Friends of Reed – Humanities Academy



Friends Of Humanities Academy


September 14, 2017

Ciavarra Home


  1. I. Call to order:

Meeting called to order at 7:38 PM. Motion to begin by Eric Ostergard, Second by Dahn Ballard.

In attendance: Lisa Thomas, Christi Goodman, Susan Ladd, Erica Fox, Bipasha Shom, Brian Singer, Dana Tobin, Lisetter Enriquez, Jennifer Swierad, Matthew Godfery, Erik Ostergard, Monica Tait, Bonnie & James George, Margaret Goldenberg, Dahn Ballard, Laura Mulrenan, Colleen Benard, Jen Ciavarra, Gillian Hobson, Suzanne Ostergard, Gisella Valencia


  1. Secretary’s Report: Short review by Susan. Minutes approved. Motion by Lisa, second by Christi.


III. Treasurer’s Report: Christi explained her new original system of understanding how our budget works; the income and expenses bracketing/supporting the classroom expenses/enrichment and the day/overnight field trips. h. Missing $3000 refund check has been confirmed, not received.


  1. Old Business:

Thanks to the Ciavarra family for their generosity in hosting a gracious and delicious 1st meeting.

Surplus t-shirts are being held by Ms. Dagilis.

No Kale Bake Sale every Thursday 3PM continues to be successful.

Annual Giving Campaign: We are ahead of projections for the number of families that participated at this time last year. We still need to make a push for a goal of $15K.

Info meeting on 8th NYC Trip 9/13.

Chromebook Cart Purchase voted on and approved from prior year’s suprplus. Motion by Dahn Ballard. second by Brian Singer.


  1. New Business:

8th/NY Trip (Ms Bobrosky-Kinsey lead teacher) announced.

Poker Night (Erik Ostergard) presented.

Jen Swiersad volunteered to chair.


  1. Needs:

Teacher needs discussed and volunteers stepped up to fill lisaon positions.

9pm meeting adjoured. Bonnie George called to close and Lisa T. seconded.


Friends of Humanities Academy


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.


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


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 


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


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Please mark your calendars for next year’s school registration!

Wednesday, August 14th for 6th grade

Thursday, August 15th for 7th grade

Friday, August 16th for 8th grade

Students will get their books, ID (ID pictures are taken), and lockers on these days prior to school starting on Tuesday, August 20th.

More information will be in a letter mailed home in early August.


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Dear Humanities Academy Families and Friends:

FOR-HUMANITIES  (FOR-HA) welcomes you to Walter Reed Middle School! FOR-HA is a non-profit parent group dedicated to the enrichment of the Humanities Academy by fostering a a supportive community and raising funds to provide supplementary classroom materials, field trips, collaborative enrichment, school wide events, and more! FOR-HA also works with the school administration and other school groups to support the entire Walter Reed Middle School community.

We welcome and encourage all Humanities parents to get involved. Join in the discussions and decision-making process by coming to our meetings. When your schedule permits, volunteer! Sign up for a committee, as a teacher liaison, member of the executive board, or simply give your time, expertise, and input. Our meetings are generally scheduled to be held on the second Thursday of every month, alternating between morning and evening to accommodate everyone’s busy schedule.

We also suggest that you bookmark our website and check it frequently for updates, events, and news about our Academy, as well as the school at large. We so look forward to your participation!

Kindest regards,
Bridgette Fischer & Leslie Swierard

FOR-Humanities Co-Presidents


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Humanities spirit wear is 50% off! Select your spirit wear online at half off the regular price! We will be introducing the 2019-2020 spirit wear soon!

Start shopping now…

Incoming 6th Grade Families!

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We are excited to be welcoming a whole new group of 6th Grade Families to the amazing Walter Reed Middle School Humanities Academy! If this is your first time visiting our website…please subscribe to our weekly newsletter! You can subscribe by filling in the “Subscribe to our Newsletter” section to the right. Please e-mail if you have any questions and want to get involved with the Humanities Academy!

