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May 6, 2022 PLA@103 News


Have Your Voice Heard! Help Us Collaborate with City Connects to Enhance Support for our Scholars

Dear families,

PLA at Francis Scott Key 103 is going to be partnering with the City Connects program to develop a system to enhance support for our students and provide out-of-school support and enrichment opportunities. An important step in building this new program is to hear your thoughts on the challenges facing your student(s) and the strengths and needs of our school community. If you have not yet done so, please take a few minutes to complete this confidential survey–your voice is critical to this process.

City Connects Family Survey

To change the survey language, please use the dropdown menu on the top right of the survey.

We would appreciate your response by May 13th.

Thank you for your time,

Principal Rimer, PLA@103

Queridas familias,

PLA en Francis Scott Key 103 se asociará con el programa City Connects para desarrollar un sistema para mejorar el apoyo estudiantil y brindar apoyo fuera de la escuela y oportunidades de enriquecimiento. Un paso importante en la preparacion de este nuevo programa es escuchar sus opiniones sobre los desafíos que enfrentan sus estudiantes y las fortalezas y necesidades de nuestra comunidad escolar. Tómese unos minutos para completar esta encuesta confidencial: su voz es fundamental para este proceso.

Encuesta familiar de City Connects

Para cambiar el idioma de la encuesta, utilice el menú desplegable en la parte superior derecha de la encuesta.

Agradeceríamos su respuesta antes del 13 de mayo.

Gracias por tu tiempo,

Principal Rimer, PLA@103

Save Your Spot! Re-Enroll at PLA@103 NOW for the 2022-2023 School Year

Contact Mr. Orlando or Complete/Return the Re-Enrollment Form

A re-enrollment form came home recently (another will be coming soon, ask your scholar's teacher if you need one). Please complete and return this form (call Mr. Orlando 317-226-4103 with questions) so you may reserve your spot at PLA@103 for the 2022-2023 school year.

Important Dates Are Listed Below

Please See Several Community Resources for You at the Bottom of this Newsletter


Keep scrolling to our community resources section below for information on free medical care.

Thank you to all families who showed their appreciation to our teachers/staff this past week.


PLA@103's #1 Goal is ensuring the school increases by a minimum 10% PROFICIENCY per year in both ELA and math on the state accountability test.

Our statewide assessments have started. All scholars in grades 3-6 will participate in these tests. Teachers, staff, and scholars have been working hard all year to prepare for these tests, and we will continue to do so.

As parents/guardians, YOU can help your scholar do their very best on the assessments.

* assure your child is getting a good night's sleep

* make school attendance a top priority and BE ON TIME (7:20am)

* read with your child or have your child read to you

La meta #1 de PLA@103 es asegurar que la escuela aumente un mínimo de 10% de COMPETENCIA por año tanto en ELA como en matemáticas en la prueba estatal de rendición de cuentas.

Nuestras evaluaciones estatales han comenzado. Todos los estudiantes en los grados 3-6 participarán en estas pruebas. Los maestros, el personal y los académicos han estado trabajando arduamente durante todo el año para prepararse para estas pruebas y continuaremos haciéndolo.

Como padres/tutores, USTED puede ayudar a su estudiante a hacer lo mejor que pueda en las evaluaciones.

* asegúrese de que su hijo duerma bien por la noche

* hacer que la asistencia a la escuela sea una prioridad y SER A TIEMPO (7:20 a. m.)

* lea con su hijo o haga que su hijo le lea

Objektif #1 PLA@103 se asire ke lekòl la ogmante pa yon minimòm 10% KONPITANS pa ane nan tou de ELA ak matematik nan egzamen responsablite eta a.

Evalyasyon nou yo nan tout eta a kòmanse. Tout etidyan ki nan klas 3yèm-6yèm ane pral patisipe nan tès sa yo. Pwofesè, anplwaye, ak entelektyèl yo te travay di pandan tout ane a pou prepare tès sa yo, epi n ap kontinye fè sa.

Antanke paran/gadyen, OU ka ede etidyan ou fè tout sa yo kapab nan evalyasyon yo.

