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In This Issue
'Coffee with Dena'
Yearbooks on Sale
K for a Day This Friday
Conejo Spirit Week
Flutes Across the World Update
Teacher & Staff Appreciation
Rummage Sale Donations
Healthy Food Promotion
Open House Tonight at 6pm
Stepping Up: How will you help this year?
Habit #7: Sharpen the Saw
Barnes & Noble Book Fair & Upcoming Events
Fundraising at Stepping Up
Scholastic Book Fair in the Library
Dancing for Conejo!
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Upcoming OCLM Dates to Remember:

Thurs, May 24


 Open House


Fri, May 25


Last Fun Friday


Fri, May 25


K for a Day


Mon, May 28


Memorial Day Holiday


Tues, May 29 -
Fri June 1

Spirit Week


Mon, June 4


Rummage Sale Donation Collection


Tues, June 5

OCLM Field Trip to 

Camarillo Airport


Wed, June 6


Stepping Up  

Activities & Ceremony  


Thurs, June 7 

dismissal at 12:30pm 

Last Day of School  


Summer Beach days, Barnes & Noble Reading Nights, Restaurant Fundraisers and Parent Trainings will be listed in our Summer Leaderboard.


Mon, Aug 27


Back to School Picnic


Wed, Aug 29


First Day of School

'Coffee with Dena'

 Join our principal, Dr. Dena Sellers, and other Conejo & OCLM families to ask questions and learn more about the great things happening at our school!

Tuesday mornings
May 29 & June 5


PRC, Room 26 

Coffee with Dena

Conejo yearbook 2012
are on sale now!
The cost is $15 each. Please bring your cash or check (made out to Conejo PFA) to the office ASAP, as quantities are limited!
 Download the 
order form here 
K for a Day
K for a Day is this Fri, May 25. New OCLMers joining us this fall will be on campus to experience a day in the life of a Kindergartner. The current Ks become "big buddies" for the day and get a glimpse of being a 1st grader as they mentor our new Ks for next year! 

If you are on campus between 9:45 and 11, be sure to wave hello to these new incoming families!
Conejo Spirit Week
Next week (Tues, May 29 - Fri, June 1) is Conejo Spirit Week!

Tues: Mixed-up Clothes 

Wed: Sports Team

Thurs: Crazy Hair Day 

Fri: Red, White & Blue Conejo Spirit Day

Conejo Logo View flyer here

Flutes Across the World Update from Haiti
The flutes we created in December with Flutes Across the World (FAW) have been delivered to Haiti. John Zeretzke, FAW director, shared this picture of a Haitian boy receiving a flute made by OCLM 5th grader, John Campbell.
Haiti boy with Johnny flute
View more pics and stories about FAW's recent trip to Haiti here.
Teacher & Staff Appreciation
Hundreds of appreciation grams were delivered to our teachers and staff!

many of you came up with your own creative ways to say thank you.

Thank you for participating and helping our Conejo Teachers and Staff feel appreciated! 
teacher apprec flower 
Rummage Sale Donations

Donate your 

gently-used items to SCOPE so we can build our inventory for the next rummage sale.

We will collect donations on Monday, June 4 from 8:15-8:45am

Drop off donations at the portable in the Triggs School driveway on Los Feliz Drive. Thank you!

Conejo Elementary is participating in the CVUSD Healthy Food Promotion Program.

On May 16 your child had the opportunity to try Snap Peas.
Please see
the flyer for nutritional information and recipe ideas.

2011/2012 Volume 10     May 24, 2012

Dear Kelly,  


We've reached the final weeks of school and the big talk on campus of course is Stepping Up. We all are looking forward to applauding our students on June 6 as they step up and out this year! See lots of information below on how you can help. It might be our most exciting Stepping Up yet!


The next day is the last day of school--Thursday, June 7--with early release at 12:30. Enjoy the lazier days of summer and take advantage of the extra time to Sharpen your Saw. Then, keep up the habit, even after summer is over and our schedules get busy again in the fall.


Thank you for another wonderful school year! Life is Good at OCLM...


SCOPE Newsletter Committee

Open House Tonight at 6pm: Come Early for Dinner to Support PFA & SCOPE

2012 open house flyer 
Open House is a great time to visit your child's classroom and let them show you the exciting things they have been doing this year. Teachers will be on hand to welcome parents and talk about highlights of the year.


Have dinner on campus! Food sales begin at 5:30pm to support the PFA, and our OCLM families are hosting a cookie sale. Meet Dr. Sellers in the MPR for a presentation at 6pm, then classrooms will be open from 6:30-7:30pm. 


Conejo Spirit Wear will be on sale, and don't forget to check out the book fair in the library, open from 5:30-8pm. All purchases at the book fair benefit the school library. 


It's a fun night to share some school time together!

OCLM's Year-End Event Celebrates Students' Accomplishments: Wednesday, June 6 at 4pm

Volunteer opportunities for this year's Stepping Up Ceremony!


Each year at Stepping Up, OCLM students step up to their next grade or step out to their next school. This year, this exciting event will explore the theme of Taking Flight. Activities begin at 4pm and you won't want to miss a special visitor arriving from above.


But, there is much planning and preparation that happens before the event and we need every family at OCLM to contribute. 

parachute flying 2 

Event Schedule: 

12-4 Set Up

Starting at 4 Explore "Taking Flight in Nature" Centers & Arrival of Special Guest 

4-6:30 Silent Auction & Raffle Baskets 

4:30-5:30 All Activity Centers Open

5:30-6:15 Potluck Dinner

6:30 Raffle Basket Winners Announced

6:30-7:30 Student Speeches & Ceremony 

7:30-9:00 Clean Up


How will you help this year?


