PARRAS MIDDLE SCHOOL PTSA 
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Week of February 15, 2021                                                             v.20-21 i.20
Restaurant Event - Feb 17th - TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

 
  • WHEN:  Wednesday 2/17 12- 8pm
  • WHERE:  1718 S. Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 (patio dining or pick-up only - delivery is not included in the fundraiser)
  • MENU:  https://locale90.com/ (they have prepared pizzas, salads, etc. and also pizza kits that you can take and make at home with the kids!)
  • WHY:  20% of sales, not including tax, alcohol or tip goes back to Parras MS PTSA, and we get to support an awesome local restaurant!
  • CODE: PARRAS
Please share with your neighbors & friends and take this Wednesday night off from cooking! 
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FlowerTruck LA Fundraiser - MARCH 13TH 1-3p

 


Mark your calendars for a special fundraiser on Saturday, March 13th from 1-3p in the Parras parking lot on Lucia Ave.  We're happy to host FlowerTruck LA - Farm to Vase!  The freshest, most amazing flowers direct from the grower.  Save the date and get there early as flowers are first come, first served and often sell out.  We hope to see you and please remember to wear your mask and practice social distancing.

We will also have a table set up where you can purchase a PTSA membership & a Parras mask.
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Hearing Black Voices

Hearing Black Voices presents a diverse range of genres and points of view - from racism's harsh realities and science fiction's fantastical scenarios to lyrical poetry and searing memoir. For young people, there are books ranging from anti-racism and the little-known story of the Father of the Underground Railroad to Black women who have crashed through barriers to membership in STEM.
Dr. Edmund Gordan,  principal architect of the Head Start Program
Celebrate Black History Month: Honoring African American Educators and Advocates
In celebration of Black History Month, we are honoring Dr. Edmund Gordon, who was a primary architect of the federal Head Start program, which was designed to help break the cycle of poverty by providing preschool children of low-income families with a comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs. A psychologist by training, Gordon is a leading scholar on divergent learning styles and one of the first educators to focus on closing the academic achievement gap.
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PTSA Open Positions for 2021-2022 School Year

Chair Positions:
  • Hands on Art
  • Hands on Art Co Chair
  • Dining Events
  • Fundraising
  • Legacy Project (8th Grade)
There are also some open Executive Board positions for the 2021-2022 school year, the election will be on 3/24/21.  If you are interested, please contact the Parras PTSA:  parras.ptsa@gmail.com.
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We are STRONGER TOGETHER!  Have you joined the PTSA yet?  
  • Winter Perks are here!  Get PERKS for being a Parras PTSA member, click on flyer to join.
  • We hope you will join us for our next PTSA Meeting on March 24 @ 8:30a.  Zoom link will follow.

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Congratulations to the following students who are moving forward to the 33rd District level of competition for Reflections.  

Photography
1st Place - Advancing to 33rd District Level
Malea Stassi
7th Grade
"In My Hands"

Visual Arts
1st Place - Advancing to 33rd District Level
Ashlynne Saw
6th Grade
"I Matter Because Every Life Matters"

Literature
1st Place - Advancing to 33rd District Level
Yara El-Hasan
8th Grade
"I Matter"

Film Production
1st Place - Advancing to 33rd District Level
Hailey Johnston
7th Grade
"I Matter Because"

Reflections artists of color and their allies are invited to share artwork that expresses and affirms their beliefs and identities. Select works will be used to help us celebrate diversity in the arts. 

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CLICK HERE to purchase your yearbook!

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*FEBRUARY PROJECT*
South Bay Hands on Art presents Kawaii Doodles.  Kawaii is the Japanese word meaning something that is cute.  Kawaii art is known for characters with rounded shapes and simplistic features.  You can see Kawaii style art on t-shirts, stickers, toys, advertisements, and so many more places!  Famous Kawaii style characters are Hello Kitty, Pusheen and Pikachu.  Drawing Kawaii doodles has become very popular.  In this lesson students will get to have fun doodling!  To get started, visit:

When finished, send a picture of your art to sandijoarthur@gmail.com to be put into a virtual gallery!

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33rd District PTA Speaker Series

 

Did you miss past Connecting Community discussions and workshops?
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SCHOOL NEWS

There will be an emergency meeting of the RBUSD School Board, Wednesday at 1:15p to discuss the new Los Angeles County Department of Public Health In-Person Schooling Guidance: TK-6.

