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A Blueprint for Carthay

This document was mailed to incoming families in August 2015. 

Contents include the following:

  1. General Rules/Information
  2. Staff Roster
  3. School Goals & Student Expectations
  4. Morning Rules
  5. Attendance Rules
  6. Recess Rules
  7. Bathroom Rules
  8. Lunch Rules
  9. Money Rules
  10. After-School Rules
  11. School Uniform Policy
  12. Parent Volunteer Policy
  13. Bell Schedule
  14. Dates to Remember
  15. 2015-2016 Instructional Calendar
  16. Calendar of Events

Room Parent Info

If you are a room parent,

If you want to be a room parent, or

If you are not a room parent and are looking to contact your child's room parent,

... Contact Room Parent Coordinator Sonia Rico.

Breakfast in the Classroom

Breakfast is served, free of charge, to all students who would like to eat each morning at the beginning of class. Many teachers use this time for appropriate learning activities such as watching and discussing a segment of CNN Student News

Click HERE for more information about Breakfast in the Classroom. 

Recess Rules

  • Teachers must walk all students to and from the play yard.
  • Students may eat snacks at the lunch benches only. Food may not be eaten on the yard.
  • Students will play scheduled games and remain in ...more

Lunch Menu and Rules

Children can bring their lunch or buy lunch from the cafeteria. The menu is available HERE. Free and reduced lunches are available for families who qualify. ALL PARENTS should apply for the lunch ...more

Student Interventions

Carthay teachers are all trained to provide differentiated instruction in the classroom, so that students who are a little behind or a little ahead are educated at the level appropriate for them.

In addition, there are opportunities for students who are behind or ahead to receive specialized instruction outside the classroom. For students identified as Gifted and Talented, there is a weekly pull-out class taught by STAR Education.

For students who are a little behind in reading, math, or other subjects there are a variety of interventions offered at Carthay. Some students are assigned to work in small groups with a teacher or teacher's aid in the Learning Center. Some students who are behind grade level in reading are assigned a volunteer reading partner from Reading Partners

Our Resource Specialist for students who already have an Individualized Education Program (IEP), or who may need to be assessed for an IEP, is Lauren Lorman

All parents and community members are encouraged to help Carthay students through these various volunteer opportunities. Some require a weekly commitment; others are flexible and allow for drop-ins when your schedule permits. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is a gift to the entire community. The Carthay School PTA needs your participation to support our community school and empower the administration, teachers and students to experience an ...more

Dress Code

  • Carthay has adopted uniforms as the preferred dress.
  • For details of this voluntary program - and shopping suggestions- please read the Carthay Center School Uniform Policy and review the illustrated example. (If this document doesn't open, you will need to install the Adobe Reader, which is a free download.) Note that denim pants or skirts, without rips or decorations, are also permitted with an appropriate uniform top.
  •  Lea por favor Las Normas de Uniformes Escolares del Centro de Carthay y mire el cuadro del ejemplo.
  • Students are welcome to wear college shirts on Thursdays instead of the school uniform, and can wear school spirit clothes (e.g., Carthay Cubs T-shirts) on Fridays.
  • Opt-Out paperwork is available in the main office.

Homework Hotline

Carthay Center School's Homework Hotline is an interactive, computerized telephone system. Using any touchtone telephone, you can call to receive information about your child's homework assignments and upcoming school events. Simply dial (323) 930-1872. When you hear the message, you may listen to the entire message, or you may dial your classroom's three digit code immediately.

Bathroom Rules

Use the designated bathrooms appropriately. It is unfortunate that we have to specify these behaviors, but in the past students have abused the bathrooms.

  • Keep the bathrooms clean.
  • Use paper towels for drying hands only.
  • Use toilet paper for its intended purpose only.
  • No standing on the toilets.
  • Respect the privacy of others. This means only one person at a time in each stall and no looking over or under the stalls.
  • Do not loiter in or around the bathroom area.
  • Knock on stall door before entering.

Money Rules

  • Students should not bring more than one or two dollars to school, in general.
  • Students MAY NOT purchase food or drinks from the teachers' lounge at school, per the district junk food policy.
  • Students MAY NOT give money to or accept money from other students.

