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Lots of LASA Newsletter May 21, 2017

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Week of May 21, 2017

This Week's Schedule
Monday, 5/22
Tuesday, 5/23
Wednesday, 5/24
Thursday, 5/25
Friday, 5/26

Finals 2nd & 3rd 
No School - Student Holiday

Monday, May 22, 2017 at LBJ Gym at 5:30pm
August tryout schedule and additional information will be provided at the meeting.
You may contact Gervaise Nix at gervaisenix@yahoo.com or Alejandra Gallegos amgallegosaustin@yahoo.com if you are not able to attend.

Monday, May 22, 6pm-7:30pm  on LASA campus in the Library

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! LASA alumni will enlighten us with their wisdom after going through the application process and experiencing college life. 
NEW THIS YEAR: College professors will share what they wish high school students and their parents knew about college! Come hear about lessons learned, what to do and what to avoid, things parents may do for students that are helpful and things that are not, tips on adapting to college life, and hear the answers to questions you didn't even know to ask! Parents and students welcome. Q&A after panel talk.
Contact wellness@pflasa.org with any questions

Seniors and Families of Seniors -- Senior Salute will be held Thursday, June 1, at 7 p.m. at the AISD Performing Arts Center. There will be skits, films, scholarship awards, magnet certificates, and much more. Kick off graduation weekend at this truly special and personal event! (Please bring immediate family to Senior Salute -- there is somewhat limited seating at the PAC.)
Project Graduation tickets are now on sale for $15 each at http://www.jagnation.net/product/project-graduation-ticket/. We'll also be selling at the J Spot during lunches May 22-24.  See PTSA section of Lots of LASA newsletter for more information on this event. 
The Class of 2021 Listserv is up and running!  To subscribe, please send a blank email to "lbjlasa2021+subscribe@googlegroups.com".  Make sure that it is a "+" between the 2021 and the word "subscribe"You do not need to use a google email address to join. Welcome to LASA!
If you are planning on running cross country in the fall, please make sure to check the website at www.lbjxc.org for the summer workout schedule. While summer practices are optional, they are highly encouraged for anyone who plans on trying out for the varsity teams. Official practice will start the second day of school.

Remember that all physicals must be turned in and athletes must be cleared prior to the first workout. AISD physical forms are available in any high school or middle school office, or online at http://austinisdathletics.com/home-2/important-forms/.
Items left at Coffeehouse are now located in the LASA lost and found. A young girl's purse is located at the LASA front desk. All items need to be collected before the end of the school year. 
Please submit photos of seniors with their friends for a Project Graduation slide show. Photos can be posed or candid, please submit only group photos, no individual photos. Photos can be from any time period, although ones from high school are preferred. Please submit by May 20th. Submit photos by uploading to https://dropitto.me/ProjectGraduation (password jags) or email to jen6157@aol.com.
Please join the PTSA this Monday, May 22nd at 5:30pm in the LBJ teachers' lounge (right before the cafeteria) for our final membership meeting of the year.  We'll be reviewing what we've done this year and voting for the 2017-18 preliminary budget. Please email lbjlasaptsa@gmail.com if you have any questions.
Project Graduation tickets are now for sale at http://www.jagnation.net/product/project-graduation-ticket/ or lunchtime at the J Spot May 22, 23 and 24.  
Only $15 and includes all food and activities at the all night lock-in at the East Communities YMCA on the night of graduation.  The party starts Friday, June 2nd at 11pm and goes until Saturday at 6am.  No paper ticket to keep track of - your student's name will be on the guest list and only LBJ/LASA seniors may attend.
Sign up to help at :
The sound system in the LBJ gym needs to be replaced and we are hoping to get LBJ/LASA alums to help fund it.  Please send this link to alums and anyone you think might want to give: https://edbacker.com/c/loud-and-proud-sound-system
Our goal is to have the new sound system in place by the first pep rally in the fall.
All funds will be deposited into an account managed by the LBJ book keeper just for the sound system.
Warm Regards,
LBJ/LASA PTSA on behalf of the entire campus
Wish of the Week
The  freshman pre-AP English classes will be having a character potluck for their final exams. During the scheduled final, students will adopt the persona of a character from a piece of literature that the class has read this year and be assessed on their responses to various questions that the teachers and other characters may pose to them. Afterwards, they will enjoy a potluck as a way to celebrate their hard work this year.
They are in need of enough plates, cups, napkins, and eating utensils for the freshman class, which is about 360 students. Sign up to donate paper goods to room 250 by 5/24/17 by clicking HERE.

Counselor's Corner

Ms. Rivera and LASA's Environmental Club are currently raising money to purchase supplies to solarize the Mindfulness Trail before the summer months. In addition, funds will go toward building a compost center and erecting a storage shed (all supplies are currently stored in a closet in the boys' locker room).  Click here to read more about the project, donate, or share to friends and family!

College Information Sessions/Receptions in Austin
Exploring Educational Excellence information session: Brown University, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, and Rice University
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd
RSVP: http://exploringeducationalexcellence.org/
Coffeehouse was a huge success this year. It was a beautiful night at a beautiful venue.
I would like to thank the Coffeehouse Committee for bearing with me as we navigated this new place for the event. We did it! It was such a fun night for everyone!

Huge Shout Out to Alison Guckenberger, Rachael Steyaert, Abby Brady, Pam Bixby, Julie Carolan, Yolanda Torres, Christina Moon, Lori Wallace, Robin Barnes, Karen Ayers, & Annemarie Read for your support and help!

~Casie Tibbetts, Coffeehouse Committee Chair
PFLASA has had a tremendous year! 
  • Together with the school, PFLASA funded 84 computers, 70 soundbars, and 70 monitors to completely upgrade the three SciTech/advanced Engineering classrooms
  • Held an AISD School Board Trustee's Forum for the LASA community
  • Funded many faculty/staff requests for Professional Development
  • Together with the school, organized and funded AP breakfasts for 8 days
  • Organized and supported Roadshows and Showcase for Prospective Students
  • Supported Choice Sheet Day
  • Latino & African American Outreach Organized New Student Dinner and various activities
  • Organized Wellness Events including How to Succeed at LASA, Refine your Social Skills and Build Your Confidence, How to Succeed at College and more
  • Provided the Lots of LASA newsletter
  • Together with the school, organized Coffeehouse
  • Kept informed of FABPAC and FMP happenings
  • and much, much more :)
All of this could not have happened without the PFLASA leadership board. Our thanks go to Rachael Steyaert (President), Geeta Suggs (Vice President), Anne Veeraraghavan (Treasurer), Annemarie Read (Assistant Treasurer), Karen Miller (Secretary), Mary-Alis Kelly (Assistant Secretary), Phuong Varma (Wishlist Chairperson), Savithri Punyamurtula (Wishlist), and Laura DiCarlo (Wishlist). 
Congratulations to the 2017-2018 PFLASA board: Geeta Suggs (President), Mary-Alis Kelly (Vice-President), Annemarie Read (Treasurer), Katy Poe (Assistant Treasurer), Molly Kohler (Secretary), Melissa Myers (Assistant Secretary), Phuong Varma (Wishlist Chairperson), Becky Svahn (Wishlist).
If you are interested in volunteering for any committees or have any questions, please visit our website at www.pflasa.org or email president@pflasa.org.
Save the date: First PFLASA meeting for 2017-18 is Friday, August 25 at 8:30am!
Have a great summer!
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