* asire pitit ou a ap dòmi byen

* fè prezans lekòl la yon pi gwo priyorite epi RETE ATAN (7:20am)

* li ak pitit ou oswa fè pitit ou li pou ou

Reserve Your Spot at SUMMER ADVANTAGE

Summer Advantage

If you have signed up for Summer Advantage, you should soon get an email regarding an Indianapolis area informational meeting. Be on the lookout so that you may attend this meeting.

The deadline to sign up and get transportation provided is March 18. See below for information on how to sign up for this FREE program offered by Phalen Leadership Academies.

June 13-July 15- The Summer Advantage summer learning program offers a 5 week rigorous research-based academic instruction program and a wide variety of hands-on enrichment classes. Our scholars will receive two healthy meals a day, daily recreation, in an exciting environment where they can flourish academically and build confidence as leaders all for FREE!

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Mark your calendars

*NWEA and IREAD testing will be taking place May 16-26, please ensure your child is in attendance and on time each day
*May 27- 6th grade promotion

*Monday, May 30- Memorial Day- NO SCHOOL

*June 3- Kindergarten promotion

*Monday, June 6- 1/2 Day- Last Day of School

*June 13-July 15- SUMMER ADVANTAGE

*Las pruebas NWEA e IREAD se llevarán a cabo del 16 al 26 de mayo, asegúrese de que su hijo asista y llegue a tiempo todos los días.

*27 de mayo- promoción de 6to grado

*Lunes, 30 de mayo- Día de los Caídos- NO HAY CLASES

*3 de junio- promoción de jardín de infantes

*Lunes, 6 de junio- 1/2 día- Último día de clases

*13 de junio-15 de julio- VENTAJA DE VERANO

*Tès NWEA ak IREAD ap fèt 16-26 me, tanpri asire pitit ou a prezan ak alè chak jou.

*27 me - pwomosyon 6yèm ane

*Lendi 30 me- Memorial Day- PA LEKÒL

*3 jen- Pwomosyon jadendanfan

*Lendi, 6 jen- 1/2 jou- Dènye jou lekòl

*13 jen-15 jiyè- AVANTAJ ETE

English Language Classes


PLA’s English language classes have been a standout success, with students consistently performing 10-15 points above average! Our personal, collaborative approach allows students to progress quickly to conversational English. Classes are open for new registrants, and we invite you to join us. Classes are held 9:00am – 12:00pm Mondays and Wednesdays.

Classes are held at James and Rosemary Phalen Leadership Academy, 4352 N Mitthoeffer Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46235

Register with us online at to reserve your seat in the class


Las clases de inglés de PLA han sido un éxito, ya que los estudiantes obtienen un rendimiento constante de 10-15 puntos mejor de la media. Nuestro enfoque personal y colaborativo permite a los estudiantes progresar rápidamente hacia el inglés conversacional. Nuestras clases están abiertas para nuevos inscritos, y le invitamos a unirse a nosotros. Las clases se imparten de 9:00am a 12:00pm los lunes y miércoles.

Las clases se imparten en James y Rosemary Phalen Leadership Academy, 4352 N Mitthoeffer Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46235

Regístrese con nosotros en línea en para reservar su asiento en la clase

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PLA University


FREE Career Training

Parents, family members, and neighbors of our scholars can apply to PLA University for training in high-demand careers like Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomist, Entrepreneur, and more! New classes form quarterly. For more information contact Alex Morales via email ( or call 317-643-2330, or apply online at

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Please Note the Following Information Regarding Dress Code

Please see below regarding the PLA@103 Dress Code. Teachers will be reaching out to families when dress code is not adhered to. If, after multiple contacts home, the uniform policy is not adhered to, the teacher will send home a warning slip/offer of uniform assistance.

Items of note include:

* Jackets/coats are not to be worn inside the building.

* No HOODED sweatshirts are to be worn, despite color.

* Scholars are to be in the proper pants, shirt, and shoes each day.

* "Phalen" gear (such as a non-hooded sweatshirt that says Phalen) may be worn over the uniform shirt.

* NO BANDANAS - no matter the color or print, no bandanas are to be worn on the head by any scholar.

*No Crocs, open-toed sandals, slip-on/slide sandals are to be worn by any scholar.

*If your scholar is in need of winter gear, please contact Mr. Orlando or Ms. Isaacson at 317-226-4103.

