Weekly Family Newsletter | October 2, 2020
Cultivating minds and hearts through the pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty
Table of Contents
  1. No School Monday, Oct. 5
  2. Full Day Friday, Oct. 9
  3. Grecian Amphora Pumpkin Carving Contest Oct. 31
  4. Distance Learning Quarter II Survey
  5. Literary & Historical Character Dress Up Day Oct. 30
  6. Lunch Menu Update
  7. Picture Day- updated
8. Carline Recap
9. Fall Break Oct. 19-23
10. Book & Craft Supply Donations for After School Program
11.Volunteer Opportunities
12. October PSO Meeting
13. Attendance Reminder
14. Important Dates
15. Quick Links
No School this
Monday, October 5th
October 5th is a Professional Development Day for all faculty and staff. There will be no campus-based or distance learning that day. Enjoy the three-day weekend!
Friday, October 9th
 Full Day
Friday, October 9th is a full day with students being released at 3:25 PM.

The following Friday, October 16th is a half day day with students being release at 1:25 PM.

To view our 2020-2021 academic calendar, click here.
Grecian Amphora Pumpkin Carving Contest
October 31st, 9 AM-12 PM
Join us on October, 31st from 9AM-12 PM at the Great Hearts Live Oak field for our Inaugural Grecian Amphora Pumpkin Carving Contest! We ask that you RSVP so we know how many pumpkins to purchase.
Each pumpkin will cost $5 and will include: 1 pumpkin, paints, markers, spoons and trash cans. Parents/guardians may purchase one pumpkin for each child or one for the whole family. Please bring cash on the day of the event.
We kindly request that you bring your own blanket to sit on. If you choose to carve your pumpkin, you will need to supply your own carving knife. We will not have knives available for use.
There will be owl-some prizes, so get your creative juices flowing!
Quarter 2 starts October 26th!
Distance Learning Families, you have been sent an e-mail regarding your intent for Quarter 2. Please respond by Friday, October 9th. If you did not receive the e-mail, please click here to submit the form.

Campus-Based Families, we will assume you will attend for Quarter 2. If that is not the case, please e-mail [email protected].
Literary and Historical Character Dress Up Day
On Friday, October 30th, students may dress up as any character from any book on the K-7 Classics to Keep List, Greek or Roman Mythology or a historical character from our curriculum. Come to school primed for a joyful day filled with reading and celebration!
Please carefully review the guidelines on the proposal form to ensure costume compliance.

Thank you, in advance, for your support of reading and literacy, as well as your support of this special event at Great Hearts Live Oak! Hoot hoot hooray for great books!
Lunch Menu Update
For the past few weeks, there have been changes to the lunch menu. We are working diligently with our vendor to serve the menu reflected on the webpage. Please note the website states “Menu subject to change” and occasionally, this may be the case. Starting next week the menu selections will be back on track. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Picture Day
Campus-Based & Distance Learners
  • Tuesday October 13th: Campus Based Learners
  • Monday, November 16th: Distance Learners and Make-ups for Campus- Based Learners

All students must be in proper uniform and dress code. Students outside of dress code will not have their picture taken.

All photos are individual portraits, not a whole class picture.
Car Line Recap
We have seen great improvement in our drop-off and pick-up procedures! Thank you for partnering with us and adhering to the two feet of distance between cars. It helps us load and unload more students per cycle and keeps Gateway Blvd. clear! As we all get more familiar with the system, we anticipate a speedier morning and afternoon process.

Please remember the following:
-have your scholars ready to get out of the car with their mask and backpack on in the morning

-do not get out of your vehicle to help your scholar (we promise we will get them out safely)

-follow the wave times

7:25 am for last names A-M
7:35 am for last names N-Z
3:25 pm for last names A-M
3:40 pm for last names N-Z

-We will ask you to pull up into a parking space on the left during a reset if your scholar is taking an inordinate amount of time to get out of the vehicle

-If you are picking your child up early, please come before 2:45 PM on a regular day and 12:45 PM on a half day. Please remember, there is no parking and pick-up your student.
Fall Break
October 19-23
There will be no campus-based or distance learning instruction during Fall Break. Enjoy a week of relaxation and come prepared for Quarter 2 on October 26th!
Book and Craft Supply Donation
for After School Program
Our after school programs, Athenaeum and Homework Club are in search of book donations and craft supplies! Books of all reading levels and genres are welcome, especially chapter books. Please no pop-culture.

Needed craft supplies:
-Egg Cartons
-Toilet Paper and Paper Towel Rolls

All items may be dropped off at the front desk or brought to school with students in a labeled bag. For more information, please contact Mrs. Vazquez.
Volunteer Opportunities

For those interested, please sign-up if applicable or reach out to Mrs. Villalvazo-Dick.
Requirements to Volunteer

  • Annual background check on file (e-mail to [email protected])
  • Driver's License scan when entering the building to obtain Volunteer Pass
  • Temperature check and screener upon arrival
October Parent Service Organization Meeting
Thank you to all who joined us for the Parent Service Organization Interest Meeting last week on Zoom. We are looking forward to what's ahead for the PSO and enjoyed meeting and collaborating with everyone!

Our next PSO meeting will be on Saturday, October 10th at 10 AM. There will be monthly PSO meetings on a rotating schedule to provide members with differentiating schedules opportunities to participate.
Attendance Policy
On Campus Students: Attendance is tracked at 10:00 am daily. If possible, please plan appointments around this time so your student can be in class at 10 am and marked present. For late arrivals and full day absences, please email D’Ann Hart or [email protected]. When your student returns, they will need a doctor’s note or parent excuse. If email is not available, please call the school at 210-888-9474. Your student has the option to attend school remotely and will be counted present if they participate in online learning for the day.

Distance Learners: Parents MUST report any full day absences during distance learning. Please email D’Ann Hart or [email protected] if your child is sick and cannot attend online. You can submit doctor notes and parent excuses to the same email, or drop them off at the front desk.
October 5th: Professional Development- NO SCHOOL
October 9th: Full Day, Distance Learning Intent Form Due
October 10th: October PSO Meeting 10 AM
October 16th: End of Quarter, Half Day
October 19-23rd: Fall Break
October 26th: Start of Quarter 2, Costume Proposal Form Due
October 30th: Literary and Historical Character Dress Up Day, Half Day
October 31th: Grecian Amphora Pumpkin Carving Contest 9 AM-12 PM
7653 North Loop 1604 East San Antonio, TX 78233 | 210-888-9474 | www.liveoak.greatheartsamerica.org