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PTA News
by Tina Wiener

Hope your school year is off to a great start! There are a number of fun, and important, activities taking place at Horace Mann this month. As always, I urge you to take the time to read through the newsletter, to review the calendar, and to open the Sunday e-blasts which you all should be receiving. Last week, we kicked off our 2014-2015 Pledge Drive. We need 100% participation from all families at Horace Mann to continue and to improve our extracurricular programs at Horace Mann and to provide our teachers with items which they need to do a stellar job in the classroom.

 

Our most important volunteer opportunity this month is getting parents to come in at lunch time and oversee games in the auditorium foyer. We are working to find a more permanent solution for staffing this indoor activity area, but in the meantime, the only way it can stay open is if we have adults in there to supervise. The K-5th grade kids seem to really enjoy it, so I encourage all of you to follow the link for this volunteer opportunity and sign up to help now!

 

Our family activities this month include Restaurant Night on September 2nd at Fatburger, and a special end-of-summer Husky celebration the weekend of September 19th-21st. Stay tuned for information about a very special movie night that weekend and a night out at the Ice Cream Lab on September 21st (official end of summer)!

 

We have also scheduled the first of our 2014-15 parent education nights on September 17th, with Dr. Mark Kern speaking about "Exercising the brain: Ways to improve your child's sleep, anxiety and focus without pills." These parent education nights are free to parents in the community and take place several times throughout the year.

 

Finally, if there are any questions or concerns about construction, the Horace Mann Construction Hotline Number is now in place: 310-882-3066.

 

Hope to see you all at Fatburger on September 2nd!

 

PTA Membership Drive
by Sarah Vanek

I want to say thank you to the families who have generously supported Horace Mann over the years, through your financial contributions and as volunteers.

 

Last year more than 75% of our school participated in the Pledge Drive (a huge increase from previous years).

 

By the middle of next week, please ask your child for the PTA Pledge Drive Donor Envelope, then complete and return to your child's homeroom teacher by Tuesday, September 16, 2014.    

 

You may also click here to contribute online. 

 

We also encourage you to check with your employer to ask about Corporate Matching Plans for charitable donations.  

 

No gift is too small and every gift is important!

 

Mann Up! - Lunch Games Volunteers
by Megan Zucaro

We need two volunteers each day at lunchtime from 11am-1pm to oversee the indoor quiet game area for students.

We have created a space for indoor lunchtime activities for our children during construction, utilizing the auditorium foyer. We need two parents each day to supervise board games and card games in this area. You can volunteer for a regular time slot each week, if you can commit to a long-term schedule, or one day any time during the week.

To sign up for a shift, please click here.
Purple Pages Directory
by Lisa Primavera
For the first time, this year the Purple Pages directory will be available both digitally and in print. But we need your information!

New AND returning families need to input their contact information by September 12th, even if you did it last year, in order to be included in the directory.  Go to this link to add your information.

You can also advertise your business in the Purple Pages.  To review the policies and to fill out a form, click here.
PTA Meeting Report
It was standing room only at our first PTA General meeting of the 2014-2015 school year.  Among other things, we heard committee reports and an update on construction. 

To read more about what you may have missed, click here to read the full minutes from the meeting.

Husky Restaurant Night
by Peter Gabayan

Ready for our first restaurant night? Beverly Hills' very own Fatburger has generously invited us for our first night out fundraising. If you mention Horace Mann when ordering, our school gets 25% of the bill.  Thank you Fatburger!

 

Any questions or concerns, please contact Peter Gabayan, peter@realestatepeter.com.


See you all Tuesday, September 2nd between 5:00pm and 9:00pm.    

 

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Reflections  - "The world would be a better place if..."
by Brenda Garcia

The National PTA Reflections Program has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork. Each year, students in Grades Pre-K through 12 are recognized for bringing the theme to life through film production, dance choreography, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. The 2014-2015 Reflections program theme is "The World would be a better place if..."

