Dear PCY Family,
This week, our 6th graders and teachers will embark on their annual Pali Mountain adventure- enjoy and have FUN!!!

Please join us Wednesday  at 6:30 in the LCUSD board room acknowledging our PTA Reflection participants and winners. There were so many creative and wonderful submissions! 
Lastly, this Saturday, March 3 is the annual LCFEF Gala. It will be a magical evening of dinner, dancing, and a live auction benefiting our incredible schools. Click here ( for more info.
Have a wonderful week, 

Valerie Talbert
PCY PTA President       Calendar       PCY PTA Facebook Group
The submissions deadline for the next Cougar Tracks email is February 28th. Read the policy/guidelines.
     PCY Founders Day Award Winners
Rob Hajek 

Rob Hajek is a huge asset to PCY. He has taught 5th grade for the past 11 years but has made the trip to Valley Forge 12 times. Previously, he taught 4th grade for nine years (NINE Brig Pilgrim trips!). Rob has also chaperoned the 6th grade field trip (Pali Mountain & Wrightwood) three times. He even attended a Catalina trip in a storm. He has served as Grade Level Representative, Team Leader, LCTA Representative, and he has spearheaded the Student Council and Recycling Program. For the past 18 years, Rob has taught summer school with the Assistance League. Rob met his wife, Julie, at a Clippers game in 2001 and married in 2012. He resides in Monrovia and, as an avid Clippers fan, has remained a season ticket holder since 2001.

Heather Lhotka

For the past several years, Heather Lhotka has generously taken on so many volunteer duties at PCY, including Classroom Volunteer, Library volunteer, Room Rep, Junior Great Books volunteer, Art Docent, creating and running the PCY Cougar Cart, PCY PTA website, VP Communications, teacher for after-school Tinkering class, Family Reading Night co-chair, School Site Liaison for school bond committee, New Family Mentor, and parent member of the new ELA material adoption committee, as well as helping out with numerous other PCY events and activities. In addition, Heather serves as Cub Scouts Den Leader for each of her sons' dens and is part of the Cub Scouts Leadership Team, organizing many activities, service projects, and outings. Heather and her husband Greg have been married for 19 years and have two sons at PCY. Greg travels extensively for work, and Heather enjoys joining his travels with the kids, helping others plan their 
own travel adventures, reading, participating in TWO book clubs, 
camping with family, sewing, and practicing calligraphy and other crafty pursuits.
    Dr. Denise Pope is coming to LCUSD - March 5th
Dr. Denise Pope, co-founder of Challenge Success, will be coming to speak to students, parents, and staff about many aspects of Challenge Success and student wellness. If you have not had an opportunity to hear Dr. Pope speak, she is incredible.  Her vision of student wellness and ideas for schools, families, and students help put many of the topics we speak about on the forefront.  She provides excellent strategies for students, parents, and schools to help promote, encourage and support student wellness.

This is a unique opportunity for parents to hear firsthand about the Challenge Success program and the work our district continues to engage in to support and promote healthy, well-balanced students.

     PCY Girl Scout Overnighter Registration
PCY Girl Scouts are invited to a Tropical Paradise Overnighter at PCY on Friday, May 4th at 4:30 p.m. to Saturday, May 5th at 8:00 a.m., hosted by Girl Scouts troops 7051 and 8201.Cost is $18 per girl.

Registration is due by March 30th, click here the registration form.  For questions contact Katie Metz at
     USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Open House for Moms
Calling All Moms!
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital invites local moms to an open house reception on March 1st from 4:30-6:30 to learn more about child and family related services and educational opportunities available at the hospital.  The evening will be hosted by hospital CEO, Keith Hobbs and will include a special sneak-peak at our soon to open Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  For more information or to RSVP, click HERE
     "The Great Chocolate Race" Fundraiser
The "Great Chocolate Race" is Sunday, May 06, 2018 9:00 am in La Canada.
Please join the Flintridge Guild for their 3rd Annual Run/Walk 2.5K & 5K Race benefiting Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The race is open to all racers with official chip timing and finish medals. Pets & strollers are welcome! Enjoy chocolate treats and water stops along the route. After the race, join us at Memorial Park for festivities: breakfast, award ceremony, opportunity ticket drawing, and TACH BASH Kids Fun Zone! For race information and registration please visit:
Calendar  (View full calendar on Google Calendar.)
2/26-3/2        6th Grade Pali Mountain trip
2/28              La Canada Council PTA Reflections Reception- 6:30 p.m.- LCUSD Board Room
3/5                Family Learning Series- Dr. Denise Pope- 6:30 p.m. - LCHS Auditorium
3/8                PCY Family Variety Show Tech Rehearsal- 4:00 pm. - MPR
3/9                PCY Family Variety Show- 3:00 p.m.- MPR
3/11              STEAM Field Trip- Gamble House
3/12-3/23      ELPAC Tests- Grade 3-6
3/12              Arbucci's Pilgrim Trip
3/13              Celestino's Pilgrim Trip
3/13              7/8 Band Concert - 10:30 a.m.
3/13              LCUSD Invention Convention- 4:30-8:00 p.m.- LCHS Cafeteria
3/13              PCY Cub Scout Meeting- 7:00 p.m.
3/14              Lloyd's Pilgrim Trip
3/14              PCY PTA Meeting- 7:00 p.m.
3/15              Hong's Pilgrim
3/15              PCY STEAM Activity Night- 5:30 p.m.
3/15              PTA Founders Day Awards Presentation- 6:30 p.m.- LCHS Auditorium