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9:15a PTA Association Meeting
PTA Association Meeting

Date:
Wednesday, April 1
Time:
9:15a - 10:00a
8:10a Teacher Collaboration Day - Early Dismissal
Teacher Collaboration Day - Early Dismissal

Date:
Friday, April 3
Time:
8:10a - 11:35a

Early dismissal at 11:35 AM.
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6:00p Dine Out
Dine Out

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Tuesday, April 7
Time:
6:00p - 8:00p
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Written by Judi Healey

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!" 

Multicultural Night is Coming April 15th!
On Wednesday, April 15th from 6:30 to 8PM in the MPR, PCR students and their families will come together to share a little of their cultural backgrounds with the school community, and to encourage awareness and appreciation for the cultural diversity that makes up our world. It is a very rewarding and enjoyable experience for the whole family. You need not be directly from the country you present – you can present any country that interests you – and multiple participants may collaborate on one country. Please find the "Participant Form" in your child's Thursday Folder and turn in by Friday, April 3.

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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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