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Rowan Avenue Elementary School

Los Angeles Unified School District

  • Principal's Message

    Principal’s Message:

       There is a lot happening at our school this month!

    Parent Portal: We would like to invite you to sign up for the Parent Portal. Our computer lab will be open on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30-2:30 during the month of October. You can also register on Mondays & Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00am in the Parent Center.

    Fall Fundraiser: Please support our school by participating in our school fundraiser. Monies earned from our fundraiser will be used to pay for school field trips.

    Parent Workshops: We have several workshops scheduled for the month of October. These workshops are sponsored by the LA Department of Mental Health. Please join us! We are here to support you!



    Mrs. Carrandi, Principal

    (Visit Mrs. Carrandi's web page  for more news, updates, and information by clicking on her name)


    Class Begins:  7:55am
    Dismissal:  2:23pm
    Tuesday Dismissal:  1:23pm
    Breakfast in the Classroom:
    7:55am - 8:15
    Main Office:  7:30am - 4:30pm
    Teacher's Hours:  7:40am - 2:3 pm

    After School Hot Supper Meal Program

    Our school cafeteria will begin to serve hot suppers right after school from 2:28 - 2:58. This program is open to members of our school community. If you have any questions about this program, please call the school cafeteria at (323) 269-2888

    School Safety Zone

    Providing your child with a safe environment is one of the top priorities of the LAUSD. This is one of reasons we have a closed school campus during school hours. Please return your child's emergency card filled out thoroughly and accurately. Only people identified on the emergency cards are permitted to pick up students. Anyone checking out students from the school, will be required to present a valid ID. Children are to go to the office to wait or meet a sibling if they are not picked up by 2:35.

    No supervision provided before 7:15am, please do not drop-off students before 7:15,

    Partners in Learning

    Red Ribbon Campaign, 2018: "Life is Your Journey, Travel Drug Free!"

    Show your personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle October 23rd - 31st.

    Monday 22nd: Proud to Be Drug Free! Wear red to help kick off Red Ribbon Week.

    Tuesday 23rd: Turn Your Back on Drugs! Wear your shirt backwards

    Wednesday 24th: Shade Out Drugs!  Wear sunglasses to school

    Thursday 25th: Team Up Against Drugs!!  Wear your favorite sports team shirt or jersey.

    Friday 26th: Our School Chooses to be Drug Free!  Wear your school shirt or school colors.         


    Quote of the month:

    Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.

                                                     - Margaret Fuller


    Please click on one of the following links to learn more...

    GO East LA currently offers all Garfield and ELAC students who meet minimum requirements for enrollment and transfer guaranteed admittance at Cal State L.A. and ELAC. 

                       English Language Development Program

       Students who are in our English Language Development Program will be administered the Initial English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC) in September. This test is given to measure your child's English language level. There are different components that measure the student's English proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.The student's overall score helps us determine the best classroom placement for your child.

       You can learn more a bout the ELPAC by contacting our Targeted Student Population Coordinator, Hilda Ruiz-Lopez at 323-261-7191

    Visit the ELPAC website:

    Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) Goal Was Achieved!!


       Hip-Hip-Hooray! Rowan has met the end-of-the-year goal in reclassifying English Language Learner students. When an English Language Learner demonstrates English language proficiency comparable to grade-level English-speaking peers, they are Reclassified as Fluent English Proficient student. Otherwise, students remain classified as an “English Language Learner” (ELL) until they achieve proficiency in English.

       By law, students who are identified as English Language Learners, need to be assessed annually to know how their learning English is progressing. They must demonstrate their English ability in 1. Listening 2. Speaking 3. Reading Comprehension and 4. Writing (including grammar and spelling) to that of a native speaker in the same grade level.

       Thanks Ms. Carrillo (5th gr.), Ms. Muñoz (4th gr.), Mr. Lopez (3rd gr.), Mrs. Peña (3rd gr.), Ms. Ruvalcaba (2nd gr.), and Ms. Villaseñor (2nd gr.) for their hard work and dedication in helping our English Language Learners reclassify. In total, they reclassified 64 students!