Set Up: Set up starts at 12pm. Be prepared to move chairs, tables and hang decorations. We need 10 people. Contact Dana Hurley 


Decorations: Help hang children's artwork and create the ceremony space. We need 7 people. Contact Kelly Gutierrez 


Fundraising: We need people to sell raffle tickets, tally and close the silent auction. We need 5 people. Contact Rebecca Jubin 


Clean Up: Return all items, and clean and prepare campus for the last day of school on June 7. We need 4 more people. Contact Kathy Riser-Perez 


Activity Center Teams:

The Natural World - Bees, Bugs, Butterflies, Birds. We need 4 people. Contact Rebecca Jubin


The Human World - Juggling and Gymnastics. Teach kids juggling, cartwheels and somersaults. We need 4 people. Contact Anne Neslund


The Mechanical World - We need 6 people. Flying Machines and Paper Airplanes, Contact Deneen Cienfuegos Rocket Races, Contact Lauren Todd Remote Control Helicopters, Contact Carolyn Howard


Story Time and Fly into your FutureExplore flying tales and writing prompts connected to the events of the day. Create Vision Maps for your Hopes and Dreams. We need 4 people. Contact Paula Migliaccio


Potluck Picnic Dinner:  

Families attending should bring a dish for the potluck picnic dinner. Each grade level is assigned a type of dish to bring. The flyer is posted in classrooms or click here. Please bring blankets to sit on for our picnic.



Do you have any tables or pop-ups that can be used for the day? We need 10. We also need old magazines, and other items to make flying machines (egg cartons, strawberry baskets, toilet paper rolls or other small items), and empty 2-liter bottles. Do you have any favorite flying stories that we can have on hand to share that day?


If you have any of these items,please Contact Robyn Schwartz. There will be a collection center set up in Room 26 where you can drop off your items. Please label anything you would like returned!


Sign up today to volunteer! 

We need your helping hands to make this event a success for our children. If you have any questions, please contact:

Jennifer Jackson, teacher representative

Robyn Schwartz, parent representative


See you there!

Bringing Balance to our Busy Lives

Habit #7: Sharpen the Sawhabit 7.jpg


Are you too busy cutting to stop and sharpen your saw? Be more productive and effective by taking time for activities that strengthen your body, mind, spirit and heart. 


These aspects of our well being often get pushed aside for what seem to be the more "urgent" things in life. The first six habits have challenged us to discover our priorities and put them first. The final piece is Habit #7, Sharpen the Saw, which reminds us to take care of ourselves so that we are able to make good choices and contribute to our community. Taking care of our bodies, building our skills, affirming our values and staying connected with the people we care about are the basics that allow us to live out our potential and "be there" for those around us.

Take the time today to Sharpen your Saw--exercise, plan a healthy meal for dinner, read a book, meditate or pray, have a date night with your spouse or spend time with a friend. Summertime, when life slows down, is a great time to get in the habit of sharpening the saw.  


Our Parent Trainings on the 7 Habits of Leader in Me will continue this fall. Until then, visit www.theleaderinme.org to review the 7 Habits and explore resources for sharing them with your family.

Barnes & Noble Book Fair Going on Now: Plus, Summer Jammy Nights and More Read Aloud Nights

B&N Read Aloud May 18
If you missed Friday's Read Aloud Night, today is the last day to participate in the Barnes & Noble Book Fair. Just mention OCLM at the register and a portion of your purchase will go directly to our OCLM teachers in the form of gift cards so they can add books to their classroom libraries. 


Thanks parents for your overwhelming support of our Barnes & Noble Read Aloud Nights this year! Summer Jammy Nights will begin on Monday, June 18, and our monthly B&N Read Aloud Nights resume in the fall!

Fundraising at Stepping Up: Silent Auction and Classroom Baskets

Fundraising is an important part of Stepping Up and provides for special programs and projects unique to OCLM. A Silent Auction of donated items and raffle tickets for our Classroom Opportunity Baskets make Stepping Up our biggest fundraiser of the year.

How can you help? 
We are encouraging each family to bring in one silent auction donation per child. You could host a party or share any of your special skills or talents. Consider asking the places you visit regularly if they would support OCLM by providing an item. Hairdressers, spas, restaurants and gyms all are good options. Click Here for a letter you can use to solicit donations for the auction.

Please also bring in items for the Classroom Opportunity Basket for your child's class, and purchase raffle tickets in the presale or at the event. Click Here for a flyer with the basket themes and an order form for raffle tickets.
We need all donations in by next Thursday, May 31. Thank you very much for your efforts and generosity! If you have any questions, please email Rebecca Jubin or call her at (818) 991-4309.

Scholastic Book Fair on Campus This Week: 25% of Sales Add New Books to the Library

book fair stock imageConejo's Book Fair is going on now through Friday in the school library. Hours are 7:30-8:30am, 11:30-1pm and 2:30-3pm. It also will be open during Open House tonight from 5:30-8pm. 25% of sales are returned to our school library for the purchase of more books.


If you can help during sale times, contact Mrs. Kurfess, our librarian, at 805-495-7058 X106 or kkurfess@conejousd.org.

Dance-a-Thon Gets Everyone Moving!

Last month's Dance-a-thon was a blast! The dancing was as much exercise as jogging, and we raised over $8,000 for Conejo! Students who raised $50 or more were treated to an exciting magic show in the MPR today. Thank you to everyone who participated in this fundraiser and danced for Conejo!

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