In this Issue: 

 Constitution Day Assembly  New Report Card Meeting   Lunch Applications  Middle School Info Night 

No School Thursday   Annual Giving   Coffee and Conversation   5th Grade Pali Camp Meeting  

Parent Education  CPK Fundraiser   Shoe Policy  PTA Memberships  

Volunteers and TB Test   Party Book  Hurricane Harvey Update 

Quick Links:
Amazon Colfax Charter Website   Parents Organization Website  Lunch Menu   Facebook


Constitution Day Assembly

This morning our 5th graders wowed us with their Assembly rap on Constitution Day.

New Report Card Meeting

TONIGHT 9/18/17 @ 6pm in the auditorium.  Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year LAUSD has implemented a new report card.  Come and see a preview of the new report card and hear about some of the new terminology!  Free childcare courtesy of our fabulous PTA!

This topic will also be covered in Coffee and Conversation on 9/25.


Fill-out your lunch application online at Only one application per household is necessary. All students will have the opportunity to have Breakfast in the Classroom. Lunch applications must be renewed each year. Al a carte items are available for purchase during recess time.  Please fill out an application, even if you think that you do not want to participate in the meal program.  We need 100% participation in filling out this very important document.

The full price of a cafeteria lunch is $3.00. The reduced price is 40 cents.

Middle School Info Night



Open House-Style Information Sessions

Tuesday,  September 19,  5:00-7:00 PM

On the Carpenter campus, at the Lunch Tables

Are you the parent of a 5th grader trying to figure out where your child will go to school next year?  Or maybe you have a 4th grader and you’re trying to get a head start on your search?  Please come to our parent-to-parent information exchange!   Have casual conversations with fellow Colfax and Carpenter parents who went through this process within the last few years.  For the most part, they are not official representatives of the schools, but will share with you anecdotal information about their journeys to find the right school and program for their children, and their middle school experiences. 

  • The goal of this event is to help you recognize the best middle school or MS program for your child.  Living in the Studio City area, we are lucky to have an incredible amount of choice for middle schools – public and private.   But so many options may feel overwhelming. 
  • By having these conversations, we hope we help you plan a course for the admissions processes and begin to narrow the choices on your journey to find the best fit for your child and family. 
  • Ask about admissions, entrance exams, essays, and interviews.
  • Ask about academic programs, philosophies, and academic support tools and programs.
  • Ask about student activities, athletic programs, after school programs or whatever information will help your family decide which schools and programs to explore further.
  • Each table will host a conversation about a different school or program – visit as many as you’d like.
  • Special table for “Student Perspectives” – ask current MS students about homework, activities, etc.


No School Thursday

Thursday, September 21 is an unassigned day and school will be closed.

Annual Giving


A public education is free; an enriched one is not” 

Annual Giving is our second biggest fundraiser for the year.  This is where we ask all parents to voluntarily donate what they can afford towards programs here at Colfax like art, violin, technology, science lab, the farm and classroom aides.  We ask $800 per student to fund the enriched education our children are receiving.  We understand that not all families are able to donate the $800 per student, but we urge you to give what you can. Each donation is meaningful! 
Dr. To’s challenge:  If we receive 250 donations by the end of Sept – she will donate $2,500 to Colfax!   We have extended the coupon book from our sponsors as well.  If you donate by September 30th you will get the coupon book and be helping us reach our goal of 250 donations!
Please complete and return the Annual Giving form that went home in your child's backpack to pay by check
or log onto: and donate online! 
Don't forget about corporate matching gifts and friends, neighbors, grandparents can donate too!
You may pick up your incentives for the different levels at the fifth grade lunch tables every morning in the month of September.

Coffee and Conversation


Monday, September 25 Join us immediately following morning assembly where the topic being discussed will be the new report cards.

5th Grade Pali Camp Meeting

Monday, September 25 Important 5th Grade Pali Camp Meeting in the Auditorium from 6pm - 7pm!

Representatives from Pali Camp will be at Colfax to give a presentation and answer any / all questions that you may have.  5th grade students are welcome to attend!

