First Day of School: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 8:12 a.m.
Kindergarten Orientation: Monday, August 12th at 1:00 p.m.
LAUSD's Transitional Kindergarten Helps Younger Students Catch Up
Ask the parents of a youngster born late in the year about enrolling their not-quite-5-year-old in kindergarten, and they'll likely describe the dilemma about whether to send their child to school or hold him back.
That quandary will be resolved this fall under a new state law that gradually moves up the date that children are eligible to enroll in kindergarten. The December 2nd milestone that has been in place for decades will be September 1st by 2014.
The law also mandates the creation of transitional kindergarten, giving those younger students an additional year to master the academic, social and developmental skills required of today's kindergartners.
Winnetka Avenue School has been offering this exciting program for the last three years and will continue to offer the Transitional Kindergarten program in the fall of 2013. Students turning 5 between October 2 and December 2, 2013 are eligible to apply. Permits are available for students outside our attendance area.
We anticipate that parents will receive the results of their children's 2013 CST by mail directly from LAUSD Student Testing Office sometime late August or early September. If you do not receive the scores by the end of September, please call the school office at (818) 341-5422 and a copy will be provided for you.
Students in Grades 2 through 5 will be taking the CST beginning on Monday, April 28, 2014 and continuing through May 14 for most grade levels. Testing will start promptly the first thing each morning so it is important students are at school on time.
Here are some helpful hints:
Get a good nights' rest.
Eat a good breakfast.
Use the restroom before entering class.
Listen to the directions.
Read each question carefully.
Apply your test taking skills.
Double check to make sure you didn't skip any questions.
ROCK THE TEST!
Earth Day Event
Children from Winnetka Avenue Elementary School celebrated Earth Day on April 26, 2012 with Councilman Dennis P. Zine, the City of Los Angeles' Department of Public Works' Bureau of Sanitation and the Million Trees Program by doing something meaningful for Earth Day --- planting trees.
Read Across America Celebration
Students at Winnetka celebrated Read Across America on March 1, 2013. The Dr. Seuss book selected this year, The Cat in the Hat, was the focus of the event. Our community partner, City National Bank, shared in the celebration by reading to our students and presenting the school with a basket brimful of new books for our library.
Jackets, Backpacks & Shoes
The Assistance League, San Fernando Valley, a long time partner of Winnetka Elementary School distributed jackets and backpacks to many of our students just in time for the Winter Holidays. This hard working group also provided each of our graduating fifth grade students with a dictionary to assist them in middle school. Our students were very excited and appreciative of their new items.
Winnetka Elementary School holds a fall and a spring safety drill each year. Last year students and staff practiced a "Lockdown" in the event of any emergency in the area surrounding the school and an earthquake drill. Staff members inventoried the emergency supplies in each classroom and in our emergency bin. These exercises not only allow students to practice the procedures to follow at school, but allow staff to fine tune their emergency skills. These major drills take place twice a year in additional to monthly fire and drop drills.
Please be sure to work with your children on what to do in the event of an emergency at home.
5th Grade Culmination
Our 5th Grade Student Culmination will take place on Friday, June 7, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., at Sutter Middle School located at 7330 Winnetka Avenue, Winnetka. All culminating fifth grade students will report to Winnetka Elementary School at the regular time, dressed for culmination. The students will be transported to Sutter MS by school bus shortly before culmination. Parents and family members will go directly to Sutter MS.
Weekly Walking Club
Winnetka Elementary School recently joined an initiative between Northridge Hospital Medical Center and LAUSD Local District One. As part of the initiative, parents participated in a free weekly walking club. All students at Winnetka EL experienced an interactive student assembly called "Food for Thought 2: The Message Comes Home." We look forward to expanding our partnership with Northridge Hospital Medical Center this coming year with healthy cooking and yoga classes.
The Mayor's DAY OF SERVICE
Winnetka EL was selected as one of three Los Angeles Unified Schools in the west valley to participate in the Mayor's Day of Service on Saturday, March 20, 2010. Over 200 parents and community members assisted with beautification projects at the school.
Students Explore Earthmobile
On March 15th, the Earthmobile from the Natural History Museum arrived at Winnetka EL. A large semi-trailer containing an archaeology site provided our third, fourth and fifth grade students an opportunity to excavate a simulated Chumash Native American site, where they uncovered artifacts and natural materials and studied them in a field laboratory.
Jazz Concert Comes to Winnetka
On Monday, February 14, 2011, all the students at Winnetka EL attended a Jazz Concert, compliments of the Los Angeles Jazz Society.
The concert featured Maestro Delbert Taylor and Friends, talented musicians, who shared information on their instruments as they traced the history of jazz in America.
Congratulations to all of our teachers that were recognized at the Porter Ranch Walmart Teacher Rewards presentation by store manager Neil Batarseh on September 27, 2010. Ten teachers were selected to receive $100 Teacher Reward Cards to purchase school supplies for their classrooms. It is great to have a community partner step in and provide welcome support to assist the school in providing our students the best education possible.
API Scores Continue to Rise
Yahoo! Winnetka scored a 805 on the API (Academic Performance Index) which is a 30 point gain from last year. What does this mean? It means that we far surpassed our yearly goal on state testing and that we are a LAUSD Honor School.
How did this happen? It is the result of huge efforts on the part of staff, students, and parents. The children at Winnetka are exceptionally well behaved and motivated . . . in fact they are just plain wonderful children.
Congratulations to all of you on a job well done!
Welcome Back To School
We would like to welcome everyone to Winnetka Elementary School. We hope the summer vacation was relaxing and that you enjoyed the beautiful summer weather. We are pleased to inform you that while several of our teachers will be changing the grade level they teach, all of our awesome teachers remain the same for the 2013-14 school year. Our Administrators, Office and Support Staff remain the same as last year. The first day of school this year for our students is Tuesday, August 13, 2013. Our Kindergarten Orientation will be on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. Orientation for students new to Winnetka will be on Monday, August 13, 2013 at 8:15 a.m. We are looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks and hearing about your summertime adventures.