       We also thank Ms. Hernandez and Ms. Lopez for their devotion in supporting the teachers and students throughout the year.


    Bravo teachers, students, and coaches!!

    A big THANK YOU to all the parents who joined us for 

    Open House on Tuesday, May 22nd

    Ensuring that Rowan Ave. is a sanctuary for teaching and learning—and free of crime and violence—is a priority for Ms. Carrandi who educates students about school safety.

    Please see recommended safety tips for students and parents in our "Parents" page.

                L-R  Sara Martillo, Dolores Ortega, Reyna Frias, Fabiola Jimenez, Ms. Carrandi, Maribel Torres, Maria Ramos

    English Learner Parent Advisory Council

    Rowan's English Learner Parent Advisory Council received an award for their dedication and hard work in making important decisions for the single school plan, English Language Learner's reclassification, school's budget and more. Congratulations to Sara Martillo, Dolores Ortega, Reyna Frias, Fabiola Jimenez, Maribel Torres, and Maria Ramos.

    Math and Science Night

    Thank you to everyone who joined us on April 10th for Family Math and Science Night, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. 

    Parents, students, & community members had the opportunity to choose from experiments, hands-on learning, and STEM games for families. 


    Parent Passport - LAUSD Parent Access Support System Portal

    Parents can now register to view their child's grades, assignments, health records, attendance, and more by logging into the Parent Passport Portal at:

    You can watch a video for more information: 


    Congratulations  Rowan Avenue Drill Team!

     FIRST Place Winners in the Military Drill Category!

    Read more on our "Event" page...

    Active Schools, a national movement dedicated to ensuring 60 minutes of physical activity a day is the norm in K-12 schools, honored Rowan Avenue School with the 2017 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award for its outstanding efforts in creating an active school environment. The Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award is the nation’s top physical education and physical activity distinction for K-12 schools and celebrates a school’s commitment to providing students with at least 60 minutes a day of before, during and after school physical activity. Only 452 schools across the country achieved this prestigious honor in 2017. 


    We are proud that Rowan has been recognized for its outstanding efforts around getting students and staff moving. Powered by a national collaborative of leading health, education and private sector organizations, Active Schools equips schools with the resources, programs, professional development and grants to increase physical education and physical activity opportunities for students, and to cultivate an active school environment.


    Why are Active Schools so important? Because Active Kids Do Better. Regular physical activity not only helps kids stay healthy and strong, but it can also lead to: higher test scores; improved attendance; increased focus; better behavior in class; enhanced leadership skills; and a lifetime of healthy habits.


    Rowan Ave is leading the way in this generation-changing movement that is transforming our nation’s schools into active and healthy hubs.” To earn a Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award, a school must have met significant benchmarks in five areas: physical education; physical activity before and after school; physical activity during school; staff involvement; and family and community engagement.


    Find out more about Let’s Move! Active Schools at 

    Sister School Forum- China
    Chinese teachers and students from Beijing Xicheng District and Beijing Huairou District visited Rowan Avenue during the week of 8/21/17 as part of a US-China school partnership. One of the most consistently achieved reason for establishing a US-China school partnership is to develop intercultural awareness in the students involved.
    During their visit, students had the opportunity to learn and utilize Chinese language and culture skills in an immersive and engaging environment.This is a great opportunity for students to develop awareness and appreciation of each others cultures and people beyond the boundaries of their community and language. It also allows teachers to develop professional knowledge about China's people, geography, art, and history, to integrate into their own curriculum.
    Educators will be returning in February, 2018 to introduce students to their traditions and customs when celebrating Chinese New Year.



