Friends of Reed – Humanities Academy

Minutes

Friends of Humanities Academy

Minutes

April 6, 2017

8:00 am – Walter Room Rm. 107

I. Call to order:

Meeting called to order at 8:07 am. Motion by Melaney, second by Leah.

In attendance: Ora Lavi Bipasha Shom, Erica Fox, Ms. Szymanski, Jeannie DeLaura

Leah Altschuler, Melaney Dees, Susan Ladd.

II. Secretary’s Report:

Minutes approved. Motion by Leah, second by Jeannie.

III. PHBAO:

Special funding as per pupil funding category for one year to replace PHBAO will cover next year. This will be explained at orientation. We will lose one teacher. Next year everyone will be in an Academy. Most of the school will be in the Global Leadership Academy. There will be seven Academies. 37 students per classroom.

IV. Old Business:

Incoming 6th grade event was a big success thanks to Suzy & Thomas Downs. 50 -60 people

Attended. Ms. Gamba and Mr. Demski were there.

NatureBridge needs to work out food allergy issues.

Holocaust: The son of of husband/wife survivors in their late 80’s will speak. 4/16

Only the 8th grade humanities and 8th grade IHP attend. David Goodman videotaping.

V. New business

We need new Board members to fill Treasurer, President or co-chair Presidents,

VP Fundraising, VP Communications.

Kids can help with No Kale Bake Sale on Thursday from 3 – 3:20pm. Contact Margaret

Goldenberg.

SSC Bugdet: Everything is covered in the budget. Librarian, Dean and Nurse have retained

their positions.

Need to ramp up Reed website since getting into Academies from Reed website is difficult.

Laura Biasini posting to FB page.

Special Bell schedule due to Bunny Bowl.

VI. Needs:

Need help with Spring Fair.

Need Ventura Receipts. Bring to FOR Box in the main office.

8:57 pm Meeting Adjourns: Leah first, Melaney seconds.

Next Meeting May 5, 2017 7 – 9 pm

 

Friends of Humanities Academy 

Minutes

September 8, 2016

7:00 pm – Zeltzer’s home

I. Call to order:

Meeting called to order at 7:15 pm. Motion by Leah, 2nd by Elaine.

II. Secretary’s Report:

No minutes to approve at this time.

III. Treasurer’s Report:

Not much changed. T-shirts are making money and well liked.

Some 6th grade field trip money is in. We hope to collect $30K for annual giving.

Leah approved the budget. Mel 2nd.

IV. Dates to remember:

Reviewed dates.

10/5 Meet the High School Night Approximately 50 schools present at

MTHSNight. Parents make 4 choices and attend in 4 classrooms. Guidebook online.

Don’t wait until 8th grade. Suggested to go as early as possible (6 grade parents) to see

as many choices possible.

10/12 No school

10/13 Parent Teacher Conferences (student run)

10/14 Minimum day/Halloween Haunted Carnival

10/26 Incoming Prospective parents

10/28 Talent Show is the biggest fundraiser besides Annual Giving. Talent Show food tbd.

A suggestion was made to promote Talent Show to incoming parents on 10/26.

11/2 REQUIRED 8th grade parent meeting 8:30am. FOR board has no representation

thus this is a required 8th grade meeting.

11/4 College/Career Day

11/8 Ultrazone Lasertag 6-10pm

V. Introduce Board – Melanie Dees & Leah Altshuler – PRES.

Jeannie DeLaura & Lisa Thomas (t-shirt designer/producer) – VP

Susan Ladd –  Secretary

VI. Administration requests:

a. Early leave – Your child can leave a note from the parent or guardian with explicit

instructions in the box at the front table upon entering school. The main office will take it

from there. 20 minutes before the end of the day do not pick up. Make arrangements

before that time.

b. No deliveries to students

c. Parking procedures reviewed: No u-turns, no double parking or in front of driveways,

no waiting at homes for pick up.

d. No posters on walls. Butcher paper must be used with painter’s tape.

VII. Parent Involvement Needed:

FOR – needs check writer.

Male chaperones needed for Naturebridge

Ms. Mansfield needs teacher liaison

Mel O’Neil needs co-chair for Talent Show

School Site Council (SCC) are open meetings  that parents are advised to attend since important budget decisions re: Title 1 allotments.

Shared Decision Making Committee are also open to attend.

