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2014 End of the Year Bash



The 2014 Micheltorena End of Year Bash at Los Globos!

Saturday, May 31st
5PM–8PM (Doors open at 4:30PM)
5PM: Live music & auction begins
6PM: Comedy
7PM: Auction closing & dance party

Los Globos
3040 Sunset Blvd
* 21 and over only

$10 in advance
$15 at the door
* Tickets include food, entertainment & entrance into a raffle drawing. Proceeds support Micheltorena School.

Please click here to see the auction catalog or donate an item or service!


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SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014!



Time to talk about support. The Friends of Micheltorena funds are running low. and these are critical for teaching assistants, arts programs, after-school programs, and more things that make our school so amazing. Our epic end of the year Fundraiser at Los Globos can raise a lot of money to help with that cause. A night of live music, comedy, food, silent auction – all for only $10! For extra good Karma, buy some extra tickets and give them to your neighbors and family. Kids will have a sitter in the community garden.Volunteers are needed for this fundraiser. Can you donate items (goods OR services) for the silent auction? Can you help sell tickets? Get the good word out to the community? Clean up? Please for more ways to help the school! (213-247-0041)










“We believe parental and community involvement is an integral part of every child’s education and have many ways in which parents and community members can become involved.  Whether it’s participating in our Friends of Micheltorena, or being a member of one of our school committees, Micheltorena is devoted to having its parents and community be an active part of the school.”




E-Waste Collection Competition

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Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez is ecstatic to have Micheltorena Elementary participating in our 2nd Annual E-Waste collection in honor of Earth Day.

Collection starts April 1st until April 23th. Please bring in your e-waste to school and Assemblymember Gomez’s office will pick it up this Fridays.

Prize for the school that collects the most e-waste will be announced shortly after.


Monday, March 31st

Micheltorena Elementary will be closed Monday, March 31 to celebrate Cesar Chavez Day.

Please join the Friends of Micheltorena who are hosting Micheltorena Elementary’s first movie morning fundraiser!


All proceeds from the fundraiser go directly to field trips and classroom supplies for Micheltorena’s students.

Show your support! Bring the whole family! Bring your friends! You will not be disappointed!

Order you tickets online now for the oh so entertaining Wallace and Gromit, Curse of the Were-Rabbit 


Monday, 3/31 Cesar Chavez Day at 10:30 a.m.


Adults: 10.00
Children: 5.00

Click here to purchase online
You can leave a check or cash in the glass box in the office
Buy on the day of the movie at the Vista

December Updates

Toy Drive
Now through Dec. 13th
Please send a new and unwrapped toy with your child. They can give to their teacher, or parents can drop it off in the school office.

Family Reading Night

Friday, Dec. 13th from 5:00 to 6:30pm
School library

Ornament Fundraiser
Saturday, Dec. 14th from 5-8pm
Hemmingway and Pickett
3208 Sunset Blvd.

They will feature ornaments by local artists and a portion of profits will go to Micheltorena!  Go Eagles!!! Another great community builder for our school.  Be sure to share with your family and friends.
There are some post cards about event in the school office.  Also, Catherine Borek has been working on this and has more details if needed.

Parent/Teacher Luncheon
Wednesday, Dec. 18th at 11:30am

The school basement/all purpose room

Bring a potluck dish, sign up sheet is in the Parent Center

Winter Concert
Thursday, Dec. 19th at 1:00pm

The auditorium

If you are unable to attend the show, there are two rehersals that day 8:30 and 10:30 am that you are invited to attend.

If you shop on Amazon please note that a portion of purchases will go to our school. Good for this shopping season!!! Click here to start shopping now!

go to and click on the top tab named “Shop Amazon” located at the very very top of page (above Micheltorena header)

THE GARDEN Movie Screening, Dec 9

Please join us for a free screening of the Academy Award nominated documentary THE GARDEN on Friday, December 9, at 6PM, in the Micheltorena School Auditorium. THE GARDEN was produced and directed by fellow Micheltorena parent, Scott Hamilton Kennedy.  See the trailer here:

This screening aims to raise awareness and support for the Micheltorena Street Elementary School and Community Garden.   A question and answer discussion with the filmmaker and garden organizers will follow the screening.

Parents, children and community members welcome! Parking will be available in the school’s back parking lot, with entrance on Golden Gate Street.  We will also have a movie for children with snacks and supervision in a classroom next to the Auditorium.  The film will have both English and Spanish subtitles.

Safe Routes to School Grant Award

Principal Susanna Furfari, the Micheltorena PTA, and the Micheltorena School and Community Garden Team, in collaboration with City Council President Eric Garcetti, Council District 13 and the Department of Street Services are proud to announce the award of a $350,000 state-sponsored “Safe Routes to School” grant.

