Lower School Edition
(Pre-K4 - 2nd Grade)
Dear Lycée Families,

It has been an amazing first day as we return to school from Fall Break! It was a pleasure to visit with students and be inspired by the shared joy and excitement exchanged between students and staff.  
 
Accreditation / High School Growth Update

It is indeed exciting to watch our high school continue to grow in the number of students, educational opportunities, and the construction of the Priestley Campus. 

Our goal remains the same; to continue providing high-quality and engaging French immersion instruction, with various resources that support and advance opportunities for all of our students. The rigor of LFNO’s high school program has led to the accreditation of one section of 10th grade baccalaureate, alongside the successful implementation of the 10th grade French Immersion Pathway.  As part of LFNO’s effort and commitment to see our students reach their full potential, the leadership team has decided to pause the French Ministry of Education accreditation process for 11th and 12th grades. The decision to not apply for further accreditation at this time was made based on a current assessment of our school’s needs, strengths, and resources. We strongly believe this decision is in the best interest of all students and aligns with the French Ministry of Education’s feedback. All of our high schoolers will have the opportunity to graduate with a TOPS University Diploma and the baccalaureate will remain an option for those on the baccalaureate path.  

Educating our students is our passion and we are committed to providing a learning environment that will allow them to flourish and reach their highest potential, both in our school and once they graduate. 

If you’d like to learn more about the growth of the high school curriculum, please join us for the virtual event High School Curriculum and Pathway Cafe on Thursday, 10/21 at 5 pm via zoom.


-The LFNO Leadership Team
GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Campus News
Possip Pulse Check: Thank you for your participation!
Many thanks to our families who participated in our first-ever Pulse Check using Possip. Our next LFNO Pulse Check will be next Friday, October 22nd. We look forward to reviewing the feedback and thinking about how to continuously strengthen our community based on this and future feedback

Here are a couple of our positive parent comments from the Lower Campus!  

"The facility and staff have always been so compassionate. They truly are the best aspect of the school."

"Z____'s teachers suggested a meeting to go over how he is doing in the class. And it was amazing to see the results of his classroom participation. I get a daily update/feedback."

"I have been so grateful that my 1st-grade son has had a few good weeks of uninterrupted school (realizing any quarantine is out of the school's control). He has learned SO much in these last weeks and every day I am astounded by what he knows!"
Programs Offered By Our External Partners

Our team has been working with some of our partners to offer a similar “Thinking Outside the Classroom” program in a non-traditional year. Through grant funding from New Schools from New Orleans (NSNO), our Lower School students (PreK - 2nd) have experienced unique interactive, hands-on STEM activities such as understanding the properties of slime, solar energy, sound exploration, and seed germination facilitated by STEMNOLA. We are happy to announce that the Audubon Nature Institute will provide a virtual educational program for students focusing on Lycee’s science curriculum and Audubon’s conservation practices. Our McNair campus has been invited to participate in the Aspen Challenge supported by the Bezos Foundation, which builds future generations to play critical roles in identifying, designing, and implementing solutions to their community’s biggest needs. We will continue to work with our external partners to provide high-quality and meaningful programs for our students.
Academics
Anti-Bullying Spirit Week!
10/18-10/22/2021
  • Tuesday, 10/19 ------ Boot Up Against Bullying! ---Wear Boots (Rain, Cowboy, etc.)
  • Wednesday, 10/20---Unity Day ----------------------- Wear Orange
  • Thursday, 10/21 ------Be a Buddy- Not a Bully! --- Dress Alike
  • Friday, 10/22 ----------We’re on the Same Team!--Wear Your Favorite Team’s Jersey 

DIBELS Testing Results
Student’s Dibels score results will be sent home in November with report cards.
BoosterThon
10/28/2021 - BoosterThon Relaunch 
11/5/2021 - Each class will have time scheduled for a fun walk/ run on 11/5/2021. There will be two socially distanced tracks on the outside large playground black top for students to participate in this event. Each student will be provided with a prize for participating in this fun activity. The goal is to raise $20,000 for our physical education supplies for our students. 

