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Principal's Message


Dear Chatsworth Park Families,

       Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  Chatsworth Park is an incredible Gold Ribbon school and future Urban Planning Magnet (effective 2019-2020 school year) with amazing students, staff, and families, and we have an exciting year ahead of us.  Not only will we inspire our students to achieve standards-based learning goals, we will begin the transition to Chatsworth Park Urban Planning Magnet through engaging project-based learning!  As principal, I am truly excited to start this new journey and provide your child with the 21st Century skills necessary to be not only college and career ready, but also responsible community advocates

Our magnet vision is to pioneer culturally relevant standards-based curriculum that will engross students in a forward-thinking, conscientious, interdisciplinary, and collaborative learning environment. We are dedicated to educating the future of our community and inspiring all students to become active participants in planning, building, and sustaining the community they wish to see twenty years from now.  As a community that strives to preserve our culture, while celebrating diversity, we encourage and promote active involvement from all members of the community, students, staff, and parents. Together, we shall form the foundation that drives decision making and develops the future of our community.”

Our Palomino staff is committed to enabling students to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world and empowering our students to create, collaborate, communicate well, think critically, and be global citizens prepared to take on the challenges of their future!  Furthermore, I am delighted to invite our Palomino families to join us in meeting the needs of our 21st Century learners.  Your active participation in your child’s education is appreciated.  Together, our Palominos will achieve success!

       On Monday, August 13, we are inviting all TK-5th grade students and parents to our Welcome Back Ice Cream Social at 3:30 p.m., hosted by our wonderful PTA.  PTA will begin the meeting in the auditorium, followed by ice cream. Afterwards, there will be several tables set up in our main quad where you’ll be able to find out who your child’s teacher is, receive a map of the school, sign up for LAUSD’s Parent Portal, purchase school spirit wear, and sign up for our fabulous PTA.  Plus, every family member who signs up for this year’s PTA (from August 13-24, 2018) will be entered into a raffle for free Dodger tickets!  

       Our first day of school is Tuesday, August 14.  School staff will be available on the yard at 7:30 a.m. to provide you with your child’s classroom assignment, in case you were unable to attend the ice cream social.  Your child will be expected to line up on the yard by their room number once the warning bell rings at 7:55 a.m. 

       School hours are from 8:00 a.m.-2:23 p.m. every day except Tuesday.  On Tuesdays, school hours are from 8:00 a.m.-1:23 p.m. due to teacher professional development.   Parents of transitional kindergarteners, kindergarteners, and first graders MUST pick up their child from the classroom by dismissal time.  Afterschool care will be available through Youth Services at no charge for grades 2 to 5 until 6:00 p.m.  Creative Kids provides both before and after school care for all grades from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and dismissal to 6:30 p.m., for a nominal fee.  Enrollment forms may be obtained from the Chatsworth Park’s Creative Kids Director in room 13.  Their phone number is 818-481-4583. 

       Campus safety is our number-one priority.  This year, we will continue to implement our “closed campus” visitor/volunteer policy that will go into effect the second week of school.  For the first week, parents will be able to wait with their children on the main playground until students are picked up by their teacher at 8:00 a.m.  On Monday, August 20, 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.  We are modifying our closed campus policy to ensure the safety of all of our students.  Please note that for dismissal time, our gates will open promptly at the dismissal bell, not 5 minutes earlier. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

       Our school will continue to follow a uniform policy Monday-Friday.  (Friday is included this 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 clean uniform shirt will be loaned to the child for the day.  However, we would appreciate your effort to ensure your child is in uniform daily. 

       For the safety of our Palomino students, we have the following options for dropping off and picking up your child:  If you are walking to school, you can use the gates available at Devonshire Street, the main entrance, or Hiawatha Street.  These gates are open at 7:30 a.m. and close promptly at 8:00 a.m.  They open again at 2:23 p.m. and close at 3:00 p.m., with the exception of the Hiawatha gate which closes at 6:30 p.m.  Do not drop off children to school before 7:30 a.m. because there is no supervision before that time. If you are driving thru, you can use the traffic circle available off Devonshire Street both before and after school.  Children must exit the car on the right hand side.

       I encourage you to either walk or use the traffic circle.  If you are walking to campus, please do not cut through the staff parking lot located on the corner of Topanga Canyon and Devonshire.  Additionally, this parking lot should never be used to drop off and/or pick up students nor park your vehicle. There are a few designated parking spots in the second parking lot available off Devonshire.

       On the first day of school, you will receive an opening school bulletin and important attachments with valuable information about the school.  All applicable attachments must be returned to your child’s teacher no later than Wednesday, August 15

       The dedicated Chatsworth Park staff and I feel privileged to be part of your child’s academic journey.  We thank you for entrusting us with your children and we look forward to an incredible 2018-2019 school year!

            All the best,

                    Rachelle Ratner, Principal