4 days left for this year’s fundraising drive!

4 Days left of this year’s fundraiser!

NO ONE will be happier than Geeta. 😁 Please put her out of my misery and donate today. She’s still asking for about 300 families to participate, if possible.

If you remember back to your New Parent Orientation, someone got up in front of you and told you about the 3 Cs of PFLASA: Community, Communication and Cash.

While I can talk about all of these, let’s focus on COMMUNICATION – because *this* I can talk about forever.

SO MANY WAYS TO COMMUNICATE here at LASA. Pick your favorite. It is overwhelming? Sometimes. But everyone likes to communicate in different ways so I’ve tried very hard to give everyone someway of connecting.

PFLASA (which YOU are a member of) is *this* group. It’s also the google groups per grade level. It’s the zip code groups. It’s the Lots of LASA (LOL) e-newsletter. It’s the PFLASA website. It’s the PFLASA blog. It’s you asking a question and someone answering. It’s all of us, together supporting OUR school. So, I ask you, if you feel like you got ONE piece of information from any of these communication venues, just ONE, consider supporting us financially. $10 helps us.
Did you know that PFLASA pays for the subscription for mailchimp for the LOL?
Did you know that PFLASA pays for the zoom account for the webmaster at LASA? That account is used for all LASA big events like choice sheet day, freshman orientation, student assemblies, new parent orientation, How to Succeed at LASA, etc. etc.
Did you know that PFLASA pays for padlet for the student bulletin board?


*Not Carrying a Heavy Backpack $25
*Not Packing Lunches $50
*Sleeping an Extra Hour $100
*NOT driving across town to LASA! GAS MONEY! $150

A School (LASA) that understands what your student needs: PRICELESS

If you can donate, please do! Every dollar counts.

Taco Tuesday!

Someone told me it’s TUESDAY. 😉 You know what that means? It’ TACO TUESDAY!

Today is all about reaching those of you that haven’t participated in our annual fundraiser. If my math is correct, there are about 380 families that haven’t participated yet. If you haven’t, please consider giving $10 today. Every dollar counts! Instead of grabbing Torchy’s or Juan in a Million Tacos, donate that $10 you are saving from eating out to us! We really appreciate every single dollar.


While ultimately our goal is raising money, we strongly believe that the participation from all of our families builds a better LASA. Would you help us do that today?

Your donation counts DOUBLE today & tomorrow!!!!

Wowza… we are extremely fortunate to have a few donors who reached out to do another round of matching – every dollar donated now until tomorrow at midnight (9/21) will be matched $ for $ up to $3000! If you’ve been waiting to donate, now’s a great opportunity to double your donation!

Remember we are all in this together – students, staff, admin, teachers, and yes, us parents.

Thank you so much for your generosity! LASA needs all of our support during this unusual time!

10 days left in this years Fundraising drive!

We still have 10 days left of our fundraising drive and we would love for EVERY family to participate, if possible. We believe 337 families have participated of our estimated 700-800 families. We have had about 16 people donate to sponsor about 23 of of the estimated 100-175 students that can’t afford to. I know many of you have donated more than once! You are amazing. Thank you so much!
A couple of weeks ago, I posted a video from Ms. Kocian, one of LASA’s college counselors. She and Mr. Ganesan WILL be “attending” the NACAC professional development this week thanks to donors like you.
Mr. Ganesan said “This is the first year that I’ll be able to attend NACAC, the national organization of college admissions professionals. It’s online, because of the pandemic, and I’ll be attending, because of the pandemic. The college landscape has changed, and we all need to be better prepared for those changes.”
If you didn’t know, Mr. Ganesan is also teaching a Master Class for us on October 2nd. Helping in every way he can. How cool is that?
Of course, I also asked him why he loves LASA and here is his response:

“Why do you love LASA?”

