February 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…
Parent Involvement Opportunities
February 1st      9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.    Owl Parent Institute
February 5th     Celebrate the 100th Day of School
February 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th    
9:00 a.m.  Madres Activas Meeting
February 9th       8:30 a.m.      ELAC Meeting
February 19th     Presidents’ Day – School Closed
February 22nd    3:00 p.m.  Owl Peace Leadership Team Meeting
February 26th   Charitable Campaign begins…Give…Give…Give!
February 26th     5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  PTA Meeting
February 26th     6:00 p.m. Tea Time to Talk to the Principal/SSC
February 26th – March 2nd   Parent Conference – 1:55 p.m. Dismissal
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.
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
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."
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 isWhat Color is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors, written by NBA superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld, and illustrated by Ben Boos and A. G. Ford.  As we celebrate African American history month, our students will learn about black inventors and innovators who shared a desire to improve people’s lives with their inventions.  The children will learn that through the valuable contributions, ingenuity and perseverance of these unsung heroes, they made our world safer, better, and brighter against all odds.
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.

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.