le 8 février, 2019

Today, I would like to express my gratitude for the PTO Board members and for the strong and relentless work they do to lead and support our community. Thank you to all parents who came out to the PTO general meeting last night. Moments of sharing and community are important and the effort made by parents to join us on a work/school night and take an interest in what is happening at Lycée is greatly appreciated. One of the evening highlights was the introduction of the work Lycée will do with Matthew Kinkaid, of Overcoming Racism , to find a common vocabulary and a baseline understanding of racism in order to continue to “build a harmonious, positive and proactive community that addresses race as seen as an asset rather than a deficit ” to use Matthew’s words. Within our diverse community, we strive to have the necessary skills to find solutions when there is conflict, disagreement or misunderstanding, and we are excited to have Matthew help lead this important work.

I also want to send out a huge s hout out to our fantastic room parents, without whom many of our activities would not be possible, and to all parents who volunteer their time at our school. Parents are assisting in the cafeteria, in the classroom, doing art work for Nuit de la Musique (the projects are just amazing...wait and see!) or putting in countless hours to help with organizing Nuit de la Musique, the best party in town! Parents are also donating their time to assist with Black History Month events, organizing the Mardi gras parade and other carnival activities for our students, participating in board and committee meetings to spearhead and oversee the growth and progress of our school, and so much more. Opportunities to volunteer in our community are there for all: please reach out to our campus principals if you are interested in contributing. Thank you for all you do, every day, to improve our community. You are our unsung heroes!

I look forward to spending some fun time with all of you on Sunday at the gala , for a night to remember!
Celebrating Contributions of Black Americans
Nuit de la Musique - THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 AT 5:00PM
Nuit de la Musique is THIS WEEKEND! 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 , Galiano Restaurant ! 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, please SHARE : https://vimeo.com/310986838

Purchase your tickets TODAY! Tickets, sponsorship opportunities and silent auction donations, may be done by visiting: www.nuitdelamusique.com  
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Krewe du Lycée
This year’s Krewe Du Lycee will roll on February 27th . Each class will be working on a class/grade level theme. Room parents will be contacting class parents for assistance with class costumes.
Parade Route
The students will start on Patton, turn left on Eleonore, left on Constance, left on State and return to Patton. The parade will begin promptly at 1:30 PM and is expected to be over at 2:15 PM .
King Cake
The kids will enjoy their King Cakes BEFORE the parade to make pick up AFTER the parade run more smoothly. If you are donating a King Cake to the class you must bring it in, LABELED with your child's teachers name on Wednesday, February 27th at School AM Drop Off. Staff members will grab the cakes from you during the AM Drop Off.
Grandparent Celebration
Grandparents Celebration - As is tradition, we will celebrate our grandparents before the parade at the St. Paul's Fellowship Hall, right next door to the Patton campus. Grandparents are invited to arrive at 1pm , eat a slice of King Cake, have a glass of sparkling wine, and then watch the parade at 1:30 PM . We kindly ask that grandparents arrive at 1:00 PM and not much earlier as we need the morning to make preparations.
Signup Pickup Procedures
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End of Term is Coming!
  • Middle School Exam schedule will be adjusted due to the large number of absences this past week - please look for an email by the end of day today, Friday, 2/8
  • 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 Heroes". 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 those who are grassroots heroes 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 Lycée? 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
The Scholastic Book Fair
The Scholastic Book Fair at Johnson Campus is scheduled for the week of Feb. 25-28th. It's open 7:50 a.m. - 8:10 a.m. for students only and lunchtime while students are at recess. It will be open to all Lycée parents and students 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. during Parent Teacher Conferences on February 28th !
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:

English Language Proficiency Testing is currently underway at both Johnson and Patton. This is an important test that affects a small number of students.

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
Classroom Connection
La Radio LFNO has been revived by Mmes. Valérie, Eugenie, Stephanie, and Emily and their incredible 3rd grade students! Listen here to their interview (en français) with Johnson Principal, Chana Benenson. In the months to come we will share the newest editions of La Radio LFNO. 
Bullying, Bias, and Behavior at School Café
All parents are invited to join us to discuss issues of behavior and bias at school. In addition to school leadership from both campuses, we will have a guest presenter from the Anti-Defamation League .

When: Thursday, 2/21, from 5 - 6:30 pm
Where: Johnson Campus Resto! - parking on the playground will be available starting at 4:55 pm
Who: All LFNO families - no dedicated childcare offered for this event
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
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.
Dads' Club News
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 .

RESCHEDULED - Dads' vs Teachers/Staff Soccer Match - March 17, 2019
The Dads vs. Teachers and Staff soccer match has been rescheduled to give the teachers time to get in shape. The game is co-ed and any parents/guardians  of children at the school are welcome to play. The new date is March 17, 2019, and those interested in participating should contact Josh Easton at joshua_easton@live.com .
La Liaison - PTO News

Mark Your Calendar

  • SUN., FEB. 10: Nuit de la Musique - Annual Fundraising Soirée
  • SAT., FEB. 23: Dads' Club Work Day at both Patton and Johnson Campuses
  • WED. MARCH 13-29 – Boosterthon FUNRUN Johnson Campus
  • SUN., MARCH 17: Dads' Club - Dads' vs. Teachers/Staff Soccer Match.

This is NOT a complete list of school events.
Community Resources
View this week's community resources | HERE
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