In this Issue:

 Back to School Night  PEAK   No School     Oakwood     Lunch Applications    

Annual Giving     Technology Update   PTA Memberships  Respect Our Neighbors    

Volunteers and TB Test Requirements   Colfax Party Book

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Back to School Night

 Tuesday, August 29, 2017

You are invited to come meet your children’s teachers; they will outline their routines, procedures and grade level expectations for the coming year. It’s a great time to learn how you can best help your child have a successful academic year.  Back to School Night is Tuesday, August 29th

Session 1, for grades K – 2, is from 5:30 – 6:15 

Session 2, for grades 3 – 5, is from 6:20 – 7:05.  

In order to make the most of this evening the classroom teacher needs your full attention.  This is an adult evening only so please get a babysitter.  Don’t miss this very important evening!

PEAK and Enrichment


We welcome PEAK Adventures to our Colfax Family.  The program is off and running. Please check them out at

In addition to the full array of after care options that PEAK offers, check out this list of enrichment offerings all on the Colfax Campus!  Is your child fascinated by marine life?  A fan of cupcake wars?  A Lego aficionado?  A rising improv star? A budding fashion designer?  And that is not even the entire list of options available!!!  Register NOW at

PEAK Week 3

Our ALL ABOUT ME month is coming to an end quickly and we are finding out we have an amazing group of kids!  All students will be finishing their All About Me projects and then putting on engineering hats!  It will be a thrill ride after school as these young engineers build roller coasters, lego bridges, marshmallow towers and more!

No School 9/1 and 9/4


There will be no school on Friday, September 1 in observance of Admissions Day and Monday, September 4, 2017 in observance of Labor Day.  Happy LONG weekend!!

Oakwood High Schoolers Teach Our Kids the Arts


We are excited to begin the 2017-18 school year with another wonderful Community-Youth Partnership (CYP) program.


Classes begin Wednesday, Sept 13th, 2017 from 4:15pm-5:30pm.

The program culminates with a final performance on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 from 5:30pm-7pm.

CYP is open to students in the following grades:

Dance         3rd - 5th

Science       4th - 5th

Music           3rd - 5th

Visual Arts   3rd - 5th

NEW and RETURNING STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO REGISTER between SEPTEMBER 1st and SEPTEMBER 7th on our website:  You can find more information here.

 Lunch Applications

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. 

Annual Giving


Dr To has generously offered to donate $2500 to Colfax if we reach 250 donations before  September 30th!!   Let's make this goal!  Annual Giving is our chance as parents and friends of Colfax to donate to our incredible school so that we can continue to have programs like art, violin, technology, and our amazing classroom aides.  This school would not be the special place that it is without these donations so please consider giving.  It takes about $800 PER CHILD to keep all these programs in place.  Checks can be dropped off in the office (made out to PACE) or you can donate on line here.   If you donate before September 15th you'll receive a coupon pack from our Colfax business sponsors. 

Technology Update

Fresh for the new school year, a lot of work has been done over the summer to enhance our communications to our parents.  You may have already noticed that our school website has had a face lift and is sporting a new look home page with a fresh new banner and ‘Colfax News’ section.  We will be continuing its upgrade over the coming months so please keep checking back.

Additionally, we are pleased to announce the launch of our ‘Colfax Parents’ web portal!  When you log into you will find a new interface sharing the combined forces of your Parents Organizations PACE and PTA.  Myschoolanywhere remains your ‘school directory’ and you can continue to search for your children’s friends and their parents contact details here, using your secure password.  * You should now have received the annual reminder to update your families profile, update your contact details and identify your children’s teachers for this year.

From ‘Colfax Parents’ you will be able to click on the buttons/links to navigate away to further information on any of the activities that PACE and PTA manage.  We are trying to make everything easier for you to sign up for, pay for and purchase online.  For example, you can now purchase your PTA Membership online and you can access our Annual Giving page to select how you wish to donate.  * Non-Colfax Parents can make annual giving donations via the PACE link on our school website: .  Please feel free to share this link with your friends and family members.

We are continuing to develop these pages over the following months and you will find as we build this interface, you will have access to much more ‘Colfax Parents’ information at your fingertips!

PTA Memberships


Thank you so much to all of you who have joined the PTA!! The membership fee is $12, and the class who gets the most sign-ups will get a popsicle party! So far, the top three classes are Ms. Haim's, Ms. Tepper's, and Ms. McDonald's! Fill out the PTA envelope that is in your school folder, or register online at Thank you!!

Respect Our Neighbors

Please be respectful and set a good example for our children.  Do not block neighbors' driveways around Colfax.  Not even for a minute.  Not even a portion of the driveway.   Thank you for your cooperation!

Volunteers & TB Test Requirements

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!

Our 'Colfax families only' theme parties are a fun way to build our community while raising money for our school.  Hosts 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. 

There are still spots left to some of these amazing events already planned!  Go through our Party Book link to get your tickets now!!

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

Looking Ahead - Save The Date!

Please mark your calendars with the following dates:

  • 9/6 Community Potluck
  • 9/7 LSLC Meeting
  • 9/14 Picture Day
  • 9/26 Parent Ed

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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