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9.8.20 Deadline Extension - French Virtual Tutoring

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Dear Patton families,
 
To better support all of our Lycée students, we are implementing a free tutoring program for FRENCH during this trimester of remote learning. While the program is opened to all students, priority will be given to the following students:
– students who qualify for free or reduced lunch (% of the tutoring spots)
– students who received a recommendation from their French teacher
– students with extenuating circumstances
 
Tutoring sessions will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 2:15-3:30pm. Sessions are 30 min long. The first session is from 2:15pm-2:45pm and the second session is from 3:00pm-3:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and/or Fridays. Anticipated start date is September 14. Please note that this date is subject to change based on how quickly the tutors will obtain their background check.
 
Patton students will be working with college students from the Department of French at Tulane University. During these sessions, Tulane tutors can assist with the completion of an assigned independent activity, review skills, or focus an oral production (through interactive games in French).
 
 
If you receive a tutoring spot, your child IS EXPECTED TO ATTEND EACH TUTORING SESSION. It is important to take this commitment seriously as tutors are making themselves available to work with specific students on a given day. If your child can’t attend his/her session, please inform Mary-Devon Dupuy (mdupuy@lfno.org) in a timely manner. After three unexcused absences, a student will be dropped from the program and replaced by another student.
 
If you have more than one child, please fill out a different form for each one.
 
For additional questions about the tutoring program, you can contact Mary-Devon Dupuy (mdupuy@lfno.org) or Sophie Capmartin (scapmartin@lfno.org).
 
Estimadas familias de Patton,
 
Para apoyar mejor a todos nuestros estudiantes de Lycée, estamos implementando un programa de tutoría gratuito para FRANCÉS durante este trimestre de aprendizaje remoto. Si bien el programa está abierto a todos los estudiantes, se dará prioridad a los siguientes estudiantes:
– estudiantes que califican para almuerzo gratis o reducido (% de los lugares de tutoría)
– estudiantes que recibieron una recomendación de su profesor de francés
– estudiantes con circunstancias atenuantes
 
Las sesiones de tutoría se llevarán a cabo los martes, jueves y viernes de 2: 15-3: 30pm. Las sesiones tienen una duración de 30 minutos. La primera sesión es de 2:15 pm a 2:45 pm y la segunda sesión es de 3:00 pm a 3:30 pm los lunes, martes, jueves y / o viernes. La fecha de inicio anticipada es el 14 de septiembre. Tenga en cuenta que esta fecha está sujeta a cambios según la rapidez con la que los tutores obtengan su verificación de antecedentes.
 
Los estudiantes de Patton trabajarán con estudiantes universitarios del Departamento de Francés de la Universidad de Tulane. Durante estas sesiones, los tutores de Tulane pueden ayudar a completar una actividad independiente asignada, repasar habilidades o enfocar una producción oral (a través de juegos interactivos en francés).
 
 
Si recibe un lugar de tutoría, SE ESPERA QUE su hijo ASISTA A CADA SESIÓN DE TUTORÍA. Es importante tomar este compromiso en serio, ya que los tutores están disponibles para trabajar con estudiantes específicos en un día determinado. Si su hijo no puede asistir a su sesión, informe a Mary-Devon Dupuy (mdupuy@lfno.org) de manera oportuna. Después de tres ausencias injustificadas, un estudiante será retirado del programa y reemplazado por otro estudiante.
 
Si tiene más de un hijo, complete un formulario diferente para cada uno.
 
Si tiene preguntas adicionales sobre el programa de tutoría, puede comunicarse con Mary-Devon Dupuy (mdupuy@lfno.org) o Sophie Capmartin (scapmartin@lfno.org).

9.4.20 Virtual Learning Update

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Dear Lycée Families,
 
Thank you to all who have shared feedback on Lycée’s current virtual educational program. Many NOLA Public Schools have shared plans that included rolling start dates for in-person educational options, focusing on the youngest students. According to the LFNO plan shared in July, all grades are planned to be virtual through the end of the term on October 30th. We are currently evaluating our available resources to determine an earlier in-person start date for the youngest Patton students, before the end of the term. More information will be available next week. We remain committed to maintaining a healthy and safe community as well as providing the best educational opportunities for our students.
 
-Lycée Administration

9.3.20 Application for French Tutoring - Patton Families

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Dear Patton families,
 
To better support all of our Lycée students, we are implementing a free tutoring program for FRENCH during this trimester of remote learning. While the program is opened to all students, priority will be given to the following students:
– students who qualify for free or reduced lunch (% of the tutoring spots)
– students who received a recommendation from their French teacher
– students with extenuating circumstances
 
Tutoring sessions will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 2:15-3:30pm. Sessions are 30 min long. The first session is from 2:15pm-2:45pm and the second session is from 3:00pm-3:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and/or Fridays. Anticipated start date is September 14. Please note that this date is subject to change based on how quickly the tutors will obtain their background check.
 
Patton students will be working with college students from the Department of French at Tulane University. During these sessions, Tulane tutors can assist with the completion of an assigned independent activity, review skills, or focus an oral production (through interactive games in French).
 
 
If you receive a tutoring spot, your child IS EXPECTED TO ATTEND EACH TUTORING SESSION. It is important to take this commitment seriously as tutors are making themselves available to work with specific students on a given day. If your child can’t attend his/her session, please inform Mary-Devon Dupuy (mdupuy@lfno.org) in a timely manner. After three unexcused absences, a student will be dropped from the program and replaced by another student.
 
If you have more than one child, please fill out a different form for each one.
 
