le 29 mars, 2021
 Johnson Edition
(3rd Grade - 10th Grade)
Johnson Quick Reference Directory | Click Here
Return to In-Person Learning Reminders | Click Here
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 A return to in-person learning on Wednesdays for grades Pre-K4 through 5.
Dear Parents and Guardians, 

We are writing to inform you of a change in our school learning plan. Over the past few weeks, we have seen a dramatic decrease in COVID-19 activity in our city and our very cautious Mayor, Latoya Cantrell, has upgraded us to a modified Phase 3. Moreover, we had a successful vaccine roll-out for our staff.

With vaccinations under our belt and the positive shift in health threat, we are increasing in-person learning opportunities for our students with a return to school on Wednesdays. A return to a 5-day in-person schedule for elementary school students - when health conditions allow - is also strongly recommended by French authorities. Therefore, starting Wednesday, April 14th, our students Pre-K4 through grade 5 will be back to a five-day-per-week in-person schedule. The Middle and High school schedule will remain unchanged for the moment. Virtual students will maintain their 5-days a week remote instructional option.

As we transition our students back, we will continue to ensure meticulous implementation of our health protocols and Covid-related precautions: wearing masks, implementing temperature checks as students enter the building, washing hands, sanitizing and disinfecting, etc. Students will continue to remain in static pods and practice social distancing to the greatest extent possible.

As we do this, and in order for us to have a successful ending to the school year, I am asking for your support by not sending your child/ren to school with a fever or cold-like symptoms. Your cooperation is truly vital to a stable instructional environment. We do not want to quarantine students especially as LEAP testing is upon us. It is very important for us to have LEAP assessment results for our students so that, this summer, we can work on adapting instructional plans according to data.

As a reminder:
  • Stay home when you are sick;
  • Wash hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds;
  • Cover coughs and sneezes and properly dispose of tissues;
  • Limit close contact with people who are sick;
  • Practice social distancing;
  • Wear a face covering while in school;

Professional development and team collaboration is still a vital part of our school life and part of Wednesday will still be dedicated to professional development. The Johnson Campus will dismiss students at 1:45 pm and the Patton Campus to 2:05 pm. Please make arrangements for pick up. For bus riders, a Wednesday bus schedule will be released. Before and after care is still unavailable. 

Finally, we want to emphasize the importance of mental health and social-emotional learning (SEL) for our students. We encourage you to reach out to the school if you or your family need help: this year has been hard on all of us! Taking care of the emotional needs of our children (and of our own!) is as important as any academic subject that is taught in school, and we want to see our kids happy as they learn.

We thank you, immensely, for the resilience and flexibility demonstrated throughout the year as we walked through a number of major schedule shifts. We remain positive and optimistic that the next school year will bring much stability and a return to normal, even though it will certainly be a new normal with so many lessons learned. We hope this communication comes to you and to your children as welcome news. 

As always, thank you for your support!

The Leadership Team
GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
(Mon. March 29- Thurs. April 1 is A week )
MARK YOUR CALENDARS - LEAP TESTING SPRING 2021
Dear Parents and Guardians, 
Spring testing season is upon us. Click here for the 2021 standardized testing calendar.

In-person attendance for testing is mandated by the State of Louisiana. Specific information will soon be communicated to current virtual students’ families to best facilitate these testing sessions.  
2020 - 2021 Yearbook Submissions Needed
Deadline EXTENDED: Fri. April 9
This year has been unlike any other and will be reflected in our fun and eclectic 2020-2021 yearbook! We will feature teacher highlights, best COVID masks, student art, athletics, and anonymous gratitudes; these are only a few of the new sections we will have this year. Below is a list of Google Forms for submitting your entries. We would love to have your participation and encourage you to submit entries for all forms. The due date for all submissions is Friday, April 9. 

We want to showcase the hard work and dedication to academic excellence that is consistently shown by our students, families and staff. Thank you for everything each and every one of you has contributed to Lycée Français this past year. 


Extended Day Services
VIRTUAL FRENCH TUTORING
3rd - 5th grade
Update on Virtual French Tutoring: Virtual French Tutoring will end after this week’s sessions on Tuesday, March 30th and Wednesday, March 31st. There will be no more virtual tutoring sessions after this week. 