PLA@103 Adheres to a Uniform Policy

ALL scholars are expected to be IN UNIFORM no later than September 17. If you are in need of a Phalen polo shirt, please Orlando Trujillo at 317-226-4103.

Please note:

Black, navy, or khaki pants, shorts, skirts

K-3rd - red polo

4th-5th- gray polo

6th- black or white polo

NO OPEN TOE SHOES- no Crocs, no sandals, no slippers

Se espera que TODOS los estudiantes estén EN UNIFORME a más tardar el 17 de septiembre. Si necesita una playera tipo polo Phalen, por favor, Orlando Trujillo al 317-226-4103.

Tenga en cuenta:

Pantalones, pantalones cortos o faldas negros, azul marino o caqui

K-3rd - polo rojo

4o-5o- polo gris

6o- polo blanco o negro

NO HAY ZAPATOS ABIERTOS: no se permiten Crocs, ni sandalias, ni pantuflas

TOUT entelektyèl yo dwe an INIFORM pa pita pase 17 septanm. Si ou bezwen yon chemiz polo Phalen, tanpri Orlando Trujillo nan 317-226-4103.

Veuillez noter:

Pantalons, shorts, jupes noirs, bleu marine ou kaki

K-3ème - polo rouge

4ème-5ème- polo gris

6ème- polo noir ou blanc

PAS DE CHAUSSURES À BOUT OUVERT - pas de Crocs, pas de sandales, pas de pantoufles

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Please Read Below for Important Information

*There is a lot of important information below, please read. Dates, information, and requests are listed below.

*PLA@103 follows the PLA Model/Project Restore. This consists of five pillars: Curriculum, Assessment, Rewards, Parent Communication, and Discipline.

-As part of our rewards, we've implemented our "Shopping Cart" to reward scholars with Top Behavior, Improving Behavior, and Responsible Behavior (turning in homework and/or progress reports).

-Golden Tickets are being handed out to three scholars per class and those scholars will be invited to watch a movie and eat popcorn during a Golden Ticket Movie Party.

-Spin the Wheel will reward scholars with Perfect Attendance, Top Scores on the Weekly Assessments, Hardest Workers (consistent scores) on Weekly Assessments, and Greatest Movers (improving 7-15% or more) on Weekly Assessments.

* Hay mucha información importante a continuación, por favor léala. Las fechas, la información y las solicitudes se enumeran a continuación.

* PLA @ 103 sigue el modelo PLA / Restauración de proyectos. Este consta de cinco pilares: plan de estudios, evaluación, recompensas, comunicación con los padres y disciplina.

-Como parte de nuestras recompensas, hemos implementado nuestro "Carrito de compras" para recompensar a los estudiantes con el mejor comportamiento, mejoramiento del comportamiento y comportamiento responsable (entrega de tareas y / o informes de progreso).

-Los boletos dorados se están entregando a tres estudiantes por clase y esos estudiantes serán invitados a ver una película y comer palomitas de maíz durante una fiesta de la película Golden Ticket.

-Spin the Wheel recompensará a los estudiantes con asistencia perfecta, puntajes máximos en las evaluaciones semanales, trabajadores más duros (puntajes consistentes) en evaluaciones semanales y mayores impulsores (mejorando 7-15% o más) en evaluaciones semanales.

*Gen anpil enfòmasyon enpòtan anba a, tanpri li. Dat, enfòmasyon, ak demann yo endike anba a.

*PLA@103 swiv modèl PLA/Retablisman Pwojè a. Sa a gen senk poto: Kourikoulòm, Evalyasyon, Rekonpans, Kominikasyon Paran, ak Disiplin.

-Kòm yon pati nan rekonpans nou yo, nou te aplike "Shopping Cart" nou an pou rekonpanse entelektyèl yo ak Top Konpòtman, Amelyore Konpòtman, ak Konpòtman Responsab (fè devwa ak/oswa rapò pwogrè).

-Yo remèt Tikè Golden bay twa entelektyèl pou chak klas epi elèv sa yo pral envite pou gade yon fim epi manje pòpkòn pandan yon Pati fim Golden Ticket.

