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    Cyber Safety Presentation   
Hosted by Portola and presented by a representative from the FBI, this is one not to miss!
Learn ways to keep yourself & children safe on the internet, the best ways to keep accounts safe, and helpful hints for using social media safely.
952 8669 4801
   District Plan for Eventual Reopening  
As the level of the virus in the LA area remains widespread, state guidelines say schools cannot reopen at this time, and we will not reopen schools until it’s safe and appropriate to do so. Following the Cyber Safety presentation, join a webinar hosted by Portola administrators as they present the District's plan for the eventual hybrid model plan to reopen.
ZOOM WEBINAR CODE: 899 4420 5506

Return to Campus Survey/   Program Selection Form  

The purpose of this survey is to gather information about your choice for instructional models for your child(ren) when students are able to physically return to campus.  Each family is going to be given the choice of Hybird Learning (on campus & online coursework) or Online Learning (all online).
Click on Return to Campus Family Guide for
detailed information on the instructional models and safety protocols at schools to help
you make this decision.
Click on
Return to Campus Survey/Program Selection Form  to complete the survey form.

LAUSD is asking that all families this complete survey form for each child by Sunday, 12/6.
Please note that If no response is collected for your child, the default option for each student will be the Hybrid Model – a mix of in-person instruction and online learning.

School Experience Survey

Families are encouraged to also complete this
survey which provides LAUSD important
feedback about the teaching and learning environment at our school. 
Click on
School Experience Survey to complete.
This survey needs to be submitted
1/22/21 to be counted.
Distribution Day for
Spring Semester Books
HGM's distribution day is Monday, 12/7. 
6th grade - 8am to 10am
7th grade - 10am to noon
8th grade - 1pm to 3pm

Click on Textbook Distribution Directions for more detailed information on the pick-up procedures.
Did you know...
Annual Giving  participation can affect our chances
at receiving grants?
This is one of the reasons why is so important to
give what you can!  Whether it's $75, $50, $25, or
even just $10, showing that all our families
are participating can make a difference
when applying for grant money.
We need to get our participation numbers up! 
Giving want you can = a better chance for our
school to be awarded grant money!

Click Annual Fund Drive for more information and to make your tax-deductible donation today!
Winter break and the holidays are approaching fast!  This first semester has flown by.  Everyone at the HGM is so proud of how our students have stepped up and are handling learning in a whole new way.  Everyone, including students, parents, teachers and staff, are looking forward to some much needed down time. 

In these unique new times, we need to find safe and inventive ways to enjoy life and stay engaged with family & friends, especially over the holidays.  Here are some resources to get your creative juices flowing.

LA Times:  26 Safe & Fun Excursions in L.A.
for Pandemic-weary Parents

Parents Magazine:  15 Ways for Celebrating the
Christmas in 2020 that are as Safe as they are Fun

(many could apply to whichever holiday you celebrate)

L.A. Parent:  Upcoming Events & Things to Do
with Kids in LA

Moms LA:  The Best Hanukkah Celebrations In & Around LA

Don't forget you can help raise money for the magnet while you shop!  Before you do all of your holiday shopping,  set-up your Amazon & Ralphs accounts to link with our HGM magnet. 
Click here for
Amazon Smile and here for Ralphs.


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


12/3 Portola Parent University Workshop Cyber Security 6-7pm (Zoom Code: 952 8669 4801)

12/3  Webinar hosted by Portola Administrators - District Plan for Eventual Reopening 7pm (Zoom webinar code: 899 4420 5526)

12//7 Textbook Distribution Day
12//11 Make-up Textbook Distribution Day


12/18 Last Day of School before Winter Break

1/11 First Day Back to School after Winter Break


Click here to donate
to the Annual Fund


Click here when you shop at Amazon and Amazon will donate to the Magnet.

Use your Ralphs Rewards Card and help Portola HGM at the same time! The more you buy, the higher a percentage Ralphs will donate!
Set up your Ralphs Card today!
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The Magnet has a Facebook and an Instagram page!

Please go to and/or to portola.hgm on Instagram and like or follow us
2020-2021 MPA Board
President Bonnie Graves
Vice President Alisa Lippman
Secretary Katie Barwis
Treasurer Hong Tran
Asst. Treasurer Esther He
Comm. Chair Tracy Dresse
Newsletter is created by Portola MPA and is not affiliated with the LAUSD.

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


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