Thank you to Tulane’s Center for Public Service and Department of French and Italian for partnering with us to be able to offer six weeks of French tutoring to families in 1st-5th grade. If you have any questions, please contact Mary-Devon Dupuy and Ted Orphan (mdupuy@lfno.org and torphan@lfno.org
Seeking Coaches:
Baseball and softball skill-building is underway! All students 4th grade and up are eligible to participate in skill-building with Coaches Gary Ptak (baseball) and Aafke Van Meteren (softball). Medical release forms and consent forms are required for participation, in addition to registration. Registration can be completed at lfno.campbrainregistration.com

Information about practice times/locations, and all necessary forms, can be found at www.lfno.org/athletics-2 


If you are interested in coaching softball or assisting with baseball, please reach out to mdupuy@lfno.org. All coaches, volunteer or paid, must complete a background check through LFNO. 

Registration will open this week for baseball skill building with Coach Gary Ptak. We are still looking for a head coach for softball skill-building. 

Please email mdupuy@lfno.org if you are interested in coaching softball this spring, or if you are interested in coaching or assistant coaching/volunteer coaching fall sports (Cross Country, Swimming, Flag Football, Volleyball).
Quick Reference Resources
RESTO! Meal Service for March:
Breakfast Menu | Click Here
Lunch Menu | Click Here
T3 - Middle & High School Updated Grading Policy | Click Here
2020 - 2021 School Calendar (last updated 1.27.21) | Click Here
3rd - 5th Grade
LEXIA IS AWESOME! HAVE YOU TRIED IT WITH YOUR STUDENT?
Now that we have shifted back to virtual learning, here is a reminder about Lexia! Elementary teachers assign Lexia assignments on a weekly basis, it is an independent and research-based program that students should use regularly to boost their reading skills. 
 
Did you know that in grades K-5, LFNO uses Lexia not just to boost foundational and advanced reading skills, but also to guide literacy instruction? 
 
As students complete units, teachers can use the targeted skill builder lessons to intersect with any skills that were not completely mastered in the lessons. It is important that students are practicing regularly and meeting the recommended usage minutes in order to get the most out of this research-proven, and nationally recognized literacy program. 
 
Lexia is proven to close the literacy gap when used with commitment and fidelity! If you are having trouble setting up or logging into your account, please let Ms. Annie Neahring know.
COLLEGE & CAREER
College Career Updates March 2021 | Click Here
Mark your Calendar

  • Spring Break - NO SCHOOL - Friday, April 2 - Friday, April 9.
COMMUNITY RESOURCES*
STEM NOLA - The Physics of Sound: Xylophone
APRIL 10th
Participating students will discover the mechanics of sound and be able to describe wavelengths, amplitudes, and pitch!
 
Kits can be picked up from one of our distribution locations.  All required materials will be provided in STEM Kits except for a computer and Wi-Fi (see flyer for more important information on technology requirements).
 
Prior to the start of the session, Zoom video conferencing will also need to be downloaded to the computer (choose the Zoom client for Meetings option).
 
The Virtual STEM Saturday will be held April 10th:
2.5 hours led by an instructor (10am-12:30 pm CST)

D.I.Y. Make your mark rain barrel - an at-home project!
Dance Fundamentals class for ages 6-9 on Wednesdays at 4pm and it is free for the month of March! Parents can sign their children up at www.wellnessliving.com/signup/artivism
CHEF'S BRIGADE NOLA:
If you or someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, or if you have been advised to quarantine by a boss, doctor, or loved one, you qualify to register for this program (no doctor’s approval or note is needed). Anyone over 65, regardless of income brackets, anyone with children under 18 not currently enrolled in a food program and anyone with a chronic illness may also apply. For more information please call NOLA 311 (504-658-2299) or enroll online at NOLA311.org #SaveaRestaurant and apply today!
Coronavirus Parenting: Managing Anger and Frustration
From the Child Mind Institute
*Lycée Français does not endorse or promote any products or services shared in Community Resources.
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