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Rowan Avenue Elementary School

Los Angeles Unified School District

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    Principal's Message

    Principal’s Message:

       I would like to thank you for your continuous support of  our school! Your participation in our Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive gave us the opportunity to provide over 15 baskets & supermarket gift cards to families in need. 
       I also want to thank you for joining us for our Science Engineering Cardboard Challenge! (See side pictures) Our students truly showed us the power of creative thinking & engineering skills! A big thank you to our teachers for guiding the students through this engineering project!


    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

    LAUSD Food & Water Policy @ School:

       Parents love to contribute to their child's classroom celebrations, especially during the holidays. However, please keep in mind that LAUSD policy does NOT allow home cooked items, nor hot liquids at school. We need to protect students who may have good allergies.
       Please check with your child's teacher before bringing "goodies" to share with their classmates. Classrooms are allowed to have celebrations, but we recommend that students' birthdays be recognized during their recess or lunch breaks or the last ten minutes of school.
    Thank you!

    Join us for our Annual Winter Holiday Program!

         December 12th, North Playground at 1:30 pm



    Quote of the month:

    The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. 
                                                              -- Helen Keller


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


    - Take the Gold-line Metro to downtown.  Visit; Olvera St., Chinatown, Little Tokyo, the Central Library, the Art District, Korea town, 

    - Visit Museums; The Getty Center, LACMA, the Japanese American Museum, the Huntington Gardens, Griffith Observatory, The Norton Simon Museum.

    - Go for a stroll or a hike; Griffith Park, Eaton Canyon, your local parks, the beach, your community.

    - Read a book together, visit a bookstore, enjoy a family movie or game night!

    The Rowan Avenue staff would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season. See you back on Jan. 7, 2019! Happy New Year!

    Cardboard Challenge: Where students have an opportunity to build whatever they can dream up using cardboard, recyclables and imagination.

    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


    12/4  Parent Workshop:
    El Accountabilities/Reclassification-8:30 a.m.
    12/5  Parent Volunteer Holiday Breakfast @8:30 a.m.
    12/6  Family Walk-to-School-Day @ 7:15-Meet @ Salazar Park
    12/6  Life-Touch Make-up Picture Day in Library
    12/6  Family Holiday Movie Night: 3-5 pm in auditorium
    12/7  Santa Photo Fundraiser: 2:35-3:35 in Library
    12/10 STARR Student & Attendance Assemblies TK & K 7:55 a.m.; 4th & 5th at 2:00 p.m.
    12/11 Parent Portal Registration: 9:00-10:30 in Computer Lab
    12/11 STARR Student & Attendance Assemblies 1st-3rd at 7:55 a.m. (North Playground)
    12/12 Winter Program for Parents at 1:30 in N. Playground
    12/13 "Ugly Sweater Dress Day"
    12/14 "Pajama Day" Holiday Read-Aloud in auditorium
    12/17 First Day of Winter Break



    1/7   Return from Winter Break
    1/21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day-              No school
    1/28 School Site Council Meeting at 7:30 a.m. in Parent Center

    Rowan's Rise and Shine Club

    Is your child an early bird? If so, have them join us in the auditorium at 7:00am every morning, open to all grade levels. During this time, students will have the opportunity to read books, meet other students, play board games, and/or use art supplies to create artwork.
    This is not a school district program; teachers are offering and supervising this program on a voluntary basis. After 7:20, the students will be led to the playgraound to meet their class.

    School Wide Positive Behavior Intervention Support Plan

    Part of our Safe School Plan is to ensure that we have a safe and clean environment.

    Our students' safety is a top priority.

    Students also have an important role by following the Four B's: Be Responsible, Be Respectiful, Be Safe, and  Be Present and Ready to Learn!!

    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.