 

All students must follow the general participation rules, as well as rules for each arts category listed above. For all forms and guidelines, click here. All submissions are due by November 7th. Please contact Brenda Garcia with any questions you may have at abc-j@sbcglobal.net.

 

Building Bridges - Construction Update

Do you have questions or concerns about construction? Horace Mann Construction Hotline Number is 310-882-3066.

  

Parent Education Night
by Dr. Mark Kern
Exercising the brain? Ways to improve your child's sleep, anxiety and focus without pills.

Many school-age children struggle with attention, anxiety, and sleep issues that are a major hindrance to their school performance and social functioning. Experts will discuss options for interventions that do not involve taking medications, and which have been shown to help improve concentration and sleep while reducing anxiety. There will also be time for a question and answer session.
  
Please join us on Wednesday, September 17th at 7:00pm  in the auditorium. 
8th Grade Corner
by Monique Gibbons and Donna Alexander
8th grade graduation - Come to our planning meeting on Thursday, September 4th at 8:30am in the cafeteria.






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Thanks!
by Reiona Ysaguirre
Thank you to all the families that donated to the School Supply Drive.  Your contributions are greatly appreciated!  If you would like to continue to support School on Wheels, please go to

Please check your weekly e-blast for upcoming community service activities.
It's Elementary! - Bedtime Stories
by Misty Johnson

On Tuesday, August 26th, dressed in pajamas and slippers, a packed room of children and their families listened to stories read by Horace Mann students. 

 

If your child (K-3) is interested in being a reader for a future Bedtime Stories, please contact Misty Johnson at maallred77@yahoo.com or Lisa Tonley at tonley@sbcglobal.net.

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In Our Community
from the City of Beverly Hills
Movie Night: Troop Beverly Hills
Come see a special screening in Beverly Canon Gardens at 7:00pm on Saturday, 9/13.

Charity Dinner: Buy Tickets for Sharing the Bounty on 9/18

A Letter from Our Principal
by Mr. Kessler

Dear Husky Nation,

 

What a fantastic opening for Horace Mann School! The PTA-sponsored new families ice cream social and then the Welcome Back Breakfast were met with large and enthusiastic crowds. The positive energy that was so evident at our opening events carried through to the smooth opening of school.

 

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Tutoring Available

Tired of struggling through homework with your kids? The Beverly Hills Academic Tutoring Program is here to the rescue! 

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S.T.A.R. Education

Click here to sign up now!  The Fall session starts September 8th.   

 

Look for the after-school flyer from your child's homeroom teacher or on the front counter of the school office.

Boy Scout Troop 110

Come learn about the exciting world of Boy Scouts and Beverly Hills Troop 110 on  Monday, September 22, 2014 at 7:30pm at La Cienega Park recreation center (8400 Gregory Way).

Please RSVP to Cynthia Friedman recruitment@bh110.mytroop.us or 310-815-9929.

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Computer Coding for Kids
Elementary and Middle School
students learn how to think like a computer scientist using fun activities and computer games---develop coding skills, methodical reasoning and logic without even realizing it!

Learn the basics and build
games with Python.

For more information, email
Beverly Vista Movie Night
Free outdoor screening of "Oz the Great and Powerful" on Saturday, September 6th at the Beverly Vista field. Gates open 6:30 p.m. Movie begins at 7:30 p.m. Pizza, popcorn, goodies, and drinks will be sold.
El Rodeo Luau

Parenting Classes from The Maple Counseling Center
How can we support our children at pivotal moments? How to avoid power struggles and create a lasting partnership with our children? How to help our children navigate friendships, homework, testing, and teachers? Sign up for parenting classes offered by The Maple Counseling Center.

For more information, contact Gloria Mucino
(310) 271-9999 x253 gmucino@tmcc.org.

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The Husky Howler produced by Horace Mann PTA and edited by Misty Johnson