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Welcome to the Portola Highly Gifted Magnet; to our incoming families and to our returning families.  This HGM community is not just special, it’s utterly unique.  We are the only public middle school in California and one of the only ones nationally, that works to provide an environment where HGM kids can find a home and thrive.  Our teachers and staff work tirelessly to meet the needs of our kids, and our parent cohort does the same. 

This is the weirdest back-to-school season.  I know I myself am NOT buying the usual new backpacks, bulk organic snacks at Costco or shiny sneakers, as none of the normal routines seem to apply these days.  It is what it is, and we as parents are all trying to make choices to protect not just the physical well-being of our kids but their mental health as well.  If you’re reading this, you’re in good company.  We are here for you and we hear you. 
Please reach out to us at in the upcoming weeks.  Please note all the important dates in this newsletter and bear with us, as we work with our extraordinary teachers to transition to a robust distance learning model with related enrichment and extracurricular opportunities.  SEPARATED but CONNECTED!  Let’s do this!
My very best,
Bonnie Graves, MPA President 2020 / 2021
(646) 220-7015


MPA Parent Meeting
TONIGHT, Friday August 7th at 5:30pm
  Hosted by Bonnie Graves, MPA President
& Mahshid Kassiri, HGM Coordinator
We have lots of exciting news for both incoming and current families.  We're fielding so many questions, we thought we'd host YET ANOTHER ZOOM! 

Learn how the HGM is navigating distance learning and what we're doing to make sure our fundraising efforts keep our community vital & vibrant.

We'll present a few key agenda items and then will open the call to Q&A from parents.  Please join us if you can, as it's a great opportunity to get connected. 

Zoom Meeting Link
Thank you for being a part of the HGM community.
Find details about Textbook Distribution, Orientation and more in the Portola CMS Opening Letter.  You should have received a copy of this letter by email and mail.  If you did not receive it by email and/or mail please call the Portola office at 818-654-3300 and make sure they have your contact info.

Portola CMS Opening Letter
Although we are starting our school year virtually, the HGM still needs your financial support. Starting out, funds will be used to support our students and teachers with hardware & software needed for distance learning, at home learning kits and more.  Funds would then carry over to when we are back on the school campus; transitioning back into field trips, science fairs, other activities and for supplies needed to meet the safety protocols of this new world we are living in.

We understand that these are not the best of times for many so please know we ask that you give what you can, but our goal is always 100% particiaption.

Look for info to come by the end of the month as we launch our annual giving campaign
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Magnet Parents Association
Portola Highly Gifted Magnet
18720 Linnet Street
Tarzana, CA 91356

8/7  Parent Zoom Meeting, 5:30pm

8/10 Textbook Distribution
8am-10am 6th grade
10am-12pm 7th grade
1pm-3pm 8th grade

8/12 Student & Parent Orientation, 5pm

8/18 First Day of School


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Newsletter is created by Portola MPA and is not affiliated with the LAUSD.

All dates pulled from Portola calendar and are subject to change.
2020-2021 MPA Board

President Bonnie Graves

Vice President Alisa Lippman

Secretary Katie Barwis
Treasurer Hong Tran

Asst. Treasurer Esther He

Comm. Chair Tracy Dressel

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