Safe Routes to School is an international movement that seeks to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school.  Awarded grant funds are used by the City to improve safety and accessibility in the areas surrounding schools, as well as reduce traffic and air pollution in the surrounding neighborhood.  As a result, this program will make bicycling and walking to Micheltorena safer, as well as creating a more walk- and bike-friendly Silver Lake.  California began awarding Safe Routes to School grants to neighborhoods in 1999.

Our grant plans involve the construction of “bulb outs” in the intersections adjacent to the school, the creation of a bicycle corral and bus stop shelter, and the installation of trees and landscaping that will beautify the neighborhood and encourage walking and biking to school.

Please click here to read our grant proposal.  Click here to read more about the California Safe Routes to School grant program.

The school year is off and running!

The school year was officially ushered in with our Back to School night on September 28.  Students and their families mingled and met with teachers on this balmy fall evening.  Principal Furfari gave a presentation in the auditorium detailing the many exciting changes coming this year to Micheltorena.  Here they are, in no particular order!

New school library: Micheltorena will have a new library built in rooms 20 and 21, in the Primary Building.  This library is the product of many years of fundraising and grantwriting, and is made possible by the organization Wonder of Reading and generous support from LAUSD boardmember Yolie Flores.  Our new library will boast new computers, media equipment, a “story steps” mini-amphitheatre, and an updated book collection, featuring books donated by the Friends of Silverlake Library.  Planned groundbreaking on the library is scheduled for October, with the finished library set to open its doors in December.  The Friends of Micheltorena continue to host their “Adopt the Library” fundraiser; click here for more information on how to participate.  Would you like to volunteer at the new library?  Volunteer positions include reading books to children, tutoring children in reading, and assisting the librarian with library and book organization.  Please send an email to Marilyn Missoni, School Coordinator, at to apply.

New school and community garden: Starting later this fall, construction will begin on the corner of Micheltorena Street and Sunset to turn the parking lot into a garden that will serve both the school and community.  As noted in previous posts on this website, the Silverlake Neighborhood Council generously donated $10,000 to our effort in a gesture towards promoting education, sustainability, the ‘greening’ of our neighborhood, and community involvement. Please see the Garden page of this website for more information.  Fundraising also continues for the garden!  In particular, the Atwater Village restaurant Canele will be hosting a fundraiser for the Micheltorena School and Community Garden on October 18 as part of their “Closed on Mondays” fundraiser series; read more about this event here.  Please click here for more information about contributing to our school garden.

New fruit tree orchard on campus: The organization Treepeople has made the Micheltorena campus a target for a fruit tree orchard planting as part of their Trees for a Green LA program!    This very exciting program includes training school and community volunteers on the basics of tree care as part of their “Citizen Forester” training, digging up asphalt, and planting dozens of fruit trees on our campus.  The program will involve the volunteer participation of students and their families to help plant and then care for the trees.   Our tree planting event is scheduled for the middle of January, and will see close to 40 trees go into the ground, with Treepeople also donating 150 bare root fruit trees to be given to student families. The trees on campus will provide fruit for the students during their school day, as well as the community as they pass by the school.  The following teachers have signed up to receive training help act as stewards for the new orchard: Charles Kimzey, Geralyn Buschelman, and Lisa Lewis.

Micheltorena Arts Community: Since the arts are such a part vital part of the Silver Lake community and an important part of our school, Micheltorena is partnering with Blue Palm Art Culture Education, a Silver Lake-based nonprofit arts education organization, to design a sustainable, comprehensive arts plan for Micheltorena Elementary School, called the Micheltorena Arts Community (MAC).  This plan will include not only Theater, Dance, Visual Arts, and Music, but also Culinary Arts, Media Arts, and other Creative Professions.   MAC will draw on the participation of creative individuals from the local neighborhood who will share their expertise to prepare local students for the creative workplace.  Would you like to be a part of MAC?  Send Principal Furfari an email at!

PTA: The PTA is not new, but it’s always exciting!  This year the PTA will continue to sponsor our annual Haunted House, Leprechaun Leap Dance, and Cinco de Mayo Festival, and publication of the school yearbook.  New events planned for the 2010-2011 school year include a Pancake Breakfast with the Fire Department, Micheltorena Fun Run/Walk, and Healthy Food Family Cookoff Contest.  Our meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of the month at 5pm in Room 4, just inside the school entrance.  Membership in the PTA is open to all stakeholders of Micheltorena, including future student families and community members, and is $6 for the year.  Please contact Rebecca Crane at for more information.

School lunch reform: Micheltorena is a Title 1 school, which means all students receive free lunch during the school day.  While LAUSD makes attempts to serve lunches that follow USDA nutritional guidelines, many people feel that the school lunches could be much healthier, particularly in serving more unprocessed, locally sourced foods for lunch.  A few parents at Micheltorena are working to impact long-term change in the healthfulness of lunches served in the LAUSD school system, as well as more immediate change in the school lunch served at Micheltorena.  Stay tuned for more updates!  If you would like to be involved in LAUSD school lunch reform, please visit the Food for Lunch website for more information.