Dear PCY Family,
Have a wonderful week in Paradise! 

Valerie Talbert
PCY PTA President       Calendar       PCY PTA Facebook Group
The submissions deadline for the next Cougar Tracks email is October 17th. Read the policy/guidelines.
     Lego Robotics Class for 2nd & 3rd Graders
Registration for after-school robotics classes for 2nd and 3rd graders is now open! Click here to sign your student up before spots fill. Details:
LEGO Robotics - Grades 2nd and 3rd
Grades: 2nd and 3rd
Time: 3:00-4:30pm
Instructor: Shanti Rao, Robert Marinovich
Meeting dates and times: 7 sessions, Tuesdays from 3-4:30 from Oct 16-Dec 11 (skipping Nov 6 for P/T Conferences and Nov 20 for Thanksgiving break)
Students will build and program a new robot each week using Lego WeDo kits (the ones we use for the Open Robotics Nights -- next one is December 6 at 5:30pm in the MPR). There are machines that crawl, machines that drive, machines that lift, and machines that bite. This class introduces engineering concepts such as force, torque, leverage, gear ratios, reciprocating motion, offset cams, and friction. We will program each robot's behavior in Scratch, but this is primarily about developing physical intuition and an introduction to event-driven programming, not a computer science class. A separate Senior class for grades 4-6 using Lego MindStorms will be offered in the spring. Parents of enrolled students are required to volunteer for at least one class session.
     Lego Class (K-2) Sign Ups are Open
LEGOS! In this class, students will have ample opportunity to build from kits based on instructions, and creations using their imaginations. We will start with static builds and will work our way to builds with moveable parts. Lego Building offers additional practice and preparation for students interested in Lego Robotics. Parents of enrolled students will be required to volunteer for at least one class session during the year. Please send a light snack for your child to eat before class so s/he doesn't become "hangry." Children will get to take home some Legos to keep at the end of the year.
Cost: $100
Classes begin on Friday, October 19th
Sign-ups on the PTA website and are first come, first served!
    Reflections Entries Due Friday, October 19th
Reflections entries must be submitted to the PCY office for judging no later than 3:00 pm on October 19, 2018 and must include a participant form.
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. 
PCY winners will receive a prize and move on to compete among the LCUSD winners and then compete among San Gabriel Valley District, State, and National Levels. La Canada District winners are recognized at a District Reception in February.  All PCY participants are 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 -
     LCHS Orchestra Strings Concert - October 17th
2018 Fall String Concert
Forte of the Silenced
Wednesday, October 17th
La Canada High School Auditorium
Admission is Free
Please join the La Canada High School Advanced Orchestra in this year's Fall String Concert, Forte of the Silenced, a concert of solely women composers!
     STEAM Event for 7-12th Graders - October 16th
    USC Verdugo Hills Hospital YMCA Health Fair
Community Health and Wellbeing Fair - Saturday, October 20th at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in conjunction with the YMCA of the Foothills. FREE flu shots and a variety of health screenings will be available. Pumpkin carving, face painting, a firetruck and more.  
Click HERE for more information.
     Family Reading Night - October 25th
Lost and Found Donation Day - October 26th

We currently have approx. 200 sweaters as well as many lunch boxes and water bottles. Lost and Found will be on display at the front of the school for the week beginning Monday, October 22nd. All uncollected items will be donated on Friday, October 26th.

Please note that due to rodents, we are no longer able to keep lost lunch boxes. After this coming donation cycle, we will be disposing of lost lunch boxes on a weekly basis.
    Founders Day Award Nominations Due November 13th
Our school community is an amazing place thanks to those who contribute in so many ways to make our children's lives better. Every year, at the Founders Day celebration, PTA recognizes individuals who have made an exceptional effort to improve our children's educational experiences. These honorees include teachers, school staff members, parents, and other volunteers.
We all know at least one parent or teacher who very much deserves this honor. Please take the time to nominate that special someone by visiting our website,, and filling out the Honorary Service Awards Nomination Form. You can either turn it in to the PCY office (basket marked "Founders Day") or email it to Jennifer Riegler at or Susan Harlan
     Science Night Out - November 15th
Mark your calendar for our next Science Night Out: November 15, 5:30-7pm

Our next Science Night Out is on Thursday, November 15 - and it's going to be legen-waitforit-DARY. John Griswold, Conservator for the Norton Simon Museum, will walk us through the science behind preserving, authenticating and restoring some of the world's finest pieces of art. As usual, we will have pizza and an activity at 5:30, and the talk at 6pm. The event is free and no RSVP is required. Mark your calendar and plan to attend!
Too excited to wait until then? Here's a sneak peek into what is otherwise a highly technical process that requires complex analysis:
    Last Lego Robotics Night - December 6th
Last Open Robotics Night of 2018-2019: December 6, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Thank you to everyone who joined us for a robust Open Robotics Night! Save the date for our final Open Robotics Night of the school year on December 6. As usual, we will have pizza at 5:30, and building and coding until 7:30pm. The event is free and no RSVP is required. We will put a reminder in Cougar Tracks as a reminder. See you there!
Calendar  (View full calendar on Google Calendar.)
10/18         Great Shake Out
10/19         Reflections Contest Entries due - 3:00 p.m. - PCY Office 
10/22-10/26   Red Ribbon Week
1025         All School Walk to Lanterman- 6th Grade Play - 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.    
10/25        6th Grade Play Evening Performance - Lanterman Theater
10/25        Family Reading Night -  7:00 p.m.
10/26        Collaboration Day - 11:35 a.m. Dismissal
11/6-11/9  Parent Teacher Conferences - 11:35 a.m. Dismissal
11/12        NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day Observed
11/13        Gift Wrap Pick Up
11/14        Gift Wrap Pick Up
11/14        LCFEF Jog-a-thon
11/14        PCY PTA Meeting - 8:15 a.m. - MPR
11/15        Gift Wrap Game Truck
11/15        Science Night Out - 5:30-8:00 p.m. - MPR
11/16        Collaboration Day - 11:35 a.m. Dismissal
11/19-11/23  Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL