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LCTA PTA eROAR, December 6th, 2023

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Become a PTA member today! Only $10 per parent/guardian for the entire school year. 🗓 Subscribe to the PTA calendar 🗓 Upcoming Dates: TOMORROW, Thursday, December 7: School offices closes at 3 pm; no after-school tutoring THIS Friday, December 8: LCTA Parent Coffee, 8:30 am THIS Friday, December 8: Uniform Locker Open, 7:45-8:30 am Monday, December 11: Alexandria Gazette Packet Submissions Due Monday, December 11: Girls Scouts Daisy Troop Meeting, 6:30 pm Thursday, December 14: 4th, 5th Grade Winter Concert, 9 am (Families welcome!) Thursday, December 14: 2nd, 3rd Grade Winter Concert, 1 pm (Families welcome!) Friday, December 15: Kindergarten, 1st Grade Winter Concert, 9 am (Families welcome!) Monday, December 18 - Monday, January 1st: Winter Break (No school) Tuesday, January 2nd: Classes Resume Monday, January 8: Girls Scouts Daisy Troop Meeting, 6:30 pm Monday, January 15: MLK Jr. Day (No School) Monday, January 15: Girls Scouts Daisy Troop Meeting, 6:30 pm Wednesday, January 17: George Washington Middle School Elective Fair + Curriculum Night

PTA Parent Social Thank You! Thank you so much to everyone who joined in our PTA Parent Social this past Friday! Such a fun night, with friends new and old! We hope to see you at the next one! Table of Contents

  • Uniform Locker Open 12/8, 7:45 AM

  • Alexandria Gazette Packet Submissions Due 12/11

  • Top 5 Reasons to Bookmark our Website

  • GW Middle School Elective Fair + Curriculum Night 1/17

  • Spirit Wear: Updates

  • PTA on Social Media: Twitter/X + Instagram

  • Support LCTA While You Shop at Minted School Announcements

  • Parent Coffee 12/8

  • Girl Scouts Daisy Troop Meeting 12/11, 1/8, 1/15

  • Winter Concerts 12/14, 12/15

  • Lost and Found

  • Giving Opportunity

  • 2023-2024 ACPS Traditional Academic Calendar

  • School contact info

Uniform Locker Open 12/8, 7:45 AM Our school is a uniform school. As such, to help support our families, the PTA runs a Uniform Locker, which is stocked with gently used uniform items for your family to shop free of charge. Our Uniform Locker will be open this Friday 12/8 at drop off, from 7:45 am - 8:30 am. It is located by the side doors of the school, facing the parking lot.

Alexandria Gazette Packet Submissions Due 12/11 The Alexandria Gazette Packet invites children from all of our schools to submit visual art and writing for its annual Children's and Teens' Gazette. In this long-standing tradition, the Alexandria Gazette Packet, publishing images of all types of visual art forms, from drawing, painting, printmaking, and graphic design to sculpture, extended media, crafts, and more. It also welcomes written works such as poetry, essays, opinion pieces, and short stories. See more by going to and scrolling down to the Children's Edition. The anticipated publishing date for Children's and Teen's Gazette 2023 is the week of December 20, 2023. How to submit:

  1. Artwork should be photographed or scanned and provided in jpeg format. These can be submitted via Google Drive. Writing should be submitted in text format (docx or Google Docs) or pasted in the body of an email.

  2. We ask that all submissions be digital so they can be sent through email.

  3. Identify each submission as follows:

<First Name> <Last Name>, <Age>, <Grade>, <Residence Location (Alexandria, etc.)>, <Title of the Work>, <Medium or Type of Writing> | <School/Center Name>, <School Location>, <Teacher Name>, < Title> Artwork example Sean Murphy, 17, Grade 11, Alexandria, Summer Morning, watercolor on parchment | Alexandria City High School, Elizabeth Carr, art teacher, MS Writing example Martina Alvarez, 13, Grade 8, Alexandria, I'm Not Just a Teen, essay | Francis C. Hammond Middle School Alexandria, VA, Gratia Rodriguez, English teacher, HS

  1. Please email your submissions by 6 p.m. on Monday, December 11, 2023, to Editor and Publisher Mary Kimm at and fill in the Subject Line as Children's Connection 2023.