CLICK HERE to watch it on YouTube
CLICK HERE for the Agenda

If you would like to comment:
  1. ElectronicallyCLICK HERE to submit an electronic public comment or
  2. In Person - speakers will be screened at the front door of the District Office and ordered by arrival time. Speakers will be called one at a time, enter the Board Room, state their comments, and exit the Board Room and building. A face covering is required at all times while visiting the Redondo Beach Unified School District Office.

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Parras MS Counseling
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Special message from our counseling dept:
             
   
Parras WEB and CJSF students are trained as Peer Tutors and will help your student for free!

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Other Counseling News:

The Parras Counseling department plans to offer small group counseling services this Spring. Groups will meet once a week for 4-6 weeks and may take place in-person or online, depending on the guidelines set forth by LACDPH at the time. Groups will consist of 5-7 students and topics may include: social skills, maintaining positive friendships, self-esteem, study skills, etc. We are currently asking for parents to fill out this interest survey to indicate if their student would be interested in participating in a group. 

Please note that this is not a signup form but will serve as the list we work from during our planning process. If space in a group becomes available, we will reach out to you directly with details about the group, as well as a parent permission slip.

Also, reminder that students can sign up for individual counseling HERE and they should ABSOLUTELY add the counselor google classroom for inspiration, motivation, and connection opportunities. 

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February Counseling Curriculum - CLICK TO READ.
Parras Counseling Website - CLICK HERE.
December Counselor Corner Newsletter - CLICK TO READ.
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RUHS Digital Marquee Fundraiser

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Clubs at Parras MS

Any student at Parras can submit an application to create a club!  Information about creating/joining clubs and other fun activities hosted by Parras can be found at the Parras ASB webpage.
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School Reopening

Click here for information regarding RBUSD's school reopening plan.
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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 January.  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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Parents as Teachers Series

Click here for previous video chats

COMMUNITY NEWS




 


OTHER NEWS
NATIONAL PTA
Webinar: Understanding Families' Perspectives on School Funding
Register for our Webinar: Understanding Families' Perspectives on School Funding
Join us on February 23 at 8 p.m. EST for a webinar: Understanding Families' Perspectives on School Funding. National PTA partnered with council PTAs and talked with more than 150 parents about their perspectives on school funding. See our findings and hear directly from PTA leaders about their experiences advocating on issues related to school funding. Spanish interpreters will be available. Register today!

CALIFORNIA PTA NEWS

CAPTA PTA Action Items - LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD IN SACRAMENTO! 
Click here to view current legislative items.
IMPORTANT ADVOCACY WEBINAR UPDATES
This message is to alert you that the January 6 advocacy webinar was cancelled and rescheduled for January 20th. If you would like to attend on the new date, click here to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/31940121174953740.

Topics to be discussed include how California schools are funded, and the Governor's Safe Schools for All Plan.

The February 3 webinar has also been cancelled, due to its proximity to our Legislation Conference on February 8-9. Those who were already registered for the February 3 webinar have been automatically re-registered for the January 20 webinar. If that date does not work for you, you can either cancel your registration, or simply not attend.

The March 3 webinar will proceed as planned.

We encourage you to register for our all-virtual Legislation Conference, themed "A Path to Equity," which is open to anyone interested in improving the lives of children and families in their communities, and across the state. The cost is $50. More information, including the registration link, can be found here.
WHAT'S NEW IN THE RESOURCE LIBRARY? DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION LEARNING MATERIALS!
The Resource Library has lots of great new content for January. Check out these items and activities that support learning about diversity, equity and inclusion.
If you've never used the Resource Library before, why not give it a try? It's chock full of at-home learning activities, videos and documents that support the Next Generation Science Standards - and a whole lot more!


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.
37.  How to help LGBTQ Youth Thrive
36.  Get on Board:  Enhancing Parent Teacher Partnerships
35.  Surviving Quarantine with Your Teen
34.  Inside the Principal's Office
33.  Raising Kids Who Embrace Race
32.  How to Handle Bullying


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

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
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
CONTACT INFORMATION

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

PTSA President:   Jennifer Newman

PTSA General Inquiries:  parras.ptsa@gmail.com


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FEBRUARY



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