October General Membership Meeting Wednesday, October 14 TONIGHT! 7pm via Zoom Webinar We are pleased to have Dr. Kynai Johnson, ACPS Director of School Social Work, as our guest speaker to talk with us about working with our children through the stresses of virtual learning. Please join us to explore together this very important topic! 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 LCTA PTA Fall Membership Drive Please remember to join the PTA (there is no fee to join the PTA this year; it is donation only). We strive for 100% participation from families and staff. And.... Drumroll... 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! Connect With the LCTA PTA GW Middle School PTA Membership Drive For those LCTA families who are now at GWMS and may not yet have learned how to get involved, please note the below regarding the GWMS PTA Membership drive: October is designated Membership Drive Month for the GWMS PTA. Membership dues are $10 per person and they support GWMS, Alexandria PTA Council (PTAC), the Virginia PTA and the National PTA. If you currently have a student at GWMS - or a fifth grader at LCTA who will attend GWMS next year - please consider joining. The PTA is a great channel for learning things happening at the school. Please join online today at: https://gwmspta.digitalpto.com/join-the-pta/ Online Book Fair October 27-November 9 The Scholastic Book Fair is back (earlier this year)! While the Fair will be exclusively held online, we still plan on making it a fun experience for our kids. The Online Fair will include features like: LCTA’s own online store, games, virtual store walk-throughs, and more. Remember, every dollar you spend will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!). Books will ship to your home. Save these dates and view our school’s Fair site (which will go live for shopping and purchasing on October 27): Online Store: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/lcta We can’t wait to “see” you at the Fair! American Education Week 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, we thought it serendipitous timing to observe this. Please note on your calendar and more details will be forthcoming through your classroom liaisons. A Message from the 360 Inclusion Committee Heritage Calendar: October is Disability Awareness Month! Did you know that October is Disability History and Awareness Month in Virginia? The 2009 Virginia General Assembly responded to the call from young people with disabilities to pass a resolution designating the month and to encourage public schools and universities to engage in activities that promote awareness. Many disabilities are invisible. An invisible disability is a physical, mental or neurological condition that is often not noticeable. Unfortunately, the invisibility can lead to false perceptions and judgements. The behavior you believe is strange could in reality be a disability. Who inspires you? Did you know these famous people have a disability? Tom Cruise, the world-famous movie actor, is extremely dyslexic, which is classed as a learning disability. Cruise was diagnosed with dyslexia at seven, struggling through school. Daniel Radcliffe, suffers from dyspraxia, a neurological problem that impairs the organization of movement. Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States for a massive four terms, went through polio and became a wheelchair user to help with his resulting paraplegia, although this was often hidden in official briefings and photographs. Geniuses Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton are believed by autism experts to have shown many signs of Asperger's Syndrome. Dr. Vernon Smith, Professor of Economics at Chapman University and expert in field of experimental economics won the Nobel Prize in 2002. Dr. Smith is open about having Asperger's Syndrome and credits his autism for his professional success. Dame Tanni Grey Thompson, who has spina bifida, and Ellie Simmonds, who has a form of dwarfism, are great examples of people who have achieved incredible success in the disability sports arena. The 360 Inclusion Committee is focusing on actionable items and discussion topics that offer a perspective of the diverse voices of LCTA. Please note these engaging new initiatives: Let's Chat Together! "Coffee Conversations" Tuesday, October 20 7:00 pm Understanding and Including our Children's Classmates with Disabilities and their Families Coffee Conversations Flyer Let's Read Together!