January 2018

Dear Parents,


We are on target to make our attendance goals for this school year.  We are striving for 78% of our students achieving 96% attendance or better.  

Do not lose sight of our focus during the month of December.  We only have three weeks of school, so please send your children on time, ready to soar.  Plan all vacations after Friday, December 15th.  Wise Owls thrive with less than five absences!


As I visit the classrooms on a daily basis, I am so excited to see our teachers and students engaged in the best practices of teaching and learning.  We are addressing the standards, assessing the lessons taught, reflecting upon our instructional practices, and re-teaching where help is needed.  Our school is so blessed to have a very competent teaching staff, a caring classified staff, a wonderful and supportive parent group, and a group of America’s finest young people coming to school every day ready to learn.    

The children will have three weeks off for winter vacation.  Please visit the library and make sure they continue to read and write something daily.  Keep safety first and foremost.  Remind your children to play in a safe area, do not talk to strangers, and look both ways before crossing the streets.  We want all of our owls back in 2018-happy, healthy, and ready to soar to higher heights in student achievement.  On behalf of the 186th Street School Staff, I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.  May the beauty of the season remind you of how beautiful the world can be if we give peace a chance and remember the importance of giving.


As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or your classroom teacher at (310) 324-1153.  Here’s to a happy hootin’ holiday season filled with love, joy, peace, and happiness.  Hoot! Hoot! Hooray!

Hoot! Hoot! Hooray!!!
Marcia Sidney-Reed
Parent Involvement Opportunities…
January 10th, 17th, 24th, & 31st   9:00 a.m.  Madres activas Meeting
January 11th    9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.  Owl Parent Institute
January 12th     8:30 a.m.    13th Annual Peace March
January 15th  Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Holiday – School Closed
January 16th     UNSAT Notices go home
January 29th     5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.   PTA Meeting
January 29th    6:00 p.m.      Tea Time to Talk to the Principal/
                                                       SSC Meeting
Professional Development Calendar
Every Tuesday, through April 24, 2018, students will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. Dismissal will be an hour earlier on those days. This time will be utilized by the teachers as part of a Professional Development Program implemented throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The following dates will be 1:30 p.m. dismissal:

November 7, 14, 28 December 5, 12
January 9, 16, 23, 30 February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 13, 20 April 3, 10, 17, 24

Please make a record of these dates and arrange for early pick up or childcare for your child. The after-school playground will be
open until 6:00 p.m. daily.
Holiday Programs

Please join us for our holiday programs as we celebrate the magic of the holiday season.  

Our students are excited about sharing their oral language presentations, holiday dances, and songs with you.  

The program is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13, 2017.


8:30 a.m.  4th 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

12:45 p.m. 3rd Grade Students

3:00 p.m.   All Stars and Chorus perform for Parents

Plan on attending during the scheduled times for the student performances. We will have a hospitality area available for parents to wait between performances when there is more than one student performing in the family.

Good Attendance Promotes Achievement

  Congratulations to the following classrooms for winning the attendance banners for the month of


Kindergarten:  Mrs. Kang       

 First Grade:  Mrs. Andrade

Second Grade:  Ms. Park        

Third Grade:  Mr. Sakatani               

Fourth Grade:  Mrs. Garcia        

Fifth Grade:  Mrs. Ho            

 SPED:  Ms. Haley-Clark

Parents, please send your children to school everyday ready to soar.  We lose funds when your child does not come to school.  We lost $24, 884 dollars for November.  Please help us soar with improved school attendance!

Students of the Month

We are happy to salute our outstanding citizens for the month of October. These students are being recognized for being excellent role models for citizenship, sportsmanship, and leadership.


Leo Nakamura, Uziel Barajas, Hannah Herrera, Sherlyn Gonzales, Jack Cosare, Lesly Luna, Marvin Machuca, and Laylah Garcia


Anthony Reynoso, Leah Juarez, Adrian Silva, Jayson-Roy Harris, Joshua Gonzalez, Denise Beltran, Edrei Zepeda, Ruby Parra, Braylee Leilua, Charlotte Ritiau, Nathan Camacho, Victoria Vera, Chokwundolu Okolue, and Elianna Muñoz

First Grade: Jesse Magat, Lily Wyatt, Emanuel Lopez, Cielo Orozco, Bryce Saffold, Kaylin Sandoval, Leon Pham, Alenia Gonzalez, Andrew Lupercio, Samantha Gonzalez, Matthew Valles, and Natalia Garcia

Second Grade:

Floyd Johnson, Victoria Delgado, Miguel Montalvo, Ernesto Machuca, Noah Ornelas, Makayla Clark, Anthony Sanchez, Lailah Mendoza, Dylan Holmes, Armahni Winkfield Gordon, Luis Salcedo, and Danielle Guerra

Third Grade:

Jayden Mara, Celeste Buenrostro, Francisco Albarran, Olivia Elpusan, Uuwa Idehen, Betsy Gomez, Erick Jacinto, Maria Aguilar, Janeth Montalvo, Jizelle Tostado, and Keni Rodriguez

Fourth Grade:

Braylon Haggerty, Jennifer Gallegos, Vili Katoa, Suraya Cortez, Charlie Echeverra, Scarlet Medrano, Jose Juan Juarez,

Adam Garcia, and Kaylynn Powell

Fifth Grade:

Cornell Murphy, Tyler Mejia, Logan Flores, Leyla Lemus, Andrew Lopez, Matthew Martin, Gracie Rodriguez, Eddie Sanchez, and Ami Ahir

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!

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 Crabby Pants, written by Julie Gassman and illustrated by Richard Watson. The story is about a little boy named Roger who gets crabby a lot when things do not go his way.  He is crabby about running out of his favorite food, not being able to go to the zoo, and missing his favorite television shows.  To deal with his angry behavior, he sometimes ends up sitting in a chair for a time-out to think about his actions.  He does not like being on time-out so he tries to figure out how to stop being so grumpy.  This humorous book will teach our children some important life lessons about growing up, being responsible, and managing your feelings.

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!

Character Word of the Month

The word for this month is respect.

Respect is people being considerate of others, treating other people with civility, courtesy, and dignity, accepting personal differences, solving problems without violence, and never intentionally ridiculing, embarrassing, or hurting other people.  

Work with your children this month to teach them the meaning of respect and the benefits of being respectful.

One good rule to always follow is to treat others the way you want to be treated.

Dress for the Weather

During the winter months it gets rather cold, but many students are coming to school without sweaters or jackets.  Before children leave the house, please make sure that they have a sweater or jacket.

“Pennies of Love

to Help Those in Need”

We would like to continue raising funds to help those in need.   We are asking all of our students to save a penny a day for 186 days to help make the world a better place for us to live.  Our acts of kindness will go a long way to let others know we care.  So start saving your pennies and…Let’s soar!!!