For additional questions about the tutoring program, you can contact Mary-Devon Dupuy (mdupuy@lfno.org) or Sophie Capmartin (scapmartin@lfno.org).
 
Estimadas familias de Patton,
 
Para apoyar mejor a todos nuestros estudiantes de Lycée, estamos implementando un programa de tutoría gratuito para FRANCÉS durante este trimestre de aprendizaje remoto. Si bien el programa está abierto a todos los estudiantes, se dará prioridad a los siguientes estudiantes:
– estudiantes que califican para almuerzo gratis o reducido (% de los lugares de tutoría)
– estudiantes que recibieron una recomendación de su profesor de francés
– estudiantes con circunstancias atenuantes
 
Las sesiones de tutoría se llevarán a cabo los martes, jueves y viernes de 2: 15-3: 30pm. Las sesiones tienen una duración de 30 minutos. La primera sesión es de 2:15 pm a 2:45 pm y la segunda sesión es de 3:00 pm a 3:30 pm los lunes, martes, jueves y / o viernes. La fecha de inicio anticipada es el 14 de septiembre. Tenga en cuenta que esta fecha está sujeta a cambios según la rapidez con la que los tutores obtengan su verificación de antecedentes.
 
Los estudiantes de Patton trabajarán con estudiantes universitarios del Departamento de Francés de la Universidad de Tulane. Durante estas sesiones, los tutores de Tulane pueden ayudar a completar una actividad independiente asignada, repasar habilidades o enfocar una producción oral (a través de juegos interactivos en francés).
 
 
Si recibe un lugar de tutoría, SE ESPERA QUE su hijo ASISTA A CADA SESIÓN DE TUTORÍA. Es importante tomar este compromiso en serio, ya que los tutores están disponibles para trabajar con estudiantes específicos en un día determinado. Si su hijo no puede asistir a su sesión, informe a Mary-Devon Dupuy (mdupuy@lfno.org) de manera oportuna. Después de tres ausencias injustificadas, un estudiante será retirado del programa y reemplazado por otro estudiante.
 
Si tiene más de un hijo, complete un formulario diferente para cada uno.
 
Si tiene preguntas adicionales sobre el programa de tutoría, puede comunicarse con Mary-Devon Dupuy (mdupuy@lfno.org) o Sophie Capmartin (scapmartin@lfno.org).

9.3.20 Application for French Tutoring - Johnson Families

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Dear Johnson families,
 
To better support all of our Lycée students, we are implementing a free tutoring program for FRENCH during this trimester of remote learning. While the program is opened to all students, priority will be given to the following students:
– students who are free or reduced lunch
– students who received a recommendation from their French teacher
– students with significant skills deficit
– students with extenuating circumstances
 
Tutoring sessions will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and/or Fridays from 4:00-6:00 pm, with two sessions, each lasting 45 minutes.
The first session is from 4:00-4:45 pm and the second session is from 5:00-5:45 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Anticipated start date is September 14. Please note that this start date is contingent upon receiving all background checks from tutors.
 
If you think that your child qualifies for this program, would benefit from it, and you can commit your child to attend all sessions, please complete this form by TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH AT 8:00 pm.
 
If you get a spot, your child IS EXPECTED TO ATTEND EACH TUTORING SESSION. PLEASE, TAKE THIS COMMITMENT SERIOUSLY. While this program is free for students, it comes at a cost for the school and tutors make themselves available for a given time on a given day. If your child can’t attend his/her session, please inform Mary-Devon Dupuy (mdupuy@lfno.org) in a timely manner. After three unexcused absences, a student will be dropped out of the program and replaced by another student.
 
Please fill out one form for each LFNO student you are interested in joining the tutoring program.
 
For additional questions about the tutoring program, you can contact Mary-Devon Dupuy (mdupuy@lfno.org) or Sophie Capmartin (scapmartin@lfno.org).
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Estimadas familias de Johnson,
 
Para apoyar mejor a todos nuestros estudiantes de Lycée, estamos implementando un programa de tutoría gratuito para FRANCÉS durante este trimestre de aprendizaje remoto. Si bien el programa está abierto a todos los estudiantes, se dará prioridad a los siguientes estudiantes:
– estudiantes que tienen almuerzo gratis o reducido
– estudiantes que recibieron una recomendación de su profesor de francés
– estudiantes con déficit de habilidades significativo
– estudiantes con circunstancias atenuantes
 
Las sesiones de tutoría se llevarán a cabo los lunes, martes, jueves y / o viernes de 16:00 a 18:00 horas, con dos sesiones de 45 minutos cada una.
La primera sesión es de 4: 00-4: 45 pm y la segunda sesión es de 5: 00-5: 45 pm los lunes, martes, jueves y viernes. La fecha de inicio anticipada es el 14 de septiembre. Tenga en cuenta que esta fecha de inicio depende de recibir todas las verificaciones de antecedentes de los tutores.
 
Si cree que su hijo califica para este programa, se beneficiaría de él y puede comprometer a su hijo a asistir a todas las sesiones, complete este formulario antes del MARTES 8 DE SEPTIEMBRE A LAS 8:00 pm.
 
Si consigue un lugar, SE ESPERA QUE su hijo ASISTA A CADA SESIÓN DE TUTORÍA. POR FAVOR, TOME ESTE COMPROMISO EN SERIO. Si bien este programa es gratuito para los estudiantes, tiene un costo para la escuela y los tutores están disponibles durante un tiempo determinado en un día determinado. Si su hijo no puede asistir a su sesión, informe a Mary-Devon Dupuy (mdupuy@lfno.org) de manera oportuna. Después de tres ausencias injustificadas, un estudiante será retirado del programa y reemplazado por otro estudiante.
 
Complete un formulario por cada estudiante de LFNO en el que esté interesado en unirse al programa de tutoría.
 
Si tiene preguntas adicionales sobre el programa de tutoría, puede comunicarse con Mary-Devon Dupuy (mdupuy@lfno.org) o Sophie Capmartin (scapmartin@lfno.org).

8.27.20 Patton Families - Finding Google Classroom

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Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
This message is to clarify where to find and how to use students’ schedules for the Patton campus. All schedules are posted in your child’s Google Classroom.
 
Here are the steps to follow:
1) Login with your child’s lfno email address
2) Go to Google Classroom
3) Click on the classwork tab (on top of the screen)
4) Go to the “schedule” topic (i.e. folder) on the left of the screen. In this folder, you will find ALL the daily schedules for the week.
5) For more convenience, teachers are ALSO posting the schedule in the “daily” topic on the left of the screen. For instance, the schedule for Thursday, August 28th is posted in the topic (i.e. folder on the left) “Jeudi 28 août – Thursday, August 28.”
 
Please review the following document or watch the following video for an explanation finding and navigating the schedule.
 
Additionally, in order to navigate your child’s schedule, you need to know what group they belong to (typically it’s an animal). This information was communicated by a teacher or an administrator last Thursday. In Mme Salma and Mme Benedicte’s classes this information will be communicated tomorrow.  Groups will remain the same next week (until 9/4). However, as we continue with small group work throughout the trimester, teachers might have to slightly modify their grouping to better target students’ instructional needs. Any modification in the grouping (i.e. animal assigned to a specific student) will be communicated to you in a timely manner. We thank you in advance for your understanding and flexibility as these potential changes aim to improve the overall quality of instruction in both French and English.
 
The Academic Team

8.26.20 Update MAP Restesting

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Dear Families,
 
MAP testing for 3rd – 5th grades is rescheduled for Friday, September 4. Your student’s proctor will resend the Google Calendar invitation with the Google Meet link. Your student should attend this Google Meet instead of their regularly scheduled instruction. While each session is scheduled for two hours, MAP is self-paced; the average completion time is approximately 60 minutes. The proctor will give further directions to your student, including how to access the MAP testing site and their MAP session and password. Should you have any questions, please contact your student’s proctor or the person on MAP Support during your student’s scheduled time.
 
In order for students to correctly access the MAP testing site, two things need to occur:
 
Your device’s display settings must be set to 1024×768 or higher and the Scaling/Zoom is set at 100%. Instructions on how to do this can be found here.
Pop-up blockers must be disabled. Instructions on how to do this can be found here.
 
If there are significant technical difficulties or your student is absent, there will be a future make-up date; more information will be communicated at a later date.
 
Thank you,
The Johnson Academic Team

8.22.20 Welcome back message - principal Chana

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Dear Johnson Campus Lycée Families,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year, one that will be memorable for many reasons. During these unique and challenging times, I have deep admiration and appreciation for you all. It is no simple task navigating work obligations and your child’s education while keeping everyone healthy and safe. Thank you for finding creative and community-minded solutions to ensure a great start to the new school year! In this time of facing computer screens all day, it was such a pleasure for me and the whole Johnson staff to see students and parents at the Meet & Greet events over the past week. Thursday and Friday were inspirational first days of school with incredibly high attendance rates. Teachers were thrilled to greet their students and there was so much excitement being together “at” school in every virtual classroom. We thankfully have an amazing group of teachers with the Lycée Johnson team this year. Thank you, families, for warmly welcoming our new community members and supporting them as they learn more about our school, city, and country, all in the middle of a pandemic. The Upper Elementary Team is rolling full steam ahead as all teachers are cleared for work, thus, 3rd-5th grades should see no interruption for the start of school. We are so thankful many of the new Middle/High School teachers were able to join us for Meet and Greet with orientation activities, several of them are now moving to and transitioning to life in New Orleans. We anticipate our new teachers being ready for full time teaching the first week of September. Please check your email for specifics on which teachers will begin their courses with this short delay. On behalf of the entire Johnson faculty: thank you for your support of the school and your child’s continued French education, we will make it a safe and strong year together.

Bonne Rentrée! Sincerely,

Chana Benenson

8.21.20 Clarifying Patton Schedule

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Dear Patton families, It’s been great seeing many of you in our virtual classes! We know that the remote format comes with many challenges but we are hoping that we can all come together to make this new schooling experience work for our students. A bit of clarification in the midst of this complicated back to school: *** Week of 8/24-8/28 – PreK and K students will start their regular schedule. Teachers will share schedules. Students have different meetings with their teachers. All students have been assigned a group (fish, alligator, whale, octopus) so they can meet at specific times with their teachers in small groups. – 1st and 2nd grade students will continue meeting with their ELA teachers next week for the entire ELA block (i.e. 75 mn) and students will have one or two elective classes (PE, music, TOC, or STEM). The schedule is being communicated today. Students will be assigned to a group. Be on the lookout for an email indicating to which group your child belongs. *** Week of 8/31-9/4 – 8/31 will likely be the same as 8/24 – 9/1 All French teachers are scheduled to start working and thus regular schedules will start for 1st and 2nd grade. Once again thank you for your understanding and support during this unusual start of the school year. The Academic Team

8.20.20 MAP Testing Reminder (3 - 5th)

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Dear Families,
 
This is a reminder that MAP testing for 3rd – 5th grades will be on Monday, August 24th. Your student’s proctor has already sent a Google Calendar invitation with the Google Meet link; the proctor will be a Lycée teacher, but may not be your student’s assigned teacher. Your student should attend this Google Meet instead of their regularly scheduled instruction. While each session is scheduled for two hours, MAP is self-paced; the average completion time is approximately 60 minutes. The proctor will give further directions to your student, including how to access the MAP testing site and their MAP session and password. Should you have any questions, please contact your student’s proctor or the person on MAP Support during your student’s scheduled time.
 
