Topeka's Online Parent Resource Center

The 2020-2021 School Experience Survey is still available https://achieve.lausd.net/schoolexperiencesurvey

This page was last updated on 01-15-2021

Welcome to Topeka's Online Parent Resource Center

Topeka is committed to partnering with parents and families to support every child.  We invite you to join in the effort to create innovative, creative thinkers, to build intellectual curiosity, academic excellence and good citizenship among our students  When schools and families work together to support learning, students become more motiviated to succeed in school and life.  We encourage parents to get Engaged! and Stay Informed.  Make an Impact! Any active parent participation, will make each day a positive experience for our students at Topeka.

For now, the Online Parent Resource Center is here for you.  We hope to develop and foster community engagement, provide referrals to community based services, and give you resources to parent workshops, handouts and community events.  We encourage you to explore the educational system to become better advocates for your children and we will do our best to provide support to help our students and families achieve success.

Parents please check back regularly for parent resources in and around our community.

For Parent Portal Questions:  Please click on the Parent Portal Tab Above.  Thank you

Please keep scrolling

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Parent Center Reminders

Week of 1.11.2021

TOPEKA NEWS

THE GREAT KINDNESS CHALLENGE
GreatKindnessChallenge[1]

Save the Date:
January 25 – 29, 2021

Please be on the look our for more information and how our school will be participating.
About: The Great Kindness Challenge (GKC) is a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement. The Great Kindness Challenge is one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible on campus.  Students accept the challenge and show the world that KINDNESS MATTERS!
Help create a culture of kindness on our campus! 

Our 2020 Impact - over 28,000 schools and 15 million students performed over 750 million acts of kindness.

PDF icon GKC-Virtual-Classroom-Edition_English.pdf
PDF icon GKC-Junior-Edition_Socially-Distanced-3.pdf

 

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Topeka Lottery Drawing 


REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR AT:
http://bit.ly/TopekaLottery21-22

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Parent Survey 

LAUSD has EXTENDED the parent survey date to FEBRUARY 25, 2021

Due to the recent campus closures, the raffle date has been changed.  TBD.

New Raffle Date To Be Determined.
go to:  https://achieve.lausd.net/schoolexperiencesurvey

  • Click the light blue Parent Survey button near the top
  • Select - elementary
  • Then select our school's name from the drop-down menu
    • (Topeka Dr CAS 7201)
  • Complete the survey

Your survey can enter you in a chance to win a Scholastic Book Box including Fun Kid Friendly School Supplies worth 100 $Scholastic Dollars.  Once you've completed the survey, just follow the link below to enter the raffle. 
1 prize per grade level 
Last DAY to enter the Raffle is:  January 18, 2021
To enter the rafflego to:  https://forms.gle/Gz6rpyVgykoN9wq9A

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ELPAC RESOURCE

English Language (EL) Parents

The following is a video that demonstrates how you can practice the English Language Assessments for California (ELPAC) with your child. The Summative ELPAC test is administered annually in the spring to all English Language Development students. Practicing the test will help your child become familiar with the format and help ensure your child's best performance. The ELPAC test will most likely be administered remotely beginning in March (online) by your child's teacher. If you have any questions please contact America Castagnola, TSP Coordinator at axb5385@lausd.net.

Here is the youtube video: https://youtu.be/_O1TdYSSAko

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LAUSD NEWS

SPRING ENRICHMENT CLASSES ARE OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT

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Spring 2021 Enrichment

Application period: 1/11/2021 - 1/22/2021

Please submit one form for each child (each student requires a separate form) and each child can enroll in one spring enrichment course.

* In the case of cancellations, new spaces might become available.

Apply

Elementary School

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Gifted Learner & SAS Students

WEBINAR
Dr. Morgan Appel will be sharing information on the impacts of the pandemic on gifted learners and offering insights, strategies and resources to support your children in remote and hybrid learning environments. The webinars will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 and Thursday, January 21, 2021 starting at 5:30 p.m. Since the topic is the same, parents may attend either date. Please note though that the Wednesday webinar will be geared more towards parents of elementary students, whereas the webinar on Thursday will be geared towards parents of middle and high school students. You can find a link to the flyer on the main page of our website achieve.lausd.net/GATE. Thank you.

File attachments:
Morgan Appel Flyer Final.pdf
 

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ENRICHMENT with DISCOVERY EDUCATION

Your child can benefit from the Discovery partnership with LAUSD. 
 
