le 1 mai, 2020
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Dear Lycée Community, 

So often, during our social distant interactions, we discuss the challenges of our times and the uncertainty of our future roadmap. Resilience and optimism, however, are deserved adjectives to describe educators who, globally, are creatively reimagining the current teaching and learning practices to provide answers to new problems. Our Lycée operations, academic, leadership and administrative teams are these rare, creative, dedicated and problem-solving individuals who, working together, identify priorities and plan to address them. Some of these priorities are immediate: food insecurity and equitably addressing the digital divide have been on the forefront of our efforts. We have begun discussions on re-entry plans for the 2020-21 school year, such as addressing unfinished and continuous learning, providing adequate mental health support to families, students and staff, providing for individual student needs and continuing to work on the betterment of our facilities. 

These are just a few of the areas we are carefully developing plans for, however, today, I would like to give an update on the Priestley project which has been moving right along, despite the health crisis, and is making steady progress. The most recent important steps have been the engagement of historic tax credit investors and the identification of the General Contractor who just received the notice of award. We are getting closer to construction than ever!! This project has proven to be monumental, however, even if incredibly complex, we are staying on course to lay the important facilities foundations that will guarantee the accomplishment of our mission. Our Lycée high school students are amazing, and as you have likely read on social media posts, very engaged and engaging! Click HERE and HERE to read. They deserve the best instructional environment we can provide and we are committed to cutting the ribbon with and for all of them!

Stay healthy, 
Marina
SCHOOL NEWS
Student Materials Pickup Plan
 
We are thrilled to report that the much-anticipated HVAC construction project through NOLA Public Schools has just begun on the Johnson building, however due to the massive scope of this project we were just made aware that we will not have access to the building in late May. That means we must pack up student materials and classrooms next week and while that comes with a short turn around, we are hopeful our logistics planning will work for most families. Although the construction is isolated to the Johnson Campus, we will be doing the pack up on both campuses for continuity and consistency for our community. 

Student materials pick up will be next Thursday, May 7th, and as such, school will be canceled for the day with the exception of Patton ELA schedule will proceed as normal.

Please see the logistics overview per campus below and be on the lookout for an email from your child’s homeroom teacher with specific information on your assigned pick-up time. 

Seeing that our number one priority is keeping our large Lycée community safe in the face of the Coronavirus threat, there are many contingencies built into these pick-up plans. This is not how we had planned to manage the student materials closeout, but given the circumstances we appreciate your flexibility and understanding regarding the situation.
PATTON Student Materials Pickup Plan
Lower Elementary (PreK4 through 2 nd grade)
  • All student material and belongings will be packed by homeroom teachers and placed in labeled bags.
  • Each grade level is assigned a scheduled window between 8:30am -  2:00pm via carpool to pick up student material. 
  • Parents/Guardians should follow the normal carpool procedure to retrieve student material. To enter the schoolyard, vehicles must access Constance St. via Nashville lake-bound. Do not enter the carpool line from Magazine St. onto Nashville or Eleonore Street to Constance. A police officer will be posted at Nashville Ave. and Constance Street to assist with traffic direction and safety purposes. Wearing a mask is strongly encouraged to adhere to social distancing measures and safety protocols.
  • A sign with the student(s) name, teacher’s name and grade level should be visibly displayed on the driver’s side dashboard.
  • Parents/Guardians with multiple children should pick up student material during the lowest grade level time slot.
 
If you are unable to pick up student materials on Thursday, May 7th, at the assigned time you have multiple options: 

1. By Wednesday morning, May 6th , you can email your homeroom teacher and kbolin@lfno.org the name of the person you designate to pick up your child’s materials. This can be another LFNO family or a non-LFNO friend or family who is able to help you.  

2. There will be a make-up, drop-in time on Friday, May 8th, from 10am-12pm. There may be a slight delay in retrieving student material.

