Topanga Mountain School

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Mountain Mail: 9/12/19

This first week has gone by so quickly! Its hard to believe we will head out on our first hike of the year tomorrow. The kids have had an eclectic start, from the first three days of exploration to today when they met their Spanish teacher, had their first intro classes in all their subjects, and got their chrome books up and running.

Here are some memories of our time together so far…..

All the students are becoming more comfortable at school and as a consequence we are really beginning to get to know them. They had their Math and Reading and Writing assessments and now we are creating groups that will best support their learning. With such an inspiring first unit in store I am excited to see all of them engage and blossom over the weeks ahead.


Wednesday morning we had a special treat! A.J., Lincoln’s dad, introduced us to the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. We all had a great time discovering our personality preferences! It was wonderfully enlightening and fun. Thank you A.J.

Thanks to Deborah, her first lunch of the year was a great success, and we are excited for all the good food we know is coming our way. Remember you can sign up on the Sign Up Genius to support Deborah on Tuesday - or to provide lunch yourself on Thursdays.

Thank you to all of you who came out on Tuesday - and we missed those of you who could not make it! It was a long evening, and in my less than focused state I am sure we are going to find some info that fell through the gap. But time will get us all on the same page, and please feel free to write or call if you need any clarification.

And thank you for signing up and jumping in to volunteer! There are still jobs that need filling, so if you couldn’t make it, look out next week for a full list and a way to sign up. I’ll share more about our Mountain Movers and we’ll pin down a location for our first family gathering and BBQ.

Special thanks to both Sarah Seelinger, Gwyneth’s mom, and Cindy Hitchcock, Olivia’s mom, for stepping up to take the helm. Its going to be a great year!



It has become rather a tradition to start our school year hiking in Solstice Canyon. We add in some extra fun as the Year 3s lay a scavenger hunt for the others to do on their return back to the trail head. It is a great first venture as it is a short hike, but with a little challenge on the initial up hill.

Please make sure your child has TWO FULL WATER BOTTLES. Sunscreen and hats are highly recommended. They should also have a good snack, a lunch, appropriate clothing and good walking shoes.

Drop off and pick up from school at 8:15am and 3:30pm respectively. Topanga carpool as usual in the morning. However, we can drop your child back at Pine Tree at the end of the day at 3:15pm. Please let us know if you prefer them to go back to school. And more to the point, talk to them so they know where they are going!!


This will be our first day back on the Mesa. Students should have appropriate attire for their electives. Ask them, they’ll know by then what they need. They should also have their two full water bottles, snack and lunch.

Drop off for Valley students at school for 8:15. Drop off for Topanga students either at Pine Tree at 8:35 or directly at the mesa for 8:45. If going to the mesa please drop off your child by the stable parking lot; at the T junction go left and then keep to the fence until you see the opening.

Pick up for Valley students is at 3:30 at school. Pick up for Topanga students is at 3:30 at Pine Tree. Once again let us know if you have a preference - and make your child aware of the arrangements.

There is so much more to share, but I will save for next time!

Peace ~ Joy






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