February 2016

Please complete the school experience survey by Friday, February 11, 2016

2015-2016 School Experience Survey

Survey Links Available

Survey administration is from January 19th to February 11th, 2016.

Students and parents have paper surveys distributed at school sites, but may choose to take their surveys online. School staff members take their surveys online. Please allow at least 30 minutes to complete the survey as it must be completed in one sitting. Links to online surveys are below:
For Parents (English)
For Parents (Spanish)

Parent Involvement Opportunities…
February 1st 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Family Arts-n-Crafts
February 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Mommy and Me
February 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th 8:30 a.m. Madres Activas Meeting
February 4th 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Owl Parent Institute
February 9th Celebrate the 100th Day of School
February 12th 8:30 a.m. ELAC Meeting
February 12th 10:00 a.m. PTA Meeting
February 15th Presidents’ Day – School Closed
February 25th 10:45 a.m. Shake 2016 – Emergency Shelter-in-Place
February 25th 3:00 p.m. Owl Peace Leadership Team Meeting
February 29th 6:00 p.m. Tea Time to Talk to the Principal/SSC

Book of the Month
In our quest to build our students’ vocabulary and academic language, we are continuing our tradition of all classrooms reading the same book each month. Our book-of-the month for February is In the Garden with Dr. Carver written by Susan Grigsby and illustrated by Nicole Tadgell. The story is about a young girl named Sally who lives in rural Alabama in the 1900s when people were struggling to grow food in soil that had been depleted by years of cotton production. One day, Dr. George Washington Carver showed up to help the grownups with their farms and the children with their school gardens. Dr. Carver teaches the people how to restore the soil and how to respect the balance of nature. He even prepares a delicious lunch made of plants, including “chicken” made from peanuts. Sally never forgets the lessons she learned from this wise man. The author captures a warm story that shines light on an African American scientist who was ahead of his time. Our students will learn how we all can reap great rewards from nature’s bounty.

Song of the Month
You’re a Grand Old Flag
Written by George M. Cohan
You’re a grand old flag
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave
You’re the emblem of
The land I love
The home of the free and the brave
Every heart beats true
‘Neath the red white and blue
Where there’s never a boast or brag
Should old acquaintance be forgot
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

Poem of the Month
February – Anonymous
“Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November,
February has twenty-eight alone, All the rest have thirty-one;
Excepting leap year, that ‘s the time when February’s days are twenty-nine.”

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January 2016

Congratulations Mr. Adan Gonzalez on being a Los Angeles Clippers Teacher Appreciation Awardee. We are proud of you!



Parent Involvement Opportunities…

January 11th 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Family Arts-n-Crafts
January 13th, 20th, & 27th 8:30 a.m. Madres activas Meeting
January 14th 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Owl Parent Institute
January 15th 8:30 a.m. 11th Annual Peace March
January 15th 10:00 a.m. PTA Meeting
January 18th Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Holiday – School Closed
January 19th UNSAT Notices go home
January 25th 6:00 p.m. Tea Time to Talk to the Principal/SSC Meeting
January 27th Owl Awards’ Night
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Grades K – 1
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Grades 2 – 3
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Grades 4 – 5

Poem of the Month
Happy New Year – William Arthur Ward
This bright New Year is given me to live each day with zest…
To daily grow and try to be my highest and my best!
I have the opportunity once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree, and sing more joyful songs!

Song of the Month
America the Beautiful

lyrics by Katherine Lee Bates
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Book of the Month
In our quest to build our students’ vocabulary and academic language, we are continuing our tradition of all classrooms reading the same book each month. Our book-of-the month for January is Feathers and Fools written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Nicholas Wilton. The story is a modern fable about some peacocks and swans that lived in a rambling garden beside a clear blue lake. The two flocks of birds began to fear each other because of their differences. The fear grew so great that the birds became enemies, hoarding great quantities of weapons to protect themselves until panic struck and the chance for peace seemed lost forever. Our children will have classroom discussions on how to resolve conflicts. The teachers will use this excellent parable for helping students to understand the reality of injustice and disagreements, and real life situations that may arise on the school playground.

December 2015

Happy “Owlidays” from the Wise Owl Nation!
May your holidays be filled with love, joy, and peace.
Think holiday safety at all times.

