PARRAS PTSA 
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PARRAS MIDDLE SCHOOL
Upcoming Schedule of Events
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Week of October 13, 2020                                                             v.20-21 i.4

Parras Restaurant Fundraiser
 
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Charleston Wrap fundraiser is underway! Click the flyer to register or use the QR code in your camera app.  
The winner for our 1st drawing is... 
KAYLIN OLIVER!
  Thank you for supporting the Parras PTSA - enjoy your $15 Amazon Gift Card.

Upcoming Drawings:
  • Each student who receives one order by October 19th will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card.
  • Each student who sells a combined total of $100 by October 27th will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Starbucks Gift Card.
SCHOOL GOAL = We need 15 more Registrants & $1,000 in additional sales.

We are SO close to our goal, which means we are SO close to seeing Dr. Erickson in a dance video!  WE NEED TO SEE THAT! 

The wrapping paper is double sided & thick! In addition to wrapping paper, there are also a lot of other items to purchase, the holidays are coming!

 Parras Panthers, can you help us reach this goal?
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Join PTSA
 
We are STRONGER TOGETHER!  Have you joined the Parras PTSA yet?
It's easier than ever, please sign up your family today by clicking on the flyer above.
 
We hope you will join us for our next PTSA Meeting on November 18 @ 8:30a.  Zoom link will follow.
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PTSA still has a few open positions, please help us out, we need you!
  • Hands on Art Co-Chair
  • Fundraising Chair
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Reflections 

Deadline to Submit Reflections - October 19th 2020

How to upload your project:  To submit, please upload your work to the following link: https://forms.gle/wcQ7opKkJVp7ek7UA.  Once you submit, please make sure to hit the submit button at the bottom of the form and make sure you receive a confirmation email.
 
The theme for Reflections for the 2020-2021 school year is "I Matter Because...."
 
The categories are Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts.  For more information regarding the rules of the program click the following link:  https://capta.org/resource/participant-forms/.
 
Please contact Brandy Johnston at brandy@bearski.me if you have any questions.

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REGISTRATION IS FREE - click for more info.
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Support Parras PTSA while you shop at Amazon!

Just go to https://smile.amazon.com/ or if shopping by phone, create an
Amazon Smile App Shortcut.  Designate Nick G Parras Middle School PTSA as your 
organization and shop as usual.  Amazon will then donate a portion of your purchase 
price to Parras PTSA. Don't forget to bookmark it or go to your AmazonSmile Shortcut 
app everytime you shop!

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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



 

Please join "Team Parras" for the Skechers Pier to Pier Virtual Friendship Walk - October 25th.

Every registered walker brings at least $30 directly back to our school.
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Curbside Meal Service 

The Child Nutrition Department welcomes parents/guardians of children
(18 years of age and under) to come to our drive-thru curbside meal service to pick-up one
free breakfast and one free lunch.

Meals will be available for pick up at Alta Vista Elementary School, Madison Elementary School, Adams Middle School and Redondo Union High School, Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 1:30pm. These meals will be provided daily to all students at no charge. Adult meals are $3.00 for a breakfast and $5.00 for a lunch. Only exact change will be accepted.

For your convenience, students and/or parents are welcome to visit one meal service location of their choice. Students do not need to be present.

Menus will be updated monthly on the RBUSD Child Nutrition website.

As a friendly reminder, we ask that you please wear a face mask when visiting the drive-thru meal service locations.

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Parras MS Counseling

The official Mental Health Day has passed, but this is a great time to meet the Parras Counseling Team!

 

CLICK HERE for the Parras Counseling Dept website.
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Support the RBEF Investor Drive, see Parras video below & go to RBEF.org to donate!

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Need Help Creating a Power School Account?

See this informational presentation for help!  CLICK HERE

COMMUNITY NEWS

 

Don't forget to check out the 
Families Connected speaker series! 
See their website for all of the info! 