-Spin the Wheel pral rekonpanse entelektyèl yo ak prezans pafè, pi gwo nòt nan evalyasyon chak semèn yo, travayè ki pi di (nòt konsistan) nan evalyasyon chak semèn, ak pi gwo deplasman (amelyore 7-15% oswa plis) nan evalyasyon chak semèn.


Arrival Procedures- Please Read

* Please do not drop your scholar(s) off before 7:20 a.m. Staff will be outside to greet scholars 7:20 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

* Please have your scholar(s) to school on time. The doors close at 8:05 a.m.

* WALKERS- please walk on the sidewalks, do not walk in the parking lot; please cross the street ONLY at the crosswalk


- please drop off on the circle drive

- when in line for drop off, please follow staff directions, please pull as far forward as possible

- if possible, make seating arrangements so scholars can exit the car on the passenger side for safety

- please encourage your child to exit the vehicle as swiftly as possible

* Por favor, no deje a su (s) estudiante (s) antes de las 7:20 a.m. El personal estará afuera para recibir a los estudiantes de 7:20 a.m. a 7:45 a.m.

* Por favor traiga a su (s) estudiante (s) a la escuela a tiempo. Las puertas se cierran a las 8:05 a.m.

* CAMINANTES- por favor camine por las aceras, no camine en el estacionamiento; por favor cruce la calle SOLO en el paso de peatones


- por favor, déjelo en Circle Drive

- cuando esté en la fila para dejarlo, siga las instrucciones del personal, avance lo más posible

- si es posible, arregle los asientos para que los estudiantes puedan salir del automóvil por el lado del pasajero por seguridad

- anime a su hijo a salir del vehículo lo más rápido posible

* Tanpri, pa depoze elèv ou a (yo) anvan 7:20 a.m. Anplwaye yo pral deyò pou salye entelektyèl 7:20 a.m. jiska 7:45 a.m.

* Tanpri fè elèv ou (yo) ale lekòl alè. Pòt yo fèmen a 8:05 a.m.

* WALKERS- tanpri mache sou twotwa yo, pa mache nan pakin lan; tanpri travèse lari a SÈLMAN nan pasaj pyeton an


- tanpri depoze sou kondwi sèk la

- lè nan liy pou depoze, tanpri swiv direksyon anplwaye yo, tanpri rale osi lwen ke posib

- si sa posib, fè aranjman syèj pou entelektyèl ka sòti machin nan sou bò pasaje pou sekirite

- tanpri ankouraje pitit ou a soti nan veyikil la pi vit ke posib

Dismissal Procedures- Please Read

* There will be NO early pick-up of scholars after 1:30 p.m. Please plan accordingly.


* Please make sure your scholars are aware of how they are to get home each and every day.


- walkers will be dismissed at 2:15 p.m.

- if you have walked to school to pick up your child/walk them home, please do not come to the door. Please wait behind the concrete balls, keeping socially distant, for your scholar to be dismissed by announcements.


- dismissal begins at 2:00 p.m. Please plan accordingly; scholars should be picked up no later than 2:30 p.m.

- if you have driven to school to pick up your scholar, you MUST be in the car rider line.

- you MUST give your car rider number to the staff member at the entrance to the parking lot. If you don't give your number, you will have to wait longer on your scholar to exit the building.


- EVEN number tags will pick up on the street. Pull next to the sidewalk on Baker Drive. Please do not exit your car.

- ODD number tags will pick up on the circle. Please pull forward as far as possible. Please do not exit your car.

- Please do not honk/wave your child to your car if you are farther back in line. Once the line moves forward, we will load scholars into cars when it is safe to do so.

- If you have both an even number tag and an odd number tag, please come to the circle drive.

- please follow directions of staff members; we pull cars as far forward as possible in order to move the line as efficiently as possible.

- please encourage your scholars to enter the vehicle on the passenger side and as swiftly as possible so the line can continue moving forward.

- If you arrive after 2:20p.m., please use the circle drive regardless of your tag number.

- If you are later than 2:35p.m. and no staff member is outside, you will need to come to the door to get your scholar.

* NO habrá recogida anticipada de estudiantes después de la 1:30 p.m. Por favor, planifique en consecuencia.


* Por favor asegúrese de que su (s) estudiante (s) sepan cómo deben llegar a casa todos los días.