In order for students to correctly access the MAP testing site, two things need to occur:
 
Your device’s display settings must be set to 1024×768 or higher and the Scaling/Zoom is set at 100%. Instructions on how to do this can be found here.
Pop-up blockers must be disabled. Instructions on how to do this can be found here.
 
If there are significant technical difficulties or your student is absent, there will be a make-up date in September; more information will be communicated at a later date.
 
Thank you,
 
The Johnson Academic Team

8.20.20 Technology Message

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Dear LFNO Families:
 
The school has acquired Chromebooks (iPads for Pre-K) for all students. The process to get devices prepared and distributed to families has been more challenging than anticipated given the viral environment, and we thank you for your patience.
 
If you would like a device later in the term but can manage for the time being, thank you, and please be on the lookout for a future survey for you to compete. We want to ensure that all students have access to the needed technology to be successful with remote learning.
 
At this time we are prioritizing getting devices to our families that are most in need. If you have not received an LFNO device yet and are unable to independently provide one to our child/(ren) for the time being, please complete the Patton technology survey (Grades PreK-4 to 2nd) and/ or the Johnson technology survey (Grades 3rd to 10th). You will be contacted as soon as a device is available for pick up.
 
The Leadership Team
 
Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans | 504.6

8.19.20 Follow up Emergency System Test

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Bonjour,
 
It is of the utmost importance that all our community is well connected during this time. Please only fill out this form if you did NOT receive one or more of these formats – text, email, or phone call. REMINDER: if you did not sign up to receive text alerts, you will not receive them. If you want to receive text alerts please follow the instructions in the image below.
 
 
 
 
 
Bonjour,
 
Es de suma importancia que toda nuestra comunidad esté bien conectada durante este tiempo. Solo complete este formulario si NO recibió uno o más de estos formatos: mensaje de texto, correo electrónico o llamada telefónica. RECORDATORIO: si no se registró para recibir alertas de texto, no las recibirá, siga las instrucciones en la imagen a continuación para registrarse.
 
 
Merci,
 
Lycée Communications

8.19.20 Leadership Café

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ABOUT:
Welcome back to school, Lycée! While communications have gone out via email and through Meet & Greet events, this is a complicated time and we want to ensure that all families are feeling connected and have the opportunity to voice lingering questions about the first trimester of school.
 
Please share with us any questions you would like to see addressed during the Back to School Leadership Café event on Thursday, August 27th, from 5pm-6pm. We will do our best to field all questions, with a particular focus on common themes gathered from this survey. This survey will close on Tuesday, August 25th at noon.
 
WHEN: Thursday, August 27 from 5:00 – 6:00 PM
 
SURVEY: CLICK HERE
 
EVENT LINK: CLICK HERE
 
 
 
Marina Schoen, Chana Benenson, Danielle Dufauchard
CEO Upper School Principal Lower School Principal

8.18.20 Lower Elementary (Patton) Meet & Greet Reminders

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PreK4 – 2nd Grade Virtual Meet and Greet*
TODAY! Tuesday, August 18th, 2020
  • 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM – PreKindergarten
  • 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM – Kindergarten
  • 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM – 1st Grade
  • 6:15 PM – 7:00 PM – 2nd Grade
 
*All families and guardians should have received a Google Meet Link from their homeroom teacher. A few Meet and Greet meetings have been scheduled for  September 8th. Please contact your homeroom teacher for more information.
 
 
PreKindergarten – Kindergarten In Person Meet and Greet*
Wednesday, August 19th, 2020
 
*Only PreKindergarten and Kindergarten parents/guardians, who have received an email from their homeroom teacher, will participate in the “In Person” Meet and Greet. Please contact your homeroom teacher for more information.
 
 
Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans | 504.620.5500 | info@lfno.org | www.lfno.org

8.17.20 Emergency System Test Notification

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Hello Lycée Families,
 
To ensure the safety of our students and maintain a constant state of preparedness, we will be conducting a test of our emergency notification
system tomorrow evening, Tuesday, August 18th, around 6:30 PM. You should receive either a voicemail, text, or email stating this broadcast message is a test.
 
If you have not already signed up to receive text alert messages, please follow these instructions:
 
We will send a follow up email to ensure all members of our community are connected.
 
Thanks,
 
Lycée Communications

8.14.20 MAP Testing Changes

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Dear Families,
 
Due to unforeseen circumstances with the national MAP testing window and creation of virtual sessions, we just discovered that we must shift the dates of 3rd – 5th grade MAP testing to Monday, 8/24. Middle and High School MAP testing will remain on Tuesday, 8/18. Please see below for the updated schedule.
 
On Monday, you will receive a Google Calendar invitation for your student’s scheduled MAP sessions from the MAP testing proctor, which will include a Google Meet link; the proctor will be a Lycée teacher, but may not be your student’s assigned teacher. Your student will need their school email login information. Please note that while each session is scheduled for two hours, MAP is self-paced; the average time for completion is approximately 60 minutes. At the time of login, the proctor will give further directions to your student, including how to access the MAP testing site, their MAP session and password and be able to answer related questions your students may have at that time. Once your student has started the testing, we ask that you refrain from helping your student so we are able to gain an accurate understanding of their performance. Please ensure the pop-up blockers are disabled prior to testing or your student will not be able to access the MAP assessments; you can access instructions here.
 
This is an unexpected shift, so we appreciate your patience as we try to make this as smooth as possible for you and your student.
 
Thank you,
 
The Johnson Academic Team

8.13.20 Meet & Greet In-person info for Johnson Campus

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Dear Upper Elementary Johnson Families,
 
We are excited to see students and parents today at the outdoor, in-person, Upper Elementary (3rd – 5th Grades) Meet & Greet at Johnson Campus (1800 Monroe Street). Please join us on the playground to wave to teachers, pick up instructional materials, and sign out technology for those who requested it via the survey.
 
3rd grade = 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM
4th Grade = 4:30 – 5:15 PM
5th Grade = 5:15 Pm – 6:00 PM
 
Masks and Social Distancing are mandatory.
 
We will post again by 3:15 PM if the inclement weather prevents us from holding this event today.
 
The Johnson Academic Team

8.13.20 Systemic Racism: Community Listening Session

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Bonjour Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans Community,
 
Tonight we will hold our Community Listening Session on Systemic Racism. This session will be held as a Zoom webinar.
 
When: TONIGHT! Aug 13, 2020 from 06:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Topic: Systemic Racism: Community Listening Session
 
Register in advance for this webinar.
Virtual space limited to 100 attendees.
 
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
Panelists for the listening session will include:
Chair Board of Directors: Dr. Lisa Tropez-Arceneaux
Board Member: Adrienne Warren, MPH,
Dr. David Robinson-Morris, Matthew Moreland
CEO: Marina Schoen, MA
COO: Jethro Celestin MBA
Lower School Principal: Danielle Dufauchard
Upper School Principal: Chana Benenson, MA

8.12.20 Patton Beginning of the Year Benchmark Testing Update

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Dear Families/Guardians:
 
Benchmark Assessments will now be conducted virtually. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our community. Our team has worked diligently to find an alternative option to benchmark assessment proctoring. This adjustment provides more opportunities for families to participate in testing and maintains the safety of our community members. All families, who have a scheduled appointment from August 13 through August 18, will not need to reschedule their appointment unless your student does not have the required technology (laptop or tablet) for the testing session. Please select the following link: Sign Up Genius to reschedule your appointment. Members of the technology team will contact families for technology pickup. In addition, a Google Meet appointment and instructions will be sent via email to parents/guardians for their scheduled assessment date and time.
 
For families scheduled for August 12, a member of the assessment team will contact you today via phone to reschedule your appointment. Should you have any issues with your appointment time, then please contact Jamela Dermish, at jdermish@lfno.org.
 
The Academic Team

8.7.20 Fall Virtual Reentry FAQs

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Dear Lycée Community,
 
We have collected questions from our community and added them to a Fall Virtual Reentry FAQ section on our COVID-19 response page. There is also a downloadable PDF version of the FAQ – CLICK HERE.
 
The Leadership Team

8.6.20 Virtual Map Testing (Johnson Campus)

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Dear Johnson Families,
 
Each year, students at the Johnson campus take the MAP assessment in reading and math three times. This year, given the changes to educational plans due to Covid19, benchmarking data is all the more important for tracking student academic growth. For more information on MAP assessments, please carefully review the attached MAP FAQs. Given the circumstances of the start of the 20-21 school year and the length of the assessments, we have determined that it is in the best interest of everyone’s health and safety to administer MAP assessments virtually.
 
Where possible, your student’s assessments will be facilitated by their classroom teachers with the rest of their class. Your student will receive a Google Meet link from their teacher prior to their testing time slot, the teacher will then set forth virtual expectations and instructions for testing. Your student should take MAP in a quiet location, away from distractions, if possible. Please review the schedule below for your student’s day and time slot. Make-up time slots will be available as necessary.
 
Your child will need the internet and a computer or laptop to participate in MAP assessments. If you requested a Chromebook and/or hotshot for your child via the registration technology survey, those devices will be distributed during the in-person Meet & Greet sessions, August 13th for Upper Elementary and August 17th for Middle/High School.
 
Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.
 
Best,
 
The Johnson Academic Team

8.6.20 Beginning of the Year Benchmark Testing (Patton Campus)

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Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
We hope this information finds you well and ready for the start of a new school year!
 
Within the most recent communication on our virtual plans, we indicated that we will conduct benchmark testing in person for all students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Benchmark testing is typically conducted three times a year and is used to measure student progress and inform teacher instruction. However, we recognize that some families may not feel comfortable bringing their children into the building. If you opt to not bring your child in, they will be assessed when we return to school in person. Please follow the instructions below for signing up and for bringing your child to school for their testing appointment.
 
Click on the link to the Sign-up Genius to sign up for one 30 minute appointment for each child you have in Kindergarten-2nd grade. Please note the time of your appointment; you will receive an appointment reminder directly from SignUp Genius. If you have difficulty using the link, please contact Jamela Dermish, at jdermish@lfno.org.
 
Before coming to school, please ask yourself the following questions:
 
  • Did my child have a fever within the last 48 hours?
  • Is s/he experiencing shortness of breath?
  • Does he have a cough?
  • Has s/he been experiencing chills?
  • Does he have unexplained muscle pain?
  • Does s/he have a sore throat?
  • Has s/he lost the sense of smell?
  • Has s/he experienced nausea, vomiting or diarrhea?
  • Has s/he come into contact with anyone that has tested positive for COVID-19?
  • Has s/he come into contact with anyone that is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?
 
