le 1 février, 2019
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Dear Lycée Families,
What a week! Lycée is truly bustling with energy and we could not be happier seeing all the good work students and teachers do every day! It was fun seeing Johnson students showing their school and team spirit by dressing up in line with the days' themes. Patton students could not have been busier being artists at the Ogden Museum and preparing their art projects for Nuit de la Musique. Our leadership team was also hard at work with special activities.
We participated in the Séminaire AEFE, the annual conference of French accredited schools in North America. This year the event was held in New Orleans, and it was great to exchange with colleagues, discuss common challenges and, most of all, participate in academic discussions regarding our high school plans.
A team of leaders also participated in the 2019 Behavioral Intervention Summit, a day of professional development training with national experts geared at providing improved responses to students’ behavioral issues and better our school climate. 
Lastly, we attended the Diverse Charter School Coalition annual convening, where we discussed with colleagues from
Marina
BLACK HISTORY MONTH:
Celebrating Contributions of Black Americans
Nuit de la Musique Video and Volunteer Opportunities
Nuit de la Musique is fast approaching! The event will be one to remember featuring amazing musical guests Sarah Quintana and The Little Big Horns at the patron party, along with a signature cocktail and a limited edition gift. Our main event will include trombone player Corey Henry and the Treme Funktet , Grammy winner Ani DiFranco , and a lively performance Squirrel Nut Zippers ! Enjoy delicious bites with  Arabella Casa di Pasta, Patois , Laurel Street Bakery , Toups Meatery , Pigeon Caterers , Tartine , Shank Charcuterie , Taceaux Loceaux , Mulate’s and Stephanie’s Bake Shop ! Two live canvas paintings by Alex Harvie and TJ Black , an incredible performance by aerialist Glenna Broderick and an amazing silent auction!
You don’t want to miss this fun night! Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor, Elephant Quilt Productions, for their amazing promo video: https://vimeo.com/310986838
Purchase your tickets TODAY! Tickets, sponsorship opportunities and silent auction donations, may be done by visiting: www.nuitdelamusique.com  
Support of the Lycée community is very important! To make the night a success we will need volunteers! All individuals volunteering will receive ONE complimentary CASH BAR ticket to the event. Volunteer opportunities are first come, first serve. Please click here to volunteer .
PATTON
Quick Reference Critical Staff Directory | LINK
Mardi Gras Planning
Please reach out to Principal Danielle Dufauchard ( ddufauchard@lfno.org ) if you’d like to join the committee to coordinate student activities for Mardi Gras festivities.
JOHNSON
Quick Reference Critical Staff Directory | LINK
End of Term is Coming!
  • February 11th -15th - Middle school exams - specific schedules for each homeroom coming soon
  • February 22nd - end of 2nd Trimester
  • February 28th, 8 am - 3 pm - Term 2 Report Card Conferences - Sign-up Genius from teachers coming soon - no school for students, however students are encouraged to attend conferences, as families are able
  • March 1st - Professional Development day - no school for students
Black History Month
This year the Johnson Campus will be celebrating Black History Month with the theme of "Contemporary Changemakers in New Orleans; Local Black Heros". Students will learn about some important historical figures and will also interact with and learn about some of the many current Black leaders in our community - both those in official roles and also those who are grassroots heros working to improve the city in a variety of fields.

Are you a Contemporary Changemaker & Local Black Hero? Do you know anyone who would fit the bill and would like to come to Lycee? We’d love to have more guests to teach our students about all levels of Black community leadership and support. Please email principal Chana Benenson if so - cbenenson@lfno.org
Classroom Connection
Madame Stephanie’s 3rd grade class is competing in a French contest, Dis-moi Dix Mots http://www.dismoidixmots.culture.fr/ . This project included students diving into complex vocabulary words, designing and creating an original sculpture (on display in the main office at Johnson) and creating a video | View HERE  about their project. Kudos to Madame Stephanie and her students for this grand project and bonne chance in the competition!
Standardized Testing Updates
Spring is a beautiful time in New Orleans full of flowers, festivals, and … testing! While we are not yet in full testing mode, we do want to give you all a summary of what is to come:

DELF Exam s :
(Diplôme d'Études en Langue Française) testing from the French Ministry of Education to prove the French-language skills of non-native French speakers.
  • Written DELF testing for B1 (8th grade) will be on March 13th and for A2 (5th grade) on March 21st. The oral DELF testing is not yet scheduled but will be within that time frame.
  • Students doing the DELF testing are well prepared and there is nothing additional to do than be aware of the dates and ensure students are well rested, and ready for testing day.

