First published in the Aug. 11 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.
By Erin Clougherty
Special to the Tribune
The Valentine Elementary PTA is thrilled to kick off our 2022-2023 school year, and it is my honor to serve as this year’s PTA president for additional year. We have the most amazing board of enthusiastic and gracious volunteers, and we can’t wait to welcome the students back for another memorable year.
It is with much pleasure and excitement that we welcome our new principal, Whitney McAlpine, to the Valentine family this year. Principal McAlpine comes to us from the Romoland School District in Riverside County where she has been an assistant principal for the last three years. She and her husband have two children, and her oldest, Connor, will be joining us at Valentine in TK! Principal McAlpine grew up in San Marino and attended Carver and HMS until her 7th grade year. Not only is she eager to meet the students and begin her leadership at Valentine, she is thrilled to be a part of our tight-knit community and learn everything about our sweet school.
Valentine is unlike any other school, and has been such a special place for my three youngest children and myself. Returning as PTA President was not a decision I took lightly, but when I think about how much I have learned about this school and district, and the incredible people and families I have gotten to know, I was pleased to agree to another term. Not only are the teachers and staff here exceptional, our experiences here have been the best. My twins will be entering their 5th and final year here at Valentine, and my youngest will be entering 4th grade this fall. I know it sounds cliché, but it goes by so quickly. As a former SMHS Titan, I adore that three of my four children can thrive in the San Marino schools, as I did.
The Valentine PTA is a crucial element of our school. Our PTA raises vital funds in support of the school’s enrichment programs to balance our well-rounded students. In addition, the PTA sponsors and coordinates all of the fun and exciting events that the school hosts throughout the year, which are only able to occur due to the many dedicated volunteers. Thus, we welcome new and returning parents to join our PTA family. It is a wonderful way to get involved, meet and get to know your children’s peers and families, and stay connected to our exceptional Valentine community.
Finally our important weekly communications regarding Valentine school, and PTA news and events are sent to all subscribers via e-newsletter, “The Valentine Voice.”
Please visit our school website to subscribe: valentineschool.org. Our first addition will contain information surrounding our first days of school and activities, including the Kinder Welcome Wagon, new Parent Meeting/Orientation, Class Coffees, The Popsicle Social, PTA meetings and our upcoming fall events.
Thank you for your continued support and for making Valentine the greatest school around. I look forward to another very exciting year!
Erin Clougherty is Valentine Elementary’s PTA President, 2021-2023.