Monday, May 12, 2008



School Notes BY ALICIA HIBBERT | sherman Oaks sun

Carpenter Avenue Schoolin Studio City is participating in an on-going service project designed to help Pacoima Charter Elementary School in Pacoima.

The Pacoima Moms’ Art Project was started by a group of parents whose children attend Pacoima Charter, a pre-kindergarten through grade five school comprised of predominantly English learners. The Pacoima parents began the art project as a positive activity for off-track the Pacoima students who attend the multi-track school. The Pacoima Moms’ Art Project is not a school program, but rather a community program designed to provide enrichment for area children. The Carpenter community is collecting needed art supplies for the program. Items requested include crepe paper, color wire, glue, scissors, green paper, green tape, colored ribbons, paint brushes, cardboard, small plastic cups, hot glue gun, paper plates, and small towels. Pacoima Charter Elementary School is located at 11016 Norris Ave. Principal is Irene Smerigan. For more information about donating items to the program, email David Burke: or call Carpenter Avenue School at (818) 761-4363. Carpenter principal is Linda Parth. Carpenter Avenue School is located at 3909 Carpenter Ave.

Applications are being accepted now until Monday, June 2, for open enrollment transfers within L.A. Unified School District for the 2008-09 school year.

The district’s state-mandated open enrollment policy enables students anywhere in the district to apply to any regular, grade-appropriate Los Angeles public school with designated open enrollment seats, according to a LAUSD press release. By Monday, May 12, all schools are scheduled to have in their main offices reference lists of campuses with open enrollment seats available next school year, as well as the number of seats available at each site. This information may also be downloaded from the web at: School bus transportation is not guaranteed for the open enrollment program and parents are encouraged to plan their own transportation when selecting an open enrollment school. Open enrollment transfers are issued on a space-available basis only. No student living in a particular school’s attendance area will be displaced by a student requesting an open enrollment transfer. A new application must be submitted when an open enrollment transfer student is ready to enroll at the next school level (elementary to middle school, for example). Because of limited space, enrollment at the next school level in the regular feeder pattern is not guaranteed through the open enrollment process and the student must reapply and be selected in a random drawing if space is limited. Schools possessing more applications than seats available will hold random-selection drawings on June 6 to determine who will receive invitations to enroll. Parents will be notified of drawing locations and times.  For more information, call the District’s Office of School Management Services at (213) 241-6414 or the student’s current school.

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