PARRAS PTSA 
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PARRAS MIDDLE SCHOOL
Upcoming Schedule of Events
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Week of September 29, 2020                                                             v.20-21 i.1

Welcome to the Parras PTSA Newsletter!  Please see the welcome video by our 2020-21
PTSA President, Jennifer Newman!



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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Open Positions
PTSA has a few open positions, please help us out, we need you!
  • 8th Grade Dance Co-Chair
  • Hands on Art Co-Chair
  • Fundraising Chairs for Active & Passive
  • Spiritwear Chair
  • Registration Chair
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Reflections 

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/. We will be sending out additional information regarding the submission process. 

Contact:  Brandy Johnston at brandy@bearski.me
Submission Deadline:  October 19, 2020
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Family, Friends, and Supporters of Nick G Parras Middle School,

On October 7th, we will officially kickoff our 2nd Annual Charleston Wrap fundraiser! We have a school 
goal of $5000.00 in sales this year which will help fund PTSA events such as virtual assemblies, 
scholarships, classroom funds and more! More information to follow in our official kickoff letter!

Thank you for your help!
- Nick G Parras Middle School
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Support the RBEF Investor Drive, see Parras video below & go to RBEF.org to donate!

Parras MS - Investor Drive 2020-2021
Parras MS - Investor Drive 2020-2021




It's not too early to join "Team Parras (RBUSD)" for the Skechers Pier 2 Pier (Virtual) Friendship Walk - October 25th.
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Parras Restaurant Fundraiser

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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 Parras MS Counseling Dept is here to help through these challenging times, CLICK HERE for more information.
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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 List
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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 got to your AmazonSmile Shortcut 
app everytime you shop!

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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.





Need Help Creating a Power School Account?
See this informational presentation for help! CLICK HERE
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.








 






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.








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






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




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
SEPTEMBER

9/29:  6th Grade Math Workbook Pickup 1-3p

9/30:  7th Grade Math Workbook Pickup 1-3p


OCTOBER

10/1:  8th Grade Math Workbook Pickup 1-3p

10/7:  Charleston Fundraiser Begins

10/14:  Chipotle Fundraiser

10/19:  Reflections Submissions Deadline

10/22:  South Bay Families Connected Speaker Series

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

10/27:  Charleston Fundraiser Ends

10/30:  Quarter 1 Ends


NOVEMBER

11/11:  NO SCHOOL

11/18:  PTSA mtg 8:30a

11/23-11/27:  NO SCHOOL


DECEMBER

12/21-1/1:  NO SCHOOL




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