PE & Art

P.E. Coach Keith Harris
Hi Parents,
Next week we will be taking a physical education quiz via Google Classroom. I have attached the STUDY GUIDE to each class's Google Classroom. The quiz will be taken at school during their P.E. hour. If your student has not signed in to Google Classroom please have them sign in and complete the syllabus assignment attached on Sept. 7th.


Coach Keith

P.E. Study Guide

ART CLASS with Ms. Kathryne
Good Day Larchmont Community!  
During Art class this week we discussed our sketchbook challenge expectations along with their monthly vocabulary homework assignment on Google Classroom.  If you would like to reference the documents attached to the assignment or the slides used during our discussion, please refer to our Art Google Classroom (6th grade class code: fozbtq,  5th grade class code: xi237j)!
Día de Muertos
In the upcoming weeks the enrichment teachers will be collaborating to create a web of knowledge across campus for an Altar representing the Day of the Dead. 
In our art classes, we will be creating traditional paper flowers and flags.  We are hoping to have our collaborative display installed by October 15 so that we may showcase the students' hard-work and creativity up to the official day on November 1.  
Additionally, if your child would like to add a photograph of a loved one that has passed, please send a printed photo (not the original) with them to their scheduled Art class.
As always, Thank you for all of your support & Happy Creative Explorations! 

Art Supply Donations

I just wanted to send a huge appreciation to all families that have sent in donations for our up and rising art program here at Larchmont Selma!  Due to the large amount of donations, I have modified the list slightly below. 
  1. Magazines/ Newspapers
  2. Skull Decorations, Used Picture Frames, Fabric (For Our Día de Muertos Altar)
  3. Ceramic Items (tile,  
  4. (For a garden mosaic)
  5. Yarn or Craft String
  6. Random Art Supplies
  7. Random Craft Supplies
Thank you so much for your Support!  
- Kathryne

Art Class

Art Class Kathryne

Monthly Sketchbook Challenge
Good Day Larchmont Community!  
As we finalize our group touches on our recycled, collage portfolios, we turn another creative page towards our MONTHLY SKETCHBOOK CHALLENGE!  I have posted an introduction letter for parents on Google Classroom, along with two other documents that detail the monthly challenge's due dates along with visual examples of how to support your child's creative successes! The students will receive their sketchbooks next week during their designated Art class times; Monday, September 24, 2018, Tuesday, September 25, 2018 & Wednesday, September 26, 2018.
Our first challenge will be to creatively express yourself and it is due on November 1, 2018.
Art Conversations
The importance of creating a safe space, with tools to digest and fully comprehend the visuals that bombard us daily, is great.  
In order to support their visual comprehension, as well as their creativity, students will receive a monthly vocabulary word to explore through an assignment on google classroom.  I encourage you to help, but allow creative room and responses from their own unique perceptions. There will also be a written quiz on Google classroom following the completion of the vocabulary.  This written reflection, of a provided image, will allow me to measure their  understanding of the month's vocabulary word along with establishing a safe space for art conversations. Similarly to their sketchbooks, both assignments will be due on the first of each month and will count towards their homework grade.
As always, Thank you for your support & Happy Creative Explorations! 

5th Grade & Music

5th GRADE Sarah Perkins

History - 5th Grade is busy learning about the causes of the American Revolution. We took a field trip to Riley's Farm and learned about life in the colonies. In class, we have taken on roles in a colonial town and are acting out scenes from that time period. Students are also writing letters/ diary entries to showcase their thinking throughout this unit.

In Science, students are learning about mixtures and solutions. In this investigation, we are learning about physical and chemical changes to the properties of matter. Students have conducted several experiments to observe these changes.


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MUSIC Dave duMonde

The PPL of Band Land (Rhythm Section) and Confuzzled (Horns & Strings) really do rock. It's remarkable to see the growth of our students in their musical journeys--they've come a long way! We've got the classics comin' up in our final performance of the year at Yearbook Live. Buckle up--you're about to hear some wailing guitar solos, fun cartoon themes and lead vocals from some of our musicians. Don't miss YBL!

The V-dub Crew (Vocal Workshop) recently completed their worldwide tour (to the other Larchmont campuses) and are workin' it in rehearsals to get ready for their performance at Yearbook Live. Our music teams are passionate and stoked for their end-of-year performances!

In Music Class, students are getting close to the final week of work on their songwriting projects. "Change Begins With Me" is the overall theme, in which students have chosen topics ranging from homelessness and pollution to spreadin' the love. We have some young, brilliant minds! The final playlist will be published with songs by those students who wish to be included. Stay tuned!


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ESY (Edible School Yard) Mimi Bonetti & Nickey Bennett-Reed

What's Cookin':

Spring is a great time in ESY.  We’ve been celebrating with recipes including some of spring’s stars, asparagus and peas.  Ask your kids to make you Crostini with Pea Pesto or Roasted Asparagus with Lemony Breadcrumbs, we think you will all love it!  Expect more celebrating on Sunday as kids bring mom Lemon Verbena tea that we planted, harvested, dried and made into pretty Mother’s Day tea bags.  Hoping they serve you moms up with some Tea Sandwiches made with Nasturtium Butter like we did in class (all recipes are on the ESY Google Classroom).  Bon Appetit!

