LCE News from Mrs. Blaney

December, 2018

Ringing Out 2018...

December was short but magical. Best of all were all of the wonderful holiday greetings that were shared and received. Here's to a fantastic 2019!
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DECEMBER EVENTS:

5th Graders Acting as Soldiers at Valley Forge, Writing by Candlelight

https://youtu.be/MQjcS14cnFw

Everything Gingerbread at LCE

Kindergarteners wrote Gingerbread plays and searched the campus for runaway gingerbread men, 1st graders wrote new versions using story board graphic organizers, 2nd graders built gingerbread houses, and even the staff hunted for missing gingerbread men this month!
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NGSS Committee Update

LCE, PCR, and PCY Committee Members have narrowed the list of state-approved resources to the following. You can read more about each by selecting the links. An email was recently sent out that included a form you could complete if you would like to share your feedback and rank the choices. Please contact me if you did not receive that email and wish to share your views.



Accelerated Learning (STEMscopes) (K-8)

McGraw Hill School Education- California Inspire Science (K-6)

Amplify Education (K-8)

National Geographic Learning, a division of Cengage Learning (K-6)

Delta Education (K-8)

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Governing Board Update

Please visit this link to read the latest recap of the LCUSD governing board. Most recently, Dr. Tammy Jackson discussed the district's plan to address dyslexia. At the same meeting, Palm Crest's modernization plans were reviewed. The next meeting is January 15. You can also find updates on Facebook by following @LCUSDSchoolBoard.

RESOURCES:

Interesting Math Article

I'd like to share a short article from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics called The Elusive Search for Balance, by Matt Larson. Larson presents a helpful view of the Common Core State Standards and what our teachers are striving to do every day in the classroom. Of particular interest is the following quote from the author:


"The goal of mathematics education is not complicated. We want students to know how to solve problems (procedures), know why procedures work (conceptual understanding), and know when to use mathematics (problem solving and application) while building a positive mathematics identity and sense of agency."


This year, we continue to work to use teaching strategies that have the most positive effects on students. I'll continue to share more about this in future newsletters.

Challenge Success Book Recommendation: The Happy Kid Handbook, by Katie Hurley

We have copies of this book at LCE if you'd like to start a book club, and here is the link if you wish to buy a copy for yourself. Katie Hurley, a licensed clinical social worker, offers practical parenting advice in this book and her other book, No More Mean Girls. She also has a helpful website and blog. Check it out!

Podcast for Kids

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a Sci Fi podcast for kids that may introduce a new genre for your own child(ren)! The stories are engaging and are all about 20 minutes long - perfect for a car ride, bath time, or bedtime. Remember, listening to and talking about podcasts can increase the listening skills of children. And this podcast is free and fun!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

School Resumes

Tuesday, Jan. 8th, 8am-3pm

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

5th Grade Parents: Growth and Development Preview with Nurse Chris Henry

Thursday, Jan. 10th, 6:30-7:30pm

471 Knight Way

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Mr. Henry will be showing the videos he plans to show the 5th graders and will answer parent questions. This is a parent-only event held at Paradise Canyon Elementary.

Governing Board Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 15th, 7-9pm

4490 Cornishon Avenue

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

PTA General Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 16th, 9am

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

LCE PTA Dine Out at New Moon

Thursday, Jan. 17th, 5-9pm

2138 Verdugo Boulevard

Glendale, CA

2nd Grade Field Trip to Discovery Cube

Wednesday, Jan. 16th, 8am-3pm

2500 North Main Street

Santa Ana, CA

LCUSD Spelling Bee

Wednesday, Jan. 16th, 6:30-8pm

4490 Cornishon Avenue

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Collaboration Day for ALL Grade Levels

Friday, Jan. 18th, 8-11:45am

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Minimum Day - 8:10 - 11:35

Reflections Reception

Friday, Jan. 18th, 11:45am-1:30pm

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

MLK Day: No School

Monday, Jan. 21st, 8am-3pm

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Kiwanis Luncheon to Honor Terrific Kids

Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, 11:30am-12:30pm

1418 Descanso Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

TK and Kindergarten Orientation for 2019/20 Families

Thursday, Jan. 24th, 6:30-8pm

471 Knight Way

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Prospective Parent Tour

Thursday, Jan. 31st, 9-10:30am

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

5th Grade Growth and Development Lesson (Boys and Girls Separate)

Friday, Feb. 1st, 1:30pm

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA