2020/21 Elementary Principal Update

March 7, 2021

Dear Families,

"That is one good thing about this world–there are always sure to be more springs."

–L.M. Montgomery

There will always be more springs, and although it is not yet officially Spring, we're sure you've smelled the jasmine in the air and look forward to clocks springing forward in a few days to welcome longer days. Spring brings hope, and we feel this hope as we welcome back more and more students to campus. By March 8, all three elementary schools will bring back hybrid students in 6th grade. By next week, we will be seeing anywhere from 200 - 300 TK - 6th graders in the AM block and 200 - 300 TK - 6th graders in the PM block per site. Another 150 - 300 students are learning from home in our Virtual Learning Academies per site. Credit goes to our district leadership and labor unions. They spent countless hours to plan for this school year before it even began, and now that students are returning almost a year after our closure, everything seems to be falling in place!

Lucy Maud Montgomery (L.M. Montgomery, author of the quote above) deserves to be recognized this month as we honor women in history and the achievements of women today. Ms. Montgomery (November 30, 1874 – April 24, 1942) was a Canadian author perhaps best known for writing Anne of Green Gables. She became very ill during the 1919 Influenza Pandemic, which is an event that we relate to 100 years later as we experience this Pandemic. We hope you enjoy learning more about the accomplishments of women as well as news and upcoming events in this newsletter.


Emily Blaney, LCE Principal

Cory Pak, PCR Principal

Carrie Hetzel, PCY Principal

Background Photo by Utsman Media on Unsplash

Women's History Month

We are celebrating Women in History Month in March, highlighting the contributions of women in events in history and contemporary society. We want to start off by highlighting women who are making historic differences and significant contributions in the area of STEM, starting with La Cañada’s own Dr. Swati Mohan, who made history on February 18, 2021.

Swati Mohan

Dr. Mohan is an Indian-American aerospace engineer. She is the Mars 2020 Guidance, Navigation, and Controls (GN&C) Operations Lead who successfully spearheaded the development of the control and landing systems for the Perseverance. On February 18, 2021, she was the first to deliver the news that NASA’s Perseverance Rover had successfully landed on Mars. Here is a CNN article about Dr. Mohan. Dr. Mohan has also been a part of various NASA missions, including the Cassini, a mission to study Saturn and its system, and GRAIL, an American lunar science mission.

Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani is the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, the national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. Her goal was to have one million women in computer science by 2020. Reshma Saujani was the first Indian American woman to run for US Congress. She is also the author of three books, including Brave, Not Perfect, Women Who Don't Wait In Line, and Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World.

For Hybrid Families

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Pre-Screener Update:

With the increase of students on campus, we've outgrown our current pre-screener form faster than expected. LCUSD's technology team is prepping a new one and can have it ready for us in just a couple of days. Please continue to use the pre-screener, but if you don't get an email back, just be ready to answer the questions at carline or the gate. This will mostly affect the PM drop-off.

The new link will be shared as soon as possible.

LCE Pre-Screener

PCR Pre-Screener

PCY Pre-Screener

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Spring Break Travel Reminders:

An important reminder for our hybrid families about travel - if you travel outside of the state or country, a 10 day quarantine is required starting on the day of your return home. If you travel within the state, a quarantine is encouraged. Remember, any exposure at school affects an entire cohort or cohorts. Our families have been doing an amazing job following protocols so far. Keep it up!

If your family quarantines, please request asynchronous work and daily check-ins from your child's teacher. Virtual instruction is not an option.

Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

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We are proud to announce that a majority of our staff has received their first COVID 19 vaccination at the time of this newsletter! We would like to thank USC Keck and Verdugo Hills Hospital- as well as Walgreens and other pharmacies, for offering educator vaccinations!

Photo by Diana Polekhina on Unsplash

Mask Requirement Updates:

Please see this latest update from the LADPH on masks. Be sure that student masks are well-fitted - fitting snuggly at cheeks and chin, have more than one layer (including gators), and are comfortable. We have noticed that student masks do not always meet this criteria, and every teacher has a supply of student masks in case a student needs to double up.

Information on Mask Wearing for Students with disabilities

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For VLA Families

VLA to Hybrid

This is the form to request a change.

Parent Listening Session: Distance Learning:

VLA to Hybrid

If you are a VLA family and you would like to be considered for a placement change into a hybrid class, please complete this form by Tuesday, March 9th. Spaces are very limited in hybrid classes, and there may be a lottery if we cannot meet the requests for change. The administration will analyze availability in each grade level, and a decision will be made and notified to families on or before March 19th. It’s important for families to know that while we will try to accommodate school sites and AM or PM placements, this cannot be guaranteed.

Throughout the school district, we have the following openings:

TK: 0

K: 6

1st: 9

2nd: 15

3rd: 17

4th: 3

5th: 4

6th: 6

For All Families

LCUSD Invention Convention 2021

Open to all 4th - 6th graders. Check out the form if you want to sign up! The event takes place on April 16th, 3:30, and training sessions are available.

Upcoming Events

6th Grade Hybrid Return

Monday, March 8th, 8:15am-3pm


AM Session: 8:10 - 11:05

PM Session: 12:05 - 3:00

Governing Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 9th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Trimester 2 Report Cards Sent Home

Thursday, March 11th, 8am

Report cards will be distributed to hybrid students and mailed to VLA families.

Report cards will be distributed to hybrid students and mailed to VLA families.

Library Curbside Pickups

Friday, March 12th, 10am

Times vary. Check your school's calendar.

Daylight Savings Time

Sunday, March 14th, 12am

Set Your Clocks - Spring Forward!

Collaboration Day

Friday, March 19th, 8am-3pm

Not at School

Spring Break

Monday, April 5th, 12am to Friday, April 9th, 11:45pm

Not at School

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