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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.  


Tentative dates for Coffee with the Principal for the 2018-2019 School Year are as follows:


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Thursday, December 5, 2018

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Friday, February 14, 2019

Monday, March 14, 2019

Monday, April 11, 2019

Thursday, May 16, 2019


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

Principal's Message

Dear Lenicia B. Weemes Learning Community, 


Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year and our school's website.  I am honored and very proud to be the Principal of Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School, and I am eager to continue the work to realize our vision and mission:



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.


To educate, challenge, and inspire life long learning for all our students.


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 is essential to create and maintain this desired learning environment.  I encourage parent participation in our various councils where you can share your input on school decisions.


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 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.



Mercedes Pineda



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.