Doesn’t this quote from Ms. Pettigrew say it all?
Remember back to when your child got that infamous purple & white acceptance to LASA card with confetti in it? How many people did you rush out and tell that your kid got into LASA? Think about supporting that school that you were so PASSIONATE about that day. We need *your support* to keep that passion alive at LASA. Give today, if you can. Thank you.

Sponsor a student!


This year, we are trying something new. This is about helping other students, if you can. Not every student/family can afford to donate to PFLASA. We all know that. So today, I’m asking you to sponsor a student. Basically, we are breaking this down… we have around 175 students that need our help. I’m asking for 100 to be sponsored. At $75 a student. Can you spare an extra $75? I know it’s a lot, especially during this time.

Here’s some more info on the math: Maybe you are new to LASA and didn’t know this or maybe you need a refresher but below is the email that Ms. Crescenzi sent LAST YEAR on October 10, 2019. The numbers are similar to this year. Read it to the end. And then see if you can give an extra $75 per student.

We have a special page on our website to show how we are doing on this goal of sponsoring just 100 students. Can you help us? As always, please and thank you.

Most of the things that PFLASA financially supports would not happen without this money. From helping pay for staff to go to conferences that focus on students at specialized secondary schools, to paying for textbooks, assisting with AP costs and purchasing specific equipment for classes, all of that is only possible because of PFLASA’s support. As a district we sent back to the state around 670 million dollars in the 2018-2019 school year. In a district with approximately 80,000 students that means that we sent back about $8,375 per student. Now, I’ll be honest, if the district had all of that money back it wouldn’t all come to us at the campus level, but I guarantee some of it would. Can you imagine what more we could do if we had even 50% of that? Another $4000 per student – that would be amazing!

I realize that there aren’t many of us that can just write a check for that much money (though if you want to, I certainly won’t stop you) so let me take a minute and walk you through the financial situation of the campus. If I take out the money spent on staffing (salaries, benefits, extra duty pay,etc.) LASA received $108,330 in our BTO (your tax dollars) and $32,949 in what is called HS Allotment funds. Again, this is just the non-staffing money. We currently have 1285 students. This means that for the current school year I have $109.95 per student to run the school. Every basic supply, every professional development experience for staff, every everything that a campus needs to spend money on comes out of that amount. Think of it, $109.95 per student for the entire year. Mind boggling that we can run a school on that, but with the help of PFLASA we do it.

Therefore, any amount you can donate that allows PFLASA to assist us so that we can continue to give our students this rich academic experience is greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
Stacia Crescenzi


Why do you love LASA?

If you love LASA, would you consider giving $10, $50, $75, $150, or any amount? Every dollar matters.
We have made it easy for you to give: maybe a small monthly donation works better for you? https://pflasa.org/recurringdonation/
Remember every donation is tax-deductible and remember there are IRS incentives to donate more this year (Cares Act).
Look at why all these people support LASA: https://www.tinyurl.com/supportlasa

PFLASA Fundraising Team

How much is it worth to you to NOT do something?

How much is it worth to you to NOT do something?

I remember when my eldest was in 1st grade… we had gift wrap to sell for the PTA, popcorn to sell for cub scouts and magazines (like real paper ones!) for the principal’s fundraiser… All.At.The.Same.Time. Can you guess who volunteered to chair the new “No Hassle Fundraiser” that next year? I was thinking I wanted to keep my dear family, friends, co-workers and neighbors from hating me!

We are 1/2 through our fundraising drive. Yay, only 2 more weeks of us “hassling” you for this “no hassle ” drive. We estimate about 700-800 families at LASA. Thank you to the 370 families that have donated thus far. Please consider giving anything you can to show your support for our school.


Thankful Thursday! Matching day!!!

We have an anonymous donor who will match every dollar donated today 1-to-1 up to $5000. Y’all that’s amazing! Remember how I said every.single.dollar counts? Well today it counts DOUBLE today!!!
Let’s do this! This is HUGE for our school and kids! Who’s in?