Is your student planning to go to college?

Is your student planning to go to college? If yes, please read on. I need your help today. I’m talking to you SENIOR and JUNIOR parents! Heck, even us underclassmen parents should listen.

Having just gone through senior year with my oldest child (my 2020 grad), I have to say it was something else. And I’m talking about pre-covid. The momentum and excitement and stress level about all things college started for us really junior year. Then it ramped up during the summer/early Fall to some crazy amount of to do lists and forms to fill out and this and that. I *honestly* thought it would never, ever end. The *one* thing that kept me sane was the support of our LASA college counselors. They knew the answer to everything. EVERYTHING. And were ready to answer at anytime.

Now, we’re in this weird Covid time and my heart goes out to you seniors and juniors as you navigate this “new normal”. There are new rules and guidelines and what ifs and how to and things people haven’t even figured out yet. But guess what? You have Ms. Kocian and Mr. Ganesan in your corner.

Our fabulous college counselors NEED your donation TODAY to go to (virtually) the NACAC conference in a couple of weeks. What is that you ask? NACAC is the National Association for College Admissions Counseling. From their website, this conference will feature college presidents discussing how campuses are grappling with the coronavirus pandemic; and authors, journalists, and experts will explore the national conversation about race and equity and how the current climate is impacting college admission.
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.”

Check out Ms. Kocian’s video here:

Please we need your support today to get our College Counselors trained on all of these new rules and guidelines so they can help ALL OF OUR KIDS. Remember every dollar counts.

Thank you!

Sci Tech, virtually: LASA has this.

If you’re a new 9th grade family, welcome and don’t worry. LASA has this. (can’t bring myself to say LASA’s got this no matter how hard I try. LOL) I, too, wondered how LASA was going to do Sci Tech virtually. But what I know is “LASA has this”.

Did you know that PFLASA funded the sci tech kits that half of 9th grade will use this semester for virtual learning? HOW COOL IS THAT?

For those of you that are seasoned LASA families, you remember sci tech, right? $5 supply limit and have to do some engineering feat with just those supplies. I always thought it was super cool.

Here are some photos from when our Sci Tech teachers put together these kids (DURING THEIR UNPAID SUMMER, I might add) for our kids. I know “LASA has this” just based on these photos. And as Mr. Seagren said “Will be a great semester.”

Consider donating TODAY to help us fund things like this for our students. We help all students.

pics: Sci Tech bags for virtual teaching

Recurring donations

Today’s topic is about signing up for recurring/monthly donations. Maybe that will be easier on your wallet during this pandemic. I *strongly* believe (as many of you have heard me say already) EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR COUNTS. Thank you so much for reading all these posts, FOR COMMENTING (makes me smile every time!), of course for donating but also just for considering to support our children. Thank you!

A story from Geeta 💕

Here’s a little something from Geeta, LASA parent extraordinaire:

I have a little story. You know me. This is wordy. Grab a coffee. Do your kids write thank you cards? When my boys were little, I tried everything to get them to do that. I made cute notes with their names on them, I made the mad-lib style where they just had to fill in a few words. I tried everything. They did them. But IT WAS PAINFUL. For me. Probably for them too. Fast forward to earlier this summer to the time when my oldest graduated from LASA and starting receiving graduation gifts. Oh good, more mom guilt about how my “ungrateful child” won’t write a thank you note. Said child turned 18 a few days after graduation, too. Hard to tell an adult what to do, isn’t it? Well, anyway, I noticed a post-it note on the kitchen table one day. I asked him about it. He said “Oh, it’s a list of gifts I have received. I’m keeping track so I can write thank yous”. He did write thank yous all on his own. Did he write them all? No (he wrote most!), but he adulted folks. That’s a win. Now, why am I telling you this weird story? Stacia was telling me that one of the new teachers had asked her last week after day 1 of the extension courses if students got extra credit (they did NOT, fyi!😂) or some sort of incentive from coming to those. She said of course not. He asked her why would they come to these then? Her response should have been “Welcome to LASA!” As we all know the extension courses happened. From what I can tell, they were fantastic from both sides. I asked students to write a little thank you so that teachers could feel the LASA Love. Not going to lie, I didn’t think they would based on my parenting experience with thank yous above. But I thought I’d ask since that kid of mine that DID learn something and felt that sharing his gratitude was important. Other LASA kids felt the same way. Our kids are special. They love to learn. They crave it. More now than ever. They love their teachers – even ones they haven’t met. LASA teachers are also so special. Let’s fact it, takes a special kind of person to teach our kids. So the kids left HEARTFELT notes (really, please read them) to their beloved teachers. I shared with the staff yesterday. I actually got a few notes and messages about how nice that was for them to see. Full circle, right? Our kids picked LASA for a reason. THIS COMMUNITY is the reason. Help support our community, please. Want a warm fuzzy? See thank yous here:

Annual teacher stipends–check it out!

Did you know that PFLASA tries to help out every LASA faculty/staff with an annual stipend? It’s something to help offset all of the expenses these teachers have out-of-pocket. Teachers *REALLY* should be paid more but since they aren’t, maybe you can help us help them? Donate today. Please and thanks ever so much!

Mr. Pellowski sent this message to me (how cool is that?!!! Thanks, Mr. Pellowski!):

Curriculum, tutors, AP tests and more!

PFLASA has kicked off their annual donation drive. For those of you who do not know, PFLASA plays a critical role in filling gaps where state and district funding fall short. This year we are navigating through a new normal. More than ever, our teachers need support to teach our students virtually. This past summer, among other contributions, PFLASA gave LASA $30K so that our staff was able to write new curriculum to facilitate remote learning this fall. PFLASA will continue to provide tutors for Biology, Chemistry, Physics & Calculus. PFLASA also helps students with the cost of AP tests and contributes to teachers attending high quality professional development. Please consider donating what you can.

Charitable giving in 2020

I’m certainly no tax accountant and this is not tax advice. Please consult your tax accountant for more details.

BUT did y’all know about the CARES Act and what that means for charitable giving in 2020?
If you are considering donating to PFLASA to support LASA 100%, please look into this and possibly claim more! Thank you so much!
On March 27, the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help combat the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19. The bill provides increased tax incentives for charitable giving for both individuals and corporations, signifying an intent to stimulate philanthropy throughout America.
Are you itemizing deductions?
The adjusted gross income (AGI) limit for cash contributions was increased for individual donors. For cash contributions made in 2020, you can now elect to deduct up to 100 percent of your AGI (increased from 60 percent).
Not itemizing?
The CARES Act allows for an additional, “above-the-line” deduction for charitable gifts made in cash of up to $300. If you are not itemizing on your 2020 taxes, you can claim this new deduction.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes temporary tax incentives for individual and corporate donors. Be sure to understand how the provisions may impact your charitable contributions in the 2020 tax year.

Parents need community, too!



Parents Need Community Too!

Presenting LASA Master Classes – During this new normal, it is hard to get a sense of community. PFLASA is excited to offer a new way to virtually hang out with our community, while learning something new and supporting LASA and PFLASA at the same time. Please join us as we launch the LASA Master Class Series. We currently have five classes lined up for you to take:

• Intro to Brush Lettering taught by Junior, Shivani Regan

• Intro to 3D Printing taught by Dave Read

• Learn How to Make Indian Cuisine taught by Bharathi Janapareddi

• Clean & Simple Watercolor Cards with Minimal Supplies taught by Geeta Suggs

• Mixology taught by Matt Regan

Each class is $25 per participant and anyone is welcome to take the class.100% of the class fees goes to PFLASA to directly support LASA To register for any of the classes, please visit PFLASA’s website: