le 6 mars, 2020
Dear Lycée Community, 
We want to provide an update regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) following Saturday, February 29th correspondence, to inform you of some of the preventive measures we have taken, and provide you with some resources you will hopefully find of interest. 
 As of today, there are no confirmed coronavirus cases in Louisiana. We will continue to monitor the potential impact of the virus and the recommendations set forth by the Louisiana Department of Health http://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/3835 and the Center for Disease Control (CDC ) https://www.cdc.gov/ . The Louisiana Department of Education is also providing recommendations for Pre-k-12 schools.

What is happening at Lycée? In order to promote general good hygiene, we embarked on a campaign for our students to wash their hands, well and often. Based on advice from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and local medical professionals, we are teaching, reminding, and implementing practices that will lead our school community to be less susceptible to viruses. Hand sanitizer is available all over the school, to be used when hand-washing is not immediately available, and the facilities team is disinfecting commonly touched surfaces several times a day. We are guiding students in the cafeteria to stop and wash their hands before eating lunch and after all recesses. There is signage in each restroom reminding students about the importance and proper technique for good hand washing. Teachers have been asked not to send students to the nurse’s station unless absolutely necessary. Additionally, we have made posters with guidance for good hygiene to remain healthy. Lastly, nurses have begun or are making plans to visit classes to discuss rules of good hygiene with students.

We want to assure our community that no one is present at the school that has traveled to countries with health notices (we polled our staff before our return from the Mardi Gras break), and that we rigorously follow ALL recommendations about prevention and detection from health officials. As mentioned in last week’s message, we ask families to report health concerns to our school nurses. We ask to follow self-quarantine guidelines for the recommended 14 days from the day of arrival to the US if international travel to countries with health notices took place. Currently, there are no known reports of illness nor contact with ill individuals among members of our community. 

We would also like to share two documents that may provide pertinent health information and how to discuss this with your child. One is a parent guide from the National Association of School Nurses: CLICK HERE

The other is a different approach, for students who may be displaying more anxiety or who may need some visuals, like comics. You can print and fold - NPR Just for Kids - exploring the new corona virus.
We thank all parents and community members who have provided feedback and resources. It feels good to work through this as a supportive community.

The Administrative team

Thank you for all parents who filled out the Lunch Application for the 2019-2020 school year. Accurate data regarding our demographics is essential for the work we do, especially in the area of grants and fundraising and to receive accurate funding from the LDOE to better serve our students.   Is also the expectation of the Louisiana Department of Education that we provide accurate information. If you have not yet, please, FILL OUT THE LUNCH APPLICATION . Instructions and link to application found HERE . It will take 1-5 minutes of your time and it will be a great help to our school. If you need assistance filling out the application, please reach out to Nicki Kristol at nkristol@lfno.org . Merci!
Background Check Procedure
 A background check can be obtained for $5 at this address:
2800 Perdido St. New Orleans, 70119
Bonjour NOLA - Registration is now open!
Registration for Bonjour NOLA 2020 is open now! There is only one 3-week session of summer camp this summer, from June 8th-26th .
Academic Resources Available
 Parents can find a compiled selected French books for each grade level on the website . These official reading lists for each cycle are recommended by the French Ministry of Education. Some parents may be interested in purchasing French books that are age and level-appropriate, it is a great resource.
Host Family Needed
We are looking for one host family for one female student teacher. The student teacher will be volunteering at the Johnson campus. Host families are needed from April 4 - May 16. Host families must be able to provide room and board, and possible transportation to the Johnsons campus. Interested families may contact Sophie Uijttenboogaard at spenau@lfno.org
Nuit de la Musique is on Sunday, March 22 at Generations Hall. Our very own Pascal Valcasara will grace us with an intimate performance during the Patron Party. Our main event will feature Givers, Jason Neville FunkySoul Band, Big Chief John and the Original Wild Tchoupitoulas and a special appearance by Rockin Dopsie Jr! Enjoy delicious bited from Toups Meatery, Arabella Casa di Pasta, Laurel Street Bakery, Empanola, Patois, Carmo, Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria, Stephanie’s Bake Shop and Peche Seafood Grill! The night will be filled with delicious food from local restaurants, two live canvas paintings by Alex Harvi e and TJ Black, fire dancers Cat Landrum and Ana Vega, Les ReBelles and a silent auction. 

We are actively seeking donations to the wine pull and  silent auction

  • Sponsorships and silent auction donations can be made directly online, or by filling the  Silent Auction Donation Form. or contacting Sophie Uijttenboogaard at spenau@lfno.org 
  • Wine/Liquor Pull donations, please consider donating a bottle or two! Donations can be dropped off at the front office of either campus. Dropped off during carpool on March 20. Or email Amanda Struckhoff at mandapparker@gmail.com to make a monetary donation towards wine/liquor purchase via PayPal or Venmo.

You don’t want to miss this fun night! Don’t forget to purchase tickets and invite your friends TODAY! Tickets, sponsorship opportunities and silent auction donations, may be done by visiting: www.nuitdelamusique.com or contact Sophie Uijttenboogaard at spenau@lfno.org .

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.

Conference for ALL: Autism Life Lessons:

The YMCA of Greater New Orleans recognized the need for a regional collaboration integrating increased awareness and a focus on the educational, social, and recreational needs of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. In response to the needs of children and families in the region, the YMCA of Greater New Orleans is hosting Conference for ALL: Autism Life Lessons on June 25-26, 2020. This conference will provide national speakers and workshops for members of the community, family, teachers, therapists and 1st Responders who are touched by autism. (Please note that this conference overlaps with our Summer Experience training for all 1st and 2nd year Fellows of the Leader Fellowship. We encourage other key stakeholders to attend.)

Families Helping Families is hosting: Dyslexia - The Importance of Identification and Early Intervention . Often times schools, teachers, and parents have the unfortunate experience of witnessing students struggle with reading. If examined closely, knowing the cause and doing something about it can make the world of a difference in a child’s life. There are steps all key stakeholders can take to ensure the long-term success of students. Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT.

Families Helping Families is repeating their presentation of Mapping Dreams (Transition to Adulthood) . The transition your child will make from being a child to becoming an adult member of the community is an important journey and one that requires a plan. It's important to begin thinking about your child’s transition to adult life as early as possible. Your child will need to make many significant decisions during this journey to adult life. In this presentation, we will explore what families and youth can do to help plan for the student’s transition from high school to adult employment, post-secondary education or training, and independent living. Tuesday, Mar 17, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT
Mark Your Calendar

  • Bonjour Nola - June 8 - 26th

Community Resources
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