Friends of Reed – Humanities Academy

Incoming 6th Grade Beach Meet Up!!

Incoming 6th Graders
Zuma Beach Meet Up!

Hello 6th Grade!
Please meet some of the Humanities teachers, Mrs Siminski (one of two Language Arts/ Ancient Civilizations), Ms. Holbrook (Math/Science), and Ms. Mansfield (Math/Science) and Parent Representatives from FOHA at Zuma Beach in Malibu on Saturday, July 30th from 10:00am – 2:00pm, for swimming, lunch and socializing with your soon to be classmates/ families from the Humanities Academy. This is a great way to meet other incoming Humanities students/parents. Be sure to pack beach chairs, sunscreen, lunch/snacks, towel, bathing suit, and any toys/games to help entertain the kids.
Look for the Humanities sign at lifeguard station number 3. Beach parking rates are $3 – $10, depending on length of stay. Lastly, please be advised this is not a drop off event; each student must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

We look forward to getting to know you!
-The 6th Grade Humanities Team



Thanks FOHA Families!

We are winding down a great year, and it’s all because of you!  We all know that middle school isn’t the smoothest time in a child’s life (Did you love middle school when you were a kid?  Better keep that to yourself!) This isn’t the easiest time in the life of a parent either.  Our Humanities community makes this time easier, more tolerable, and sometimes even fun!  As we say goodbye to old friends and hello to new ones, please know that however much you were able to help this year, we appreciate you!  Check out our Facebook page, it has some great photos from the year and some interesting posts!

Next FOHA Meeting- Spring Mixer!

Join us for our final meeting of the school year, the Spring Mixer. Friday May 20th at 7 pm at the home of Erica Fox and John Newby.  Paperless post invite with details to follow.  We hope to see you there!

CIMI Thank You Letter

First a big thank you to everyone involved in putting together this massive undertaking, from FOHA (Our executive producer), to Stacey Solomons as our treasurer, and agreeing to be the lead on this production, to the rest of our wonderfully eclectic cast of chaperones, Laura Biasini, Margaret Goldenberg, Christie Goodman, Shelby Ilan,

Bob Martinez,Michael Shokrian, Rich Salvatore, Lisa Thomas and Eric Ostergard. Some stepping in at the last minute, others showing up ill, & everyone giving 110% of themselves for the kids.  Myself, Wendy Mintz and Victor Gavia along with the rest of the cast performed our roles well, but without Kerry Siminski as our writer, director and producer, the show would not have debuted. You are amazing! THANX

Parents, I would love to thank you for entrusting your most precious possession to us and trusting that they would be well cared for.  I believe you have afforded your children a lifelong memory, and for many a new sense of self. They were confronted with new challenges and persevered to meet them no matter what.

Our kids are wonderful to begin with, and as a rule they behaved accordingly.  What was so wonderful to witness was their sense of responsibility. They were on time to all activities and meals…..amazing since it was quasi impossible to find a clock.  They were more on it than I was. Bravi!

I was fortunate to be at the bungee swings with all the students.. encouraging and cheering them on….. and I can tell you that they all participated. It was so lovely getting to know all the students in the Humanities Academy. Some kids felt trepidation, some were very unsure, some downright terrified, while others were daredevils and attached the challenge like pros. To watch the kids that were so unsure of themselves muster up the courage to try and then hear squeals of delight and exclamations of “that was so awesome!”, filled my heart with joy. They Rocked it!

New friendships forged, old friendships became stronger while new alliances and self assurance allowed them to explore their new surroundings with more confidence and determination. Their accomplishments and triumphs, pale only to the fact thatthey came, they saw and learned and they conquered!  Many stories and pictures to follow.

Finally a huge swell of gratitude, for the reception upon our arrival. Not at all necessary,but greatly appreciated. I Felt  a little like a rock star… other chosen passion. If you could only know how touching it is to be treated with such consideration….amazing!  Humanities Parents… no others.

Enjoy their stories, and know that they are a little more mature, a little more self assured, and very happy.

Thank You to the Best Academy at Reed for allowing us to do the best for all our kids.

Very Warmly,

Stefania Holbrook


Catalina trip payments due now

The final donation payments for the Catalina (CIMI) trip are due now. The total due is $300 per student, payable to FOHA.  Please give to Ms. Siminski or Ms. Mintz, or place payment in the FOHA mailbox in the main office.  Email Ms. Siminski with any questions at