If you answer YES to any of these questions, please reschedule your appointment.
 
On the day of testing, please adhere to the following protocol:
 
  • Arrive at the Patton Campus at least five minutes before your scheduled appointment.
  • Park in the school’s rear parking lot. To enter the parking lot, vehicles must access Constance Street via Nashville Avenue.
  • When you arrive, a staff member will come to your car and have you sign in, answer a few questions and take your child’s temperature.
  • If you are picking up technology, please let the staff member know and they will bring the technology out to you when your child is finished testing.
  • Prior to leaving the building, a staff member will take your child’s temperature again.
  • The staff member will accompany your child directly to the classroom where they will be greeted by a teacher who will assess your child’s one on one.
  • Once your student has finished testing, a staff member will accompany them back to your car.
 
If you are running late or have an emergency and are unable to make it to campus please call (504) 620-5500.
 
We will adhere to the following social distancing guidelines to keep all students, staff, and family members safe:
 
  • Everyone must wear a mask while in the school premises.
  • Mandatory temperature checks for staff and students each day.
  • Child(ren) will enter/exit the building directly from outside in the K or PreK classrooms.
 
Sanitary Safety Measures:
  • Testing area will be sanitized between each student.
  • Each student will interact with two adults throughout the testing process.
  • Classrooms and building will follow a sanitization schedule each day.
 
Thank you for assisting us jump start the school year with collecting important student data.
 
The Academic Team
 
 
The Leadership Team

8.3.20 Update on Class Assignments

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Dear Lycée Community,
 
We understand the anticipation and excitement of finding out who your assigned classroom teacher will be! This Friday, August 7, you will receive an email from your child’s homeroom teacher for the 2020 – 2021 school year. Deciding on classroom placements is a complex balancing act with many angles to consider, especially now that we have virtual and hybrid school considerations. Each grade has a team that includes support from our Exceptional Student Services (ESS) team and other pertinent personnel; it takes time, effort and care in developing class rosters that achieve a quality educational experience for all our students. Thank you for your patience and understanding: we tried our best to honor your requests. We empathize with the challenges our parents face to organize support for virtual schooling. We acknowledge and applaud the immense effort and support between families!
The Leadership Team
 
 
The Leadership Team

7.21.20 Message from Leadership team

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Dear Lycee Community, 

Following NOLA Public School’s most recent guidance, Lycee will be starting the school year with a fully virtual educational model. Here is a link to NOLA.com article referencing the announcement made today, which is based on health data and rising cases of Covid19 community spread. Although we are a Type 2 state charter, we are following guidance of NOLA PS as our school buildings are located in New Orleans and the gross majority of our students live in the Greater New Orleans area. 

While LFNO leadership has most recently focused on the details of the hybrid plan, we have shifted our energy to refining and finalizing the LFNO virtual model for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. This fully virtual model takes into consideration our collective experiences from the spring, feedback from teachers and families and increased resources accumulated over the summer. 

We recognize this shift to the fully virtual model will come as a relief to some families, and will create additional layers of stress for other families. This is a difficult situation and we appreciate the strength of the community to support one another at this time, and always. 

We are all disappointed to start the school year at a distance because Lycee is full of educators who love being with your children! However, this is a necessary, and temporary,  sacrifice for the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, and families. 

Please anticipate virtual reopening plans from LFNO by July 31st, including details such as; digital platforms, schedules per grade level, and changes to the first day(s) of school.

Thank you for your flexibility and support of our LFNO community, it is felt and appreciated across the board.

Sincerely, 

LFNO Leadership Team 

7.15.20 Message from Leadership team

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Dear Lycée Families,
 
These summer weeks have gone by with the speed of light and we have passed the midpoint of the summer break. The LFNO team has been in regular communications throughout the summer and had many conversations about re-opening. What our school leaders all have in common is an unwavering commitment to our students, staff, and families, and a strong determination to providing the safest learning environment for our community.
 
Today, decisions are very hard to make. We can plan for re-opening in August, but we do not yet know what August will look like given the spike in positive cases, and the new restrictive regulations issued by our city and state. Moreover, we are still waiting to hear from the US government about our French teachers, and while we expect the resolution to be announced soon, we are still working with some level of uncertainty. This does not make things easier.
 
With all this in mind, we are committed to meet the needs of our students, of our staff, and of the whole community we serve. We know those needs greatly differ and that we may not be able to account for everyone’s specific issues. We ask for your cooperation and patience.
 
While we prepared comprehensive re-opening plans for the beginning of the school year, we have yet to fully commit to which scenario is best at this moment.
 
The two current options on the table are:
 
Scenario 1: a hybrid return to school: two days of physical attendance and two remote. Remote electives on Wednesday, when facilities cleaning and sanitation will also take place. This plan, with all details, will be shared with you on Friday.
Scenario 2: a remote model with pre-determined synchronous and asynchronous classes. We are planning to have available technology for full implementation; we are hoping to have it available to all students at the start of the school year.
 
A survey will be sent on Friday asking parents to opt for one of the two scenarios.
 
Note: these or other options may be mandated depending on local or state guidance. Should risk of infection no longer be an issue, we will reopen in full.
 
On Friday, July 17, we will share with you the hybrid re-opening plan which may be the one that will be implemented. We want to make it clear, however, that a full remote scenario may be deemed the safest for our teaching and learning community. In fact, on Monday, July 20, NOLA Public Schools is releasing new guidelines and our plans may change accordingly.
 
