LCE News From Mrs. Blaney

November, 2019

"Gnight, November. Come in from the cold. We're making hot cocoa with WHOLE milk: we're bold. CHILL, November. CHILL.” ― Lin-Manuel Miranda

November has ended already! There were only 15 school days in November, and the rush to 2020 continues. This newsletter summarizes some of the events of the month and previews what will come up in December. I will also share some helpful resources with you.

Art Class

Mrs. Torres taught students about impressionist artist Leonid Afremov and his techniques. The students created these masterpieces.

Photo Credit: Robin Torres

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STEM Challenge

Mrs. Uy's 2nd graders designed "human catchers" that turkeys could benefit from around Thanksgiving!

Photo Credit: Anne Uy

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Mrs. Durfee and Mrs. Brown were spotted enjoying the beautiful weather and sharing lunchtime together. I'm grateful for this staff who cares about one another and finds ways to show it.
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Challenge Success

What are some strategies for long term success? It's less about the grades and more about the big picture. Denise Pope explains in this short video.
Strategies for long term success - Denise Pope

How Do We Help Students Understand Bullying?

By modeling inclusion, kindness, and acceptance, the LCE staff helps students daily. When there is a problem, we rely on students to recognize the problem, use tools to solve it if they can (like Kelso's Choices), and get the support of an adult. The adult will help the students understand if a behavior could be an example of bullying - if it is a repeat behavior, if it is severe, and/or if it is the result of an imbalance of power. This is a great resource if you wish to learn more.
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Math Resource

The website has helpful videos for some of the procedures our students are learning in Everyday Math (K - 5th). You should be receiving a Family Letter or becoming aware of what is coming up in Math class.

Social Emotional Learning

Teachers will be receiving further training in the month of December from the Institute for Social and Emotional Learning. In August, we learned about Social Emotional Competencies. Be sure to check out the Family Learning Series event on December 10 (see details below).
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Interesting Article

This article is all about why students might misbehave and how adults can help.

Book Recommendation

The Price of Privilege is my recommendation for this month. The author, Madeline Levine, is well respected by our district's leadership as an expert on clinical psychology and education. Levine is one of the founders of Challenge Success.

Upcoming Events

Pali Mountain Field Trip for 6th Graders

Monday, Dec. 2nd, 8am to Friday, Dec. 6th, 2pm

Pali Mountain Camp Road

Running Springs, CA

Time Capsule Field Trip for 4th Graders

Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, 7:45pm to Thursday, Dec. 5th, 4pm

23852 Hot Spring Canyon Road

San Juan Capistrano, CA

Family Learning Series: Social Emotional Learning

Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 6-7:30pm

4463 Oak Grove Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Governing Board Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 7pm

4490 Cornishon Avenue

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Holiday Arts Show Field Trip for 6th Graders

Wednesday, Dec. 11th, 1-3pm

4463 Oak Grove Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Parents, you can still turn in permission slips for this field trip to the office the week of Pali. I sent an email to you recently with the digital link to the permission slip if you cannot locate it.

PTA Meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 11th, 9:15am

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

LCE Spelling Bee

Thursday, Dec. 12th, 8:30-9:45am

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

ALF Winter Concert Assemblies

Friday, Dec. 13th, 8:30-10:30am

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Be sure to come prepared if you're in ALF!

1st Grade Grinch Day

Friday, Dec. 13th, 1:30pm

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

2nd Grade Holiday Performance

Monday, Dec. 16th, 8:15am

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

No Homework Day

Tuesday, Dec. 17th, 3pm

Not Doing Homework

LCE Chorus Assemblies

Tuesday, Dec. 17th, 9:45am

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Be sure to come prepared if you're in chorus!

LCE Chorus Friends and Family Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 17th, 6:30pm

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Early Release for 1st - 6th; TK and Kindergarten on AM Schedule

Thursday, Dec. 19th, 8:15am

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

All TK and Kindergarten students attend in the AM - 8:10 - 11:50.

All 1st - 6th graders attend from 8:10 - 11:35.

Winter Break

Friday, Dec. 20th, 12am to Monday, Jan. 6th 2020 at 12am

Not at School!

Have a wonderful and relaxing break, and happy holidays!