le 23 octobre, 2020
Dear Families, 

We had a great first week of in-person learning with our youngest students while continuing quality virtual instruction for those who chose to delay the on-campus experience! 

Other than academic planning, the last few months have been busy planning for a safe opening of school and implementing best practices to mitigate the risks associated with Covid-19. Plexiglass dividers have been added to the tables of the PreK and K classrooms, signage has been installed throughout the building to guide students, hand-sanitizer is available and we allow for more time for hand washing and other health routines. Last, but not least, emphasis is placed on social emotional learning.  

We are proud to have re-opened our doors, and have high expectations for each and every student, regardless of where they are physically learning. Our students are kind, compassionate, and inquisitive. Our staff is dedicated to their success, and we strive to make connections with students to help them feel valued, accepted, and safe. On Monday, we welcome back on campus first and second graders who signed up for in-person learning. 

We encourage families to stay connected and informed via this newsletter, our website, Google Classroom platform and social media. It is especially important this year with the many changes that have occurred and that may be occurring. 

Lycée Français is such a special place to learn and grow. Thank you for joining us in this special Lycée journey!

We are very excited to be able to offer FREE delicious meals, but we are also very excited to get all families to fill out a 2020/21 Lunch Application. Currently, only about 25% of families have completed an application for this school year. This data, like the US census data, is used to allocate State and Federal funding to schools and districts, which means getting accurate and complete data is paramount. It only takes a few minutes to complete (can even be done on a smartphone), and if you know you do not qualify for Free or Reduced lunch, there is a box to check that makes it even quicker. Last year we ended at about a 90% completion rate for all our families, which helped us greatly with school funding which was cut considerably due to the pandemic's effect on the economy. Link for how to apply: LFNO 2020-21 Lunch Application Directions

We always appreciate our community assistance with these matters. 
Reminders & Updates about Schedules and "Campus Life"

  • Virtual student schedules will follow the same general format as this week and will continue to be posted for all students in their virtual teacher's Google Classroom sections moving forward. It is important for all families to check Google Classroom regularly for their child's daily schedules and activities. 

  • Starting Monday the 26th, on-campus 1st and 2nd grade schedules will be highly similar to the modified virtual schedule students followed this week; the schedules were modified in an effort to provide a transition week for 1st and 2nd grade students to adjust to their new on campus schedule. 

  • All families with on-campus learners should continue to check their child's Google Classroom regularly to keep updated with class news, activities, and also to gain access to Wednesday's asynchronous learning schedule. 

2020-2021 School Year - COVID 19 Protocols and Operational Guidelines
2020 - 2021 COVID-19 School Year | Click Here
Grades 1st and 2nd:
Return To School Monday, October 26th.
(In Person: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; Independent Activities/Electives: Wednesday)
For parents/guardians who have opted to in-person learning, your child’s homeroom teacher and English teacher will remain the same.

All families who have chosen the virtual learning option have been assigned a new virtual learning French and English teacher. Each Wednesday, the students’ homeroom teacher will meet with students to continue to build rapport and check on their students’ progress. Students will continue to participate in virtual classes using Google Classroom.

(Virtual Sessions: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; Independent Activities/Electives: Wednesday).

NOTE: Any parent/guardian who did not complete the reentry survey has been placed in the virtual classroom. At this time, changes can not be made to the virtual or in person classroom choices
  • Students are required to wear masks at arrival. 
  • Temperature checks will be taken at each entry point.
  • Drop-off between 8:10AM – 8:30AM
  • PreKindergarten students will enter through the Patton Street driveway.
  • Kindergarten students will enter through the Patton Street side gate.
  • First and second grade students will enter through State Street gate
  • Siblings will enter through State Street gate.
  • Classes begin at 8:30AM

  • We highly encourage all students to arrive and leave during our scheduled arrival and dismissal times.
  • Parents will not be allowed to escort tardy students to the office. Parents will need to ring the main office’s doorbell and wait for a staff member to come take their temperature and be escorted into the building. You must remain at the door to ensure your student is safely admitted into the building. We ask parents to minimize appointments scheduled during the school day that necessitate an early check out.
  • Early Check-out: Parents can inform the school in advance either by phone or by emailing kbolin@lfno.org

  • Pick-up between 4:05 PM – 4:20 PM
  • PreKindergarten students will exit through the Patton Street driveway.
  • Kindergarten students will exit through the Patton Street side gate.
  • First and second grade students will exit through State Street gate
  • Siblings will exit through State Street gate.
  • Parents/guardians are asked not to congregate during dismissal. 
  • Parents/guardians must wear a mask during dismissal. 
  • Parents/guardians are asked to maintain appropriate physical distancing measures during dismissal.

To enter the schoolyard, vehicles must access Constance St. via Nashville lakebound. Do not enter the carpool line from Magazine St. onto Nashville or Eleonore Street to Constance. Following this practice will ensure that no traffic ever backs up onto Nashville to Magazine Street. Parents are expected to be courteous and follow the protocol.
  • Students are required to wear masks, with the exception of nap time and lunch period. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to choose a mask that their student likes/fits in preparation of daily wearing. Please make sure that your child’s name is on his or her mask. Please wash masks daily 
  • Staff are required to wear masks.
  • Neck gaiters are not acceptable face coverings.

  • Students are encouraged and required to wash their hands and sanitize their hands several times throughout the day.
  • High-touch surfaces are cleaned multiple times throughout the day, including bathrooms and other common areas.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are installed throughout the building for student and staff use.

  • Parents, families, volunteers, and visitors will not be allowed in the building at this time, except for essential visitors. Essential visitors are individuals who must enter schools in order to conduct visits in accordance with Louisiana law or policy and facilities’ maintenance.

  • Before and after care will not be available at this time.
  • There will not be any enrichment activities after school.
  • Field trips are not permitted.
Gifted and Talented: During the week of October 26, some sessions may be paused due to the number of transitions occurring, particularly in K - 5th grades. Some Gifted & Talented schedules may be adjusted for Trimester 2, which will be shared in a separate email from your student’s Gifted & Talented instructor.
Fall Fête
This year’s Fall Fête activities (celebrations/parties) have been cancelled. Students will not be allowed to wear costumes and decorative masks. Classes will participate in a Fall art project or craft. Do not send your child to school with candy or sugary goodies
If you or a loved one are in need of COVID-19 testing, you can find a resource calendar featuring multiple locations around the city. CLICK HERE

Remote French Tutoring Program Update
The remote tutoring program will continue for students who opted-in virtual school until Thanksgiving Break. Families will be contacted if days and/or time of tutoring is/are changed.  

The Bridges Collaborative
Lycée is proud to be a part of the Bridges Collaborative, a first-of-its-kind grassroots initiative to advance racial and socioeconomic integration and equity in America’s schools. Over the next two years, we will be connecting with other education and housing leaders to build grassroots momentum, learn from one another, and develop successful approaches for integration. Learn more - CLICK HERE
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.
2019-2020 YEARBOOK STORE OPEN - closing 10.30
We are happy to announce you can now order yearbooks online HERE. This includes all grades from last year, Pre-K4 - 9th Grade. Each book is $25 with a convenient $5 ship-to-home, bringing the total to $30. For each additional yearbook ordered the shipping cost goes down to $2.50. This order portal will close on October 30, please get your orders in by that date.Thank you for your patience while we crafted this yearbook.
Mark Your Calendar

  • Monday, Oct. 26 - Finance Committee Meeting
  • Monday, Nov. 2 - Staff Professional Development - No School for Students
The Blue Cross Kids Marathon Challenge will continue enrollment anytime during the Fall Semester. Who will be your internal school champion?

Schools are registering from New Orleans, Houma/Thibodaux, Baton Rouge and we will award $1,000 to the school with the most participation and $500 for 2nd place. Our goal is to award 1 school from each of the 8 markets if we have enough participation in each market.

For more information please visit https://runsignup.com/BlueCrossKidsMarathon
Art Camp 504 now offers Virtual After School Enrichment Classes! Classes include: Drawing, theater, dance, D&D, cooking, photography, comics, printmaking and more!

Virtual art classes allow kids to interact directly with each other and their teacher. Our small class size (3-6 kids) allow campers to chat freely and receive high quality, individualized instruction. Scholarships available!

Most classes meet once a week for 60 minutes and include at least 30 minutes of “zoom hang time” after each lesson. Classes culminate in a final presentation for family and friends!

Sign up at ArtCamp504.org.
Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans | 504.620.5500 | info@lfno.org | www.lfno.org