PACE is proud to fund and support these exceptional staff members, enrichment programs, technology, capital improvements and more!
In the Classroom, PACE funds:
TEN classroom aides!! These important staff members cut the adult:student ratio in our classrooms in half. All classes enjoy time with an aide every day of the week. Our aides also enable our teachers to work in smaller groups of students, allowing for more focused instruction. They provide supervision on the play yard, at lunchtime and assist with morning Safety Valet and drop-off.
To bring our students the best in Technology, PACE funds:
A computer lab full of brand new Mac desktops. Ms. Egan, our full-time Computerwise Kids teacher & curriculum. One-to-one devices: iPads for grades TK-1, Chromebooks for grades 2-5. Teacher & aide laptops. New SMART Boards. Laptop & iPad charging carts for our classrooms. JiJi Math curriculum. Our IT Technician, who provides crucial support for classroom technology & teacher/staff computers while also maintaining our many student devices.
ART instruction & supplies
To enrich our student's education with Art, PACE funds:
Our wonderful Art Teacher, Ms. Klace, who can be found inspiring masterpieces in all grades throughout the year - on YouTube, Zoom and in the classroom! Art is such an important part of a child’s development, and at Colfax we are fortunate to have an amazing art curriculum. Mrs. Klace has a degree in Art Education from The Ohio State University and has worked as an art teacher, a scenic painter for commercials and film, and a professional painter, selling paintings through a local gallery. She has been teaching our Colfax kids for over a decade and loves introducing her students to new artists like Keith Haring. During her classes, students create a variety of fun projects while developing skills they will carry with them throughout their education such as; working with geometric shapes, exploring spatial relations, and creating their own designs.
Music instruction & supplies
To foster a love of Music, PACE funds:
Suzuki violin instruction by the impressive Ms. Gail for all Kindergarten. Ms. Lee provides grade-level appropriate music instruction in 1st-5th grades.
Science aide & lab supplies
In the Science Lab, PACE funds:
Instruction by our Science Aide, Ms. Leila. Science experiment supplies. Animal care & food.
pHYSICAL EDUCATION & Psychomotor PROGRAMS
On the Yard, PACE funds:
Instruction for our Physical Education & Psychomotor program. All classes receive thoughtful, engaging physical education year-round. Playground & lunch supervision. All provided by campus favorites, Coach Mark and Ms. Kate. During these classes, students learn to work as a team, try new skills, explore the outdoors and burn off some energy all while exploring new ways to keep their bodies healthy through physical & mental exercise!
garden Aide & supplies
In the Garden PACE funds:
Instruction by the amazing Ms. Wade. Fruit & vegetable seeds & seedlings. Garden tools. Fertilizer. Watering cans. Soil. Butterfly garden planters. In our garden, students learn about weather, the circle of life, measuring and tracking growth, how to care for and nuture plants, our local ecosystem and so, so much more. Besides all that, it's just nice to get outside in the fresh air and sunshine and spend some time with Ms. Wade with our hands in the dirt!
Farm Aide & animal care
In the Farm PACE funds:
Instruction by our caring & hilarious Science Aide, Ms. Leila. Veterinary care. Animal Food & Housing. Supplies for Farm Club. Our Colfax Farm is a Valley Village neighborhood treasure! The only LAUSD elementary school with a working farm, our community takes pride in raising and care for our animals. We currently have three pigs (Buddy, Peppa & Honey), two sheep (mom Maple and baby Millie), a Sulcata tortoise (Zoom), two turtles (Romeo & Juliet), and too many rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks and chickens to count! Stop by the farm anytime, they're always good for a laugh.
All Around School, PACE funds:
A total Library Refresh, including new carpet, blinds, murals, whimsical art installations and BOOKS! New Playground Benches and Basketball Pole Padding. Hand-Painted Murals on the wall ball courts. Fresh Paint and Positive Messaging in student restrooms. Sound System for the assembly area. Buses for field trips.
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