Kindergarten Parents Orientation


It’s a new year and with that comes time to register two new classes of students, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Parents of these two groups of students, the Class of 2030 and the Class of 2031, are invited to LCUSD’s Kindergarten Parents Orientation Meeting which will take place at 7pm on Thursday, January 19th at La Canada Elementary in the Cafeteria.  No children please.

The Enrollment Portal will open at noon on January 11 and will provide detailed instructions on the enrollment process. 

Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Registration Dates: 
February 1, 2017: Intra-District Transfer Requests Accepted. Transfer request must be submitted to the District Office by May 1, 2017
February 2, 2017: Sibling Kindergarten Registration begins at 8am  at your neighborhood school
February 6, 2017: Resident Kindergarten Registration begins at 8am  at your neighborhood school
February 6, 2017: Transitional Kindergarten Registration begins at 8am  at the District Office
April 20, 2017: Kindergarten Parent Orientation and Tour start at 9am at each of the 3 elementary schools - no appointment needed


Please view the following pdf for more information on the Kindergarten Parents Orientation and enrollment dates: Kindergarten Orientation Flyer

LCUSD Winter Newsletter

Dear LCUSD Community,

Welcome to the LCUSD 2016 Winter Newsletter.  It’s arriving at just about the busiest time of year, so I hope you will accept my heartfelt wishes for a joyous holiday season and remember to come back to this email or to the District website and read the interesting articles from the LCUSD Leadership Team sometime during the winter break when things are a bit less hectic.

As 2016 comes to a close, I cannot help but reflect upon the many blessings we share as a District community.  The superb character and incredible talent of our students is matched only by the dedicated professionalism of our teachers and staff and the generous support of our families and community.  Working together, LCUSD’s success is intentional, guided by the stewardship of the Governing Board and framed by the home-to-school partnership of educators and parents working together to deliver a world class educational experience to the students we love.

We will return from the holidays to a busy first month in the New Year.  Two evening events that I ask you to mark on your calendars are on Tuesday, January 17, and Monday, January 23.  On Tuesday, January 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the LCHS Auditorium, Dr. Denise Pope – co-founder of Stanford’s Challenge Success program, will lead us in an informational workshop about the Challenge Success initiative at LCHS 7-12, with the goal of finding ways to bring less stress, more balance, and a broader definition of success to all our students.  Then, on the following Monday, January 23, again in 6:30 p.m. in the LCHS Auditorium, we will host a Facilities Master Plan Town Hall, actively seeking your feedback on designing, visioning and prioritizing a facilities plan for our school sites for the next 15 – 20 years.  Both are significant events for our District and I hope you will be able to attend.

Until then, I wish you peace, happiness, time with family and friends, and an open heart to the magic of the season.  I am most fortunate to serve as your Superintendent and to partner with you in our commitment to excellence in LCUSD.

Happy Holidays!

Sincerely,
Wendy Sinnette
Superintendent

LCE Gives Back

LCE Gives Back

In this season of giving, La Cañada Elementary students are doing their fair share. In October, the first grade students participated in Socktober, an event that encouraged people to donate new socks for the homeless. Homeless shelters can only take new, unused socks, and socks are among the most needed items for shelters. The first graders ended up collecting 345 pairs of socks!

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Gifts that Support Creative Thinking for Kids

Gifts that Support Creative Thinking for Kids

It is the season of showing love and gratitude to those around us through gift-giving. It is also the time of struggling to find that perfect gift and crowded mall parking lots. Below you’ll find a gift giving guide or children focusing on supporting creative thinking, ideas for desk toys that help with focus and productivity, ways to upgrade your home office or student study space for healthy habits, a breakdown of what’s on my techie wishlist this season, and finally, some fun websites for the techie in your life. And the best part, you can shop from home!

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3 New Students at LCHS

3 New Students at LCHS

Dr. Gold’s “Student for a Day,” experience inspired me to try it out myself. I agreed to try it, and asked two of my teachers to join me. Merissa Sadler and Sarah Beattie surprised me by agreeing to join me one day in December, bright and early, to experience life as a high school junior. For the purposes of this article, I refer to them as Sarah and Merissa.

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Dads are Making an Impact at Palm Crest

Dads are Making an Impact at Palm Crest

About four years ago, after researching the benefits of actively involved dads in the success of their children, PCR dad Tracy Jeandron proposed the creation of a Dad’s club at Palm Crest Elementary School. With the approval and blessing of the Principal and then PTA President Melissa Mazin, a small group of PCR dads formed the first ever PTA Dads’ Committee. What began as a core group of men building carnival games for the PTA’s Springamajig fundraiser in 2012 has grown into a much larger group of fathers who are now seen regularly on campus volunteering in classrooms and offering their expertise in the arts, science, technology, engineering, and math programs, and beyond.

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What's for Lunch??

What's for Lunch??

School cafeterias are not usually destinations students are eager to go. Fortunately, with the efforts of our Food Services staff and the company overseeing the meal service, we have seen an increased interest. Rather than relying on the captive audience mindset, our staff is working hard to make meals healthy and appealing to students.

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Leveling the Playing Field on the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) It is all about accessibility.

Leveling the Playing Field on the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC)  It is all about accessibility.

Each spring our students with special needs participate in the SBAC with their non-special needs peers. The Smarter Balanced tests are designed so that all students—including students who have special needs and/or limited English proficiency can participate in the tests and demonstrate what they know and are able to do.