Carthay PTA

There’s a lot going on with the Carthay Elementary PTA! The Carthay Elementary PTA is a supportive financial resource for the enrichment programs and other educational and academic needs at Carthay ...more

Morning Rules

  • Students may not be dropped off at school before 7:55am.
  • Students may not be dropped off in the staff parking lot due to safety concerns.
  • Parents driving their children to school should drop off ...more

Attendance Rules

  • Students should arrive at school by 8:15am to allow time to walk with their teacher to the classroom.
  • Students who arrive at school after 8:20am can report directly to the classroom up until 8:35 am. ...more

School Rules

  • Children will follow directions the first time they are given.
  • Children will keep their hands, feet, and other objects to themselves.
  • Children will respect themselves, and treat others with respect, ...more

After School Rules

  • Dismissal time for Grades K-5 is
    • 2:44pm on Regular days (M, W, Th, F)
    • 1:44pm on Tuesdays
    • 2:09pm on Shortened days
    • 12:49pm on Minimum days
  • All students K-5 will be walked to the yard by their ...more


There are a limited number of spaces each year for the grant-funded STAR Galaxy After School Program, five days a week, from end of school until 6pm. Signups are on a first-come, first-served basis at the end of each school year. Keep an eye out for the date when applications are due. The STAR Galaxy program, which includes physical education, math, literacy, arts, dance, theater, and various extra-curricular activities, is free and appropriate for students who need after school programming five days per week until 6pm.
STAR Education has been selected as a model program by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education.

There are also STAR Nova enrichment classes offered every 8-10 weeks, which are open to all students, whether or not they are in the STAR Galaxy program. Pricing depends on the class. Different classes are offered each session; examples include culinary arts, gymnastics, language classes, chess, music, woodworking, and much more. STAR classes and programs are designed to encourage kids to explore, grow, encounter the world, and expand their cultural base.

For more information about STAR Galaxy and STAR Nova at Carthay, go to

We are working on introducing a fee-based STAR Galaxy program for students, with particular focus on students in Kindergarten and 1st grade, who were not able to find a place in the grant-funded program. If you are interested in the fee-based program, please contact Autumn Johnson at and/or PTA President Tyson Roberts.

There are also other after school classes occasionally available, such as Samy's Camera Photo Camp.

Students not enrolled in other programs can participate in the Beyond the Bell program, also known as "Coaches." Students have time to do their homework, and then play in the playground under supervision. They can also enroll in STAR Nova and other extra-curricular classes and then return to Beyond the Bell when those classes finish - staff will check the students in and out of each class. Beyond the Bell is free and space is unlimited.

Summer Camp and Summer School Options

If you're wondering what to do with your child for the summer, there are lots of options in Los Angeles!  Here are just a few options:

(NOTE: Prices and other details are from Summer 2015, some of them may have changed)

  • STAR Camps. Over 30 different award-winning camps at various schools. Prices vary (usually $240-295 per week). Grades K-6. 
  • STAR EcoStation Camp. $68 per day, $340 per week. 10101 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City. Grades 1-6. 
  • The Enrichment Center Summer Camp. $85 per week, field trip (Tuesdays) included. Closest location: Wilshire Crest Elementary, 5421 W Olympic Blvd. Ages 4-13.
  • Steve and Kate's Camp. $75 - $95 per day (includes lunch, snacks, and extended hours), financial aid available. "Our camp conforms to kids." Flexible scheduling. Multiple locations. Pre-K - 7th Grade.
  • JCamp at the Westside JCC. 5870 W. Olympic Blvd. $390 per week. Grades K-5. 
  • JAG Gym Summer Camp. 8640 Hayden Place, Culver City. $84 per DAY and up. Ages 3 and up.
  • Fitness by the Sea. $70-$85 per day. Multiple locations. Flexible scheduling. Ages 4-14.
  • Camp YADA (Youth Academy Dramatic Arts). 2016 Productions are "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and "Hairspray." 8115 W. 3rd Street. $425 per week (2 weeks per camp). Ages 5-18. (And Tots Camps for ages 3-5)
  • Adventures in Nature at the Natural History Museum. $300 per week for non-members; discounts and scholarships available. Grades K-8. Some sessions are at Page Museum (La Brea Tar Pits). 
  • Hands-On Science Camp at the California ScienCenter. Prices vary ($160-$340 for non-members). Grades PreK-8. 
  • Los Angeles Drama Club at The Lyric Theater, 520 N. La Brea. Shakespeare in the City is FREE for Residents of District 10. Grades 2-8.
  • Garden School Foundation's City Seedlings Summer Camp at 24th Street Elementary, 2055 W. 24th Street. $350 per week. Ages 6-13. 
  • Marlborough Summer School. 250 South Rossmore Avenue. Tuition for the 5-week Morning Period courses begins at $435 (so that's $87 per week). Tuition for Afternoon classes is $765 and up for 5-week courses (so that's $153 per week). Grades K-12. 
  • LACMA Art Camp.  $330 per week. Ages 6-13. 
  • UCLA Recreation Summer Camps. For UCLA affiliates only (for example, a parent is members of UCLA Alumni Association.