Grandparents Visiting Day - A Grand Event!
Early Kindergarten through Sixth Grade students at Sierra Canyon School welcomed over 350 grandparents and grand friends to join them in class today. The special occasion is an annual event and part of Sierra Canyon’s family-oriented approach to learning.
“I was touched to see four year olds making family trees with their grandparents in Early Kindergarten, and Third Graders creating working volcanos with their guests as part our Eco-Literacy program,” said Jim Skrumbis, Head of School. The day began with a welcome breakfast for guests, during which Skrumbis shared information about Sierra Canyon’s long-standing commitment to educational excellence. Guests also heard from Sierra Canyon founders, Mick Horwitz and Howard Wang, who as fellow grandparents shared their joy at seeing the school’s family atmosphere become inter-generational.
“Grandparents Visiting Day is one of my favorite days at Sierra Canyon, because it provides that connection between generations which children need,” Wang said, “To observe the interaction and bond between ‘the Grands’ and the students is so heartwarming.”
After breakfast, the special guests set out to explore classrooms with the nearly five hundred Lower School students in Early Kindergarten through Sixth Grade who introduced them to their friends, teachers, and world. “It’s wonderful to see all of the kids and teachers so happy,” said Anna Arnheim of Pasadena, who with her husband Norman, was visiting their granddaughter in Fifth Grade.
Since its founding in 1978 by Horwitz and Wang, Sierra Canyon School has placed a great emphasis on family and community. Small classroom settings allow students to learn at their own pace, and interact with classmates and students in other grades on a regular basis, developing social skills. The flexibility meshes well with special events like the visit of Grandparents and Grand friends.
Arthur Ripp, who joined his grandson in Kindergarten, said, “I love it here. I wish everyone could experience what I saw today, and the vision from its founding, to today, and for the future – Sierra Canyon is a prize!”
Like other independent private schools, Sierra Canyon’s curriculum is not based on Common Core Curriculum standards. Yet Sierra Canyon’s program is set apart when our faculty adapt and enhance the traditional liberal arts education model with technology, hands-on activities, and special events like Grandparents Visiting Day. Skrumbis said, “Our curriculum prepares students with age-appropriate challenges to learn skill sets which address challenges they will face in middle and upper school, and more importantly, college.”
As families begin to prepare for their Thanksgiving celebrations this week, the students reflected on the importance of hosting their grandparents and friends in class. One Third Grader remarked, “I made a working volcano my grandpa, and it erupted,” and his friend chimed in, “Me too – we had fun together.”
View a slideshow from this year's Grandparents Visiting Day.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 4:38:00 PM
A Must See Production - Our Town
The Sierra Canyon Performing Arts Department is proud to present Thornton Wilder's Our Town!
A family-friendly play, Our Town is set in the fictional American town of Grover's Corners, and scenes in the three act play depict the town's history from 1901 through 1913.
View a slide show from the performance.
Please join us for either of the following production dates:
Friday, November 21 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 22 at 7:00 pm
Both performances will take place at
The Madrid Theatre
21622 Sherman Way
Canoga Park, CA 91303
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and senior citizens. Seating is reserved and limited, so get your tickets today!
Tickets can be purchased:
- By phone: (818) 347-9939 (Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.)
- In person: Madrid Theatre (Monday-Friday from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)
- Online: Madrid Theatre website (24 hours a day)
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 11:45:00 AM
Field Complex Opening - December 4th
Sierra Canyon is proud to announce that Thursday, December 4th the Inaugural Field Complex Opening will be held. Beginning with a Girls’ Varsity Soccer game at 3:30 p.m., the afternoon will entail a ribbon cutting ceremony and remarks, followed by a Boys’ Varsity Soccer game at 6:00 p.m. All families are invited to join us for food, giveaways, and fun!
Monday, November 03, 2014 8:57:00 AM
Bollywood Night - Thursday, October 30th
Come enjoy an evening of dancing, fashion, shopping, culture, and, of course, delicious Indian food! On Thursday, October 30th, the South Asian Club will host the Third Annual Bollywood Night at 4:00 p.m. in the Upper Campus Gymnasium. Admission is free, and food tickets are $10 for children and $15 for adults.
Click here to purchase Bollywood Meal Ticket today!
Get your holiday shopping done early at the many exciting booths--there will be vendors selling fine and costume jewelry, clothing, and other exciting products. You can also visit the henna tattoo booth and try out a new style, find out what fate holds for your at the fortune teller, or just enjoy watching dance performances and a fashion show featuring traditional Indian clothing. See you there!
Friday, October 17, 2014 2:58:00 PM
Award Winning Speaker Coming to Sierra Canyon School - October 16
Sierra Canyon School is pleased to welcome Michael Brandwein as the keynote speaker at this year’s Workshop for parents of children in Early Kindergarten – 8th grade. Brandwein, an award-winning educator, speaker, and author will speak on Bringing Out Their Best: How to Teach Kids Outstanding Skills for Life.
The presentation, which is open to the public (reservations are required), will take place on Thursday, October 16 at 6 pm, in Sierra Canyon’s Upper School Library, 20801 Rinaldi Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311.
This special session has been designed to help parents increase the positive communication in their homes while developing warm, supportive relationships with their children, guiding them to success. Brandwein’s highly entertaining presentation is packed with specific strategies which can immediately be used to build the skills that matter most to your kids: confidence and positive self-image, communication and cooperation, creativity, respect, responsibility, persistence, and making friends.
Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 14, 2014 to Susy San at email@example.com.
Join us for this special evening, and increase the positive communication in your home while developing warm, supportive relationships with your children to guide them to success.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 3:13:00 PM