Santa Monica, a Lifelong Learning Community

Lifelong Learning Community News - May 2006...

Attend the SMMUSD Facilities Master Planning Workshop this Saturday.
"Our School Plan" Facilities Workshop: What does it look like?
Saturday, April 29, 9:30am-12:30pm
Santa Monica High School Cafeteria, 601 Pico Blvd.
This is the final public workshop scheduled for this school year. The Board of Education is seriously considering placing a facilities bond measure on the ballot for November 2006 and the public input received at this and prior workshops will be key to informing the facilities master plan and the Board's decision. Please make every effort to attend!
If you are attending or if you are not attending, please take the online Community Survey. Go to, and click on the survey link in the "Latest Updates" box. The survey MUST BE COMPLETED BY MAY 5TH!
Search for new Superintendent is getting started.
While you are online and thinking about schools, the Board of Education has hired a firm to search for a new superintendent and is now collecting input from the community to create the profile for our ideal candidate. Please complete the LEADERSHIP PROFILE FORM: go to the district website at and click on the banner on the home page. Then click on "Leadership Profile Form" and fill it out!
Now on to MAY!

Citywide Read ends for this year.
May begins with the end of this year's Citywide Read program. Please go to the library website at or the LLC Calendar at for final events.
Santa Monica Critical Mass community bike ride convenes on the first Friday of every month. That's Friday, May 5th. Everyone is welcome to join. Cyclists – old, young, experienced, novice – meet at 6:30pm at the Santa Monica Pier and then take a casual, fun ride through the streets of Santa Monica! For more information, please go to
Building Towards Math Competence
Saturday, May 6th, 8:30am – noon

Presented by teachers from The Annenberg Early Learning Collaborative
First Presbyterian Nursery School, 1248 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
$20 workshop fee includes breakfast and materials
RSVP to Brooke at or call 310-399-7760.
As students progress through school, math incompetence becomes a huge obstacle for many children. Help your child and your students get off to a good start!
This workshop is designed for early childhood educators (preschool, nursery schools and home day care providers), primary school teachers and parents!
The Annenberg Early Learning Collaborative includes First Presbyterian Nursery School, The New School West, The Growing Place, and St. Joseph Early Learning Center. Sponsored in part by reDiscover. This workshop will be offered again on June 10th.
and another important workshop also on May 6th and unfortunately conflicting with the above....

The Early Childhood Parenting Center Open House and Free Workshop
"Behavior: The Tip of the Iceberg"

Saturday, May 6th, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
1440 Harvard Street
(Please note there is no parking on Harvard St., please park on neighboring streets or at a meter spot on Santa Monica Blvd.) Please RSVP at (310) 281-9770
The Early Childhood Parenting Center (new to Santa Monica) primarily focuses on babies and young children 0-3; however this workshop, presented by Valerie Copelan, M.S.W., is helpful for families and professionals working with young children up to six years of age.
For more information about this workshop and the services offered at the ECPC, please call 310-281-9770 or email
Integrating principles from child development, psychology, and neuroscience, this workshop will examine the complexities behind children's behavior.
Presented by: Valerie Copelan, M.S.W.
Valerie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in West Los Angeles. Valerie has been a consultant and has provided staff training at St. Joseph Early Learning Center and Venice Family Clinic and was a family therapist for sixteen years at Cheerful Helpers Therapeutic Nursery School at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Become a Mentor!
The City of Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, and Big Brothers Big Sisters are partnering to provide twenty local youth with the life-changing gift of a mentor! Mentors are being recruited NOW! Can you help? For more information, please contact Miguel at or call 213-481-3611, ext. 212.
Become a Tutor!
Call WISE America Reads for more information or to volunteer as a tutor. 310-394-9871, ext. 452.
This weekend festival at the Santa Monica Pier supports arts education in our public schools and showcases our talented Santa Monica Malibu students!
Saturday, May 6th & Sunday, May 7th - 11:00am-5:00pm
Free and open to the public!
The 3rd Annual Celebration For The Arts will include spectacular performances by talented artists from our schools and community, set against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.
Our Arts Festival features amazing student performances & artwork, celebrity teens, talented art vendors, local community arts groups, delicious food, and fun arts & crafts activities. For more information, please go to and click on "What's Happening."
Volunteers are needed both days to work a 2 hour shift (or more), selling tickets, staffing our various booths, and helping out with arts and crafts. If you'd like to volunteer, please email Deb Love at or call the Santa Monica Malibu Education Foundation at 310- 396-4557.
The State of Our Schools: How are we doing?
Student Achievement and our District's Financial Health

