La Cañada Council PTA Reflections Winners

February 16, 2018

We are honored to celebrate all of the talented school-age artists who participated in this year's PTA Reflections contest, which was themed "Within Reach." Hundreds of entries were submitted in six categories: Visual Arts, Literature, Photography, Music, Dance and Film.

La Cañada Council PTA awarded 24 Outstanding Interpretation (first place) awards to student artists from La Canada Elementary, Paradise Canyon, Palm Crest, LCHS 7/8 and LCHS. Those winning entries were then sent along for judging at the First District level (against artwork from over 140 other PTA units in the greater San Gabriel Valley).

We are very proud to announce that ten La Cañada students won awards at the First District level, with three Outstanding Interpretation (first place) winners moving on to compete at the state PTA level:

  1. Aditya S. from LCHS 7/8 for Dance (Middle)
  2. Isabella K. from LCE for Photography (Primary)
  3. Phoebe L. from LCHS 7/8 for Visual Arts (Middle)

La Cañada Council PTA will be celebrating all of our unit winners at a reception on Wednesday, February 28 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the LCUSD Round Board Room. The greater La Cañada community is invited to attend. First District winners will be honored at a ceremony to be held at Baldwin Stocker Elementary School in Arcadia on Saturday, March 3 at 1:00 pm.

We'd also like to extend a huge thank you to Dorothy Chen, La Cañada Council PTA Reflections Chair, as well as the unit chairs at each of our schools, for overseeing this competition.

The Arts are alive and well in La Cañada!

First District and La Cañada Council PTA Scholarships Available - Apply by Friday, March 16

January 11, 2018

Attention La Cañada High School seniors: First District PTA and La Cañada Council PTA are offering commemorative scholarships to deserving high school seniors. For more information and an application form, please click on our "Programs" tab and select "Scholarships" from the pull-down menu. Application deadline is Friday, March 16, 2018.

La Cañada Council PTA Founders Day Award Winners Announced

January 1, 2018

La Cañada Council PTA is thrilled to recognize the following individuals and organizations with 2018 Founders Day Honorary Service Awards for their outstanding contributions to our schools and community as a whole:

  • Soo Kim Choi
  • Kelly McWilliams
  • Committee for Measure LC (Stephanie Fossan and Josh Epstein, Co-Chairs)

Please join us in celebrating these volunteers, along with honorees from all five LCUSD PTA units, at our annual Founders Day Honorary Service Awards on Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 pm in the LCHS auditorium.

Congratulations and thank you to our fantastic honorees!

Nominations Now Accepted for Founders Day Awards

October 25, 2017

PTA Founders Day Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements and dedication of school staff members, parent volunteers, and/or community members from across the district.

If you would like to recognize a deserving teacher, staff member, parent, or community member/organization that has gone above and beyond in his/her service to our kids and our schools, please complete a nomination form, which is available by clicking HERE. While most people focus on making school-specific nominations, we'd like to urge you to consider submitting Council-level nominations as well, which highlight individuals or organizations that have positively impacted the La Canada Unified School District as a whole.

The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, November 13th. Please refer to your school PTA websites for submission details. If you wish to submit a Council-level nomination, you may email it to our Founders Day Chair by CLICKING HERE.

This year's award winners will be honored at an evening ceremony on March 15, 2018 at LCHS.

Governing Board Candidates' Forum Video

La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board Candidates Forum (Final).mp4

For those of you who were unable to attend last week's LCUSD Governing Board Candidates' Forum, we have posted it here in its entirety. Thanks to Kevin DeSimone and Mark Siebert at LCHS for their assistance in filming the event, and to the League of Women Voters - Pasadena Area for their guidance and oversight.

LCUSD Governing Board Candidates' Forum Video - Coming Soon

October 4, 2017

Thanks to Mr. Kevin DeSimone, LCTV teacher at La Cañada High School, last Monday night's candidates' forum was filmed in its entirety. We are in the process of producing it to be posted on this website, so please stay tuned!

La Cañada Council PTA to co-host LCUSD Governing Board candidates' forum

September 14, 2017

The La Cañada Council PTA, along with the League of Women Voters - Pasadena Area, will be hosting a public forum for the five candidates running for the LCUSD Governing Board election. The event will be held at the La Cañada High School auditorium on Monday, October 2 at 7:00 pm. All interested members of the public are invited to attend. In addition to hearing prepared statements from the candidates, attendees will have the opportunity to submit written questions.