LEXIA IS AWESOME! HAVE YOU TRIED IT WITH YOUR STUDENT?

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 contact your ELA teacher for login help if needed.

OCTOBER ACADEMIC NEWSLETTER | Click Here 
HEALTH UPDATES
Updated Health Information Form:
If your student has a food allergy, please fill out the Diet Prescription Plan signed by a physician if your student will be receiving any meals at school. If he/she does not receive meal service at school on a regular basis, it is still recommended to have this form on file at school. 

The diet Prescription form can be found on the LFNO website under the PARENTS tab or click here. Send the completed form or address any questions or concerns in separate emails to your student’s campus nurse. 

Johnson Nurses - Ms. Candice and Ms. Flore at jonnurse@lfno.org
McNair Nurse - Ms. Keli at kcoleman@lfno.org 
Lower School Campus - Ms. Pam at leblanc@lfno.org


Peanut Free School
We are a peanut-free school, a number of our students and staff have severe peanut allergies. Please be mindful, pack peanut-free lunches and snacks. Merci!

Routine COVID Testing | Click Here
OTHER RESOURCES FOR GETTING A COVID TEST
Here is the link to the Permission Slips and Registration for participants. To get tested, each interested tester must complete a one-time registration and consent found here: https://www.primarybio.com/l/neworleansps.
See below for testing sites:
Smart Phone
Communications
PikMyKid: 
Make sure your contact information and authorized pickups are also correct in PikMyKid for dismissal.
Extended Day Programs
Before & Aftercare:
Dear Lower Campus families, 
Please remember that before care begins at 7:15 AM. Before care staff will not be able to receive students before 7:15 AM. Additionally, all students must be pre-registered for before care. Drop-ins for before care are not allowed. Please email Mary-Devon Dupuy at mdupuy@lfno.org with any questions.


Enrichment Update:
Thank you to everyone who signed up for an enrichment activity over the weekend. The second round of registration will be open from Wednesday, October 20th, at 6:30 PM to Thursday, October 21st, at 11:59 PM. Lower Campus and Johnson's families received catalogues via email on October 8th. Please find registration information at lfno.campbrainregistration.com. Discount codes are listed in the registration information. 


Tutoring Program Annoucement:
Our partnership with Tulane University’s Department of French and Center for Public Service begins this week! 

Thanks to this partnership, we are offering a tutoring program for qualifying students in grade 1-5. Tulane service learners will be leading the tutoring sessions on site at Patton and Johnson, supervised by a Lycée staff member. 

Lower Campus: tutoring sessions (1st and 2nd graders) will take place on Monday and Thursday from 4:30-5:30pm

Johnson Campus: tutoring sessions (3rd, 4th, and 5th graders) will take place on Monday and Tuesday from 4:15-5:15pm

Tutoring groups will be limited to 8 students.

Students are selected according to the following criteria:
Tier 1:Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch
Tier 2: Students who participated in summer school + have a teacher’s recommendation based on academic performance

If you were not contacted already about this and are interested in your child participating (grades 1-5 only), please contact mdupuy@lfno.org.to see if there is availability.  
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For Reference:
October 2021
Breakfast Menu | Click Here
Lunch Menu | Click Here


Board & Committee News:
Sign up for meeting alerts | Click Here
Board & Committee Google Calendar | Click Here

2021 2022 COVID-19 School Year Procedures & Operational Guidelines | Click Here

Lower School Quick Reference Directory | Click Here
Mark you Calendar
November
2
Tuesday
NO SCHOOL: Lower School Only - Election Day
November
22 - 26
Week
NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving Break
Community Resources
Bridges Collaborative Student Contest
Open to K - 12 Students. Deadline Monday, Nov. 1st, 2021 | Click Here
Stay Connected
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