Welcome back! I hope everyone had a nice Spring Break! Have you had a chance to check out the bluebonnets and other wildflowers starting to emerge? Above are some evening primroses I snapped at the Southwest Greenway at Mueller today.

It is hard to believe we are three-quarters of the way through this school year, and the last quarter promises to go quickly! Spring is full of testing and celebration, so buckle up and enjoy!!

Here are some updates and announcements from PFLASA.

We have finalized our venue for this year’s Senior Salute—Riverbend Center on N Capital of Texas Highway! This is a special night for Seniors, which happens on the night before graduation. It will be May 31st this year. Many thanks to the organizing committee (Elise Su, Nalina Kumar, Geeta Suggs) and all the other folks who helped make this happen!

Coffeehouse is coming up on May 12th, which is the last day of AP Exams! Committee Chair Kristy Neff would love a parent to shadow her this year in running this fun and amazing event. Please reach out at “president at pflasa dot org” if you are interested!

Speaking of AP Exams, Assistant Principal San Czaplinski will be at our next PFLASA meeting (Friday March 24th) to tell us about that very subject and answer your questions. Join us!

We now have Biology tutors in place, along with tutors for Physics, Chemistry and Algebra 2. Please encourage your students to take advantage of the help. Some things to know:

* The tutors are generally there from 4-6 pm, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, in a room adjacent to the library. Look for the signs!
* Our current Physics tutor is graduating from UT and his last day with us will be May 5th. If we find another tutor who can pitch in and help out through finals, we will let you know. In the meantime, let your students know to utilize his talents early and often!
* We expect to have coverage in the other three subjects through final exams.
* It is always a good idea for students to check the LASA Student Support page for the official schedule (and any permanent updates) here. Last minute cancellations are posted on Blend and the LASA Life App.

The Wellness Committee, headed up by Nina Miller, is hosting a Zoom Cooking Class for Parents and Kids on Sunday April 2nd @ 5:30pm. Chef Avashia will guide you through parent-tested and teen-approved recipes for Cucumber-Pineapple Gazpacho and Sweet Potato-Bean Stuffed Peppers! You can get more details and sign up here. You will receive the Zoom link and ingredient list prior to the class.

April appreciations will recognize our wonderful librarian, Elizabeth Switek (April 4th), our incredible support staff including Monique Redfield, Jo Koerth, Karen Foree, Karina Pressler, Claudia Villarreal, Elaine Thompson, Adela SiFuentes, and Cindy Dwinells (April 26th), AND our amazing assistant principals—San Czaplinski, Andy Paulson, and Jessica Cherry (April 5th). Appreciation activities for teachers and our principal, Stacia Crescenzi, are in May according to the official AISD Recognition Calendar. But we start recognizing them in April as well, because May is such a crazy month. PFLASA has appreciation activities in the works for all these folks, but please feel free to chime in in any way you would like, and let them know you appreciate them. [NOTE: In case you are wondering, some of the support staff listed on the LASA faculty and staff list under Support Staff have been/will be honored at other times of the year. We ensure that everyone is included in yearly appreciations.]

Finally, I would like to once again mention that volunteers are the lifeblood of PFLASA. We need new folks to serve on our PFLASA Board, and folks to shadow and then take over running committees in the coming year. Many commitments are for 2 years. Check out our list of committees here and reach out to me and our soon-to-be new PFLASA president (Nicole Truelock), at “president at pflasa dot org”. Nicole will take the reins July 1st!