Arts Magnet News!
August 22-26, 2022
Week 26 for Families and Community February 20-24, 2023
Dear Altadena Eliot Arts Families,
Our students at both campuses represented us beautifully at the annual Black History Parade on Saturday! Thank you students for being so wonderful!
Reminder that there is no school on Monday in honor of President's Day! Two three day weekends in a row to enjoy!
Congratulations to all our Cougar Values Award winners this month and a special shout out to Tiago Lee our school's spelling bee winner! You make us #CougarProud!
A special thank you to all the parents who joined us for Cafe con Scheckel on Friday. We had a great conversation and it was wonderful to share space with each of you.
It's not too late to purchase your ticket for Eliot's Annual Fund Tower Tour event on Friday, February 24th. Get your tickets today. It's going to be awesome!
Please support our middle school shoe drive fundraiser now- March 17th! Clean out your closet and drop off your gently used and no longer needed new shoes at Eliot’s main office or in the bin at AAM. Your shoes will receive a second life, helping those in need and you will be helping Eliot’s PTSA. It’s a win-win!
Coming up this Wednesday, FEBRUARY 22ND JOINT PTSA MEETING in the Eliot Arts Library @ 6pm.
Childcare, Snacks and Translation will be provided. We will also offer a hybrid option for those who wish to listen in. Special guest presentations by our District Health Team and our Superintendent, Dr. Brian McDonald.
Middle School Tour this Thursday at 8:30 am!
Yearbooks are now on sale! Elementary yearbooks may be ordered by sending in the order form that was sent home and returning it to the main office. Middle School yearbooks may be ordered by clicking the link near the graphic below.
Don't miss the elementary Spring Uniform Exchange this Saturday from 9-11am in front of school. See the flyer below for more details.
We are so excited to have hired three amazing individuals to join our Peter Pan production staff! Mr. Richard Godinez will serve as Stage Manager. Richard has over 30 years in the professional stage management business. He currently serves as the Stage Manager for The Masters of Illusion. We are so fortunate to have his guidance and expertise for our show!
Professional makeup artist, Mr. John Goodwin joins our team. He has won four Emmy awards for his work in Hollywood and he has a special knack for horror having worked on Men in Black, The Thing and Tremors. We are so grateful to have his brilliance guiding our actors and burgeoning makeup artists!
Finally, we are thrilled to have Ms. Dani Sanders join our staff as Lead Costume Designer. Dani refers to herself as a "Life-long sewist with theatrical costuming experience and as a people-focused project leader." Please help me welcome them all to the team!
All 3 of these fabulous designers will be working in our Arts Conservatory in some capacity next year as we build out all the offerings available to students in their arts major course of study.
SAVE THE DATES:
Elementary Family Reading Night @ 5:30 pm in the auditorium
Altadena Eliot Art Walk 2023 Big Bash Celebration!
FYI, if you receive attendance notifications and have questions or concerns, please email Rosa Magdaleno at firstname.lastname@example.org for our elementary site or Felicia Lee at email@example.com for our middle school site.
Please visit our Middle School Attendance Corner:
It's a great week to be a Cougar and a Husky!
Yours in Service,
Dr. Scheckel, Principal
Welcome Makeup Artist, John Goodwin!
Fifth and Eighth Grade Defense!
If you are the parent of a fifth or eighth grader, ask your student about the fifth and eighth grade defense project.
At the Elementary Campus, the fifth grade teachers, along with Ms. Camargo, our new library coordinator, Ms. Kristensson and Dr. Scheckel are leading the way in supporting our students.
- So far each student has created a Google Drive folder with their name on it
- A document with a checklist of things to do
- A "Brain Dump" thinking map to start remembering their experiences since Kindergarten
The next step is for them to begin writing their 3-5 paragraph reflection. This will be taught and accomplished in class.
Then students are to begin collecting 10-12 artifacts to drop in their Drive folder. These artifacts may be photos, or videos of past awards assemblies, events, performances or classroom. They should also include pieces of writing and photos of art work. Ms. Camargo will support students in getting these artifacts uploaded into their Drive.
Next students will create a Google Slideshow with 8-10 slides highlighting their learning and growth from PreK-5th grade. Ms. Kristensson will support with the creation of the slideshow.
Finally, 5th graders will give an oral defense presentation for 3-5 minutes in front of a panel of site and district level leaders where they will receive a certificate of completion and be celebrated for their work. Dr. Scheckel will be working with students on their presentation skills.
At the Middle School Campus, the eighth graders are working with their English teacher, Mr. Jones and our Librarian, Ms. St. Pierre to create a Google Website where they will upload their artifacts of videos, photos and writing samples.