Students can log into Discovery Education two ways:

1. They can go directly to https://lausd.discoveryeducation.com and sign in with their district email and password.

2. They can also go to Schoology, select the waffle and scroll to find Discovery Education

If you need assistance logging in, please contact your student’s teacher or watch the introduction video on http://DiscoveryEducation.com/Learn/LAUSD

Check these out to get started:

• Parent Guide – Discovery Education Experience Explore an 8-step guide that covers logging in, receiving assignments, finding resources, and creating new content.
• Learning at Home Channel Get hands on with STEM, join a virtual (audio)book club, get moving with exercise, and so much more with this awesome collection of at-home activities.
• Virtual Field Trips Travel together to some of the world’s most iconic locations and exclusive destinations without ever leaving your homes.
• Or simply search for your child’s favorite topic or interest! We’re proud to partner with you in supporting our children. Thank you for all you do.

Questions:   Contact Sarah Johangiry, LAUSD Director of Learning Innovations, at SJohangiry@DiscoveryEd.com

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LAUSD PARTNERS WITH THE LA PUBLIC LIBRARY

Parents! 
We have another great resource from our valued partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL)

  • Access to free homework help.
  • SAT/ACT/PSAT and AP tutoring available
  • Essay drop off service where students in grades K-12 will get detailed feedback on their essays within 12 hours.

Students must have their Student Success Card and PIN to access these resources courtesy of the LAPL. Beginning in January 2021, newly enrolled student’s Student Success Card number and PIN will be available the second Monday after the students first enroll in the MyMail PIN App and Focus.
 

Useful links:

For students

FREE Online Tutoring for grades K-12 in all subjects. Hours are 11 am - 11 pm, 7 days a week (Link: https://lapl.org/onlinetutor).

How-to Videos to guide students through the LAPL website (Link: https://lapl.org/studentsuccess/videos). 

For more information, please see the attached flyer: https://bit.ly/LAUSDLAPLFlyer

With their card, students can instantly:

  • Get free online tutoring for homework help, essay review, and test preparation
  • Stream and download movies, music, and more 
  • Check out up to 3 print books - with no fines or fees, ever.  

Find more information on our website in English (www.lapl.org/studentsuccess) and Spanish (www.lapl.org/estudiantes)

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LOCAL DISTRICT NORTHWEST CLUBS & HANG - OUTS
We encourage our families to check out one of the sessions and connect with other kids in our community.

Zoom Hang Out for

3rd - 5th Graders

All are welcome!
Advisors from LAUSD's Systems of Support will be available to talk about life, what everyone has been up to and what advice you may have for others while we are off campus.  This is a hang out where you can get support with the challenges you have and offer support to others.  Know you are not alone in how you are feeling.
Meeting ID:  973-7162-4221
Password:  071917
Please check out the flyer for Days, Times, and Zoom information.

 

Zoom Hang Out for

TK - 2nd Graders
LAUSD's Systems of Support Advisors have created where children TK - 2nd grade can come and interact through song, dance, making snacks, and most of all use our imaginations.
Meeting ID:  897 6804 7212
Please check out the flyer below for Days, Times, and Zoom information.

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Creating A Positive Culture CLUB

Children are encouraged to join with their parents.

Every Tuesday and Thursday

Click the time below to access the ZOOM MEETING

Tuesday 2:30-3:30 . Thursday 7:45-8:45

Contact:  Tricia Gillikin

Tricia Gillikin, Systems of Support Adviser (SOS)

Helping students, families, and educators to create and foster a positive culture

Email: plg4613@lausd.net

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LOCAL DISTRICT NORTHWEST 

HELPFUL RESOURCES & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Friday, January 29, 2021, 9:00 AM (last of four sessions)

Parent Workshop:  LCAP Study Group
Zoom Link:
https://lausd.zoom.us/j/97386405662?pwd=R0NpVkRTUFFybWxHdE5HUU5pVUdKdz09

Meeting ID: 973 8640 5662

Passcode: LCAP

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LA Library's Student Zones:  Homework Help (K-12)

Trained LA-Based Homework Helpers will assist K-12 students with school assignments and help navigate the library's online student resources.
Monday - Thursday:  3:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday:  2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Schedule a free 25-minute appointment:  https://lapl.org/student-zone
For more information, please contact teensservices@lapl.org

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Helplines: 

Suicide Prevention Line

(24/7)    877-727-4747 or 800-784-2433
Website:  http://www.didihirsch.org/spc

California Youth Crisis Line (24 hours) 