What’s Growin On:

For the last part of April, 5th grade made open and closed terrariums as we discussed different needs for different plants and reviewed eco-system and the water cycle.

6th grade completed the checklist to become a Certified Natural Wildlife Habitat while observing the bees, ladybugs, various species of birds and butterflies!


For the month of May ESY has focused on mother’s. Garden class has tied together our review of the 5 R’s (refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, restore!) as we spent more time with our decomposing worms from our Worm Shack and made Worm Tea to honor Mother Nature, and feed our plants.


Larchmont families, friends and staff,

For the past couple of months in theater arts class students have been learning the art of the monologue both through writing and performance. Several students independently chose to go further and wrote additional original material on their own time.  During the month of April our students were invited and encouraged to submit an original monologue through the theater curriculum provider

This provider offers a student monologue contest for educators that sign up for a paid subscription, in which students can submit a monologue that fits their guidelines.  About a dozen of our fifth and sixth graders submitted at the prospect of receiving a modest cash prize and the opportunity to be published on where educators and students can read, study and perform student-published work. 

I am overjoyed to announce one of our creative 5th-graders that submitted has been awarded FIRST PLACE!

Wolfram "Wolfie" Bikel from Ian's class won the first place prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and what's more is that the school also receives a year's subscription to thereby keeping the monthly contest open to all LCS students for the coming school year.  CONGRATULATIONS WOLFIE!  Thanks to your monologue LCS can offer this opportunity to even more students!

I am so proud of everyone who submitted in April and encourage them to keep submitting original work.  If you'd like more information about the contest and provider, visit and give Wolfie's monologue a read!  Here's to continuing to inspire our young writers!

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Caine's Arcade

What a great visit by Caine Monroy to our campus! #CainesArcade
Photos courtesy of Angela Galletta.
MATHLETES! Candice Allen
Our students were magnificent and definitely brought the Larchmont spirit. Crazy proud of all eight for making it to the state championships!  We had a blast ... our kiddos didn’t place this time around (DARN!!!) but for our first time out we should have NOTHING to feel sorry about.  
Thank you parents, administration, and Sarah for all the support! 

6th Grade Science and ESY

6th GRADE SCIENCE Jill Stefani

Investigating: How do we detect magnetic fields?



ESY (Edible School Yard) Nickey Bennett-Reed & Mimi Bonetti

CONGRATULATIONS to our ESY team and their hard work!

National Wildlife Federation Certifies New Schoolyard Habitat in Hollywood, CA.

Local schools making a difference to protect wildlife

Los Angeles, CaliforniaMay 2, 2018 National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is pleased to recognize that Larchmont Charter School at Selma in Los Angeles has successfully created a Certified Schoolyard Habitat® through its Garden for Wildlife program. Larchmont Charter at Selma has joined with over 5,000 schools nationwide that have transformed their schoolyards into thriving wildlife habitats that provides essential elements needed by all wildlife natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young. The habitat also serves as an outdoor education site where students can engage in cross-curricular learning in a hands-on way.

Certification also makes your Certified Wildlife Habitat® part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a national effort to restore critical habitat for pollinators.

“We are excited to have another school join our growing list of more than 5,000 certified Schoolyard Habitats. Kids can now personally experience nature through hands-on learning in an outdoor environment,said Liz Soper, Director of K-12 Programs for National Wildlife Federation.

NWF’s Garden for Wildlife program encourages responsible gardening that helps pollinators and other wildlife thrive. It encourages planting with native species like milkweed and discouraging chemical pesticide use. With nearly 200,000 locations and growing, NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitats and Community Wildlife Habitats recognize individuals, schools, groups and whole communities committed to providing habitat for wildlife, including pollinators. Each of the nearly 200,000 certified locations provides food, water, cover and places to raise young. This makes yards, schools, businesses, places of worship, campuses, parks, farms and other community-based landscapes into wildlife sanctuaries. For more information on gardening for wildlife and details on how an entire community can become certified, visit or call 1-800-822-9919.

For more National Wildlife Federation news, visit:

National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future.

Student Support & Spanish

The student support staff continues to provide accommodations and modifications to ensure all students have access to the curriculum. In 5th grade ELA, students are reading novels with their peers in literature circles and writing persuasive essays during the writing portion of the class . In 5th grade Math, we have started to teach measurement concepts while designing cubes to measure volume. Lastly, in 5th grade Science, students have been learning about the water cycle. 
SPANISH Miguel Alvarez
5th Grade - Students in 5th Grade are learning the five W's in Spanish. They know how to say and write who? what? where? why? when? plus how much? and how many? They are also experts with numbers 0-100, including 200, 500, 600, 700 and 1000.  We also continue learning about Spanish speaking countries by tasting various cultural dishes.  To immerse ourselves in the Spanish culture, we are watching Ferdinand in Spanish and learning about the importance of 'toros' (bulls) to Spain. We focused on the 'running of the bulls' event in Pamplona, Spain.
6th Grade - Students in 6th Grade just wrapped up seasons, months, days, and holidays. We have begun working with infinitives and focusing on present tense verbs. Students are beginning to learn how to conjugate certain verbs ending with -ar, -er, and -ir based on the personal pronoun. Students know several verbs and how to use them in some sentences. We will be working our way to learning how to work with past and future tense verbs in a few weeks. 