Please know that the decisions on these two models have been made with the health and safety of our community in mind after constant and close monitoring on the impact COVID-19 has on our communities. Data is clear and shows that our state and country are far from controlling the disease.
 
The Leadership Team

 

5.20.20 Message - Pandemic EBT #3

Bonjour A Tous,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday. Here is a hotline phone number just released by the State to help families with the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) application process and problems: 1-888-524-3578. The hotline is available from 7am-7:30pm M-F and 8am-noon on Saturdays.

Most issues with the application are a result of small discrepancies between the info you enter on the application and the information we have on record. All families who have previously qualified for Free or Reduced Lunch should be getting an email from LFNO today or tomorrow with individual student information so you can double check that what you entered matches what we submitted to the state. If you are having issues with the application, try resubmitting with the exact info shared in that email. If problems persist, call the hotline number above. If both of those yield disappointing results, email me and I will try to help in any way I can. For those who have already emailed me and have not receive a response yet, try the steps above and email if you are still having issues

 

Be happy, healthy, and well!

Merci,

John-Henry

 

5.20.20 Message - Pandemic EBT #3

Bonjour A Tous,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday. Here is a hotline phone number just released by the State to help families with the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) application process and problems: 1-888-524-3578. The hotline is available from 7am-7:30pm M-F and 8am-noon on Saturdays.

Most issues with the application are a result of small discrepancies between the info you enter on the application and the information we have on record. All families who have previously qualified for Free or Reduced Lunch should be getting an email from LFNO today or tomorrow with individual student information so you can double check that what you entered matches what we submitted to the state. If you are having issues with the application, try resubmitting with the exact info shared in that email. If problems persist, call the hotline number above. If both of those yield disappointing results, email me and I will try to help in any way I can. For those who have already emailed me and have not receive a response yet, try the steps above and email if you are still having issues

 

Be happy, healthy, and well!

Merci,

John-Henry

 

5.20.20 Message - Pandemic EBT #2

Bonjour Again,

Below are directions for how to apply for Free or Reduced Lunch, which is a pre-requirement for Louisiana’s Pandemic EBT Card. It is safe, secure, private, and should only take about 5 min. If you applied in the past and were denied, there is a good chance you could qualify now due to the current Covid-19 climate. If you qualified for Reduced lunch status, there is a good chance you would now be eligible for Free status. I would encourage all of our families to apply or reapply, not just because this is an opportunity to secure some assistance during these uncertain times, but because if LFNO’s percentage of Free Lunch students increases by just 10%, we could be eligible for a program that would make school meals free for every child next school year.

Merci,

John-Henry — Coordinator of Transportation and Meal Service — Lycee Francais De La Nouvelle Orleans

P.S. For those of you who sent me an email about issues with the Pandemic EBT application, I am seeking more information from the State and will respond to each of you ASAP.

Directions for Lunch Application:

1) Click on  www.myschoolapps.com

2) Enter “ 70115 ” as the zip code (both for Patton and Johnson students) and select “The Healthy School Food Collaborative” as the district.

3) You will get the following screen:

Getting Started

What you will need to provide during the application process:

  • The names and incomes of every member of your household

  • The school, grade, birthdate of every student in your household

  • Your social security number and electronic signature

  • (Optional) A valid email address or phone number for district communication about the status of the application.

4) If required, you can change the language to Spanish or French.

 

IMPORTANT:  Please make sure you select the correct school/campus:

  • PK4-2nd grade: Lower School Patton (347)

  • 3rd-9th grade: Upper School Johnson (3471)

If you don’t have access to a computer at home, or any other questions about lunch applications, please reach out to John-Henry, Coordinator of Transportation and Meal Services – jtrant@lfno.org.

 

5.19.20 Message - Pandemic EBT

Bonjour A Tous,

I hope this message finds everyone happy, healthy, and well. Below is  link with info about Louisiana’s Pandemic EBT application, which is significant and due by June 8th for all families who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch. The application/website has been experiencing some issues/crashes, but feel free to reach out with any questions/concerns (jtrant@lfno.org).

https://www.louisianabelieves.com/docs/default-source/covid-19-resources/louisiana-p-ebt-information-and-application.pdf

In addition, please be on the look out for more information tomorrow from me about resubmitting a lunch application. Many of us are experiencing new circumstances which may change your families application status, and if enough families reapply/qualify, there is a chance I could secure free meals for every student at Lycee next year!

Merci,

John-Henry Trant

Coordinator of Transportation and Meal Services

 

4.23.20 Message

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Dear Lycée Families, 

 

Thank you for the tremendous amount of feedback you provided us with on the survey sent over Spring Break. It was helpful as we continue to amend and adapt our online academic resources during this time apart. We are thrilled that 81% of respondents reported feeling satisfied or very satisfied with the LFNO academics and support. Most of the remaining respondents reported neutral feelings. While we recognize there is great variation in family dynamics and student needs, we will continue to do all we can to offer an excellent education to ALL of our students during this time of learning from home. As announced in our last communication, we are launching the new phase of our academic plan and in this message you will find many new or amended structures for our educational program with specific details coming directly from your child(ren)’s teacher(s).

