From January 2012

January Schedule of Events for School and Garden

We’re off to a great start at the school with lots of exciting plans and activities for the New Year.  See our calendar at www.micheltorena.org/calendar or click on “Calendar” at left.

Friends of Micheltorena Meeting, Tuesday, January 17, 4pm, Room 5 The bi-monthly FOM meeting will discuss plans for our upcoming school beautification day, garden activities and fundraising.  Everyone is welcome to attend!

Bilingual Program Parent Meeting, Wednesday, January 18, 8:15a and 5pm, Room 7. For the 2012 – 2013 school year, Micheltorena is considering adding a dual-language program, with the goal of achieving biliteracy in English and Spanish for participating students.  These informational meetings are for current and prospective parents.  A flyer for the meeting is attached, please print and / or forward, and invite anyone who may be interested!

McDonald’s Fundraiser for Micheltorena PTA, Friday, January 20, 3:30p – 5:30p, McDonald’s Restaurant, 4348 Sunset Blvd (corner of Sunset and Fountain) McDonald’s will host a fundraiser for our PTA; 20% of proceeds from food bought during these two hours will go to the Micheltorena PTA to support field trips for the school year.  Micheltorena teachers and parents will be staffing the counters!  Please stop by, and spread the word!  A flyer for this event is attached to this email.  Please note this is a change from the original planned date of January 27.

After-school cooking classes with Megan Birdsill, Tuesdays, January 24 – March 13.
Cooking classes that teach nutrition, basic cooking concepts and appreciation of fresh and in-season fruits and vegetables continue, sponsored by Friends of Micheltorena with funding provided by a grant from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefits Program.  Classes will be for all grades; sign-ups to start soon.

Parent Dance Class, Micheltorena Arts Plan, Friday, January 27, 10AM, Room 7.
In the Micheltorena Parent Dance class parents are, increasingly, taking the lead and creating their own moves! Encouraged by Bluepalm instructors Sara Pfeifle and Tom Crocker, parents now invent more and more of the steps for their peers.  The goal is parent ownership of their own healthy, exciting movement class.  Quality, clarity, and leadership are discussed as important learning tools for parents… and their children.

Campus Beautification Day, Saturday, 11am – 4pm, January 28. Come help paint, garden, and clean-up at our campus beautification day!  Show up in your work clothes and bring gloves, sunblock and a bottle of water.  Snacks will be provided, and everyone is welcome to come help out.

Children’s Stories in the Garden, every second Saturday of the month, 12pm, in the Micheltorena School and Community Garden, hosted by Larchmont Charter School fourth grade teacher Megan Howe! Megan will read a story and provide activities based on the story.  Everyone is welcome and these events are free.  Stop by on your way back from the farmer’s market!  Next event will be on February 11.

Molly in the garden with friend

Parent Dance Class with Micheltorena Arts Plan and Bluepalm

In the Micheltorena Parent Dance class parents are, increasingly, taking the lead and creating their own moves! Encouraged by Bluepalm instructors Sara Pfeifle and Tom Crocker, parents now invent more and more of the steps for their peers.  The goal is parent ownership of their own healthy, exciting movement class.  Quality, clarity, and leadership are discussed as important learning tools for parents… and their children.
Next class:  Friday Jan. 27 at 10 A.M.
Micheltorena Parent Dance class makes connections between learning and the body to build understanding about the benefits of arts-based learning.  The class is a part of the Micheltorena Arts Plan (MAP) which receives funding from the Friends of Micheltorena, California Arts Council, The Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

December Kindergarten Nutcracker Trip

Thanks to our Micheltorena Arts Project (MAP), on December 15 all Kindergarten students attended a matinee performance of the traditional holiday ballet ‘Nutcracker’ at the fabulous San Gabriel Mission Playhouse Theater.  For most students, it was their very first Nutcracker!  A number of Kinder parents, as well as participants from our Micheltorena Parent Dance Class, also attended.
Dancing Nutcracker Parents
Visions of sugar plums followed students back to the classroom where they reviewed the story, danced the different roles, and shared impressions from the experience.  For weeks in advance, the classrooms of Ms. Schreiber, Markarian, and Griffiths had worked with Bluepalm artist Sara Pfeifle to establish links between dance, learning, and the Nutcracker.

Careful preparation and follow-up ensure that the field trip was not only fun but also well-grounded in relevant classroom themes.

Fun with the Russian Dance interpretation!

The Nutcracker outing was part of the MAP Field Trip Plan which will ensure that during their Micheltorena journey, every student has the opportunity to attend a live theater and dance performance, musical concert, and the landmark Los Angeles museums.

The Nutcracker field trip was made possible with support from  Friends of Micheltorena, the Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation, the California Arts Council, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
NOTE: The next Micheltorena Parent Dance Class is this coming Friday Jan. 13 at 10 A.M.