From August 2010

Garden Fundraising begins

Thank you so much for coming out en masse to vote online for our garden last month.  We did not secure that particular grant, but no matter!  We have embarked on our next fundraising adventure, that of soliciting online contributions.  Our goal is ambitious, to raise $10,000 as fast as possible!
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This fundraising campaign will support the Phase 1 construction of the garden project, that of removing concrete, testing the soil, and building planters and furniture.
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We are on the eve of breaking ground at the garden!  LAUSD has been very supportive of our project and generous with their guidance on construction and logistics.  LA Conservation Corps is donating valuable expertise and labor to our project, and multitudes of community members have offered their volunteer manpower. Our plan has been approved, papers signed, and we are ready to roll!
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We invite you to visit our fundraising page and donate to our garden project:  http://www.donationstracker.com/mes_garden Donations are tax deductible, and you will be sent a ‘thank you’ receipt to submit with your taxes via email.
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We are also on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Micheltorena-Elementary-Garden/132449970101203 (Scroll down to see the donations thermometer!)
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The Micheltorena Elementary School garden will be shared with the Silverlake community and will provide numerous opportunities for teaching and education, as well as plenty of food and flowers for both students and community members.  Our garden team is already hard at work greening up other areas of the school.  In particular, a raised bed already planted with drought tolerant plants is now weeded, mulched, and sharing space with pumpkin seedlings set to mature just in time for Thanksgiving!
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Questions?  Feel free to direct them to r.h.crane@gmail.com
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Not a fan of online donations, but would like to give to our project?  You can send a check, made out to “Community Partners FBO* Friends of Micheltorena” to the address below:
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Community Partners, Finance Department
1000 North Alameda Street, Suite 240
Los Angeles, CA  90012
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*FBO is “for benefit of.”  Put “Garden” in the notes section of your check.  Community Partners, a recognized philanthropic organization under 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charities status (#95-4302067), is the umbrella organization for Micheltorena’s booster group, Friends of Micheltorena.  You can visit their webpage at www.communitypartners.org.
Visit LAUSD’s website on how to set up your own school garden:  http://mo.laschools.org/green-spaces/
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Announcement: First Day of School

The 2010-2011 school year starts on September 13!  It is very important that all enrolled students are in attendance to keep their seats.

The first day of school will be a short day, and students will be dismissed at 12:19 pm.

Classroom assignments will be posted in the hall at the main entrance on the first day of school, and students will meet their teacher on the playground at 7:45 am.  There will be a brief assembly, then class will begin at 8:00 am.

Please plan to attend our PTA social on Tuesday, September 14th from 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm and our Back to School Night on Tuesday September 28th from 5:00 pm to 6:30pm.