. It must involve children at school and parents at work, prompting conversations at home. It must allow every organization, city, etc., to make it their own event.
The 2013 ShakeOut drill will be the largest preparedness event in world history. To participate, go to www.ShakeOut.org/california/register
and pledge your family, school, business, or organization’s participation in the drill. Registered participants will receive information on how to plan their drill and how to create a dialogue with others about earthquake preparedness. All organizers ask is that participants register (so they can be counted and receive communications), and at the minimum practice "drop, cover, and hold on" at the specified time. It is only a five-minute commitment for something that can save your life. It all begins with registering, which is free and open to everyone.
For more information, visit www.ShakeOut.org/california
Everyone knows that attendance in school everyday can benefit your child with great study habits and a firmer grasp on concepts. Daily attendance is also how schools get funding. If you're unsure as to what is considered an excused/unexcused absence, please read Farmdale's Attendance Policy
If you've been on campus, you've probably seen the chart of lost revenue due to absences posted near the office. Have you been curious to know exactly what that means? LAUSD spends only so much per pupil per day. When the student is absent, funds are not given to the school. This impacts how much that can be spent on educational resources for our school community. It's something to think about if you're a parent or guardian of a chronically absent child.
A little quiz:
When you enroll your child in Farmdale Elementary--at all grade levels--you're making a compact that you will bring your child to school everyday Monday through Friday and that they'll be at school before the bell at 8:06am and will stay until the dismissal bell. Children who miss the bell at 8:06am are marked truant 1 day for every 3 late days
- How many of you have pulled your child from school to beat traffic or to take a vacation?
- How many have kept your child home because you were too sick or tired to take them school?
- Did you know these are unexcused absences and when they stack up, it pulls revenue from Farmdale Elementary?
. Students who are pulled out of school early are marked truant for every 3 days they are dismissed before the bell.
The chart above shows exactly how much money Farmdale Elementary loses each month due to unexcused absences. In the 2012 - 2013 school year, the school lost $110,661. For the 2013 - 2014 school year, the school is losing even more money per month. If this trend continues, Farmdale stands to lose more
than $111,000 for the 2013 - 2014 school year.This doesn't have to happen.
Parents and guardians can do their best to ensure that students get to school on time, everyday:
If your child had perfect attendance in the months of August and September, please join us on October 28th, during the morning assembly to see them recognized for their efforts.
- Contact a family member, neighbor or someone in the school community to take your child to school if you are unable to do so yourself.
- Help your child understand that starting good habits of daily attendance now will help them in the future as they go to college and/or enter the workforce.
- Make sure your student's absence is excused and turn in paperwork in a timely fashion.
- Let your child know that when they are absent from school, they are missed by their teacher and classmates.
- If there are other reasons for chronic absences and/or tardies, please contact school administration to arrange a conference.
Hopefully, we'll be able to see all of the Farmdale student body receiving accolades for perfect attendance.
The LAUSD Parent & Community Engagement Unit will hold a parent workshop for English language learners. The parent workshop is for parents of students K - 5. It will cover:
- How to interpret CELDT
- Strategies to support the child at home.
To RSVP call 323.224.320
There is no childcare available.
It's so exciting to be back in school. The new school year is a prime chance to make positive things happen for you and your student. It was wonderful to see familiar faces and meet new parents and we welcome you all to get involved in your child's class and the school community as a whole.
At this morning's welcome assembly, parents had the opportunity to meet their child's teacher, learn about Breakfast in the Classroom and were introduced to support staff who will enable our students to become better in their studies. For those of you who couldn't make it or if you're new to Farmdale here are some important pieces information:
- School uniforms are mandatory. They are royal blue or white tops with dark blue bottoms.
- Farmdale t-shirts and polos are available for sale.
- Parents who'd like to volunteer can complete a form in the front office.
- Breakfast in the Classroom is served everyday. Please make sure your child is on time to school so she or he can eat.
- All students at Farmdale get free lunch.
- Orientations for school governance committees will be held on Aug. 22nd with elections on Aug. 29th.
- Your student will receive a daily planner. We are asking for a $2 donation to be given to your child's teacher. Replacement planners are $5.
- Monday mornings right after the bell announcements for upcoming events are usually given.
- LAUSD's Attendance Policy can be found in the district's Parent Handbook (PDF will open in new window).
Thank you to everyone who came out to Farmdale's Community Days event. Today, between 8am and 2pm, parents and students volunteered their time to help clean the campus and classrooms. We even added new landscaping!
