le 8 mars, 2021
 Johnson Edition
(3rd Grade - 10th Grade)
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Meet our new Johnson Campus Principal:
Gina Bianchi
As previously anticpated, below find a brief bio on the new Johnson Campus principal who will join us on Monday, March 15. We are excited to welcome her to Lycée. Information on opportunities to meet her "in-person" will be forthcoming.
It is a privilege and honor to be joining the Lycée team! What an amazing opportunity to be part of history, serving in the first public Lycée in the United States. Originally from the Midwest, I have a background in social work and my first professional experiences were centered around community organizing where I was drawn to the energy inherent in organizing around community concerns and engaging in collective problem-solving. From there, I took advantage of an opportunity to move to France to work as an educational assistant. This experience solidified my passion for impactful work in education and inspired me to pursue work as a public school teacher in Milwaukee, WI.
 
Most recently, I've served as the principal of Milwaukee French Immersion School for the past 8 years. I am very proud of the vision we've built into a reality, founded in our goal of making language immersion accessible to all students and fostering a racially inclusive program with a strong emphasis on social justice. The innumerable benefits of both language acquisition and exposure to international Francophone culture have made themselves clear throughout my time in this position. I love serving as a principal and I believe that this great honor and responsibility must go hand-in-hand with a strong commitment to anti-racist work both personally and within the school community. I know the Lycée is a special place and my husband, who is from France, and I are very excited to get to know the school community and to watch our three bilingual children flourish as part of the student body!
Dear Lycée Community,

A quick note and reminder to keep our community safe and in-school: we had two positive cases in the last two days at the Johnson Campus, with the consequence of having to quarantine a number of students, teachers and staff. We ask that you continue to abide by the following Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to protect your health and those around you:
 
Keep your child home if he/she has any COVID-like symptoms or not feeling well. 
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. 
• If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. 
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
• Avoid close contact. 
• Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others. 
• Monitor your health status daily. 
• Follow all recommendations provided by the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/need-to-know.html

As a measure to keep our community informed about positive cases, you can review Lycée's COVID dashboard: https://www.lfno.org/covid-19/ which is updated weekly on Fridays.

Please review the linked Covid19 School Decision Tree for students and staff from Children's Hospital, LA Department of Health, and NOLA Public Schools.

For Covid-19 testing for symptomatic students or those who have had exposure to a positive person, please call the Children's Hotline at 504-837-7760 to schedule a drive-up PCR covid test.

If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse:
Johnson: Keli Coleman kcoleman@lfno.org phone: 504-620-5500x1746
Please reach out if you have questions or concerns.


Lycée Administration
GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
(March 8 - 12 is B week )
Important information on Wednesday's Instruction | Click Here
REMINDER: 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.  
MARK YOUR CALENDAR IF YOUR CHILD IS REGISTERED FOR DELF!
***DATES OF THE EXAMS***
  • 5th graders registered for DELF Prim A2: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10
  • 8th-9th-10th graders registered for DELF Junior B1: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24 
  • Some 6th-7th graders registered for DELF Junior A2: TUESDAY, MARCH 23 (this only applies to a few students who missed the 2019 and/or 2020 DELF Prim A2 session)

The exams will take place in person at the Johnson campus. 
For exams taking place on Wednesdays, school buses will operate and meals will be served. New bus routes have been created based on the responses to the survey. No changes will be made at this point. Details of drop-off and pick-up procedures will be communicated soon to all families who elected this service.   
Mark your calendars: DELF Preparation 6th - 10th Graders

DELF preparation for 6th and 7th grade in-person and virtual students REGISTERED FOR DELF 

DELF preparation for 8th, 9th, and 10th grade virtual students REGISTERED FOR DELF

LFNO is offering a free review session on Saturday, March 20 from 9:00-11:00am for 6th-10th graders registered for the DELF exam and who are attending school remotely (6th and 7th graders registered for the exam but attending in-person are also welcome).  
This session will take place in-person at the Johnson Campus, 1800 Monroe Street. It will provide a systematic review of the exam format and students will have the opportunity to practice all the skills assessed in the exam, particularly the speaking one. 
If you want your child to attend this review session, please fill out the attached survey by Thursday, March 4th at 11:59pm so we can secure staffing accordingly. 

IF YOUR CHILD IS NOT REGISTERED FOR DELF, this does not apply.
IF YOUR CHILD IS REGISTERED FOR DELF BUT IN A DIFFERENT GRADE LEVEL (5TH GRADE) OR ATTENDING IN PERSON, DELF preparation is happening during regular classes.
DELF preparation for 8th and 9th graders - Partnership with the Department of French and Italian at Tulane University
delf and tulane
For the next four weeks, 8th and 9th grade in-person students will have one session per week focusing on speaking skills during their academic support block. In addition to their French teacher and academic directors - Mme Capmartin and Mme Duhesme - students will receive support from three Tulane interns attending Professor Mignot’s seminar and practicum course “Teaching French” that focuses on skills in teaching methodologies and strategies specific to teaching French. We will take advantage of these added resources in the classrooms to target DELF-type activities so that our students taking the DELF Junior B1 on March 24 are familiar with the format and have opportunities to practice these skills. These activities will also greatly benefit students not taking the DELF and give them opportunities to participate in engaging activities targeting French oral proficiency.
2020 - 2021 Yearbook Submissions Needed
Deadline: Wed. March 17
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 Wednesday, March 17. 

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
We are so excited to announce that we are partnering with Tulane’s Center for Public Service and the Department of French and Italian to offer six weeks of French tutoring to families in 3rd-5th grade. Beginning the week of February 22nd and extending through the month of March, Tulane service learners will lead small group sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for students who have been recommended by teachers. During these sessions, Tulane students will focus on speaking skills and provide support for homework completion when needed. 

*** If you received an email with a tutoring time slot on Tuesday or Wednesday, please make sure that your child connects on time and/or inform Mary-Devon Dupuy mdupuy@lfno.org if your child is not able to attend. 

*** After two unexcused absences, you will lose your tutoring spot

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

We are working to open registration for baseball and softball skill-building for spring 2021! In order for your child to participate in athletics, you must submit a completed medical examination form to mdupuy@lfno.org All forms must be completed annually, which means that no forms on file are up to date. 

Registration will open next week for baseball skill building with Coach Gary Ptak. We are still looking for a coach for softball skill-building. Please email mdupuy@lfno.org if you are interested. 
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.
Mark your Calendar

  • DELF Prim A2 - 5th Graders - Wednesday, March 10
  • NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS, Staff PD - Friday, March 12
  • DELF Junior B1 - 8th-9th-10th graders - Wednesday, March 24
  • Spring Break - Friday, April 2 - Friday, April 9.
COMMUNITY RESOURCES*
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!
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