PARRAS MIDDLE SCHOOL PTSA 
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Week of February 8, 2021                                                             v.20-21 i.19
Selena Sloan Butler, Founder National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers
Celebrate Black History Month: Honoring African American Educators and Advocates
In celebration of Black History Month, we are honoring Selena Sloan Butler, who founded the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (NCCPT) to advocate for children, especially African American children in segregated communities. After working side-by-side for every child through the Civil Rights movement, National PTA and NCCPT signed a Declaration of Unity and merged in 1970. Learn more about Selena, the Unification, and the history of National PTA.
�� Books to Celebrate Black History MonthThe Reading is Fundamental non-profit has put together a collection of meaningful, diverse titles and accompanying resources that celebrate great stories by and about African Americans. Check out their collection!
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PTSA Open Positions for 2021-2022 School Year

Do you want to be more involved with our wonderful school next year?  If so, we need you!  We have the following open positions in the PTSA for the 2021-2022 school year:
  • Hands on Art
  • Hands on Art Co Chair
  • Dining Events
  • Fundraising
  • Legacy Project (8th Grade)
If you are interested, please contact the Parras PTSA:  parras.ptsa@gmail.com.
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Join PTSA

We are STRONGER TOGETHER!  Have you joined the PTSA yet?  
  • Winter Perks are here!  Get PERKS for being a Parras PTSA memberclick 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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Student Portrait & Ad Dedication Deadline is Feb 11th

YEARBOOK UPDATE:
Yearbook Portraits: (Due 2/11/21)
We are asking that students/parents upload their students' portrait directly to our yearbook site. The instructions are here: 

Dedications: (Due 2/11/21)
Personalized dedications are almost gone!

Buying a Yearbook:
You can still buy a yearbook!

Should you have any questions or need assistance please contact Mr. Shawver CShawver@RBUSD.Org
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Restaurant Event - Feb 17th
 
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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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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.
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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
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!

Thursday, February 11, 2021 is No One Eats Alone Day at lunch.  Sponsored by Sandy Hook Promise, this day aims to end social-isolation by promoting friendships and new connections amongst all students.  On 2/11/21, Parras students can log into zooms by grade level from 12:40-1:10p to play games with WEB Leaders while they eat lunch.

From 1:10-2:10p students are then invited to attend a FUN tutorial with a Parras teacher.  Teachers will be doing origami, painting, listening to music, hosting a pet show and tell, cooking, baking cookies, going over golf or surf techniques, playing Among Us, and so much more!  To read descriptions and sign up, please have your child go HERE.  Space is limited!
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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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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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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 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.
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COMMUNITY NEWS

CANDIDATES FORUMS 
MAYORAL AND CITY ATTORNEY 
Wednesday, February 10th - 7:00 PM 
 
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICTS 1, 2, and 4  
Thursday, February 11th - 7:00 PM 
Presented by  
The League of Women Voters Beach Cities 
Easy Reader  
Link will be live on the homepage of Easy Reader  
Label questions Mayor, City Attorney or City Council 
Send questions to: Barbara Arlow, LWV gerbar92@msn.com


 




OTHER NEWS
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.
Celebrate Safer Internet Week February 8 - 12
Join Us for a Weeklong Celebration of Safer Internet Day!
National PTA is celebrating Safer Internet Day with a week of events from Feb. 8-12 designed to empower families to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. Hear from families about how to create a more inclusive online community, learn how to keep kids safe online, talk with TikTok influencer Alexis Frost about how parents can check their child's TikTok safety features and more! Check out the full schedule of events.
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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