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Originally delivered on 3/5/2023 5:29 pm

SUBJECT: Team Reed News Week of March 5

Team Reed News

Weekly Newsletter - March 5, 2023

March Coming in like a Lion
Dear Wolfpack:

There are so many exciting things happening in March!  Please read this blast for all the information!

FoR is re-launching our Annual Giving Campaign to address budget cuts from the District for next year.  If you are able and haven't already made a donation, please consider it.  PTSA and FoR are also looking for folks to join our leadership team for next year--specifically PTSA Historian, Auditor, & VP Membership and FoR VP Programs.  Email us at if you're interested or would like to learn more!

Have a delightful week,

Jenna Schwartz - PTSA President

Parisa Stepanek - Friends of Reed President

Upcoming Events
Annual Giving Relaunch

In the process of budgeting for next year, administration was made aware that the District will no longer be centrally funding key positions at Reed in 2023-24.  Here is the tentative list of staff positions and student initiatives that may not have funding and, in fact, may not exist next year:

  • Pupil Services & Attendance Counselor
  • Special Education Coordinator
  • Intervention/Prevention Coordinator
  • Custodian (1)
  • 6th Grade Bridge Program
  • Academy-Specific Funding

In an effort to retain these positions and programs, "Team Reed", PTSA, FoR and FIHP is asking for your help.  We are re-launching the Friends of Reed Annual Giving Campaign, and specifically asking families who are able, but haven't yet made a donation, to consider one now.

Please visit to contribute today. Thank you for supporting all Reed students!

International Women’s Day Spirit Day

On Wednesday, March 8 wear purple for justice and dignity or green for hope. Clothing must be school appropriate. No pajamas. 

Students have been participating in a Door Decorating Contest for International Women’s Day to showcase a woman from history who represents their SLC/Academy. Judging will take place on March 8.

NJHS Information Meeting

On Friday, March 10 the National Junior Honor Society will hold an Information Meeting (for 6th & 7th graders) during lunch in Room 150 to learn more about joining NJHS. Attendance is NOT mandatory, but it is very helpful. The application deadline is Monday, March 20 at 3:15 pm. Questions? See Ms. Sofio in Room 150 or email jxs7301@lausd.

PTSA & FoR March Meeting & Election

Join us on Wednesday, March 15 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. Our parent groups are looking for parents, students, or community members to join their leadership teams for 2023-2024. Learn more about the positions here. If you are running for a position, especially VP of Membership, Auditor (must be an adult), or Historian for PTSA or VP of Programs for FoR, email

Matties Film Festival

Reed’s 2nd Annual Student Short Film Festival, The Matties (hosted by the MAT Academy and Reed PTSA) will happen on Friday, March 17—St. Patrick's Day! Doors open at 5:30, with screenings starting at 6:00 pm. Bring the whole family for a night to remember as we enjoy the creative talents of our student filmmakers – with three indoor screening areas, one for each grade. The Awards Ceremony will be held from 8:00 to 8:30 in the auditorium to announce the grade-level winners and overall “Best of Fest”. This is a CASH ONLY event, so please come prepared!

Suggested donation is $5. No family will be denied entry due to inability to pay. 

Pizza, snacks, treats, drinks, and merchandise will be available for purchase. There are also amazing raffle baskets with incredible prizes to win. Raffle tickets will be sold Friday for $2 each, or 3 for $5, or $1 each for 10 or more.

MAT Families--We still need you to make it happen. Please volunteer on the SignUpGenius here!

March Beautification Day

On Saturday, March 18th from 8am-12pm, join the beautification team as we clean up the rose garden area, prune the rose bushes, move mulch and do maintenance on the vegetable garden.  This is a great way for students to earn NJHS hours and for families to enjoy some quality time together.  Also, please check out this Sign Up Genius to see how you can contribute.  See you there!

Battle of the Books

Join us on Thursday, March 23 from 3:15-6:00 pm at Reed for our annual Battle of the Books competition. Groups of 4-6 students have been reading 20 books to prepare for this trivia competition. The four top performing groups will move on to a Regional Battle at Reed on April 29 from 9:00-1:00 pm.

Sign up to help at the competition here!

Spring Candy Yumraiser

Get some sweet treats and support Reed at the same time! 20-50% of every purchase goes to Reed PTSA. Candy and gift cards make great gifts for teachers, too.

Order online and ship directly to you or a loved one! Orders arrive within 7-10 days.

Shop the online store now through March 24!

Multicultural Fair

Attention all Reed families!

The Multicultural Fair, co-hosted by PTSA and the GLA Academy is on Thursday, March 30 at 12:45 pm in Schall Park. GLA families—please take a look at the SignUp Genius to see how you can help.

Parent Engagement
Teachers Lounge Supplies

The teachers lounge at school could use some more love. If you'd like to donate supplies, the Amazon Wish List is here.

School Site Council Meeting

Join us on Monday, March 6 at 3:15 pm in the Parent Center for budget development. The agenda can be viewed here.

Kindness Campaign

Region North’s Kindness Campaign March choice board is here! Many of the lessons, resources and activities this month focus on developing ‘deep kindness’ by way of empathy and perspective taking. For example, this menu of ideas to bring kindness into your daily life with your kids. The ‘Building Community and Social Awareness’ section, celebrates Women’s History. Together, we can and will make our school and community a more caring, just, and kind place.

Order Your Yearbook

The price for the 2022-2023 yearbook goes up in April. Order now for only $35! Make your purchase at the Student Store (cash or check only) or online at School Code: 16479.

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Reed LOVES Volunteers
Become an 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.

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.

Volunteer 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 from all academies and grade levels! 

Volunteer Now!
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Other Ways to Support Reed

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.

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Looking Ahead
Monday, March 6
9:00a LAUSD: Parent's Guide to Understanding Related Services Webinar
3:15p Reed MS: School Site Council
Wednesday, March 8
6:00p LAUSD: Parent's Guide to Understanding Related Services Webinar
Thursday, March 9
Reed MS: Earthquake Drill
Monday, March 13
3:15p Reed MS: Shared Decision Making Council Meeting
Wednesday, March 15
7:00p PTSA & FoR General Meeting at 7 PM
7:00p Reed MS: PTSA / Friends of Reed Meeting
Thursday, March 16
6:30p Reed MS: 7th / 8th Grade Instrumental Concert
Friday, March 17
Reed MS: St. Patrick's Day
Reed MS: St. Patrick's Day
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