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What's Happening at the Magnet?

The Pali trip for all grades is happening!
Friday, May 13th - Sunday, May 15th 2022

**This trip is not sponsored by LAUSD, Portola or the HGM**
Please see the attached Youtube video and brochure on the Pali Institute, and a presentation from our informational meeting held on 11/30 for an overview of the Pali Institute and details about next year’s overnight trip.


Pali Institute video:
Pali Institute Brochure:

11/30 Informational Meeting Presentation:

To enroll your child, please fill out the

by Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

If you are interested in participating as a
parent chaperone for this trip, please
fill out the CHAPERONE FORM:

by Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

Questions? Please contact either
Lili Yen at or
Claudia Perez at
Portola Charter Middle School and LAUSD’s Student Health & Human Services present
Supporting Safe and
Welcoming Schools for All
A discussion about Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression

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Presented by Frances Marion, LCSW, PPSC (She/Her)
and Tina Southern, LCSW (They/She)
Mental Health Practioners
Human Relations, Diversity & Equity

Wednesday, December 8th at 9am
Zoom Meeting ID: 952 8669 4801
The Part 1 of our
Explorer Series
with Ulyana Horodyskyj, Ph.D. 

is Thursday 12/9 at 6pm!
We are taking science outdoors so we can show
kids what’s out there and how to apply what
you learn in a classroom.

Zoom Meeting ID: 899 4002 1108
Part 1: Extreme Science

The Bottom of the World: Antarctica Hear about what it’s like to work aboard a ship in one of the coldest places on the planet. Learn about the rocks and ice, whales, seals,
and penguins that call Antarctica home.

The Top of the World: Svalbard – What is it like to explore an ice cave? See polar bears out in the wild? Hike such untamed country? Hear stories of working in the Arctic!
Skiing for Science: Baffin Island, Canadian Arctic – Flying in a small airplane to the Arctic? Skiing over 50 miles in polar bear
country in the name of science?  Hear stories from a science
adventure to the Penny Ice Cap, one of the last
remnants of the Last Ice Age.
What is it like working in the field in extreme locations? What is the data telling us about how and how fast our planet is changing? Hear about working on the back deck of an icebreaker in Antarctica; skiing in Baffin Island (Canadian Arctic) and collecting data on snow pollution; paddling across glacial lakes in Nepal to collect information on potential of glacial floods; and exploring the wreckage of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 in the Andes, from
the story made famous in the book and movie, Alive!

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Stay tuned for dates for
Part 2: Climbing and Extreme Science
Part 3:  Leadership of our Explorer Series.
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Magnet Holiday Notes
for Teachers & Staff 

We're asking students and families to send in holiday notes for teachers and staff this holiday season.

Notes due 12/13 to Josie in the Magnet office.
Details to come.

Holiday Happy Hour Zoom
Please join your fellow HGM parents for a Holiday Meet and Greet Zoom. Grab a glass of your favorite sparkling beverage with which to toast, and join us as we all try to figure out who our child's friends' parents are and what we look like without masks on.
We'll start with a brief state of the union for
our organization, then move into break-out
rooms for informal chats. 
Wednesday, 12/15 at 7pm

Meeting ID: 821 5232 0754
6th Grade Parent
Holiday Mixer

Come meet 6th grade parents and join
in the spirit of the holidays!

Friday, December 17th, 5 to 8pm

Please email Adrienne Barr at if you can bring an appetizer or drinks to the event.
 Spirit Wear 
Click here to see the full line of items available for order anytime on our CafePress HGM page. CafePress orders will ship directly to you.
Contact our Spirit Wear Chair, Dominika Shiell at with any questions.

Magnet Parents Association
Portola Highly Gifted Magnet
18720 Linnet Street
Tarzana, CA 91356


12/8  Pali Institute Commitment Form Due

12/8 Parent Workshop - Supporting Safe & Welcoming Schools for All, 9-10am, Zoom Meeting ID: 952 8669 4801

12/8 Parent Workshop - Clinic & Wellness Center Program "Focus on Your Parenting", 10-11am, Zoom Meeting ID 825 6004 1152 

12/9 Explorer Speaker Series, Part 1: Extreme Science, 6pm, Zoom Meeting ID: 899 4002 1108

12/10 HGM Coffee with the Principal, 9-10am, Zoom Meeting ID: 952 8669 4801

12/13 Teacher & Staff Holiday Notes due

12/15  Pali Institute Trip Full Payment Due

12/15 Parent Workshop - Clinic & Wellness Center Program "Focus on Your Parenting", 10-11am, Zoom Meeting ID 825 6004 1152 

12/15  Holiday Happy Hour Zoom, 7pm, Zoom ID: 821 5232 0754

12/17 Minimum Day, dismissal at 12:47pm


    Winter Recess ~   
    See you in 2022!!   

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& portola.hgm on Instagram
and like or follow us.
Join the Shutterfly share site for your student's grade.  It's a good source of information about Magnet events and a great way for parents to communicate
with each other.

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You can help raise money for our magnet program just by doing your regular shopping.  Link your Amazon & Ralph's accounts to Portola HGM! 
CLICK HERE and follow the super simple & quick instructions on how to set your accounts to donate to Portola HGM and then...
start shopping!
2021-2022 MPA Board
Vice President LILI YEN
Treasurer HONG TRAN

To see the
LAUSD 2021-2022 Instructional Calendar, click here.
Newsletter is created by Portola MPA and is not affiliated with the LAUSD.

All dates are pulled from Portola's calendar and are subject to change.


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