PARRAS MIDDLE SCHOOL PTSA 
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Week of January 11, 2021                                                             v.20-21 i.15
*NEW PROJECT*
South Bay Hands on Art presents Salvador Dalí. The surreal artwork "The Elephants" is the inspiration for this project.  Students will be introduced to this artwork and to its creator, Salvador Dalí.  They will also learn about Surrealism, creating art based on dreams and imagination.  After, they can create their own artwork inspired by "The Elephants".  Instructions will be given on how to draw an elephant with very long skinny legs, but they are invited to vary it as they wish.  For instance, they can create another animal with very long legs, or an elephant with normal legs. You can use supplies that you have at home - colored pencils, markers, crayons... you could even make it a family project!  To get started, just visit: www.SouthBayHandsonArt.com.

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


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33rd District PTA Speaker Series

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Join National PTA for their annual Reflections Student Arts Showcase Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 4p. This free, virtual event will celebrate talented 2019-2020 Look Within Reflections artists.  All are welcome to attend.

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PTSA Nominating Committee

Do you know awesome people who love to volunteer?  Do you have awesome persuasive skills? 

If so, WE NEED YOU!  We are looking for PTSA members interested in serving in this year's PTSA Nominating Committee. This committee recommends individuals to serve on next year's PTSA Executive Board. You will work from January-March to identify and interview candidates, and present potential officers for consideration at the March PTSA Association meeting.

If you are interested, please feel free to reach out to Carrie Gonzales at parras.ptsa@gmail.com.
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Join PTSA

We are STRONGER TOGETHER! 
  • 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 January 27 @ 5:30p.  Zoom link will follow.
 
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Support Parras PTSA while you shop at Amazon!
   
Go to https://smile.amazon.com/Designate Nick G Parras Middle School PTSA  as your organization and shop as usual.  Amazon will then donate a portion of your purchase 
to Parras PTSA.
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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
School Reopening

Click here for information regarding RBUSD's school reopening plan.
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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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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 December.  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


January Counseling Curriculum - CLICK TO READ.
Parras Counseling Website - CLICK HERE.
December Counselor Corner Newsletter - CLICK TO READ.
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Parents as Teachers Series







 

Click here for previous video chats.

COMMUNITY NEWS

South Bay Families Connected
 Resources for Discussing Current Events - CLICK HERE
 



 
 

 






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
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! 

Click here to view current legislative items.

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:
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

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
JANUARY


1/18:  NO SCHOOL


1/25-29:  Semester Benchmarks


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

1/29:  Quarter 2 Ends

FEBRUARY


2/15:  NO SCHOOL




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