Wonderland Avenue Elementary has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School, one of only 279 public and 50 private schools in the U.S. to receive the honor.
In a press release from LAUSD, Principal Sean Teer credited the entire school family. “Great things happen at schools when theory and practice intersect. Our school has chosen many high-impact and researched-based practices that help us meet the needs of our students,” Teer said. “I am so proud of the hard work of our students, staff and parents.”
Schools are nominated for the award by their respective state departments of education, and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices.
Wonderland received this prestigious honor due to its Exemplary High Performing status, based on academic success but also on its Readers and Writers Workshops, CGI (Cognitively Guided Instruction) mathematics program, its “Way of Council” program, and its highly acclaimed music, art, gardening and physical education programs.
“Today, one more star in the Los Angeles Unified School District family shines brighter. We are so proud of the Wonderland Elementary family for receiving the Blue Ribbon School honor for their exemplary programs,” School Board President Steve Zimmer said.
“Wonderland Avenue Elementary is a special place for our kids and our parent community. As parents it is our role to support the school with both resources and our time. Many of the programs we have wouldn’t be possible without our parents,” said Alexis Maydew, mother of three students and the school’s PTA president.
Principal Teer will represent Wonderland at an awards ceremony Nov. 7-8 in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the school’s hard-won achievement.
The Friends of Wonderland (FoW) Annual Giving campaign for 2016-2017 is now Live!. Annual Giving is Wonderland’s biggest fundraising campaign of the year and helps pay for Art, Music, PE, Teacher Training, Instructional Technology, our Librarian, Teaching Assistants, and more. Please give generously. Thanks for your support!
Party Book officially launches this fall. Stay Tuned for the best parties of the year, and make sure to click on the “Party Book” link at the top of the Wonderland website.
Wonderland’s annual Back to School BBQ will take place on Saturday, Aug. 27th from 4 to 7pm. The BBQ is a great chance for students and parents to reconnect and meet new families. There’ll be live music, food trucks will be on hand, some with vegetarian options, and Spiritwear will be sold. A not-to-be-missed event!
On Tuesday, August 16th, 2016, Wonderland will begin a slightly revised bell schedule, with Early Dismissal ending at 1:40pm, starting with the very first day of school. This is a slightly longer day than last year. Regular days will still have the first bell at 8:05am and dismissal at 2:29pm.
Wonderland, as well as the Laurel Canyon community, gives back during Big Sunday on May 3rd from 12-4pm. Each grade has an activity that helps support a non-profit or school project. Starting Monday, April 27th, bring in canned goods and gently used clothing, blankets, towels, toys and books to benefit local charities. Write a letter to someone who needs a kind word, make a flower pot to brighten someone’s day, help build a sun tile, or beautify the campus. Snow Cones and Lemonade will be sold and a food truck and live music will also be on hand.
This day is devoted to compassion for others. Come, teach the gift of giving!
Join Principal Teer, members of the faculty and staff, and other Wonderland families, for a Spring Family Council facilitated by the WoC Student Representatives, on April 30th at 3pm. For the first time this year, students in 3rd-5th grades elected fellow classmates as WoC Student Representatives. From facilitating Family Councils to leading the school wide Peaceful Warriors Assembly, these inspiring student leaders showed us all how to be Coyotes Who Care! Thank you to everyone who helped make this a great year for Way of Council and the Wonderland Community!
Tickets to Wonderland’s 2015 Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser Rock the Casbah are now on sale. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, April 25 at Acabar in Hollywood and features Moroccan fare, fire eaters, and belly dancers. Early bird tickets will be on sale through Friday, April 17. VIP Sheik tables are also available in limited quantities. Get your tickets early!
Several School Tours and Informational Meetings are set to take place this Spring:
Wednesday, April 8 @ 8:30am – Kindergarten Round-Up for prospective 2015-2016 Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten parents.
Friday, April 10 @ 8:45am – School Tour for prospective 2015-2016 Home and Magnet School parents.
Monday, May 4 @ 8:45am – School Tour for prospective 2015-2016 Home and Magnet School parents.
Parents must sign-in at the school office. All Tours will begin in the von Studnitz Canyon Club Multi-Purpose Room. Tours are for parents only. If you will be visiting the Wonderland campus, please follow School Parking Guidelines.