Family Newsletter | August 21st, 2020
Cultivating minds and hearts through the pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty
Table of Contents
  1. News from HM Audelo
  3. Distance Learning Feedback Survey
  4. NWEA MAP Testing
5. Athenaeum Enrollment Form
6. Google Classroom Changes
7. Get Connected
8. Important Dates
Greetings, Live Oak Owls!

It is with no small measure of sadness that Live Oak announces that Mrs. Emily Cass, Director of Academy Giving, has left our nest. Mrs. Cass has made the difficult decision to step away from her role as Director of Academy Giving in order to devote more time to her family. Many of you will recall how Mrs. Cass has been deeply involved with the formation of Live Oak from its earliest days, and we owe her a great debt of gratitude for helping to nurture our new and thriving community.

It is with an equal measure of delight that we announce that Mrs. Amelia (Meli) Villalvazo-Dick has joined our inaugural Owl family as the new Director of Academy Giving. A native San Antonian, Mrs. Villalvazo-Dick helped launch two sister academies, Great Hearts Western Hills and Great Hearts Forest Heights. She has played a variety of roles throughout her three years at Great Hearts and is looking forward to seeing Live Oak flourish as the newest of the San Antonio Great Hearts academies. 

Mrs. Villalvazo-Dick is looking forward to meeting our founding owls and feels so blessed to be a part of the Live Oak family! I hope you will join us in giving her a hearty hoot hoot hooray!
Headmaster Audelo
On Thursday, September 10th, San Antonio will come together for 24 hours of non-profit giving during the Big Give S.A. Great Hearts Live Oak will be participating for our inaugural year! Please save the date and start considering how you can offer your support to GHLO!
Should you have any questions, please contact Amelia Dick. For more information about Big Give SA, visit their website here

Thank you for your generosity! You make our school a better place!
Please know we recognize that many of our families have faced financial difficulties during this pandemic. We recognize and sympathize with those struggling during this unprecedented time. For those families who may not have been impacted financially by COVID-19, please consider supporting the campaign at any level. Your generosity will be most meaningful during this time when our expenses are heightened and support of the campaign has lessened. 
We'd love to hear from you! Please fill out our distance learning feedback survey.
NWEA MAP Testing starts next Tuesday!
As part of our commitment to delivering a quality classical, liberal arts education, we periodically measure student growth and progress during the year by administering a benchmark test to students in grades 2 through 7. The benchmark test we use is known as MAP - Measures of Academic Progress - and assesses mastery in the academic areas of math and reading. With the start of school all online, this year we are asking you to partner with us to ensure that your child takes the MAP test remotely. The information we gather through MAP will allow us to tailor educational supports very early in the year to students who may need support and assess growth throughout the year for all students.

To summarize, the MAP test...

• is a formative assessment. It helps us understand our students and is not used for grading.
• is an assessment every 2nd-7th grade Great Hearts student takes at the beginning, middle and end of each year.
• has two sessions: reading comprehension and math.
• takes an average of 1-2 hours per session.
• helps teachers challenge the growth of students at all academic levels
• allows teachers and interventionists to see and meet gaps in their development in reading and math.

We will spend the next 2 weeks conducting MAP Reading and Math assessments. In the same way as scholars log in to a Zoom Homeroom meeting every morning, on their testing day they will log in to a Zoom meeting with their homeroom teachers at their specified testing time. Their homeroom teachers will take attendance and walk scholars through the process of taking the test.

 Students who will test on a computer will stay on the Zoom meeting throughout the session so that they can ask their teacher for technical assistance.
 Students who will test on an iPad will need an additional device for the zoom meeting. The app will allow them to test, but not allow them to stay on Zoom with their teacher. Students who take the test on the app may need your help to contact their teacher.
What can you do to ensure your scholar has a successful assessment?

 The date and time for your scholar’s testing session will be posted in Google Classroom.
 MAP log-in credentials will be sent separately.
•Make sure your student is prepared and signed at least 5 minutes ahead of time.
 Using the link and password provided, help your scholar navigate to the assessment and get started. 
 Contact the classroom teacher if you have questions or need technical support.
 Please note-students may use pencil and paper on the Math test.

Click on this link to learn more about the NWEA Map Assessment.
Athenaeum Enrollment Intention Form
All of our academies offer our Athenaeum after-school program. If you indicated that your student will be coming back to campus and intend to enroll your student(s) in the Athenaeum program, fill out the form below. Please ensure you fill out one form per child who will be enrolled in the program. For more information on Athenaeum, click here.
Google Classroom Changes
You may have noticed some changes to the organization and structure of the Google Classrooms this week. Specifically, in the Google Classroom stream you will find the synchronous Zoom schedules for the week and, starting this Friday, a weekly newsletter. This grade-level newsletter will provide an overview of the following week’s curricular focus, important dates, and other helpful resources. We hope that these changes will help foster more student independence and assist you in supporting your scholar. 
August 26 | Meal Pick-up Drive-Thru (9:00-11:00 AM)
August 28 | Early Release Day
September 2 | Meal Pick-up Drive Thru (9:00-11:00 AM)
September 4 | Early Release Day
September 7 | Labor Day NO SCHOOL
September 10 | BIG GIVE SA
September 11 | Full Day (no early release)
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