Mark your calendar

Tuesday, December 5th
- 1:37 pm early dismissal; 1:37 pm bus pick-up
- Friends of King parent meeting: 5:30 pm to 7pm, Parent Center (room 101)
- Los Silver Lake Invitational Drinks: 8 pm to 11 pm, Hyperion Public (2538 Hyperion Ave., 90027)

Wednesday, December 6th
- SDM (Shared Decision Making) meeting: 3:20 pm to 4:20 pm, Parent Center (room 101)

Friday, December 8th
- Ugly Sweater Contest: tell your HR teacher and head out to KSNC (room 136) to show off your ugly sweater!
- 8th grade Winter Formal: 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Boys' Gym

Saturday, December 9th
- 2nd Annual King 5k Fun Run/Walk: 7 am (race starts at 8 am) - 11 am, Crystal Springs Picnic Area, Pad "B", Griffith Park
- Advance screening of Ferdinand (animation students) in Hollywood

Sunday, December 10th
- King SRLA Team runs a Holiday half-marathon at the Pomona Fairplex

Tuesday, December 12th
- 1:37 pm early dismissal; 3:07 pm bus pick-up

Wednesday, December 13th
- SSC (School Site Council) meeting: 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm, Parent Center (room 101)

Thursday, December 14th
- ELAC (English Learner Advisory Council) meeting: 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, Parent Center (room 101)
- Winter Concerts by King Orchestra, in the Auditorium. Day concerts will take place  during Periods 3, 4, and 5. The evening concert is from 4 pm to 5 pm.

Friday, December 15th
- Minimum Day with 12:42 pm dismissal; 3:07 pm bus pick-up
- Pajama Day! Students can opt to wear pajamas or their school uniform
- Star Wars Celebration in the Amphitheatre
- KING'S ANNUAL FUND DRIVE ENDS. Make your donation online HEREor enclose  a check payable to Friends of King in a sealed envelope and return to the main office or mail to Friends of King (4201 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029).

Monday, December 18th through Friday, January 5th
- NO SCHOOL - Winter break

Monday, January 8th
- First day of Spring semester - see you all rested and ready for a roaring 2nd semester!

Annual Fund Drive:

We have entered the home stretch! The goal is to raise 100K in 100 Days (by December 15) and to have class participations of 75% or more.  For as little as a $10 one time gift, your contribution will be counted toward your child's homeroom reaching 75% participation and winning a donut party!

If your family is able, we suggest an annual donation of $500 per child, broken down in payments of $50/month for 10 months. You can make your donation online here, or enclose your check made payable to Friends of King and return in a sealed envelope to the main office or mail to Friends of King, 4201 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029.

NO AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL, so please donate what you can so we can continue to have the funds to keep our school a California Gold Ribbon School and the highest performing middle school in the North East LAUSD region!

Friends of King is a 501 c3 non-profit organization
All donations are tax deductible - Tax ID #27-1638183

Friends of King Parent Meeting
TUESDAY 11/7, 5:30 pm to 7 pm - Parent Center (Rm 101)

Come learn what we are up to and how you can put your energy and enthusiasm at the service of our vibrant community!
We urgently need volunteers for the upcoming 5k Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, December 9th. Please sign up or email Marylou Mejia to volunteer if you can 
come that morning!

Saturday, Dec. 9 - 2nd Annual King 5k Fun Run!

Sponsored by Friends of King and organized by our awesome PE department, the 2nd Annual King 5k Fun Run will be held at Griffith Park (Crystal Springs area) on Saturday, December 9th. Students, parents, relatives and community members are welcome to participate! This year, we have opened an additional division for elementary school student runners/walkers!

Race capacity for this event is limited to 400 participants, so please get your application in as soon as possible!  All participants will receive a King 5k Fun Run T-shirt, a medal, and snacks. There are also 10 divisions which will compete for trophies. The top three male and female runners for King 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, elementary school students, and adults (18 years and over) will receive 1st through 3rd place trophies.

Please check in by 7:00am at the registration tables underneath the canopies. The race will begin promptly at 8:00am. There will be signs and volunteers to help guide you through the course. At the end of the event, you'll receive your participation medal and, if you are in the top three in your race division, a trophy.

We are looking for volunteers at the registration table, water stations, finish line, as well as course guides. Please sign up here or email  Marylou Mejia  if you are interested in volunteering.

Time to get awfully creative:
Ugly Sweater Contest is this Friday, Dec 8th

KSNC is hosting the Ugly Sweater Contest again.
Students and teachers can participate!  Whether you want to go on the broadcast to be considered for a prize or not, feel free to wear your ugly sweater to school on December 8th.
On that morning, tell your HR teacher you want to show off your ugly sweater and head out to KSNC, in room 136.
Categories: best homemade, funniest, and best all around.
Compete or just style your ugliest digs!
Contest will be streamed live on KSNC.

