LCE News From Mrs. Blaney

October, 2021

Dear Families,

This newsletter will highlight events from October that would not have been possible without you. You helped make this month feel more like a traditional school year. Memories were made this month with the establishment of the 2021/22 Student Council (led by Mrs. Fungo and Mrs. Redecker), Red Ribbon Week, the Pumpkin Patch, and the Halloween Haunt. Without the amazing adults who devote their time to kids, these things would not have been possible. I am fortunate to be a part of such a special community.

You continue to help us follow the COVID protocols we are required to follow. This newsletter also provides the most recent travel protocols and COVID symptom updates for you to be aware of before the school breaks begin at the end of November.



October Days

Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. At LCE, we look for signs of students of all ages who may be struggling with difficulty reading such as:

• Kindergarten: Difficulty identifying letters by name and sound

• 1st: Difficulty rhyming or sounding out one-syllable words

• 2nd/3rd: Misspellings of common high-frequency words or trouble segmenting multi-syllabic words, difficulty remembering spelling words over time, or remembering spelling rules

• 4th - 6th: Frequent errors in reading common sight words, a history of struggling to read

We use a Structured Literacy program called the Sonday System as our systematic literacy intervention, and our youngest students receive early intervention in Reading using this system. This year, we have an additional teacher to implement our Responsive Teaching Plan, and we will start this intervention using the Sonday System next week for students who need the support.

Letter reversals, like reversing b and d, are sometimes mistaken as signs of dyslexia. In fact, letter reversals are quite common at certain age levels. This article may be of interest: 7 Common Myths About Dyslexia.

Rainy Days

We've had a couple of rainy days lately, and this has led us to some creative solutions like having some students eat outside of their classrooms, picnic-style under the eaves in order to create enough dry spaces in the lunch pavilion since students cannot eat indoors, yet. Make sure you pack those umbrellas! They came in handy the other day when it rained at Late Bird dismissal. The photo in the background of this newsletter shows the after-effects of the rain - beautiful, clear views of our mountains!

Red Ribbon Week

We celebrated Red Ribbon Week during the week of October 11. Students got to dress up, had the chance to enter a coloring contest, and got to attend their first assembly. Thank you to Colleen McGuiness and Carey Durfee for organizing these events!
BMX Assembly
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Pumpkin Patch

Always a favorite, the Pumpkin Patch returned to the Science Center and playground this year. The pumpkins were beautiful and sold out quickly. Everyone enjoyed games, treats, and even live music this year! Thank you to Anne DePies and Ian Holloway for organizing this event.
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Halloween Haunt

The month of October ended on a high note. The Halloween Haunt returned this year! Students had so much fun with the games, prizes, treats, confetti eggs, and costume contests. The adults had fun gathering as a community. Special thanks to ALL volunteers for this event, and especially to the Haunt Organizers, Aman Dhillon and Stephanie Arnold.
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COVID Protocol Updates

COVID-19 Update from Nurse Metz: Travel Protocols

If your family is traveling, please be aware of the guidelines posted by the L.A. County Department of Public Health (L.A. County follows CDC travel guidance).

Delay travel until you are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated but choose to travel, follow CDC recommendations and requirements below. Please be aware the only mandatory travel requirement is to test prior to returning to the United States when traveling abroad (see below for details).


  1. Get tested 1-3 days before traveling out of the U.S. (for unvaccinated persons)

  2. Mandatory: “All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.” (from CDC international travel webpage linked above)

  3. Get tested 3-5 days after travel (for vaccinated and unvaccinated persons)

  4. Self-quarantine after travel for 7 days with a negative test or 10 days without a test (for unvaccinated persons)

  5. Self-monitor for symptoms (for vaccinated and unvaccinated persons)

  6. Wear a mask and take other precautions during travel (for vaccinated and unvaccinated persons)

If you are traveling with children who cannot get vaccinated at this time, follow recommendations for people who are not fully vaccinated and choose the safer travel options described below.

If you have any questions, please contact


Nurse Katie

COVID 19 Update from Nurse Metz: Symptoms

LACDPH Decision Pathways state that only the four following symptoms are consistent with possible Covid-19 infection in children:

  1. Fever greater than or equal to 100.4F
  2. New cough, different from baseline
  3. Diarrhea
  4. Vomiting

Students with these symptoms are required to have a negative PCR Covid-19 test prior to returning to school.



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Lost and Found

We still have lots of items in the Lost and Found. The rack is full of sweatshirts, water bottles, and lunch bags. It is located in the lunch pavilion. Please take a look or remind your students to check it for lost items. You will be allowed onto campus to look for lost items during the school day as long as you sign in at the front office.
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Upcoming Events

Parent - Teacher Conferences

Monday, Nov. 1st, 7:30am to Thursday, Nov. 4th, 4pm


1st - 6th Graders are on a Minimum Day schedule Monday - Thursday so that teachers can reserve time for Parent-Teacher conferences. Friday is a full day. TK and Kindergarten schedules will not be affected since TK and Kindergarten teachers created plans for substitute teachers and hold conferences during the week (TK on Monday and Tuesday and Kindergarten on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday).

LCE Dine Out at La Cañada Imports

Tuesday, Nov. 2nd, 10am-9pm

1537 Foothill Boulevard

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

4th Grade Field Trip to Mission San Juan Capistrano

Friday, Nov. 5th, 1:30-3:30pm

26801 Ortega Highway

San Juan Capistrano, CA

Veterans Day - No School

Thursday, Nov. 11th, 12am

Not at School

Report Cards for 1st - 6th Graders Sent Home

Monday, Nov. 15th, 3pm


LCUSD Governing Board Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 16th, 7pm

LCHS or LCUSD Board Room

LCFEF Jog-A-Thon

Wednesday, Nov. 17th, 8:15am-2:45pm

LCE - During PE Classes

The 24th Annual LCFEF Jog-A-Thon will take place on Wednesday, November 17 that each LCUSD elementary school during P.E. time. The purpose of the Jog-A-Thon is for all students to participate and have fun while helping raise funds for our schools.

Students will have 20 minutes to jog/walk as many laps as they can. Laps are graduated in size by grade level. Family and friends can once again join the action by pledging money for your jogger’s all-star effort on our interactive website (for instructions on how to register-click here), or drop off a pledge form at your school office. Watch the totals rise and see which school team has raised the most money for our schools.

ALL funds raised for your joggers will count towards your annual gift to the Foundation and gifts from others (grandparents, neighbors, friends) count towards your total too!

ALL students will receive (on the day before the jog) a FREE jog-a-thon t-shirt courtesy of our Jog-a-Thon sponsors! Please wear the t-shirts on Wednesday, Nov 17th for the jog!

Teacher Collaboration Day and Early Release

Friday, Nov. 19th, 8-11:30am


Thanksgiving Break

Monday, Nov. 22nd, 12am to Friday, Nov. 26th, 11:45pm

Not at School