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: 12/4/18

Hi Everyone,

Happy Hanukkah to our celebrants. I hope the flames of the holiday are shining brightly for you and continue to shed even greater brilliance as the week unfolds.

Today we got in the spirit at school as Deborah had prepared a delicious, traditional Hanukkah feast. Thanks to her and Wendy Hecht (Aubrey’s mom) for the festive repast!!

Today we also had prospective parents visit the school for an open house. More thanks are in order to our parents who made sure we had great refreshments on hand - thank you to Kathy (Trevor’s mom) and Caitlin (Will’s mom). And to those parent’s who came to talk about their TMS experience - thanks again to Caitlin, Geoff (Gwyneth’s dad), Cindy (Max’s mom) and Laurel (Finn’s mom). It is always inspiring to share what we do at TMS with others and especially to hear our teacher’s so eloquently explain the richness of the program.

This upcoming week we are preparing for more weather! The rain has already brought a lushness that has transformed our local hills. Thankfully, last week the students were able to fit in a hike to Eagle Rock and enjoy the beauty that only this time of year can bring. Here are some photos of the day.

We also started this week with our 5K. Not too many images but a few to mark the occasion!

And some of sports on the field and art on the patio thrown in for good measure!!


Wednesday - tomorrow - Rain stops play.
We are canceling our classes on the mesa, all except Ceramics which we will transport the students to from school, one class at a time.

All students should come to school for 8:15am start. Regular weekly carpool times apply.

Friday - The Hammer Museum, UCLA and The Fowler

Packed lunch, snacks, water bottle and appropriate attire needed.

Drop off and pick up at school normal times.

Saturday - Please come!!!!




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.


Student Gift Exchange

Your child may have come home taking about “Secret Santa” and you may be wondering what this is all about! On our last school day of the calendar year we traditionally celebrate with a gift exchange. (Once again apology for the moniker - still waiting for suggestions for a good alternative!) 

In this gift exchange students secretly pull each other’s names from a bag and then gift that particular student. Gifts can be homemade or bought but there is a $15 limit and it is more about the thought and effort that goes into it than anything else.  They should know who they are gifting tomorrow - please help them keep it a secret, its the best part of the fun!!

Friday 14th - Annenberg Space for Photography

Always such a treat to go to their exhibits - this time National Geographic’s PhotoArk.

Wednesday 19th - Art Show and Holiday Party

Canoga Park Youth Arts Center 6pm - 10pm. Such a great way to celebrate before we all head in different directions for the holidays.

Winter Break

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






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