PARRAS MIDDLE SCHOOL PTSA 
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Week of March 8, 2021                                                                v.20-21 i.23
FlowerTruck LA Fundraiser - SATURDAY MARCH 13th 1-3p

 


  • Our fundraiser is THIS 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.  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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Parras Pizza Night - MARCH 18th


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National PTA Founding Women
Celebrating Women's History Month: Honoring our PTA Founders
March is Women's History Month-don't forget to celebrate the influential women in your life! We're starting with our founders-Alice McLellan Birney, Phoebe Apperson Hearst and Selena Sloan Butler, who were women of imagination and courage. They had a simple idea-to improve the lives and future of all children. They understood the power of individual action, worked beyond the accepted barriers of their day and took action to change the world for all children. Learn more about these strong women and their legacy.
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PTA Upcoming Meeting

Introducing our 2021-2022 Parras PTSA Executive Board Nominees!

To vote for the nominees, please attend our PTSA meeting via Zoom on
  March 24, 2021 @ 8:30a.

Click below to receive the meeting link:  

PARRAS MIDDLE SCHOOL PTSA 

Position
Name
PresidentJennifer Newman
VP, Volunteers
Kristi Thompson
VP, Programs
Jean Hirano
HistorianRebecca Zino
TreasurerMelissa Moynan
Financial SecretaryJamie Fresques
Auditor
Kathy Pitts

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.
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CLICK HERE to purchase your yearbook!

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*MARCH PROJECT*

 

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

SCHOOL NEWS
WELCOME BACK 6TH GRADE!!!!

New Bell Schedules Beginning 3/11/21:

CLICK HERE for 6th Grade
CLICK HERE for 7th & 8th Grades

Asynchronous Learning Days:  3/9, 3/10 & 3/15
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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: https://forms.gle/K8UErjcDJrSacNVA9
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Parras MS Counseling



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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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Parras Roar Newsletter


Created by Parras Students - 

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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

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OTHER NEWS
NATIONAL PTA NEWS

Listen: National PTA President Leslie Boggs Podcast on Meeting Student's Mental Health Needs During the Pandemic

Public Schools Week Podcast
National PTA joined the celebration for Public Schools Week, participating in discussions on how public schools can move forward from the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to a podcast featuring National PTA President Leslie Boggs, where she talks about how schools and parents can work together to meet the social-emotional and mental health needs of students during the pandemic. You can also watch a panel discussion with exemplary educators and advocates including President Boggs.

CALIFORNIA PTA NEWS
STUDENT BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED
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.



CAPTA PTA Action Items - LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD IN SACRAMENTO! 
Click here to view current legislative items.


Notes from the Backpack

A Podcast for Parents, by Parents

Notes  from the Backpack: A PTA Podcast | Guests: Ralph Smith, Grade Level Reading
Podcast Flashback: Prioritizing COVID-19 Relief and Recovery
As schools across the country continue to work through reopening plans, we are revisiting Notes from the Backpack Episode 28, featuring Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade Level Reading. He shares his perspective on the impact COVID-19 is having in the hardest hit communities, and offers suggestions for parent leaders looking to support the most vulnerable learners during this challenging time. Listen now.
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

NewsletterDiane Kokes,  parrasnews@gmail.com

Important Dates
MARCH

3/9:  Asynchronous Learning Day - NO ZOOM CLASSES


3/10:  Asynchronous Learning Day - NO ZOOM CLASSES


3/11:  NEW BELL SCHEDULE BEGINS
3/13:  FlowerTruck LA event in Parras parking lot 1-3p

3/15:  Asynchronous Learning Day - NO ZOOM CLASSES




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

3/26:  Career Day

APRIL

4/1:  Quarter 3 Ends

4/2-4/9:  SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL


4/15-18:  Wanna Chill Fundraiser

4/19:  Parras Fundraiser @ Mama D's RB





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