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LCTA PTA eROAR, November 8th, 2023

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Donate now to Lion Fest, our one + only school fundraiser! Donation deadline extended to this Friday 11/10 - get your donations in by 11/10! 🗓 Subscribe to the PTA calendar 🗓 Upcoming Dates: Monday, November 6 - Friday, November 10: National School Psychology Week (NSPW) Friday, November 10: Veteran's Day Program, 9 am Friday, November 10: Last Day for Lion Fest Donations (Help us reach our goal!) Friday, November 10: Uniform Locker Open, 7:45-8:30 am Tuesday, November 14: Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day and Assembly Tuesday, November 14: PTA General Membership Meeting, 7 pm (Zoom) Wednesday, November 15*: AAS Screening Process Info Session, 8:15 am (In-Person) *DATE CHANGE from 11/14 Wednesday, November 15: Support Staff Appreciation Day Thursday, November 16: Reflections Assembly Wednesday, November 22 - Friday, November 24: Thanksgiving Break (No School) Monday, December 4: Picture Day Make Up Friday, December 8: LCTA Parent Coffee, 8:30 am Table of Contents

  • Lion Fest: Donate by 11/10 + Kickball Tournament + Dress Down Day

  • Lion Fest Sponsors Spotlight

  • National School Psychology Week 11/6-11/10

  • Uniform Locker Open 11/10, 7:45 am

  • Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day and Assembly 11/14

  • PTA General Membership Meeting 11/14, 7 pm (Zoom)

  • Support Staff Appreciation Day 11/15

  • Spirit Wear: Updates

  • PTA on Social Media: Twitter/X + Instagram

  • Support LCTA While You Shop at Minted School Announcements

  • Picture Day Updates

  • Veteran's Day Program 11/10

  • Cafeteria Updates: November Menu + Thanksgiving Lunch 11/15

  • School contact info

Lion Fest: Donate by 11/10 + Kickball Tournament + Dress Down Day Thank you so much to everyone who has donated and contributed their time and hard work to make Lion Fest a success! Our donation link is still live until this Friday 11/10, and we would love your help to reach our goal of $35,000! We are currently at $22,673 in donations + $10,286 made from the auction (WOW! THANK YOU!) = $32,959. We are so close to go to make our $35,000 goal, and any amount goes a long way to helping our school community! Kickball Tournament All classes that reach 100% participation in donations will get to participate in a kickball tournament - donations of all amounts make a difference and are greatly appreciated as they make a lasting impact on our school community!! Dress Down Day As part of the celebration for when we reach our goal, a dress down day will be awarded to the whole school if we make our goal of $35,000! Donation Challenge We are hoping to have 100% participating this year in our donation drive. The goal is to raise $35,000! Please contribute what you can by this Friday 11/10 and ask friends, family and neighbors to contribute too. Just scan the QR code below or visit to contribute. See our current progress to goal below; keep checking our website for the latest updates!

Lion Fest Sponsors Spotlight Demaine Funeral Home, our neighbors at 520 South Washington Street, have always been a trusted friend to the LCTA community, and they kindly and generously allow us use of their parking facilities, when not in use for a funeral. Since the early 1840s, the Demaine family has been synonymous with the highest standard of funeral care in the Alexandria community. Demaine Funeral Home has served thousands of families for over 220 years; their dedication to quality service has remained the same. They are a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers, offering compassionate care and personalized service you can trust. Learn more at Whether buying or selling, The Goodhart Group's established team of agents with presence provide guidance, support, and confidence — keeping your best interests at heart. They've been working and living in the Alexandria and D.C. area for over a combined twenty-seven years. They have one focus: their clients. No matter what circumstance, budget, or background, they give every client the attention and dedication they deserve throughout the entire process. Learn more at Thomas J. Fannon & Sons is a family-owned HVAC company that has been in business for over 135 years. They are an established company that’s known for their professionalism and attention to detail. They provide the widest range of home comfort products and services in Northern Virginia. They install and service air conditioning systems, heat pumps and gas equipment. They also deliver home heating oil. Their expertise and experience is unmatched in our local area. If you want quick and hassle-free HVAC service, then give Thomas J. Fannon & Sons a call. Learn more at Whether you're looking to refresh a specific room or fully renovate your home, Cherry Blossom Home offers a range of personalized design services that cater to your needs and budget. Their goal is to create spaces that authentically reflect your unique personality and lifestyle, while also ensuring that your vision comes to life in a livable and functional way. Learn more at National School Psychology Week 11/6-11/10 During this week of 11/6-11/10, schools nationwide are celebrating National School Psychology Week (NSPW) to highlight the critical work school psychologists do to help students thrive. This is a time to recognize and show appreciation for our wonderful Dr. Rebecca Marcus, who supports students' learning and mental and behavioral health, promotes a positive and inclusive school climate, serves on school safety and crisis teams, and collaborates with families, teachers, and administrators to improve student outcomes. Dr. Marcus brings warmth, care, and expertise to our school community, supporting our students' well-being and success. Thank you for nurturing a positive and healthy learning environment at LCTA! Please spend a few minutes this week to say thank you to Dr. Marcus and have your student draw a thank you note (or use the template below!).

