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Thursday, January 14, 2021

School Experience Survey

  The LAUSD School Experience Survey is open through January 22. Please take the survey here:

Friday, December 18, 2020

Winter Break 12/21/2020-01/11/2021

Monday, January 11, 2021 is a Pupil-Free Day for staff and teacher planning and development.

Students come back to school Tuesday, January 12, 2021.


Monday, December 14, 2020

Venice COS Highlights Walgrove 12/16 at 4 PM

The Venice Community of Schools is highlighting Marina Del Rey Middle School and Walgrove Elementary at their monthly webinar. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 4:00 PM


Monday, December 7, 2020

Dear Walgrove Community, 


In response to the recent surge in COVID cases, the near-capacity ICUs throughout CA and the new Stay at Home Order, LAUSD is closing all campuses end of day Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Campuses will re-open Monday, January 11, 2021. 


This means that there will be NO in-person tutoring, in-person special education assessments, teachers teaching from classrooms, Beyond the Bell childcare, athletic practices, distribution events, drive-by events, etc., on LAUSD campuses from December 10, 2020 - January 11, 2021. 


There will still be Grab and Go food distribution and COVID testing at the sites that have been offering Grab and Go food distribution and COVID testing. 


But as many staff as possible will be working from home for that month. 


Plant Manager Mike, B & G worker Tori Broussard, Garden Cindy, Ms. Chin and I will be coming to campus in a regular but staggered fashion throughout this time to care for the plants and animals. 


LAUSD gardeners will also continue to come to cut the grass (and continue to try to fix that one set of pesky sprinklers that continues to go off for too long on the Morningside side). 


Other than that, campus will be closed and secured. 


No volunteers will be allowed. No dropping off or picking up of materials will be allowed. 


If you need to swap a tech device during this time, you can contact me throughout the time the campus is closed. I will bring a few devices home with me so that I can make deliveries, as emergencies arise. 


If your hot spot stops working, you may contact me. I will then contact the District representative who should be able to turn it back on remotely. 


Regarding Picture Day, we are postponing Picture Day to March 3-4. We will keep the same sign-up sheet. If March 3-4 does not work for you, we will also have a subsequent time in late Spring. In the Spring, we will also share with you ways that you may upload your own photos. 


Regarding the District's Platform Request Form (AKA survey) about your preference for either hybrid or virtual instruction, while it was due yesterday, you MAY still be able to fill it out (you can try!). If it doesn't work, and your preference is VIRTUAL, then you may simply email me and let me know, and I will document that VIRTUAL is your preference. (All surveys not submitted will be recorded as Hybrid, and you can change from Hybrid to Virtual at any point.)


Please let me know if you have any questions. 


Thank you for your partnership. 


Stay safe and be well!

Dr. K


Estimade comunidad de Walgrove, 

In respuesta al reciente aumento en los casos de COVID, las UCI de casi capacidad en todo CA y la nueva orden de quedarse en casa, el LAUSD cerrará todos las escuelas al final del día miércoles 9 de diciembre de 2020. Las escuelas volverán a abrir el lunes 11 de enero de 2021.

Esto significa que NO habrá tutoría en persona, evaluaciones de educación especial en persona, maestros que enseñen en los salones, cuidado de niños Beyond the Bell, prácticas atléticas, eventos de distribución, eventos de conducción, etc., en las escuelas del LAUSD a partir del 10 de diciembre. 2020-11 de enero de 2021.

Todavía habrá distribución de alimentos Grab and Go y pruebas de COVID en los sitios que han estado ofreciendo distribución de alimentos Grab and Go y pruebas de COVID.

Pero la mayor cantidad de personal posible trabajará desde casa durante ese mes.

El Plant Manager Mike, la trabajadora de B&G Tori Broussard, Garden Cindy, la Sra. Chin y yo vendremos al campus de manera regular pero escalonada durante este tiempo para cuidar las plantas y los animales.

Los jardineros del LAUSD también continuarán viniendo a cortar el césped (y continuarán tratando de arreglar ese juego de molestos aspersores que continúan funcionando durante demasiado tiempo en el lado de Morningside).

Aparte de eso, el campus estará cerrado y asegurado.

No se permitirán voluntarios. No se permitirá dejar ni recoger materiales.

Si necesita cambiar un dispositivo tecnológico durante este tiempo, puede comunicarse conmigo durante el tiempo que el campus esté cerrado. Llevaré algunos dispositivos a casa conmigo para poder hacer entregas cuando surjan emergencias.

Si su Hot Spot deja de funcionar, puede comunicarse conmigo. Luego me pondré en contacto con el representante del distrito, quien debería poder volver a encenderlo de forma remota.

Con respecto al Día de la foto, pospondremos el Día de la foto del 3 al 4 de marzo. Conservaremos la misma hoja de registro. Si el 3 y 4 de marzo no funciona para usted, también tendremos una fecha posterior a fines de la primavera. En la primavera, también compartiremos con usted las formas en que puede cargar sus propias fotos.