Class of 2018 - Winter Formal
This Friday Dec 8th, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm

8th Grade Dance.   DJ, photo booth, and dinner included.

No charge if 8th grade dues have been paid and $10 for students that have not paid dues.

Tickets are limited and   can be picked up during lunch.
NO tickets sold at the Dance

Winter Concerts
Thursday, December 14

King Orchestra will be performing in the auditorium during Periods 3, 4, and 5, as well as after-school from 4 pm to 5pm.
Listen to what these kids can already do only 4 months into the school year! As always, KSNC will be streaming live. Stay tuned!
Last day of school is PAJAMA DAY!
Friday, December 15

On this last day of the semester, students can opt to wear pajamas or their school uniform (hm... such a difficult choice!!)

There will also be a
Star Wars Celebration in the Amphitheatre!
King students will have the great opportunity of winning Star Wars-themed prizes by answering trivia questions and participating in a Star Wars costume contest!

Tune in on KSNC and watch it all live.  Also, remember that Friday, Dec 15 is a minimum 
day, with dismissal at 12:42 pm and bus pick-up at 3:07 pm.
Curators Club - Calling All Artists!

Kingsters, did you realize that every magnet on our campus is related to the art? That means you, yes you, should consider entering art into the next student art show. 

The curators have decided our last gallery art show of the semester will have a dual-theme of Stereotypes and Music , so think what either of those ideas means to you and make art. All mediums are accepted including but not limited to painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, sculpture, video and performance.
Turn in work to Ms. Roth, room 316, or Ms. Hoefer, 149, by January 10, giving you all the holiday break to create! Work is accepted at all grade levels, all magnets. An opening reception will be held in the new year in the student art gallery where there will be prizes, music, and refreshments, so start creating! Remember art makes you

Imagine a Sustainable
School Curriculum...

ESM teachers Ms. Grimaldi, Ms. Jones, Ms. Mitsuse, and GAT teacher Mr. Gabriel were guests of the Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation at the Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition.
The teachers attended a breakfast meeting with California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson.
Also, the teachers worked with Ten Strands founder, Will Parish, along with representatives from Sepulveda Middle School and Wilmington STEAM Magnet to develop sustainable schools curricula.

Save the date fun and soccer enthusiasts!
Our annual Silverlake/Los Feliz community event 'The Los Silver Lake Invitational Soccer Cup' will take place on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 at the Marshall High School Field. There will be a community of local schools coming together to play soccer, cheer, and raise money for our school and three other local schools (Franklin Avenue ES, Ivanhoe ES, and MichelTorena ES)!  Expect a festival atmosphere with food, music, kid's activities, games, demonstrations, and dedicated parent partners showing their loyalties on the soccer pitch!

Come out for scrimmage on Sundays!
Our glorious King Parent Soccer Team has been training on Sundays for a couple of weeks now.  Come out to cheer them up or kick the ball and have fun with your fellow King parents, teachers and staff!  Everyone is invited and all skill levels are welcome. Contact Julie Hall-Panameno at to find out about practice times and locations.

Come out for drinks this Tuesday evening!
Kick off the Los Silver Lake Invitational soccer season with our fellow Eagles, Dragons, Foxes and Lions for an entertaining evening at Hyperion Public this Tuesday, December 6th from 8 pm to 11 pm. Hyperion Public is located at 2538 Hyperion Avenue, 90027.
All you have to do is come, preferably with a spouse or friend, and drink a few. Thanks to our friends at Hyperion Public, a percentage of the receipts goes back to our schools to pay for field and ref fees in the spring.  Parents new to the community -- come out and meet some folks. Veterans, show us the  way.

There were field trips, assemblies, guest speakers, parent meetings and workshops, sport events, community events, etc... Thanks to parents, teachers, students, friends photographers, and our awesome KSNC (King Student News Channel), we have captured some moments in pictures or videos for you, as well as some info you might want to refer back to. Please click on!
Nov. 1st -  Day of the Dead Assemblies - watch KSNC videos here
Nov. 3rd - Guest speaker Aaron Wolf visits 6th grade FAM - read  blurb here
Nov. 3rd - King Social at Mixed Co - see pics here
Nov. 7th - Parent Workshop: Zone of Choice - read info here
Nov. 8th - SLAM! Music Program Launch -  read  info   here
Nov. 9th - King Curators Opening Reception for double-themed student art show "Decades & Darkness" - see  pics  here
Nov. 12th - All King screening of THOR: RAGNAROK - see pics here
Nov. 15th - Guest speaker on "Earth in the Universe" visits 8th grade ESM - pics anyone?
Nov. 18th - King SRLA Team Runs 15K at Arroyo Seco - see pics here
Nov. 23rd - King SRLA Team Runs the Drumstick Dash 10K at CBS Studios - see pics here
Nov. 28th - Counselors Assemblies re: culmination requirements - read info here
Nov. 28th - 6th grade FAM Parent Holiday Mixer at Home Restaurant - pics anyone?

Field trips [There were many field trips across all grades and magnets since school started, and we don't have an exhaustive list. If you have pictures you would like to share, please email or hit reply - we will gladly post!]:
  • 826LA (6th grade FAM & 6th grade GAT) - pics anyone?
  • Barnsdall Art Park (6th grade ESM) - see pics here
  • 'Daddy's Home 2' Premiere Screening (Animation students) - see pics here
  • Discovery Cube (7th grade FAM) - pics anyone?
  • Gene Autry Museum (7th grade FAM & 8th grade FAM) - see pics here
  • Getty Center (6th grade FAM) - see pics here
  • Getty Villa (6th grade GAT) - see pics here
  • Hyperion Treatment Plant & Education Center (6th grade ESM) - see pics here
  • 'Justice League' Premiere Screening (Animation students) - pics anyone?
  • LA Zoo (7th grade GAT) - see pics here
  • LACMA (6th grade FAM) - see pics here
  • 'Lego Ninjago' Movie Premiere (Animation students) - see pics here
  • Santa Monica Beach & Aquarium (6th grade ESM) - pics anyone?
  • Tree People (6th grade ESM) - pics anyone?

ESM Magnet News

6th grade ESM field trips

ESM Sixth Graders have been on many field trip adventures this past month.  All ESM sixth grades embarked on walking field trips to attend the "Condemned to be Modern" exhibit, part of the citywide Pacific Standard Time art event, at Barnsdall Art Park.  Students examined the exhibits, took part in art activities, and then created their own art pieces. 

6th grade ESM robotics

In  Mr. Aleman's Robotics class, students  designed and  built rovers using legos and  also  have been programming sensors, such as ultrasonic and color sensors, to accomplish challenging tasks. Following a line, avoiding obstacles, moving in a square and participating in a sumo wrestling competition are some of the challenges students have completed so far.

7th grade ESM update:
ESM STEAM Magnet students, in Ms. Altounian's 7th grade Math class, e xperienced  the joy of art and math in using scrap they have to create Big Projects.  
Their task was to use a common household product or item to design and build a larger scale  model of the item.   You can see the love and joy of learning through their projects. (See photos)

GAT Magnet News

Grade 8 Think-like a Researcher :
Blast to the past as the 8th-graders researched technology they believed to be obsolete, dead, or dying for our annual Day of the Dead Technology Project. To see their memorials to these dearly departed devices, take a look at this slideshow  of the altars. As a celebration of their work and the machines, the 8th-graders invited classes, teachers, and parents to join in on the celebration with a gallery of the altars in the library. See pictures of the event here .

Grade 7 Think-like a Mathematician and Zoologist:
7th-graders were math detectives at work solving a system of equations clue to find who was the thief that stole the ice block needed for a gala. After solving that crime, they headed to the Los Angeles Zoo to collect evidence for their annual Zoopalooza project, a cross-curricular study of animals, their habitats, and the dangers threatening their existence. Students will work in all areas of this research project, from science and history to math and English. See pictures of their zoo adventure here .

Grade 6 Think-like an Art Historian:
After a 2+ hr. bus ride worthy of Odysseus himself, the 6th-grade Gifted Arts/Tech classes of Mr. Purdy, Mr. Piumarta, Mr. Gabriel and Mr. Garnett enjoyed their annual trip to the 
galleries of the Getty Villa Museum in Malibu, CA.
They viewed Greco-Roman statues of Zeus and Athena, Roman mummies, ancient coins, pottery, jewelry, and experienced the Family forum where they could act out Greek myths and decorate vases. They look forward to returning next year!

GAT Trip To Japan Summer 2018!
GAT will be having a student trip to Japan in the summer of 2018!  Check out the following link to learn about this awesome student adventure!
This will be the 3rd trip Mr. Palayan will be leading for our King students.  He led a student tour in the summer of 2014 to Greece & The Mediterranean (check out the cool video of that trip - , then in the summer of 2016 he led a student tour to Cuba, and now Japan will be visited!  These trips are awesome because students travel/learn together and have the great opportunity of experiencing new cultures and amazing locales.  Please sign up as soon as possible as the price of the tour will increase by the end of November!
K. Palayan

An Evening with Tig Notaro - TONIGHT!

MichelTorena ES is proud to present 'An Evening with Tig Notary' (School Benefit), Sunday, December 3, in the MichelTorena Auditorium. Tickets are $20. Reserve your ticket here, or pay at the door, cash or check.

See's Candies Anyone?

Marshall SAS students (a lot of them King alumni) are selling See's Candies to raise funds for their program.  Famous for American-made deliciousness with no added preservatives, See's candies are perfect gifts for friends and family, as well as office gifts for the holidays!
View the selection of See's Candies available or See's Gift Certificate and place your order by Monday, December 4th.
Your candy orders will be available for pick up in the T.S. King's Parent Center (room 101) after school on December 13 & 14, 2017, or contact to schedule a pick-up time.




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