2020/21 Elementary Principal Update

November 1, 2020

Dear Parents,

This week, we want to remind you of the importance of self-care. With so much responsibility and demand in our lives, the first thing we often overlook is taking care of ourselves. Taking care of ourselves is critical to being able to address the needs of others: our children, family, friends, and colleagues alike. As the saying goes, we can’t pour from an empty cup.

Stress during the holiday season happens every year to many of us. However, during this time of changes and uncertainties stemming from the pandemic and election, this year has the potential to be more stressful. More than ever, it is important to remember that the only thing we have control over is ourselves and how we respond to life’s happenings and daily circumstances. It’s easy to say that we never have enough time, but we encourage you to find little “pockets of time” to get things done and seek family members to help to ease the burden. Most children are more than happy to help while learning new skills and feeling great about supporting their parents.

Finally, as we close the door to the month of October, which was the National Dyslexia Month, we want to continue to bring greater awareness to the needs and support of our children with special needs. We want to share the website, Understood.org, which has many helpful resources for families, educators, and young adults. There is a section called, Through Your Child’s Eyes, a simulation where you (and your child) can see from another child’s perspective what it is like to experience firsthand how challenging and frustrating it is to struggle with learning and/or attention difficulties. This site also provides helpful tips for parents and educators to help children who need additional support with practicing social distancing, Back-to-School Anxiety, and coping with school/work refusal.


Emily Blaney, LCE Principal

Carrie Hetzel, PCY Principal

Cory Pak, PCR Principal

TK - 2nd Grade Waiver Update

We hope you got the chance to read the most recent update from Superintendent Sinnette about the reopening plans for our district. We are fortunate to have a strong working relationship with our labor unions, and we are also thankful for the support from our PTAs and our city government. The waiver application that Superintendent Sinnette submitted is now at the state level, and we expect to hear news very soon about whether or not the Department of Public Health will grant the waiver.

This is important, because the start date for the return of our TK - 2nd grade hybrid students could be as early as mid-November. We are busy getting our campuses ready for students again. Next weekend, we will send out a special edition newsletter specifically addressing the reopening and what to expect.

November is Native American Heritage Month

November is a time to recognize the incredible diversity of the Indigenous People in this country. Native American Heritage Month celebrates the rich history, culture, and traditions of tribal communities. This resource is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

Students may also be interested in viewing this interactive map to learn about where the many varied indigenous groups lived.

Upcoming Events

TK - 3rd Grade RSP Services Resume On Campus

Monday, Nov. 2nd, 8:15am

On Campuses

If you have a child who receives Special Education services and is in TK, K, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grades, your Case Manager likely contacted you about the possibility of coming to campus for RSP services.

Election Day

Tuesday, Nov. 3rd, 7am

4490 Cornishon Avenue

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

The LCUSD Boardroom serves as a polling place.

Jog-a-Thon T-Shirt Pick Up

Friday, Nov. 6th, 5pm to Saturday, Nov. 7th, 12pm


2020 Jog A Thon T-Shirt Pick Up Dates:

T-shirt picked up drive-thru (PCY, PCR, LCE Carline)

Friday 11/6- 5pm-7pm

Saturday 11/7- 10am-Noon


Family Learning Series: LCUSD DEI Listening Session

Monday, Nov. 9th, 6:30-7:30pm

This is an online event.

WhatLCUSD DEI Listening SessionWhen11/9/2020, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PMWhereZoom Webinar


Veterans Day: No School

Wednesday, Nov. 11th, 12am


Trimester One Report Cards Ready for 1st - 6th Graders

Friday, Nov. 13th, 8am


Report cards will be available for pick up at the school sites. Report cards not picked up by Monday, Nov. 16, will be sent home by mail.
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