Upcoming Parent Involvement Opportunities

Dec. 2 and 9 8:30 a.m. Madres Activas Meeting
Dec. 3 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Owl Parent Institute
Dec. 4 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Family Craft Night
Dec. 5 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. USC Community Bowl
Dec. 11 8:30 a.m. ELAC Meeting
Dec. 11 10:00 a.m. PTA Board Meeting
Dec. 11 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Limo Lunch
Dec. 14 6:00 p.m. Tea Time to Talk to the Principal/SSC
Dec. 16 Winter Holiday Program
8:30 a.m. 3rd Grade Students
9:00 a.m. Pre-Kindergarten Students
9:30 a.m. Kindergarten Students
10:00 a.m. 5th Grade Students
10:45 a.m. 1st Grade Students
11:30 a.m. 2nd Grade Students
1:00 p.m. 4th Grade Students
3:00 p.m. Chorus perform for Parents
Dec. 18 Last Day of School – 12:30 p.m. Dismissal
Dec. 21 thru Jan. 10 Winter Holiday – School Closed
January 11, 2016 School Resumes – Happy New Year and Welcome Back to School

Book of the Month
In our quest to build our students’ vocabulary and academic language, we are continuing our tradition of all classrooms reading the same book each month. Our book-of-the month for December is Give a Goat by Jen West Schrock and illustrated by Aileen Darragh. This true story is about a fifth grade class reading a story about a little girl named Beatrice in Africa who wanted to go to school but could not go because her family did not have enough money to send her to school. Then one day an organization called the Heifer International Project gave her family a goat. The family was able to sell the extra milk to make enough money. The fifth graders decided they wanted to raise enough money to buy a goat to help another child who wanted to go to school. With a common goal, the children discovered that wonderful things can happen when everyone works together. Our students will compare and contrast how they are making a difference in the world by giving the gift of clean water to the children of Africa with their penny donations. This book will show how making a change for the better is as easy as giving a goat.

Poem of the Month
December
by Helen H. Moore
Every year at just this time, in cold and dark December,
Families around the world all gather to remember,
With presents and with parties, with feasting and with fun,
Customs and traditions for people old and young.

Song of the Month

This is my country, Land of my birth
This is my country, Grandest on Earth
I pledge thee my allegiance
America the bold
For this is my country to have and to hold

November 2015

Attention Title I Parents,

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Parent Involvement Policy, the 186th Street School Parent Involvement Policy, and our school Parent Compact (Three-way Pledge) will be mailed by November 30th via U.S. mail. If you do not receive the parent policies and the compact by December 11th, please feel free to contact the school (310) 324-1153 for another copy.

November 2015

Parent Involvement Opportunities…
Nov. 2 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Family Arts-n-Crafts
Nov. 2 – 6 PTA Canned Food Drive
Nov. 3, 10, &17 9:00 a.m. Mommy and Me
Nov. 4 & 18 8:30 a.m. Madres Activas
Nov. 5 9:00 a.m. Owl Parent Institute
Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day – School Closed
Nov. 12 & 19 9:00 a.m. Latino Literacy Project
Nov. 13 8:30 a.m. ELAC Parent Meeting
Nov. 13 10:00 a.m. PTA Board Meeting
Nov. 16 – 20 1:55 p.m. Parent Conferences
Nov. 23 – 25 Unassigned Days – School Closed
Nov. 26 & 27 Thanksgiving Holiday – School Closed
Nov. 30 6:00 p.m. Tea Time to Talk to the Principal
School Site Council
Nov. 30 – Dec. 4 Santa’s Secret Shop All Week

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Poem of the Month

T hanks for time to be together, turkey, talk, and tangy weather.
H for harvest stored away, home, and hearth, and holiday.
A for autumn’s frosty art, and abundance in the heart.
N for neighbors, and November, nice things, new things to
remember.
K for kitchen, kettles’ croon, kith and kin expected soon.
S for sizzles, sights, and sounds, and something special that about.
That spells THANKS for joy in living and a jolly good Thanksgiving.

Book of the Month
We will continue our tradition of all classrooms reading the same book each month to build our students’ vocabulary and academic language. Our book this month will be Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed, and illustrated by Doug Chayka. This story is about Lina and Feroza, two ten-year-old girls who live in a refugee camp in Pakistan. The girls are excited about the used clothing the relief workers bring to their refugee camp. They both found a sandal that fits them perfectly but they discover that they each have the matching shoe. The girls decide that it is better to share the sandals than for each one to wear one sandal. Through this experience, the girls learn the true meaning of friendship and sacrifice. Our students will learn the meaning of courage and hope as the authors honor the experiences of refugee children around the world, whose daily lives are filled with uncertainty and fear.

Song of the Month

America

My country tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died!
Land of the Pilgrim’s pride!
From every mountain side,
Let freedom ring!

October 2015

Parent Involvement Opportunities…
Oct. 1 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Owl Parent Institute
Oct. 5 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Family Arts-n-Craft
Oct. 6, 13, 20, and 27 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Mommy and Me
Oct. 7 7:00 a.m. Walk to School Day
Oct. 7, 14, 21, and 28 8:30 a.m. Madres Activas Meeting
Oct. 9 8:30 a.m. ELAC Meeting
Oct. 9 10:00 a.m. PTA Board Meeting
Oct. 10 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Neighborhood Watch Clean-up
Oct. 15 10:45 a.m. SHAKE 2015
Oct. 21 School Portraits Make-up Day
Oct. 22 3:00 p.m. Owl Peace Leadership Team Meeting
Oct. 26-30 Celebrate Red Ribbon Week
Oct. 26 6:00 p.m. Tea Time to Talk to the Principal/SSC
Oct. 30 8:30 a.m. Halloween Parade
Oct. 30 2:30 p.m. PTA Trunk-o-Treat

Book of the Month
We will continue our tradition of all classrooms reading the same book each month to build our students’ vocabulary and academic language. Our book for this month is “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me At All,” which is actually a poem written by Maya Angleou and illustrated by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Maya Angelou’s brave poem celebrates the courage in all of us to not be afraid of the challenges in life. From shadows on the wall, noises in the hall, and scary panthers in the park to strangers in the dark, life happens, and it should not frighten us. The author’s words and the illustrator’s paintings create a place where every child, and every person, can find a safe place to proclaim, “Life doesn’t frighten me at all, not at all, not at all.”

Poem of the Month
October’s Song

October’s the month when the smallest breeze
Gives us a shower of autumn leaves.
Bonfires and pumpkins, leaves sailing down -
October is red and golden and brown.

Song of the Month
God Bless America
God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.

September 2015

Important News Update:

    186th Street Must Fill out Lunch Applications

All meals are free this school year! However, our school must re-certify to continue to offer meals at no charge to all students. All parents must fill out lunch applications. You can fill out a paper application or complete the application online at https://www.applyforlunch.com/Application


September Holidays – School will be closed
Friday, September 4, 2015 Admissions Day
Monday, September 7, 2015 Labor Day
Monday, September 14, 2015 Rosh Hashannah
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 Yom Kippur

    Parent Involvement Opportunities…

Sept. 1 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Grades K-3 Back-to-School Night
Sept. 2, 9, 16, and 30 8:30 a.m. Madres activas Meeting
Sept. 3 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Owl Parent Institute
Sept. 4 Admissions Day – School Closed
Sept.7 Labor Day – School Closed
Sept. 11 Ident-a-Kid Program
Sept. 11 8:30 a.m. ELAC Meeting/Orientation and Elections
Sept. 11 10:00 a.m. PTA Board Meeting
Sept. 14 Rosh Hashanah – School Closed
Sept. 16 9:00 a.m. Grandparents’ Tea
Sept. 21 Signature Fundraiser begins
Sept. 23 Yom Kippur – School Closed
Sept. 23 PTA Fundraiser at Johnny Rockets – South Bay Galleria
Sept. 24 3:00 p.m. Owl Peace Leadership Team
Sept. 28 6:00 p.m. Tea Time to Talk to the Principal/SSC/
Title I Parents’ Meeting
Sept. 30 Schoolwide Picture Day

    Book of the Month

We will continue our tradition of all classrooms reading the same book each month to build our students’ vocabulary and academic language. Our book-of-the-month will be Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker, written by Christianne C. Jones and illustrated by Richard Watson. Our students will meet Lacey Walker who loves to talk. She talks all day, and sometimes all night. Then one day Lacey loses her voice and she learns the importance of listening. Like Lacey, our students will learn the importance of listening to learn.

    Poem of the Month

September – by Helen Hunt Jackson
“By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.”

Song of the Month

America the Beautiful

Words by Katharine Lee Bates,
Melody by Samuel Ward

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

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August 2015

Transitional Kindergarten Expansion Program
186th Street will have a new Transitional Kindergarten Expansion program for children who turn 5 between December 3, 2015 and June 2016. This six hour program begins August 18, 2015 and it will be our new Early Childhood Education program. Children will learn language, literacy, and math skills to prepare them for Kindergarten and beyond. Enroll your child today!

