PARRAS MIDDLE SCHOOL PTSA 
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Week of December 1, 2020                                                             v.20-21 i.11
Project Unified

We are collecting items THIS FRIDAY for our 4 adopted Project Unified RBUSD families.  There are slots still available so check out the sign up.

To make it easier, you can donate via Venmo and I will shop for the specific items that are needed.  You may Venmo me at:  @Jamie-Fresques, last 4 digits of phone #9131.



We are such a great community and we appreciate anything that you can do. 

Please only donate UNWRAPPED gifts and clearly label the member of the family by age and gender.

All items can be dropped off on December 4th between 9a-12p at 1200 Del Amo Blvd, Redondo Beach.  Arrangements can be made to drop off earlier at fresquesjamie@hotmail.com.

Thank you so much!
Jamie

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PTSA Nominating Committee

We are looking for PTSA members interested in serving in this year's PTSA Nominating Committee.  

The Nominating Committee recommends individuals to serve on next year's PTSA Executive Board. It's an important role that ensures the best candidates for next year's Executive Board are proposed to the Association.

The Nominating Committee will work from January to March to identify and interview potential candidates, and prepare and present potential officers for consideration at the March PTSA Association meeting.  

I am presenting all persons interested in serving on the Nominating Committee to the PTSA Executive Board at the December Executive Board meeting.  If you would like to serve on the Nominating Committee, please let me know by end of day on Thursday, December 10, 2020.   If you are interested or have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at 
Parras.ptsa@gmail.com.

 
Thank you for your consideration in volunteering on the Nominating Committee. I look forward to hearing from you!

Best,

Carrie Gonzales
Parras PTSA Parliamentarian
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WE REACHED OUR GOAL!

Here is the music video that Dr. Erickson promised to make for reaching our goal.  Please watch and enjoy Dr. Erickson, Dr. Nguyen, Erin Mooney, Justine Zavala, and Melissa Guerrero showing off their awesome dance moves. 
 
Parras Dance

This is so much fun!
Thank you Parras Panthers, you rock! 

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Here are the winners of our PTA Reflections Contest.  Thank you for all of your submissions and congratulations to our winners!

 Music Composition 
1st Place - Advancing to Redondo Beach Council Level 
Billy Waldman - 8th Grade 
"Value" 
2nd Place - Micah McFadden - 8th Grade 
"Not A Lost Cause" 
3rd Place - Liliana Moynan - 7th Grade 
"The Climb to the Top of the World" 

Photography 
1st Place - Advancing to Redondo Beach Council Level 
Malea Stassi - 7th Grade 
"In My Hands" 
2nd Place - Ashlynne Saw - 6th Grade
"I Matter Because Every Role of Life Matters
3rd Place - Malea Stassi - 7th Grade 
"Waiting"

Visual Arts 
1st Place - Advancing to Redondo Beach Council Level
Ashlynne Saw - 6th Grade 
"I Matter Because Every Life Matters" 
2nd Place - Mahro Siddiqi - 6th Grade 
"I Matter" 

Literature 
1st Place - Advancing to Redondo Beach Council Level 
Yara El-Hasan - 8th Grade 
"I Matter" 
2nd Place - Daniella Gross - 7th Grade 
"Different" 
3rd Place - Jake Moore - 7th Grade 
"Positive Impact" 

Film Production 
1st Place - Advancing to Redondo Beach Council Level 
Hailey Johnston - 7th Grade 
"I Matter Because"

2020-2021 Reflections Judges 
We would like to extend a special "Thank You" to the judges for lending their expertise to  evaluate all the submissions for the 2020 - 2021 program. 
Tracy Adams 
Amelia Lee 
Kimberly Harris 
Melissa Puka 
Ken Tang 
Amie Jacoby 
Silvia Schwar 
Alison Corteen 
Natasha Remi  
Patti Hummel

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Join PTSA

Did you know that if you are a PTSA member, you have PERKS?

 
We are STRONGER TOGETHER!  Have you joined the Parras PTSA yet?
It's easier than ever, please sign up your family today by clicking on the flyer above.
We hope you will join us for our next PTSA Meeting on January 27 @ 5:30p.  Zoom link will follow.
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PTSA still has a few open positions, please help us out, we need you!
  • Hands on Art Co-Chair
  • Fundraising Chair
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REGISTRATION IS FREE - click for more info.


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Support Parras PTSA while you shop at Amazon!

