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Originally delivered on 9/11/2022 3:38 pm

SUBJECT: Team Reed News Week of September 11

Team Reed News
Cooling Down This Week
Weekly Newsletter - September 11, 2022

Team Reed has transitioned to Membership Toolkit with a new website at! It is essential you login/register AND update your contact information (especially your student's grade) to ensure you are able to continue getting these newsletters and grade/academy-specific communications!

Dear Wolfpack:

Thanks for visiting us at Back to School Night and at our Parent Coffee last Friday!  Despite the heat, we were thrilled to catch up with some familiar faces and meet SO many new Reed parents. It's going to be a great year!

This week's highlights:

  • Friends of Reed's Annual Giving Drive kicks off tomorrow!
  • Club Fair September 13 during lunch. Students can learn about all the fun clubs at Reed!
  • School-wide Reed's Got Talent Show Auditions begin September 14 at 3:15 PM. This event is hosted by the Humanities Academy & PTSA -VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
  • Next PTSA/Friends of Reed "Team Reed" Meeting is September 14 at 7 PM. Click for agenda and details and to see last's week meeting slides.  Talent Show Meeting immediately following at 8 PM.

Also, PLEASE update/register your account on Going forward, this will be the only way to receive our grade-level and academy information, purchase spiritwear, and so much more. Don't miss out!  

Have a great week,

Jenna Schwartz - PTSA President

Parisa Stepanek - Friends of Reed President is Live!

Attention Parents! is the NEW website for Friends of Reed & Reed PTSA as part of our transition to Membership Toolkit for our Newsletter, website, online sales, volunteer sign ups and communications this year.  

We invite you to visit to see everything Team Reed has to offer this year, and make sure you Register if you don't have an account. 

  • Login or Register for an account to subscribe to Reed News, access upcoming calendar events, make purchases, sign up to volunteer and much, much more.
  • Visit "My Account" tab > "My Contacts/Forms" to UPDATE your contact information!
  • Complete our back to school checklist!

Questions? - Please don't hesitate to contact us at

Annual Giving Drive Kicks Off This Week
Annual Giving Campaign

Friends of Reed's Annual Giving Campaign is the main fundraising drive to support capital improvements for Reed and benefit ALL students through a variety of programs. This year, FoR is raising money for these exciting initiatives:

  • Much-needed new classroom furniture
  • The continued transformation of Schall Park and the garden area into usable outdoor learning areas
  • Grade levels will receive support for field trips and activities
  • Other ongoing classroom upgrades and campus beautification

We welcome all parents to attend monthly meetings and participate in decision-making about Annual Giving spending.

Plus, we've got cool "Team Reed" Incentives! 

Our goal is 100% participation from all families at ANY level that works for your family, whether that's $10, $100, or $1,000! 


Events & Programs
Wednesday, PTSA/FoR "Team Reed" Meeting

This is the correct zoom link! Please join our Zoom Meeting. 7:00-8:00 pm 

HUMANITIES families, stay after for a quick "Reed's Got Talent" meeting.

Meeting ID: 842 2630 6927

"Reed's Got Talent" Auditions Are This Week!

The Humanities Academy and PTSA are hosting a school-wide talent show on October 28th. ALL Reed students are invited to audition!  Auditions will be held on September 14th after school. Information can be found here at

Reed's Got Talent Show is a fun family night hosted to laugh, sing, dance and show school spirit and help raise funds school-wide! All Reed families are invited to come enjoy the show!

CALLING ALL HUMANITIES PARENTS:  We need YOU to make this happen! If you would like to be involved, please let us know Volunteer Interest Form and please stay after the PTSA/FoR meeting on Wednesday for a brief Talent Show Meeting.

Spirit Store Update

All pre-ordered spiritwear shirts have been delivered to classrooms!  We still have sizes available in both academy shirts and our Wolf shirts.  Go to to place your order.  2022-23 hoodies will be for sale in the fall...Stay tuned for details!

7th Grade Field Trip is SOLD OUT

Thanks to parents for organizing, 60 Reed 7th Grade students have the opportunity to attend Astrocamp during Veterans Day Weekend, November 11-13. This is an overnight trip organized by Reed parents and assisted by Friends of Reed. This trip is not affiliated with nor sponsored by LAUSD. We are making this experience available to help supplement LAUSD programming. It is completely optional and will not happen during any instructional time. 


If interested, please email to be placed on the waitlist.

PTSA Membership Drive

Thank to you, we've crushed our initial goal of 600 members!!! Let's see if we can get to 700!!!  THANK YOU to everyone that has already joined or renewed and made a tax-deductible voluntary donation. 100% of all donations stay at Reed!

Haven't joined yet? Join / renew ONLINE or by CASH/CHECK.

Membership is $10 for adults, $7 for students, teachers, and staff. 

Still wondering what the big deal is all about? Learn all about Reed's PTSA -- our volunteer run, membership based, donation-funded 501(c)3 nonprofit Parent, Teacher, Student Association!

Questions about who can join or what's required?We've got answers!

Join / Renew Online
Join / Renew with Cash/Check
Students - Want a Free Dress Day?

All Reed students who join PTSA by Friday, October 14 will get a wristband for PTSA Free Dress Day on Friday, October 21st! 

