How to help your child’s anxiety in the classroom

Image of a student sitting on the ground with head down and eyes closed. A backpack is next to the student.

As more elementary students return to in-person school, we offer information about anxiety. Here are a few things to remember when your child feels anxious.

* The goal isn’t to eliminate anxiety but to help a child manage it.
* Don’t avoid things just because they make a child anxious.
* Think things through with the child.
* Don’t reinforce the child’s fears.

Want to know more about how to respect feelings without empowering fears? Read the articles, “How to help your child’s anxiety in the classroom,” ( from National PTSA or get the “Tips on how to cope with an anxious child” ( from Child Mind Institute.

PTSA celebrates Black History Month

National PTA has created information on the unique challenges black children face and ways we can better support their families to achieve student success. Celebrate Black History Month with articles, guides and information from PTSA available here.

Also, join LWPTSA for its February Brown Bag Lunch & Learn presentation and discussion, “Unconscious bias and how it impacts our lives,” on Thursday, February 18, 12:00–1:00 PM. The Brown Bag is open to all community members and is hosted online. More information is available here. Questions? Contact Yumna A. Green, LWPTSA EVP,

Thank you, Bobcat Reflections artists!

The LWPTSA Council Reflections committee announced results from the 2020-21 competition. While Bobcat entries were not among the 65 total to advance to the WSPTA level of the competition, we celebrate all our students that participated with creative works of art. For a complete list of LWPTSA Council winners, click here.

Take a listen to Notes from the Backpack

Notes from the Backpack is a PTA podcast that features real conversations with real parents, experts and educators. Listen to real-life advice, ideas and strategies parents can use to help their children succeed in and out of school. Subscribe on your favorite podcast platform here.

Reflections art contest deadline extended to Sunday

Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program where artists submit works of art with an artist’s statement to compete at the school, district, state and national levels. The 2020-2021 theme is, “I Matter Because…”. This year entries will be submitted and evaluated online. All Clara Barton student entries are due Sunday, November 8, 2020. We’re excited to read your Bobcat artist statements! Submit your entry form and work of art here.

Questions? Email

Reflections art contest entry forms, rules and deadline

Calling all Bobcat artists! Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program where artists submit works of art with an artist’s statement to compete at the school, district, state and national levels. The 2020 – 2021 theme is, “I Matter Because…”. All Clara Barton student entries are due Friday, November 6, 2020. We’re excited to see what Bobcats create! 

For questions or to obtain an entry form and rules (please specify which categories your student would like to participate), email Please watch for updates on where entries can be submitted virtually. 

National PTA Reflections theme search

National PTA Reflections Program logo is dark red with child face silhouette and script letter R.

National PTA is seeking a theme for the 2022-2023 Reflections program. The student who submits the winning entry will receive $100. Repeat themes will not be considered. Past themes and the entry form are here. The deadline to submit a theme entry is Sunday, November 1.

PTSA membership discounts

Members may take advantage of these deals:

  • Great Wolf Lodge – 30% off. Learn about the health and safety policy
  • Silverwood Theme Park – newly reduced pricing
  • The Real Leather Company – save $15 off any bag
  • Tickets at Work – new discounts for staying at home or working from home
  • LEGO® Bag – 20% discount on LEGO® Bag products
  • FedEx Office – special rates for printing
  • – save up to 15% on your order
  • Office Depot/Office Max – savings on school supplies, office products, technology, furniture, and print

Join the Clara Barton PTSA or renew your membership for the 2020-2021 school year to access these and other discounts. Click here.