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Principal's Message

              Germain Academy for Academic Achievement

            A California Distinguished School


August 1, 2018  


Dear Parents,

            I hope you had a wonderful summer and are now ready to get back into the routines of school. First day of school is August 14. Your timely attention to documents that need to be returned to school and your support of our school’s Safe School Plan will facilitate our ability to keep your children safe and happy.


On the first day of school:


  • Returning students (including kinder students going to first grade) will line up with their previous year teachers. They will go to their previous class and learn their new assignments. A passing bell will ring at 8:10 a.m. so that student can walk to their new classrooms.
  • All ETK, TK, and new Kinder students will report to the auditorium at 8:30 for a brief orientation. After the orientation teachers will call their rosters and students will walk to their classrooms. Parents are welcomed to walk with their children to their rooms.
  • New students to Germain in grades 1st-5th will come to the lobby located next to the office to receive their class assignments. Tables will be set up according to student’s last name for you convenience. Once receiving the classroom assignments new students will be directed to the lunch area to wait for the passing bell which will ring at 8:10 a.m. At this time new students will walk to their classrooms.


A few reminders as school begins:       

  • Complete and return the emergency information sheet no later than Friday, August 24. You may complete it on-line via the LAUSD website or by hand. It is imperative that we have updated information with current contacts and phone numbers. It is your responsibility to make the school aware of and to provide legal documentation necessary regarding the release of students. Keeping students safe is our number one concern.
  • For grades 1st-5th the lobby doors and the gates at the corners of San Jose/Oklahoma and Lurline/San Jose open at 7:30 a.m. Please do not leave your child at school prior to 7:30 a.m. There is no supervision of students until 7:30 a.m. Per our Safe School Plan, only students are allowed on campus when the gates open at 7:30 with the exception of our Monday morning assemblies when parents are welcome to come on campus through the San Jose/Oklahoma corner gate.
  • At 8:00 a.m.  (except on Monday morning assemblies) ALL gates will be locked and anyone visiting campus at that time will need to check in through the main office. Instruction begins at 8:00 a.m. Dismissal is at 2:23 except Tuesdays when dismissal time is 1:23p.m.
  • When the 7:55 a.m. bell rings, grades 1-5 are to walk to their designated line up area with their classmates per teacher instruction.
  • ETK, TK, Kindergarten and PALS program students are to meet on the kindergarten yard through the Lurline Gate near Germain St. This gate will open at 7:45 and is to be used both for arrival and dismissal.
  • At dismissal time in the afternoon, in addition to the aforementioned gates, the gate in the middle of the block on Lurline will be open for first grade dismissal. Only first graders will be dismissed from this gate.
  • Students in 2nd-5th grade that arrive late to school will need to come through the office and walk themselves to class. Late kinder and first grade students will be escorted to their rooms by school staff. To maintain safety and decrease disruption to the classroom instructional program, parents are not permitted to walk late students to their rooms.
  • Traffic during school arrival and dismissal can be very dangerous. Please obey traffic signs and speed limits. Double parking is illegal. Honking your horn or parking your car in a way that impedes driveways is disrespectful to our neighbors. Parking enforcement will come unannounced and issue citations. Please have your child exit the vehicle on the curbside. Walk your student across the street if necessary. In the morning, please obey signs for drop off of students as you may not leave your car parked within this drop off only zone.
  • The school will supply balls and playground equipment. Please leave sporting equipment, electronic games, spinners, trading cards and anything else that may disrupt the instructional environment at home. The school will not be responsible for replacing lost or stolen items. Cell phones or other communication devices must be in off mode and maintained in backpacks, not on clothing, during the school day. If a student is caught using it during school hours, it will be confiscated and parents will need to come to the office to pick up the device.
  • Soft soled, laced shoes are the most appropriate for all school activities. Shoes with open toe or wheels are not permitted at school. Well-fitted clothes rather than long baggy pants make movement in the classroom and on the playground easier and safer. If boys and girls wear earrings, they should be small studs that cannot be pulled or caught during play on playground equipment or clothing. Students are allowed to wear hats during recess and lunch as protection from the sun. Please avoid gang colors or emblems that depict drug, alcohol, tobacco, sexual connotations, or violence.
  • Your child is encouraged to drink plenty of water when the weather is very warm. There are water fountains on the playground which are flushed on a daily basis before the school day by our Plant Manager. Bottled water may be brought and consumed at the lunch benches. To avoid on-going problems with bottles being lost, stolen, or used in an unsafe manner, bottled water is not allowed on the playground when students are engaged in play activities. The school receives weather advisories and curtails outdoor activities during times of poor air quality.
  • Sometime during the month of September, specially trained personnel will return to our school to check on the condition of any asbestos-containing building material. A copy of the inspector’s written report will be included in our asbestos management plan which is available in the main office. This is part of a yearly plan that began in 1988 to ensure the continued health and welfare of the school community.
  • No request for class changes can be made within the first three weeks of school. Please be aware that every teacher at each grade level follows the same State and District curriculum guidelines and pacing plans.  Great care is taken by our staff to create well balanced classrooms with consideration given to the individual needs of each child within every classroom.  I ask for your cooperation and understanding with this matter.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call me at (818) 341-5821 or email me at I will do my best to return your calls within the same day, however please keep in mind that schools are busy places and unexpected situations often arise that take time to resolve. Thank you for your kind understanding.




Luis Lopez