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Have you ever wanted a simple reference guide, one that quickly describes exactly what each of these Lin Howe events and programs are?  Here it is – the ABCs of Lin Howe Events and Programs!

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PARENT TEACHER

CONFERENCES

TEACHER / STAFF

APPRECIATION WEEK

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ART CLASSES

Art is very important to the Lin Howe community. We are proud to offer an art lesson to
every classroom nearly every week.

 

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT

This parent only event takes place during the second week of school. It’s an important night
where parents can learn more about their child’s classroom experience and hear from their
teacher about the coming year.

 

BEAUTIFICATION DAY

Held two times throughout the school year and organized by the Green Team, Beautification
Day is when Lin Howe families come together on a Saturday or Sunday to help keep our
school looking great. There’s always plenty to do including tasks like planting, painting, and
picking up garbage. It’s a fun way to get involved and care for our campus.

 

BOOK FAIR

Lin Howe PTA hosts two Book Fairs during the school year. Load up your kids’ brains with
amazing books - all proceeds go directly back to buying books for our school library!
Typically, the Book Fair takes over the whole library and each class visits the Fair, but this
year it might take place virtually. Teachers also create wish lists for their classroom
libraries.

 
 

BOOSTERS

The mission of the Linwood E. Howe Booster Club is to positively enhance the
education of the whole child, cultivate a cohesive community, and develop a
well-rounded and socialized student body. We accomplish this goal through parent
participation and volunteerism, fundraising and targeted programs, and facilitation of
local and foundational support. The Boosters fund enrichment programs and
materials.
The Boosters meet bi-monthly at various off-campus locations and/or virtually. The
meetings are open to all Lin Howe adults who would like to learn about Boosters and
get involved with fundraising or the programs they sponsor. Join the Booster email list
to be notified of meeting information by emailing info@linhoweboosters.com.

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CCUSD

CCUSD stands for Culver City Unified School District.

CHARACTER COUNTS / CHARACTER TRAITS

At Lin Howe character counts.  Every month focuses on a new character trait to encourage all students to be people of character.  Classroom guidance lessons are presented to each class once per month focusing on the character trait of the month.  That month’s character trait is also discussed during morning assemblies and monthly student recognition assemblies.  The six pillars of character are Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.

 
 

COMMITTEE FOR EQUITY 

The LinHowe PTA Committee for Equity aspires to be a coalition of parents, teachers, and
administrators working toward ensuring equity at Lin Howe for all students and families. We
believe our school community is unique and we should work toward making sure EVERY child
has the opportunity to learn and grow in our school.

 

COSTUME PARADE

Coinciding with Halloween, Lin Howe typically has a costume parade where students dress
up and parade around the perimeter of school. An alternate activity is provided for students
who do not wish to participate in the parade.

 

CORNUCOPIA

Cornucopia is Lin Howe’s after-school enrichment classes.  These classes are provided by a third party and are open to all students though some classes are for specific grade levels.  Information about classes, cost, and signing up is sent home with each student and can also be found in the school office.

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THE DRAGON WAGON

This is Lin Howe’s walking school bus which kicks off in October. Students and parent
volunteers meet Friday mornings from two locations to walk to school together. Join us at
Carlson Park at 8:10 am or Ince/Carson at 8:20 am, or join in along the way. Students are
given a tag to be scanned and an opportunity to win a prize.

 

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FACEBOOK

The Lin Howe Facebook page is a PTA & Boosters run page. It’s a great way to keep up to
date with school related issues and connect with other Lin Howe Families. Search for
“Linwood E. Howe PTA & Boosters” and ask to join. Members must agree to comply with
outlined rules in order to participate. A school-appointed monitor will accept you after a
brief screening questionnaire.

FAMILY FUN NIGHTS

Lin Howe is more than a school, it’s a community. Nowhere is this more apparent than at our
PTA sponsored Family Fun Nights! All FFNs are free of charge and open to all Lin Howe
families. Not only are Family Fun Nights great community builders, but they also take a
community to make happen. We’re always looking for help with planning or volunteering
before, during or after the event, so don’t forget to sign up for a volunteer shift!

 

FARM FRESH TO YOU

Farm Fresh to You is an organic food delivery company that brings California-grown fruit and
vegetables directly to your door. They’ve partnered with our school to donate 10% of all
proceeds from purchases by Lin Howe supporters. Simply use promo code “seadragons” when
signing up with farmfreshtoyou.com. Existing customers may also add the “seadragons”
code to their subscription through the “Accounts” page. Contact Bronwyn Jamrok at
bsjamrok@me.com if you need more information.