Con respecto al Formulario de solicitud de plataforma del distrito (encuesta AKA) sobre su preferencia por la instrucción híbrida o virtual, aunque se vence ayer, es POSIBLE que aún pueda completarlo (¡puede intentarlo!). Si no funciona y su preferencia es VIRTUAL, simplemente puede enviarme un correo electrónico y avisarme, y documentaré que VIRTUAL es su preferencia. (Todas las encuestas no enviadas se registrarán como híbridas y puede cambiar de híbrida a virtual en cualquier momento).

Por favor hazme saber si tienes preguntas.

Gracias por tu colaboración.

¡Manténgase a salvo y esté bien!

Dr. K

Friday, November 20, 2020

Return to School Town Hall Dec 4

Please attend a special Coffee and Diet Coke with the Principal Friday, December 4, 2020 at 3 pm in my Zoom room where I will share information on the District's plan for reopening schools.

STAR's new Walgrove director, Alexis Roberts, will also join us to share info on STAR. 

Here is the District's guide to reopening schools:

Here is the District program selection form, where you select your child's program:

So that the District may plan uber precisely, please complete the program selection form no later than December 6, 2020.

Thank you for your partnership!


Dear Families, 

Thanksgiving is a time when we reflect upon all that we are grateful for. Among the myriad blessings for which I am incredibly grateful, including family, friends, good health, good humor and a rewarding job, I am thankful for your resiliency, creativity and generosity. 

In addition to turning your lives upside down so that you could teach your children at home in ways you never had to before, so many of you have also donated additional time and money to help those in greatest need. 

You have donated to FOW, to the school directly and/or to our Venmo safety net for families @WalgroveCares. 

You have taken others into your educational pods. 

You have supported teahers on their journey to relearn virtually every aspect of their job. 

You have demonstrated for your children how to be kind in times of strife. 

Thank you for your generosity and kindness. 

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving week full of fresh air and laughter. 

Please know that I have encouraged teachers to step away from work and not check their emails during the coming week. They will be poised and ready to respond to emails Monday, November 30 and beyond. As you know, so many of our teachers are also parents. I would love for them to have much time with their families. 

If you have any needs, concerns or emergencies, you may reach out to me. I will be in town hunkered down with books and movies and my small collection of ukuleles. 

I will sing a song for you and your amazing chilren who have been so remarkable throughout this whole experience. I have been so inspired by your kiddos and their ability to thrive in any milieu. Zoom schmoom, so many of them say. They just roll with it like it's totally normal. 

I have decided that our kids are like the plants on my balcony who have been moved without their consent from the rich soil of a vast landscape to a small pot on an urban balcony without stopping to lament the difference. Just as the potted succulents on my balcony reach for each other from their version of Zoom squares, our kiddos do too. They simply find ways to connect despite everything. 

I will think of them and you and our amazing teachers and staff throughout this coming week. 

May you all have a blessed week. 


Dr. K

Sunday, November 8, 2020

School Experience Survey

 The LAUSD School Experience Survey is open through January 22. Please take the survey here:

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Become a Walgrove Volunteer!

Volunteer on campus in the Edible Garden or Wildlands or virtually in classrooms. Apply here:

Thank you for supporting your neighborhood school!

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

STAR Calendar November 2020

 STAR is back! New director Alexis Roberts shared with me their calendar. 

To sign up for the program or for more info, email

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

PBIS 2020-2021

As you know, LAUSD implements Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) district-wide. Each LAUSD school creates and has posted school-site matrices, classroom matrices, minor-major matrices and more. 

The following documents are the current prevailing documents that govern student behavior, discipline, rewards, consequences., etc., at Walgrove. 

In addition to posting the documents in classrooms and around campus, Walgrove teachers share the documents with students and teach overt lessons on the concepts. 

The decision-making body that resides over the area of student discipline at Walgrove is the LSLC. 

The 2020-2021 LSLC is comprised of:
  • Principal Andrea Kittelson
  • SAA Tracy McCarthy
  • UTLA Rep and Teacher Jackie Lettieri
  • SDC Teacher Leeza Legg
  • SDC Teacher Cindy Mazariegos
  • Gen Ed Teacher Elvia Perez
  • Parent Rep Shaina Shapiro
  • Parent Rep Caddie Hastings
  • Alternate Parent Dana Glassburn

During the 2020-2021 school year, the LSLC is considering additions to the matrices that pertain to Distance Learning. In the meantime, until the LSLC approves of any additions, the existing expectations, such as "Listen when others are talking" and "follow teacher directions" govern. 

If you have any questions, concerns or awesome ideas, please forward them to any of the aforementioned LSLC members and/or to me at

Monday, November 2, 2020

Friday, October 30, 2020

Zoom Spooktacular 10/30 at 1:30

Join us for this year's Spooktacular Halloween parade in Dr. K's Zoom room Friday, 10/30, at 1:30 p.m. hosted by Mr. Donzell.