Parent Ed

Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.  Come join us for the amazing Pattie Fizgerald, an expert on childhood sexual abuse prevention and the founder of Safely Ever After, Inc.  She uses a positive and empowering approach and helps to teach how to communicate to our children about safety, trusting the right people around our children, and recognizing different types of tricky people.

CPK Fundraiser

Join us on Wednesday, September 27th at California Pizza Kitchen!  CPK is donating 20% back to our school!  Check your child's backpack for our "Pizza with a Purpose" flyer. 

You will need to present a flyer for Colfax to receive credit. Purchases include dine-in, take out, catering, and all beverages.

CPK- 12265 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 91604, P- 818-505-6437

School Shoe Policy

REMINDER:   Only CLOSED-TOED SHOES ARE ALLOWED TO BE WORN AT SCHOOL.  Sandals of any type are not allowed, including Crocs and jelly sandals.

PTA Memberships


If you have not done so, please consider joining COLFAX PTA.  With your membership you will be insuring that families in need will receive gifts, food, and books during the holidays.  The funds we raise allow us to shower our teachers with the love, credit, and extras they deserve. Your membership also promises you a buy-one-get-one free Legoland and Long Beach Aquarium admission.  Extra envelopes are in the office.  You can also join by logging onto  The class percentages are currently:

Room 3: 79%         Room 23: 39%                    

Room 2: 75%        Room 14: 43% 

Room 4: 68%        Room 6: 42%  

Room 12: 62%       Room 19: 39%

Room 11: 61%       Room 23: 39% 

Room 10: 58%        Room 21: 38%

 Room 9: 56%        Room 15: 35%

Room 13: 55%        Room 30:31%  

Room 1: 48%         Room 16: 30%

Room 29:48%        Room 22: 26%

Room 25: 47          Room 17: 22%

Room 7: 46%         

Room 8: 43%       

Room 5: 46%

Volunteers and TB Tests

ALL Volunteers must be cleared through the district and must have an up-to-date TB test on file with the office. TB tests are valid for four years, however a new application with the District must be completed on line each year. Please go to to complete your application (when entering the school code, just enter any number). Volunteers without this process completed will not be allowed to volunteer after September 29, 2017.

Studio City Urgent Care is offering preferred pricing of $30 for TB tests for Colfax parent volunteers.  Flyers are located in the front office, and are required to receive this discount.  Studio City Urgent Care is conveniently located at 12660 Riverside Dr., Unit 110.  818-761-1800.

Colfax Party Book

donate EVERYTHING that goes into the party, tickets can only be purchased by Colfax families and all the money raised goes straight back to the classrooms.  If you love to entertain or throw a great party then perhaps you will consider hosting one. Themes are endless - fitness & sports related, activities for kids, food experiences or even lessons - the sky's the limit.  We want to hear from you!  Email for more information. 

TIP:  You can also use this link to check details of a party you already bought tickets to last year!

Hurricane Harvey Update

Our amazing families helped us amass over 150 bags of items to donate for Hurricane Harvey relief.  Way to go, Colfax!


Looking Ahead - Save The Date!


Please mark your calendars with the following dates:

  • 10/3 Be Friendly Awards at Monday Morning Assembly
  • 10/4 Walk to School Day
  • 10/5 LSLC Meeting
  • 10/6 Career Day
  • 10/9 Be Safe Kick Off - 2nd Grade 
  • 10/19 PTA/PACE General Meeting 8:30 a.m.

Please make sure that you refer to the calendar on our school website ( for updates and new items! And friend us on Facebook (Colfax Charter) to receive up-to-the minute news and photos.

The teachers, families, and staff of Colfax Charter Elementary are dedicated to the academic and personal success of all students. Together we encourage each child to aspire to his highest potential in a safe environment. We provide opportunities so that they may face and triumph over the challenges of the 21st century. 

Colfax Charter Elementary School, 11724 Addison Street, Valley Village, CA 91607

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