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ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2006
Palm Crest Elementary school will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year with a variety of exciting events. Kicking off the year-long celebration will be the school's annual Back-to-School Barbecue on Fri., evening, Sept. 29, from 5 p.m. -- 8 p.m. on the playground. Traditionally an event to welcome students and families back to Palm Crest, this year Palm Crest alumni, former teachers, and administrators are being invited to help wish the school happy birthday and to take part in the festivities.
NEWS
By Ruth Longoria | July 24, 2008
Dancing is her passion. Kelly Phelan has been taking dance instruction classes ? from ballet and tap to jazz, Broadway and lyrical ? for just about half of her 8-year-old life. The youth said there?s nothing she?d rather do than tap her toes and move her feet. But, there?s more to this week?s Valley Sun All-Star than rhythm, tempo and talent. The Palm Crest Elementary School third-grader also has a passion for people and making life a little brighter for those less fortunate. Kelly?
FEATURES
By Pack 515, Den 3 | April 24, 2008
Six members of Pack 515, Den 3 of Cub Scouts, all students at Palm Crest Elementary School in La Cañada Flintridge, visited the La Cañada Valley Sun on April 18 to learn about newspaper communications and earn Tiger badges. “We wanted to learn about how a newspaper works and how it is made,” said Stefan Markarian, 7. “We came here to see all the different departments at the newspaper,” said Andrew Chae, 6. “We came here because we wanted to learn all about the newspapers,” said James Lee, 6. “We liked learning how the newspaper is made,” said Daniel Mabray, 7. “We came here to see how fun it was learning about the newspaper,” said Aaron Phan, 6. The den meets about three times a month, on various days of the week.
BUSINESS
September 7, 2006
This charming two-story cottage home, located on 4760 Palm Drive, is situated on approximately 18,000 square feet of flat land nestled among the majestic deodars of the La Cañada foothills. The tastefully remodeled home features three bedrooms and three baths, crown moldings, duel paned windows, hardwood floors, central air and heat, security system, automatic sprinklers and much more. The kitchen is flooded with natural light and offers an intimate breakfast area that opens to a large family room.
FEATURES
June 1, 2006
Kylie Brakeman , a fourth grader in Julia Lee's class at Palm Crest Elementary School, won an honorable mention for her poetry entry in this year's Mrs. Nelson's Young Author contest. Award ceremony was held on May 21, and awards were presented by children's author Q.L. Pearce at the Mrs. Nelson's book store in La Verne. Winners included Ages 6 -- 9: first place, Kim Becker, Sellers School, Glendora; second place, Christopher James Bean, Community Home School, Mission Viejo; third place, Ashley Harrison, St. Theresa School, Palm Springs; honorable mention, Matthew Jacobson, Schull Elementary, San Dimas; Arin Phillips, Clairborn School, Altadena; Brooke Bolin, Pennekamp Elementary, Manhattan Beach; Katie Sedor, Oak Mesa Elementary, LaVerne; Kylie Brakeman, Palm Crest Elementary, La Cañada.
NEWS
May 31, 2007
Ten Years Ago … Flintridge Prep sophomore Wendy Crumline became the first female track and field athlete in that school's history to win a CIF individual championship when she placed first in the 800 meters in a school-record time of 2:18.71 at the Southern Section divisional finals. Twenty Years Ago … At an early June 1987 meeting, the La Cañada school board unanimously voted to reopen Palm Crest Elementary School as a K-6 facility in September 1988.
NEWS
April 6, 2006
The La Cañada Unified School District has formed a committee to explore all options for the district's former office property on Palm Drive. This committee was organized to identify options and recommend to the school board what is the best way to use the property. To date, the committee has discussed various options pertaining to leasing the land should it be kept for future school use, as well as selling the land to private developers. The committee is surveying how the community would like to see this property used.
NEWS
October 24, 2013
Seventy-two golfers teed up Monday for a tournament at La Cañada Flintridge Country Club that raised some green - more than $10,000 - in support of enrichment programs offered at Palm Crest Elementary School. PHOTOS: Palm Crest Elementary School dads host a golf tournament Chaired by Brian Parker, a member of the Palm Crest PTA Dad's Committee, the golf was preceded by lunch. There was a popular 50/50 putting contest that raised $3,000 alone and the day concluded with cocktails to the sounds of live jazz.
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By Sara Cardine,sara.cardine@latimes.com | April 9, 2014
On Tuesday morning, while their fellow schoolmates played outside during recess, a class of Palm Crest Elementary School first-graders was engaged in a different sort of play. They were playing with iPads - frolicking through desktop apps that allowed them to squash bugs, recycle cans and solve mazes with the simple tap and swipe of a fingertip - in the school's newly opened iPad Learning Lab. That lab is one of three built at La Cañada Unified's elementary schools with funding from the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation.
