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Welcome

We are excited to welcome you to Park Western Place Elementary School and Park Western Place Gifted/Highly Gifted/High Ability Math & Science Magnet. Parent engagement is a critical dimension of effective schooling and research shows that parent involvement improves student achievement. We welcome your participation at school and we urge you to join us as a volunteer. It is by working together that we can provide the highest quality education for our children.

There are many ways to become an active participant in our vibrant school community. We encourage you to attend our parent workshops, celebrations, and all parent conferences so that you are informed about your child's effort and achievement and well-equipped to support your child's success.

You may also join and volunteer with one of the following parent groups: English Language Advisory Council (ELAC), School Site Council (SSC), and Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). School volunteers must apply at the school and meet basic health and safety requirements to ensure the well-being of all students and staff.  

Parent Workshops

During the school year we will be presenting a number of classes for parents on subjects that range from reading and writing, LAUSD A-G requirements, to creating a good homework environment and nurturing creativity and independence. Other topics that may be covered at the workshops include CELDT Assessment Information, Developing Young Writers, Supporting Reading at Home, Common Core Mathematics, Gifted and Talented Students, School Report Card, and Technology.

Consider attending one of our parent education, Title 1, or Magnet workshops where you will learn different ways to help your child achieve academic excellence. Watch for information throughout the year. 

Classroom Visits

Parents and guardians are welcome to visit your child's classroom. You must check in at the main office, sign in, get authorization from the principal/designee, and get a Visitor's Pass before going to your child's room. It is District policy that you keep the frequency and duration of your visits reasonable. Visitations will not be approved if the time or nature of the visit conflicts with instruction or safety.

Do not talk to your child, any children, or the teacher while observing. Do not cause any interruption or disruption to the instructional program. Refrain from taking photographs or recordings. Please exit the classroom when requested by school personnel.

Pupil Progress, Report Cards and Parent Conferences

A report card is provided to parents/guardians of all students enrolled at school for fifteen or more days within a reporting period. Report cards are issued three times during the school year (November, March, and June). Parents will be notified at the mid-point in the reporting period for those students who're at risk of not meeting grade level standards (receiving a 1 or 2) and of possible retention.

Plan to attend both parent conferences which are held in the fall and spring of each year. It is very important that you stay informed about your child's progress towards the standards as well as those work habits that will support their college and career readiness. Please maintain consistent communication with your child's teacher and stay informed of your child's progress throughout the year. By working together, we can provide the highest quality education for our children.

School Property, Textbooks, and Library Books

Parents are held financially responsible for damage to any school property caused by their children (for example: textbooks, library books, bathroom fixtures, doors, tables, etc.). Please discuss the importance of treating school property with care and respect.

All personal items, such as sweaters, coats, and jackets, lunch boxes, etc. should be labeled with the child's first and last name in permanent marker. Please do not allow your child to bring valuable items or large sums of money to school. Please encourage your child to visit the Lost and Found area located in the Multipurpose Room/Cafeteria during recess, lunch and after school for lost items. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of each reporting period.

Parent Involvement Calendar

Oct  5  EL Reclassification Workshop

Oct 12 Bullying Workshop 

Oct 12 A-G Graduation Requirements Workshop

Oct 16 It Takes A Village-Parents Helping Parents Workshop II

Oct 19 Earthquake Drill

Oct 19 ELAC Meeting

Oct 19 SSC Meeting

Oct 23 Supporting Home Learning Workshop

Oct 27 Halloween Parade

Oct 27 PTA Trunk or Treat

Nov 2 ELD & ELA Standards

Nov 9 Reading Assessments Workshop

Nov 9 CA Dashboard Workshop

Nov 16 ELAC Meeting

Nov 16 SSC Meeting

Nov 30 Math Practices Workshop

Dec 7 It Takes a Village III

Dec 7 College and Career Readiness

Dec 14 Heritage Pageant

Smarter Balanced Assessment

Students will be assessed on the CA Common Core Standards each year with the Smarter Balanced Assessment. This is a computer adaptive assessment that students take on tablets, iPads, or computers. You may learn more about the assessment on the Smarter Balanced website and have students take practice tests at Smarter Balanced Practice Tests.

Parent Student Handbook 2017–18