Then eighth graders will present their oral defense presentation for 5-7 minutes in front of a panel of site and district level leaders where they will receive a certificate of completion and be celebrated for their work. Dr. Scheckel will be working with students on their presentation skills.
These defenses will take place between May 8-19 and parents will be notified of their child's date/time.
Each of these defense experiences build upon each other to support the Senior Defense requirement as outlined in the PUSD Graduate Profile that students must complete in 12th grade.
We are so looking forward to watching our students show what they've learned and their growth over time!
200 CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS
ARE AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN THIS SUMMER
~ For the 15TH YEAR! ~
Performing Arts Workshops, WINNER, BEST SUMMER CAMP in LA Parent Magazine. For fifteen years, PAW’s Matching Fund Scholarship program has enabled hundreds of children throughout Los Angeles to enjoy the benefits of an arts education. We are very excited to announce that our donor has stepped forward for the 15th year to make the matching fund scholarships available once more. It is our wish to make sure all 200 Matching Fund Scholarships are gifted once again.
These special scholarships have been made available for us to give as a matching fund. Our donor believes that an arts education is essential for a child’s growth and development and is sponsoring half the tuition for up to 50 children at each camp site. Each Matching Fund Scholarship provides half of the tuition for our two week MUSICAL THEATER CAMP when the parent matches the remaining $435.
It is our donor’s request that the scholarships have no conditions or prerequisites. We are gifting these scholarships immediately. To receive one of these scholarships please call us at (310) 827-8827 and mention the “Matching Fund Scholarships.” For more information about PAW visit PerformingArtsWorkshops.com. Camp Locations In: West LA, Studio City, Redondo Beach, Pasadena, El Segundo, Northridge, and Rancho Palos Verdes!
Eliot Arts shoe drive is happening now through March 17th. Please consider supporting our PTSA just by cleaning out your closet. No need to open your wallet, just donate your gently worn, used and new shoes!
Bins are located in the Eliot Arts main office and by the Altadena Arts office.
Get your tickets today! Event is 2/24/23
All are Welcome!
Don't miss our annual spring Gala and Auction at the beautiful Altadena Country Club on March 30! This event supports the middle school annual fund but all families K-8 are welcome to attend. Get your tickets by scanning the QR code below.
From Michael McCarthy, Middle School PTSA President
February is just rolling by, time goes fast. So here are your PTSA updates.
Congratulations to all of our Eliot Academic Scholars! It was great seeing you get acknowledged for your hard work. Keep it up!
Thanks for your gently used and no longer needed new shoes!
The shoe drive will be going on until March 17th, with a drive-by drop-off on Saturday March 11th. Remember, the money we raise is for the students at Eliot, so keep going after those shoes!
Don't be shy about going outside of your own closet; friends, family, neighbors and coworkers may have shoes to donate too!
Our membership meeting was moved to February 22. Dr. McDonald, the Superintendent of Schools, will be speaking and more information about the future of our school will be discussed and Ms. Ria Apodaca and her team will be on presenting on Narcan, nut allergies and Fentanyl. Please try to make it. Unfortunately, attendance has been low for Eliot at these meetings. We will have a hybrid option. Schools become great because of involvement (students, parents, and teachers), and money. We got the money, we have fabulous teachers, students and programs. Just get involved and help plan our future.
Please consider making a recurring donation of $45 to one or both of our Annual Funds! Our annual funds help to create a bridge for special services and arts programs at each of our campuses. Our annual funds are separate. Altadena's annual fund is chaired by Ms. Tasiah LeConte and Eliot's annual fund is chaired by Ms. Wendy Silva. Please join their committees and consider making a donation today!
- 1 Husky Honors Night @ 6 pm in the Eliot Arts Auditorium
- 9 Elementary School Tour @ 9:00 am in the Parent Room
- 13 Lincoln's Birthday NO SCHOOL, CAMPUSES CLOSED
- 17 Cafe con Scheckel @ 8:30 am in the Eliot Arts Library
- 17 Middle School, Sweetheart's Dance 6-8 pm
- 20 NO SCHOOL, PRESIDENT'S DAY, CAMPUSES CLOSED
- 22 Joint PTSA Meeting @ 6 pm in the Eliot Arts Library
- 23 Middle School Tour 8:30 am Auditorium
- 24 Black History Assembly
- 24 Eliot Tower Tour 4-6 pm
- 27 Read Across America Week begins at Elementary
- 2 Elementary Family Reading Night 5:30-7:00 pm