800-843-5200

Trevor Line (crisis line for LGBT youth) 

800-850-8078

GLBT National Youth Talkline

800-246-7743 or Website:  glnh.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7 - English and Spanish) 

800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line (24/7)

Text LA to 741741

Crisis Chat (11 AM - 11 PM daily)

https://suicidepreentionlifeline.org/chat/

Teen Line:  https://teenlineonline.org/talk-now/
310-855-4673 or 800-852-8336
text:  Text Teen 839863

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RESOURCES

MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity)

Hope & Care Program - Community Ambassadors educate community on how to properly wear masks, wash their hands and minimize the risks of contracting the virus.  Hope & Care Kits are distributed. They consist of face masks, hand sanitizers and information on COVID-19, Mental Health and local testing sites.  Community Ambassadors will also be delivering essentials to families who are in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 or who have been exposed to a positive case.

For more information, contact Maria Jimenez, Senior Manager of Performance Excellence, at maria@mendpoverty.org or Victoria Ahuactizi, Community Ambassador Lead, at victoria@mendpoverty.org

Main:    818.896.0246

10641 N. San Fernando Rd, Pacoima, CA 91331

mendpoverty.org

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The CHAMP program has Certified Enrollment Counselors who specialize in health insurance enrollment for Covered CA, Medi-Cal, and Kaiser Permanente Children's Health Program.  

There is a high need for health insurance enrollment support as families may either have no insurance coverage or are losing their health coverage due to employment loss or reduction of work hours.  Covered CA Open Enrollment is underway and will end on January 31, 2021.

Questions:  Contact Jaime Ducreux, MSW Specialist Wellness Programs - Student Health and Human Services, at jaime.ducreux@lausd.net

Please follow this link for more information or to book an appointment.

https://achieve.lausd.net/covidtesting

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How to Access Report Cards from the Parent Portal:

 

Go to:   https://parentportalapp.lausd.net/parentaccess/

  1. Click on Parent Login and enter your email & password.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the Welcome Page to find your student, then click on Student's Name.
  3. You will be directed to your Student's Home Page.  Scroll to the ICONS.
  4. Click the Progress Reports Icon.  You will now have access to your child's Report Card.

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STUDENT & FAMILY WELLNESS CENTERS

PDF icon Free Immunizations.pdf

Free Immunizations

Starting November 2020 Immunization requirements for admission to school or child care in CA for the 2020-2021 school year remain in place.

•Clinics open for immunizations ONLY

•Serving students & siblings ages 1 - 18 years old

•With or without health insurance to those who are eligible

•Following COVID-19 safety guidelines

•Masks required for everyone (2 yrs & older)

*By Appointment ONLY Please call 213-202-7590 to schedule an appointment

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What's Happening in our Community

Coffee with the LDNW Superintendent - 

The next meeting is February 9th, 2021.

Registration link:  bit.ly/CoffeeWithTheSup.

After registering, a confirmation email will be sent about joining the webinar.


Coffee with the LDNW Superintendent, Tuesday , December 1, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Tuesday December 1st, 2020 at 9:00 AM
 
Zoom Link:
https://lausd.zoom.us/j/95241117272?pwd=Yjdxdm9LWW15Ui91VVhZOXRESTRmQT09
 
Meeting ID: 952 4111 7272 
Passcode: 559059 

***In case you missed it and would like access to the links and resources:  Here is the link to the pdf (or go to bit.ly/ldnw-cwts-links).

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STAYING IN TOUCH WITH BOARD DISTRICT #3

Email - Scott.Schmerelson@lausd.net

Phone - (213) 241-8333

Facebook – @ ScottAtLAUSD (English) &  @ScottenEspanol (Spanish)

Twitter - @ScottAtLAUSD

Instagram - @scott_at_lausd

Newsletter Sign-Up: http://bit.ly/2EZ5DwI

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

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“TECH TIPS” for Families: Please click the links below to watch the webinar.

English – http://bit.ly/3jhGc7O

Spanish – http://bit.ly/34fzTh5

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Archive of Past Town Hall Meetings:  https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/16727

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LDNW Parent Schoology Group: 

Hello Parents,

Our Local District Northwest has created a Parent Schoology Group just for you.  

The group is a wonderful resource for parents.  Information is available with a click of a mouse -- Parent Portal, Student Activation, Reset LAUSD Email Accounts, Family-Student Handbook, Upcoming Events and so much more! 

