Topanga Mountain School

knowledge naturally

A unique and innovative program that provides for a solid academic foundation in core subjects, inspires a love of learning and cultivates compassionate, well-rounded citizens.

Mountain Mail: 10/31/18

Happy Halloween!

It is hard to believe that just a week ago we were deep in the quiet and beauty of Montana de Oro, immersed in nature. The surrounding beaches, sand dunes, bays, hills and trails are all part of the magical moments that this trip never fails to deliver. Though it was a little colder than in past years, I think we all enjoyed the respite from the dry heat of Woodland Hills.

With out fail we come home from this trip particularly dirty! It does give the children fresh appreciation for the comforts of a shower, flushable toilets and of course their luxurious beds. I also hope it leaves a trail of restorative connection to the simpler, truer part of themselves. They really do play and imagine, create and discover.

Thank you for allowing us to spend such quality time with your children. It takes trust and belief in us and in the benefits of what we do here at TMS. You are trailblazers as parents - one day your children will really recognize that!!

Here are a few more pics of them this past week. I’m using this format now so that you can click on the photo for a full image

More news and information…

Thank you for signing up for the Parent Conferences and for our Harvest Festival.

PARENT CONFERENCES: There are still a few families who have not yet claimed a parent conference time. Please hit the link on last week’s MM to do so.

HARVEST FESTIVAL: Thanks to those of you who have taken on a coordinator responsibility! We will meet asap to get you rolling. We only have a couple of weeks to go and I have two vital jobs left to fill.

Raffle Coordinator - and - Vendor Booth Coordinator.

This coming week everyone will be asked to participate as signup genius for desserts, working the booths, helping with set up and take down, and a myriad of other jobs will be coming your way.

Coming up - this week

Friday Nov 2nd - Ai Weiwei Exhibit, Marciano Arts Center

Students will be once again discovering what great art Los Angeles has to offer. Kristine as organized a stellar tour of two different installations of some very important work.

Drop off and pick at school at regular times. Snack, packed lunch and suitable attire.

Sunday Nov 4th - TMS Community Hike, Malibu Creek State Park

Hope you can join us for this month’s hike. A more leisurely stroll in this beautiful setting. Meet at the farthest day parking lot of the main park entrance at 8:45am.

Coming up - Next week & NOVEMBER

Tuesday November 6th - VOTE ~ VOTE ~ VOTE

And find someone else who might not go to the polls to take with you. Leave no stone unturned. Check on your neighbors, ask your friends. Do this for your children and come by and give me a high five afterwards. Tuesday is ACTION & HOPE day. Who knows what Wednesday will bring.

Monday Nov 12th - NO SCHOOL Veteran’s Day

Friday 9th - California African American Museum

Tuesday 13th - 5K run 9:30am - Temescal State Beach

Want to run (or fast walk) too - or come and cheer them on? We will be down at Temescal beach for some cool ocean breeze. More info and morning drop off options later.

Tuesday 13th - Prospective Parent Meeting 7:00 - 9:00 pm

If you know anyone who would be a good fit for our program have them come and find out more! RSVP required.

Harvest Fest 2018.jpg

Sunday Nov 18th - HARVEST FESTIVAL,

Trust Ranch 11:30am - 4:30pm.

The most fun we have all year!


Dunk Andrew in the dunk tank, dance to some foot tapping live music, chow down on some great BBQ, drink Muddle and Wilde cocktails, show off your skills in the pie eating contest, make crafts, buy goodies, decorate a cupcake, and so much more!! Oh and watch me fall over in the three legged race - happens every time!

Monday 19th Wednesday 21st - Parent Conferences - NO SCHOOL

Thursday 22nd - Friday 23 - Thanksgiving Break

Happy Halloween!!!!






Topanga Mountain School  |  5920 Shoup Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91367  |  818.346.8355