 
Resilience, or the ability of an individual to function competently in the face of adversity or distress, is an important protective factor for both adolescents and adults. COVID-19, with its continuing and lasting impacts, has presented many unprecedented and unique challenges for Beach Cities students and families. Families Connected Speaker Series keynote speaker Dr. Kelly Greco, PsyD will guide participants through a discussion for parents, caregivers and community members to learn how to utilize and teach life skills that help families cope and managing the stressors, loss, disappointments and unique challenges of life - with and without COVID-19. The Families Connected Speaker Series is presented in partnership with Beach Cities Health District, South Bay Families Connected, Hermosa Beach City School District, Manhattan Beach Unified School District and Redondo Beach Unified School District.











 
Use this link to find out more about how to make a donation through the BCHD.  





Jahana Hayes
With the presidential election less than a month away, how are you talking to your kids about civic engagement? We spoke to U.S. Congresswoman Jahana Hayes, who offers wisdom from her experience in the classroom and on the Hill. She shares how families can help kids become active citizens and lifelong voters by encouraging them to contribute to their communities in meaningful ways.

Resources:

  • For more resources to teach your kids about the election, check out these tools from iCivics.
  • Read through the Congresswoman's tips for families that she shared with National PTA as the 2016 National Teacher of the Year.

OTHER NEWS

Great Shake Out - 10/15/2020

The Earthquake Country Alliance suggests that in MOST situations, you will reduce your chance of injury if you:

DROP where you are onto your hands and knees.
This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.
COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand
  • If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter
  • If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows)
  • Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs
HOLD ON until shaking stops
  • Under shelter: hold on to your shelter with one hand; be ready to move with it if it shifts
  • No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.

Coronavirus Online Resources

Additional information can be found on the Center for Disease Control and the LA County 
Public Health Department links below:
Click here for more resources from the school nurses and psychologists associations.
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 
      Ucode  https://www.ucode.com/   
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 ACTION ITEMS - LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD IN SACRAMENTO! 

California PTA is working on your children's behalf to support various bills going through
the legislative process in Sacramento.  The bills cover many issues including increasing 
funding for education, full day kindergarten, later start time for Middle and High school, supporting arts education, sugar, and reforming the restrictions on passing local parcel 
taxes.  Here is a link with current legislation and from the link, each area of PTA interest 



LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - NEWS FROM OUR LEGISLATIVE CHAIR

Education funding in California is under attack due to the economic impact of COVID-19. 
Click here for more information from CAPTA on how you can advocate for educational 
funding in California.



WHY THE CENSUS IS IMPORTANT TO PTA
2020 is an important year for the state and the country - it's the once-per-decade time that every person in America is counted in the U.S. Census. Census-taking starts in March 2020.

Why is this important to you as a PTA member or leader? In a nutshell, responding to the census helps your community get its fair share of funding for the next 10 years. Census data guides how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed for the following:
  • Schools
  • Health care facilities
  • Roads and transportation
  • Recreation centers
  • Social services
  • And much more!
In terms of education and schools, the census count impacts the next 10 years' 
worth of funds that your community's schools will receive for special education, classroom technology, teacher training, after-school programs, school lunch assistance, and so on. If your child is in second grade now, the census count will have an impact on her education until she graduates from high school!

To help children understand the importance of the census, the U.S. Census Bureau has created a program called Statistics in Schools. The program features activities and lessons for grades K-12 which bring school subjects to life using real-world Census Bureau statistics.

We encourage you to promote Statistics in Schools at your school in order to teach students about the census and why it's crucial that every person is counted.

You have the power to shape the future for the children of California by helping to ensure that everyone in your community is counted in the 2020 Census.

Click the link below for more information on the importance of the 2020 Census.



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
OCTOBER





10/23:  Coffee with Parras Counselors via Zoom

10/25:  Skecher's Pier to Pier Virtual Walk

10/27:  Charleston Fundraiser Ends

10/30:  Quarter 1 Ends


NOVEMBER

11/3:  Election Day

11/11:  NO SCHOOL

11/18:  PTSA mtg 8:30a via Zoom

11/23-11/27:  NO SCHOOL


DECEMBER

12/21-1/1:  NO SCHOOL




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