Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week!
Week of May 1st
2022 CALIFORNIA PIVOTAL PRACTICE AWARD RECIPIENT!
We are excited to announce that Reed MS was awarded the newly created 2022 California Pivotal Practice (CAPP) Award by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. In 2022, the award is being used in place of the California Distinguished Schools (DS) Program to celebrate schools that implemented an innovative practice during the 2020–21 school year, when California required schools to offer distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kudos to Principal Friedman, our Reed teachers and the entire staff on your continuing excellence!!
DEAR WOLFPACK COMMUNITY --
Today is School Principal Day and this week is Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week! We've got lots of ways to help say "Thanks!", including our ongoing Gift Card drive (details in the newsletter)!
Also this week...
8th grade students start CAST science testing this week!
Monday 5/2 at 6 PM: Community Conversations with Superintendent Carvahlo & Board Member Scott Schmerelson at Van Nuys HS, 6535 Cedros Ave., Van Nuys, CA 9144 OR via Zoom at http://bit.ly/BD3TownHall
Tuesday 5/3 at 9 AM- English Learner informational meeting on Reclassification Criteria via Zoom https://lausd.zoom.us/j/82267557699
Wednesday, 5/4 ASB Spirit Day - May the 4th Be With You - Star Wars Day! Students are encouraged to wear Star Wars-related clothes - however NO PAJAMAS.
Wednesday 5/4 at 6:30 PM- NJHS induction ceremony
Thursday 5/5 from 3:30-6 PM- Battle of the Books in the library
Friday 5/6 at 6:30 PM - 8th Grade Dance & School Lunch Hero Day
8th Grade is looking for donations of water and soda, as well as volunteers to help with the 8th grade dance this Friday and for Fun Day in June. Sign Up Here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044faca822abf49-8thgrade
Students and families can donate new or used, age-appropriate books to the box near the main office or to the library for the Battle of the Books Book Exchange!
Parisa Stepanek - Friends of Reed President email@example.com
Jenna Schwartz - PTSA President firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to the Global Leadership Academy students, teachers and all our volunteers who helped make our Multicultural Fair a success this past Friday! What a fantastic event!
Thank you again to all our student participants and donors for our Earth Day Walkathon! Together we crushed our goal and raised a total of $5,680! Congrats to Team Gavia for winning a Free Dress Day for having the most students registered, as well as all our other individual incentive prize winners!
Jewish American Heritage Month
Honoring generations of Jewish Americans who helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society. Learn more: https://www.jewishheritagemonth.gov/.
Mental Health Awareness Month
Raising awareness about the importance of mental health and its impact to help reduce the stigma so many experience. Explore more resources: https://achieve.lausd.net/shhs
TEACHER & STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK
GIFT CARD DRIVE
- For the 2022 teacher/staff appreciation luncheon on Friday 5/6.
- WHAT WE NEED: Gift cards to any location, preferably in amounts of $20-$30.
- HOW: Drop gift cards in the blue locked box in the main office OR venmo a donation towards gift cards to @Jenna-schwartz-9 and put 'Reed Teacher Appreciation' in the note!
- WHEN: ASAP! Let's give our teachers & staff a great party on Friday!
SUPPORT THE TEACHER LOUNGE
- Support the Reed teacher lounge by making a purchase from the Amazon Wishlist!
NON-MONETARY WAYS TO SHOW YOUR APPRECIATION
- Send some Fan E-mail! Use this digital card to share a message straight from the heart with all of the stellar educators and staff you know. Digital Fillable Thank You Card (for Teacher) / en español
Virtual Stickers Say “I’m stuck on you!” with these official #ThankATeacher virtual stickers. We are Forever Grateful / en español Super Teacher / en español Many Thanks for All that You Do / en español
- Make a Video Say thanks in a video! Film a short thank you and send it off via Schoology! Get some inspiration here: 5 Videos That Will Show You Why You Need to Thank a Teacher Today
- Be sure to remember all the other AMAZING staff members behind-the-scenes making things happen for our students!! Anything you do will be appreciated!!
THIS WEEK AT REED:
MONDAY, MAY 2: COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS WITH SUPERINTENDANT CARVALHO
Monday, May 2 at 6 PM at Van Nuys HS, 6535 Cedros Ave., Van Nuys, CA 9144 OR via Zoom at http://bit.ly/BD3TownHall
Here is a fantastic opportunity to learn all about and ask questions about Superintendent Carvalho's upcoming Strategic Plan. It's very important to hear all your voices!
THURSDAY, MAY 5: BATTLE OF THE BOOKS *VOLUNTEERS & BOOK DONATIONS NEEDED*
Battle of the Books is coming up and Ms. Fed is looking for 5-10 LAUSD approved parent volunteers to help with event on May 5th from 3 - 6 pm. If you are interested in helping, send her an email: email@example.com
Ms. Fed is collecting new or gently used age-appropriate books! It’s a nice way to make room on your shelves for something new and to help with the Battle of the books book exchange! Drop your book donations in a box near the main office & or in the library!
