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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)







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)

It’s time for the 2nd Annual Screwball Spelling Bee Fundraiser!

tumblr_mkpj0vtEHT1rrsn1vo1_1280A Hilarious Evening of Verbal Wit and Flagrant Fakery! Watch as the Adults Get Schooled! Micheltorena Elementary and Hilltop Nursery School are teaming up  this year to host the 2nd Annual Screwball Spelling Bee to raise money for their respective schools. Adult spelling teams will raise money in pledges before the event, which they will then use on the night of competition to buy “cheats.”  The more money a team raises in pledges before the event, the more cheats they can buy, the greater their chance of winning first place!

There are 6 Micheltorena teams and 6 Hilltop teams competing in the Bee.  All monies raised by Micheltorena teams will go towards Micheltorena activities, including the Micheltorena Garden, Dual-Language and Arts Programs!  All money raised by Hilltop teams will go towards Hilltop activities.  But the championship prize will go to only one team!

And!  This year we have Rhys Coiro, Micheltorena parent, who played Billy Walsh on the TV series Entourage, spelling for Micheltorena!  For Hilltop, we have Jessica “Sugar” Kiper, an all-star on the TV series Survivor.  We’ve also have a principal, PTA presidents, and parents getting up on stage to spell as well!  It will be a lot of fun!  Join us!!

The more pledges and money a team raises, the more “cheats” they can buy to try to win the contest!  Buy your tickets to the event here!  Help us raise money for two awesome Silver Lake schools.  

The Bee will be held at the beautiful Assistance League of Southern California Theater, the home of the Nine O’Clock Players!  Tickets are $10 and the event is adults-only.   Tickets are available for purchase online, or in the school office.  Food and a cash-bar for beer, wine and mixed drinks will be available before and during the event on the beautiful outdoor patio!


Read more about the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and how this spelling bee fundraiser raised over $100,000 for 826LA here!




Join us for dinner at CANELÉ on October 18

…and support the Micheltorena School and Community Garden!  CANELÉ restaurant, located at 3219 Glendale Blvd in Atwater Village, will be serving a prix fixe dinner for $35 from 5 – 9 PM, with proceeds going to support the construction of the Micheltorena School and Community Garden.  Takeout is available for $12, and a vegetarian option is available as well.

Closed on Mondays is a recurring dinner event designed to support local food initiatives.  At each dinner, a three course, fixed price menu is served with monies raised going to sustain creative, food-related community projects.  Closed on Mondays takes place during typically closed-for-business hours, allowing the hosts to make use of the restaurant’s space & equipment, and and free them to donate their superb cooking skills to support a fundraiser!   Closed on Mondays is hosted by Aliza MinerSavita Ostendorf and Marjory Garrison. Thank you also to SEE LA and the Atwater Farmer’s Market for donating vegetables to our dinner!

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.

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!
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.
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!
We invite you to visit our fundraising page and donate to our garden project: Donations are tax deductible, and you will be sent a ‘thank you’ receipt to submit with your taxes via email.
We are also on Facebook: (Scroll down to see the donations thermometer!)
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!
Questions?  Feel free to direct them to
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:
Community Partners, Finance Department
1000 North Alameda Street, Suite 240
Los Angeles, CA  90012
*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
Visit LAUSD’s website on how to set up your own school garden:

Thank you for your support of the Micheltorena School / Community Garden

Thank you so much for flexing your voting muscles in support of the recent Nature’s Path community garden grant challenge; we rocketed up the ranks of proposals swiftly, and in the end garnered 1100 votes (!) but missed securing a position in the top 5 qualifying positions by 66 votes.

HOWEVER, our team views this as not a defeat, but just the beginning in a very wonderful process, that of creating a garden for Micheltorena Street Elementary and the community of Silverlake.  What this challenge did was galvanize our effort, make our plans known to the community, and allowed YOU to communicate your enthusiasm for this project.  Thank you all so much.

To celebrate the official birth of this project, jumpstart the fundraising process, and to allow us to all come together as garden supporters, we cordially invite you to join us at Gobi Restaurant, located at 2827 West Sunset Boulevard (cross street: Parkman) on Thursday June 24 from 6pm to 11pm, for a Micheltorena School / Community Garden fundraiser.  Gobi will donate 20% of the proceeds from the evening’s food sales to our garden cause.  Visit for more information about the restaurant.

Banners are up!

Community businesses and organizations now have the opportunity to show their support for Micheltorena by sponsoring a banner that will be displayed on Sunset Boulevard.

Banners are printed in high impact colors, and donated graphic design services will give each business the opportunity to have a custom banner made.

For this introductory year, banners will cost $750 for a 3’ by 10’ banner that will remain up on our perimeter fence for 12 months.

Thanks to Micaela Cardona, Micheltorena mom, for sponsoring our first banner!  Please pass by and admire her banner on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Golden Gate Street.

If you are interested in sponsoring a banner, please call us at 323-666-2377, or email us at