Category Archives: Education

Westchester Parents’ Nursery School looks to the community for help to find new location

For almost 70 years, Westchester Parents’ Nursery School (WPNS) has been an integral part of the community for many local families. A cooperative, parent participation preschool, WPNS unites students, parents and teachers together in the classroom, providing an environment that encourages a love of learning, respectful communication and community. As a play-based preschool, importance is placed on creativity and flexibility, where playing and exploring are just as important as learning the ABCs and the learning environment is structured around the unique needs of each individual child. Continue reading

New education foundation launches to support local schools

Looking to reinforce our community’s support of local schools, a group of parents and business leaders have embarked on a new mission to support all of the schools in Westchester and Playa del Rey.

This week, the group formally announced the formation of the LAX Coastal Education Foundation (LAXCEF), a nonprofit serving all schools in the area, including public, private, parochial, charter and magnet schools. Continue reading

Alzheimer’s forum hopes to create disease awareness

Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles is holding its first local event this month focusing on Alzheimer’s disease and brain health. For Playa del Rey resident and Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles board member, Chad Cole, the forum is an opportunity for people to not only get information, but also a chance to help change how the disease is perceived. Cole, who is a local real estate agent, has a personal connection with the devastating disease. His grandmother,  Edith Snyder, suffered from the disease for over 10 years before passing away, an experience that was profoundly heartbreaking for him and his family. Continue reading

Meet your LAUSD District 4 School Board Candidates

When voters head to the polls on Tuesday, March 7, they’ll have the chance to decide who should be L.A. Mayor and the CD11 councilmember, but the most talked about local race has to be who will win the LAUSD School Board seat to represent District 4, which includes Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista and Marina del Rey. Dozens of campaign mailers have been sent and more than $3.5 million has been spent from independent contributions and outside expenditures. What makes this race even more important for voters is that the school board member elected will serve a 5-1/2 year term, instead of the customary four, to accommodate a change in the election cycle. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote on March 7, the top two candidates will move onto the general election on Tuesday, May 16. Continue reading

Fine & Performing Arts Scholarships for 8th Grade students offered by Rotary Club

The Westchester Rotary is hosting the Jim Bunch Memorial Arts Scholarships open to 8th graders who reside or attend school in the Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Del Rey or Marina del Rey areas.

The Rotary Club is looking for candidates talented in the fine or performing arts. Applications will be broken up into three different categories:


• Entries must be original work, created by the individual contestant.

• Art entries must fall into one of the following categories: painting, drawing, photography, ceramic, sculpture or cultural.

• Art entries may not exceed 50 inches in any one direction.


• Limited to one soloist.

• Style is limited to classic ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, tap or cultural.

• Performance should be 1.5 to 2 minutes in length.

• Contestant may bring pre-recorded accompaniment.


• Contestant may be a vocalist, instrumentalist or both.

• Musical performance should be 1.5 to 3 minutes in length.

• Contestants may be accompanied by piano or guitar or may bring pre-recorded accompaniment.

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 24. Candidates must be available to perform or display their artistic entry on the afternoon of March 26 at LA Arts Collective in Westchester. Scholarships in amounts up to $1,000 will be announced at the end of the event.

For more information on the competition or to obtain an application, please contact Cozette Vergari at

January 2017. Updated February 2, 2017.

Visitation’s Flag Football team plays at Coliseum

The Visitation  Flag Football team was just one of four teams invited to play at the landmark Los Angeles Coliseum over Thanksgiving weekend. The team competed against more than 100 Catholic, private, charter and public schools from all over Los Angeles to qualify for the opportunity to play in the FIYA Championships.

At the games, the team scored a third-place win against La Tijera with a score of 32-12. The team was led by head coach and Visitation Athletic Director, Nick Galvan, and coaches Bryan Esparza and Dale Steinbacher.

Said Galvan, “Thank you all who came to the Coliseum. It was a wonderful day for the Visitation community that we will never forget! It was an impressive win for our Visitation football team and the amount of bulldog shirts was awesome!”

WISH readies to become first fully inclusive TK through 12th grade school

Students, Wish Charter Schools

When WISH Charter opened its doors in 2010 its founders had one goal in mind: create an inclusive school that would educate and serve all students, regardless of learning differences. In just six short years, the school is proud of what they’ve accomplished. Students are thriving, test scores are up, the Kindness Club is the school’s largest afterschool group, a WISH Middle School opened in 2013 and there’s a wait list every year for students and parents eager to join the WISH family. Always focused on increasing resources for its students, the school now has its sights on its most ambitious plan yet–launching WISH Academy High School and becoming the first fully inclusive public TK through 12th grade school in the United States. Continue reading