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NEWS
By Sara Cardine | December 19, 2013
By 2020, there will be an estimated 1.4 million computing jobs in the United States, according to the National Center for Women and Information Technology. Unfortunately, there will only be about 400,000 graduating computer science students ready to fill them if schools don't help foster computer literacy now. Last week La Cañada Unified School District joined millions of people worldwide as it participated in the Hour of Code, a movement designed to better acquaint young people with computer science.
NEWS
October 24, 2013
Seventy-two golfers teed up Monday for a tournament at La Cañada Flintridge Country Club that raised some green - more than $10,000 - in support of enrichment programs offered at Palm Crest Elementary School. PHOTOS: Palm Crest Elementary School dads host a golf tournament Chaired by Brian Parker, a member of the Palm Crest PTA Dad's Committee, the golf was preceded by lunch. There was a popular 50/50 putting contest that raised $3,000 alone and the day concluded with cocktails to the sounds of live jazz.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | October 23, 2013
As a parent, Jennifer Rubendall has been active in the school district that has served her two teenage boys. She has held positions as PTA president of Palm Crest Elementary School and La Cañada High School 7/8. Rubendall, 47, currently serves on the executive board at the high school while running a small business in the city: Urban Fitness Pilates Studio. She spoke about her campaign for the La Cañada school board with the Valley Sun at her studio on Foothill Boulevard. Valley Sun: You mentioned Common Core, the parcel tax and other current issues facing the district.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | October 23, 2013
After graduating from a top Ivy League school - Harvard University - Ian Mirisola has returned to La Cañada Flintridge with a goal of improving his hometown's public school district. He is running for one of three open seats on the La Cañada school board on Nov. 5. The 23-year-old attended Palm Crest Elementary School and La Cañada High School. Mirisola sat down with the Valley Sun in his home to chat about his campaign. Valley Sun: Why did you choose to come back to La Cañada?
NEWS
By Sara Cardine | October 2, 2013
If ever there was a time warp in La Cañada, it was at Palm Crest Elementary School on Friday, when teachers and students who hadn't set foot on campus for a half-century mixed with curious elementary school kids and faculty at a spirit rally-turned-reunion. A small group of former students, assembling in town to celebrate their 50th reunion as the school's first graduating class, convened with two former Palm Crest teachers at the school bright and early for a student pep assembly.
COMMUNITY
August 14, 2013
Ten Years Ago Only two people filed for seats on the La Cañada school board in the summer of 2003. They were incumbent Jinny Dalbeck and board newcomer Cindy Wilcox. As there were only two seats open, the election was canceled and the two were sworn in as board members. Twenty Years Ago Descanso Gardens announced a hike in admission fees. Beginning Sept. 1, 1992, adults would pay $5 (up from $3) and children would be admitted for $1.50 (up from 75 cents).   Thirty Years Ago The Ribet Christian Academy and the La Cañada Unified School District reached an agreement for the lease of the Palm Crest Elementary School campus, which had been closed for public school use due to declining enrollment.
NEWS
By Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com | June 6, 2013
In a year-end tradition, the La Cañada Council PTA and its various school-site PTAs on Monday held their joint installation breakfast, which this year featured a new twist: Several students were invited to present programs that had captured their attention during this past school year. Called "Spotlight on Students," the program in past years was held separately from the PTA installation and didn't garner much attendance, said Pam Knapp, outgoing president of the Council PTA. The showcase was abandoned for a couple of years due to school testing schedules but resumed this year.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | May 2, 2013
Palm Crest Elementary School sits four miles away from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where a team built and developed the Mars rover Curiosity, the largest machine sent to another planet. But engineers at the La Cañada Flintridge lab may have some competition on the horizon: The school is starting a robotics program and a handful of students have already participated in an international competition. PHOTOS: Palm Crest Elementary robotics team shows off skills After parents - including some who worked on Curiosity - secured a grant to work on a new pilot robotics program for elementary students, they put together a team of 10 students.
COMMUNITY
May 1, 2013
Ten Years Ago The City Council approved a $770,000 purchase agreement for a five-acre parcel north of Palm Crest Elementary School, to be kept as open space. The property, in the 5200 block of Jessen Drive, had belonged to a local doctor who had intended to build a large home there, but his project did not gain the necessary approvals. Twenty Years Ago Preparations were underway for La Cañada High School's all-school production of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," which would be presented in the school's auditorium over three nights in May 1993.
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