2020/21 Elementary Principal Update

March 21, 2021

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dear Families,

We are horrified and saddened to hear about the recent increase in hate crimes targeting Asians, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders. We understand the concerns and fears shared by our families. We join our LCUSD families in condemning these horrific crimes. We will continue to work collaboratively with our district leadership, city officials, and local law enforcement agencies to prevent and combat anti-Asian bias, racism, and crime and promote respect, empathy, and unity in our greater communities.

As part of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) effort, our teachers and administrators studied and implemented the “Speak Up” strategies in our schools to stand up against comments and actions grounded on bias, stereotypes, and racism. Here are some helpful resources to support you during this challenging time.

As our Superintendent Sinnette shared this week, our schools will continue to devote resources and time to ensure that all students, staff, and families feel safe and welcome in our learning environments. We thank our families for standing together as a unifying force to fight against hate and racism.


Emily Blaney, Cory Pak, and Carrie Hetzel

Women's History Month

As we continue to learn about the importance of women in our history this month, we wanted to focus on Women's Suffrage. These are three important women you may or may not have heard about who aided in the suffrage movement.

Virtual Learning Academy

Our virtual teachers have been working so hard to keep students engaged and inspired during their instructional day. The virtual teachers incorporate so many different techniques and strategies to make learning fun at home. They send home manipulatives, materials, and projects to incorporate hands-on activities for students. If you are in the virtual learning academy, give your teachers an extra round of applause this week!
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Los Angeles DPH Travel Advisory and Guidance

Stay Local! If you travel outside of the state of California or outside the U.S. you will need to quarantine for 10 days from the date of your return. Please contact your teacher for asynchronous work during this time.

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Health Screening Form

COVID-19 Health Screening Form - Parent Square

Quickly complete daily health checks from your phone or the web.

In order to streamline daily health check processes and reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the school and larger community, LCUSD is launching ParentSquare’s easy-to-use health reporting form for all students arriving to campus. This will replace our current “Ready Check Go!” pre-screener. Please show your confirmation screen to the person checking you in on campus.

Step 1

You must be logged in to ParentSquare to access the screening form. Activate your ParentSquare account by clicking the link in your invitation email or text. You can also download the free ParentSquare app for i0S or Android.

Step 2

Once logged in on the web or mobile app, click the large orange “Submit Daily Screening” button to access the form.

Step 3

Complete the form by answering “Yes” or “No” to all questions. New feature: you can submit for all your students at the same time--no filling out multiple forms!

Step 4

After submitting the form, you’ll be able to view a confirmation screen that will clear your student for on-campus learning if non-symptomatic. You will show the confirmation screen to the person checking you in on campus. If your student is walking, they can show the confirmation screen or provide a printed screenshot of the confirmation page.

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Registration for the 2021/22 School Year

Enrollment for next year will be a little different this year. Enrollment for all grade levels will be on April 12, 13, and 14th 9:30 - 5:00 at La Canada High School. Please see this link for specific enrollment information. You can get more information from the enrollment portal on the LCUSD website.

LCUSD Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 30th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Collaboration Day

Friday, April 2nd, 8am-3pm

Not at school

Spring Break

Monday, April 5th, 8am to Friday, April 9th, 3pm

Not at school

Teacher Work Day (Student Free Day)

Monday, April 12th, 8am-3pm

Not at School

Resident Enrollment

Monday, April 12th, 9:30am to Wednesday, April 14th, 5pm

LCUSD Amphitheater - 4490 Cornishon Ave, La Canada

Break between 2:00 - 3:00 pm to avoid dismissal time traffic at the private school

Prospective Parent Tour

Thursday, April 15th, 9am

This is an online event.

Photos courtesy of Unsplash

LCUSD Elementary School Principals

Mrs. Emily Blaney, LCE eblaney@lcusd.net

Mr. Cory Pak, PCR cpak@lcusd.net

Ms. Carrie Hetzel, PCY chetzel@lcusd.net