3. If you are unable to or choose not to, pick up your child's belongings next week they will remain in the school building and until another date/time designated by administration.
JOHNSON Student Materials Pickup Plan

Upper Elementary (3rd-5th grades)
  • Each homeroom is assigned a 30-minute window between 8am-3:30pm, exact time and details will come soon from homeroom teachers
  • During that time frame, student labeled bags will be arranged alphabetically by last name across the grass in the front of the Johnson Campus. 
  • Park on Monroe St, tell a staff member your child’s name, and they will indicate where you can find the bag to grab and go. 
  • In adherence to social distancing norms and all safety protocols, this process should be very fast and involve little to no interaction with other people. Wearing a mask is strongly encouraged as a further measure.


Middle/High (6th-9th grades)
  • Each homeroom is assigned a 30-minute window between 8am-2pm, exact time and details will come soon from homeroom teachers.
  • Park on the streets behind the school or on the playground, entering from Eagle Street. 
  • As items are spread throughout the building, one person from each family will be permitted to enter to collect student materials. This can be a parent or a student, at your discretion. 
  • Administrators will check you in and give you instructions on which classrooms to go to.
  • Family members will get the bag labeled with the student name with the locker contents from their homeroom class and then proceed to other classrooms as necessary.
  • Administrators and staff will manage the flow and quantity of people in the building for everyone’s safety and well-being. 
  • In adherence to social distancing norms and all safety protocols, this process should involve little interaction with other people. Wearing a mask is strongly encouraged as a further measure.


If you can't come to collect student materials on Thursday, May 7th, at the assigned time you have multiple options:

1. By Wednesday morning, May 6th, you can email your homeroom teacher and jdaltoe@lfno.org the name of the person you designate to pick up your child’s materials. This can be another LFNO family or a non-LFNO friend or family who is able to help you.  

2. You can collect at a time different than as assigned on Thursday, such as if you have several children at LFNO and you want to make just one trip. However, be forewarned that there will likely be a slight delay in retrieving your child's items if it is not the assigned time. 

3. There will be a make-up, drop-in time on Friday, May 8th, from 10am-12pm. Similarly, you may have to wait a short time given the number and flow of other people. 

4. If you are unable to or choose not to, pick up your child's belongings next week they will remain in the school building and will be available when Johnson is once again accessible.
LFNO Library Returns
When coming to campus next week to collect your student’s personal belongings, please remember to bring any LFNO library books to return. We will have clearly marked bins where you may drop off library books around campus. Thank you for assisting us in keeping the library viable for all students.
BONJOUR NOLA - CANCELED
Bonjour NOLA 2020 has been canceled due to precautions related to COVID19. Registrants will be refunded the full amount in the coming weeks. We appreciate your patience. 
Online Registration/Re-enrollment Details
In early May, you will receive an email with online registration details. Enrollment paperwork will be completed though PowerSchool. This new and improved process will help streamline our information collection as we already use PowerSchool for our student information system. Please be advised that paperwork completion may take longer than in previous years. Thank you in advance for understanding. This system will help us accurately update information to better serve our students and families.  

If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to reach out to Nicki Kristol, Coordinator of Admissions & Enrollment ( nkristol@lfno.org ).
Exceptional Student Services
 
Building Language Skills at Home with AAC (A Parent Training)
Presented by: Katie Sample and Justin Sims

Friday, May 8, 2020
Time: 11:30 - 12:30

Parents, did you know that language is everywhere, all the time? Even while at home, limited verbal students have immeasurable opportunities to hear, see, and use language. This webinar, designed with parents in mind, will explore the vocabulary, structure, and authentic activities to facilitate AAC progression. Register here.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES
L'Heure de Contes (Story Hour) - Alliance Francaise
Kick off your child's virtual school week with some French stories!
Join AFNO instructor, Nadia, on our Facebook live Monday mornings to participate in the Alliance Française's second virtual storytime pour les enfants! Nadia will read aloud multiple children's storybooks en français while showing the images and engaging children to think and ask questions.

JOIN US: 10am on the AFNO facebook page ( facebook.com/afneworleans ) and we'll be there waiting for you!

We will also post the link on Monday morning on this event, so make sure to click "Interested" to receive notifications.
Feel free to email any questions or concerns to Joseph at marketing@af-neworleans.org.
CALENDAR & INFO BITES
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