PTA: Red Ribbon Week coming to schools

Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 24 to 28 and schools in our district will be participating in various activities in an effort to educate students to maintain a drug-free environment and make healthy choices. The theme this year is “UR2 Cool4 Drugs” and activities will include assemblies, writing essays, making pledges, wearing bracelets and tying red ribbons around the school.

Monte Vista Elementary

The community is invited to the PTA evening at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in the cafeteria where a special free seminar will be held on helping frazzled kids in today's society. Guest speakers Ann Garrett and Nancy Goodell will educate parents on how to deal with children who may be too stressed. They are also authors of several parenting books and will be on hand to sell and sign books, as well as answer questions.

Mountain Avenue Elementary

During Red Ribbon Week, the PTA will bring “Rachel's Challenge” to all grades at assemblies in the auditorium on Oct. 27. This character-building program motivates students to become more aware of the power of their words to both hurt and help.

PTA hosts its annual Halloween Carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 on the lower playground with game booths, prizes, crafts, bouncers and the ever-popular Korean BBQ organized by the Korean Mother's Group. Tickets are sold on site.

The Reflections Awards Ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 4 to honor students whose entries best reflect the theme in poetry, writing and various visual arts such as photography and videography.

Valley View Elementary

The Harvest Carnival is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 on the lower playground. Activities include a covered blow-up slide, money booth, Stand the Bottle and Hit the Spot, and sixth grade will be hosting a Haunted House! Food, snacks and fun are in store for all who attend.

The PTA will meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in the auditorium followed by the Reflections Showcase.

The PTA Holiday Workshop is after school Nov. 4 in the auditorium. Each child will create a special gift for a parent or family member.

Lincoln Elementary

The PTA meeting is at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 in the auditorium.

The Scholastic Book Fair fundraiser takes place the week of Nov. 7. More information will be sent home in Thursday Folders.

La Crescenta Elementary

Come and help spruce up the campus starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. Meet on the playground and stay as long as you can.

Rosemont Middle School

The PTA membership and donation drives are in full swing. Become a member for only $8. Donations are tax deductible.

Red Ribbon Week starts Monday. Students can compete in an essay contest and win a gift card. Go to for more information.

Crescenta Valley High School

The PTSA honored the following individuals with Honorary Service Awards at their last meeting: teachers Kimberly Mathias and Alicia Harris, counselor Narineh Mkijian, and students Hee Ju Kang, Gloria Han and Andre Khosrovian.

The next PTSA meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the gym and will focus on sports at Crescenta Valley High. All are welcome.

JO ANN STUPAKIS covers the Crescenta Valley cluster and her column appears every three weeks. She can be reached by email at or by phone at (818) 269-3295.

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