Lea Express for Friday, September 20
SCHOOL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Lea Website & Calendar
We ask all Lea families to regularly check our school website for information about school programming, including the following resources:
- Lea Community Calendar (https://tinyurl.com/lea-community-calendar): This public Google Calendar has Lea’s schedule. It can be accessed via the school’s website (https://lea.philasd.org/).
- Partner Programming: The “Partners” section of the school website (https://lea.philasd.org/partners/) contains information and resources about partner programming at Lea for all school stakeholders.
High School Selection Process: 9/17, 9/20, & 9/23
On Friday, 9/20, our 8th graders attended the school district’s High School Fair during the school day.
On Monday 9/23 at 8:45 am, our school counselor, Mr. Hollenbach (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Family & Community Engagement Liaison, Mr. Brown (email@example.com), will host a workshop for Grade 8 families with information about the high school selection process in the Lea Auditorium. Please join us!
AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM INFORMATION
Afterschool Program Enrollment
This school year, Lea will have the following after-school program options for our families:
- Grades (K-4): Lea University-Assisted Community School (UACS)
The UACS after-school program for students in Grades K-4 started programming on Monday, 9/16. Families can contact the UACS Director, Arttia Watts, at 215-435-0314, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit her in Room L-4 for enrollment information.
- Grades (5-8): Lea University-Assisted Community School (UACS) Sports Program
The UACS after-school program is also offering a sports-focused program for students in Grades 5-8. UACS started programming on Monday, 9/16. Families can contact the UACS Director, Arttia Watts, at 215-435-0314, email@example.com, or visit her in Room L-4 for enrollment information. Note: Grades 5-8 students must choose between the UACS Sports and PAEP STEAM programs–they CANNOT enroll in both programs.
- Grades (5-8): Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (PAEP) STEAM Program
The PAEP after-school program is a STEAM-focused program (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) for students in Grades 5-8. PAEP will start programming on Wednesday, 10/2. Enrollment packets for the PAEP after-school program are available in the Main Office. Note: Grades 5-8 students must choose between the PAEP STEAM and UACS Sports programs–they CANNOT enroll in both programs.
- Extracurricular Clubs
After-school extracurricular clubs led by Lea teachers will start programming on Monday, 9/30. Enrollment packets for extracurricular clubs will be available for interested students starting Friday 9/20 from the teacher sponsors of each club.
School Advisory Council (SAC)
The Lea SAC met this past Wednesday 9/18 from 4:30-6:00 pm in the Lea Library. The SAC advocates for Lea to the District and community partners; helps identify solutions to issues affecting academic achievement, school climate, and family engagement; and provides input on discretionary spending and school-based policies. All Lea parents, guardians, and family members are welcome to attend SAC meetings!
We will report out on this week’s SAC meeting in our next Lea Express.
2019-2020 SAC meeting dates: 2019: 10/16, 11/13, 12/11 | 2020: 1/8, 2/12, 3/11, 4/1, 5/6, 6/3
Home & School Association (HSA)
On Tuesday, 9/17 from 3:30-4:30 pm in Room 106, the Home and School Association (HSA) had their first monthly meeting of the school year. The HSA fosters open communication between the school and families in order to create an engaged and positive environment for students at school, at home, and in the community. Monthly HSA meetings will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.
We will report our on this week’s HSA meeting in our next Lea Express.
2019-2020 HSA meeting dates: 2019: 9/17, 10/15, 11/19, 12/17 | 2020: 1/21, 2/18, 3/17, 4/21, 5/19
Dads Take Your Child to School Day: 9/17
Many thanks to all of our families who came out for this event, and to Mr. Brown for organizing it! It was an awesome event that we hope will become a tradition at Lea!
Volunteering at Lea
If you are a parent, guardian, or family member of a Lea student and you wish to volunteer at the school (including chaperoning field trips), you are required to attend a mandatory Volunteer Orientation Training with our Family & Community Engagement Liaison, Mr. Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Community Partnerships Coordinator, Mr. Rich (email@example.com). There is a Fall training on Friday, 9/27/19 from 1:00-3:00 pm at the school (location TBD), and a Spring training on Friday, 1/4/20. We hope to see you then!
Academic Parent Teacher Teams (APTT)
This school year, Lea will be continuing the Academic Parent Teacher Team (APTT) model for family and community engagement in Grades K-2! APTT (https://aptt.wested.org/) is a classroom-based, teacher-led, data-driven family engagement model focused on supporting children’s academic goals by linking home and school learning. Classroom teachers in grades K-2 will invite families to participate in three 75-minute group meetings and one 30-minute individual, family-child session during the school year.
The first of these APTT meetings for Grades K-2 will occur on Wednesday, 10/23 beginning at 4:00 pm. Childcare and snacks will be provided. More information is forthcoming, and we hope to see all of our Grades K-2 families on October 23rd!
Parenting Plus Café
On Friday, 10/4, we will be starting our Parenting Plus Café program, which is a free parent/guardian learning program and support group
that includes parent learning (managing stress & anger, communication skills, discipline techniques, abuse/neglect, ages & stages of development, conflict resolution, parenting styles) and life skills training (nutrition, fire safety, and more). The Parenting Plus Café is 12 weeks long (Oct 2019 – Dec 2019), and meets every Friday morning in the Lea Library from 8:30 – 10:30 am. Please see the attached flyer for more details, and contact our Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Liaison, Mr. Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org), and/or the program facilitator, Ms. Denise (email@example.com) with any questions.