Family Resources

Welcome to CWC Mar Vista! We are are excited to have you join our community. Families are an integral part of   children’s experience at our school. Your kindergartner might be welcomed to school during drop-off by a second grade mom. A grandmother may help your first grader during Literacy Centers. A third grade dad might serve hot lunch to your fourth grader. A teenage brother could be the “Mystery Reader” for his sister’s class.  You can volunteer to be a part of committees like fundraising or field-trip planning or you can volunteer to help in the classroom, lunch, drop off, in our garden or even cooking a dinner for a family in need.   Our school culture is one where parents and family members actively participate in all aspects of our school.

At our school, our children are given opportunities to build relationships within their own classrooms, across grade levels, and as a whole school. We have created “CWC Families,” groups of children representing each classroom, who meet together once a month for community building activities. We have whole school assemblies, choir and a variety of all-school cultural events where you are encouraged to participate and celebrate with your child.  These experiences empower your children to become members of a diverse community, and open up lines of communication between you and your child, your child and their friends, and between you and other families at the school.

Our school encourages open communication between all members of the community. There are opportunities for you to connect with CWCLA board members, school administrators, teachers, room parents, and other family members. This can happen through town hall meetings, board meetings, parent-teacher conferences (two times/year), and weekly newsletters. We also have a weekly “Cafecito” each Friday morning, where you can meet and mingle with other families, enjoy a cup of coffee and hear news and ask questions.

We are grateful that you have joined the CWC Mar Vista because you add to the richness and diversity of our community.  There are so many opportunities to be involved, and this impacts our children by helping to provide them with a safe, embracing, and inspiring learning environment.

The Family Portal

Here you will be able to find pertinent information about all things related to CWC Mar Vista families.

To log in, you must first activate your account.

  • Go to the "CLICK HERE TO ACTIVATE YOUR ACCOUNT" link below. 
  • Under "Create an account", enter the email that you receive Alison's emails at (if you are not receiving her emails, contact Claire at to get set up or look into the issue).
  • You will receive an email at that address from
  • Click on the "activate your account" link in the email.
  • Enter your name, address, mobile phone, and create your password.  You can leave the username blank - the site is set to not show profiles, although this may change for the Walk-A-Thon.
  • Click "Activate account"
  • You'll be taken to the home page, but you can navigate back to and start browsing!

Please contact Claire at if you have any suggestions or issues with the site.

Stay tuned here for the latest updates!




Have you been wondering where to find information about the school, where to sign up, or what is happening in the community?  Have you volunteered and have a vague notion that we track hours somewhere, but don’t know where?


Welcome to your Family Portal.  The portal is your one-stop shop for information about the school including where to go to find the many resources we have available and also an archive of all of our school communications and flyers.

So really...where do I go?

Below is a list of links with brief descriptions of the service.  One will take you to more information and the other will take you directly to an action step - whether that is signing up for something or logging your volunteer hours.  Any questions?  Email 

Family Calendar

Sync the school calendar with your calendar and never miss an event again!  Calendar includes all school events, class-specific play dates, Cafecitos, days off and more.

Login to FreshSchools

Family Directory

Have you ever wanted to set up a play date with one of your child's friends, but have no idea how to get in touch with their parents?  We now have a whole-school family directory that you can log into to search for students, parents and teachers to communicate with them even if you don't have their email.   

Find out how to log in and what information is shared FreshSchools

Login to FreshSchools


Volunteering at the school is critical to keeping things running smoothly - from drop-off to construction to bringing croissants to Cafecito - every action matters!  From here, you can find out what volunteer opportunities are available and sign up for them through our CWC Mar Vista VolunterSpot page.  Once you have volunteered, tell us about it!  Log the time you spent via our volunteer hours logging site at  

Not sure where to use your energy best?  Check out our committees and contact the committee chairs to help out in an area you are passionate about.  All are welcome!

Sign up to volunteer 

Find out more about volunteering in general and sign up for orientations

Sign up for Volunteer Log Account

Log Volunteer Hours

Find out more about the Committees

After School

Learn more about the after school program provided by Coach Derek.

Sign up for classes on Coach Derek's website


Find the lunch menus and information about our lunch provider and how to order for your child through the EZ Parent system.

More about the lunch program

Parking and Carpool Information

Where and when to drop off? Pick up? How do I call for Swift Pick Up?  Answer all of your questions here!  

Parking schedule and information

Did you know we have a fantastic library?  Christy Thomas and the Library committee worked extraordinarily hard last year to bring together a wonderful collection of age-appropriate and diverse books for our children.  You can support the ongoing expansion of the library by donating to the teacher and staff wishlists on the Library page.

Support the Library


From informational videos, last year's Walk A Thon,  to the "Breathe" Video to Curriculum Nights - view CWC videos at the link below.  

View Videos


We have a private Facebook group for families where you can hear about what is going on in the community, ask questions, post interesting articles and share thoughts.  You must be approved to join - just click Request to Join and a message will be sent to the moderators.

View Family Facebook Group

Everyday Fundraisers

CWC Mar Vista has three major fundraisers, but there are every day things that you can do to give back.  Sign up for Ralph's Rewards Community Program, Target, use the Amazon link, and buy Mabel's Labels.  Check here for Dine-Out night flyers and other one-off fundraisers.

Check out the ways you can give back every day