First published in the Aug. 18 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.
By Emily Blaney
Greetings From the LCE Principal! Our new school year is in full swing. This year, I am hopeful that our community will continue to focus on working together to make the 2022/23 school year the best it can be for our students. La Cañada Elementary also welcomed 630 TK through 6th graders to school this year. La Cañada Elementary welcomed the following new staff members: Eduardo Gonzalez is teaching PE, and Cory Pak and Mary-Ann Arreola are teaching 4th grade.
Our state test scores were strong, and I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of our students and our teachers last year. The academic rigor we provide is a challenge that our students and families embrace with enthusiasm, and the results show.
The campus will be piloting a brand-new Wellness Room to support the social and emotional needs of our elementary students. This project was possible, in part, because of the success of the Wellness Centers at LCHS. The LCE Wellness Room is staffed by a mental health professional and will be an additional layer of support for our students, supplementing the care provided by our teachers, paraprofessionals and our excellent counseling services.
I’m excited to partner with our amazing PTA, led again by Stephanie Arnold. Stephanie and other PTA volunteers are busy preparing for our annual fundraiser, the Halloween Haunt. This takes place on Oct. 29, and everyone is invited. Our Educational Foundation has come through again this year to support smaller class sizes and enrichment classes in Art, Music, Spanish and Drama. LCE was fortunate to benefit from an Eagle Scout project by LCE alumni Bradley Burns and a Girl Scout Gold Award project by Marissa Halley. I’m truly grateful for the community support, and I’m looking forward to a wonderful year.