Just go to https://smile.amazon.com/ or if shopping by phone, create an
Amazon Smile App Shortcut.  Designate Nick G Parras Middle School PTSA as your 
organization and shop as usual.  Amazon will then donate a portion of your purchase 
price to Parras PTSA. Don't forget to bookmark it or go to your AmazonSmile Shortcut 
app everytime you shop!
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Download the Benefit Mobile app (via the App Store or Google Play) select "Parras Middle 
School PTSA" as your school and we get up to 20% of your in-store purchases at Target, 
Starbucks, Whole Foods, and more.
 
SCHOOL NEWS
Congratulations RBUSD!
RBUSD was named a top school district in CA!
Team RBUSD is proud to report that the Redondo Beach Unified School District was named a top school district in the state of California last week. RBUSD is ranked 7th in Los Angeles County and 17th in California out of 440 districts in the "2021 Best School Districts in California" category by a national academic ranking service, Niche.
RBUSD is also ranked 10th in having the best teachers and the12th best place to teach in the state of California. Rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of student and parent reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. 
Parras Middle School, among several other RBUSD schools, was awarded an A+ by Niche for their educational outcomes. 
Congratulations to our students, staff, and community for making RBUSD a great place to be!
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Yearbook



Yearbook sales are now open!  If you would like to recognize your child with an ad in the yearbook or just want to order one, CLICK HERE!

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DTASC Festival
Congratulations to the Parras Theater students for their accomplishments in the Fall DTASC Theater Festival! Honorable mention plaques were provided to the following students for their performances in Large Group Drama and Large Group Comedy:

Sasha Anvari
Kayla Armstrong
Lexi Bullard
Avery Coopman
Zachary Fay
Danika Harper
Jacqueline Jordan
Isabella Kohler
Ella Kroon
Alexa Morgan
Kara Voisey

The 2nd place trophy was awarded to the following students in the Musical Category:

London Carbone
Christopher Derouin
Jessica Galoso
Sofia Hernandez
Hailey Johnston
Kayla Kim
Sophia Lonergan
Sienna Magil

Please enjoy the 2nd place musical scene by clicking here!

A big THANK YOU to Ms. Mardis for teaching and leading our students throughout!
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New Community Walk Opportunity
We are starting something new at Parras as another form of positive and safe engagement for students and families.  We are calling them "Community Walks", and it is a chance for a student (with or without a parent) to walk around the outside of the school with a staff member in the afternoon.  The purpose for these walks is to build connection beyond-the-screen, and enjoy some mild outdoor exercise in the process.

Masks and social-distancing are required throughout, and participants will go through a health-screening process when they arrive to campus.

To get more information, and to sign-up, click here: https://forms.gle/rr2gEdYgFxQjgJnH9
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Engagement Recognition

Team Parras would like to spotlight students who have been 100% engaged in all of their online lessons for the month of October.  We understand how different and sometimes difficult it can be with distance learning.  So a big shout out & thank you to students who have shown up every day and fully engaged!  Please see the attached certificate recognizing all of these students, and remember, each month is a fresh start, so you always have the opportunity to get recognized the following month.
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Parras MS Counseling

The November Counseling Curriculum is here.  CLICK TO READ.

CLICK HERE for the Parras Counseling Dept website.

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Curbside Meal Service 

The Child Nutrition Department welcomes parents/guardians of children
(18 years of age and under) to come to our drive-thru curbside meal service to pick-up one free breakfast and one free lunch.

Meals will be available for pick up at Alta Vista Elementary School, Madison Elementary School, Adams Middle School and Redondo Union High School, Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 1:30pm. These meals will be provided daily to all students at no charge. Adult meals are $3.00 for a breakfast and $5.00 for a lunch. Only exact change will be accepted.

For your convenience, students and/or parents are welcome to visit one meal service location of their choice. Students do not need to be present.

Menus will be updated monthly on the RBUSD Child Nutrition website.

As a friendly reminder, we ask that you please wear a face mask when visiting the drive-thru meal service locations.

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Support the RBEF Investor Drive, go to RBEF.org to donate!

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Need Help Creating a Power School Account?

See this informational presentation for help!  CLICK HERE

COMMUNITY NEWS
Holiday Florals from Parras Parent, Casey @ Flower Duet.
Order & support RBEF!













 
Don't forget to check out the Families Connected speaker series!
See their website for all of the info! 






