Counselor's Corner

I am thrilled to have joined Sumac L-STEM Elementary School family and I thank everyone for the warm welcome. It is clear that I am amongst a community of exceptional students, devoted families, and a team of passionate educators and professionals. Like my peers, I am committed to supporting the whole child through guidance and education, and through celebration of the successes and achievements that follow. 

My focus, as an elementary school counselor, will be on developing and strengthening the social and emotional skills of our students impacting school success through whole class guidance lessons, short-term small group counseling opportunities, and solution-focused individual counseling support.

My background in education as a classroom teacher and designated instructional services counselor, and within community mental health as a child and family therapist has provided me with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to assist students in building a foundation for success. I am excited to share, grow, and work together to provide a safe space where every child is supported and is successful.  

Anika Asmerian, MS, PPS
LVUSD School Counselor
Mariposa School of Global Education (Monday/Wednesday/Friday)
Sumac L-STEM Elementary School (Tuesday/Thursday)
(818) 991-4940


Welcome to the Sumac L-STEM Elementary website. We are excited for the beginning of the 2014-15 school year and look forward to wonderful learning experiences with our students and their families.

School Vision

To promote 21st century learning that goes above and beyond a standards-based instructional program in an effort to elevate global literacy for our students through Language immersion and STEM.

L - Dual-Language (English/Spanish) will be offered at the Kindergarten level in the fall and will roll up through each year through 5th grade.

S - Science will be presented through hands-on units and integrated throughout the curriculum at all grade levels.

T - Technology is infused into all curricular areas through systematic technological instruction, schoolwide use of Mobi Boards, Student Response Systems (clickers), state-of-the-art computer labs, students laptops for real-time assessments and monitoring.

E - Engineering will be integrated into the instructional program utilizing the Engineering Design Process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve.

M - Mathematics will involve whole-brain learning with an emphasis on real-world applications and will be integrated into all curricular areas.

Introducing our new principal, Ms. Alina Silvestre!

July 2015
Dear Sumac Community,

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I join the Sumac Family for the 2015-2016 school year. Excited and humbled, I am honored to join a staff of dedicated and compassionate educators that are committed to our L-STEM program.

I have been fortunate to be part of the Las Virgenes Unified School District for the past fifteen years. Thirteen years were spent at Chaparral Elementary as an upper elementary teacher and Teacher in Charge, while for the last two years I was part of the dynamic Educational Technology department as a Media Specialist. In that role, I focused on the implementation of technology, rolled out our current universal screening tool, led the adoption of new math curriculum, and facilitated trainings for the Forward Learning program. These opportunities have afforded me a wide breadth of experience and perspectives that will be essential as I embark on this new role as principal and lead learner.

August is quickly approaching, and we are busy with various projects on our ever-evolving campus. Richard, Mike and Ava, our hard-working maintenance crew, are tirelessly tackling their summer projects with gusto. While our physical site is getting extra love and attention, I have also had the opportunity to hire three amazing teachers for grades 1, 3, and 4. Last but not least, I have been meeting with staff members and parents alike to start planning our schedule for the upcoming school year.

Sumac is an amazing place to grow and learn! I look forward to supporting the growth of our expanding dual language program as we welcome 4th grade to the program. Our STEM program will continue evolving as we plan engaging hands-on curriculum that opens students' eyes and minds toward math, science, engineering, and technology.

Our doors open August 5th, so please savor the rest of your summer! Relax and enjoy your time with family and friends, because next year promises to be filled with a unique and unforgettable learning adventure for our entire community: staff, students, parents, and friends alike!

Alina Silvestre, Lead Learner/Principal

Julio 2015

Es con gran placer y entusiasmo que me uno a la Familia Sumac para el año escolar 2015-2016. Estoy emocionada y honrada de unirme a un equipo de educadores dedicados a la enseñanza en nuestro programa de L-STEM.

He tenido la suerte de ser parte del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Las Virgenes durante los últimos quince años. Mis primeros trece años los pasé en el colegio de Primaria Elemental Chaparral como maestra de primaria, y también como profesora encargada de la escuela.

Durante los últimos dos años fui parte del equipo de tecnología y trabajé como especialista de media donde me concentre en la implementación de tecnología en nuestro distrito escolar. Durante este tiempo estuve involucrada en la implementación del sistema de evaluación universal, el nuevo currículo de matemáticas, y también facilité el entrenamiento del programa “Forward Learning.”

Agosto se acerca rápidamente y estamos ocupados con varios proyectos en nuestro colegio. Richard, Mike y Ava, nuestro equipo de mantenimiento, están trabajando incansablemente en sus proyectos de verano con gusto y atención de detalles. Hemos tenido la oportunidad de contratar a tres profesoras maravillosas para los grados 1, 3 y 4. Por último, pero no menos importante, me he reunido con los miembros del personal y padres por igual para comenzar la planificación de nuestro calendario para el próximo año escolar.

¡Sumac es un lugar maravilloso para crecer y aprender! Espero poder apoyar el crecimiento de nuestro programa bilingüe, ya que estamos dándole la bienvenida al cuarto año de este programa único. Nuestro programa STEM continuará evolucionando a medida que planeamos e implementamos la práctica curricular que abre los ojos y las mentes de los estudiantes hacia las matemáticas, la ciencia, la ingeniería y la tecnología de acoplamiento.

Nuestras puertas abren el 5 de agosto, así que por favor ¡disfruten el resto de su verano! Relájense y disfruten de su tiempo con la familia y amigos. El próximo año promete estar lleno de una aventura de aprendizaje única e inolvidable para toda nuestra comunidad: el personal, estudiantes, padres y amigos por igual.


Alina Silvestre, Directora



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