LCE News from Mrs. Blaney

January, 2023

Dear Families,

2023 started with staff and students coming back together after a Winter break. It was great to ring in the new year as an LCE family! January is always a magical month in elementary school. Students hit the ground running. By January, they've learned the routines of the classroom and grown so much both academically and socially. From the lost teeth of our youngest students to the growth spurts of our oldest students, it is great to see our students after a break, and it is a pleasure to see them learning every day. Even the rain didn't slow us down!

This newsletter will highlight some events of January and preview some upcoming events of February.



LCE, PCR, and PCY Awarded Distinguished School Status

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On behalf of LCUSD, I wish to congratulate the students, staff, and parents for this award. Our elementary schools are among 356 schools in the state to receive this honor. The Department of Education uses the California School Dashboard, which measures achievement in Math and ELA state tests, suspension rates, and attendance.


One important measure attributed to the Distinguished School Award is attendance, labeled Chronic Absenteeism. When a student is absent for 10% or more of the instructional days in the school year, they fall into this category. LCE's Chronic Absenteeism score fell into the "medium" range, with an average of 6.1% of students missing 10% or more of the 2021-22 school year. COVID didn't help! The calendar linked above is a reminder of when district breaks are scheduled for this school year, and if you wish to access next year's calendar to help you schedule your vacations to coincide with school breaks, please use the link.

January at LCE in Photos

Leonis Adobe 4th Grade Field Trip

Traffic Pattern Reminders

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I often receive phone calls and emails from our families and our neighbors about the traffic and parking violations around the school. Please do your part to follow street signs (no left-turn signs, no U-turn signs, etc.). Do not block our neighbors' driveways. And please, please stop at and never block crosswalks. The map above shows the best routes to take, sticking to wider streets so that the students and families who walk to school feel safer. We all must do our part.

Character Counts

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LCE has been focusing on the pillar of FAIRNESS and will soon focus on the pillar of CARING for the next few weeks. Students will be reminded to show care and concern for others, be kind and considerate even when others are not, help find a way to help others, show concern for others’ well–being, act compassionately and with empathy, and be willing to show mercy and forgiveness.

Universal PreKindergarten Update for LCUSD

For the 2023-24 school year, students turning 5 between Sept. 2 and April 2 will qualify for Transitional Kindergarten. TK classes are currently offered at LCE and PCR campuses. For enrollment information, please visit our website.

Upcoming Events

5th Grade Valley Forge and Adventure Week Experiences

Monday, Feb. 6th, 3am to Friday, Feb. 10th, 11pm

Valley Forge, PA and LCE/Various Locations

LCUSD Governing Board Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 7th, 7pm

4490 Cornishon Avenue

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

The meeting can also be viewed online at

PTA Dine Out: Los Gringos

Wednesday, Feb. 8th, 11am-10pm

631 Foothill Boulevard

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

California Healthy Kids Survey: 6th Grade

Thursday, Feb. 9th, 8am

This is an online event.

6th-grade parents were sent an opt-in or opt-out email about this survey, which will be given to 6th-graders at some time on Feb. 9.

Early Release for 1st - 6th-Graders

Friday, Feb. 10th, 8-11:30am

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

All 1st - 6th-grade students will attend school from 8:10 - 11:35 a.m. TK and Kindergarten students will not be affected by this schedule change.

Governing Board Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 7th, 6pm

4490 Cornishon Avenue

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

This event can also be viewed online.

DEI Oversight Committee Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 9th, 6:30pm

4490 Cornishon Avenue

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Early Release Collaboration Day for 1st - 6th Graders

Friday, Feb. 10th, 8-11:30am


PTA General Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 15th, 9:15am

LCE Cafeteria

Spirit Rally

Thursday, Feb. 16th, 10:30am

LCE Playground

Founders Day awards, Reflections contest winners, and more!

California Distinguished School Ceremony

Thursday, Feb. 16th, 8am

1150 Magic Way

Anaheim, CA

Presidents' Weekend Holiday: No School

Friday, Feb. 17th, 8am to Monday, Feb. 20th, 3pm

Not at School

Family Learning Series: Math Pathways

Wednesday, Feb. 22nd, 6:30-8pm

4463 Oak Grove Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Learn how Math classes will change at the high school level.

PTA Reflections Contest Award Ceremony

Thursday, Feb. 23rd, 6:30pm

4490 Cornishon Avenue

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

End of 2nd Trimester

Friday, Feb. 24th, 8am

4540 Encinas Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA