As a parent, you pack lunch, make sure your child gets on the bus and is ready for the school day. But do you do your homework and get to know all the important people at school?
With a new school year right around the corner, it's time to start figuring out who should be on your "must know" list.
1. Your Child's Teacher
Know at least one teacher at your child’s school well enough to ask questions about your child’s schoolwork and to give him or her information that will help your child learn.
2. School Counselor
The counselor can help your child deal with changes and challenges at home and at school. Counselors can be a great resource for college-bound students, too. A good school counselor can help explain dates and deadlines and review the application process with your high-schooler.
3. School Nurse
If budget cuts haven’t taken your school nurse away, introduce yourself to the school's health care professional. School nurses provide much more than bandages and ice packs. They are managing diabetes, asthma, life‐ threatening allergies, mental and emotional illness, safety issues, administering medications and providing an
endless list of services to our students on a daily basis.
4. PTA and/or School Site Council
Ask your school if there’s a committee you should be aware of. Or better yet, sign up to volunteer and get involved! Your school most likely has a Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) or Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). PTAs are a well established avenue for parent involvement in school. Your school may also have a school site council that plays an important role in decision making for schools.
Hesby Oaks, for example, has an influential School Site Council and a Hesby Involved Parents (HIP) group. Encino Elementary School has its E-TEAM and School Site Council. Lanai Road has also has a very active PTA.
5. Bus Driver
Take time to introduce yourself to the bus driver who ensures your child travels between school and home safely. LAUSD parents can also learn more about safe walk routes and take a look at some of the frequently asked questions at transportation.lausd.net.
6. Board of Education Member
The Los Angeles City Board of Education is the governing, policy-making body of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Members of the Board make decisions on matters relating to local public education. The following Board Members who represent Encino should be able to hear your concerns and give you answers to your questions:
District 4 Board Member Steve Zimmer represents Encino Elementary, Lanai Road School, Nestle, Emelita Elementary, Wilbur, Portola Middle School and Taft High School, and more schools outside of Encino. He can be reached at email@example.com or 213-241-6387. Read more about him on his website.
District 3 Board Member Tamar Galatzan represents Birmingham Charter Community High School, and other Valley schools. She can be reached at Tamar.firstname.lastname@example.org or 213-241-6386. You can also read her online newsletter at galatzangazette.com.
7. School Principal or Head of School
Find out if your school principal is holding any meetings, orientations, events or open houses to get to know parents. Many of our local schools host an informal "coffee with the principal" to discuss any questions or concerns regarding the school.
School Address School Phone
818-784-1762 David Hirsch
15530 Hesby St. 818-528-7000 Mary Melvin
4241 Lanai Rd.
Fr. Paul Henson, O. Carm.5031 Alonzo Ave. 818-654-1329.
Ilene Reinfeld17114 Ventura Blvd. 818-990-1006
17931 Hatteras St. 818-342-6353
Seta Khajarian, Encino Campus Academic Director
5300 White Oak Ave.818-784 6228
Leslie Zarate Wise
17551 Miranda St. 818-609-8421
Patricia Chaimowitz17720 Ventura Blvd. 818-344-4126
Muir Meredith 5461 Louise Ave. 818-380-1365
Mike Muir and Marilyn Kadzielski
4548 Haskell Ave.818-501-4155
Sheva Locke 15739 Ventura Blvd. 818-788-6000