The League of Women Voters is dedicated to making democracy work by offering services to communities with the purpose of informing and encouraging voters to take advantage of their right to vote. As a non-partisan organization, the La Cañada Council PTA neither supports nor opposes candidates for public office. It does, however, aim to help disseminate as much factual, objective information as possible during election campaigns so that voters may make more informed choices on issues that affect our community's children and youth.

For more information about the forum, please contact La Cañada Council PTA President Melissa Mazin at:

PTA Council Association Meeting: Friday, September 8 @ 8:15 am

September 4, 2017

The first PTA Council association meeting of the year will be held on Friday, September 8 at 8:15 am in the LCUSD Board Room. You can find the meeting agenda here. Highlights will include: presentation and approval of the 2017-18 budget, a report from the PTA Council bond study committee, and a presentation by Jim Cartnal, newly appointed Executive Director of Student and Personnel Programs and Services for LCUSD. All members of the LCUSD PTA community are invited. We hope to see you there!

More Reflections News!

July 25, 2017

At the national PTA convention, held in Las Vegas in June, two of La Canada's finest artists were honored with awards for their work: Charlie Matarese from LCE PTA received an Award of Merit in the Primary Division of Film Production, and Maya Purdy from PCR PTA received an Award of Merit in the Primary Division of Music Composition. You can read more about the national awards by clicking here. Congratulations to Charlie and Maya, and all of La Canada's talented student artists!

La Canada Council PTA Senior Scholarship Winner Announced

May 24, 2017

The La Cañada Council PTA Senior Scholarship is given each year to a graduating senior who demonstrates superior leadership skills, a commitment to community service, and a willingness to work to the best of his/her academic ability. Kara Bradley, this year’s recipient of this scholarship, has shown all of the above characteristics, and more.

She is an accomplished and decorated diver, which is an impressive achievement in and of itself. But we at PTA Council were most interested in her passion for helping others, as demonstrated through her volunteer work with Teens for the Advancement of Children’s Hospital here at LCHS, as a leader with National Charity League, and through her Girl Scout Gold Award project, “Finding Compassion for the Homeless.”

Kara embodies the spirit of PTA in her work to engage, empower and advocate for children, families and community, and we can’t wait to see what she does in her next four years at SMU. Congratulations, Kara!

Reflections News!

March 1, 2017

La Cañada Council PTA got some exciting news last week: four of our unit Reflections submissions won awards at the CA state PTA competition, and three (marked with an *) are proceeding to National PTA judging!

Congratulations to:

Charlie Matarese, Primary Division, Film, La Cañada Elementary PTA: Award of Excellence*

Peter S. Tran, Special Artist Division, Literature, La Cañada HS PTSA: Award of Excellence*

Maya Purdy, Primary Division, Music, Palm Crest Elementary PTA: Award of Excellence*

JT Salcido, Middle Division, La Cañada HS 7/8 PTA: Award of Merit

Best of luck to our talented student artists!

First District Reflections Winners

February 22, 2017

Nine of La Cañada Council’s winners won awards at the First District level and were honored at a reception on Saturday, February 25th at 1:30 pm at Baldwin Stocker Elementary School in Arcadia:

Dance, Middle Level, Award of Excellence: Elise Ancu, Palm Crest Elementary

Dance, High School Level, Award of Merit: Shreya Desai, La Cañada High School

Film Production, Primary Level, Outstanding Interpretation*: Charlie Matarese, La Cañada Elementary

Film Production, Middle Level, Outstanding Interpretation*: JT Salcido, La Cañada High 7/8

Film Production, Intermediate Level, Award of Merit: Ayden Byrnes, Palm Crest Elementary

Music, Primary Level, Outstanding Interpretation*: Maya Purdy, Palm Crest Elementary

Literature, Special Artist, Outstanding Interpretation*: Peter Tran, La Cañada High School

Photography, Middle Level, Award of Excellence: Gya Rodriguez, La Cañada High 7/8

Photography, High School, Award of Merit: Kendall Winnaman, La Cañada High School

*Outstanding Interpretation award winners will move on to CA State PTA judging. Good luck!