LCE News From Mrs. Blaney

August, 2022

Dear Families,

While we've only been in school for two weeks, students are impressing us all with the way that they are taking their learning seriously, following the rules, and making friends. It feels so much like a "normal" school year!


I'd like to thank all of the PTA volunteers who helped us kick off the year with school supply distribution, a teacher luncheon, a fun assembly, disaster bin organization, and an exciting Back to School picnic. Having parents back on campus to start the year has been great.


I hope you can join us for Back to School Nights on August 31 (Grades 1, 3, and 5) and September 1 (Grades 2, 4, and 6). I also hope you can come to the Sept. 14 General PTA meeting where you'll have a chance to learn more about our Wellness Room.


This newsletter will focus on some of our efforts to support wellness and belonging at LCE. Important dates and times are listed at the end of the letter, and I am including many photos that you may have seen if you follow our Instagram page @lceblaney.


Sincerely,

Emily

Gatherings

From assemblies, drills, meetings, recess, and more, it's definitely nice to be all together again!

Volunteers on Campus

We love parent volunteers here at LCE!


Vaccinated and unvaccinated parents may volunteer on campus. Volunteers may elect to wear masks or not, although masking is still strongly encouraged. In order to volunteer on campus, please follow the requirements below:


  1. Provide a copy of a current TB test (less than 4 years old) to our school health clerk, Amy Erickson. The school will keep this documentation on file.

  2. Upon arriving at the school office each time, please sign in using our Visitor Management System to obtain a sticker. You will take a rapid Covid test in the office immediately prior to your volunteer shift. The rapid test takes approximately 15 minutes so please plan accordingly.

  3. Sign the Volunteer Code of Conduct prior to the first time volunteering on campus.

Free Breakfast and Lunch

This year, the schools added free breakfast to the menu, which is served during morning recess. Students also get to choose a delicious free lunch from the cafeteria. They can also bring food from home.
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LCE Pilots a Wellness Room

Our Wellness Room just got a fresh coat of paint, and it is almost ready to introduce to parents and students, including the NAME we've chosen for the room! Parents will learn more about our Wellness Room and hear from our Wellness Leader, Rachel Hirshberg, and our Counselor, Nancy DeBoer, at Back to School Nights and the 9/14 PTA meeting. The room will also be open to parents on Wednesdays. More information is coming soon!

Staying Comfortable in This Heat

We use the Heat Index pictured here. This week, we will open the cafeteria during lunch recess for movies and movement and use that space and the covered lunch pavilion for PE. Students are reminded to drink lots of water. They should be wearing sunscreen and light-colored clothing, and they should bring water bottles. Please label the water bottles with student names.
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Other Options at Recess

Our Specialists have times when their spaces are open and available to students. The music room will open soon for students who wish to practice their recorders and ukuleles with Mr. Leonard. The Art room is available, and students can help Mrs. Torres in the Art room with clean-up, setup, and organization. Mrs. Melillo has her library available for students to read, check out books, and create puppet shows. Our goal is for students to find LCE as a place of belonging and to understand how much we value them.
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Character Counts Pillars

LCE will focus on the pillar of TRUSTWORTHINESS for the next few weeks. They will be reminded that honesty is the best policy, that it is important to keep promises, and they will learn about the word integrity.
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Reminders and Resources

Spanish, GATE, and Technology Classes Begin the Week of 9/6/22

Families of students in Grades 3rd - 6th should have received information about the class from Señora Hurley. Families of GATE students in Grades 4th - 6th should have received information from Emily-June Wong. Technology classes start for all students. Our Tech Specialist is Ms. Krissy Pasz.

PTA Parent Directory

Please be sure that you have your information updated in the PTA Parent Directory. You can log into the PTA website and check the Aeries Parent Portal to grant or deny your information to be a part of the directory. Please reach out to us if you need help.

Traffic Flow Around LCE

Did you know that there is a specific route that we want drivers to take when dropping off and picking up students from LCE? This route protects our students who walk and helps our neighbors exit their driveways safely. I will talk more about traffic and safety at Back to School Nights.
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Upcoming Events

Back to School Night for Parents of Students in Grades 1st, 3rd, and 5th

Wednesday, Aug. 31st, 6:30-8pm

LCE Cafeteria

This evening will start in the cafeteria for a whole group presentation before parents go to their child's classroom or other designated space for the teacher presentations.

Back to School Night for Parents of Students in Grades 2nd, 4th, and 6th

Thursday, Sep. 1st, 6:30-8pm

LCE Cafeteria

This evening will start in the cafeteria for a whole group presentation before parents go to their child's classroom or other designated space for the teacher presentations.

Early Release for Grades 1st - 6th

Friday, Sep. 2nd, 8-11:30am

LCE

Labor Day and COVID Test Attestation Day

Monday, Sep. 5th, 12pm

Not at School

Check your email from Mrs. Blaney and complete the included attestation form once you have the results of your child's/children's COVID tests. This form must be completed before the students can return to school after Labor Day.

Picture Day for TK, Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, and 6th Grades

Wednesday, Sep. 7th, 8am

LCE

Picture Day for 1st, 3rd, and 5th

Thursday, Sep. 8th, 8am

LCE

Patriot Day Motorcade and Observation of 9/11

Friday, Sep. 9th, 9:30am

LCE

Wear red, white, and blue this day!

PTA Charleston Wrap Fundraiser Begins

Monday, Sep. 12th, 8am to Friday, Sep. 23rd, 1pm

Not at School

PTA Dine Out: Fresh Brothers

Tuesday, Sep. 13th, 9pm

720 Foothill Boulevard

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

PTA General Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 14th, 9:15am

LCE Cafeteria

Wellness Room Presentation and General Meeting

First Day of Hispanic Heritage Month

Thursday, Sep. 15th, 8am

LCUSD

Early Release for Grades 1st - 6th

Friday, Sep. 16th, 8-11:30am

LCE

LCE Spirit Rally

Friday, Sep. 16th, 10:30am

LCE Playground

Summer Reading Winner Announcements, Kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month, Introduce Students to LCE Wellness Room Leader

LCUSD Governing Board Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 27th, 7pm

4490 Cornishon Avenue

La Cañada Flintridge, CA