 
Use this link to find out more about how to make a donation through the BCHD.  


OTHER NEWS
Coronavirus Online Resources

Click here for information and resources from LA County Public Health Department.
Click here for information and resources from the Center for Disease Control.
Click here for information and resources from the Beach Cities Health District.
Click here for information and resources from UCLA Health.
Click here for information on local businesses that are open from the Redondo Beach Chamber.
Click here for the RBUSD Covid-19 Community Resource Listings


Free Online Tutoring
 
Extracurricular Online Learning Opportunities

2. Outschool www.outschool.com
4. Online Cooking School https://www.onlinecookingschool.com/
5. National Emergency Library Free Online Books. https://archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary
6. San Diego Zoo Live Cam https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/videos
8. Free Magic Workshops https://schoolofastonishment.com/
9. Learn to Code online workshops 
      Ucode  https://www.ucode.com/   
10. Free Meditation Sessions https://chopracentermeditation.com/
13, Fender 50% off Online Guitar Classes CLICK HERE 
14. Free Music Apps and lessons CLICK HERE 
15. Smithsonian Virtual Tours CLICK HERE
16. Harvard University Free Online Courses CLICK HERE
17. Yale University Free Online Courses CLICK HERE

Do you know of other online learning resources that would be helpful to our Parras
community? Let us know at parras.ptsa@gmail.com

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CALIFORNIA PTA NEWS

CAPTA PTA Action Items - LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD IN SACRAMENTO! 

California PTA is working on your children's behalf to support various bills going through
the legislative process in Sacramento.  The bills cover many issues including increasing 
funding for education, full day kindergarten, later start time for Middle and High school, supporting arts education, sugar, and reforming the restrictions on passing local parcel 
taxes.  Here is a link with current legislation and from the link, each area of PTA interest 

DON'T MISS THE DECEMBER 2ND ADVOCACY WEBINAR!
Join California State PTA Director of Legislation Shereen Walter and members of the Legislation Team on Wednesday, December 2nd from 7:00-8:00 p.m. for the monthly webinar in which they discuss the latest legislation affecting families and children and their recent advocacy efforts.

THE #DECLINETOSIGN CAMPAIGN AND SB 793
Big Tobacco continues its effort to overturn SB 793, which would outlaw flavored tobacco products in California. The bill was signed by the Governor and is set to take effect on January 1st, 2021.

Please remind parents and community members to #DeclinetoSign if they are approached by paid signature gatherers (funded by large tobacco companies) who are trying to get a referendum on the next ballot in an attempt to overturn the new law.

We also encourage you to spread the word about #DeclineToSign via social media. Click here to find a template with suggested wording and images for your newsletters, Facebook posts, Instagram posts, and tweets.


SAVE THE DATE FOR LEG CON 2021
California State PTA is excited to announce that we will be holding an all-virtual Legislation Conference on February 8-9, 2021. We hope you will join us for this new and exciting format!

During the conference, which is themed "A Path to Equity," you'll hear from legislators and other leaders from around the state on matters that are important to the children and families of California. There will also be a strong focus on how to schedule, plan and execute a meeting with your legislators.

The cost will be $50. Registration information is coming soon - keep an eye on your email, the Leg Con page of the California State PTA website, and our social media accounts!

CAPTA Resource Library:
The Resource Library has lots of great new content each month.



Notes from the Backpack

A Podcast for Parents, by Parents

PTA is working to ensure our public schools provide a high-quality and equitable education for every child to reach their full potential. Notes from the Backpack is a PTA podcast designed for millions of parents and the decision makers they influence.
Through the unique combination of expert, parent and educator guests, each episode features engaging conversations that offer real-life advice and ideas on how to support children's learning and development-all in parent-friendly language.
35.  Surviving Quarantine with Your Teen
34.  Inside the Principal's Office
33.  Raising Kids Who Embrace Race
32.  How to Handle Bullying

CONTACT INFORMATION

200 N. Lucia Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
310-798-8616

PTSA President:   Jennifer Newman

PTSA General Inquiries:  parras.ptsa@gmail.com


Important Dates
DECEMBER







12/21-1/1:  NO SCHOOL

JANUARY

1/18:  NO SCHOOL


1/27:  PTSA Association Meeting via zoom 5:30p

1/29:  Quarter 2 Ends

FEBRUARY

2/15:  NO SCHOOL



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