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LCHS Course Registration and Best Fit Colleges

LCHS Course Registration and Best Fit Colleges

In my last contribution to our LCUSD quarterly newsletter, I wrote about my desire to see our LCHS community challenge our present definition of success. In that article, I shared my growing concern with student and parent groups regarding student wellness, how they define success, the relative degree to which students feel connected to school, and whether they are able to engage in thriving behaviors that allow them to live balanced lives that give them a sense of confidence, belonging, and purpose.

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The School X Experience

The School X Experience

They sold lemonade, donated books, and made friendship bracelets; but really they were selling a dream and I bought it all.  School-X teaches students how to be entrepreneurs and I had the honor of judging one of its competitions. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into when I agreed to be a judge.  It had been a long week and a late Friday when I was asked to participate in the School-X Evening Competition.  I didn’t know much about School-X, beyond it being an afterschool enrichment program for PCY students. But I said “yes” and headed over to La Cañada Elementary School.

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Effective Leadership in Changing Times

Effective Leadership in Changing Times

Change.  In the last five years, educators, students and parents have been working to adapt and adjust to the significant changes in education.  New academic standards, instructional practices and technology integration have all drastically transformed the day to day lives of all educators.  Teachers have been on the front lines of implementing these changes; however, the work has been equally challenging for administrators. The administrators have had to make adjustments and take risks to support the implementation of these mandated changes.

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Kelso’s Choices

Kelso’s Choices

It seems to me that people of all ages run into issues and conflicts no matter what life stage they are entering.  Whether you are a working professional with multiple years of experience in your field, a mother, a father, a high school student, or a kindergartner, one thing is for certain: Conflict is unavoidable.  How an individual deals with conflict plays a crucial role in the development of his or her character.  It is a lifelong skill that carries into adulthood.  At PCY, we strive to teach students to become positive role models in their classrooms in hopes that they become members of society who make meaningful contributions in their communities.   It all starts with building essential character traits in their early years.

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The World of Special Education

The World of Special Education

As I was thinking of topics for this newsletter article, I reflected upon my 6 years of work in this District, with duties including the oversight of the services provided to special needs students at LCHS 7-12.  12% of our students receive Special Education (SPED) services. SPED is broken down into two main categories based on disability levels, mild to moderate or moderate to severe.  The vast majority of our SPED students have disabilities in the mild to moderate range and have qualified for services based on the impact of a disability on a student’s educational experience.  Some of the most common eligibility criteria are: Speech & Language Impairment, Other Health Impairment (ADD/ADHD), Autism, Emotionally Disturbed, Specific Learning Disability (SLD), and others.  Students are placed in the least restrictive environment which may include General Education (GE), Resource Specialist Program (RSP), or Special Day Class (SDC).

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Positive Coaching Alliance Comes to La Canada High School

Positive Coaching Alliance Comes to La Canada High School

This past April the Spartan Boosters made a financial commitment to bring the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) program to La Canada High School for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years and in just a few short months it appears the PCA program has already started to make an impact on our coaches and student-athletes. LCHS Athletic Director, Mrs. Kristina Kalb, who first approached the Spartan Boosters about bringing PCA to LCHS says “PCA has given our athletic department tools and tips to take an already good program and launch us into the great category”. 

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Dispelling Myths about English Language Development

Dispelling Myths about English Language Development

Districts today are charged with meeting the needs of every learner who comes through its school doors. The English Language Development (ELD) Program, for students who are new to this country or just learning English, supports those specific learning needs and is a very different program from its predecessor of even a few years ago.  

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The Impact of Activities

The Impact of Activities

As someone who’s been supporting school activities for 20 years, I’ve heard this sentence hundreds of times from students.  At LCHS this could refer to playing an instrument with bandmates, supporting trusted friends in Bridge, performing in theater, practicing with the football team, just to name a few.  What many students look forward to every day is the connection they have with like-minded people who gain fulfillment from the same things they do.  Be it involvement in choir, sports, drama, or one of the over 90 clubs LCHS sponsors, their participation in activities brings home the feeling that at some point in the day they’ll feel connected.  Countless studies have shown that students involved in clubs, groups or teams are more likely to come to school, be successful, have fewer discipline issues and perform better academically.  Why is that?  The sense of community?  Obligation to the group?  Participation requirements?

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LCUSD Welcomes Stanford's Dr. Denise Pope

Dear LCUSD Community,

On January 17th I am excited to welcome Dr. Denise Pope, co-founder of Stanford University's Challenge Success program, to LCUSD to present research and information on the Challenge Success Program.

As you likely know, both LCHS 7/8 and LCHS 9-12 had applications approved to partner in 2016-17 with Stanford University's Challenge Success program. Challenge Success has for the past 12 years worked with over 130 high performing middle and high schools on how to implement policies and practices which increase academic engagement and wellbeing for their students.

Challenge Success is a research based program whose data compellingly demonstrates that, especially in high performing schools, a narrow definition of success often leaves young people lacking the skills they need to thrive in a rapidly changing world.  The work Challenge Success engages in with partner schools encourages educators and communities to create school programs which value and foster in their students the interpersonal and collaborative skills, adaptability and resiliency, and the critical thinking and creativity needed to solve complex problems.

The January 17th Challenge Success presentation by Dr. Pope is one not to be missed.  We are anticipating a full-house and are asking that attendees RSVP.

Parents 7-12, Elementary Parents, all LCUSD staff and interested students in grades 9-12 are invited to attend.  The program will begin promptly at 6:30 P.M. in the LCHS Auditorium.

I hope to see you there.

Sincerely,
Wendy Sinnette
LCUSD Superintendent

Event Details
Date: January 17th
Time: 6:30pm
Location: La Canada High School Auditorium
RSVP Here