Music & 5th Grade

MUSIC Dave duMonde

In Trimester 3 we dive into creating original music. After learning all about rhythm and melody in the first two trimesters, we're formulating our knowledge and creativity into real songs that will be written, recorded and produced by students. The songwriting topic? "Change Starts With Me." Students are asking the question, "What am I concerned, frustrated or mad about that's happening in our world, and how can I bring change?"

Each week students are learning tools which will equip them in their approach to songwriting. They'll be able to connect their song to their signature project if they so choose, or they may write about something entirely different that stirs their passion. Due at the end of May, students may submit their songs to be included in an online playlist that can be heard by anyone. Excited to see & hear students in their creative modes this trimester!

The Songwriting Project is posted on Music Google Classroom.


5th Grade Sarah Perkins

In reading, students have begun book clubs! Students will work in small groups to read and answer questions. Students will also meet with teachers to discuss. The books students are reading are: A Long Walk to Water, The Breadwinner, Flush, and City of Ember. All of the books center around an activist theme, which will carry over into our Signature Project for Trimester 3. For T3, our Signature Project will ask students to partner with an organization or to design their own solution to a human rights issue that they care about. Students will work individually, or in a small group, to complete this project. 

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SPANISH Miguel Alvarez
5th Grade - In 5th grade Spanish students are learning directions (up, down, left, right, etc). They are also learning how to ask and respond to where a certain person or object is located. We also finished watching Oscar winning Coco in class and learning about the value of family and the rich culture it teaches.  Students were able to design their own alebrijes and describe and analyze the various characters in the movie. Lastly, we are beginning to learn about the Aztec and Inca empires and making connections with their mars/moon colonization projects. 
6th Grade - In 6th grade Spanish students are learning days of the week, months, seasons, and holidays. In this fun unit they are also learning how to ask and respond to what day it is today? what day is tomorrow? what day was yesterday? what is the date? how is the weather like? and are you hot/cold? Students were able to design their own seasons posters containing the months and the seasons in Spanish with a lot of wonderful artwork and color. After spring break students will become weather analyst and describe the weather in a Spanish speaking city. 

PARENT RESOURCES: Family services, workshops and assistance

Hello families,

Please click on our FamilySource Program brochure explaining what services are offered to our community members.  LAUSD will not turn away parents of students attending non-LAUSD schools, and neither will any of the FamilySurce Center (FSC).  Our FSC is located at the Youth Policy Institute (see address below). We look forward to partnering with Larchmont Charter School.  Please contact us if you would like to come and take a tour.

Best  Regards,
Luisa Bottari, MA, LEP
Pupil Services and Attendance Counselor
Student Health and Human Services
Los Angeles Unified School District

[email protected]

FamilySource Partnership Program
Youth Policy Institute
1075 N. Western Ave. Suite 110
Hollywood, Ca. 90029

FamilySource Program

Aviva Parent Workshops



Hello LCS Community!
After last week's events and conversations, I would like to extend the resource below to you about talking to your student about violence and school safety!  --Val Annicchiarico, School Psychologist

Talking With Children About Violence

The student support staff continues to provide accommodations and modifications to ensure all students have access to the curriculum. In 5th grade ELA, we have finished the novel “Blood on the River” and students will be reading "Almost Home" by Joan Bauer over Spring Break . In 5th grade Math, we have started to teach the concept of multiplying and dividing fractions and used a recipe project to demonstrate real life application of the skills. Lastly, in 5th grade Science, students have really enjoyed working on their space colony project. --Dallas Washburn


AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM Danielle Lovell-Walsh, Daniela Rosales & Yovy Daniels

This week in ASP we won’t say goodbye-but see ya soon-to our good friend Daniela. She is moving onto new adventures and we wish her the best! We thank her for everything she has done! We are currently interviewing for the position.

Next week for conferences: ASP will operate from school dismissal until 6pm daily. Remember, if your student is picked up after 6pm you will be charged $1 per minute past 6pm, no exceptions.

We have really been working on the new ASP schedule to make it fun as well as functional. The new Spring After School Class list will be coming out soon. What classes would you like to see?!

Art projects: Vision Boards-creating a board describing us and our hopes and dreams, cardboard arcade-we still need boxes, rubber bands, tape, glue ect for these, Layers of Your Heart-exploring gratefulness and gratitude-please bring pictures for this and many more projects to come. We also could use donations of paint brushes and old aprons for art aprons. Questions or Concerns, email: [email protected]


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