Topanga Mountain School

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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: 11/27/18

Hi everyone,

How strange a break this has been from regular Mountain Mails. It is good to be back to a Tuesday with no drama.

I hope everyone still managed to have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you have now found your way back into a normal rhythm.

I do know we still have two of our immediate community that are displaced. Marcelle is staying at her inlaws and looking at options for the future. Eden’s mother’s house in Malibu is also badly smoke and ash damaged and they cannot return home. This has been way too long for anyone to stay in hotel - rockstars notwithstanding :) We wish both families godspeed for a positive conclusion.

It was such a pleasure to connect with so many of you at Parent Conferences. Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us. It is easy to see why they are so great when we get to sit down with you!

A special shout out to Deborah Ackrich who made a feast of feasts for the entire staff on the Tuesday of conferences. It was so deeply appreciated. Thank you!

Upcoming event

We know that there are many struggling in the aftermath of the fires and we wanted to do something where we could come together in an attitude of thanks and to find a way to help those less fortunate.

To that end we have decided to combine all our cancelled events into one. So please join - along with alumni families - for a TMS Harvest Festival, Community Hike, Mesa Picnic alternative!!!




TMS - Saturday December 8th - 11:30 - 2:30

Bring something to share and we’ll supply the plates, cups and utensils

Main dishes, desserts and drinks needed. Lets see if we can do this without a sign up. Simple and easy. We’ll throw in some music and games and enjoy each other’s company.

We also ask that you bring something to donate to a family in need. New or lightly used: a toy for Christmas or Hanukah, toiletries. clothes, shoes….

RSVP to appreciated.

Before we move into the coming week here are a few photographs from the last field trip before chaos ensued. TMS students enjoying the wonderful California African American Museum.

Coming Up - this week

Wednesday - Tomorrow

Back on the Mesa - business as usual!

Friday - Eagle Rock hike

Students will be starting their day at school so please drop off at the regular time (carpools as usual).

Mid morning we will be leaving for Topanga and taking a hike from Trippet Ranch to Eagle Rock. Students will need a packed lunch and water bottles, as well as appropriate footwear.

Pick up at end of day at either Trippet Ranch at 3:15pm or back at school at 3:30pm.

Coming Up - next week and beyond

Tuesday December 4th - Prospective Parent Orientation 9:30am

Please let me know if you are interested in attending and sharing your experience at TMS.

Wednesday December 19th - Art Show and Holiday Party

Canoga Park Youth Arts Center 6pm - 10pm Please mark your calendars. Our Annual art show and party is s wonderful opportunity to gather together and celebrate your children and the season!

Winter Break

Thursday December 20th - Wednesday January 2nd - school resume Thursday January 3rd

Other Happenings

Wednesday - Tomorrow 6pm - 9pm

Fusion Academy Woodland Hills has a screening of LIKE - a documentary about the impact of social media on our lives. Could be Illuminating! Check it out.






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