Pomelo Community Charter School
7633 March Avenue, West Hills, CA 91304




Welcome to our school! Our mission is to educate the whole child. We believe that all children can excel at academics, and that activities and citizenship are just as important. Our students know that we have high expectations for them, and they strive to meet them. We welcome involvement from our parents and the community.

School Photo
Mrs. Masha Gardner
Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

A new school year is always so exciting – eager children, a fresh box of crayons, sharpened pencils and a bit of fear of the unknown! Our goal is always to replace fear with confidence and a willingness to take risks in the classroom. As parents, you have high aspirations and big dreams for your children and our staff is committed to instilling the skills and knowledge our students need to reach those dreams. We are invested in this venture together.

This year will bring many new challenges as we fully embrace the Common Core standards in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Students will become increasingly proficient problem solvers and critical thinkers as instruction becomes even more rigorous. We will assist parents in learning more about Common Core through family activities, parent evenings and online resources. An additional resource to increase home/school communication will also be initiated this year through the LAUSD Parent Portal.

We are also instituting a unique schoolwide program this year to address a 21st Century concern. The accessibility and extensive use of electronics has changed our world and has had a positive impact on many aspects of learning. The down side to the use of electronics has also been studied and observed by parents, teachers and scientists. Children who use electronics or watch television within an hour of sleeping have increased sleep difficulties. Studies are showing that children’s brain chemistry has altered with increased use of computers and television at a young age. As adults, we also see that social interaction difficulties are more prevalent, in part, as the result of decreased group play time and verbal communication. Our aim is to promote more talk and less time on electronics and television. We are encouraging conversation around the dinner table and playing board games. We are calling our program “TALKING TUESDAYS” and all homework assigned on Tuesdays will reflect a dependence on interaction rather than book work. There will be lots of information about this and your comments and suggestions are encouraged.

These are just a few of the many exciting things in store as we begin the 2014 ~ 2015 school year.


Perfect Attendance

Beginning in January, perfect attendance will only be given with NO TARDIES!

Pomelo Partners

Dear Pomelo Families,

The impacts of the economic recession continue to affect each of us more every day. The headlines speak of severe deficits in federal, state, and municipal budgets. Los Angeles has most recently been featured in the news for its budget woes. LAUSD is under extreme stress to reduce costs and class sizes will increase again next year.

Our devoted teachers at Pomelo do a fantastic job educating our children, but each additional child in the classroom takes time away from the students for additional administrative work and grading. To help Pomelo teachers continue to provide maximum attention to our children, we need volunteers to assist teachers as part of a program called, Pomelo Partners. Here is how it works:

You must be able to commit to working at least 3 hours every week in a classroom other than your child’s. Every day you devote assisting a teacher as a Pomelo Partner, your child’s classroom will also benefit from someone assigned to his/her classroom. This simply extends the current volunteer program many of us already participate in.

Intrigued by this idea but need more information? Attend an Informational Meeting that will be held on April 20 at 8:15 in the Parent Center. Also, Pomelo Partners will be expected to attend a 1 hour training.

Our plan is to Pilot this program beginning April 26. If you are interested, please contact Janetta Shvartsmann at songvites@pacbell.net or 818-307-1612. Also, contact Janetta if you have additional questions or need an evening meeting.

If for some unlikely reason we can’t match all of your Pomelo Partner hours, you will be notified and can opt out of the additional hours.


Keep Collecting Box Tops For Education

Please remember to keep clipping and sending in the Box Top For Education cut outs on groceries, ziplock, personal care items, and many more. Send then into your child's class. The class with the most at the end of the month receives a prize.

Teachers are now online
Teacher Index
All teachers now have websites, linked from the Faculty button. Visit them frequently to find out homework, announcements, and other class information. You may also be able to email the teachers from their websites. Email is an efficient way of contacting your child's teacher.

Thoughts For Thursday

Thoughts for Thursday will now be going "Less Paper." It is available on the internet at our School's Website. (See Thoughts section) We will also print some to be found in the rounders in the lobby if you don't have access to the internet and still would like a copy. Thank you for your help in saving paper and reading Thougts for Thursday on the Web.

Charter Document
Charter Document
Complete Charter document available as pdf download

LAUSD Safe Schools Letter
Safe Schools
LAUSD Safe Schools letter available as pdf download


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