From Student Events




“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

FNAL VER- Schools-JG E-Waste Collection Flyer (2)


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.


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)

6th graders in final competition for solar energy video contest!

Congratulations to Ms. Vargas’ 6th grade class, whose GO SOLAR! video has made it to the finals in the Environment California’s LA Solar Video Contest! But the contest is not over.  Online voting has started and will be open until October 16th.  The class is trying to gather as many votes as they can before voting closes.  The winning entry gets $1500, which the class plans to use to fund a kayaking trip on the LA River!

You may already know that Los Angeles enjoys 329 sunny days a year, yet less than 2 percent of the city’s electricity comes from rooftop solar.  It is estimated that our school could save up to $50,000 a year in electricity costs by converting to solar energy.  The winning submissions will be shown to Los Angeles city leaders to make the case for putting the sun to work for Los Angeles.   Spread the word and vote today!  Click here to view the videos:  Ms. Vargas’ class video is in the upper left-hand corner (Go Solar!)

Welcome, 2011!

After a three-week winter break, school is back in full-swing!

We kicked off this past winter break with a celebration for the opening of our brand new Wonder of Reading Library.  The theme of the event was “Lights, Camera, Library,” and the stars came out to celebrate!  Guests included Dorothy Gale from the Wizard of Oz (Principal Furfari!), Charlie Chaplin (coordinator Ms. Missoni!), Harpo Marx (student Jessica Guitierrez!) Marilyn Monroe (teacher Kathy Griffiths!), and real-life star City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, among others.

After the ceremony in the auditorium, the students and guests moved to take a tour of the new library, and where 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders received a free color picture dictionary, courtesy of the Wonder of Reading Foundation.

Our new library was finally finished after years of coordinated efforts led by Principal Furfari, and with the help of generous donors, including Silver Lake resident and Micheltorena alumna Roella Hsieh Louie, the Lakers Foundation, the offices of Councilmembers Eric Garcetti and Tom LaBonge, the Macomber Family Foundation, and dozens of community members who participated in our Adopt the Library fundraiser.  Our new library is truly a dream come true!

Bailey Magaña, Tom LaBonge and Dorothy/Principal Furfari read the dedication of the library from the City of Los Angeles.
Perfectly behaved students getting ready for the ceremony!
Friends of Micheltorena founder and parent Dorit Dowler-Guerrero with Councilmember Tom LaBonge.
Dorothy Gale/Principal Furfari with Mr. LaBonge.
Marilyn and Charlie.
Charlie and Harpo!
Charlie (this guy's everywhere!) and Parent Al Guerrero.
Dictionary give-away from Wonder of Reading: brand new dictionaries for a brand new year!

Pyjamarama Family Reading Night, December 9

Micheltorena students, parents and teachers came out with pillows, blankets and their finest pyjamas for a fun reading night in the auditorium this past Thursday.

Parents Candace Ryan, Peter Healey and Hector Blanco all put on a great show as they read to the children in 30 minute shifts.  Teachers Mr. Hummer, Carillo and Moreno joined in the fun as well, with Mr. Hummer regaling the group with poems by Christina Rosetti and his furry bear slippers, and Mr. Moreno manning the bookmark making table.  Mr. Carillo acted as co-host, and sported his Cat-in-the-Hat hat!

Parent Candace Ryan reads from her own book, "Animal House."
Parent Candace Ryan's new book.
Hector Blanco reads The Cat in the Hat, in Spanish.
Mr. Hummer reads a favorite poem to the children. Please note excellent bear slippers.
Parent Peter Healey reads to a rapt group.
Bookmark making station with Mr. Moreno.
What a fun night!

King Middle School Magnet Program Tour Schedule

Thomas Starr King Middle School will be having tours for parents and students who are interested in enrolling in their magnet program.   To sign up for a spot on the tour, call (323) 644-6700, press #1, and ask for the magnet program.

The tour dates are 10-28, 11-4, 11-18, 12-2 and 12-9.  Hurry, spots are filling up fast!

Read more about our King Middle School and their magnet program here.

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.