Attention All Parents: For the 2015-2016 school year, we must fill out lunch applications to re-certify as a Provision B School. You can fill the application out online. Please complete your application as soon as possible. Let’s soar with nutrition! https://www.applyforlunch.com/Application

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Upcoming Events
Aug. 5, 12, 19, & 26 8:30 a.m. Madres activas
Aug. 12 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. Kinder EL Parent’s Meeting
Aug. 17 Pupil-free Day
Aug. 17 2:00 p.m. Kindergarten Orientation
Aug. 17 3:30 p.m. Kinder EL Parent’s Meeting
Aug. 18 First Day of School
Aug. 24-28 PTA Membership Drive
Aug. 25 5:15 p.m. 4/5 Grade Back-to-School Night
Aug. 27 3:00 p.m. Owl Peace Leadership Team Meeting
Aug. 31 6:00 p.m. Tea Time to Talk to the Principal
Advisory Councils’ Orientation

Poem of the Month
August by Elizabeth Maua Taylor
August rushes by like desert rainfall,
A flood of frenzied upheaval,
Expected, but still catching me unprepared.
Like a match flame bursting on the scene,
Heat and haze of crimson sunsets.
Like a dream of moon and dark barely recalled,
A moment, shadows caught in a blink.
Like a quick kiss; One wishes for more
But it suddenly turns to leave, dragging summer away.

Song of the Month
This Land Is Your Land
This land is your land; This land is my land
From California to the New York island;
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and Me.
As I was walking that ribbon of highway,
I saw above me that endless skyway:
I saw below me that golden valley:
This land was made for you and me.

Book of the Month

We will continue our tradition of all classrooms reading the same book each month to build our students’ vocabulary and academic language. Our first book of the school year is I Like Myself! written by Karen Beaumont and illustrated by David Catrow. As we start the school year with new teachers, new classmates, and new friends, this fun-filled book has happy rhymes and colorful illustrations to encourage our students to celebrate self-acceptance. Our children will enjoy seeing how the main character is different and special, and that’s what makes her so wonderful! The pictures and words will make our students smile and feel good about themselves.

July 2015


Upcoming events:
July 1st – 24th 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Free Lunch Program
July 1st – 24th 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Summer Playground Fun
July 16th – August 11th 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Summer Swimming Program

Important Reminders:
School Office Opens on Monday, August 3, 2015
Early Start Calendar – School begins on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Mrs. Reed says, “All Scholars and Champions, Read…Read…Read to keep those dendrites growing. Readers are Leaders!”


A Wise Owl Salute
The 186th Street School Family would like to wish a happy retirement to Mrs. Fawley, Mrs. Jackson, Mrs. Trujillo, and Mr. Spears. We extend our heartfelt thanks for all of the tender love and care you bestowed upon our children and the 186th Street community. Happy Trails to you…


Poem of the Month
One July Summer

by Dorothy Ardelle Merriam

“What has happened to summer,
That’s what I want to know.
Is she on a vacation –
Who knows where did she go?
Tell, what was she wearing;
A zephyr breeze and rosebud
Or grass and wild berry?
Could she be honeymooning
With spring or early fall
Or has she gone so far away
She’ll not return at all?


Song of the Month
America the Beautiful

Words by Katharine Lee Bates,
Melody by Samuel Ward

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Book of the Month
In celebration of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and as we cheer on the USA women’s soccer team, we selected Mia Hamm’s book entitled, Winners Never Quit! This book was written by a retired member of the United States Olympic Soccer team. This gold medalist shares her knowledge about the game of soccer and never quitting. Mia tells children that no matter how the game goes you must play your best for yourself and the team. This is a great message for our children because we are Owls… Winning…Learning…and Succeeding!

June 2015

Parent Involvement Opportunities…
June 1st 1:00 p.m. 5th Grade Softball Game
June 2nd 10:00 a.m. 5th Grade Picnic
June 2nd , 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th 8:30 a.m. Madres Activas Meeting
June 3rd 9:00 a.m. 5th Grade Culmination
June 4th 8:30 a.m. 5th Grade Pictures and Autographs
June 4th Last Day of School – 12:30 p.m. Dismissal
June 5th Pupil-free Day – Have a great summer!
June 15th – July 24th 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Free Summer Playground
June 15th – July 24th 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Free Lunch Program

Book of the Month
In our quest to build our students’ vocabulary and academic language, we are continuing our tradition of all classrooms reading the same book each month. Our Book-of-the Month for June is Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold. The book is about a little girl named Cassie Louise Lightfoot who had a dream to be free to go wherever she wanted to for the rest of her life. One night, up on ” Tar Beach ” which is the roof of her family’s Harlem apartment building, her dream came true. The stars lifted her up, and Cassie Louse Lightfoot began to fly. This is a story that shows creative imagination. Since summer is upon us, our students will need to think of different ways to have fun during their vacation period. The beach is a wonderful place to play, but sometimes we must use our imagination to create our own beach.

Poem of the Month
Remember… – Anonymous
Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character;
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

Song of the Month

The Star Spangled Banner

By Francis Scott Key
Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?