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LCTA PTA eROAR, September 14, 2020

Congratulations to us all on surviving the first week of VirtualPLUS+ ! This is no small feat, and it was, and continues to be, a truly collaborative effort. 

As we adjust to the new rhythm of things, let us also gently adjust our expectations. Expectations of ourselves, our children, our teachers ... of everyone.  I find that it helps me to keep reminding myself that I am doing the best I can; that we are all doing the best we can. I also remind myself that with time things will become smoother and easier. Our community is a strong one and with some patience, we will figure this out together! 

LCTA Nuts & Bolts Night

Wednesday September 16 at 7pm on Zoom (AMHARIC TRANSLATION PROVIDED

Please join our school administration and staff to learn more about the programs at LCTA such as Core Knowledge, SEAL, PBIS, ROARS, TAG, GIA, and student support services. We will also give an overview of the PTA and present the PTA 2020-21 budget. Please click here to review the budget before we vote on it at Wednesday's meeting. Feedback can be directed to

Additionally, Alexandria Councilman Canek Aguirre will speak to us about the Census.

Please click the link below to join the webinar: Passcode: lion

Or iPhone one-tap : US: +13017158592,,93051282675#,,,,,,0#,,008951# or +13126266799,,93051282675#,,,,,,0#,,008951# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 9128 Webinar ID: 930 5128 2675 Passcode: 008951 International numbers available:

A Message from the 360 Inclusion Committee: Hispanic Heritage Awareness Month

September is Hispanic Heritage Awareness Month, which officially begins TOMORROW, September 15th. The 15th was selected because it marks the independence days of five Latin American countries - Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.  Did you know that Sonia Sotomayor, who was confirmed in 2009, is the first Hispanic person to serve as a Justice of the United States Supreme Court?

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"

We are starting a monthly “Coffee Conversations” which is designed to be a discussion from a multicultural perspective that will increase awareness and inclusivity. The inaugural "Coffee Conversations" event will be on September 29 at 7pm via Zoom and Matias Palavecino will lead the conversation; Please join us!

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 will post a reading list that accompanies the Heritage theme for the month. This informative and inspiring book list created by our own 360 Committee Teacher Representative, Ms. Powell, recognizes the wide range of voices and stories within Hispanic and Latinx culture. Also included are Ms. Knoll's reading suggestions! Most are accessible via YouTube and therefore do not require purchasing.

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

Sprout School Supplies Pickup

There are still a handful of families who have not picked up their Sprout School supplies.  Please contact Joanne in the front office to arrange pick-up.

Important Dates at a Glance:

9/15: Hispanic Heritage Month begins Wednesday,

9/16: Nuts and Bolts Webinar, 7pm Tuesday,

9/22: Virtual Back to School Night,

9/29: Coffee & Conversations, 7PM Tuesday

Connect with the LCTA PTA 2020-2021 

Connect with us for the 2020-2021 upcoming school year here.  Complete the sections that interest you: Join the PTA!; enter your email to receive eRoar communications; add your info for our 2020-2021 directory; and/or opt in to participate in a telephone survey (How can the LCTA PTA  represent me?).  This year dues are not required for PTA membership (donation only), and PTA membership is not required to be included in the PTA Directory.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if we can help,

Melissa Carstens and the PTA Executive Board

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