    Important Dates

    10/2 "Bullying Workshop" @ 8:30, Parent Room
    10/3 STAR Student & Attendance Assemblies
    10/12 GO ELA! Assembly in Auditorium @ 11:00am
    10/12 Rowan Gourmet Snacks Fundraiser Begins
    10/12 Mental Health Parent Workshop @ 8:30 in Parent Center
    10/17 ELAC Meeting @ 8:30 in auditorium
    10/17 Annual Title I Meeting @ 9:30 in auditorium
    10/19 District-Wide Great Shake Emergency Drill @ 8:30
    10/22 SSC Meeting @ 7:25am in Parent Center
    10/22 Red Ribbon Campaign Week
    10/23 Mental Health Parent Workshop @8:30 in Parent Center
    10/24 Big Smiles Dental Services
    10/24 "Coffee with the Principal" followed by Parent Workshop on "Reading Strategies" @ 8:30 in Parent Center
    10/25 Lifetouch School Pictues: Retake on 12/6
    10/26 Mental Health Parent Workshop @ 8:30 in Parent Center
    10/26 Last Day to turn in Gourmet Snacks Fundraiser Orders
    10/31 Storybook Parade @ 8:30 on school playground

    StoryBook Parade, October 31st @ 8:30:

    Our students & staff will celebrate literature by dressing up as a favorite story-book character for the annual Storybook Parade. Please encourage your child to read 

    October is Emergency Preparedness Month

    Our school will participate in a District-Wide Emergency Practice called the Great CA Sahke-out. This drill will take place on Friday, October 19th at 8:30 am. Our students and staff will put into practice emergency preparedness for a simulated 7.5 earthquake in California.
    The Safe School Committee has been meeting to prepare our school for this annual drill. Students will be asked to drop, cover, and hold, until the simulated earthquake stops. Students will then convene to their emergency line-up area. We will be checking our emergency supplies, and conducting a safety inspection of the school's facilities, as well.
    Emergency practice drills help students and staff prepare for a real emergency!
    We encourage you to take some time to talk to your family about your own emergency plans.
    The American Red Cross is an excellent resource. You can find more information at :

    Another WIN for Rowan Students!!

    This is the second FIRST PLACE Military Drill competition for the girls and their first 2nd place for High Score First Impression Competition.

    Our Congratulations to the winners! 

    Thank you to Ms. Natalie, Ms. Flores, and Mrs. Carrandi for your dedication and support.


               Disney Day @ Rowan
    CAASSP Testing
     Our students will be taking their Spring CAASSP testing right after Spring Break. Students in grades 3 - 5 will take the on-line test in English Language Arts and Math.
    Our school-wide goal is to increase our students' achievement on the SBAC to at least 40% in both ELA and Math.
    5th grade students will also be taking their Physical Fitness test, as well as the new Next Generation Science Pilot Test.
    Please help our students achieve their goals by ensuring that they continue their daily reading and by helping them with their school assignments. 
    Students will rise to the challenge when we all have high expectations!


    Our 3rd - 5th grade students will be taking the SBAC in English Language Arts and Math right after Spring Break. 

    How to Prepare for the test:

    1. Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep & has a healthy breakfast.
    2. Come to school every day, and be on time.
    3. Practice basic math facts to build automaticity.
    4. Ensure that students read every day to build reading comprehension and vocabulary.
    5. Take your child to the library to encourage reading about different topics.
    6. Provide your child with a journal to write about their experiences.
    7. If you have a computer at home, have your child practice keyboarding skills.
    8. We are the 40/40 CLUB! Our goal is to meet or exceed 40: in Math, and 40% in English Language Arts!!!
    We Can Do This!!!



    Creative Youth Theatre
       Rowan Elementary has received a grant from Create Reflect Empower Outreach program! Two fourth grade classroom were chosen to participate in the Creative Youth Theatre; Ms. Valido's and Ms. Muñoz's. The CYT program teaches students valuable life skills inherent to the play-making process including teamwork, conflict resolution, public speaking, and responsibility- all while crafting and performing their own original pieces.
       Students will meet once a week for 10-14 weeks every Tuesday in the auditorium. They will be involved in the process of memorizing their lines and participating with hands-on theatre exercises to cultivate their stories.