le 22 mai, 2020
Dear Lycée Community,

Today is the last day of instruction and it has never felt so quiet and uneventful. We miss the smiley faces, the hugs, the celebrations, the class parties, the packing and cleaning, the feelings of accomplishment and of a job well done, the anticipation for summer fun, the rush to the zoo for the end-of-year picnic, the comradery, the promises to keep in touch, to schedule visits with friends, and so much more! We really took all of this for granted, and we are reminded, once more, of how grateful we should always be for what we have. 

We want to continue savoring the beauty and importance of these moments, however. We are One Lycée, and resilient till the end. Today, we are proud to celebrate our 8th graders on their promotion, and we will ‘see’ you on June 2nd for the end-of-year virtual celebration. Join us, and stay tuned for more details!

A final word of gratitude, dear staff and families, for your collaboration during the last months to ensure the continuity of Lycée high academic offerings. We will have a busy summer, working to develop safe and effective re-entry plans and a school year that will likely be re-imagined. I wish you a safe and healthy summer, and hope to really see you soon!

Pandemic -EBT Available for Students Receiving Free or Reduced-Price School Meals
  $285 PER CHILD MAKES UP FOR COST OF BREAKFAST, LUNCH THEY WOULD HAVE RECEIVED AT SCHOOL Amid the ongoing public health crisis, Louisiana has been approved for the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. This program will provide extra help buying groceries for the families of the more than 600,000 children who normally receive free and reduced-price meals at school.
Online Re-enrollment
This week a link was sent to all families from PowerSchool Registration Support with the Online Returning Student Registration Form . If you have any questions or did not receive an email please reach out to Nicki Kristol, Coordinator of Admissions & Enrollment ( nkristol@lfno.org ).   PowerSchool Community is a great resource for technical issues or you can select “Help” from any form page. The registration is due June 12.
Host Families & Volunteers Needed
For the 2020-2021 school year we are welcoming 16 new French teachers and we need your help! We are looking for volunteers to HOST the teachers (and families if applicable) and volunteers to be part of the Welcome Committee. 
Teachers will start arriving July 15, and will be in Baton Rouge for CODOFIL training from July 20- 23. We are asking for families to help host from the afternoon/evening of July 23- August 2. Hosting might also be needed from July 15- July 20 , when they first arrive. If you are interested in hosting please let us know if you are available for both time frames. The Welcome Committee would consist of volunteers helping the teachers and their families getting situated in their new apartment, taking them to banks, DMV, social security office, shopping, etc.
If you are interested in volunteering to be a host or be part of the Welcome Committee or have contacts that would be beneficial for the process please contact Sophie Uijttenboogaard , Director of Development, at spenau@lfno.org , or Elaine Guillot, Director of Communications, at eguillot@lfno.org
GiveNOLA returns on Tuesday, June 2, 2020! All funds raised will help support the school’s greatest needs, $10 make a difference! Remember, this event is an online-only event so you don't have to be located in New Orleans to participate!
You can show your support for Lycée Français by:
-Donating $10 or more starting at 12:00 AM on Tuesday, June 2, by clicking here .

-Scheduling a donation starting TODAY, by clicking here !
-Spreading the word and inviting your friends and family to donate.
During this difficult time Lycée and the Amis Foundation would like to express our deepest gratitude for your financial support of our school. Donations of $100 or more will receive one special gift per household! We will be revealing the gift next week.
Celebrate the End of the Year with us! On Tuesday, June 2 we will have an opportunity to virtually celebrate together. Share your photos or videos of your “at-home” celebrations and picnics with us! Our virtual Facebook event will be shared next week, so be on the lookout! There’s an opportunity to BID AU REVOIR to the 2019-2020 school year with an online auction of this year’s class projects that our students, teachers and volunteers worked hard to create, plus some additional items! Auction items will be available to preview starting on Saturday, May 30. Bidding will open Monday, June 1 at 5PM and all items will close on June 2 at 9.30PM.

 You can bid online here: bit.ly/LFNOEOY

Please note that auction winners will be contacted after the event to arrange pickup of items!
A Message from our PTO

Bonjour, Lycée Family!

The La Liaison team has been working with our administration on Teacher & Staff Appreciation. If there is anything that homeschooling has showed us (in case we didn’t know it already), it is that our teachers, school leaders, faculty and staff are HEROES. We are excited to announce the plan to celebrate our incredible school team and know you are too!

The “usual” Appreciation Week looks different in these unusual times. Be sure and read through each of the carefully thought out ways families can participate to show our love and support for each member of our LFNO team and family. With each activity and chance to participate, we ask that social distancing and guidelines for public gathering be respected. There are many members of our school community with pre-existing conditions who are most vulnerable. Please keep everyone safe.

In addition to the Appreciation we show our school, La Liaison is grateful to each homeschooling parent, grandparent, guardian, and friend who are making it possible for our children to continue their education during isolation. Merci beaucoup!

Student Environmental Awareness Arts & Language Contest Deadline Extended to June 15

The Louisiana Department of Education, in partnership with the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC), today announced the submission deadline for the 2020 Student Environmental Awareness Arts and Language Arts Contest has been extended as a result of the ongoing public health crisis. All student entries should now be postmarked by June 15.

The contest, which this year features the theme "Take it Outside! Explore Nature's Classroom," invites all Louisiana students ages 5-18 to create works of visual and language arts that demonstrate the important role nature plays in education. 

A panel of judges, including artists, biologists, teachers, and members of the greater environmental education community, will evaluate the works based on creativity and alignment to the theme. They will choose one winner from the visual arts category and one winner from the language arts categories for each of the following age groups:
Group 1: Contestants ages 5-7
Group 2: Contestants ages 8-10
Group 3: Contestants ages 11-13
Group 4: Contestants ages 14-18

Winners will be publicly announced in June 2020. First, second, and third place winners will receive a monetary prize of $200, $100 and $75, respectively, and be honored at a special event.

Winners will also be featured in the LEEC's 2021 calendar, which will be printed in the fall and distributed across the state and to the winners. 

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.
Mark Your Calendar
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