Arts Magnet News!
August 22-26, 2022
Week 14, for Families and Community Nov.7-11, 2022
Dear Altadena Eliot Arts Families,
Fall is definitely in the air and so are the ARTS! To truly be a part of an arts magnet school means that our students are deeply involved in the arts every day.
I am blown away this week as I watch our arts conservatory build and grow from elementary to middle school. First, we had a beautiful PTA Reflections Art Show last Wednesday. Then on Saturday, our middle school hosted their fall festival, a joyous celebration of all our music programs including our new Drumline and Jazz Band!
While our musicians were playing, our middle school actors were at a competition where every single student made it to the final round!
Last week, we were so honored to have 2 Principals for the Day, thanks to our incredible partnership with the Pasadena Educational Foundation. First we welcomed Mr. Danny Feldman, the Executive Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse and then we were honored to have Ms. Margaret Starbuck, the Associate Artistic Director of Boston Court! Both of our Principals for the Day were incredibly impressed by our students, programs and facilities. We look forward to being in continued partnership with both of these amazing professionals in our community!
And then on Monday, we have the opening of our Pop Up Art Show called, "Connections" where our middle school students have created a visual arts show at the elementary site. Parents are welcome to come view the show opening at 2pm on Monday.
All of this awesomeness is made possible by 3 things: incredibly talented, dedicated teachers, a clearly articulated shared vision and the bountiful MSAP grant funds.
Now that our middle school has secured the multimillion dollar grant, our planning kicks into high gear. I invite parents and community members to get involved. Please join us this Tuesday at 6pm for our PT(S)A meeting in the Eliot Arts library to hear more about our plans for students K-8 grade. We have lots of fun and exciting work to do together and we need you in "the room where it happened" to continue visioning together.
Some of the items we will begin discussing are:
- Rebranding as one school, two campuses
- Arts Conservatory Design
- Advisory Board of Professionals in the Field
- Parent Engagement
- Spreading the word on what's really going on in middle school/changing the narrative
What Parents/Guardians are asked to do this week:
Please purchase your Christmas Tree, Wreath, Garland https://fundraiser4us.com/shop/aam/
and See's Candy https://tinyurl.com/EliotCandy2022
Please get your elementary Wacky Fun Run pledges in! This is our biggest FUNdraiser of the year.
Elementary photos are live! From our photographer, Kathryn Mueller:
Once again it was a pleasure and a privilege to do picture day at Altadena Arts Magnet.
I hope you enjoy your photos!
Please let me know if you didn’t receive an email with a link to your child’s photos by emailing me at
Coming Up this Week:
- MONDAY Eliot's Pop Up Art Show at AAM called, "Connections" opens!
- TUESDAY SSC meeting for elementary @ 3:00 pm via Google Meet https://meet.google.com/edt-xzfx-wcx Join by phone (US) +1 617-675-4444 PIN: 763 059 253 7281#
- Joint PT(S)A meeting at 6:00 pm at the Eliot Arts Library Pizza, childcare and translation provided. Come be a part of the conversation!
- THURSDAY Elementary School Tour @ 9 am in the parent room
- FRIDAY School campuses are closed in honor of Veterans Day
Don't forget to fall back with those clocks and I look forward to seeing you all at this week's PT(S)A meeting. Remember, what makes a good school great? Parent involvement and engagement!
Thank YOU for being excellent partners in your child's education.
It's a great week to be a Cougar and a Husky!
Yours in Service,
Dr. Scheckel, Principal
Middle School See's Candy Sale!
Don't be an empty handed guest this holiday season! Bring See's Candy, the most delicious chocolates in the world, to your next event. Or, be the hostess with the mostest, when you have See's Candy to put out at your next family gathering. What about stocking stuffers?! See's candy makes the best holiday chocolate trees or Hanukah stars! Purchase at the link below:
Elementary AF Annual Tree and Wreath Sale! Get Yours Today!
Order your Tree, Wreath and Garland Today!
