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LESD GOALS 2014-2015

Focus Area #1
LESD staff will communicate and collaborate to ensure that every student achieves academic success.

Focus Area #2
LESD staff will increase parent engagement and will provide parent education to support student success.

Focus Area #3
LESD staff will ensure the use of technology as a tool to foster critical thinking and creativity to develop 21st Century skills for students and staff.

Focus Area #4
LESD staff will actively promote health and wellness for all members of the LESD community.

Focus Area #5
LESD will invest in optimal learning environments that enhance student learning and safety.

2014-2015 School Calendar


Lawndale Educational Foundation



Erate Year 17 RFP's

Erate Year 17 RFP's will be available on the purchasing section of the website. Please check back soon.

Superintendent Newsletter


September 2014


A message from Dr. Ellen Dougherty, Superintendent

Parent Involvement is Vital to Student Achievement

Research indicates that family engagement makes a big difference for student success in school and beyond. A home environment that encourages learning is a bigger factor in student achievement than a parent's income, education level or cultural background. Creating a relationship with a student’s teacher is of utmost importance.


Students with involved parents who communicate regularly with a student’s teacher, are more likely to attend school regularly, perform better and earn higher grades, develop better social skills and go on to post-secondary education. When families, schools and communities work effectively together as partners, family engagement is a powerful strategy that boosts student achievement and better prepares our children to lead healthy, happy and productive lives. Some of the ways parents can be involved is by reading together, monitoring homework at the kitchen table, talking to teachers about a child's progress, or taking an active part in school governance (such as School Site Council and District English Language Advisory Committee – DELAC) or joining the school’s PTA. From transitional kindergarten to eighth grade, your students need for you to be involved. 



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RAP Lights On After School

Did you know that every year around this time, after school programs all over the country are working tirelessly to bring awareness to the impact of after school programs?  Here are a couple of links that will update you on whats going on within the after school community: http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/16/its-3-oclock-youre-at-work-where-are-your-kids/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=1 and http://afterschoolalliance.org/AA3PM/. Click and learn more about the after school movement.  

This year the RAP After school Program will be joining together with other surrounding districts to  celebrate “Lights On After School” at our annual Fall Arts Festival at Cesar Chavez Middle school In Lynwood. Please see the attached flyer for additional information.  There will be food, fun, games and student performances for the entire family. 


The RAP After school Program keeps kids safe and healthy, inspires students to learn, and helps working families. Children who come to our program every morning/ afternoon have a safe place to go, a range of fun and challenging activities, and supervision by  caring adults who help them learn and make productive choices.  Afterschool is key to kids’ success.                                               


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RAP Lights On

RAP Lights On Spanish

LESD's Choose Health LA Kids (CHLA Kids) Program hosts tours of grocery stores

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The two grocery store tours in September have been very successful. The grocery store tours were promoted at LESD Back to School Nights, at staff meetings and on the LESD CHLA Kids website.


News and Announcements

Information about the Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)

Dear Parent/Guardian:


You may have heard that there has been an increased amount of children being diagnosed with Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in the U.S.  Please take the time to read the attached documents from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to learn more about the virus, who is at risk and what can be done to prevent the spread of the illness.  If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school site’s health office.



Lawndale Elementary District Nurses


For more information please click on the following link: Enterovirus

Estimado Padre/Guardián:


Es posible que haya escuchado que el número de niños diagnosticados con Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) ha aumentado en los E.E.U.U. Por favor lea el documento adjunto del Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Los Angeles para aprender más acerca del virus, quién está a riesgo y qué puede hacer para prevenir el contagio de la enfermedad. Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor llame a la oficina de salud de la escuela de su alumno.



Enfermeras del Distrito Escolar Primario de Lawndale


Para más información por favor oprima el siguiente enlace: enterovirus



Posted by: Karla Bertran
Published: 10/14/14

SAVE THE DATE: LESD Wellness Committee Meeting

Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Time: 3:30pm – 4:45pm

Location: District Office- PDC

4161 W 147th St
Lawndale, CA  90260


Please join us for the first District Wellness Meeting of the year. 

We will be discussing new health and wellness programs for the 2014-2015 school year as well as the wellness policy.  We would love to have all stakeholders at the table (parents, students, staff, community members).


Healthy Regards!

Posted by: Karla Bertran
Published: 10/13/14

$10,000 Donation from Lawndale Education Foundation


Maggie Guillen, Financial Officer, and Daniel Urrutia, Vice-President/Secretary, presented a $10,000 grant to Educational Services on behalf of the Lawndale Education Foundation.


The mission of the Educational Foundation is to provide funding for projects and activities that promote and enhance student learning.  The District was presented with a donation of $10,000 for Educational Services to support the implementation of Reading partners.  The donation was made in continuous efforts to carry out the Foundation’s mission and to meet the academic needs our students.  


Please visit the Ed Foundation's website at www.lesdef.org to learn how you can help.


Posted by: Karla Bertran
Published: 10/9/14

Helpful Tips for Parents Ideas Para Padres

Please click on the links below  for back-to school tips and ideas on how to support learning at home and help your students get the most out of


Por favor oprima en los enlaces para ideas sobre como apoyar el aprendizaje en casa y ayudar a sus alumnos a aprovechar las tareas.





Click here to submit a FREE meal application online today! To manage your payments online click here.

FREE PRESCHOOL program enrolling now!

What we offer: 

  • Free high-quality preschool* in 3-hour AM or PM session (Addams Preschool, Anderson Preschool, Carson Preschool, Green Preschool, Mitchell Preschool, and Twain Preschool) for children who have their:
    • 3rd birthday on or before September 1st;
    • 4th birthday on or before September 1st; or
    • 5th birthday on or between September 2nd and December 2nd
  • Free parent education and kindergarten transition activities
  • Free daily meal
  • and qualified and caring teaching staff

What you need:  Preschool packet completed, Prior month proof of income to meet* state guidelines, Child’s birth record, Sibling birth records, Child’s physical, immunizations, negative Tb test results, 3 emergency contacts, phone and address.


Please call for information or to make an appointment:

(310) 644-8458

Preschool packets are available at the Preschool Office located on 156th St. behind Twain School between Doty Ave

Para información en español…


Measure CL Oversight Committee

Our Measure CL Citizens' Oversight Committee held its meeting this week to review our accomplishments over this past year, and recommend a budget plan for this year, 2014-15.


The committee shared the information with our Board of Trustees at the Board Meeting on October 7, 2014.


LET’S PLAN… Together

Local Control Funding Formula/Local Control and Accountability Plan

California state law sets out the system for funding public schools. State leaders largely decide how much money is available to schools each year as part of the state budget process.

Last spring, California adopted a new formula for deciding how much money each school district gets, called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). School districts will decide how to use the funds, but under the new system they must get input from their local communities. They also have to tie their budgets to improvement goals by creating a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).

The Local Control and Accountability Plan is a critical part of the new Local Control Funding Formula. The plan will be based on Lawndale Elementary School District’s goals and student data collected in order to describe specific actions the district will take to achieve those goals. In the next few months, we will be engaging parents, educators, employees and the community to establish this plan. The LCAP will also focus on eight areas identified as state priorities. The plan will also demonstrate how the district’s budget will help achieve the goals, and assess each year how well the strategies in the plan were able to improve outcomes.

Please click on the following links for the power point presentations:

LCAP Plan Approved by LACOE

Power Point Presentation LCFF Update given at Board Meeting 4-8-14

Community/Stakeholder Input Sessions

Local Control Funding Formula

Local Control Funding Formula Spanish

 dates and times of our stakeholder meetings.