Dear PCY Family,
I hope you had are having a wonderful LONG weekend! I know I am enjoying this nice weather, the kick off of college football and a little more family time this weekend! 

As a reminder, Early/Bird late bird for grades 1-3 begins this week. We look forward to seeing everyone at Back to School Night on Wednesday and Thursday night!  These are parent only evenings, which begin at 6:30 pm with a presentation by Ms. Hetzel in the MPR.  Afterwards, you will meet your student's teacher in their classroom. 

Grades 2, 4 & 6 - Wed, 9/5 6:30- 8:00pm
 Grades 1, 3 & 5 - Thurs, 9/6, 6:30-8:00 pm
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 September 6th. Read the policy/guidelines.
     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!
     PCY's Gift Wrap Fundraiser Has Begun!
Our important gift wrap fundraiser has begun and your help is essential!  

Simply put, we're asking you to reach out to your friends and family and encourage them shop for products in the Charleston Wrap catalogs.  The proceeds of every purchase will make a BIG difference in our fundraising efforts this year. There's a lot of great stuff in this year's catalogs; with over 1,500 great products you can be confident that everyone you know will find something they like.
Our fundraising sales only last a few short weeks!  So do these quick, easy things today and let's get our momentum going!
  1. Register your student online by clicking here enter  [our School ID is z-11812]
  2. Invite friends and family to shop and support our students.   
  3. Look out for the catalog packets coming home with your student today.  
Thank you for your support!  
     Register your Ralphs Rewards Card!
Earn FREE Money for PCY by registering your Ralphs Rewards card
Take two minutes to register your Ralphs Rewards card now so PCY can start receiving a percentage of your purchases.  It's the easiest way to raise funds for our school at no cost to you! Thank you to all those who registered last year! Every dollar counts! 
Even if you previously registered your Ralphs Rewards card to benefit PCY, you must re-register every year on or after September 1st.  
How to register your Ralphs card:
  • If you have not registered before click on 'Welcome Sign In' on the upper right hand side. Then select 'Create An Account' and follow the easy steps to create an online account. You will be instructed to go to your email inbox to confirm your account. After you confirm your online account by clicking on the link in your email, return to follow the instructions below to sign in and designate our school to receive donations.
  • If you have an account, click on 'Welcome Sign In', enter your email address and password.
    • Then click on "Hi __ My Account" on the right hand side and choose "My account"
    • View all your information and edit as necessary
    • Link your card to your organization by clicking on:
      • 'Community Rewards' on the left bar
      • 'Enroll' or 'Change Organization'
      • Search our NPO number XJ848 or Paradise Canyon Elementary PTA and click 'Search'
      • Select our school and click 'Enroll' 
For more instructions on how to register visit
Ralphs Community Contributions help number (800) 443-4438
Thank you for your support!  Questions, contact Teresa Chiu at
     MATH OLYMPIAD 4, 5, 6 Sign ups Extended!
Click here to add your child's name to the interest list.
     Junior Math Olympiad 2nd & 3rd Grade
Does your second or third grader love math? Does your child think number games are fun? Is a challenging math problem something he or she likes to tackle? If the answer is yes then PCY's Junior Math Olympiad program may be the program for him or her!  Second Grade classes will take place on Mondays during early and late bird times (either 8:10-9:05 or 1:55-2:50). Third graders come to class on Tuesdays from 8:10-9:05 or 1:55-2:50. Early Birds sign up for the 1:55 class and Late Birds sign up for the 8:10 class. We'd love to have your mathematician join our class!

Who: Grades 2nd and 3rd
Where: Room 5
2nd Grade -Mondays, 8:10-9:05 or 1:55-2:50
3rd Grade - Tuesdays, 8:10-9:05 or 1:55-2:50
Instructor: Christa Evans
Fee: $100 for 13 classes

Click here to sign up on the website.
     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 
     PCY STEAM Program
Be sure to add our PCY STEAM events to your calendar now! You can find the events on the  PCY PTA website and we've also included a copy below for your convenience. Open Robotics Nights kicked off last week, we have an incredible lineup for the Science Night Out talks starting on September 13, and fascinating, hands-on, multi-station STEAM Activity Nights in Q1 2019. You won't want to miss any of them.

The proposition is simple: Someone else does the work and you show up for pizza and fun, and leave smarter than you arrived an hour before. For free, and with no planning, RSVP or tickets required. We'll see you there! 

     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:
Calendar  (View full calendar on Google Calendar.)
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
9/20           Gift Wrap Orders Due
9/26           PCY Dine Out Night - 4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. - Round Table Pizza
9/28           Collaboration Day - 11:35 a.m. Dismissal