What Does Parents Involved (PI) Do?

Parents Involved (PI) is a non-profit entity working solely for the better good of the students, teachers and The Learning Center as a whole.  We earn our dollars by fundraising and all proceeds go back to the students and their classrooms.  All of these photos showcase our annual Parents Night Out that we host each December.

Here our most recent accomplishments:

  • Supplied our very first wrestling mat for the new TLC Wrestling Club

  • Purchased $1,700 worth of school supplies for students with funds from 2017’s Mum sales.

  • Dome Theater presentation for students

  • Popcorn Machine and sales at TLC events

  • Middle School Class Trip Scholarship for 1 student

  • Assisted with donations for Coffee Givers coffee cart

  • Donation to Kitchen Staff for festive decorations

  • Parents Night Out in December in conjunction with National Junior Honor Society

  • Annual Santa’s Workshop

  • Paid for National Junior Honor Society 2018-2019 registration

  • Purchased new swing seats and playground activity kits for each classroom

  • First Friday of the Month Parent Meet and Greet with National Junior Honor Society and Coffee Givers

What is Parents Involved?

Parents Involved is our version of a traditional PTA. We believe in fostering a Community of Learners, and our Parents Involved are a crucial part of this community. 

Parents Involved (PI) is a non-profit entity working solely for the better good of the students, teachers and The Learning Center as a whole.  We earn our dollars by fundraising and all proceeds go back to the students and their classrooms.  

PI Projects Include:

  • Coordinating the Fall Mum Sale

  • Gathering donations and running Santa’s Workshop- a holiday shop for students to buy inexpensive presents for their loved ones.

  • Spearheading the year-long collection of Box-tops for Education to raise money for our school

  • Volunteering around campus

  • and many more- our creative PI are always generating new exciting ways to make school a positive and enriching experience for all of our students and teachers!

Click HERE to visit the school website’s Parents Involved page.

The Learning Center Bears Wrestling Club

New for the 2018-2019 school year, wrestling is now offered as an after school activity at The Learning Center Charter School.

Wrestling Club is a USA Wrestling affiliated club that will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays starting in November from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. Competition will be at USA Wrestling Folk Style Wrestling events across the mountain region.  The club is under the direction of Head Coach, Mike Catuto, and Assistant Coach, Sean Bain. It will be held in the Gymnatoriam on the charter school campus in Murphy.

Catuto said, “I’m very excited to be part of this program start up.  The sport of wrestling teaches a variety of skills that will last far beyond the wrestler’s school age years.”  He added, “Wrestling is both an individual and team sport at the same time which helps build self confidence and camaraderie.”

The new club is open for both boys and girls at the school.

Daily Walking Program

Students at The Learning Center Charter School have been walking their way to fitness this school year as part of a program from the National Center for Safe Routes to School.

The National Center for Safe Routes to School is the coordinating organization for Walk to School Day held every October and Bike to School Day held each May. These events are used to encourage families to celebrate the benefits of walking and biking and to increase local leader commitment and visibility for traffic safety and community quality of life.

However, staff at the charter school opted to take this program farther than just a one day event each semester. Instead, they instituted a daily walking program for all students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

School physical education coordinator, Cheryl Catuto, explained that they decided to create the walking program for several reasons. “We want to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for students, staff and parents,” said Catuto.  She added that starting each day with exercise is a great way to stimulate the brain and get it prepared to learn during school.  Also, by offering incentives to participate in the morning walk, the school has seen a reduction in the number of students arriving tardy to class each day.

Each morning students walk. If the weather is good, students walk a safe path on campus. If it is raining or below 35 degrees, students complete their walk in the Gymnatorium.

Sean Bain, physical education assistant, keeps statistics on the number of walkers and the percentage of each class that is walking each day.  He uses these stats to not only encourage participation but also to help the staff best determine what incentives to provide for the students.  Bain says that they have about 100 walkers every day.

Students Go “Robotic”

Kindergarten through eighth grade students at The Learning Center Charter School are no strangers to technology. They regularly use everything from computers to 3D printers. However, students are especially excited to become more familiar with the school’s brand new Sphero Mini robots.

A Sphero Mini is an app-enabled device about the size of a ping pong ball. Students are able to use the Sphero Mini app to draw paths for the robot to follow, write their own JavaScript text programs, and use actions, controls, operators and more to give their robots commands.

Monica Matthews, an Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) licensed educator at the school, loved introducing the robots to her AIG students. They explored how to use drag and drop code to make each robot move in the direction they wanted.  The kindergarten through second grade aged students used the drive function and practiced controlling the robot to knock over mini bowling pins.

“Our Sphero Mini robots provide a toolset that has unlimited potential to weave hardware, software and community engagement together,” said Matthews. She added that while computer coding is a key 21st century skill, the robot and its app go beyond code by incorporating robotics and technology with collaborative STEAM – science, technology, engineering, art and math – activities.

“These robots are proving to be a whole lot of fun and a fantastic tool to nurture students’ imaginations,” said Matthews.  “I look forward to seeing all the creative ways teachers across campus use them in their classrooms.”

Ready for School Maker Faire?

Across the world, Makers are coming together to celebrate the innovation and invention that comes from curiosity and the drive to explore. In gathering both formal and informal, they are coming together to share the love of their DIY, tech-driven passions. Maker Faires occur across the globe.

This year marks our Fourth Annual School Maker Faire!

School Maker Faires are mini versions of the city-wide Maker Faires that happen all over the globe.

As an E-STEAM school that emphasizes learning through doing, we think being part of the Maker Movement is the perfect way to engage and excite our students and larger community, about the world around them.

Mark your calendars for March 14th to join us for our School Maker Faire. Want to showcase your makes?  Click HERE to register!


Outdoor Survival Elective

The Outdoor Survival elective consists of fourth and fifth graders learning the basic necessities for outdoor activities such as hiking and camping. Their leader, Sean Bain, teaches them what to do in case of emergencies in numerous outdoor situations. Below are examples of what these students are learning.

 How to properly wrap a broken extremity, stop severe bleeding, and secure impaled objects in the body.

Why and where to build an emergency house (lean-to)
Picking the correct material
Why its important to get out of the environment at a quick pace

Always be aware of surrounding dangers
How to mark or remember ways you came into the woods.
Closest water source