Santa Monica, a Lifelong Learning Community

Lifelong Learning Community News - DECEMBER 2007...

Hooray! December begins with the very first annual Public Schools Week, December 2-9. Come see our schools for yourself!

All Santa Monica and Malibu public schools invite the public to come and see firsthand what’s happening in our local schools. Each school is hosting a Coffee with the Principal, a short presentation and a school tour. All schools are in session so you’ll be able to see the teachers and students in action. I think you’ll be pleased and impressed by what you see.

Everyone – parents, alumni parents, residents, neighbors, supporters, grandparents, future parents - is invited and encouraged to attend. The high quality of local public schools is a direct result of our full community’s support. They are truly our schools. Come visit!

Here’s the schedule:
Santa Monica Pre-K and Elementary Schools:
Wednesday, December 5, 10:30am
Edison Elementary

2425 Kansas Ave.
(310) 828-0335
Principal: Lori Orum

Wednesday, December 5, 10:00am
Franklin Elementary

2400 Montana Ave.
(310) 828-2814
Principal: Tara Brown

Thursday, December 6, 9:00am
Grant Elementary

2368 Pearl St.
(310) 450-7651
Principal: Al Friedenberg

Wednesday, December 5, 10:00am
McKinley Elementary

2401 Santa Monica Blvd,
(310) 828-5011
Principal: Irene Gonzalez

Wednesday, December 5, 9:00am
John Muir Elementary

2526 Sixth St.
(310) 399-7721
Principal: Martha Duran-Contreras

Wednesday, December 5, 10:00am
Roosevelt Elementary

801 Montana Ave.
(310) 395-0941
Principal: Natalie Burton

Wednesday, December 5, 10:00am
SMASH Alternative School (K-8)

2525 Fifth St.
(310) 396-2640
Principal: Carrie Ferguson

Wednesday, December 5, 10am
Will Rogers Elementary

2401 14th St.
(310) 452-2364
Principal: Irma Lyons

Thursday, December 6, 10:00am
Child Development Services

& Washington West School (preschool)
2802 Fourth St.
(310) 399-5865
Director: Judy Abdo
Malibu Elementary Schools:
Wednesday, December 5, 10:00am
Juan Cabrillo Elementary

30237 Morningview Dr.
(310) 457-0360
Principal: Barry Yates

Wednesday, December 5, 8:30am
Point Dume Marine Science Elementary

6955 Fernhill Dr.
(310) 457-9370
Principal: Chi Kim

Wednesday, December 5, 10:15am
Webster Elementary

3602 Winter Canyon
(310) 456-6494
Principal: Phil Cott
Middle and High Schools
Tuesday, December 4, 10:00am
Olympic High School
721 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica
(310) 392-2494
Principal: Janie Gates

Thursday, December 6, 10:00am
John Adams Middle
2425 16th St.
Santa Monica
(310) 452-2326
Principal: Martha Shaw

Thursday, December 6, 10:00am
Lincoln Middle
1501 California Ave.
Santa Monica
(310) 393-9227
Principal: Tristan Komlos

Thursday, December 6, 10:00am
Malibu High
30215 Morningview Drive,
(310) 457-6801
Principal: Mark Kelly

Friday, December 7, 10:00am
Santa Monica High
601 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica
(310) 395-3204
Principal: Hugo Pedroza
Public School Week is part of a new and vigorous communication effort initiated by our new PTA Council President Rebecca Kennerly with the cooperation of the school district and the help of some extraordinarily talented and committed PTA volunteers who are also professionals in communication. Special thanks to Richard McKinnon who edited the World Class Public Schools newsletter which was distributed last week through The Santa Monica Daily Press and The Malibu Times. This newsletter is full of impressive and inspiring facts and most of it was written by SMMUSD high school journalism students.
Updated websites:

SMMUSD is also redoing their website. The new, improved website will be ready in mid January at

SMC recently updated their website to make finding classes and enrolling even easier. The events format has been reconfigured. Each day’s events are now posted on the home page. For a three month overview, click on “more” which will take you to a page where, on the right hand menu, you’ll also be able to find SMC events listed by category. Check it out at

Other news and events:

Santa Monica’s water is now fluoridated! This safe, effective, and well established public health benefit has been a long time coming and will greatly improve the dental health of all Santa Monicans, especially children and older adults.

If you or your children are currently taking fluoride supplements, please contact your dentist or doctor as they may no longer be necessary or desirable.
Santa Monica’s very own, very family friendly, ice skating rink is now open.

Outdoor Ice Skating Rink
5th & Arizona
$10 fee includes skate rental

Have you visited SMC’s new Second Space yet? There are several great free performances planned for December:
Saturday, December 1, 7pm
Watkins Family Hour

Second Space
SMC Performing Arts Center
Santa Monica Blvd. & 11th Street
Free but reservations are required since seating is limited.
Call 310-434-3414 or email to rsvp.

The Watkins Family Hour brings together an amazing and rare convergence of some of the best Blue Grass players in the country! The group includes Gabe Witcher (Jerry Douglas Band), Sean and Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) and special guests.

Saturday, December 8, 7pm
Holiday Cabaret Concert with Karen Benjamin and Alan Chapman

Second Space
SMC Performing Arts Center
Santa Monica Blvd. & 11th Street
Free but reservations are required since seating is limited.
Call 310-434-3414 or email to rsvp.
Enjoy this Holiday Cabaret concert with this local, loved duo in some of the funniest and most treasured songs of the holiday season concluding with a group sing-a-long!
Saturday, December 15, 7pm
Otmaro Ruiz Group

Second Space
SMC Performing Arts Center
Santa Monica Blvd. & 11th Street
Free but reservations are required since seating is limited.
Call 310-434-3414 or email to rsvp.

Otmaro Ruiz Group is one of the finest Instrumental Latin Jazz groups around. Ruiz mixes the complexities of jazz with rhythms of his native country, Venezuela. The group includes gifted Cuban musicians Carlito Del Puertos (Bass) and Jimmy Branley (Drums).

And last, but not least, we need to keep thinking about how we can all get to these wonderful events...

Thursday, December 6, 6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Transportation Workshop
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, East Wing
1855 Main Street

Join the City of Santa Monica for a citywide Transportation Workshop focusing on how transportation can help meet the community's goals of sustainability, affordability and active recreation.

Discussion and opportunities for participant feedback will focus on:
  • Ways to reduce employee, school and resident trips,
  • Parking strategies for downtown, neighborhood commercial, and residential areas,
  • Sustainable resource allocation, and
  • Approaches to transportation promoting green streets and recreational opportunities.

Registration begins at 6:15 p.m.; the program will start at 6:30 p.m. Participants are requested to RSVP to or call (310) 458-8341 in order to ensure an accurate refreshment count.

Please check out the lifelong learning community calendar at - reformatted to make less work for me but still provide you with quick and easy access to the amazing range of lifelong learning opportunities available right here in our very own community! 

Enjoy the holidays!
Thanks, Cheers, and Onward,
Louise Jaffe

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