LEAP Testing:
  • All students in 3rd-8th grade will test within the state testing window from April 1st - May 3rd. Once the LFNO testing schedule is finalized it will be shared.
  • 8th graders taking Algebra I and English I will take the LEAP 2025 tests on May 14th & 15th
  • Families of students recommended for Saturday LEAP Prep Sessions will be notified by Friday, February 1st. 
GENERAL INFO
Delicious, but not for school...
King Cakes are a celebrated part of Carnival in New Orleans, but we can all agree that their nutritional value is limited. Because we promote only healthful snacks, king cakes are not allowed on campus as part of our students' daily snacks. We do have a grand celebration when king cake is served to all students once during the carnival season. More information to come on carnival celebration.
Reminder: Doctor's Excuses
Medical absences can be excused by submitting doctor notes in person or via email to the LFNO Office Managers - at Patton  kbolin@lfno.org  or at Johnson  sfranz@lfno.org
Wine Pull at Nuit de la Musique
This year we will feature a Wine Pull at the Nuit de la Musique. View description of the wine pull HERE .
We are looking for donations of bottles of wine - ranging from the inexpensive to the very fine - for this activity. Please consider donating a bottle (or two or three) of wine for the Wine Pull!

How to donate:
·        Wine will be collected at the February 7th PTO meeting.  Bring your donation to the meeting!
·        Drop off wine during morning carpool on February 7th and 8th .
·        Drop off a bottle to front office of either campus.
·        Or, have $5, $10, $20 you like to donate to purchase wine for the Wine Pull? Please email Amanda Struckhoff at mandapparker@gmail.com to arrange via PayPal or Venmo.
February Resto! menus are up!
You can find February breakfast and lunch menus on the website:
Special Education & RTI Committee Meeting
Special Education and Response to Intervention Committee meeting will be on Wednesday, February 20 at 8:00AM at 600 Eleonore Street. Agenda TBA.
Handbooks
Quick reminder that student handbooks are sometimes updated throughout the year | LINK
Athletics
Tennis Tryouts February 5th
WHO: Boys & Girls 5th grade- 8th grade

The try-out day will be February 5th at Audubon Tennis Center right after school. Plan for your child to be at the courts from 4:15 - 5:00 PM . Your child must be dressed appropriately and have shoes with non-marking soles. They should bring water and their tennis racket.

There has been a great amount of interest in tennis. It remains possible that we may need to cut the numbers back to a manageable amount. This decision will be made when we see how many students show up to the try-out day. Only 8 girls and 8 boys play each match and there are more than twice that amount of students wishing to participate in tennis.

Parents are expected to arrive at 5:00 PM for the parent information session which will last 15 minutes. You will be provided the rules, practice schedule, and match schedule at that time.
Dads' Club News
Dads' vs Teachers/Staff Soccer Match - February 9 2019
We are organizing a Dads' vs. Teachers and Staff soccer match on Saturday, February 9th at the Priestly Campus . Those interested in participating should contact Josh Easton at: joshua_easton@live.com

Work Day - February 23 2019
Please mark your calendar for the next Dads' Club work day on February 23rd . We are currently working with the school to put together a list of items for our next work day. So far, we have things at both Patton and Johnson so we will likely divide and conquer as we did last time.
La Liaison - PTO News
View this week's PTO News | HERE

CALENDAR & INFO BITES
Mark Your Calendar

  • WED., FEB 6: PTO - MoPho Restaurant Night
  • THURS., FEB. 7: PTO General Meeting
  • SAT., FEB. 9: Dads' Club - Dads' vs. Teachers/Staff Soccer Match.
  • SUN., FEB. 10: Nuit de la Musique - Annual Fundraising Soirée
  • SAT., FEB. 23: Dads' Club Work Day at both Patton and Johnson Campuses

This is NOT a complete list of school events.
Community Resources
View this week's community resources | HERE
Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans | 504.620.5500 | info@lfno.org | www.lfno.org