MARATHON NEWS AND TIPS TO STAY INVOLVED

KING LIONS TO CONQUER THE LA MARATHON!

26.2 miles…Can you keep up with these King Lions? Running more than 500 miles over the past 4 ½ months, 12 students are training as members of Students Run LA in order to run the LA Marathon on March 21, 2010. Led by their coaches, Ms. Kantack, Ms. Lombarski, and Ms. Rabina, they have worked tirelessly to prepare for the big event. Mr. Gabriel has also joined the King Lions, to run his first marathon and is a great asset to the team!

King’s Student Run Los Angeles (SRLA) teams began running the fist week in September, and they continue to dedicate three afternoons a week, and every Sunday morning to prepare themselves for their final hurdle. Since their first practice, our SRLA teams have competed in a 5k, 10k, 15k, and most recently, the Irvine Half Marathon (13.1 miles) to prepare for the culminating event of the running season. We have one more race---Hansen Dam with 18-Miles!

This year, the LA Marathon begins at Dodger Stadium and ends at Santa Monica Pier. We will run through Chinatown, Downtown, Echo Park, Silver Lake, Los Feliz and Hollywood as we make our way to the west side. Let’s give a roar and congratulate: Silvia Ordonez, Sharon Flores, Luis Sanchez, Sharon Garcia, Marlena Hernandez, Illyana Prebula, Antonio Corona, Antonio Aroche, Christopher Pinelo, Raul Fuentes, Marvin Vega, Jorge Lopez and our coaches. Don’t forget the L.A. Marathon is March 21st! Come out to Sunset Blvd and cheer us on! Good Luck Lions!

Article by Amanda Lombarski


REMAIN INVOLVED WHEN YOUR CHILD REACHES MIDDLE SCHOOL

Here’s a big myth about middle school: Parents aren’t wanted. Maybe this myth survives because students keep spreading it!
No matter the source, it’s wrong. Middle school parents can help out plenty at school. Some volunteer opportunities may differ from those in elementary school. But they are no less important.
You can:
• Communicate. Your middle school may need someone to write a newsletter. Or you could send e-mails to parents about school news and events. If you are bilingual, you could serve as a translator for other parents.
• Advise. If you are available after school or in the evening, you may help with a student group. Just check with your child. Some middle school students want their parents to be involved with their activities. Others prefer parents choose a different activity.
• Support. Middle school teachers don’t usually have volunteers in the classroom. But there are exceptions—a class performance or other special event. If you’re available and interested, ask!

Source: Sharron Kahn Luttrell, “Middle School: A Role for Parents,” PTO Today, www.ptotoday.com/pto-today-articles/article/85-middleschool. Reprinted with permission from Parents Still Make the Difference Copyright © 2010, The Parent Institute


PARENT PARTICIPATION

King is proud to present computer workshops for parents. We are excited about providing parents with the necessary skills to establish communication with teachers through e-mail. Parents will learn how to access daily assignments and project due dates from various teachers and how to navigate through King’s and LAUSD’s website. Computer workshops will be held every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Parent Center room 101. Parents are also invited to attend workshops presented by Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles every Wednesday morning from 8:00 a.m. – 10 :00 a.m. Topics include women’s health, domestic violence, how to speak with your children about sexuality, prenatal care, and drug prevention. Participating parents will receive a certificate of completion. If parents would like to volunteer to help during the school day please contact Ms. Alvarado at (323) 644-6743.