The November 2013 issue of the WISH Insider is here! Chock full of interesting info about including a wrap up of this year's very successful Annual Giving Campaign, tips for making sure your student's items make it back home (hint: label!), the Book Ends Book Dash, LMU's Greek volunteers, an introduction to our 2nd Grade team and so much more!
Congratulations to the WISH community! On November 12th, the LAUSD Board voted to approve WISH Secondary Charter for grades seven and eight, opening in the 2014-15 school year. Board representative Steve Zimmer endorsed WISH and encouraged all of his colleagues to vote yes based on WISH's proven track record for serving all students, ability to serve as a model for other public schools, and ongoing cooperation with LAUSD. Thank you to our WISH families and community for your support. We are excited to be offering 7th and 8th grades next Fall!
WISH is enrolled in the School Cents shopping program and can earn up to $5,000 this year when our families and friends log their receipts at Santa Monica Place and Westside Pavilion between now and May 15, 2014. Bring your receipts to the concierge/guest services and tell them you are supporting WISH Charter. Our school will earn 5 points per dollar spent, and you can earn your own shopping rewards as well!
Our WISH students, teachers and staff had a blast dressing up as their favorite Storybook Character for the annual parade! Check out some photos from the fun day.
Check out the October 2013 issue of the WISH Insider for info about the Annual Giving Campaign, Character Counts! Program, our partnership with PlanetBravo, book reviews, an art project and more!
Questions about the Character Counts program? Want to learn more about Arts at WISH? Curious about the Community Garden? Read all about these things and more- the September 2013 issue of the WISH Insider is now available!
WISH was recently featured in the Back to School section of the September 2013 Hometown News. Read about recent WISH accomplishments, including being voted "Best Charter School" in Westchester, Playa Del Rey, Playa Vista and Marina Del Rey by readers of the Hometown News for the second year in a row!
Want to know who the new teachers are at WISH this year? Trying to understand the difference between Class Funds and Annual Giving? What belongs in your student's emergency kit?
Get answers to all of these questions, plus learn about WISH Transitional Kindergarten teacher Ms. KZ, read book reviews, see photos of students' summer vacations and more, more more! Find it all in this issue of our WISH Insider.
WISH is opening a 6th Grade for the 2013-14 school year. All grades, Kindergarten through 6th, will be located on the campus of Orville Wright Middle School, at 6550 W 80th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90045. If you have submitted an application for our Pilot School, we will be contacting you shortly.
Thank you to Bed Bath and Beyond for providing boxes for WISH's upcoming move to the Orville Wright campus, and thank you to our families that have been gathering boxes and helping with packing. We are excited about starting the next school year in our new location!
We're gathered here today for you
To tell a pirate tale
And we may have the strangest crew
That ever has set sail.
While other pirates search for gold
To fill their treasure chest,
The heroes of our story have
Good Grammar as their quest!
They're Pirates from Grammar Island;
They will fuss and they will fume
'Til everyone knows who from whom:
Pirates from Grammar Island!
The 3rd annual WISH Spring Sing was a wonderful success thanks to our WISH students and dedicated teachers, including our music teacher, Mr. Gerry.
Friday, June 7th was the first ever WISH Student Art Gallery, sponsored by the WCA’s Art Committee. Featuring artwork from every student in our school, inspired by Van Gogh, Mondrian, Picasso, Monet and Cassatt, the gallery also displayed ceramic work from the students, and kinder and first grade collaboration paintings.
The WISH Talent Show continues to grow; this year, it was so big, it had to be divided into two parts! WISH families were treated to singing, dancing, the playing of musical instruments, acting and feats of physical daring. Thank you to the Talent Show Committee, WISH Band and everyone who set the stage for our WISH students to shine!
Join other WISH families in summer learning fun across Los Angeles with the Passport to Success program! Read more about this educational initiative from Families in Schools and how you can participate in low-cost and free activities at local museums, libraries and other cultural locations.
As a culminating project to their Business and Economic unit, our WISH third graders became entrepreneurs and ran their very own business. They had a great time becoming producers, interacting with others, and gaining a deep understanding of grade level standards through the use of project-based learning.
WISH Charter students recently presented their annual projects, which were science-themed this year. Each class created an exciting museum-style exhibit, and invited families and community members to walk through campus and talk with the young scientists about their projects. Click through for some pictures of their creative inventions and animal habitats!
3rd Grade had the opportunity to visit NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where they learned all about the innovative design and technology involving unmanned space travel. Students were able to dive right into the mission control room and even get a sneak peek at the up and coming projects JPL is developing. From the Mars Rover to the Voyagers exploring the depths of space, this field trip offered a fantastic way for students to investigate the world around us.
The 3rd Annual WISH Golf Tournament was a great success, bringing in approximately $43,000 to help support our school! A HUGE thank you to all of our sponsors, golfers and teachers for their support and participation. A very special thank you to Sheri Steinman, Amanda Swanlund, Neal Mendelsohn, and Michael Goldstein for all of their hard work in putting together this amazing event! The Golf tournament was a giant success and a ton of fun for everyone.
Friday, May 17th was the final day of the standardized California State Testing (CST) for WISH students in grades 2 through 5, and our WISH Student Council wanted everyone to have a celebration for all their hard work. After several weeks of discussion during student council meetings, they decided that a field day for the last hour on Friday would be a great way to blow off steam. Many game options were suggested and voted on. The result was an amazing afternoon of water games!
The Race for Success on Saturday, April 20th was a tremendous success thanks to your participation! For the second year in a row. WISH won the Hannon Spirit Award for having the most participants out of all of our local schools!Thank you to all of the volunteers and runners that attended. The many adults modeling a healthy active lifestyle alongside the energetic children were truly inspiring. WAY TO GO, TEAM WISH!
From flowers on Monday to sweet treats on Friday, our teachers and staff were spoiled last week by the thoughtfulness of all of our WISH families during Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you to all of the Room Parents for organizing the special surprises throughout the week, and to Amanda Swanlund for planning the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday. We are so lucky to have such caring parents to partner with at WISH!
WISH Charter is excited to announce our nominee for the 2013 “Outstanding Teacher of the Year”: First Grade teacher Emily Vlasic! This year is the 30th anniversary of the Annual Teacher Eddy Awards sponsored by the Education Committee of the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce. Local schools in Westchester, Playa Del Rey and Playa Vista have submitted their nominees, and one teacher will be awarded “Top Teacher” with a $1,000 donation presented to their school at the Eddy Awards presentation on Tuesday, May 14th at the Hilton LAX. Multiple WISH families nominated Mrs. Vlasic for her incredible commitment to the six tenets of WISH. Congratulations, Mrs. Vlasic, on your nomination for “Outstanding Teacher of the Year”!
On Friday, May 3rd, WISH Charter's 4th and 5th grade students participated in unique "in-school field trips" designed to present social studies and history curriculum through literacy and performing arts. The programs are called "Walk Throughs" and are presented by California Weekly Explorer, with the idea that history is better "experienced" than read, and that having students relive history gives them an opportunity to relate and connect to the events and people of our past. Funds for this hands-on experience were raised by the WISH Community Association to bring this opportunity to our students!
WISH Charter recently began an 8-week pilot elective class teaching the fundamentals of computer programming, and plans to have structured computer science and coding integrated into the curriculum starting this fall.
Thanks to Martin Alvarez and the LMU Administration division, WISH Charter's small play yard received a beautiful makeover! Check out the new post office, firestation and recycling center!
Out of a select group of schools nationwide, WISH Charter was chosen as one of only six schools in the United States that is currently demonstrating exemplary practices by providing a whole child approach to education, and has been asked to serve as a Knowledge Development Site and regional model school.
WISH is currently in second place for the contest to register the most participants for the Race to Success 5K and Kids' 1K at LMU on Saturday, April 20th. You can help by registering to walk/run in this fun community event, or sign up as a "virtual runner" to help our cause!
Our 2013 WISH Spring Online Auction was a fantastic success, raising $25,000 for our school! Click here for links to our very generous donors.
WISH students participated in their annual Service Learning Projects- check out the video to see all of our classrooms' projects. Way to go, WISH students!
This afternoon, WISH Community Association Co-President Raj Makwana and Service Learning Coordinator Eve Keller had the pleasure of delivering 1st grade's hand-decorated pencil boxes to the kids at Mar Vista Family Center. The MVFC children were delighted and thankful, listening attentively to the description of how the students at WISH lovingly created these gifts just for them. They enjoyed digging in to see the surprises inside. Thank you to the MVFC for allowing WISH students to help service your community!
Two of our WISH Kindergarten classes (KB and KC) recently took a fieldtrip to the Ballona Wetlands, as part of their trimester of service learning. Students learned about the wetlands and why they are an important coastal ecosystem. The kindergarten students picked up trash, helping to protect the native wildlife and plants. Check out the beautiful WISH Owl which was created from some of the refuse they salvaged!
From the Tony-winning Broadway show, "The Putnam County Spelling Bee" comes this unique and hilarious fundraiser - WISH I Could Spell: An Adult Spelling Bee for Cheaters. Come join us at the event and help raise money to support WISH Charter Elementary School. Teams will be in costumes, there will be surprise celebrity spellers, and it'll be tons of fun! Read on for info about how to get tickets or pledge your support for one of our teams!
WISH's Second Grade's service learning project this year was a partnership with Meals on Wheels, bringing Valentine flowers to those in our community who are not able to shop, cook and prepare their own meals.
For the third year in a row, WISH families came out for our Beach Clean Up at Toes Beach in Playa Del Rey last weekend. The Beach Clean Up is a school-wide community service event, complementing the individual classroom projects each WISH class has chosen as part of their Trimester of Service Learning. Students and their families came out to the beach to pick up trash, a hands-on activity that really helps to reinforce why it’s important to keep our streets and storm drains free from litter that may otherwise land at our beaches. Thank you, WISH families for helping to protect our beaches and marine life!
WISH Kindergarten KA students have 22 reasons why you should adopt! Read on to learn more about their service learning project.
By popular vote, our WISH fourth grade students decided to focus their service learning project on helping the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles. Students did extra chores and collected donations, which they delivered to the shelter and adoption center in Hawthorne.
WISH is competing to register the most participants for the Race to Success 5K and Kids' 1K at LMU on Saturday, April 20th. You can help by registering to walk/run in this fun community event, or sign up as a "virtual runner" to help our cause!
Our online auction is scheduled for February 27 through March 9, which is rapidly approaching. Please read on to find out how you can donate or volunteer your time to ensure that this event is a huge success. We are counting on the support of all of our WISH families!