LCE News from Mrs. Blaney

January and February, 2019

Happy Birthday, LCE!

50 years ago in January, La Cañada Elementary opened its new campus on Encinas Drive. The previous site was demolished to make room for the 210 freeway. Access Carol Cormaci's article from the La Cañada Valley Sun to learn more.
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January Events:

6th Grade Terrific Kids (Kiwanis Award Luncheon)

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Principal for the Day Ryan Ryu

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February Events

5th Graders Spent the Week of Feb. 4 at Valley Forge, PA

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NGSS Committee Update

Our NGSS Committee narrowed the field to three curricular choices. These three programs will be piloted and evaluated using a rubric over the next months. Materials are starting to arrive to the campuses. Once piloting teachers get a chance to unpack, sort through, and organize the materials, I'll get in to take some photos and share in future newsletters how things are going. The three choices are:

Accelerated Learning (STEMscopes) (K-8)

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

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

Governing Board Update

Please visit this link to read the latest recap of the LCUSD governing board. The next meeting is March 12. You can also find updates on Facebook by following @LCUSDSchoolBoard.

Wanted: Used Toys

Does anyone have a little red wagon that they are no longer using? What about a kid-sized shopping cart? Either of these toys can be turned into tools here at LCE. Contact Mrs. Blaney if you can help.


Challenge Success Book Recommendation: How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims

“This is such a terrific book. So incredibly timely. Parents will love it and devour it because it’s such a concern . . . instead of thinking about raising children, we need to be thinking about raising adults.”―CBS “This Morning

Website for Parents

Safe, Smart, and Social is a website full of useful ideas and helpful tips for keeping your children safe online while also helping them create a positive digital presence when they are old enough and when you are ready for them to do so. Josh Ochs is the author of this site, and he has visited our school and our district in the past. Try the free webinar and sign up for reminders about, for example, apps to AVOID.
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Invention Convention and School Maker Faire Coming Soon!

I encourage our 5th and 6th graders to participate in LCUSD's Invention Convention on Friday, March 15. Information has been sent via School Messenger email and through the PTA Lion Times. Read more about the Invention Convention here.

The School Maker Faire is for kids and adults of all ages! It is a chance to share what you have made. Students in the past have showcased their lego creations, hand-made puppets, a drink dispenser, homemade butter, and rubber band catapults. If you are not able to participate, you should still come! You can learn from student and community makers and "make and take" cool things like homemade soap, slime, greeting cards that light up, and stomp rockets. Read more about the School Maker Faire here.


National Day of Unplugging

Friday, March 1st, 6:30pm to Saturday, March 2nd, 6:30pm


Want a challenge for yourselves and your kids? Try the National Day of Unplugging! Hide those laptops, tablets, and phones and try the following instead:

Have a party!

Get outside!


Play board games or cards!


Visit a museum, library, or theater!

Book Fair!

Monday, March 4th, 7:45am to Friday, March 8th, 8:30pm

La Cañada Elementary Cafeteria

March 5: Taco Tuesday (Open until 6:00! Taco Cart!)

March 7: Donuts with Dad (7:30 - 9:10 am)

March 8: Parent/Child Lunch (Book Fair open during lunch periods)

Elementary Family Math Night

Thursday, March 7th, 6-7pm

4490 Cornishon Avenue

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Join us in the LCUSD Board Room to play some Math games! Parents and children welcome - all grade levels

Parent Child Lunch

Friday, March 8th, 11:30am-1:15pm

La Canada Elementary

1st - 2nd Grade Lunch: 11:30 - 12:15

3rd - 4th Grade Lunch: 12:00 - 12:45

5th - 6th Grade Lunch: 12:30 - 1:15

Governing Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 12th, 7-9pm

4490 Cornishon Avenue

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

LCE PTA Dine Out at Kebab Daddy

Thursday, March 14th, 12pm

3701 Ocean View Boulevard

Glendale, CA

LCE World's Fair

Thursday, March 14th, 8:30am to Friday, March 15th, 3pm

La Cañada Elementary Cafeteria

Invention Convention and School Maker Faire

Friday, March 15th, 4-8pm

4463 Oak Grove Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

LCFEF Spring Gala

Saturday, March 16th, 6-11:30pm

900 W Olympic Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA

LCE Jump for Heart

Tuesday, March 19th, 9:45am-2:45pm

LCE Playground

During Student PE Periods

PTA General Meeting

Wednesday, March 20th, 9:15am

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Founders Day Awards Ceremony

Thursday, March 21st, 6:30-8:30pm

4463 Oak Grove Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

4th Grade Gold Rush Day

Tuesday, March 26th, 12:30-2:45pm


Collaboration Day for 1st - 6th Grades

Friday, March 29th, 8:15-11:30am


Minimum Day - 8:10 - 11:35


Monday, April 1st, 8:15am to Friday, April 5th, 2:45pm