Walter Reed MS PTSA Newsletter

September 30, 2020

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Dear wolfpack community--

Hope our Jewish families had a meaningful Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement yesterday and that the rest of our families were able to make use of the day off!


Did you join us for Family Bake Night Friday? We had a fantastic time with Chef and Reed parent Diana Sproveri baking our apple pie snack cakes! We hope to post some of examples of our student's successes later this week! To include your child's finished cake, please email a photo to wrmsptsapres@gmail.com.


Later this week, we've got another opportunity for students, with 2 virtual Reflections Workshop events featuring Reed teachers Mr. Rogers (Oct. 1 at 2:30 PM, visual arts and special artists) and Mr. Tahi (Oct. 2 at 2:30 PM, film and photography)


This is also the LAST WEEK for Reed students to join/renew their PTSA membership to qualify for our Oct 19th Student member Kahoot social!


Thursday also kicks off the month of October and National Principals Month which honors principals for their significant impact on the success and well-being of our nation’s students. One way to help us celebrate? Send a personalized e-card to our fantastic principal, Mrs. Robyn Friedman (robyn.friedman@lausd.net), for all her hard work during these unprecedented times.


October is also National Bullying Prevention Month and Dyslexia Awareness Month! We'll be sharing resources throughout the month to bring awareness to these campaigns.


Stay safe and healthy!

-Walter Reed PTSA Executive Board


*Every way is the right way to PTSA! Anything you can give, whether it is membership, participation at events, attending meetings, staying connected with news and social media, donating, or high fives will support your child's potential.

Last Chance to Survey!

STUDENTS, TEACHERS, PARENTS have until the END OF THE WEEK to take our quick 5 minute survey -- in ENGLISH or in SPANISH. You have the option to share your opinions anonymously or to include contact information. Every decision we make at PTSA is guided by Reed community members like you -- and that's why we're asking for your help. Thank for your time and feedback!

To assist students in participating in the PTSA Reflection art program, Mr. Rogers and Mr. Tahi will be reviewing the PTSA Reflections guidelines and presenting ideas about how students can get the most out of their art and do their best in this competition.


  • Thursday, October 1st at 2:30 - Mr. Rogers will be presenting in the categories of Visual Arts and the Special Arts Division
  • Friday, October 2nd at 2:30 - Mr. Tahi will be presenting on film making and photography


Zoom links will be posted for students in Schoology.


What is Reflections? Reed students have until NOVEMBER 1st to create their own unique interpretation of the theme "I MATTER BECAUSE" and share your talents in ● Dance Choreography, ● Film Production, ● Literature, ● Music Composition, ● Photography, ● Visual Arts, or ● Special Artist Division. Students may submit original artwork in multiple categories, but only one submission per category. ALL Reed student artists of all levels are invited to participate in Reflections! Online digital entry forms and directions are now available! Learn more!

LAST WEEK TO QUALIFY FOR 1ST STUDENT MEMBERSHIP SOCIAL

Students who purchase a $7 PTSA membership by the OCTOBER 1st DEADLINE will receive a registration code to participate in our 1st PTSA Kahoot Student Membership Social on October 19, 2020 at 2:30 PM for the chance to win a prize.


Whether you want to play an active role, earn community or civic service credits, or just be part of our member social events -- Every way is the right 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).

General Membership Update!

THANK YOU to all the nearly 220 supporters that have already joined or renewed their PTSA membership -- especially our student members!


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 or more-- is critical to our ability to empower our students and support our school!


Whether you are a parent, caregiver, family member, friend, teacher, staff member, third cousin twice removed, or community member - an individual adult membership is $10 per year.

SAVE THE DATE

OCTOBER IS NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH

As our students spend more time than ever using technology this year, we thought we'd share some Cyberbullying resources for parents!


"Often, the perception is that cyberbullying only happens on social media platforms, which require individuals to be at least 13 before signing up and using these services...However, children can be subjected to or participate in inappropriate online behavior as soon as they have access to technology. If they have access to text messaging, group chats, an email address, or a gaming site, there is the potential for cyberbullying."


It is important to have open conversations with your child and to give them the tolls they need to make the right choices online. Learn more here!

PTSA RESOURCE GUIDE

Visit our website Resources Page to check out:


  • Previous Reed PTSA Education Spotlight Newsletters
  • LAUSD Resources and Event Links (as shared in our last newsletter!)
  • Information about Advocacy and School Funding (as shared in our last newsletter!)
  • More resources for parents and families!


Missed a Newsletter? You can check out prior weeks here!

SUPPORT WRMS PTSA!

UPCOMING DATES:

  • October 1 - Student PTSA Membership Deadline (to qualify for Social event on Oct. 19)

  • October 1 - Reflections Workshop @ 2:30 PM- Mr. Rogers will be presenting in the categories of Visual Arts and the Special Arts Division

  • October 2 - Reflections Workshop @ 2:30 PM- Mr. Tahi will be presenting on film making and photography
  • October 2 - Survey Deadline

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

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

  • 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)

  • 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 Ways to Be Involved At Reed:

Friends of Reed -


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


School Governance Groups - For more information visit reedms.com

Participate in School Activities -


  • YEARBOOK – Attention ALL students, families, and staff: We need YOUR HELP to make the 2020-2021 yearbook one of a kind! Please email ALL interesting photos to wrmsyearbookstaff@gmail.com Be sure to add a short description & the names of those in the photo you are sending.
  • SLC T-Shirt Design Contest – This week we are kicking off our student SLC T-shirt Design Contest! Time to show off your artistic, graphic, and creative side. Design a shirt for your academy. Submit your design to https://bit.ly/reedshirtcontst