 
 

FIELD TRIPS

PTA is proud to fund at least one field trip for every grade level at Lin Howe. Students and
teachers enjoy going off campus for a special experience, and a parent volunteer or two are
often included.

 

GREEN AMBASSADORS

This is the student group that focuses on the 5 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Ride and
Rethink! The Green Ambassadors attend meetings where they learn about ways to be
sustainable and then share that information with their classmates.

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GREEN TEAM

This is the parent run volunteer team that works to ensure Lin Howe is thinking and functioning in the most sustainable, earth friendly ways.  The Green Team organizes two school Beautification Days throughout the year to help keep our school looking beautiful.  It’s a great way to get involved!

 

GROWING GREAT

All Lin Howe Sea Dragons benefit from a series of nutrition education lessons from a trained
instructor using a curriculum from Growing Great, a non-profit organization that promotes
healthy food choices through hands-on education programs.

 

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

K-2 students experience instrumental music through the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra.  Third graders work with recorders.  While 4TH and 5TH graders can opt into instrumental music.

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INTERVENTION (READING AND MATH)

Lin Howe Boosters raises funds to provide one-on-one and small-group Instructional Aide assistance in our kids’ classrooms.

 

JUMP ROPE FOR HEART

This event is typically organized by the physical education teachers and students are asked
to get sponsorships to jump rope. The money raised is given to the American Heart
Association to help fight heart disease.

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KINDER CELEBRATION

Kinder Celebration is the culmination of kindergarten, usually taking place a couple of days
prior to the last day of school. It typically includes a short performance and a simple
celebration.

 

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LIN HOWE'S GOT TALENT

Lin Howe’s annual talent show is held in January.  Students attend auditions, dress rehearsal and then perform during the Friday night show.  So many Sea Dragons participate (acts are no more than three minutes in length) highlighting their singing, dancing, instrumental, comedic and other talents.  Most performers start working on their acts over the winter break.  It’s a fun night for all!

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OFFICE OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT (OCD)

OCD is short for the Office of Child Development. OCD is part of CCUSD and offers fee based
and income eligible preschool programs, before and after care programs for TK-5, and
summer camps for K-5.

 

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OPEN HOUSE

Held in February, Open House offers an opportunity for parents to see what their child has
been working on throughout the year. Students are excited and proud to show off their work
and teachers are available to answer questions.

 

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

Parent Conference dates are in mid-December. This is a time to meet with your child’s
teacher to discuss progress, concerns, etc. These dates also coincide with early dismissal
days at 1:45 pm.

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PTA

PTA stands for Parent-Teacher Association. The PTA’s purpose is to promote the education,
health and welfare of children in the home, school and community.

 

Membership Drive—We kick off the school year with our annual membership drive. It’s
$6 to become an official PTA member, though many people “round up” to $10 per
membership so that even more funds can go back to our various programs. A
membership can be purchased for all members of your family - parents, children,
grandparents, etc. We strive for 100% participation as the funds raised go right back
into helping our school. You can join anytime at linhowepta.com

 

Monthly Meetings—Typically held the second Thursday of each month from 6-7pm, the
PTA monthly meeting is open to all Lin Howe adults who want to learn about what the
PTA is working on and to get involved. Come join us!

PALI CAMP

5th grade students may have the opportunity to attend Pail Camp through the Pali Institute
for adventure, education and bonding experiences.

 

PICTURE DAY

This is the day where student portraits and class photos are taken for the new school year.
It usually occurs in mid September. There is also a make-up day for any student who was
absent that day, enrolled late or a retake is needed. This usually occurs a month after the
original picture day.

 

PROMOTION - 5TH GRADE

This is the culmination of the 5th grade year, typically taking place a couple of days prior to
the last day of school. It typically includes a tribute and a simple celebration.

 

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REFLECTIONS

Reflections is a nation-wide arts appreciation and recognition program for students,
sponsored by the National PTA. To participate, Lin Howe students may submit an original
piece of their own independent work, inspired by the annual theme, in any of the following
six areas: Dance/Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Photography, Music Composition
and Visual Arts (2D and 3D). Reflections kicks off in the fall, and entries are due in
mid-October.

