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Coffee with the Principal

Every month there will be a Coffee with the Principal.  Each Coffee with the Principal will focus on a particular topic that will be selected based on parent input.  At the monthly Coffee with the Principal you will also have an opportunity to ask questions, express your ideas, and get updates on what is happening at the school.  The next Coffee with the Principal will take place as follows:

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Bobbie Rein Library

8:20 am 

Tentative dates for Coffee with the Principal for the 2017-2018 School Year are as follows:

Thursday, September 14, 2017  POSTPONED

Date changed to TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Dates will be confirmed in the monthly parent newsletters, weekly reminders, and on our website.  We look forward to seeing you!

Principal's Message

Introduction Letter 


Dear Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School Community, 

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  My name is Elizabeth Bernal, and I am thrilled to introduce myself as the new principal at Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School!  I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the Weemes learning and teaching community and look forward to working with a dynamic staff, dedicated parents, and involved community members.  Most of all, I look forward to working with our brilliant students and building on the outstanding work already at our school.
I come to Weemes Elementary school with 20 years of experience in LAUSD in various capacities including school site administrator. Most recently, I was the principal at Main Street Elementary School for 5 years, and before that I was an assistant principal.  Prior to my service as site administrator I was a classroom teacher, a math coach, and a local district math specialist.

On both a professional and personal level I enthusiastically embrace our school's mission to educate, inspire, and challenge all students (and adults) to be life long learners.  With regards to our students, this encompasses ensuring students are college and career ready so they can be productive citizens in a global economy.  Differentiated, rigorous, and relevant instruction is key to achieving this goal, and, a safe, positive, and supportive environment for everyone is imperative.  A team approach most definitely is necessary to create and maintain this desired learning environment, and I am eager to begin collaborating with everyone.

Throughout the year, school communication(s) will take place through our monthly bulletin, the school’s website, flyers and ConnectEd (our mass communication service).   I look forward to meeting and working with every single one of you.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach me via email at or via phone at 323-733-9186.


Elizabeth Bernal, Ed.D.



Weemes Elementary is a learning community that values every student, parent, teacher, and staff member equally.

We strive to encourage each other to do our best everyday.

We achieve our goals through commitment, communication and collaboration in a nurturing environment.

College Starts Now

It is incredibly important to remember that the path to college starts as early as elementary school.  At the most basic level, it begins with good attendance.  Students need to be present in order to learn all the foundational skills and concepts they need in order to graduate high school and be college ready.

If you have not done so already, begin to speak to your child about college and teach them about different colleges.  You can research different colleges on the internet or you might even decide to visit a local college campus like USC, Occidental, Loyola Marymount, Cal Tech, Santa Monica City College or UCLA.

In general, the higher the educational level someone has the more money they make and the less likely they are to be unemployed.  For example, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics someone without a high school diploma on average will make $444 per week and have, on average, a 15% chance of being unemployed. Yet, someone with a high school diploma will make on average $626 per week and have, on average, a 10.3% chance of not having a job. 

Decreasing the potential for unemployment and increasing earning potential are not the only reasons to encourage students to graduate high school and go on to college, but they are 2 very practical ones.

As always I look forward to working with you to ensure the best education for your child.