LCTA PTA eROAR, October 30, 2020

Our VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR is Live!  Now through November 9 Please join us at the Book Fair: Two ways to shop:  - Shop the Store  -  New Virtual Fair! All orders ship home and book-only orders over $25 ship free. Every purchase earns 25% in rewards for LCTA. PTA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS For our October meeting, we were very fortunate to have Dr. Kynai Johnson, ACPS Director of School Social Work, as our guest speaker. She gave a vibrant presentation and spoke with us about working with our children through the stresses of virtual learning. She left us with great tips such as: - Supporting the development of new routines (we have not lost our routine; we are simply developing a new one); - Identifying designated workspaces and materials for our children's online school; - Celebrating victories along the way (she calls it the "Peacock Strut!"); - Planning for and addressing screen fatigue (board games and books!); - Engaging in artistic outlets and self-care: Physical (sleep, exercise, healthy food, walking); Emotional (forgiveness, compassion, kindness, stress management); Social (asking for help, establishing boundaries, support systems, positive social media, time together); and Spiritual (time alone, meditation, nature, journaling, sacred space); - Acknowledging that it is okay to not be okay; - And finally, remembering we are all in this together.  Our November General Membership meeting brings us A'lice Myers-Hall, President of the American Indian Society of Washington, D.C., 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 in November. Please mark your calendar and join us:  Wednesday, November 11 7pm via Zoom Webinar Amharic Interpretation provided RETURNING TO SCHOOL In the PTAC (district-wide PTA) meeting last night, Dr. Hutchings expressed how he would deeply like to see our students back at school; eight months away is too long! He and his team are carefully looking at how our district can make this happen in a way that is safe for everyone and without negative repercussions. The decisions of ACPS impact our entire city and ACPS is proceeding cautiously and looking hard at how to mitigate our two main constraints: building capacity and staffing. He, like everyone, wants normalcy, but there is still not a vaccine. He does not want to see things shut down entirely again as they did in March due to spikes in COVID-19 cases. The plan is to get K-5 back in the buildings in January, and conversations are now in place to adjust the online education schedules for K-2. At our November PTA General Membership meeting (November 11), Dr. Zissios will share any further updates, answer questions, and address concerns. LCTA PTA FALL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE & CONTEST 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. 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! THE RACE IS ON: Leading the charge is KINDERGARTEN with 30.4% In 2nd place is SECOND grade with 28.1% 3rd and 4th places are neck-and-neck with FOURTH grade at 20.8% & FIRST grade at 20.5% Lagging a bit behind (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 everyone who has joined the PTA. For everyone else - as you can see, we still have a ways to go to reach our 100% participation goal. Please help us!