 

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SCIENCE FAIR

Participating students showcase their science project in the cafeteria before judges. All
science projects remain on display for all Lin Howe families to view in the Spring.
Encouraged for all grades but typically required for fifth graders.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE

The Lin Howe PTA Special Education Committee is a parent-led group that works closely with
school faculty and staff to ensure that children of all abilities are visible and supported in
our school and community. We organize special assemblies, classroom readings, and other
activities to increase understanding and empathy for students who are differently abled.
There also is a Parent Resource book center that addresses an array of social, emotional and
developmental issues for our children at the LinHowe library. For more information, contact
co-chairs Gabby Zadra (gzadra@hotmail.com) or Sheila Iverson (shaydoss@gmail.com).

 
 

SPIRIT WEAR

Spirit wear is our line of clothing that features multiple Lin Howe and Sea Dragon logo
designs. There is a fantastic assortment for kids and adults including tees, sweatshirts and
caps. Look for the Spirit Wear table at Lin Howe functions throughout the year and during
Spirit Wear drives. Stay tuned for more information!

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL (SSC)

School Site Council (SSC)
The School Site Council is comprised of parents, teachers, school staff members and the
principal. All members are elected by the group they represent and serve two year terms
(with the exception of the principal). This group discusses the school site plan (including
school-wide goals), the school safety plan, and some school spending.
School Calendars
● The Lin Howe website address is http://linhowe.ccusd.org and the Lin Howe events
calendar is on the bottom of the home page.
● The CCUSD website is https://www.ccusd.org and the CCUSD calendar is located
under the “About Us” tab.

 
 

SYMPHONIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Symphonic Jazz Orchestra is a K-3 music program. Professional musicians visit classrooms at
Lin Howe to teach students about music and musical instruments.

TARGETED PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

Unlike regular Parent Teacher Conferences, where teachers meet with ALL students, these
are teacher requested conferences. The teacher will let you know if they would like to
schedule a conference time. Target Parent Conference Dates are in the Fall & Spring. These
are also early dismissal days at 1:45 pm for all students.

 

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TEACHER CONTACT INFORMATION

A list of teachers (staff directory), with an option to email the teachers, is under the “About
Us” tab on http://linhowe.ccusd.org.

TEACHER / STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK

Lin Howe celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week in May with a staff breakfast, luncheon and other special events throughout the week.  Room Parents also organize specific gifts for teachers.  It’s a great way to show our appreciation for all they do!

 

VEGETABLE GARDEN

Lin Howe has an amazing vegetable garden, with a garden bed for each grade level. Parent
volunteers help students plant the garden. When it’s harvest time, students pick what
they’ve grown and enjoy eating a salad made by their own crops!

 

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VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION PROCESS

In order to be able to volunteer in the classroom, enter a classroom during the day, or go on
field trips you need to have completed the volunteer registration process and confirm
current Covid requirements with the front office before you volunteer. It takes a few weeks,
so start ASAP. The front office can guide you through the process. Forms are available on
the school website, under the parent tab.

 

WALK 'N ROLLERS

An organization that encourages kids to walk, bike, skate or scoot to school. Walk ‘N Rollers
sponsors two events twice a year to help bring awareness to the community. Dance/Walk to
School Day typically takes place in October and families “dance-walk” from City Hall to Lin
Howe. National Bike to School Day typically takes place in the Spring and riders bike from
the Culver City downtown plaza to Lin Howe.
Website Links
Culver City Unified School District - https://www.ccusd.org
Linwood Howe Elementary - http://linhowe.ccusd.org
Afterschool Cornucopia - https://afterschoolcornucopia.org
Lin Howe Boosters - https://www.linhoweboosters.com
Lin Howe PTA - https://www.linhowepta.com
Facebook: Linwood E. Howe PTA & Boosters

 

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YEARBOOK

The yearbook comes out at the end of the year and is filled with photos from throughout the
school year. To create the yearbook, parents are asked to send high resolution photos of
classroom events, field trips and school events to the PTA Yearbook Committee. Pre-orders
are taken in the Spring and the book is distributed at the end of the year.

 

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WE TELL STORIES

We Tell Stories is a K-3 grade program.  This program consists of artists who seek to educate and nurture students through storytelling and theatre.  Their performances blend storytelling and audience participatory theatre to bring world folklore, fairy tales, literature, legends, and mythology to joyful life.

 

YOUNG STORYTELLERS

Young Storytellers is a fifth grade program.  Approximately ten fifth graders are chosen each fall and each spring to participate.  Each student is paired with a professional writer who mentors the student.  The mentor works with each student to assist the student in creating a short play.  The culminating event is The Big Show.  At The Big Show, professional artists come to Lin Howe and perform each of the student’s plays.  All fourth and fifth graders are invited to watch the production.