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LCTA PTA eROAR, November 5, 2020


Now through November 9

Please join us at the Book Fair:

25% of proceeds go towards buying books for our library and also to provide books to our student homes that cannot easily afford them. 

All orders ship home and book-only orders over $25 ship free.

Reading is a great way to keep spirits elevated indoors as temperatures drop outdoors! 


Wednesday, November 11 at 7pm

 Zoom Webinar

Amharic Interpretation provided

This month brings us A'lice Myers-Hall, President of the American Indian Society of Washington, D.C., as our guest speaker, as we celebrate November's Native American Heritage month. We are combining our 360 Committee "Coffee Conversation" (our monthly chat highlighting the Heritage Calendar) and our regular Membership Meeting. 

Ms. Myers-Hall is President of the DC American Indian Society, retired military, member of our local Indian Nation, and an educator. 

Additionally, Dr. Zissios will share any further updates regarding returning to school, answer questions, and address concerns.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Telephone:+1 301 715 8592

Passcode: 57535113

Webinar ID: 946 0851 1932 Passcode: lionspta


November is Native American Heritage Month!

American Indians and Alaskan Natives served valiantly in our Armed Forces in overwhelming numbers after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Among a total Native American population of 350,000, approximately 44,000 served on active duty, including more than 6,000 Alaskan Natives in the Alaska Territorial Guard. Their valiant service garnered many distinguished medals and honors, including the Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Silver Star, Air Medal, and Distinguished Service Cross. Three servicemembers earned the Congressional Medal of Honor-the highest military award granted in the country.

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. November's informative and inspiring book list, focusing on Native American heritage, was created by our one and only Ms. Powell.

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


Now through November 30

Winners announced on December 1!

We are at 24.6% School-wide membership

Please remember to join the PTA (there is no fee to join the PTA this year; it is donation only). Even if you joined the PTA last year, membership must be renewed annually. The LCTA PTA, along with generous membership donations, is covering our dues to the Alexandria PTA Council (PTAC), the Virginia PTA, and the National PTA. 

There will be prizes!

Every family and staff member who joins the PTA will be automatically entered into a RAFFLE.

There will be one drawing per grade level and one drawing for staff.

You could win a gift card to Amazon, Target, Taco Bell Cantina, Five Guys, Papa Johns, and more!

And... That's not all...!

The grade with the highest percentage of participation will win an asynchronous afternoon!

The grade with the second highest percentage will win an asynchronous period!


Still leading the charge is KINDERGARTEN with 33.3%

Still in 2nd place is SECOND grade with 29.2%

3rd place: FOURTH grade at 25.0%

4th place: FIRST grade at 23.3%

Bringing up the rear (but we know not to be ultimately defeated), are FIFTH grade at 18.5% and THIRD grade at 16.2%

The class with the highest percentage so far is Ms. HRIBAR'S class with 55.6% participation!

Thank you to those who have joined the PTA. For everyone else - 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 have 100% participation. 

The PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in America! Today's PTA is comprised of 5 million parents, teachers, grandparents, caregivers, foster parents, and other caring adults who share a commitment to improving the education, health, and safety of all children. PTA's local, district, state and national network provides parents with the forum and tools to collectively influence the decisions that affect our children's education and lives. Many benefits children receive today, such as universal kindergarten, the National School Lunch Program, and a juvenile justice system, were accomplished as a result of the PTA mission. 

There is still time to join: Connect with the PTA!


November 11-13

ACPS Elementary Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences will be November 11-13. Teachers will assign asynchronous work to equate to a half-day of learning on November 11, 12, and 13. Students can also look forward to some creative and engaging synchronous activities provided by the Encore team!


ACPS Progress Reports generated through the central office will be sent to family mailboxes the week of November 16.


Join Mai Trinh, MS Global Health and Certified Health Counselor, and parent in our LCTA community, for an evening of learning vital self-care tips to stay healthy for the holidays. This will also serve as the kick-off for the first ever LCTA Single Parenting Group where parents can share resources, provide emotional support and form single parent/solo guardian friendships. Mai has been a solo parent for over 7 years and has learned tips and tricks in the solo parenting journey. Please feel free to reach out to her with any questions:

No registration is required to participate. Please see Zoom link below and spread the word to other LCTA single parents so we can start our supportive community. 

Lyles Crouch Single Parent Support: Healthy for the Holidays

November 18, 8:00 PM 

Meeting ID: 859 8748 2426

Passcode: 302632


Most classes now have a designated classroom liaison. Connecting with your classroom liaison is particularly important while school is virtual - please support your liaison in their efforts! The role of the Classroom Liaison typically is to help the teacher as needed with additional classroom supplies, plan holiday parties, lead teacher appreciation and birthdays, and relay any other necessary information. Due to school being online, the role has shifted to focusing more on connecting and creating community in the classroom. Examples of ideas that your liaison may initiate include a Zoom playdate or game, a parent Zoom happy hour, ways for students to recognize class birthdays, or anything that helps everyone feel more connected as a class. Your classroom liaison will also reach out to you about American Education Week (teacher appreciation). 


November 16-20

American Education Week presents us with an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are ensuring that every child receives a quality education. Given all the extra hours our teachers and administrators are putting in, it is serendipitous timing to observe this! Please note on your calendar and look for communication from your classroom liaisons with ideas to celebrate our teachers and staff. 


The Good News: We have a confirmed ship date of this Friday, November 6!

Due to a temporary unexpected shutdown of the printing plant, we did not receive the books in October as we originally hoped and expected (that is The Bad News). 

We anticipate distribution NEXT WEEK (the week of November 9). Stay tuned for details. 

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