A message from Superintendent, Dr. Ellen Dougherty
With all the changes that are whirling around us this fall (new Common Core Standards, new assessments, phone and internet connections, to name a few) we can celebrate that our Board of Trustees is remaining stable. No one stepped forward to run against our three trustees that were up for reelection, Ann Phillips, Bonnie Coronado or Shirley Rudolph. The absence of a need for an election, demonstrates that our community trusts that our Board continues to make solid student-based decisions in order for our students to continue to soar to their highest potentials.
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I reflect upon how fortunate I am to be a part of the Lawndale Elementary School District. We have intelligent, curious students with supportive families, who spend their days with some of the finest teachers, staff members, administrators and community partners possible. We are led by a Board that believes in our students and helps provide them with everything they need to be successful. Many thanks to all of you for what you do for our students every day!
SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE…
Teachers Recognized at CAC
The Community Advisory Council (CAC), sponsored by the Special Education Local Planning Area (SELPA), held its first annual Special Education staff Recognition this week. The event was held to recognize district staff who have evidenced exemplary service to students with disability through providing parent and student support, child advocacy, creativity, awareness of students’ disability and have gone the ‘extra mile’ to assure student success.
Five of our staff members were recognized at this special event. The honorees were Christine Kim, Tracy Komsa, Dorothy Ozuna, Pamela Tucker and Louise Wechsler.
News from Christine Bou Sleiman, M.S., R.D., Wellness Program Director
Wellness Program Update
The LESD Wellness Program is in full bloom!
Every school site has a Wellness Coordinator and a Wellness Assistant that are dedicated to promoting a healthy school environment. Students get the opportunity to taste a new fruit or vegetable each month through the Harvest of the Month (HOTM) program which is being delivered to 256 classrooms. Chef Lissette coordinates the HOTM program along with other cooking classes for parents and students.
Annie Ryu, one of the dietitians on staff, provides nutrient analysis for LESD staff and parents regarding the meals and snacks served through the food service department. She also analyzes the menus to ensure that the meals and snacks served meet or exceed federal regulations while providing tasteful and nutritious options for the students served.
Instant Recess continues to happen at the school sites and the District Office. Coming soon, LESD will be the recipient of the Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention (NEOP) grant which has a focus on peer to peer parent nutrition education. Parents will be trained on nutrition topics and will be empowered to lead nutrition and cooking workshops for other parents. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Christine Bou Sleiman at (310) 973-1300 x 52039
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