Dear PCY Family,
I hope you are all enjoying this long break over President's Day weekend! Thank you for all who came to our Dine Out night this past week at Chipotle. It was bustling with familiar faces-we appreciate your support! During this short week on campus, we have Family Reading Night on Thursday at 5:30 in the Library. 

Have a wonderful week in Paradise!

Warmest Regards,
Valerie Talbert
PCY PTA President       Calendar       PCY PTA Facebook Group
The submissions deadline for the next Cougar Tracks email is February 20th. Read the policy/guidelines.
      Founders Day Award Winner
Mikki Weightman
Mikki Weightman has been an active member of the PCY community for many years at a level above and beyond. She has served on the PTA executive board over the past six years as VP of Programs, Executive Vice President, Treasurer, and Recording Secretory both at PCY as well as at LCHS 7/8. She chaired the Back to School Picnic for three years, Earth Week for two, Last Minute Volunteer Chair for two and has been a Room Rep (sometimes for both of her boys' classes) since her kids enrolled at PCY. She has spent years volunteering in the library, book fair and at PE.   Last year when her son Connor was in 6th grade, she was intricately involved in the 6th grade play and additionally ran the graduation ceremony.   She is also a dedicated Pack 519 Cub Scout Leader, is on the executive support board for Parent Ed at LCPC, the LCHS 7/8 Mountain bike team parent liaison, and was a key member of Joe Radabaugh's school board campaign.   Finally, she was a visionary for the PCY Dad's 
club, she completely re-vamped our New Family Mentor Program and is the Co-founder of 
MELD (Mother's Embracing Learning Differences).
Mikki has two boys, Connor in 7th grade at LCHS 7/8 and Parker in 5th grade at PCY. She is happily married to her husband Colin for 15 years. Outside of school you will find her outdoors--hiking, swimming, cycling, kayaking, walking their dog Penny and spending time in Mammoth.
Thank you Mikki for your amazing support of PCY! You are beyond deserving of a Founder's Day Award! 
      2019-2020 PCY PTA Executive Board Slate
Thank you to Natascha Gundersen, Karen Clark, Holly Breckheimer and Jennifer Riegler for their time and effort serving on the Nominating Committee.  Below are the individuals nominated for the 2018-19 PCY PTA Executive Board.  The slate will be voted on at the next PCY PTA Meeting on March 13th at 7:00 p.m
President                                     Holly Breckheimer  
Executive VP                               Rana Kantar            
1st VP Programs                         Rori Grabel               
2nd VP Ways & Means               Stephanie Weber & Natascha Gundersen         
3rd VP Room Reps                     Sarina Stogel                       
4th VP Membership                    Sophie Chopra        
5th VP VP Volunteers                 Danni Remender    
6th VP Communications             Angela Blair             
Recording Secretary                   Mikki Weightman    
Corresponding Secretary                                  
Co-Financial Secretaries            Susan Harlan & Bhupy Malik                                                     
Treasurer                                    Jeannie Chang       
Auditor                                        Sunny Yang            
Historian                                     Celestine Joo          
Parliamentarian                          Valerie Talbert         
Teacher Representative             Jenny Kazak            
     Family Reading Night - February 21st
     Last Science Night Out - February 28th
SAVE THE DATE: Last Science Night Out: February 28, 5:30-7pm
If you're interested in turtle conservation, you've already heard of Dr. Stephen Dunbar. If you haven't, you'll want to hear about his research immediately. And lucky for us, he's coming to PCY's Science Night Out on Thursday, February 28 to talk to us about his latest body of research: the *adorable* but endangered hawksbill and green turtles, and on what we can do to enhance and protect their dwindling populations. 
Join us at 5:30pm for pizza and an activity, and at 6pm for what promises to be an engaging, enlightening talk that will captivate adults and children alike. 
     2019 LCUSD Maker Faire is Coming - March 15th
A School Maker Faire is a mini version of a Maker Faire, which is part science fair and part something completely different! Maker Faire is a gathering of individuals and teams who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. All of these "makers" come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. Everyone else comes to get some great ideas and to experience making, too! Our district wants to start the Maker Movement by:
  • showcasing the making already taking place on our campuses
  • connecting with larger creativity, innovation, STEAM, or art initiatives
  • cultivating awareness of the Maker movement
When: Friday, March 15, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: La Cañada High School
For more information, click here.  If you are interested, please submit this form ASAP!  
     LCUSD Invention Convention - March 15th
On Friday March 15, 2019, the La Canada Unified School District will host the second annual Invention Convention. This exciting learning event provides a forum for students in grades 5-8 to display their creative thinking and scientific problem solving skills. The Invention Conventionwill be held at La Canada High School in the Cafeteria. This year the School Maker Faire will be held in conjunction with the Invention Convention.
Friday March 15, 201  3:15 pm - 4:30 pm:  Students, accompanied by an adult, deliver and set up the entries at the La Canada High School Cafeteria.
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm:  Judging of student projects - Cafeteria only open to Judges.
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm:   Invention Convention open to students and families with Awards Ceremony occuring at 7:30 pm.
Students who wish to participate may submit an individual and/or group invention for the 2019 Invention Convention. Student groups must be limited to no more than 3 students per group and students MUST be the same grade level.
Please click on the survey link below to submit your intent to participate in the Invention Convention by Monday, March 6, 2019.

Please review the information about the Invention Convention below and contact Amy Nespor if you have any questions.

Sponsored by LCUSD Science Enrichment Programs
Calendar  (View full calendar on Google Calendar.)
2/18             NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Weekend
2/21             Family Reading Night - 7:00-8:00 p.m. - Library
2/25-3/1       6th Grade Pali Mountain Trip
2/28             Science Night Out - 5:30 p.m. - MPR
3/7              PCY Family Variety Show Tech Rehearsal
3/8              6th Annual PCY Family Variety Show - 3:00 p.m. - MPR
3/11-3/15   4th Grade Pilgrim Overnight Trips
3/13           PTA Meeting - 7:00 p.m. - Library
3/16           LCFEF Gala - 6:00 p.m.
Paradise Canyon Elementary School, 471 Knight Way, La Canada, CA 91011
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