News from Mrs. Blaney

March, 2019

Spring!

I'm writing this newsletter during LCE's Spring Break. I'm currently in Wisconsin, visiting friends and family (they say it's Spring here, but I'm not too sure). I hope this newsletter finds all of you enjoying some time doing the same, whether you are traveling or not. Read on to find out about the events that took place in March as well as what's coming up in April. The photo below is from Molly's Garden, just outside of the LCE library (photo credit: Randy Smith).
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March Events:

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Rainy Days, Sunny Days

We experienced a lot of rain in the last few weeks. When it rained, students stayed inside to play board games, cards, draw, or dance to Go Noodle. But when it was dry, they wished to play outside!

Books, Books, Books!

PTA organized another fantastic Book Fair and raised a lot of money for the school. This money will be spent, in part, on guided reading book sets for our youngest readers. If your child is in Kindergarten through 3rd grade, you will likely know what their guided reading level is (if not, ask their teacher!). By reading books at their independent level, students will be reading books that are not too hard and not too easy. If they are interested in a book that may be too hard - read it to them! If they are reading a book that is too easy - let them know that is perfectly OK! But books at their independent level should push them just enough to help them grow as readers. There is a helpful website for parents called Book Wizard (pictured above) that can help you find book titles at those levels.

Mrs. Bahrami

We learned the sad news of Mrs. Bahrami's passing in March. One way we wished to honor her memory at LCE is by having a school-wide Drop Everything And Read! event. Students also planted flowers, made cards, wrote messages, and drew pictures while adults monitored them closely and talked to them about this sad news. Another event we wanted to share with our community was LCE's Blood Drive to honor Mrs. Bahrami. Join us on April 18 (See the flyer linked above).
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Enrichment Opportunities: Spring

Founders Day

6th Grade Tom Sawyer Day

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Governing Board Update

Please visit this link to read the latest recap of the LCUSD Governing Board meeting. The next meeting is April 16. You can also find updates on Facebook by following @LCUSDSchoolBoard.

RESOURCES

Podcast for Parents: Everyday Parenting

From their website: "The Everyday Parenting Podcast helps parents navigate the insecurities, annoyances, and dilemmas of everyday parenting. Parenting expert, Maribeth Henry, interviews parents just like you and works through their burning questions with empathy and tangible advice. Listeners will take in valuable strategies for their families and find comfort in shared experiences." Recommended by an LCE parent!

Article for Parents of Young Students

The California Preschool Learning Foundations is an excellent read to find out what is developmentally appropriate at ages 4 and 5.

Book for Parents of Younger and Older Students

To continue your journey of understanding child development, I recommend Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4 to 14. This book was first suggested to me by sixth grade teacher Vanessa Schwartz, and I've gained much from it.

PTA STEAM WEEK

Monday, April 8th, 11:30am to Friday, April 12th, 1:30pm

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

We still need volunteers to help with daily events at lunch times - 11:30 - 1:15 p.m;

Kona Ice Truck: 6th Grade Fundraiser

Friday, April 12th, 1:45-3:30pm

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Kick off the weekend on Friday, April 12th with your cool LCE friends and a sweet treat. The Kona Ice truck will be serving up shaved ice inside the La Canada Boulevard gate on Friday, April 12 from 1:30-3:30PM. 20% of sales will go towards the 6th grade class gift. Please note only $5.00 King Size will be sold in order to make the Kona Ice line and the carline go quicker.

PTA Mother and Son Movie Night

Friday, April 12th, 6:15-9pm

1301 Foothill Boulevard

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

LCE Blood Drive in Honor of Kay Bahrami

Thursday, April 18th, 10am-4pm

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Collaboration Day for 1st - 6th Grades

Friday, April 19th, 8:15-11:45am

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

LCE Earth Week

Monday, April 22nd, 8:15am to Friday, April 26th, 3pm

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

LCE TK and Kindergarten Orientation

Friday, April 26th, 9-10am

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA