Welcome to SOPA!
Sherman Oaks Parents Association (SOPA) is a non-profit corporation made up of families and supporters of Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter. The state of California and LAUSD currently do not pay for a complete, well-rounded education when it comes to art, music, physical education, science, technology, and other extra-curricular educational opportunities. It is SOPA’s mission to fill in the gaps and provide enrichment opportunities for the students of SOEC.
Our classroom teachers at Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter are amazing and they provide our children with the highest degree of academic and social education. Using revenue earned through fund raising and event management, SOPA pays for and provides the following programs to enrich each child’s education at SOEC:
-Art – art technique and history by three professional art teachers (Art Explorers)
-Music – music performance and theory for every child by professional music teacher
-P.E. – physical education taught by six professional YMCA coaches
-Computer Media Lab – instruction utilizing computer technology by a professional computer media teacher in our state of the art computer lab
-Science Lab – instruction in hands-on, FOSS-based science with a science teacher in our brand new science lab
-Kindergarten Science Enrichment – science enrichment, twice every week, taking each kindergarten student beyond the science standards
-Teacher’s Aides – grade level teacher aides to lower the instructor-student ratios
-Field Trips – buses to transport students of all grade levels to various field trips to encourage hands-on learning
-Campus Beautification – transforming our school grounds into a nice campus filled with trees, reading gardens, and murals
-Special Events – school-wide, community-building and fun events throughout the year, including an Ice Cream Social, Halloween Carnival, PJs and Books, Movie Night, and more
-Volunteer Services – SOEC depends on our parent and community volunteers. From our renowned Stop, Drop, & Roll program to our dedicated classroom volunteers and room parents, all of the special events/services SOPA provides rely on your involvement.
-Before & After School Programs – SOPA’s services are not just limited to the school day. If you need child care before and/or after school, SOPA’s Kids Center can help you out. We also offer Homework Club one hour per day, Mon – Thurs, for students to do homework at their own pace. Finally, we offer 3 sessions of Super School extracurricular classes of various activities and interests.
How do we do this? These vital programs are paid for by SOPA through donations from all of us. Revenue is generated from donations to the SOPA Tiger Fund, from various fund raisers throughout the year, and through business partnerships made possible by our Great Neighbors and Event Sponsorship programs.
SOPA encourages you to become actively involved by staying informed, volunteering, participating, and donating.
SOPA invites you to attend monthly SOPA meetings. Meetings are usually the last Tuesday of the month at 6:45pm in the school library. Please check the calendar for exact dates of meetings, as some do move to other nights. The meetings begin with entertainment from one of our classes followed by a free, catered meal for all parents, donated by a local restaurant. Children are welcome. Free babysitting is provided in the cafeteria during the meetings by our professional Kid Center staff. Your children will enjoy a movie and pizza donated by Domino’s while you receive important SOPA information and updates about school issues.
Other ways to stay informed include:
Weekly newsletter & emails
Weekly phone messages and/or email updates from the principal
Room parent emails
The marquee in front of the school
Facebook, Twitter & the Website
There are so many opportunities to assist SOPA. Whether you help out with Stop, Drop, and Roll, become a room parent, chair a program, attend a beautification day, or volunteer at an event; there is something for everyone no matter the restrictions on your time. To find out about ways to volunteer for SOPA, please attend a SOPA meeting, visit our volunteer page, or email a SOPA board member. Help SOPA make our school great!
Throughout the year SOPA sponsors many events including the Ice Cream Social, the Halloween Carnival, the Tiger Run, PJs and Books, the Spring Gala (adults only), Movie Night and more. These events are not only fundraisers that financially support the programs that enrich our school but also bring us together as a community. When a SOPA event comes around, please participate and encourage friends and family to come too. It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we all come together.
The faculty, facilities, and enrichment programs that SOPA provides are only possible with your financial support. Please give generously to the SOPA Tiger Fund – click here to Donate Now. Our goal is to have every family contribute, whether it be $10 or $10,000. SOPA does offer donation levels that come with gifts to you, but at any level of donation you get the greatest gift of all—knowing you are helping to enrich our children’s education. We thank you for your support.
If you have questions about SOPA, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sherman Oaks Parents Association
a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation