Walter Reed MS PTSA Newsletter



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Dear wolfpack community--

It's hard to believe we've been in school for 4 weeks already. Hope everyone is staying healthy and cool! It was nice seeing so many of you for our first PTSA meeting last week! For those who missed it, the slideshow presented is up at the Reed PTSA website in English and Spanish!


Even though we are apart, it is more important than ever that we stay connected! This newsletter has lots of ways you and your student(s) can stay involved and connected with our community! We hope you will take advantage of the programs we've got coming your way -- now and in the weeks ahead!


In this issue, you'll learn about :


  • Community Connections: Virtual Family Baking Event (Sept 25)
  • Reflections Arts Program Contest (Now-Nov. 1)
  • Fall PTSA Student Membership Drive (Now - October 1)
  • Student PTSA Kahoot Membership Social (Oct. 19)
  • PTSA Committee Survey: NEW Parent/Family Education Committee and NEW Inclusion, Diversity, Equity Action Committee
  • Volunteer and Support Opportunities
  • Connect on Social Media
  • Save the Dates


We also want to give a big THANK YOU to all the families that have already joined or renewed your PTSA membership -- especially our new student members! PTSA dues help to support PTSA advocacy at Reed, and at the local, state, and national levels on behalf of all children! THANK YOU also to the families that have made a 100% tax-deductible voluntary donation. 100% of all donations stay at Reed, and any amount -- whether $10 or $25 -- is critical to our ability to empower our students, support our school, and continue our PTSA program offerings!


-Walter Reed PTSA Executive Board

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS: VIRTUAL FAMILY BAKING EVENT

Friday, September 25, 2020 from 6:30-8:00 PM

Setting aside a time where the entire family can bake together gives us a chance to pause, catch up and just connect with each other.


Whether your family is new to baking or expert level -- talented chef, dessert innovator and Reed parent, Diana Spoveri, will help lead you through this amazing class!


In this fun night of family baking, you'll learn to prepare Cinnamon Apple Pie Cake!


Event participation is free and open to ALL Reed families. This is a family event and safety is a priority -- so please be sure an adult is participating and supervising your student at all times.


Materials are not included, but a list of what is needed will be provided. It's a night you will not want to miss so Register today to receive the link to attend! or view the flyer for details!


BONUS: Families who choose to make a voluntary donation of $5 to PTSA for this event will receive a $5 discount off a future online class at https://lollibakes.com/. Your donation will help fund prizes for our October Halloween Pumpkin Carving/Mask Decorating Contest and other student social events! Donate here!

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Reflections Arts Program is underway!

WRMS STUDENTS! Do you enjoy art, music, = or dance or have an interest in writing, producing films, or taking photos? If so, you are invited to have fun unleashing your inner artist by participating in this year’s PTSA Reflections Art Program! This year’s theme is: “I MATTER BECAUSE…” Use your own unique interpretation of this theme to share your special artistic talents!


All WRMS Student Artists of all levels are invited to participate!


Artists can begin working on their original piece now! All entry forms and virtual submissions will be due by Sunday, November 1st.


Categories include:

● Dance Choreography

● Film Production

● Literature

● Music Composition

● Photography

● Visual Arts

● Special Artist Division


Students may submit in multiple categories, but only submission per category.


Entries will be submitted digitally. Interested? Find more details, entry forms, digital submission information, and guidelines here.

STUDENT MEMBERSHIP INCENTIVE:

Students who purchase a membership by October 1st will receive a registration code to participate in the PTSA Kahoot Student Membership Social on October 19, 2020 at 2:30 PM for the chance to win a prize.



STUDENTS: IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU! ADD YOUR VOICE TO OUR MEMBERSHIP!

Student Membership is $7 per year. Student members can join committees, serve on the Executive Board, help plan events, and attend Student Member Social events! Whether you want to play an active role, earn community or civic service credits, or just be part of our member social events, there is no wrong way to PTSA!

JOIN/RENEW TODAY

Enter your advisory teacher's last name under "Teacher". If your teacher is not listed, you can add their name or select "other" (then email wrms.ptsa.membership@gmail.com with the student's name and teacher name and we can add manually).

