Dear PCY Family,
Thank you to our wonderful Principal: Carrie Hetzel, and amazing teachers for the wonderful Back to School Presentations last week. We are so fortunate to have such wonderful teachers and staff!
Remember Picture Week is this week. Check the calendar below for class picture dates. We also have our PTA meeting this Wednesday, September 12th in the Library at 8:15 am. We have Mary Virgallito from USC Verdugo Hills speaking on "Keeping your family healthy while living busy lives." I encourage you to come and participate! 
Lastly, we have our first Lunch with your child day this Friday, September 14th during your child's lunch period in the quad! Come and enjoy! 
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 12th. Read the policy/guidelines.
     Picture Day Schedule - September 12th, 13th & 14th
School picture days are coming up this week on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday!  Take a look at the schedule below to see what day your child's class will take their pictures.  

     Science Night Out - September 13th
Science Night Out: "What we learn when things go wrong," on Thursday, September 13 at 5:30pm
Mark your calendar for Science Night Out on Thursday, September 13!
In science and in life, you can learn a lot when things go wrong. Studying cancer has taught us a lot about the complexity and beauty of how cells are supposed to work, and of the many ways they can break. Join PCY dad and City of Hope cell biologist Mark LaBarge for "What we learn when things go wrong," a fascinating discussion about lessons we have learned from a lifetime of looking for ways to cure or prevent cancers.
We will serve pizza in front of the MPR at 5:30pm. The program will begin at 6pm in the MPR. The event is free, and no RSVP or tickets are required. See you then!
     After School Tennis Program
To enroll go to
     PTA Reflections Contest 
National PTA Reflections program invites all students to showcase their creativity through original works in: 
Dance Choreography   Literature    Photography
Film Production    Music Composition    Visual arts
This year's Reflections theme is "Heroes Around Me".  All work must reflect this theme in some way.  Students may submit multiple entries in multiple categories. 
Entries must be submitted to the PCY office for judging no later than 3:00 pm on October 19, 2018 and must include a Student Entry form.
PCY winners will receive a prize and 1st & 2nd place winners will move on to compete among the LCUSD winners. Top district winners will compete among San Gabriel Valley District, then State and National Levels. La Canada District winners are recognized at a District Reception in February.  All PCY participants will be invited to a pizza party.
Click here for Participant/Entry forms and Rules.  Be creative, have fun and follow the rules carefully.
Questions contact Nan Sampath - 
     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
     Junior Math Olympiad 2nd & 3rd Grade
Second and Third Grade Junior Math Olympiad Starts This Week!

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. Sign up now and we will place your child in a class based on his or her early or late bird assignment. We'd love to have your mathematician join our class!

Who: Grades 2nd and 3rd
Where: Room 5
2nd Grade - Mondays, either 8:10-9:05 or 1:55-2:50
3rd Grade - Tuesdays, either 8:10-9:05 or 1:55-2:50
Click here to sign up on the website.
      Donations Needed for Country Fair Silent Auction
 Calling All Donors!
The annual PCY Country Fair is right around the corner.  An important part of the fund-raising mission of the Country Fair is our silent auction which typically includes vacation home rentals, as well as tickets to shows, concerts, and sporting events.  If you have access to any of these items and would like to donate them to our silent auction, please contact Erin Ruffalo ( or Soi Eyre (  Thank you so much for your support!
      Party Book - Hosts Needed!
We are looking for FUN parties of all types and for all ages to add to our Party Book. Our party book is a great way to fundraise and enjoy our community.  Host or co-host a party with friends (the host covers the cost of the party, selects the date, time, number of guests, and buy-in amount).  Share your passion, profession or just have fun. Guests pay a fee to attend the party.  The attendance fee goes directly to PCY PTA.  Need an idea?  Want to co-host a party? Contact us and we can help! A few ideas are below.

Kids Parties:
Mother-Daughter Tea
Cookie Decorating
Sport Theme Party
Baseball Clinic
Art Class Party
Book Themed Party
Sewing or Craft Party
Valentine's Day Party
Cooking Party
Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt
Parent and Friend Parties:
Wine Tasting
Bourbon Tasting
Tequila Tasting/Taco Party
Oscar Party
Progressive Dinner
Cooking Class
Craft Class (e.g. Holiday Wreath)
Wine and Art Party
Workout/Training Group Session
Family Parties:
Bowling Party
Ice Skating Party
Sports Watching Party at a home or local restaurant
Backyard Sleepover
Pancake Breakfast
Block Party
Hike and Picnic
Please contact Sarah McCann at or Heather Scherbertat if you are interested in throwing a party.
     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 
      Cougar Wear Orders
 Cougar Wear orders will be delivered by October 3rd to your child's classroom.
     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
Calendar  (View full calendar on Google Calendar.)
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