Re-Cap of FoR/HA March Meeting!

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1. Laser Tag great success, raised approx. $1,300! Thank you to Laura Mulrenan for coordinating this super fun event!

2. Mendocino Farms raised $285. Shout out to Marion Koster for being our “Restaurant Night Queen”.

3. Other fundraising idea: eSports Gaming Lounge Studio City.

4. Will inquire Shakespeare Series possibly returning for 7/8thgrades this spring.

5. Astrocamp went well, despite transportation challenges. Kids loved it!

6. Future overnight field trips preferably outside school hours/non-LAUSD sponsored.

7. Possibly set up early fundraising/payment plan for expensive overnight field trips.

8. Next year’s open board positions: President, Co-President, VP Fundraising, Treasurer, Secretary.

9. Outreach to new incoming families. 5/29 event at school, possibly summer events.

10. Walk 4 Water April 2nd after school to raise funds for water fountain.

11. Reed 80th birthday gala and silent auction 5/11 (auction items needed, proceeds will be credited to contributing SLC).

12. Next parent meeting combined FOR/SLCs on 4/25 at 6pm

Laser Tag Night!

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FoR/HA will be hosting another super fun Laser Tag night at Ultrazone in Sherman Oaks! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 26th frm 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.!

We will be offering pre-sale tickets at $25, the price will be $30 at the door. Pre-sale flyers are going home with students. All proceeds benefit the Humanities Academy, but all are welcome to play!

Mendocino Farms Restaurant Night!

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Please join your friends and neighbors in support of our amazing Humanities Academy! Discover the newly opened Mendocino Farms Restaurant in Studio City on March 5th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.!

Don’t forget to present the Mendocino Farms Restaurant Night Flyer when you order, FOR/HA gets 20% back!

Mendocino Farms is located at 11960 Ventura Blvd. in Studio City!


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Our field trip to AstroCamp has been rescheduled and is now MARCH 15-17, 2019. This is a minimum day and we will be leaving for camp at 1pm. We understand there may be instances where this date no longer works for your student, or a student may now be interested in participating. A new intention slip will come home on Tuesday, 2/19 for all students. Please note, if your student is now unavailable and you have paid for the trip, a refund will be provided to you. If your child could not attend the trip this weekend but is available to attend the new date the $100 deposit is due February 22nd, the $250 remaining balance will be due March 1st.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

WRMS 80th Birthday Celebration!

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This year marks the 80th Birthday for Walter Reed Middle School so we’ve decided to throw a birthday celebration! This celebration evening is sure to be an amazing time and we hope to see all of you there!


When: Saturday May 11, 7-10pm

Where: CBS Studio Center. CBS-Radford Studios, 4024 Radford Avenue, Studio City 91604. Event will take place on the backlot at Carla’s Cafe.

Details: Live DJ and dancing, interactive photo booth full dinner buffet and birthday cake, complimentary open bar serving wine, beer and soft drinks (additional cocktails avail for cash or purchase)

Who: Parents, teachers, alumni, community, and friends of Walter Reed MS.

Tickets: Tickets are only $60 per person!

Ticket sales link:

Please consider supporting one of our amazing Humanities Academy teachers are purchasing a ticket on their behalf.


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W4W Flyer with Tear Off copy ONE COLOR copy

Friends of Reed is leading the initiative to get filtered water bottle filling stations installed at school! 

Due to rain the in the forecast for this week the Walk 4 Water Event has been moved from Tuesday, February 12th  to APRIL 2ND!

The event will still take place 1:30-3:30pm on the PE Field.  Reed Students who choose to walk laps around the field will earn one (1) raffle ticket per lap walked. Prize drawing will be at the end of the event at around 3:15pm.  You must be present to win!

If you haven’t already done so, please create pages for your children and share the page URL to friends and family via e-mail and social media!