The last day to order is November 14! Would you like to have the freshest, most beautiful Christmas tree this year? How about the convenience of just driving onto the elementary playground and having someone help you load your fresh and gorgeous tree on your car while your kids run around and play with their friends or enjoy hot cocoa and delicious baked goods? This sale helps support our arts sustainability plan for our elementary campus to keep our arts programming thriving while we prepare our students for middle school. Buy yours today at the link:https://fundraiser4us.com/shop/aam/
Wacky Fun Run!
We are halfway through our fundraising time for the Wacky Fun Run and we have already raised $4000! If you haven’t signed up for a donation page at www.Pledgestar.com/Altadena or taken your envelope to see family and friends, it’s not too late. Our next envelope collection day is Thursday 11/10 so make sure to take it to your activities this week, Cougars!
Ms. Cayatte’s class is in the lead for most money raised, but Ms Bolton’s class has taken the lead for most pledges!! Don’t forget there’s a prize for most participation as well, and currently Ms. Rouat holds that lead. Check out these pictures of the tracker bulletin boards!
Pop Up Art Show!
Principals for the Day!
Middle School Fall Music Festival!
Thanks for coming Dr. Pomeroy!
Click on the link to hear our Drumline!
Benita Scheckel, Ed.D on Twitter: "Thank you Dr. Elizabeth Pomeroy for coming to our @EliotArtsMagnet #fallfestival @PasadenaUnified @pusdmagnets pic.twitter.com/vfntmnjW2x / Twitter"
Thank you Dr. Elizabeth Pomeroy for coming to our @EliotArtsMagnet #fallfestival @PasadenaUnified @pusdmagnets pic.twitter.com/vfntmnjW2x
8th Grade Shadow Day to John Muir High School Monday, 11/14
- Open Enrollment Dates for the 2023-24 school year are now posted on our website. All current PUSD families will receive a hard copy of the Open Enrollment calendar in the mail in mid-October, and we will send extras to your school sites in October.
- Sibling and Program Priority Registration applications go live online Oct. 24, 2022, 9AM - Nov. 14, 2022, 4PM.
Meeting this Tuesday @ 6pm!
"I heard that our principal has sprouted wings and is flying around Altadena!"
"I heard that our Annual Fund is donating all its money to purchase a private jet!"
Wanna know what's really going on in your child's school? Wanna have a voice in dreaming, visioning and planning what actually happens in our school? Don't be a backseat driver. Get off that couch and come join us! We have childcare, food and translation. I'll even come pick you up at your house, if you want. There's not excuse to stay uninvolved. Remember the good old days, when we used to have 40 people at our meetings? I know it's hard to get out of bed and come in person now when we got used to being in our PJs for our Zoom meetings but we need human connection. There's so much tone and warmth lost when we are squares on a computer screen. What makes a good school great? YOU! Will you join us on Tuesday at 6pm? I look forward to connecting with you!
Dr. Scheckel, Principal
Please consider making a recurring donation of $45 to one or both of our Annual Funds! Our annual funds help to create a bridge for special services and arts programs at each of our campuses. Our annual funds are separate. Altadena's annual fund is chaired by Ms. Tasiah LeConte and Eliot's annual fund is chaired by Ms. Wendy Silva. Please join their committees and consider making a donation today!
- 31 Book-O-Ween Celebration @ AAM
- 2 Reflections Art Show at AAM 6pm
- 4 PEN Poker Tournament @ 6pm
- 5 Eliot Fall Festival Outdoor Music Concert 2-4 pm
- 8 Elementary SSC at 3pm and PT(S)A at Eliot Arts for both sites @ 6pm
- 10 Elementary School Tour @ 9am
- 11 School Closed in honor of Veterans' Day
- 17 Middle School Tour @ 8:30 am, Fall Play @ 6pm
- 18 Cougar Values Awards Assembly @ 7:50, Wacky Fun Run @ 1pm, MS Fall Play @ 6pm
- 19-27 Thanksgiving Break, School Closed