Student Membership is $7. 

Join / renew ONLINE or by CASH/CHECK.  

Reed Career Day Speakers Wanted

Reed family members and friends - we need you! After two years our Reed Career Day is back! We are looking for speakers across a variety of fields to share with our students. Sign up at to be a Reed Career Day speaker, Monday, November 7th from 8:00 am - 10:20 AM and share what you do with our students! Thank you and please share the link with any other good candidates!

PTSA Reflections Art Program

All Reed students are invited to participate in the Reed PTSA Reflections Art Program by creating an original work of art in response to this year's theme "Show Your Voice" in one, or all, of the available arts categories: visual arts, literature, photography, film, music composition, and dance. 

Entries are due in November and will be judged at the local level. Winning entries will then move on to judging at the District level, and then possibly the State & National Level.  You do NOT have to be a PTSA member to participate.

Learn More about how to participate, category guidelines, and prizes/recognition!

Volunteer Opportunities
Become an LAUSD Approved Volunteer

Volunteers must be approved YEARLY. So if you were an approved volunteer you need to renew your application, or if you are new to volunteering you must complete the application for the first time!

All volunteers must be approved (including proof of vaccination) if you want to be able to help out with in-person events.

Due to the ongoing issues with Schoology, if you are unable to access the application, please directly email Myriam Arechiga at

Learn about requirements and how the process works here.

Start the process here.

What works for you?

The best part about volunteering is that you can help at the level that works for you. Here are some current needs we have, see if any work for you. We'd love to see some new faces! 

Short on time? We also have opportunities for items to be donated to various events. To see a list of our current volunteer opportunities, click the button below.

Volunteer Now!
Spotlight Opportunity:

Parent Academy Representatives

PTSA is actively seeking parents to represent and advocate for each academy at our shared monthly board meetings. We want each academy to have a voice and a seat at the table and would like 2 parents representing each of our academies. 

Currently we are still looking for a representative for our Humanities and Global Leadership Academies!

Academy parent rep duties would include attending one FoR/PTSA meeting/month (Wednesday evenings at 7pm) and helping to communicate and coordinate with your academy on one school-wide fundraising event or initiative, co-hosted by PTSA.

Complete this form if you are interested in learning more!

The Reed Staff Lounge is Maintained 100% Through Donations

Last year Reed parents spruced up the staff lounges, and our teachers & staff we are relying on donations to keep it going! If you are able, you can either purchase from our Amazon wish list below which gets sent directly to school, or feel free to purchase Keurig pods, coffee creamers, tissues, paper towels, individual snacks items, or earth friendly disposable coffee cups from wherever you shop and leave them in the main office with “Jenna Schwartz” written on the bag. Thank you for your support for our Reed staff!

Donate Online Now
Other Ways to Support Reed
Retail Rewards

AMAZON SMILE: Select "Walter Reed Middle School PTA/PTSA" as your charity on Amazon Smile and a percentage of your order will be donated back to Reed! Learn more about how to link your account on the web and in the mobile Amazon App.

RALPHS COMMUNITY REWARDS: Register your Ralph's card ONCE and Reed will get a percentage of each of your grocery trips! Go to > My Account > Community Rewards and select "Water Reed Middle School / Friends of Reed" as your organization. Once registered, our name will display at the bottom of your receipt every time you shop. Learn more about how to link your account.

FARM FRESH: Receive fresh, organic produce delivered right to your home with Farm Fresh To You while earning 10% cashback for Reed using the code "REEDFRESH" -- different box types & sizes with no commitment - skip a box, change it up or stop delivery at any time. Already a customer? you can add the code to your existing account. Learn more.

More than A Meal

The LAUSD lunch application is DIRECTLY tied to school funding.

We NEED every family to fill out a lunch application ASAP.

Yes - Even if you did it last year.

Yes - Even though lunch is free this year.

Yes - Even if your child doesn't eat or want the school lunch.

Yes - Regardless of status and whether or not you qualify for free-reduced lunch

Apply at . Change the language on the top right of the page, if needed. Need help? Call the school and speak to Myriam in the parent center.

Catch up with all the other school news...

Catch up with all the other school news at , including n about our next CoS Town Hall, Family Academy webinars, CHOICES enrollment fair, LCAP Study Group, College Fest, and more!

Looking Ahead
Monday, September 12
Reed MS: Last day for students to sign up for Talent Show audition
3:15p Reed MS: Shared Decision Making Council Meeting
Tuesday, September 13
Reed MS: Student Club Fair at Lunch
Wednesday, September 14
Reed MS: Lockdown Drill
8:30a Reed MS: CCHC Parent Workshop - Healthy Relationships - Parent Center
3:15p Reed MS: Talent Show Auditions
7:00p PTSA & FoR General Meeting at 7 PM
7:00p Reed MS: PTSA / Friends of Reed Meeting
Thursday, September 15
6:00p Reed MS: SSC / ELAC Elections
Friday, September 16
Reed MS: Progress Reports Home
Social Media Accounts
Walter Reed Official Accounts
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@ReedMiddleSchool Instagram Icon
@MiddleReed Twitter Icon
Friends of Reed & PTSA
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