Message from
the Head of School

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Ilene Reinfeld, Head of School

1st and 5th grade buddies

(Above) Multi-age “buddies” gather for a photo together on the playground equipment.

Welcome! If this is your first visit to our website, you may be interested to know that we are celebrating our 40th year, and this site has been completely redesigned in honor of the occasion.

Many changes have taken place over the years as we advance in instruction, technology, and social and emotional learning. The new additions and updates to our campus include the installation of modern equipment and technology to enhance student learning and the refinement of our curriculum that we believe is beneficial to our students. What has remained constant through our 40 years is our mission, our philosophy, and our core.

First, we see each child as an individual. Our small student population (one class per grade) allows us the luxury of teaching to the whole child and giving each child what they need to reach their potential.

Second, our small size allows us to remain a close-knit community. We know each other and support each other, academically, emotionally, physically, and socially.

Third, we value childhood.  Being a K-6 school puts the sixth-graders in the position of leadership, instilling the students with confidence and experience as role models before they face the pressures of a more mature school environment. In my 18 years as head of school, my primary task has been making sure the children receive a well-rounded education, without sacrificing childhood.

Here at Los Encinos School, we build our program on social justice — focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion — and tailoring the curriculum to meet the children where they are. No matter the subject, we offer each grade-level an ever-widening perspective of knowledge to enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

I hope you are staying safe. Last year, we were forced by the pandemic to adapt to an emergency At-Home learning model, which the faculty did extremely well despite the challenges.  We are prepared with three learning formats, On-Campus Learning, Blended Learning, and At-Home Learning, that give us options if we need to make a necessary shift due to a known or unknown occurrence in the community. You may read further about these formats on our curriculum page. This year we began school with our campus student-free, but we are even more prepared for online learning. I’m very proud of our educators for being flexible and resilient as they adapt to all the changes.

I’m anticipating a return to the campus soon. We’ve implemented a number of safety protocols to do our best to thwart any spread of COVID-19 even after we’ve been given the go-ahead to re-open.

Our classrooms and common areas have been completely reconfigured to allow for physical distancing, washing stations and hand-sanitizers are prevalent throughout the campus, we have a mobile sanitizer that will clean a backpack in seconds and an entire classroom room in minutes, and our HVAC ducts have UV lights installed so the air is sanitized as it circulates.

Until we can offer in-person tours, I invite you to join me for an Open House, or one of our weekly “coffees,” which I will host on Zoom in small sessions to answer any questions you may have.  We also put together a “virtual tour” video which will give you a peek at our school in action.

I look forward to meeting you soon.

Warmest regards,

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Ilene Reinfeld
Head of School