Sunday Minute – August 9, 2020

Sunday Minute – August 9, 2020

Good evening, families! This is Principal Stevens, with this week’s Sunday Minute.


School Website

As we embark on our school year, I want to ask that you frequent our school’s webpage for information, updates, resources, etc. at Currently on our website you will find information from last week’s Coffee with the Principal, the Orientation Schedules, information on the Parent Portal, the schedule for Device Distribution, and much more.


Device Distribution

Speaking of Device Distribution, for those families who’ve completed the Topeka Technology Survey by last week’s due date, devices will be distributed this week as follows.


2nd -3rd grade –                               Wednesday, August 12th from 9am-11am

4th-5th grade-                                   Thursday, August 13th  from 12pm-2pm

PreSchool, TK, K, & 1st grade-     Friday, August 14th from 12pm-2pm


To expedite the distribution process, please sign up for the Parent Portal, fill out your meal application, and complete the documents in the link provided in the email version of this message.


If your child is a returning Topeka student and has a device from last year, they can keep that device for remote learning.


Because PreSchool, TK, and Kinder parents are still enrolling they will be able to use an additional link to request a device.


For other specific device questions, please contact our school Coordinator, Mrs. America Castagnola at


Grade Level Orientations & Classroom Assignment Letters

This week is orientation week.  Please keep watch for your classroom assignment letter in the mail.  The letters should be arriving early this week if they haven’t already.  Information on your classroom teacher, grade level orientation day, time, and log-in link is included in the letter.  You can have access to the orientation information now via our school’s website and through the email version of this message. letter Public Post.pdf


Room Parents Needed

Finally, if you’re interested in becoming a Room Parent for the 2020-2021 academic school year, please be on the look-out for the Room Parent application, available the first week of school. For more information, please contact our Room Parent Coordinator, Mrs. Jennifer Grooms at


 What is a Room Parent?

As a Room Parent, you are the liaison between the PTA, parents, teachers, and the children in the classroom. You keep parents informed of activities and encourage their participation, as well as ensure that all children in the classroom enjoy and benefit from the many classroom activities and special programs planned for the year. With your help, these various events will run smoothly. 



That’s it for this week’s news from school, have a tigerrific evening.



For Your Information:

  • 1-213-241-3840  LAUSD Hotline to help manage fear, anxiety, and other challenges related to COVID- 19.  Open 6am-6pm weekdays
  • 1-213-443-1300 COVID-19 Hotline for families
  • 1-213-241-2700 COVID-19 Hotline for employees



Look Ahead- Mark Your Calendar

8/11               Pre-School Orientation @ 8:30AM

8/12               TK & K Orientation @ 1:00PM

8/12               1st Grade Orientation @ 2:30PM

8/13               2nd Grade Orientation @ 8:30AM

8/13               3rd Grade Orientation @ 10:00AM

8/14               4th Grade Orientation @ 8:30AM

8/14               5th Grade Orientation @ 10:00AM

8/18               Virtual School-wide  @ 1:00PM

8/19               Teacher Meet and Greets 1:00PM

8/20               Students log-in for Synchronous and Asynchronous instruction

8/25               PTA Virtual Meeting on Zoom @ 6:30PM

8/27               Coffee with the Principal @ 6:30PM

8/28               PTA 5th Grade Committee Parent Meeting

8/31               Governance Council Orientation 9:20am



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