- Los caminantes saldrán a las 2:15 p.m.

- si ha caminado a la escuela para recoger a su hijo / llevarlo a casa, por favor no se acerque a la puerta. Por favor espere detrás de las bolas de concreto, manteniéndose socialmente distante, a que su estudiante sea despedido con anuncios.


- la salida comienza a las 2:00 p.m. Por favor, planifique en consecuencia; Los estudiantes deben ser recogidos a más tardar a las 2:30 p.m.

- si ha conducido a la escuela para recoger a su alumno, DEBE estar en la fila de pasajeros en automóvil.

- DEBE darle el número de su vehículo al miembro del personal en la entrada del estacionamiento. Si no da su número, tendrá que esperar más tiempo a que su alumno salga del edificio.


- INCLUSO las etiquetas de números se recogerán en la calle. Estacione junto a la acera en Baker Drive. Por favor, no salga de su coche.

- Las etiquetas de números impares se recogerán en el círculo. Por favor, avance lo más que pueda. Por favor, no salga de su coche.

- No toque la bocina ni le haga señas a su hijo para que se acerque a su automóvil si está más atrás en la fila. Una vez que la línea avance, cargaremos a los estudiantes en los autos cuando sea seguro hacerlo.

- Si tiene una etiqueta de número par y una etiqueta de número impar, venga a Circle Drive.

- siga las instrucciones de los miembros del personal; tiramos de los coches lo más adelante posible para mover la línea de la manera más eficiente posible.

- Anime a sus estudiantes a entrar al vehículo por el lado del pasajero y lo más rápido posible para que la fila pueda seguir avanzando.

- Si llega después de las 2:20 p.m., Utilice la unidad circular independientemente de su número de etiqueta.

- Si es más tarde de las 2:35 p.m. y ningún miembro del personal está afuera, tendrá que acercarse a la puerta para recoger a su estudiante.

* Pa pral gen okenn pick-up bonè nan entelektyèl apre 1:30 p.m. Tanpri planifye kòmsadwa.


* Tanpri, asire elèv ou a (yo) okouran de kijan yo rive lakay yo chak jou.

* Mache:

- mache yo pral ranvwaye nan 2:15 p.m.

- si ou te mache nan lekòl la ranmase pitit ou / mache yo lakay ou, tanpri pa vini nan pòt la. Tanpri rete tann dèyè boul konkrè yo, kenbe sosyalman byen lwen, pou elèv ou yo dwe ranvwaye pa anons.

* Kavalye machin:

- ranvwa kòmanse a 2:00 p.m. Tanpri planifye kòmsadwa; entelektyèl yo ta dwe ranmase pa pita pase 2:30 p.m.

- si ou te kondwi nan lekòl nan ranmase elèv ou, ou DWE dwe nan liy lan kavalye machin.

- Ou DWE bay nimewo kavalye machin ou a manm pèsonèl la nan papòt la nan pakin lan. Si ou pa bay nimewo ou, ou pral oblije rete tann pi lontan sou elèv ou a soti nan bilding lan.

- Mèsi pou pasyans ou jan nou fè ajisteman nan pwosedi yo ranvwaye.

- Menm nimewo nimewo pral ranmase nan lari an. Rale akote twotwa a sou Baker Drive. Tanpri pa sòti machin ou.

- Tags nimewo enpè pral ranmase sou sèk la. Tanpri rale pi devan ke posib. Tanpri pa sòti machin ou.

- Tanpri pa kònen / vag pitit ou nan machin ou si ou se pi lwen tounen nan liy. Yon fwa liy lan avanse, nou pral chaje entelektyèl nan machin lè li san danje pou fè sa.

- Si ou gen tou de yon tag nimewo menm ak yon tag nimewo enpè, tanpri vini nan kondwi sèk la.

- tanpri swiv direksyon manm pèsonèl la; nou rale machin osi lwen ke posib yo nan lòd pou avanse pou pi liy lan avèk efikasite ke posib.

- tanpri ankouraje entelektyèl ou yo antre nan veyikil la sou bò pasaje yo ak pi vit ke posib pou liy lan ka kontinye vanse.

