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Lunch on the Lawn
Lunch on the Lawn

Date:
Friday, April 24
9:35a Spirit Rally Day - Show your Springamajig Spirit!
Spirit Rally Day - Show your Springamajig Spirit!

Date:
Friday, April 24
Time:
9:35a - 10:30a
SPRINGAMAJIG!
SPRINGAMAJIG!

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Saturday, April 25
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May 1
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3:15p Site Council
Site Council

Date:
Tuesday, April 28
Time:
3:15p - 5:00p
7:00p Dad's Committee Meeting
Dad's Committee Meeting

Date:
Thursday, April 30
Time:
7:00p - 8:00p
Where:
MPR
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Yee Haw!!!

Grab your boots and cowboy hats, then saddle up and met us at the PCR Springamajig on Saturday, 4/25 for the best Western Hoe-down this side of Texas!

Purchase your tickets, wristbands, T-shirts, enter the Class Raffle, enter the pie baking contest and much more at the following link:


http://palmcrestpta.org/Packet/Springamajig

Note: The above link works for registered users of the PalmCrestPTA.org website ONLY!!! If you are trying to buy Springamajig tickets and you do not have a PalmCrestPTA.org account, use the following link:

http://palmcrestpta.org/Packet/SpringamajigGuest


Don't "bale" on us, we need your help!!!

Maci's Award is Doubly Special
written by Judi Healey

One of the best success stories related to this year’s Reflections Contest is the special story of Maci, a 3rd grade student at PCR in Ms. Esquivel’s class. On March 11, 2015, Maci was awarded the California State PTA Award of Merit category of special artist for her photography. The award is all the more significant because Maci has limited verbal communication, so her expression through photography is pivotal.

Maci’s award winning “Ammie and Gran’s Beach” was taken at the beach home?of her grandparents. It was one of many photos on the ten year old’s iPad and iPhone.

“She takes a lot,” says her mom, Marikay, adding that she hadn’t been paying particular attention to them. “However, one afternoon I was cleaning out the pictures and I saw several that looked really good. Maci choose which one she wanted to enter in the Reflections contest and helped to get it mounted.”

As a result of her award of merit, Maci has been recognized at ceremonies at Palm Crest, at LCUSD District level, and at a ceremony for the First District. Shy by nature, Maci became more confident and more comfortable with each award reception, even giving a slight smile here and there.

The experience, says her mom, has had value on several?levels.

“Photography helps her to connect with the world from the social and emotional levels that are so challenging for her to engage in. It also gives her a sense of inclusion. The Reflections experience has also helped me as a parent realize her capabilities and give her more opportunities to express herself.”

Jordan Lay Shines at County Spelling Bee
CUCUMBER, the first word in the Los Angeles County Spelling Bee, was misspelled by the very first school district champion to step up to the microphone. The last word, QUAFF, was correctly spelled by Arcadia USD Anthony Chiang. And in between, sixth grader Jordan Lay represented Palm Crest and our school district well at the Los Angeles County Spelling Bee on March 25 at the Almansor Court in Alhambra.

Jordan, who came in second last year and first this year in the La Canada spelling bees, outspelled all but six of the winners from spelling bees across the county. Jordan, who was introduced to the audience as a young lady also interested in tennis, tackled a variety of spelling difficulties. She began with "blueprint", followed by "exempt", "lasagna", then the more difficult "stasis" before being tripped by "toboggan."

Said Jordan's teacher, Judi Healey, who attended the spelling bee with Karen Hurley, PCR principal, "Jordan is the best speller and one of the top writers in our class. She really sets a positive example for excellence. I know this experience has made her all the stronger when it comes to vocabulary and the etymology of words. And in a way I am just as pleased she is not going on to the state level. When you think of it, they reward a county spelling champion with the news that they now have to study even more words!"

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Principal's Message for March 12th
Dear PCR Parents, We are quickly approaching the end of the 3 rd Quarter on March 13 th and state testing season for grades 3-6. As you probably already know, California and 43 other states in the nation have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). There are two testing consortiums handling the creation, administration and grading of CCSS assessments – the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) comprises 22 states including California, and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Assessment Consortium comprises the remaining states plus the District of Columbia. In California, the online assessment system ... read full article

More information on upcoming Common Core testing
Dear Parents, At a recent PTA Executive Board meeting, several parents had questions about the upcoming state testing as well as District assessments by grade level. In an effort to ensure transparency, I have attached information that will shed some light on the topic of assessments. For information on the District’s Accountability Plan, please see the PowerPoint presentation to the District Governing Board from June 3 rd 2014 by Lindi Dreibelbis, LCUSD’s Chief Director of Assessment, Research, Consolidated Programs. For information on the District’s plan to demonstrate student growth and progress during the transition to the Common Core State Standards ... read full article

Principal's Message for February 12th
Last night we had a very successful  Science Fair  organized with consummate skill by Alex Khayat. Thanks also to Jennifer Rocca for scheduling all the events in Science Appreciation Week. Once again, we had a record-breaking number of participants! 116 students provided hands-on demonstrations, explanations, and visuals to the many guests in attendance. Congratulations to all of our Science Fair participants for thinking like a scientist, and thank you to volunteers Alex Khayat, Jennifer Rocca and Sugi Sorensen for planning and organizing such memorable Science Week activities. Our annual state testing is quickly approaching for students in grades 3-6. These ... read full article

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