Monday, May 8, 6:30-9:00pm
Santa Monica Public Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium
601 Santa Monica Boulevard. Free
Please join us for this important community report on our Santa Monica-Malibu Public Schools! Presenters include Dr. Stephen Carroll, Rand researcher; Julia Brownley, President of the SMMUSD School Board; Dr. Mike Matthews, Interim Superintendent of SMMUSD; and teachers and students. A reception and refreshments will follow in the library courtyard. The entire community is welcome. This program will also be presented in Malibu in late May.
Santa Monica Festival
Where Art, Culture and the Environment Come Alive!

Saturday, May 13, noon – 6:30pm
Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Boulevard. Free
This wonderful City event brings thousands of families and friends to Clover Park. For this year's schedule of performances and workshops, please go to

Westside Health and Wellness Conference 2006
"Active Living for Older Adults and Caregivers"

Saturday, May 20, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th Street, Santa Monica
(free underground parking across the street)
(800) 516-5323 for reservations
Free. Wheelchair accessible.
This community conference includes a community resource fair, health
screenings, exhibitions on tools, techniques, and technology to maintain or maximize independent active living, seminars – Who Takes Care of the Caregiver; Take Control of Your Health; Housing and Transportation Options; How to Prevent Stumbles, Tumbles & Falls; Stress Reduction and Spirituality; Dance Alive - private consultations with a professional gerontologist, a driving simulator demonstration, and more. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Older Adult Task Force of the Lifelong Learning Community Project. For reservations, please call 1-800-516-5323.
Grant Elementary School CENTENNIAL FIESTA
Saturday, May 20th, 1-7 p.m., 2368 Pearl Street
Grant School is commemorating its 100th birthday this year with a Centennial Fiesta including a Carnival, Silent Auction & Alumni Reunion. The Centennial Fiesta will have rides, games and crafts for the whole family. Performances by Santa Monica Symphony, John Adams Jazz Band, JAMS Choral, Grant School Chorus and Grant School Folklorico will be featured.
All former and current Grant community members -- students, parents, teachers, and volunteers are invited to help celebrate this milestone. It will be a chance to share stories and see old friends. Our Special Hospitality Courtyard will offer a restful place to reconnect with friends and other Grant alumni. Grant's auditorium will be transformed into a Living Museum and Reunion Gallery featuring photographs of Grant School and Sunset Park over the past 100 years, a special documentary with interviews with former Grant principals, parents and students. All Grant Alumni are encouraged to register on the web at We especially need photos for the Memory Hall Historical Presentations. Email with your photographic memories and see them on display.
Need more info? Contact, or email Al Friedenburg, Principal Grant School at Grant School's phone number is 310-450-7651.
Venice Art Walk
Saturday, May 20th – self-driving architectural tour
Sunday, May 21st – Venice Art Walk
This is a wonderful community event, a wonderful cultural event, and a wonderful organization. Treat yourself and do good at the same time!
All the information you need, including how to volunteer, is at
Santa Monica Symphony
Sunday, May 28, 7:30 pm
Pre-concert talk at 6:30pm with Raymond Knapp
Allen Gross, conductor
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
1855 Main Street, on the corner of Pico Blvd. and Main Street,
FREE, open seating, no tickets required. Parking at the Civic is $8.00 per car.
Program features David Garrett, cello; Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 1, Op. 138; Saint-Saëns' Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33; and Brahms'
..... and there's much, much more!!

There are a number of additional excellent community trainings for parents and professionals that focus on very young children, school age children, and children with learning disabilities, and the development of competence in math and literacy. Please look for these opportunities (and others!!!) on the Lifelong Learning Community Calendar at

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