- Si ou rive apre 2:20 pm, tanpri itilize kondwi sèk la kèlkeswa nimewo tag ou an.

- Si ou se pita pase 2:35 p.m. epi pa gen okenn anplwaye ki deyò, ou pral bezwen vini nan pòt la yo ka resevwa elèv ou a.

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The purpose of Project MR. (Male Responsibility) program is to equip, empower and prepare adolescent African-American males for achievement and success by teaching them the appropriate principles, behaviors, attitudes and values that lead to personal development and career success; to teach adolescent African-American males how to be responsible, self-believing, achieving men in society. This is achieved through exposing the “Misters”, as they are referred to, to educated, upstanding and caring African American male professionals who serve as the facilitators of this program.
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CAFE is committed to supporting residents on the Far Eastside of Indy. In an effort to ensure housing stability of Far Eastside homeowners who have been impacted by COVID-19 and are behind at least one month on their mortgage are eligible to apply for mortgage assistance. Applicants will work with CAFE staff for application completion and submission. All applications will be processed, and clients will be contacted with an approved or denial decision and follow up within seven business days of application submission. Contact CAFE Intake Specialist Jacquitta Pettigrew for application and requirements 317.890.4288 ext. 153

Don't forget to wear a face mask in public and to wash your hands often. Marion Co. is shifting back to limited capacity in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. Learn more here

If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, testing is available at the following sites. Click below for more information. Some sites may require insurance. Check with the Marion Co Covid-19 testing sites first.

Check out the link below

The Indy Rent Program is processing applications. Please check the website and sign up to be added to the waiting list. Apply here Indy Rent Program.

If you have a high heat or electric bill or are in danger of disconnect apply here for the Energy Assistance Program


For non-emergency please services call 317-327-3811 instead of 911.

Need to report and issue to the City visit the Mayor’s Action Center or call at 317-327-4622.

Internet Services Available at a Subsidized Price

NEW: Enrollment Details for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit Program allows families to sign up directly with the Universal Services Administration Company or with a participating Internet Service Provider to receive internet services subsidized at $50/month. Some providers also offer devices within the guidelines established by the program. The list of participating Internet Service Providers for Indiana is available here. The FCC site also includes a link to Frequently Asked Questions regarding this program. Additional information, including a sign up link, will be shared as it becomes available. Contact John Keller with any questions.

Have you left a review/recommendation on our PLA@103 Facebook page?

We'd love to see recommendations and reviews of PLA@103 on our Facebook page.

Nos encantaría ver recomendaciones y reseñas de PLA @ 103 en nuestra página de Facebook.

Nous aimerions voir les recommandations et les critiques de PLA @ 103 sur notre page Facebook.


PLA@103 Website- Be sure to visit the PLA@103 website!

You will find a place to submit tips and kudos, the mobile app, calendar, e-learning info, etc.

If you need help with devices or enrollment or similar, please use the following contact information:


Call- 888-655-0777

Submit a ticket:

La página electrónica de PLA@103. Asegúrese de visitar la página de PLA@103 en Encontrará un lugar para ideas y felicitaciones, la aplicación móvil, calendario, información de estudios en línea, etc.

Si necesita ayuda con aparatos electronicos o inscripción, puede contactarse con nosotros de la siguiente forma:

Correo electrónico-

Tel- 888-655-0777

Someter un ticket:

Site Web PLA @ 103 - N'oubliez pas de visiter le site Web PLA @ 103!

Vous trouverez un endroit pour soumettre des conseils et des félicitations, l'application mobile, le calendrier, les informations d'apprentissage en ligne, etc.

Si vous avez besoin d'aide avec les appareils ou l'inscription ou similaire, veuillez utiliser les coordonnées suivantes:


Appelez au 888-655-0777

Soumettez un ticket:


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PLA@103 is an A-rated, tuition-free public school serving grades K-6. As your neighborhood innovation school on the Far Eastside, we love working with our parents and scholars to help them master key academic skills, and demonstrate strong character, as exhibited by: honesty, service to others, a superior work ethic, and a strong vision for and belief in their futures.

Donate to the Teddy Power Memorial Fund

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions to the Teddy Power Memorial Fund at PLA103 in honor of Vincent "Teddy" Patton.