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LCTA PTA eROAR, December 9, 2020

DECEMBER GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING TONIGHT!

Wednesday, December 9 at 7pm

The Importance of Inclusion with Danielle Epps, a parent in our community & also a special education teacher.

Please join us to hear from Ms. Danielle, who is a published author and very engaging speaker!

Additionally, Dr. Zissios and Ms. Ricks will share updates, answer questions, and address concerns. Dr. Zissios will update parents on the re-opening plan (with as much as she knows as of 7:00 tonight).

Zoom Webinar

Amharic Interpretation provided

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/94608511932?pwd=dVEvYUtFenJleUlvQlh3MEdSUE9ZUT09

Telephone:+1 301 715 8592

Passcode: 57535113

Webinar ID: 946 0851 1932 Passcode: lionspta

HOLIDAY GIVING OPPORTUNITY: The Lyles-Crouch Children's Fund As the holiday season approaches, members of our community have asked how they can give assistance, especially since we are not able to do our traditional Angel Tree this year. Please consider making a donation to the Lyles-Crouch Children's Fund. Donations will be used to provide essentials for our Lyles-Crouch students in need.

Donations are tax deductible and can be made online (see link below) or via cash/check (payable to LCTA PTA) and brought to the front office. Checks can also be mailed to the school:

Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy PTA c/o Dr. Zissios 530 South Saint Asaph Street Alexandria, VA 22314

Thank you for giving what you can and encouraging others to do the same. Your generosity and compassion are part of what makes ours a wonderful school community, and a vibrant and enriching place to learn for all children. We are grateful for you! Happy Holidays!

The Lyles-Crouch Children's Fund

YEARBOOKS

There are yearbooks that still need to be picked up from the school! The front office is open between 9 am and 3 pm Monday - Thursday (closed Fridays). Everything needs to be distributed by next Monday, December 14 at the latest, so please come ASAP if you have not already.

LCTA PTA FALL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE & CONTEST RESULTS!

We have completed our Membership drive contest and the raffle winners are (insert drumroll)....

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR RAFFLE WINNERS Kindergarten: The Ali Family

First Grade: The Coyne Family

Second Grade: The Sandoval Family

Third Grade: The Kropman Family

Fourth Grade: The Yoon Family

Fifth Grade: The family of Elijah Chukwuanu

Staff: Ms. Seto

All Raffle Winners win a $25 gift card to one of the Alexandria Neighborhood Partners Restaurants ... to be enjoyed at Mia's Italian Kitchen, The Majestic, Lena's Woodfired Pizza, and more!

The TOP THREE CLASSES are:

#1 Ms. Hribar (55.6%)

#2 Mrs. O'Donoghue (50%)

#3 MS. Wadley (45.8%)

Ms. Hribar, Mrs. O'Donoghue, and Ms. Wadley also win ARP gift cards, thanks to the awesome families of their students!

The TOP GRADES are:

1st place: KINDERGARTEN (37.7%)

2nd place: FIRST GRADE (34.2%)

The First Grade will receive an "Extra Recess" ROARS celebration!

The Kindergarten's prize will be announced soon!

TOTAL: 30.0% School-wide Participation

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE PTA! As you can see, we still have a ways to go to reach our 100% participation goal. Since there is no membership fee this year, we should easily reach out 100% participation goal. Even if you joined the PTA last year, membership must be renewed annually.

There is still time to join: Connect with the PTA

NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE RESOURCE

For November's General Membership meeting in light of Native American Heritage month, we heard from A'lice Myers-Hall, President of the American Indian Society of Washington, D.C., educator, retired military, and member of the Lenape tribe. She gave an amazingly insightful and visual presentation! We now have a wonderful resource for our students and those in our community who would like to learn more about American Indian history and culture. Presentation slides can be found here.

INTERPRETATION BUDGET

Did you know that almost one out of three students enrolled in ACPS is an English language learner? And 121 native languages are spoken by our Alexandria families? We are proud of this rich multicultural diversity that can transform our school communities into vibrant learning spaces. ACPS is receiving a record number of interpretation and translation requests to support our virtual environment. The LCTA Community has benefited from the services of these interpreters, to include at our PTA meetings. If you would like to make a donation to Alexandria's PTA Council to support the interpretation/translation budget, you can contribute here:

MIGHTYCAUSE.COM

360 INCLUSION COMMITTEE

December is Special Education and IEP Awareness on our Heritage Calendar!

Let's Read Together!

"Heritage Month Book List"

What better way is there to celebrate with children the diverse cultures and families that are a part of the LCTA school community than with books? Every month we post a reading list that accompanies the Heritage theme for the month. December's informative and inspiring book list, focusing on Special Education, was created by our one and only Ms. Yonkers.

To join the 360 Committee, or if you have questions and comments about 360, please reach out to April Bryant and Alexis Doxey at 360inclusioncommittee@lctapta.org

360 Inclusion Website

Heritage & Inclusion Calendar

SINGLE PARENT SUPPORT

Thanks for all the LCTA Single Parents who joined the kick-off meeting where Mai Trinh prepared a most meaningful presentation on Staying Healthy for the Holidays!

The next LCTA Single Parent Zoom Chat will be on Wednesday, December 14th at 8 PM. This will be solely a meet and greet and an idea swap of your favorite single parenting hack.

LCTA Single Parent Meet and Greet

Wednesday, Dec 16, at 8:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86403950845?pwd=ajRXLyt0UkRZUmZRTW1CT3JQdmtiQT09

Meeting ID: 864 0395 0845

Passcode: 943964

One tap mobile

+13017158592,,86403950845#,,,,,,0#,,943964# US (Washington D.C)

Dial by your location

+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C)

Meeting ID: 864 0395 0845

Passcode: 943964

Please also consider joining the following:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/lctasingleparentgroup

https://groups.google.com/g/lcta-single-parent-support-group

Email:

lcta-single-parent-support-group@googlegroups.com

CHOICE FORM BY FRIDAY!

Families have until Friday, Dec. 11 to share their choice for either hybrid learning or virtual learning for each of their children enrolled in ACPS.

This information will help us refine our plans for the reopening of our schools.

Please encourage our families to review the information on hybrid vs. virtual learning options, then take a moment to complete the form to share with us their choice as it stands today regarding their student(s) intention to return to our classrooms beginning in January 2021.

Here are the two options for completing the Family Choice Form:

Complete the Family Choice Form in PowerSchool Parent Access. See the instructions for completing the form. NOTE: Families must use a PowerSchool Parent Access account to complete the form. They cannot access the form through a student’s PowerSchool account. If they need help with setting up or accessing a parent account, direct them to the PowerSchool Parent Access webpage. OR

Families can call the Virtual PLUS+ Helpline, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for help in completing the Family Choice Form:

  • English: 703-844-1763

  • Spanish: 703-844-3424

  • Amharic: 703-927-6866

  • Arabic: 703-927-7095

See more information on completing the Family Choice Form and our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy 
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Alexandria, Virginia 22314