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Welcome to Room 2! We are going to have an amazing year in Kindergarten!!
Week of May 21-25: 
Share Topic: Summer Plans
Monday: PE (please dress appropriately and bring a water bottle); Early Dismissal 1:10
Tuesday:Literacy Rotations
Wednesday: PTA Breakfast: All TPs are invited (even those scheduled to work Wednesday morning :) Thank you for all of your support!); Library (Please help your child remember to bring back their library books); Literacy Rotations
ThursdayField Trip to the LB Aquarium (please arrive at school by 8:15; wear red Cornerstone t-shirt and pack disposable nut-free lunch)
FridayDad's Day Celebration; HW and Lunch Order due; Computer Lab; Minimum Day 12:00 Dismissal (Please pick up your child from the classroom as we will not be walking out to the curb)
*Mark your calendar for our K End of the Year Party on June 4th from 10:40-12:00. Parents are welcome to come volunteer or just be along for the fun.


Recent Posts

Happy Mother's Day

Thank you to all of the amazing mommas and grandmas that we have helping to keep Room 2 moving and shaking each day! :)
A big thank you also to some of the mommas and dads who helped to make last week's Mother's Day Show so special...
Thank you to Sara Abdel-Ghaffar, Taryne deSilva and Guy Taylor-Smith  for helping with food, set up and decorations!
Thank you to Jeremy Smith and Jeff Wang for helping the day of with set up and service!
Thank you to Wenxing Zhang for being there to take pictures of our little performers and their smiling mommas!
And thank you to all of you who came out to enjoy the show!

One of my many lovely gift baskets/boxes from you all last week. Thank you for making me feel so special! xo

Mother's Day Slideshow

In preparation for our show we are putting together a special slide show. We need 2 pictures from each family, 1 of your child alone as a baby and 1 of mom and child that is more recent. Please email the two pictures as jpeg files labeled with your child's name (example "rileyvbaby and rileyvmomandme") to Sara Abdel Ghaffar by the end of the week.

Hunger Heroes

Your child should have come home with a black reusable bag. Cornerstone is having a food drive to help Community's Child feed hungry children around LA County.  The food drive will be from February 5-8th and details about what can be donated are on the attached green sheet.

I want to give a huge thank you to the Sheller Family for helping make these adorable wooden Santas happen!! Mr. Sheller purchased and prepared the wood for all 78 kindergarten students so that we can all have these awesome keepsakes!

Spelling Bee Volunteers Needed


The Spelling Bee Is Coming To Cornerstone in January!


Cornerstone’s Spelling Bee is open to students in grades 3-5 and is based on the word lists and rules outlined by the Scripps National Spelling Bee Rules.

We need three volunteers to act as judges. No experience necessary. Plan to be there at 15 min prior to the start time and we anticipate that it will run till 9pm. This is a great opportunity to knock out 4 service hours.  Please email Sanaz Hamzehpour at OR Tracy Patch at if your interested in volunteering. 


Spelling Bee will take place in the MPR on

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 with start time of 5:00 PM


One of the significant ways we are able to make a difference in the daily lives of our students is through the Cornerstone Booster Club and PTA.  Our Booster Club & PTA, through the generous donations of our families, helps fill the gap in local, state, and federal funding of our school. These funds directly benefit each student at Cornerstone. We are writing you because we need your help in reaching our membership goal. 
The PTA (in alignment with local, state, and national chapters) enhance the educational experiences of our students. Through programs like Reflections, Red Ribbon Week, & Yellow Ribbon Weeks.  Our PTA works to promote successful, healthy, well rounded students.
The Booster Club, as a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, allows us to both raise and spend funds in unique ways that allow us to support the many diverse activities and needs of our school.  Through funds raised from our Membership Drive,and other fundraising activities, we are able to supplement learning activities and classroom needs.  All total, Booster Club is budgeting to spend on average of $450 per student. 
Here are just a sampling of the programs that Booster Club funds support:
Art at your Fingertips, Art Trek, 4th Grade Archeological Dig, Assemblies, Characters Come Alive, Field Trips, Year of Cultural Studies, Scholarships, Performing Arts, Battle of the Books, Year Book, Garden Program, Playground Equipment, Site Maintenance & Beautification, Media Subscriptions,  Parent Education Workshops, Science Night, Science Olympiad, Science Lab Supplies, Disaster Preparedness Supplies, Halloween Week Program, Talent Show, Winter Music Program, Family BBQ, Student Council, Technology in Classrooms, Software Licensing (IXL, Reflex Match, etc), Kiln Expenses & Supplies, Instructional Supplies, Classroom Support Items, Character Program, Junior Great Books, and more!!!

As of today a total of 55% of families have joined the Booster Club!  We are reaching out to ask if you would please consider making a donation to help support our school, our students, your child(ren).  All donations are tax deductible. Please help us reach our goal of 75% of families joining the Booster Club.  Upon reaching our goal, ALL students will enjoy a shave ice!   If you have already made a donation - thank you so much for your generous support!  

Forms may be found in the Parent Board Room and on What's Happening.


Thank you for your continued support of our amazing school!
Mariko Hama
Bernadette Franco
Gail Dardashti
Gabi Ryan

Parent Board Executive Team Members

Halloween Performance Schedule

12:35-12:50 Performance in the K-Yard
12:50-1:15 Parade through 1st and 2nd grade wings
*Parents with older siblings should sign out K students if they would like for them to stay and watch the 1st-5th grade students' parade.

Important Updates/Reminders

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

Now that we have had three weeks to settle in to the routines of Kindergarten, we wanted to send out a few updates/reminders regarding the safety of our students.

We now have Miss Kelly who will be our official yard duty aide before school. That being said, we want to underscore the importance of Teaching Parent 1 being here and on duty at 8:10. As a reminder students can begin their school day at 8:15 (not before) and the yard needs to prepped and monitored for their safety. We have had several days where the coverage was not adequate because of late arrivals. We will now be asking TP1s to sign in at the Kindergarten gate.

In regard to morning drop off, we are encouraging families to start saying their goodbyes at the Kindergarten gate. Not only will this help with the number of wipes being used (they are going too fast), but also with the transition of our kinder students in to their daily routines. We are also concerned about younger siblings getting hurt as the equipment on our yard is meant for kinder aged students.

Thank you for everyone’s efforts at the end of the day to pick up your child on time. Per school policy, if your child is here after 2:15 (1:20 on Mondays) you will need to park and pick them up from the office. On Mondays, we need to be finished with pick up by 1:20 as grades 1-5 will be getting ready for their dismissal at 1:30. To avoid traffic and getting stuck in the pickup line with the rest of the school, please be prompt.

Finally, to reiterate Mrs. Marcus’ letter, if you are waiting for an older sibling’s dismissal you should be over at the round tables next to the MPR. The front of the school is not an area of play and we all need to be respectful of the work that continues after our kinders are dismissed.

Thank for all of your ongoing help and support! You are such an important part of our team. J


The Kindergarten Teachers