PTSA FOR EVERYONE:

PTSA for your child, for your student, for our community -- You can join PTSA to amplify our message and make a difference!


Whether you are a parent, caregiver, family member, friend, teacher, staff member, or community member - your membership makes a difference! An individual adult membership is $10 per year.


There is no wrong or right way to be involved-- anything you can give, whether it is time, money, attending events, or high fives will support your child's potential.

Our New Committees Want To Hear From You!

Walter Reed Middle School PTSA is forming a new Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Action committee and a new Parent/Family Education committee!


As an important member of our diverse Reed community, can you take this super-quick questionnaire to tell us how these committees can best meet your needs?


Maybe there's something you're burning to discuss or learn about, a speaker you'd love to see, or a time that works best for your family....We can't wait to find out!


We have a lot of ideas, but we realize that what we think doesn't really matter. Every decision we make at PTSA is guided by Reed community members like you -- and that's why we're asking for your help.


When you talk, PTSA listens! Every answer we receive helps us tailor our events, speakers, and actions to meet your needs and create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all the students, families, and teachers at Reed. Help PTSA to help you, your child, and our entire Reed community! Because that's what really matters to us as we continue to grow and build our Walter Reed PTSA.


Do you want to play a bigger role in building these committees and a strong, more inclusive PTSA? Are you interested in being in the Zoom where it happens? There's a place for that in the survey too! Just be sure to include your name and email address so we can reach out to you to follow up!


Thanks for your time and feedback!

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Can you lend a hand?

PTSA is looking for parents, caregivers, students, or teachers interested in helping out!

* Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity Action Committee

* Parent Education Committee

* 8th Grade Events Committee

* Digital Community Connection Committee (i.e., a virtual paint night, pumpkin carving/mask decorating contest, cooking/recipe exchange). If you have a skill or connection to share for a virtual event, please reach out!

Contact wrmsptsapres@gmail.com if you are interested in helping out!

SUPPORT WRMS PTSA!

MEETING CALENDAR...

  • October 14, 2020 @ 7 PM - PTSA Association Meeting via Zoom

  • November 11, 2020 @ 7 PM - PTSA Association Meeting via Zoom

  • December 9, 2020 @ 7 PM - PTSA Association Meeting via Zoom

  • February 10, 2020@ 7 PM - PTSA Association Meeting via Zoom

  • March 10, 2020 @ 7 PM - PTSA Association Meeting via Zoom

  • April 14, 2020 @ 7 PM - PTSA Association Meeting via Zoom

  • May 12, 2020 @ 7 PM - PTSA Association Meeting via Zoom

  • June 9, 2020 @ 7 PM - PTSA Association Meeting via Zoom

OTHER DATES TO SAVE...


  • September 25, 2020 @ 6:30-8 PM - PTSA Community Connections Virtual Family Baking Event

  • October 1, 2020 - DEADLINE: for students to JOIN PTSA to participate in the PTSA Kahoot Student Membership Social on October 19, 2020 and be entered for the chance to win a prize.

  • October 19, 2020 @ 2:30 PM - PTSA Kahoot Student Membership Social (open to all students who purchased a PTSA membership for $7 by October 1, 2020).

  • Oct.19-23, 2020 - PTSA Community Connections Pumpkin Carving/Mask Making Contest

  • October 23, 2020 - DEADLINE: for digital submissions for the Community Connections PTSA Pumpkin Carving/Mask Making Contest

  • October 26, 2020 @ 2:30 PM - Community Connections Zoom event to share submissions and announce contest/prize winners

  • November 1 - DEADLINE: for digital submissions for Reflections Arts Contest

  • November 13 @ 7-9 PM - PTSA Community Connections Virtual Paint Event (For adults)

  • November 14 @ 4-6 PM- PTSA Community Connections Virtual Paint Event (For students)

Other Ways to Be Involved At Reed:

Friends of Reed -


Friends of IHP - (For families in the IHP program)


School Governance Groups:

  • School Site Council
  • Shared Decision Making Council
  • English Language Advisory Committee Meeting.
For more information about these school governance groups, visit reedms.com