From the Principal

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Hello Wonderland Families,

I would like to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year. I hope your summer has gone well and you, and your child, are excited for the beginning of the new school year.

All signs point to another incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and devoted staff is already planning and preparing for students. Our enthusiastic office team is registering new families, ordering needed materials, and updating student files. Our hard working custodial staff has spent the entire summer cleaning the facility and our much-appreciated FOW, PTA, and KPO are gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer other exciting events and programs.

The first day of school begins on Tuesday, August 15th. Our first bell will ring at 8:05AM and the school day ends at 1:40PM, as this is our shortened Tuesday schedule. Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten families will begin their day at 9:00AM and will be dismissed at 11:30AM. This schedule will take place on the first day only.  There will be a short Kindergarten Orientation at 9:30AM in the MPR.

Please see the bell schedule, which is also posted on www.Wonderlandschool.org under the Parent Information tab.

Test Scores

Our test scores have gone up! I know…amazing. Our score in English went up 1% putting us at 93% of our students meeting or exceeding the state standard. In mathematics, we grew 2% moving us to 93% of our students meeting or exceeding the state standard. This elevates Wonderland Avenue to the #1 elementary school in the LAUSD!

I am incredibly proud of our faculty, students, and parent community. Increasing test scores when we are already at a very high level is difficult to accomplish. This only comes with people who are dedicated, collaborative, and passionate about educating kids.

Class Assignments

Classroom assignments will be posted on the Wonderland website and will be available on August 14 at 5pm. Each teacher will be waiting for students on the lower yard on Monday morning. No changes will be made to class assignments for at least three weeks and then only for exceptional circumstances. A great deal of time, effort and thought has gone into the process of student placement. Our classes are arranged to provide appropriate whole class structure beneficial to each and every student.  It is difficult to make changes without causing imbalances and inequities for the kids.

Thank you so much for being positive with your child and helping him or her understand that it is impossible to place all students with a preferred best friend or teacher. ALL of our staff works hard to make school a positive experience for ALL students. Thank you for understanding that it can take a few weeks for a child to acclimate to a new grade, peer group and teacher

Farewell, but not Goodbye

As many of you may know, we said farewell to a few staff members recently. Dana Blannon has taken a position as Crenshaw High School’s new SAA. Harold Galvez has become the new Instructional Coordinator at Vine Street Elementary. Chloe Palmer has left to pursue an official LAUSD art teacher position. Ben Oasay has taken a position at LACES. Marguerite Nesteruk has taken leave of Wonderland and is pursuing other opportunities. Please join me in thanking them for their time at Wonderland Avenue and wishing them success in their new positions. You will all be missed.

New Staff

And with that, each year brings positive change. This includes a few additions to our staff. We are delighted to welcome the following new staff members to Wonderland

  • Neena Mann (Grade 4):  Ms. Mann comes to us from Open Magnet Charter School where she taught 4 th and 5 th grade.
  • Anne Kyle (Art): Ms. Kyle joins us as our new art teacher. She holds a BFA, MFA and a teaching credential from NYU. Her last assignment was at Alta Vista Elementary, a private school in San Francisco.
  • Veronica Rios (SAA): Ms. Rios is an experienced school district SAA and comes to us from Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet.
  • Jodi Jones (5th Grade Magnet): Ms. Jones comes to us from Pacoima Middle School where she taught 6 th grade science and math.

We will be working with a group call Growing Great to fill our Garden Teacher potion for the
coming year.

Parking Guidelines

The first few weeks of school are going to be busy, so please be considerate of our neighbors and safe in how you drive and where you park. Here are a few things to remember:

  • NEVER park in school lots. The lots are reserved for teachers, staff and buses ONLY.
  • NEVER park on lower Laurel Pass, south of the driveway at 2525 Laurel Pass. The street is narrow. Parking here prevents the safe passage of emergency vehicles, pedestrians & cars. It is illegal and you’re subject to ticketing.
  • NEVER park on Horseshoe Canyon Road. This is a privately owned road and there is no public parking allowed.
  • DO NOT block driveways. Do not move garbage cans onto the curb.

Here’s to a great year ahead!

Enjoy your last days of summer vacation and I look forward to seeing everyone on August 15th.

Principal Teer

Wonderland Avenue Elementary
(323) 654-4401
www.wonderlandschool.org