FRIDAY, MAY 6: 8TH GRADE DANCE *VOLUNTEERS & DONATIONS NEEDED*
Class of 2022! We are looking forward to the 8th grade dance Friday, May 6, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in Schall Park on campus! Good food. Good music. Semi-formal party attire. Students should have RSVP'd by Friday, April 22.
PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
8th Grade is also looking for donations of water and soda, as well as volunteers to help with the 8th grade dance this Friday and for Fun Day in June. Sign Up Here!
We had fun seeing Reed families at "Walter Reed Dodgers Day" this afternoon!! There are still a lot of other games available for purchase between now and the May 22nd deadline. A portion of each ticket will go back to Reed!
PURCHASE HERE: https://fevo.me/walterreedmiddleschool.
SHARE, SHARE, SHARE with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers or any other Dodgers fans in your life so that they can join in the fun too!
STATE TESTING STARTS MAY 9 FOR 8TH GRADERS!
We are getting closer to state testing, starting May 9th. The school schedule will be different during the two weeks of math and English portions. See the schedule below.
Want to practice? If so, please visit the official state testing practice webpage. https://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html
SAVE THE DATE: Lemonade Fundraiser (May 11)
Wednesday May 11, 2022. 11:00am-9:00pm
12401 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA
Donating Back: 30%
HOW TO ORDER:
Phone Call: Call 8189855700 and mention "Friends of Reed"
Restaurant Website: Visit Lemonade's online order website. Use the promo code of "giveback012" and 30% of your meal’s price will be donated back to Friends of Reed.
Storefront Walk-in: Visit the location at 12401 Ventura Blvd, Studio City 91604 and they will take your order from their storefront for take-out. Mention that you are with Friends of Reed before placing your order.
SAVE THE DATE: PTSA/Friends of Reed Meeting (May 11)
Join us for our May Meeting, Wednesday May 11 at 7 PM via Zoom!
Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84511423343. Zoom ID: 845 1142 3343
We've got lots of resources and information to share, plus the Friends of Reed election! The agenda will also include the PTSA audit report, updates on beautification, 8th grade activities, fundraising, our Principal's Report, and more.
Friends of Reed is still looking for volunteers to fill the following positions:
2022-2023 CALENDAR & TENTATIVE SUMMER DATES
The 2022-2023 approved calendar with some highlights for Reed MS.
*Note that Shared Decision Making Council will be voting on whether to have our unassigned day in January (after Winter Break) or in June (as June 16).
TENATIVE SUMMER DATES:
6th Grade Summer Bridge Program - August 1-3
Orientation - August 4, August 5, August 6 (these days are earlier due to the professional development days assigned by the new calendar)
Once final dates are determined, they will be shared widely.
DISTRICT NEWS, WORKSHOPS & MEETINGS
LOCAL DISRICT NORTHEAST WORKSHOP SERIES FOR PARENTS ON EQUITY IN ACTION
Workshops topics are below:
- Affirming Black Identity April 28th
- Realizing Race and Raising Resilient Black Children May 5th
- The Power of a Mirror: Books as Tools for Positive Black Identity Development May 10th
- Understanding, Unpacking, and Responding to Microaggressions May 19th
- Using Our Voices: Black Parent Affinity Open Space June 2nd
All 5 Workshops will be from 5 pm to 6:30 pm, virtual on Zoom.
All 5 workshops will have the same zoom code:
Meeting ID: 865 7406 0636
ALL FAMILIES ARE WELCOME!
THE CALENDAR LOOKING AHEAD
5/1 - Reed Dodger Day & Teacher Appreciation Game at 1 PM
School Principal's Day,
MAY IS... AAPI Heritage Month & Jewish American Heritage Month & Mental Health Awareness Month
5/2 - Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week & activities begin!
5/2 - Community Conversations with Alberto Carvahlo & Scott Schmerelson at 6 PM at Van Nuys HS, 6535 Cedros Ave., Van Nuys, CA 9144 OR via Zoom at http://bit.ly/BD3TownHall
5/3 at 9 AM- English Learner informational meeting on Reclassification Criteria via Zoom https://lausd.zoom.us/j/82267557699
5/4 - Star Wars Spirit Day "May the 4th Be With You!" & NJHS induction ceremony 6:30 PM
5/5 - Battle of the Books in the library from 3:30-6 PM
5/6 - School lunch hero day & 8th Grade Dance at 6:30 PM
5/9 - SBAC Testing Begins!
5/11 - National School Nurse Day; Lemonade Restaurant Fundraiser 11 AM - 9 PM; PTSA/Friends of Reed Meeting at 7 PM (Audit Review)
View and subscribe to the FULL and updated Reed calendar (works best from a desktop /computer). Use this calendar URL to add to your Google Calendar: webcal://reedms.com/servlet/ICalServlet?id=0
OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT THE SCHOOL
AmazonSmile is available on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android. Select "Walter Reed Middle School PTA-PTSA"
Register your Rewards Card at www.ralphs.com. Scroll to the bottom of the page & under Community, click on Kroger Community Rewards. Enroll with "Walter Reed Middle School/Friends of Reed".
FARM FRESH TO YOU
Use the promo code: REEDFRESH when you sign up for home delivery and 10% of sales will be donated back to Reed! Visit farmfreshtoyou.com to sign up.