As the summer winds down, everyone is busily gearing up for the new school year. PTA members are meeting to plan events, students and parents are attending orientation sessions, lots of money is being spent on new clothing and school supplies, and excitement is in the air as we anticipate the adventures that await us.
Elementary school offices are now open. Each site has its own set of guidelines for finding out class assignments, picking up schedules and welcoming new families. If your child's school is not represented in this week's column or if you are unsure of the details, now is the time to contact the office. The first day of school is Aug. 30, and I wish everyone a great year.
Here is some information from a few of our cluster schools. I rely on individuals at each site to provide this information, and if your school is not listed below, let your PTA president know to contact me at email@example.com and I will be happy to include your events.
VALLEY VIEW ELEMENTARY
Visit the school's website at http://www.vveagles.com to view the 2010-11 calendar and back-to-school supply lists for each grade to help families buy the supplies their child will need.
All incoming kindergarten families are invited to the Kindergarten Tea at 2 p.m. Friday in the auditorium. This is a special event for students to meet their teacher, see the classroom and learn about Valley View. The PTA, Education Foundation and Korean Parents Assn. will be on hand to welcome and encourage families to join the clubs and sign up for volunteer opportunities.
The PTA Car Wash Fundraiser is Saturday and Sunday at Foothill Car Wash, Lube, Oil, & Detail Center, 2355 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge. For more details, visit http://www.vveeagles.com and download the flier to present at the time of service.
The first day of school is Aug. 30. The PTA Howdy Coffee and volunteer sign-ups will be at 8:30 a.m. in the auditorium.
Back-to-School Night will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 7.
New Student Orientation is at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the auditorium. That same afternoon, the class posting and popsicle party will take place at 5 p.m. at the front of the school.
After students are dropped off on Aug. 30, stop by the auditorium for a cup of coffee and the PTA meeting beginning at 8:15 a.m.
The PTA Membership Campaign runs Sept. 2 through 30.
Back to School Night is at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7. Visit classrooms and find out what your child will be learning this year. This is also a minimum day.
LA CRESCENTA ELEMENTARY
Parent volunteers in PTA and Foundation have a fun and eventful year planned.
New students and their families are invited to attend New Family Orientation at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.
After school begins, the first big event is the Parent Fair beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 in the cafeteria. This is an opportunity for parents to come and learn about what goes on at the school and how to help make it successful. Free babysitting is provided.
Incoming seventh-graders are invited to Howdy Day from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Information was sent home during the summer with all the details. Contact the school office at (818) 248-4224 with questions.
Back to School Night begins at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2.
JO ANN STUPAKIS covers the Crescenta Valley cluster and her column appears every three weeks. To submit information for your school, contact her by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (818) 248-8507.