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Week of February 22, 2021                                                             v.20-21 i.21
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.

Dr.  Frederick Douglass Patterson, founder of the United Negro College Fund
Celebrate Black History Month: Honoring African American Educators and Advocates
In celebration of Black History Month, we are honoring Dr. Frederick Douglass Patterson, who founded the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in 1944. Today, UNCF is the nation's largest minority education organization, awarding more than $100 million a year in scholarships to more than 10,000 students. Patterson also served as President of what is now Tuskegee University, and was an early champion of making higher education accessible to African American students.
PTSA Open Positions for 2021-2022 School Year

Chair Positions:
  • Hands on Art
  • Hands on Art Co Chair
  • Dining Events
If you are interested, please contact the Parras PTSA:
PTA Founders Day

We'd like to honor the PTA as we celebrate Founders Day, which was Feb 17th.  
  • Click to read a brief history of PTA
  • Click to find out what the very first convention held in 1897 was like
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.  RSVP here to receive the zoom link.
33rd District PTA Speaker Series



Did you miss past Connecting Community discussions and workshops?


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. 


CLICK HERE to purchase your yearbook!

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 to be put into a virtual gallery!

Career Day is Coming! March 26th
We are excited to share with you that Parras will be hosting a Virtual Career Day on March 26th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This is an exciting opportunity for our students to hear about a variety of career paths and the steps needed to enter those fields. We are looking for presenters for this fun event. If you would like to learn more about being a potential presenter, please complete this survey:
Parras MS Counseling
Hello 8th Grade Parents!

Your Parras counseling team is excited to roll out a valuable lesson about preparing for HS college, work, and beyond.  This lesson will go over a-g requirements, RUHS pathways and courses, and how to stay eligible for sports and extracurricular activities and is designed to help prepare your student for selecting their courses for next year.  Our lesson will be taught in Social Science classes during the week of 2/22-2/26 and students will have the opportunity to fill out a question sheet at the end of the lesson.  We will then be hosting a student Q&A session on Monday, March 1st, 2021 @ 1:30p via zoom.  Please make sure this is on your student's calendar if they have any questions or need support.  Also, to continue to get important updates on HS nights, videos on signing up for classes, etc, please make sure your child is part of the 8th Grade Counseling google classroom here:  3f32qud.

Rachel Andrews
Parras Counselor

Parras WEB and CJSF students are trained as Peer Tutors and will help your student for free!

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.
RUHS Digital Marquee Fundraiser

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.
School Reopening

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

Click here for previous video chats




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 State PTA is now accepting applications for students to serve on our state Board of Managers for the 2021-22 school year!

Students are valuable members of the board. As full voting members, they share their perspectives on current issues, voice their concerns and provide insights during the meetings they attend. Their volunteer service board provides them with an opportunity to further develop leadership skills within the framework and organizational structure of the California State PTA.

For eligibility and application information, click here. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2021.

Click here to view current legislative items.
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:

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.
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
4. Online Cooking School
5. National Emergency Library Free Online Books.
6. San Diego Zoo Live Cam
8. Free Magic Workshops
9. Learn to Code online workshops
10. Free Meditation Sessions
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

200 N. Lucia Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

PTSA President:   Jennifer Newman

PTSA General Inquiries:

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Important Dates


3/13:  FlowerTruck LA event in Parras parking lot 1-3p

3/24:  PTSA Association Mtg 8:30a - RSVP to receive zoom link

3/26:  Career Day


4/1:  Quarter 3 Ends


4/15-18:  Wanna Chill Fundraiser

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