How to join LDNW Parent Schoology Group 

 

Step 1:  Go to lms.lausd.net 

Step 2:  Click on ”Parents” and Log in

Step 3:  Click on ”Groups” 

Step 4:  On right-hand side of page, click on “My Groups” 

Step 5:  Under “Manage Groups,” click on “Join Group” 

Step 6:  Use access code: 5RP7-PH44-Z6VR9 

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How to renew your VOLUNTEER application
New Volunteers: In addition to the application and commitment form, TB Clearance is required.  Returning volunteers, please consider renewing as to not lapse this year. 

STEP 1:  CLICK on this link to renew your application https://volunteerapp.lausd.net/Default?ReturnUrl=%2f
STEP 2:  Complete the 2020-2021 application and submit, print and sign.
STEP 3:  Print and sign the Volunteer Commitment Form
STEP 4:  Take a picture or scan both SIGNED forms. 
STEP 5:  Email both forms to marissa.croft@lausd.net
Or You can drop off forms at the main office during office hours.

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New School Year Banner

LAUSD ANNOUNCEMENTS and RESOURCES:

Board Meeting Agendas

Board Meeting Agendas

Latino Heritage Month

Latino Heritage Month

Public Feedback Survey on the District Learning Continuity Plan

Public Feedback Survey on the District Learning Continuity Plan

Graphic announcing Los Angeles Unified's Teachers of the Year

Teachers of the Year 2020-21

Log onto Schoology

Log onto Schoology

Connect to the Parent Portal

Connect to the Parent Portal

Free Meals at Grab & Go Food Centers

Los Angeles Unified will continue to provide nutritious meals to students and community members who need them while students are learning in virtual classrooms. Our Grab & Go Food Centers are staffed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Two meals are provided per person. Los Angeles Unified students and their parents should bring their meal barcode card (available at their school) or barcode (sent by mail) to get scanned for meal pickups. Each student has a separate bar code. Adults do not need a barcode to pick up meals. Visit our Grab & Go page to find the local food center near you or to get more information. >> Read More

Free Meals at Grab & Go Food Centers

Complete Your Census 2020 Questionnaire

Complete Your Census 2020 Questionnaire

Student and Family Wellness Hotline

Student & family wellness:
(213) 241-3840
The helpdesk is open 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Please call for support with mental health, immunizations, health insurance, food & housing, enrollment, and more.

Student and Family Wellness Hotline

 

More Resources for Parents:  

Find tips and resources for distance learning for parents/caregivers and teachers.  Powered by CommonSenseMedia.Org

https://wideopenschool.org/families-and-teachers/for-families/

We have collaborated to provide resources that you can use at home throughout the year.
Parent Concerns

Parent Videos

https://www.commonsense.org

 

COVID-19 Testing and Tracing Program Announced

COVID-19 Testing and Tracing Program Announced

Los Angeles Unified Launches COVID-19 Testing and Tracing Program At Schools To Include Research on Impact and Effect of Reopening | El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles lanza el programa de rastreo de contactos y pruebas de COVID-19 en las escuelas que incluye investigaciones sobre el impacto y los efectos de la reapertura​

  • Family and Student Handbook

    Family and Student HandbookThe new Family and Student Handbook helps navigate the challenges involved in online learning.

    The handbook includes sample instructional schedules, information on how to access technology and log into classes online, steps for how to have a successful first week of school, free resources for extended learning, and much more.

    >> Download the Family and Student Handbook

     

  • Child Care

    The State of California has established a website to help Californians working in essential sectors during the coronavirus response to find safe, reliable, and accessible child care options. Visit MyChildCare.ca.gov for more information.

Parent Portal Resources

Family and Student Handbook

Back to School Plan

Free Meals at Grab & Go Food Centers

YouTube: World of Learning

YouTube: Help for Families

How to Reset a Student's Email Password

Frequently Asked Questions

 

CSUN Covid-19 Resources - click here CSUN COVID-19 RESOURCES

  1. Food
  2. Food Banks (SFV and Santa Clarity Valley
  3. Medical/Healthcare
  4. Court Resources
  5. Victim Services
  6. Mental Health

Resource Directory - click here Resource Directory

  1. Self-Care
  2. Educational Support
  3. Food
  4. Mental Health
  5. General Information

Food Bank - click here Food Bank - North Hills

 

Red Cross Ready:  FREE  Virtual Emergency Preparedness Classes

English:  Tuesdays and Thursdays

Spanish:  Wednesdays

Register at redcross.org/la-virtual

 

 

 

 

 

 


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