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Thomas Starr King Middle School

4201 Fountain Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90029

Meet in the Auditorium

8:15 - 8:30 am-  “Choices” Magnet application process

8:30 - 8:50 am- Overview of our three magnet programs

8:50 - 10:15 am- Classroom visits

  • Film/Media Magnet (With Honors classes for Gifted students) 1820801
  • Gifted/High Ability Technology & Arts Magnet 1820802
  • Environmental STEAM Magnet (With Honors classes for Gifted students) 1820803

Space is limited.

Please RSVP at

or go to (in the center column, under “Lion News”)

Questions? Please contact the school at (323) 644-6710

Marylou Mejia, Parent Liaison, (323)644-6708

Application available at starting

October 1, 2018. Deadline is November 9, 2018.

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Pinewood Derby Car Workshop
2:45 PM14:45

Pinewood Derby Car Workshop

Come to the Pinewood Derby workshop where cars can be purchased and cut by a parent volunteer on Friday, September 28th from 2:35-5pm after school in the lower yard.  The cuts will be basic and will require you to complete the car on your own.

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Fall Fest & The Pinewood Derby
12:00 PM12:00

Fall Fest & The Pinewood Derby

Come on down and bring the whole family! There will be food, carnival games and everyone's favorite event... the Pinewood Derby. Make sure you purchase and build your car before the event. FOF will be selling cars leading up to the big day.


All cars must be registered when you arrive at the Fall Festival.  Registration takes place at the main entrance for all cars.  Prizes will be awarded for the fastest cars (“Speed Race”) and those judged to have ‘’Best Style.’’ There is a $10 fee to enter a car in the Speed Race; no charge to enter the Style competition.

  1. All car kits must be purchased from Friend of Franklin (“FOF”).  Do not buy them on-line as they may be a different type of car. 

  2. In the Speed Race, cars must be taken to the drop-off after initial registration at the main entrance for inspection.  Drop off is near the “Pit-stop” in the Northeast corner of the Lower Yard.  All cars entering the speed race must have four wheels, with axels and wheels from a car kit purchased through FOF or from a teacher. Cars may not weigh more than 6 oz., or be wider than 2 3/4, or longer than 7 ½ inches. There are no size, weight or material limitations on cars that only enter the style competition so be creative!

  3. Speed Race Registration - Cars must be registered and in the drop-off line before 3 pm in order to race. Any car that wins a ribbon in a preliminary round/heat race must stay in race center in order to be eligible for the final championship race. Keep in mind: cars that make it to the final championship race may be on the tracks until 5 pm or later, no matter when they first started to race.

  4. The Speed Race has “Heats” of 18 cars that race 3 at a time.  All cars in the Speed Race race a minimum of 6 races.  The cumulative performance in the Heat determines the top 4 cars in a Heat, who then race for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and receive ribbons in the Heat.  Those winners advance to single elimination bracket races (similar to the NCAA Basketball brackets) against the winners of the other heats.  The top 3 cars overall receive trophies.

  5. Every car that is registered for Style and/or Speed is judged for Style.  Judging occurs throughout the day at both the Style table (at the center of Fall Fest) and in the race center. If your car is in a race, it will still be judged for best style in the race center.  Ribbons are awarded for Best Style to five cars at three different times: 2pm, 3:30, and 5 pm.   The top Style car receives a Trophy.

  6. There will be a workshop where cars can be cut by a parent volunteer on Friday, September 28th from 2:35-5pm after school in the lower yard.  The cuts will be basic and will require you to complete the car on your own.

  7. Most important of all is to HAVE FUN! 


This year we are introducing some very cool carnival games and new inflatables. $1 Tickets will be available at the ticket booth located at the entrance.

New This Year: "Fall Fest All-You-Can-Play Wristband”. One wristband gets your kiddos on every inflatable, and unlimited plays on every carnival game, all day long! Cost: $100 available in the store page.

As always, admission is free to Fall Fest.


sponsored by Hyperion Gelato

Grab your Halloween pumpkins at this year's Fall Fest and the guys at the newly opened Hyperion Gelato will give you a coupon for a Buy one Get one Free Gelato at the store.

Plus you could win a Big Pumpkin at the end of the day.

This year each ticket you purchase for the rides and games is also your raffle ticket. Just toss the raffle side into the bucket and you could be rolling home a Big Pumpkin!


Did you know? 20% of all sales generated from your purchases off the Food Trucks and Pop-Up Shops goes to Friends of Franklin.


What's a Fall Fest without great music? We are very pleased to have Greg in Good Company and The Furious Seasons joining us this year. Take a listen for yourself.

Plus we will have a very special performance by the Franklin Ave Elementary Chorus at 1:15


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Friends of Franklin Meeting
5:30 PM17:30

Friends of Franklin Meeting

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Join us for a Friends of Franklin meeting. Tonight we will discuss the Annual Fund Drive, hear from our UTLA representative about the ongoing contract negations and updates from all of the FOF committees.

Dinner and childcare (for school aged children) will be provided.

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Back to School Moms' Night Out
6:00 PM18:00

Back to School Moms' Night Out

Back to school Mom's Night Out at All'Acqua in Atwater Village. Come mingle with your fellow Franklin Moms. Your first glass of wine and appetizers are included in you $45 dollar ticket price and all profits will benefit Friends of Franklin. Though the event is called Moms' Night Out, all mothers, grandmothers and caregivers of foxes are welcome!

Tickets available in the store page.

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