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Principal's Message

happy summer!

Dear Chatsworth Park Parents and Families,

     As the school year comes to a close, our minds and hearts are filled to the brim.  It’s been a fantastic year!  Together, we’ve learned much and shared experiences that will long remain with us for years to come.  The strength of our community and wholehearted passion to make our school a wonderful place of learning for our Palominos makes Chatsworth Park truly a special place.  We are an amazing school!

     I would like to thank our wonderful teachers and staff for their commitment to student achievement, our students for being enthusiastic learners, and you—our Palomino parents—for your continued support of your children and our small, but mighty, neighborhood school.  

     With the end of the school year and retirements in mind, please join me in thanking Mr. Neal Cohen for his 21 years of teaching.  He is excited to spend more time with his family and possibly write a few books!  He also promises to stop by and visit us from time to time, especially for our special events.  Mr. Cohen has demonstrated enthusiasm, dedication, and caring to our youth, parents, and fellow colleagues every day throughout his career in education and he will be missed by all at Chatsworth Park.

     The summer is a wonderful opportunity to rejuvenate ourselves.  I encourage you to continue reading every day with your children and establish a daily family reading time where the television is turned off and every family member is reading a book, magazine, or newspaper.  Summer is also a great time to establish daily journal writing as well as practice math facts.  Interested in finding summer activities to do with your children?  Join Councilmember Mitchell Englander’s e-newsletter at, the Northridge/Chatsworth Patch bulletin board at, and  Also, the Los Angeles Public Library will be hosting a summer reading program and both Matador and Brunswick Bowl have a free summer bowling program at

     Students can also practice typing at home.  Our school purchased a typing program called Type to Learn 4 that can also be accessed at home.  To download the program, go to  The account code is 154516.  The student’s user name (in most student cases) is the first initial of their first name along with their last name (ex. James Smith would be jsmith).  The password is ttl4.  Other fun, educational, and safe websites for your child to visit include,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and  Also, don’t forget that students will still have access to their accounts throughout the summer!

     Currently, the teachers and I are organizing the 2018-19 classes in an informed way, endeavoring to create the best learning environment for all students.  If you know of any parents who have children who are eligible for transitional kindergarten (children who are turning five years old between September 2-December 2, 2018) and they’re interested in enrolling at Chatsworth Park, please have them call our office.  We’d love to have a full class of TK students next year! 

     On Monday, August 13, we’d love for you and your child to join us for an ice cream social from 3:30-4:00 p.m. (courtesy of our wonderful PTA).  During that time, we’ll also have class rosters available so your child will learn who his/her teacher will be.  School officially starts on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.

     The Chatsworth Park school day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:23 p.m. every day but Tuesdays.  Tuesday hours are 8:00 a.m.-1:23 p.m. due to professional development.  All gates will be open at 7:30 a.m.  Please do not send students to school earlier than 7:30 a.m.  The first week of school will be an “open campus” where adults will be able to walk onto campus through all three gates (Devonshire, Hiawatha, and front gate).  At the beginning of the second week, Chatsworth Park will officially become a “closed campus” where only adults who are scheduled to volunteer or have an appointment with a teacher will sign in at the main office.  Please note that for dismissal time, our gates will open promptly at the dismissal bell, not 5 minutes earlier.  Youth Services will continue to provide after school care for grades 2-5 until 6:00 p.m. (free of charge).  ]

     Our school will continue to follow a uniform policy Monday-Friday.  Friday will be included this next year.  (Specific spirit days, designated by our K-Kids council, will be free dress days.)  If a child arrives to school not in uniform, a uniform shirt will be loaned to the child (during non-instructional time) for the day.  Our uniform colors are as follows:

        Polo Shirts:              Solid Navy blue, burgundy, white

        Bottoms/Dresses:   Solid Navy blue (cloth or jeans), khaki

        *Chatsworth Park Palomino spirit wear is considered part of our uniform.

Please note that uniform clothing items can be purchased at any store of your choice.

     Many parents enjoy taking advantage of school supply sales during the summer months.  Attached you’ll find a list of basic school supplies that you can donate to your child’s new teacher.  By helping our school/classrooms with the following donations and basic school materials, you help Chatsworth Park save funding that can then be directed toward the purchase of assemblies and field trips.   Please refrain from buying items from discount stores (Dollar Tree or 99¢ Stores) as the materials are not as durable. 

     On behalf of the entire Chatsworth Park staff, thank you for this incredible school year!  We are so proud of our Palomino students!  We thank you for being part of the Palomino team and sharing your children with us!  Chatsworth Park Elementary School is the BEST!  We’d love for you to share your thoughts on your 2017-18 experience here at Chatsworth Park on so other parents can see what a gem our school is!  Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to the 2018-19 school year!


          Rachelle Ratner, Principal