Dear PCY Family,
I would like to welcome you and your families back to PCY! I hope you all enjoyed a summer filled with fun and relaxation. Thursday marks the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. I am honored to continue my second year serving as the PCY PTA President and am excited about the activities and programs we have planned for this year. The PTA Board and Committee Chairs have been diligently working over the summer to make it another phenomenal year in Paradise.
I encourage you to be an active part of our school community. We know that children learn more and have better lives when everyone in the school community works together to share thoughts, information, and work on projects to benefit children. I am grateful for the time, effort, knowledge, and talents of our parents and teachers, and invite you to share yours with us. There is something for everyone at PCY and we would love to have you volunteer.
Please mark your calendar and join us for our first PTA meeting of the year on Thursday, August 16th at 8:15 am in the MPR. You will have the opportunity to sign up and volunteer in the classroom and around campus, hear about PTA programs and fundraisers, as well as useful information for the year! As a reminder our Cougar Cart is open! This is your one stop shop to purchase PTA Memberships, Directories, support our Bottom Line, purchase Back to School picnic food orders, as well as order cougar wear! A huge thank you to Heather Lhotka who has worked tirelessly to get the cart up and running!
I am most excited about sharing a wonderful and successful year with you. I am looking forward to all the magnificent possibilities that this year will bring. Whether you are a new family or a veteran one, please feel free to email me anytime with questions, comments or concerns at I look forward to seeing you on Thursday!
Warmest Regards,
Valerie Talbert
PCY PTA President       Calendar       PCY PTA Facebook Group
The submissions deadline for the next Cougar Tracks email is August 15th. Read the policy/guidelines.
     Cougar Cart is Open!
Click here to:
  • DONATE!  With a budget of $200/student, we need EVERYONE'S HELP!
  • JOIN the PTA & Purchase a DIRECTORY (donations over $200 include free memberships/directories/incentives)
  • Re-register for the My School Anywhere on-line directory 
  • Purchase COUGAR WEAR
  • Pay for SIXTH GRADE Activities & Yearbooks
  • After school sign ups for Legos, Chorus and Math Olympiad will open soon! 
  • Flyers and registration information for Parker-Anderson Classes, School X, Chess Nuts & Tennis/Soccer, and Assist Athletics can all be found under the "After School" Side Tab.  Please register directly with the provider.
    Kindergarten Back to School Night -  August 14th
All Kindergarten families are invited to attend Kindergarten Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 14th at 5:45 pm in the PCY MPR. 
    Thursday, August 16: First Day of School - First PTA Meeting 8:15am, MPR
Take your photos, get the kids settled and join us for our first PTA meeting.  Come hear from our new Principal, Ms. Carrie Hetzel and Superintendent Wendy Sinnette, meet our LCUSD Governing Board Members and hear what we have planned for PCY this year!

For a list of PCY PTA Executive Board & Committee Chairs, click here.
    Volunteer Sign-ups - First Day of School
 Volunteer Sign-ups for Room Reps and many other opportunities will be in front of the MPR on the first day of school starting at 7:45 a.m.

There are opportunities for everyone who is interested.  You may volunteer is the classroom, in the library, as a P.E. helper, as an Art Docent, or many other ways. 
    Room Rep Meeting, Tuesday, August 21 
The Room Rep meeting will be Tuesday, August 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Library.
     PCY Directory
Reminder: By now, you should have all received an email from "Paradise Canyon Elementary Directory." Please refer to this email for instructions on how to confirm your information in the directory.  This year, all families will be defaulted to be included in the directory so please make sure to opt out if you do NOT want to be included in the directory.  For more info, refer to the PTA website
     Coach Andy's Sports Programs
Coach Andy's programs will return on Tuesdays and Thursdays this fall. He will offer a mix of soccer, basketball, flag football and more for 1st-6th graders. Parents can register for a 5-week session or purchase the unlimited plan which allows students to come to every class. You can register or find more details by clicking the PCY Sports tab as

     Parker-Anderson Enrichment Classes
Click to register.
    ALF Drama Program
"where everyone can shine"
Attention 3-6 Graders! Looking for something fun to do after school next fall? Why not join ALFie Players? Katelyn Fike, ALF Drama Director, will prepare students for a performance of Disney's "The Aristocats KIDS". This feline adventure play has great roles for boys and girls along with exuberant group musical numbers. Rehearsals begin on September 4 and take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:15 - 5:00 PM at Lanterman Auditorium.   The performance will be on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 7 PM. Registration opens at noon August 6, 2018. A fee of $275 is charged for participation in the program. For more information, visit the ALF website at or contact the ALF Programs Office at 818-790-2211.
    Thank You to our Volunteers!
The following volunteers have been working tirelessly over the summer and for the start of school on PTA activities. 
Thank you for all of your efforts!
Budget, Audit & Financial Updates   Jeannie Chang, Mikki Weightman & Melissa Yee
Back-to-School Picnic  Sandi Trimble, Erika Pieper, and Heather Artura
Back-to-School Staff Luncheon  Heidi Dobbs & Kasey Jones
After School Programs  Karen Clark
Bulletin Boards  Jen Riegler
Cougar Tracks  Christine Chant
Cougar Wear  Ravi Brar
Country Fair  Danni Remender, Natasha Gundersen, Gloria Cannon
First Day Information Mikki Weightman and Heather Lhotka
Directory Jennifer Ringo & Mira Shaw
Dine Out Nights Allison Carmack
School Supply Boxes Beth Thompson Perry & Jiffy Trubey
PCY Reads
Regina Hsu & Juowei Lee 
Website & Cougar Cart  Heather Lhotka and Rachel Koelzer
A thank you to our teachers and staff for getting PCY ready for a stellar start to the 
2018-2019 school year!
Calendar  (View full calendar on Google Calendar.)
8/13           PCY PTA Executive Board Meeting - 6:30 p.m.
8/14           Kindergarten Back to School Night - 5:45 p.m. - MPR
8/16           First Day of School
8/16           PCY PTA Meeting - 8:15am - MPR 
8/21           Room Rep Meeting - 7:00 p.m. - Library
8/22           ALF Demonstration Concert - 8:30 a.m.
8/24           New Family Social Pre-Picnic - 5:00 p.m.
8/24           Back to School Picnic - 5:30pm-7:30pm - Lower Field
8/25           ALF Petting Zoo - 10:00am-12:00pm - Lanterman Auditorium
8/28           Gift Wrap Assembly - 8:45am and 9:45am
8/28           Gift Wrap Fundraiser begins
8/30           Open Robotics Night - 5:30 p.m.
8/31           Spirit Rally - 10:20 a.m.
8/31           Collaboration Day - 11:35 a.m. Dismissal

9/3             Labor Day- NO SCHOOL
9/4             Early Bird/Late Bird Begins
9/5             Back to School Night for 2nd, 4th & 6th grades - 6:30-8:00 p.m.
9/6             Back to School Night for 1st, 3rd, & 5th grades - 6:30-8:00 p.m.