Monday, October 9, 2017

Appreciation Luncheon / Almuerzo de Reconocimiento

We're planning an Appreciation Luncheon for our FLA teachers and staff in the library on the day of Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 19 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Volunteers and donations are needed to make this a success! Nonperishable food may be brought at the end of school on Oct 18. Perishable food should be brought Oct. 19 before 12pm.

- Sign up here -
- Help with set-up, clean-up 12-2pm or 2-4pm!
- Bring food, drinks, or decorations!
- Contact Lisa Gooden with any questions at 816-204-0905

Estamos planeando un almuerzo de reconocimiento para los maestros y personal en la biblioteca de FLA en el jueves, 19 de octubre de 1-3pm en el día de Conferencias de Padres y Maestros. Donaciones de comida y voluntarios son necesarios para que esto sea un éxito. Los alimentos no perecederos pueden ser traídos al final de la escuela el 18 de octubre. Los alimentos perecederos deben ser traídos el 19 de octubre antes de las 12pm.

- Para registrarse:
- Ayuda con donaciones de comida, bebidas, o decoraciones!
- Ser voluntario de 12-2pm o 2-4pm
- Comuníquese con Lisa Gooden 816-204-0905 con cualquier pregunta.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sign up to help at the Fall Carnival!

Please sign up to work a shift at our Fall Carnival on Friday, Sept 22! Volunteers will earn $5 off a wristband for unlimited games (normally $10) for each shift worked. We need parent volunteers to run games and inflatables, help at the prize and face painting stations, sell popcorn and cotton candy, and during set-up and clean-up. This is the PTO's biggest event of the year, please help make it a success! Click on this link to sign up: or contact our event chair Patti Sosa at with any questions.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Help improve arrival and dismissal

Help improve morning drop-off by following the procedures in the FLA Parent Handbook. Morning arrival should occur between 8:35-8:45am. For the safety of our students, all children being dropped off must be driven to the West side of the building in the lower parking lot. Drivers should arrive from Main St, turning onto 34th St or 34th Terrace, turn RIGHT into the lower parking lot, circle through to drop off, then exit to the RIGHT on 34th St and out onto Warwick. One-way traffic in the morning will decrease congestion and make it safer for everyone. If you plan to park and walk your student into the building, you must find a parking space in the upper lot, or on surrounding streets.

Ayude a mejorar las mañanas en la escuela con los procedimientos descritos en el Manual de Padres de FLA. La llegada de la mañana debe ocurrir entre 8: 35-8: 45am. Para la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, todos los niños que llegan por carro se deben dejar al lado oeste del edificio en el estacionamiento más bajo. Favor de llegar desde Main St, girando a 34th St o 34th Terrace, al entrar en el estacionamiento gire a la DERECHA y dé una vuelta para dejar sus niños, luego salir a la DERECHA en 34 th St y siga hacia Warwick. El tráfico de una solo vía en la mañana disminuirá la congestión y lo hará más seguro para todos. Si planea aparcar y caminar con su estudiante al edificio, debe encontrar una plaza de aparcamiento en el estacionamiento superior, o en las calles circundantes.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Car Wash Fundraiser

Our 8th graders will be washing cars to raise funds for their capstone trip to Puerto Rico this Friday, Sept 8 from 3:30-6pm and Saturday, Sept 9 from 10am-2pm. $10 will get you a clean car and support our students! Invite your friends and neighbors!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Download the School Calendar and Parent Handbook

FLA School Calendar and Parent Handbook are now available for download. El Calendario Escolar y el Manual para Padres ya están disponibles para descargar. Save time and paper by downloading a copy to your computer or phone.
- 2017-2018 FLA School Calendar
- Foreign Language Academy Parent Handbook

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

2017-2018 PTO Meetings

We had a great first meeting this month! We hope you will be able to join us the rest of the year as your schedule allows. Meetings provide an opportunity to discuss school news or concerns, meet other parents, hear updates from the administration, and learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities.

September 26 at 4:30pm
October 26 at 6pm
November 14 at 6pm
December – No Meeting
January 18 at 6pm
February 20 at 4:30pm
March 22 at 6pm
April 17 at 6pm
May 10 at 6pm

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

PTO Volunteers Needed

We are looking for a few more volunteers to serve on the 2017-2018 FLA PTO Board and other committees. Board members will help set our goals for the year, establish the budget and committees, and help communicate the needs of the school to the PTO. We especially need Parent Representatives of students going into 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 8th grade. If you are interested in fundraising, we also need volunteers to help lead the Box Tops and Book Fair efforts next year. Stop by the PTO table after school this week, or contact Lisa Gooden at or 816-204-0905 if you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities.

Detailed descriptions of many of our volunteer opportunities are below:

Grade Level Representatives - Responsibilities: Attend PTO Board and General Meetings; develop the budget; help shape the direction of the organization; facilitate communication between the organization and the parents and teachers in each grade level. Two representatives per grade level are needed.

Teacher Representatives- Responsibilities: Attend PTO Board Meetings; develop the budget; help shape the direction of the organization; facilitate communication between the organization and teachers.

Fundraising - Responsibilities: Recruit volunteers and lead various fundraising efforts including Box Tops, Book Fair, and restaurant nights. Assist in planning as needed and coordinate when fundraising efforts occur to avoid overlap.

Auditing Committee - Responsibilities: Annual review of the treasurer’s end of year financial statement.

Hispanic Community Liaison - Responsibilities: Reach out to families whose primary language is Spanish to help the organization understand their needs, and promote their involvement in the organization and in school events. Help provide or recruit volunteers to aid in translation during meetings and translation of the organization’s print/online materials.

Teacher/Staff Appreciation - Responsibilities: Organize two annual teacher/staff luncheons during parent/conference days. Coordinate volunteers to assist with Teacher Appreciation Week and any other appreciation efforts.

School & Community Engagement - Responsibilities: Organize refreshments for Boo Hoo Breakfast for Kindergarten parents on the first day of school; represent the school at welcome/sign-in tables during school events/open houses - Curriculum Game Night, Art Fair, Black History Month Program; assist in student recruitment efforts by attending school fairs, networking, and social media

Grounds - Responsibilities: Coordinate efforts to clean up and enhance the school building grounds; planting trees & flowers and other projects as needed.

Book Fair - Responsibilities: Organize two annual book fairs; recruit volunteers to help with set-up, and to work during the week to help students visiting the fair; receive all incoming funds; communicate with Scholastic to reserve materials and submit funds; communicate with teachers to set up dates for classes to visit the fair; distribute information to students and families to promote the fair.

Box Tops - Coordinate two annual school-wide collections. Plan collection goals for the school and incentives for winning classes.

Room Parents - Responsibilities: Help recruit parents to assist with classroom/teacher needs; plan seasonal room parties; chaperone field trips

Fall Carnival - Responsibilities: Plan, promote, and recruit volunteers to carry out the Fall Carnival. Carnival typically has a theme and includes decorations, games, prizes, refreshments, and inflatables.