Career Day needs 30-40 people to make presentations. One hour commitment (Nov. 4th)

Please talk to Mel or Leah

Meet the HS Night needs 10 volunteers (Oct. 5)

VIII. Annual Giving:

Lisa Thomas presented her rough draft of flier.

Through Annual Giving Campaign we raised the money needed to purchase Lap Top Carts for FOHA. Last year 12 scholarships were funded so everyone was able to attend Naturebridge.

Discussion re: confusion re: FOR form since it is hard to find the FOHA ask.

IX. Update:

Laurie Jon Caravella presented Paint Night fundraiser. November 10th a good night for

this event. Parents only.

Shifting of classes settled.

All 8th grade humanities students needed to help out with Talent Show.

NG – designates no grade on progress reports.

Oct. 6th is the next FOHA meeting at 8am.

Nov. 11th is the Fall Mixer Evening.

Mrs. Bart received eyeball approval for science labs.

X. Adjournment:

Mel motioned to adjourn at 8:03. Susan 2nd.

Submitted by: Susan Ladd, Secretary

8th Grade Leadership Camp

Posted by on Mar 17, 2018 in 8th GRADE, E V E N T S, Field Trips / Enriched Learning, Front Page | 0 comments

FOR-Humanities is excited to bring a new parent-organized retreat to our 8th Grade Class this year at the WOLF Camp in Malibu over the weekend of May 18-20th. This 3 day / 2 night trip will focus on valuable leadership and team building skills. Through fun and challenging activities, students will celebrate their middle school years and bond with their friends as they get ready to move on to new adventures. The oceanside location at Wolf Camp features private beach access, challenging high and low ropes courses, a 65-foot climbing wall, beautiful tide pools, outdoor amphitheater, Olympic size swimming pool and an archery range. The camp covers over 120 acres with upscale cabins nestled off the Pacific Coast Highway. A detailed itinerary of activities will follow soon. More information about this camp can be found online at http://www.wolfadventures.org/hess-kramer/

2018 8th Grade Camp details:

• WOLF Camp / Hess Kramer located in Malibu, California

• May 18th-20th 2018

• Cost: $400 per student

8th Grade Camp Letter

Carta del Campamento de 8 Grado

Wolf Camp Medical Information Form

Wolf Camp Liability Waiver

WOLF Camp Final Forms

English Non-Sponsored Trip Form

Spanish Non-Sponsored Trip Form

Hazardous Cross-Walk – Update

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Dear Families,

Your voices were heard! The latest update is that the city has moved this request to the top of their list. We have been quoted that the project will be completed within 6 months, targeting a finish date before school resumes in August of this year. Thank you for your action on this important issue!

 

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Parents and Students We Are Asking For Your Help!

As you know, the recent accident involving one of our students being hit by a car only highlights the hazardous nature of the Cross-Walk at Irvine & Moorpark. WRMS administration has met with the city and determined the following improvements be made to make it safe for pedestrians. We NEED YOUR HELP to move this request to the top of the city’s “to do” list! Please CALL, WRITE or EMAIL Councilmember Paul Krekorian to highlight our need, and have these changes made as soon as possible.

Ms. Gamba has provided the following template letter to guide your personal request. 

 

Hello Mr. Krekorian, 

I am writing to lend my voice to the others in our community who have communicated their request for a lit crosswalk with an overarching pole (with lights) at the corner of Moorpark and Irvine.  When our student Nathan was struck by a car at this intersection last month, it was one of several accidents involving injured students over the last several years at this corner.

In addition, we are requesting a sidewalk be extended on Irvine from the edge of our school parking lot to MoorparkIt’s unsafe for the children to be walking in the street because there is no sidewalk on that portion of the street.

Thank you for your time and please let me know if you would like to speak in person regarding this school and community request.

Sincerely, (your name here)

 

 

Contact Info: 

Councilmember Paul Krekorian

Los Angeles City Councilmember District 2

5240 Lanker shim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Phone: (818) 755-7676

councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org

Street-Wise Teens

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Talk to your young teens about walking safely. This age group is trying on new “grown-up skills” all the time….it’s up to us to make sure they are smart when it comes to street safety.

Learn the facts and how to support your young teen at SafeKids.org

https://www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_age/pre-teens-10-14/field_risks/pedestrian-safety

7th Grade AstroCamp Trip – Feb 16-18

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AstroCamp is coming up on Feb. 16 – 19, 2018. Our team has been working hard to make sure its GREAT trip. Here’s some information you’ll want to keep on hand.