Many parents came to the school to participate in the uniform swap and buy the new school t-shirts and polos on sale with the Farmdale Elementary and IB World School logos. Parents were also able to learn the location of their child's classroom and meet their teachers.
We will be at it tomorrow, August 11th, 10am to 2pm. Check the flyer for details!
As some of you may know, the past few weeks there has been much discussion over potential development on the southeast corner of Lombardy Blvd. and Eastern Ave. There will be a meeting on Thursday, July 25th to discuss the development.You can view the proposal here.
Ms. Saracho de Palma sent the announcement below:
Good Afternoon Parents
This is Ms. Saracho de Palma, Principal of Farmdale Elementary IB World School with an important community announcement.
Plans for a major real estate development across from Farmdale Elementary School are currently being proposed.
This Thursday, July 25th at 6 pm the Los Angeles 32 Neighborhood Council is holding a special general board meeting to present this proposal .We encourage you to attend this meeting to learn how this project may impact our community. The developer will be present to address questions and concerns.
Don’t miss this very important meeting. Remember, Thursday, July 25th, 6pm at Barrio Action which is across the street from McDonalds on Huntington Dr. That is Thursday, July 25th, 6pm at Barrio Action across the street from McDonalds on Huntington Dr. See you there!
Farmdale's Literacy Parade. Summer is coming up and the ideal time for your child to catch up on all the reading they've wanted to do during the school year. The Los Angeles Public Library is kicking off their 2013 Summer Reading Club on June 3rd.
Students can use the summer to venture into new genres of literature, build their reading skills for the new year and learn about a variety of subjects.
Sign up at any Los Angeles Public Library to get your game board
and free bag. Read and have fun all summer long! Earn stickers, bookmarks, a book and more! For more information, visit your local library or call 213-228-7480.
Isn't this what summer is all about?
The theme for this year's Summer Reading Club is Delicious Books and the librarians at LAPL have chosen some books along that theme for every grade level. The resources at the Los Angeles Public Library are extensive. On your computer you can read along, with audio books and play games via Bookflix and TumbleBooks. You need an library card to access the pages.If you have a smartphone, tablet or media device such as an iPod or Kindle, LAPL has partnered with a variety of companies so you can download ebooks or audiobooks to have with you at all times.
For parents and caregivers, the California Department of Education also helps you by offering a suggested reading list based on your child's reading level or grade level.
College Week at Farmdale was another great success. The week started of on Tuesday with a sunglasses theme "Future's So Bright". On Wednesday, the kids and teachers showed their California Love by wearing gear from our state's great colleges and universities. Then the students decorated doors for Thursday. All the while, students who submitted projects based on their visits to local colleges had them displayed on the bulletin boards. The week culminated in Friday's Pep Rally where the kids wore shirts, carried banners and sang cheers for their class college.
One of the highlights of the Pep Rally was from Ms. Eckert and Ms. Francia's 3rd graders. They danced to a parody of (Oppa) Gangnam Style but with the song explaining the courses the kids need to take to get into a school in the UC system.
It is well know that establishing healthy routines now can help your child over his or her lifetime. That's exactly why the California Department of Education developed FITNESSGRAM to test 5th, 7th and 9th grade students. With school coming to a close, it's easy for students to spend their days laying around involved in sedentary activities. Why not make summer 2013 the year the whole family gets active?
For parents of incoming 5th graders at Farmdale Elementary, this will prove beneficial to your child. The state opens the physical test in February 2014. That's 8 months to get your child running everyday or doing aerobics or a sport. Keep in mind that just because your child plays a particular sport, that not all muscle groups are used or even levels of exertion are reached. So, it's really important to see what areas are your child's strengths and why they can use some help. Luckily, the Dept. of Education has listed their testing areas on their site.
Click to view slide show.
On Friday, May 24th, Farmdale Elementary held our annual Dia del Niño celebration. This is the day where the students perform dances from around the world. Countries displayed this year were Italy, South Africa, Germany, Mexico, India and Ghana.
During lunch recess, the children were able to do crafts and play musical chairs, pin the tail on the hawk or potato sack races. They all had a lot of fun at the different stations.
In keeping with the theme, PTA sold food from around the world such as eggrolls, chilaquiles, samosas, chow mein, churros and hummus. Many thanks to the people who donated food and drinks to the PTA, the volunteers and TAs who staffed the food booth and game booths and the parents who bought the food. You all helped make it a big success.