Dear PCY Family,
First full week has flown by at PCY! I hope everyone is getting back into the school routine and settling in!  

I hope you enjoyed the Back to School Picnic on Friday night!  Many thanks to Sandi
TrimbleErika Pieper and Heather Artura for the evening filled with great food, music and a movie! Thank you to the PCY Dad's Club and the many parent volunteers who ensured the night ran smoothly. It was a fun evening seeing old friends and meeting some new!

If you plan on volunteering, you need a CURRENT TB test (they are good for 4 years). USC Verdugo Hills is offering a free TB test this week. See the flyer below for additional information. 

Jennifer Ringo is still hard at work on the directories.  If you have not confirmed your contact information for the Directory, please do so ASAP as the publishing deadline is quickly approaching.  Any questions, click here or contact Jennifer Ringo directly at
Have a wonderful week,
Valerie Talbert
PCY PTA President       Calendar       PCY PTA Facebook Group
The submissions deadline for the next Cougar Tracks email is August 29th. Read the policy/guidelines.
     TB Test Screening at Verdugo Hills Hospital - August 28th
     Cub Scout Informational Meeting - August 28th
Calling all interested Cub Scouts - especially Kinder and 1st grade!  We have an informational meeting about PCY's scout program starting at 6pm on Tuesday Aug 28 in the library followed by our regular all Cub Scout Pack meeting from 7-8pm in the MPR.  Come with your son and see what it's all about!
    PCY Girl Scout Registration - August 29th
PCY Girl Scout Registration night:   Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
If you are considering learning more about Girl Scouts or interested in joining a troop, it's important you attend this information night as kindergarten troops are formed and older girls are placed on a first come first served basis.  We are looking forward to another great girl scouting year! Danni and Maricela  Click here for the flyer.
     Open Robotics Night - August 30th
Open Robotics Night is Thursday, August 30, from 5:30-7:30pm
The Open Robotics Night series was such a big hit that we were asked to continue offering them this year. These evenings offer an opportunity for parents and students alike to build and code at their own pace according to a set of instructions, or to explore their creative side and build from their imagination. Our experienced Robotics instructors will be on hand for questions and extra help. All programs are free, and no RSVP is necessary. Whether you're a novice or a pro, mark your calendar and join us! We will serve pizza at 5:30pm in front of the MPR. Open Robotics Night will run until 7:30pm.  
     Back to School Night - September 5th & 6th
Paradise Canyon Elementary School
471 Knight Way, La Cañada, CA 91011
On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, September 5th and 6th, your child's elementary school will be hosting Back-to-School Night. You are cordially invited to attend.

This activity has been scheduled early in the school year to provide parents with an opportunity to meet the teachers and learn about the instructional program and the goals that the teachers have established for this year. Because this is an evening for PARENTS ONLY, we request that children not attend.
Grades 2, 4, 6
6:30 PM - 6:50 PM           Join Ms. Hetzel in the MPR
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM          Parents meet in their children's classrooms
Grades 1, 3, 5
6:30 PM - 6:50 PM           Join Ms. Hetzel in the MPR
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM        Parents meet in their children's classrooms
This evening provides an opportunity to get an overview of your child's classroom. Please do not use this as a time for parent-teacher conferencing. We look forward to seeing you!
     Math Olympiad Registration Open
     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 student to come to every class. You can register or find more details by clicking Coach Andy on the PCY PTA After School Enrichment tab or

     Parker-Anderson Enrichment Classes
Just a note to let you know that the next session of Parker-Anderson Enrichment classes start September 4th, so sign up today and come join us!

This session, we will be offering the following exciting classes: 
  • Rocket Science & Astronomy on Mondays!
  • Kid's Cooking Academy on Tuesdays!
  • Animal Invasion on Wednesdays!
  • Anime, Cartooning and Comic Book Creation on Thursdays!
  • Minecraft on Fridays!
New and returning students are welcome! (Space in classes is limited, and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis). To enroll or to find out more about these programs, please visit us at:
     PCY STEAM Field Trip - September 30th
STEAM Field Trip: The Chemistry of Pottery (sculpt big-mouthed monsters out of clay and paint your own Frankenplate) - September 30, 9am-11:30am
Remember when we went to carve ceramic pumpkins at In the Kiln last year? It was so fun - and so popular - that we scheduled another STEAM field trip with them for this year! Join us on Sunday morning, September 30, from 9am - 11:30am. The kids will learn about clay, kilns and the firing process, and will sculpt their own adorable big-mouthed monsters out of clay and paint their own festive Frankenplate! (See the photos we posted on the PCY STEAM page on Facebook.) We'll get the creations back a few weeks later, in time for Halloween festivities. The cost is $50 per participant - adult or child. (The kids can't be the only ones having fun!) Reserve your spot now by emailing 
Calendar  (View full calendar on Google Calendar.)
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.
9/10           GATE Begins
9/12           PTA Meeting - 8:15 a.m. - MPR
9/12           School Picture Day
9/13           School Picture Day
913            Science Night Out - 5:30 p.m.
9/14           School Picture Day
9/14           Lunch With Your Child - during Students' lunch period