If you have any questions, contact Mercia Hobson, staff reporter, at or 703-371-2951. Top 5 Reasons to Bookmark Our Website The PTA website is packed with awesome information and resources, just for you! Check out our top 5 reasons for bookmarking it today below, and head on over to right away!

GW Middle School Elective Fair + Curriculum Night 1/17 5th grade parents, mark your calendars for this exciting opportunity to get to know George Washington Middle School on Wednesday 1/17 from 5:30 - 7 pm! The Middle School Elective Fair and Curriculum Night is an opportunity for students and families to gain insight into the curriculum covered in grade-level content classes and preview electives. Learn more at Spirit Wear: Updates Prior Orders Update: All Spirit Wear from the first round (clothes), second round (socks), and third round (clothes) of orders have arrived; if you haven't received your order yet, please email PTA on Social Media: Twitter/X + Instagram The PTA is on Twitter/X and on Instagram! Follow along to keep up to date! Our handle in both platforms is @lctapta. Support LCTA While You Shop at Minted "I used our LCTA discount with Minted and it worked beautifully! I used to use Shutterfly, but I am now a Minted fan." -Kendra Davis, parent to a 2nd grader at LCTA We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Minted to help us raise important funds for our school! Please support LCTA by ordering your holiday cards, unique stationery, children’s art, and gifts from Minted using our unique promo code at check out, FUNDRAISELCTA. You will get 20% OFF your order; and 15% of every purchase made using our code will be donated back to LCTA at the end of the year! With your help, we can fundraise for our school while also shopping with a discount! Thank you so much for your support! Shop today at

School Announcements Parent Coffee 12/8 Mark your calendar for our next LCTA parent coffee THIS Friday, December 8! You won’t want to miss the presentation by Janet Reese, ACPS Parent Support Specialist. She’ll be sharing tips for parents to help our children navigate the holiday season! Coffee and a light breakfast will be served at 8:15 am. The presentation begins at 8:30 am.

Girls Scouts Daisy Troop Meeting 12/11, 1/8, 1/15 You're invited to join our new LCTA Girls Scouts Daisy Troop! These initial sample meetings will all be held in the LCTA Cafeteria on Monday 12/11, 1/8, and 1/15 at 6:30 pm, where we will start the Girl Scout experience for your Kindergarteners and 1st graders. At the end of the sessions, we will have the option to continue as a full troop or explore other local troop opportunities. Please use this link to register your daughter(s) BEFORE coming to a meeting: The fee is $25 for your daughter to participate in the start-up, which covers staff time and supplies, and of course there is financial assistance if you need it. Remember, a parent or guardian must accompany your child to the first meeting and stay for the duration, but they do not have to register. Contact Membership Specialist Jackie Horn at with any questions.

Winter Concerts 12/14, 12/15 Come join us for our Winter Concerts next week, presented by all students K-5! Thursday 12/14, 9 am: 4th and 5th grades Thursday 12/14, 1 pm: 2nd and 3rd grades Friday 12/15, 9 am: K and 1st grades

Lost and Found Our Lost and Found racks are quite full! The Lost and Found is conveniently accessible for students on a daily basis in the cafeteria and for families before and after school out on the front sidewalk. If you prefer to browse at a different time, feel free to visit the office. We kindly request that you label your student's clothing with their name to avoid items being misplaced. Giving Opportunity We are collecting gifts for families in need during the holiday season. To participate, please shop from THIS AMAZON WISH LIST. Please consider donating! Your generosity is appreciated!

2023-2024 ACPS Traditional Academic Calendar The ACPS calendar for the school year follows below.

School contact info Main Office: (703) 706-4430 Principal: Assistant Principal: Registrar: Nurse: Counselor: Social Worker: PTA President:

Find us online at Facebook: Join the “Lyles Crouch Parents” group Twitter/X: @LCTAPTA Instagram: @LCTAPTA 530 South Saint Asaph Street Alexandria, VA 22314 USA Main Office: 703.706.4430 Share on social

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