Uniform Locker Open 11/10, 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 11/10 at drop off, from 7:45 am - 8:30 am. It is located by the side doors of the school, facing the parking lot.

Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day and Assembly 11/14 Six year old Ruby Bridges stepped into the history books in 1960 when she integrated William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans. Today her story continues to inspire the next generation of leaders to end racism together one step at a time. We honor her legacy by continuing the movement to end racism and unify our communities. Learn more at All LCTA students will gather on 11/14 for an in-school assembly, which will include a presentation in partnership with the Alexandria Black History Museum. "Don't follow the path. Go where there is no path and begin the trail." -Ruby Bridges

PTA General Membership Meeting 11/14, 7 pm (Zoom) Please join us on Zoom for our November General Membership Meeting! Date: Tuesday 11/14, 7 pm Speaker: Mr. John Finnegan, Director of Educational Facilities Topic: LCTA Facilities Projects Where: Zoom (Details below) Meeting ID: 892 2068 9454 Passcode: 447461 One tap mobile +13017158592,,89220689454# US (Washington DC) +13052241968,,89220689454# US Support Staff Appreciation Day 11/15 Wednesday 11/15 is Support Staff Appreciation Day! Let's show our incredible support staff how thankful we are for them and all they do for our school, as they work tirelessly day in and day out! Thank you very much to the wonderful Ms. Abueid, Mr. Stillions, Ms. Rivera, Ms. Lawlor, Ms. Andrews, Ms. Lugo, Ms. Purdy, Ms. Thily, Ms. J, and Mr. Corey for your tremendous commitment and dedication! Please spend a few minutes next Wednesday 11/15 to say thank you and have your student draw a thank you note (or use the template below!).

Spirit Wear: Updates Prior Orders Update: All Spirit Wear from the first round (clothes) and second round (socks) of orders have arrived; if you haven't received your order yet, please email Third round (clothes) of orders should arrive by 11/17 for distribution before the Thanksgiving holiday. We will keep you posted as items arrive. 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 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 Picture Day Updates Thank you to everyone that has already ordered their pictures from Picture Day! Online ordering was only open for 48 hours following Picture Day. All will receive a proof when pictures are ready and sent to the school. The online processing will then reopen, where parents can order online (at by using this online code: lylescrouch23). If you do not like the proof, save the date for Make Up Picture Day on 12/4! This opportunity is available to all students who were absent on the initial Picture Day or require a retake. Veteran's Day Program 11/10 We welcome all families of our 4th grade choir and veterans and active military to attend our Veteran’s Day program at 9 am. Students in grades 3-5 and any siblings of military families are also invited to join. We will have a donut and coffee social, provided by the PTA, to honor our nation’s military beginning at 8:30 am.

Cafeteria Updates: November Menu + Thanksgiving Lunch 11/15 Our cafeteria menu for the month of November can be found below. We will also have a special Thanksgiving lunch on Wednesday 11/15, for students only. See menu for this special day below, as well. Thank you to our wonderful Cafeteria Manager, Ms. Purdy!

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

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