A Preview of Work from the PTA Reflections “What’s Your Story” Exhibit



December 5th through the 9th  – Holiday Toy & Book Drive
Monday, December 5th – Green Team before School
FOMWS Room Rep Silent Auction Meeting 8:15 am  in Parent Center

Wednesday, December 7th 6:00 – 7:30 pm – After School Programs Holiday Showcase
                                                                          PTA Reflections “What is Your Story” Exhibit
December 7th through 9th – Book Fair • Skylight Books

 The Book Fair is this WEEK!

We’re excited to be partnering with beloved local book store Skylight Books for our winter Book Fair!

Skylight will be bringing a carefully selected offering of books for all ages and reading levels — so start taking care of your Christmas shopping early or purchase something for the MWE toy & book drive.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.

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Volunteers NEEDED for the Book Fair!

We are looking for several volunteers to help us with the Book Fair.  We need some strong parents to help us with set up on Tuesday 12/6 in the afternoon as well as for break down on Friday 12/9.  We’ll need volunteers for the Book Fair itself, the kids will need help finding book titles and writing their wish lists.  If you are able to sign up for a shift or two, please click this link and sign up. Thank you!

A Night of Holiday Cheer!

Wednesday, December 7th

After School Programs Holiday Showcase and Reflections Exhibit
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Star Performance 5:00 pm

Come join us for a fun Holiday evening. Check some gifts off your list by buying books at the book fair (Closes at 6:00) and grab an extra book while you are at it to drop in the toy donation box. For those of you with children in the Star Program, their performance begins at 5:00 pm along with the 6th grade food & bake sale. At 6:00 pm the doors open for the amazing artwork at the PTA Reflections exhibit.  End the evening (from 6:30 – 7:30) listening to winter stories read by some of our talented thespian parents, watching a dance and karate performance, see some of the Reflections video, dance, and music submissions and hearing the angelic voices of the choir as they sing holiday songs.

Toys & Books For Comfort

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We will be collecting new and unwrapped toys and books for kids in crisis at the Northeast LA Community Police Station. The officers at the NELA station often care for children in crisis while awaiting more permanent placement. As the kids usually come in with nothing from their homes, the officers like to give them a toy and book to keep for comfort.

Currently, they are in need of items for kids 12 and under. Toys without too many pieces are best (stuffed animals, figures, cars/vehicles, etc). Please bring in your new and unwrapped toys/books any day during the week of December 5th through the 9th and place in the large boxes located in the rotunda and front office.

Contact with any questions.

Monday, December 12th at 8:20 am

Please join me on December 12th for Coffee with the Principal. Davina Cohen, our Share and Care Counselor, will help us understand bullying among children. She will give us tools to assist us in talking to our children about bullying and help us support them. Hope to see you on December 12th in the Parent Center at 8:20 am.

Lost and Found CLEAN OUT!

The lost and found is full of stuff!   
The pile is growing, and that’s no bluff.
Lunch boxes, water bottles, ties for your hair…
sweaters, jackets, even socks, SEVERAL PAIR!!
Don’t let your child’s precious items leave you this way.
Check out the Lost and Found,
There isn’t much time before the end of the year.
If you don’t round them up now, they will soon disappear!


Lost and Found items will be hung on the fence on Monday, December 12th and removed on Thursday, December  15th.  All items unclaimed before Winter Break will be donated.

If you can help hang clothes or take them down that week please email Julia at

Mrs. Gravino has made it top priority to provide the children of Mt. Washington Elementary with the support needed to feel safe, valued and included. The MWPTA joins in this very important effort and we ask you, our parents, to help create a culture of kindness and inclusiveness within our school community. We start by focusing on the yard. Here are some steps we are taking on our path toward a peaceful playground and to make it happen….. We need YOU!
  1. Increased supervision during recess and lunch.  

Calling all parents who can help provide supervision on the yard.
Recess is from 9:50 -10:10 am 1st – 3rd grades
10:15-10:35 am 4th – 6th grades
Lunch is from 12:10 – 12:50 pm.
Please stop by the front office to sign up for a shift.

  1. Creating organized play for students during recess and lunch.

Calling all parents who can come coach a game of basketball or other sport during recess or lunch.  Got game? Contact

  1. Creating positive play for students after school.

Beyond the Bell is seeking donations for gently used board games. Please bring your donated games to the front office or give directly to BTB Coordinator Martha Juarez after school on the yard.

  1. BE the CHANGE.

Parent Group forming to help support efforts of tolerance, inclusion and peaceful conflict resolution at our school. Please contact MaryBeth LippSmith:

Stone Soup was enjoyed by all the Mt. Washington Wolves!

All the classrooms brought in plenty of food for our peasants (parent volunteers) to serve up to all students and staff in this celebration of story, community and sharing. We were also able to donate a large amount of food to a local soup kitchen. Thanks to everyone who came together for this special event.

Holiday Gift Giving that Helps Your School…

As you are shopping for the holidays please remember to use the following link to make your purchases on Amazon.

For every purchase made using this link Amazon will donate a portion of the sale to Mt. Washington Elementary School. Last year we raised $3,800! Please bookmark the link and forward it to friends and family for all of their Amazon shopping.

Have an idea for Parent Education Workshops?

MWPTA would love to bring more parent education and workshops to the families of MWE.
If you are interested in joining the team to bring interesting and engaging speakers to our school for our parent programs, please contact

Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, December 12th – Coffee with the Principal 8:20 am

December 12th through 16th – Lost & Found clean out

Friday, December 16th – Kids Made sponsored ACAS / LA Makerspace Hack Your Plushie Event 2:30 – 4:30 pm

December 19th through January 6th  – Winter Recess NO SCHOOL

Monday, January 9th – Second Semester Begins

Monday, January 16th – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday NO SCHOOL

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