In this Issue: 

Attendance Awards  No Valet  Community Potluck  LSLC  PEAK  Ralphs & Ventura Blvd. Receipts Oakwood  Lunch Applications Hurricane Harvey Annual Giving Technology Update  PTA Memberships  Volunteers and TB Test   Party Book 

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Attendance Awards


Congratulations to all of our attendance award recipients!  And for overall class attendance for the month of August, to Ms. Ponce's class for K-2 and Ms. Reuben's class for 3-5, with 100% attendance!  Way to go!

Colfax Lot Construction - no valet through Friday

Important Notice:

Due to the construction project, the valet through the Colfax entrance will temporarily be CLOSED through Friday, September 8th.   Students will need to be dropped off in the valet lines at the front of the school on Addison or the kindergarten gate on Morella. 

Please allow extra time for increased traffic and make sure that you are driving with caution around the school.   As a reminder the Colfax lot is for staff parking only. 

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time. 

Community Potluck

On Wednesday September 6th please join us from 5:30pm for our Annual Community Potluck and Volunteer Fair!  Bring your favorite dish to share, let the kids play with PEAK Adventures (TK+ *) and you can browse and chat with our Committee Chairs to find the perfect fit for you.  We have opportunities for EVERY schedule!  Above all, come and meet more Colfax parents and have fun!  

A-I   Desserts                  J-R  Appetizers                     S-Z Mains

* For their safety, children under 4 should stay with their parents please.

LSLC Meeting - Thursday September 7th


Colfax is an LAUSD Affiliated Charter School governed by the Colfax Charter Local School Leadership Council (LSLC). The LSLC addresses all issues big and small regarding the Colfax learning environment, student achievement, hiring, budget, policies, programs, procedures, and parental involvement. The meetings are open to the public. Attendance is welcomed and encouraged.

Please see our LSLC Meeting Agenda, September 7 for details.

PEAK Adventures


 We love having PEAK ADVENTURE in our Colfax Family!

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 Adventures

Week 4 of PEAK starts a new theme of Wizards, Warriors, and Ninjas!  Watch out as our after school program starts September with Ninja competitions, obstacle courses, chopstick relays, sushi cupcakes and more!  This week is sure to be a kicking good time!  We will also be starting our athletic program bringing in a sports coach to get the kids moving after school.  We will focus on Basketball for the month of September!

Ralphs and Ventura Blvd. Receipts



Ralph's Grocery Stores will donate up to 4% of your grocery bill to Colfax if you register your Rewards card at

To enroll online, visit and follow these steps:

1. Click Sign In (or Register for a new account).

2. Click on 'My Account' (In the top right hand corner)

3. On your account page, scroll down to Community Rewards.

4. Click EDIT and enter the Colfax NPO which is 82056.

5. Select our name and click ENROLL - You're all done! 

To Enroll via Phone:

Call Ralph's Community Program at 1-800-443-4438.  Be prepared to give your Rewards number or telephone number linked to your account. Easy process!

*Enrollment in the Community Contribution Program expires each year in August. You must re-enroll beginning September 1 each year to continue your support of Colfax! So if you did last year or before September 1 this year, please do it again!!! 


Well, making money for our school is easy when you go to any of the wonderful restaurants or shops on Ventura Blvd and Ventura Place! All you have to do is turn your receipts in to the front office and the Studio City Business Improvement will give back 10% to our school up to $2.500! This includes all businesses along Ventura Blvd. - between Carpenter Ave (from Firestone) and Coldwater Canyon (to Ralph's) and all those on Ventura Place. So if you have things to buy, do it at one of the many stores that provide a generous Colfax giveback. 

Popular places like Vons, Bookstar, GAP, CVS, Staples, Petco, Bed Bath & Beyond, restaurants like Black Market, Granville, Green Apple China Bistro, Lemonade, CPK, service spots like Massage Envy, Glamour Nails, FedEx Kinko's and don't forget businesses on Ventura Place like Big 5, Joan's on Third, Color Me Mine, Tuning Fork and Shell gas station.

Thank you for participating in this great fundraiser that supports local business and gives back to our little gem of a school!

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the FALL SESSION. 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.

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

CYP is open to students in the following grades:

Dance, Music & Visual Arts: 3rd - 5th

Science: 4th - 5th

 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. 

Hurricane Harvey

As you are aware, Hurricane Harvey has overwhelmingly impacted Houston and other Texas communities.  As the devastation continues we at Colfax Charter Elementary would like to join in offering support to those in need.  The Houston Independent School District continues to have an immediate need for children’s clothing of all sizes (clean and in good condition), school uniforms, and school supplies

From Tuesday, September 5th we will have special ‘bins’ around campus where you may choose to donate any of those items, which will be sent on to those in crisis.  Thank you for anything you can spare.

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!!

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!


Do you love to sing, have fun and make new friends? Join us for our first Karaoke Party! This event is open to all levels of participation ... from belting out your favorite tunes to applauding your friends and neighbors over tasty drinks and food!  There are still spots left ! Go through our Party Book link to get your tickets now!

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. 

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:

  • 9/14 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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