•Departure: Buses arrive on Fri, Feb.16 at 8:15 am and plan to leave by 8:30 am

•Return: Staff and students return on Sun, Feb. 19 around 3:00 pm. Exact time TBD.

• Packing ListsPacking List – English     Packing List-Spanish

• Camp FAQ: AstroCamp-FAQs-English      AstroCamp-FAQs-Spanish

• Sending Mail: Parents can send mail, but will need to mail your letter a week prior to your camper’s visit for them to actually receive it during their time at AstroCamp. Care packages are discouraged. Send to:

Child’s Name

School Name and Dates

c/o AstroCamp

PO Box 3399

Idyllwild, CA 92549

 

More information can be found at: http://astrocampschool.org/teacher-resources/

 

 

8th Grade Private School Info

Posted by on Oct 28, 2017 in 8th GRADE | 0 comments

If your 8th grader will be applying to private high school in the fall, our principal Ms Gamba has important info for you:

Private School Application doc.

Request to speak to administrator

FREE MONEY FOR WALTER REED

Posted by on Oct 1, 2017 in Front Page | 0 comments

These simple steps allow a portion of your everyday purchase to go to support us at Walter Reed! Take a minute to set-up these easy easy donations today!

Amazon Smile – Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the charity of your choice. Sign in to  smile.amazon.com, then select “FRIENDS OF REED, INC. (North Hollywood)”

Ralph’s – Please link your Ralphs Rewards Card to their Community Contribution Program.  Even if you have enrolled before, you need to enroll again each September.

eScrip – Sign up and link your cards so that participating merchants can contribute to our school.  Choose Friends of Reed when you enroll here.

ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN – Its Gonna Take All Of Us!

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We have so many wonderful experiences planned for your students! From the Discovery Cube to LA Poet’s Society; Chromebooks to classic novels we are filling the budget gaps and making middle school the best it can be for your students! We cannot do any of this without YOU however!

 

Please take a moment TODAY to make your your tax deductible DONATION. Give online by clicking the “Donate” button on this site, or to Give by Check, simply fill out the Annual Giving form – in your child’s backpack – or use the link below. Thank You… your generous gift makes a HUGE difference!

2017.Annual.Giving.Form.

2017.Formulario de Donación Anual

 

7th Grade AstroCamp

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in 7th GRADE, Field Trips / Enriched Learning | 0 comments

Humanities Academy offers an overnight field trip at every grade level. For 7th grade, that trip is to AstroCamp, located in the San Jacinto Mountains near the town of Idyllwild, two hours east of Los Angeles. AstroCamp is a hands-on physical science program with an emphasis on astronomy and space exploration. In addition to being a lot fun, it meets science content standards for California, inspiring students with learning centers geared to our specific grade level. A Micro Gravity Lab, zip line, ropes courses, a Mars based rock wall, and laser/star gazing, represent just a few of the options our group has to choose from when we attend.

2018 AstroCamp Details:

Camp Dates: February 16–18

First Deposit:  $100 / due Thursday, Oct. 5

Final payment of $225 / due Thursday, Jan. 11

Total Donation Cost: $325 (includes 3 day / 2 night trip stay, meals, bus transportation, instruction + camp chaperones) 

2018 AstroCamp Letter

6th Grade Pali Camp

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in 6th GRADE, E V E N T S, Field Trips / Enriched Learning | 0 comments

Humanities Academy offers an overnight field trip at every grade level. For 6th grade, that trip is to Pali Camp, located in the San Bernardino Mountains near Lake Arrowhead. Pali Camp is not only an educational experience, meeting some of our science standards, but it is also a trip where students get a chance to meet the kids in their academy away from school and bond with them on a personal level. Beyond that, it is also a time where they are met with individual challenges, team building, and have an opportunity to overcome and grow alongside their school community. The trip is lead by Ms. Siminski along with the other 6th grade Humanities teachers, and has become a truly wonderful experience for our 6th graders to share.

2017 Pali Camp Details:

Camp Dates: October 11–13

First Deposit:  $50 / due Friday, Aug. 18

Final payment of $250 / due Wed., Aug. 30

Total Cost: $300 (includes 3 day / 2 night trip stay, meals, bus transportation, instruction + camp chaperones) 

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

LAUSD would like to reaffirm the District’s commitment to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment for every student. In light of the recent federal announcement to end DACA, please be aware of our District’s intent to honor and support all of our students.

Please click on links below:

DACA Letter to Parents

DACA Letter to Parents Spanish (004)