 

New Instructional Material 

For the first phase of learning from home, we focused on getting everyone outfitted and comfortable with the shifts and teachers only reviewed academic content that was previously taught. Monday of this week, April 20th, teachers started introducing new material in a gradual and thoughtful manner. New topics and skills are presented in the following subjects:

  • Patton, early childhood (preK-2nd grades): French, Math, & ELA
  • Johnson, Upper Elementary (3rd-5th grades): French & Math
  • Johnson, Middle/High School (6th-9th grades):  French, Math, Spanish, Science, & Histoire-géographie 

For other subject areas, including Johnson ELA and middle school Social Studies, classes will continue to build on existing skills and access high quality literature and writing opportunities

 

Live Learning Sessions

We are excited to announce that we are introducing weekly live sessions starting next Monday, April 27th. This will be a great way for students to engage with their teachers and classmates. For security and simplicity reasons, our team will use Google Meet to host these sessions. Students must use their LNFO accounts to join these virtual meetings. If you have issues logging-in, please contact support@lfno.org. These sessions are organized according to the following schedule:

  • Lower and upper elementary French teachers will host two live sessions per week
  • ELA and Middle/High school teachers will host will host one live session per class per week

We created a schoolwide schedule with minimal overlap so that families with multiple LNFO students who share computers can all access their live sessions. Please, refer to this linked schedule for information about specific grade levels and subjects. A follow up message wil follow this for Middle/High School students regarding which groups they are in for each virtural session. Teachers will share log-in information (i.e. specific link to their Google Meet) for their live sessions. If a student is unable to attend at the scheduled time, live sessions will be recorded and made available for students to watch when they are able. 

 

On the instructional days when not hosting live classes, teachers will continue posting recorded videos and assignments for the day. Lower and upper elementary French teachers will not post any work on Wednesdays to give students more opportunities to catch up and complete all assignments on a weekly basis, and to allow for teachers to use planning time to develop both videos and live sessions. Please refer to the schedule that will be sent by your teacher for details on weekly expectations and schedule.  

 

Expectations for Live Learning Sessions

While we are looking forward to enabling our students to spend more interactive time with their teachers and classmates, we want to emphasize a few basic rules that will facilitate a favorable learning environment for everyone:

 

  • All students (or parents for younger students) should sign the Student online class user agreement that will be shared by individual teachers. 
  • All students should be on time for the live session (i.e. log-in several minutes early to resolve any technical difficulties) to maximize the  time available and minimize disruptions.
  • Students should be in the most quiet space possible where they can sit down, focus on the shared content, and contribute to the class.
  • Students should come to the online class fully prepared. Please follow the teachers’ recommendations: younger students might need a pencil and a piece of paper or a small whiteboard, while older students will most likely be assigned lessons or exercises to be completed ahead of time.
  • All students should be ready to participate and learn and thus they should:
    • be dressed appropriately (i.e. be fully dressed and not wear costumes or pajamas)
    • be fully awake
    • refrain from eating during the session
    • not play with toys, electronic devices, siblings, nor pets 
  • All students should interact in a positive and respectful manner with their teacher and classmates, both directly and in the chat box as directed by the teacher.
  • All students should mute their microphone unless otherwise requested by the teacher.
  • Parents should not participate in the online session, with the exception of providing technical assistance (especially for younger students). Please refrain from interrupting the teacher or answering the questions that are asked to students. These sessions are meant to facilitate teacher-to-student, student-to-teacher, and student-to-student interactions. You may email the teacher questions about an assignment or a lesson.
  • Disrespectful interactions or not complying with these rules might result in a student’s removal from the live class, or other consequences, as determined by an administrator. 

 

 

Student Acceptable Use Policy 

As a part of the annual school registration process, families signed the Student Acceptable Use Policy as related to school technology and internet expectations. Given that our tools and mode of instruction have changed, we have added an Online Live Learning Addendum (highlighted) to this policy. If you do not agree to this addendum, you have the right to opt your student out of the live learning opportunities. You would opt out by simply not having your child join a live class and instead accessing any recordings on the teacher’s Google Classroom at a later time.

 

There will be more messaging soon regarding grading and retention, seeing that this is quite a bit of information already. For the time being we leave you with the excitement we all feel for starting the next phase of learning with live interactions. 

 

We look forward to “seeing” you all soon, dear Lycée Family!  

 

LFNO Academic Leadership Team

 

 

4.22.20 Message

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Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans

Operating Principles in Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

 

Purpose: This document sets out operating principles that will guide our decision-making and actions to support our students, staff and communities through the uncertainty caused by COVID-1. These operating principles will act as a high-level framework for how we will make decisions and how we will structure and prioritize our work over the coming few weeks and until the end of the school year. During this uncertain time, we must ground ourselves in our ultimate aspiration:

Ultimate aspiration – To be a high-performing school that delivers a world-class educational experience for all students, and is one of education’s best places to work.

Our ultimate goal is that our students continue on their academic path to receive a Louisiana and French-American Baccalauréat so they can gain access to the best colleges and universities worldwide and become global .

Where We Are –  The rapid spread of COVID-19 has led to the closure of school facilities. We began virtual remote teaching and learning as well as remote administrative and academic  leadership early March. After the latest Governor’s proclamation on April 15, remote instruction will last through the end of the school year. More than ever before it’s important for us to keep our DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) intentions alive and well in order to meet the unprecedented challenges of today.

How We Will Operate – Students and Community Health First: First and foremost, our response to COVID-19 must be framed with protecting both the physical and mental well-being of our students, staff and families. We will put the well-being of people first, with care and compassion. There will be no quality teaching or learning without health plans in place. This includes acknowledging that each member of our community, including teachers and staff, is living in a new reality during this time. This may mean increased obligations to care for and support their respective children, parents, or other friends and kin, as well as balancing work and education at home. We will operate with grace and presuming positive intent while people continue to adjust to this new normal to take care of themselves and their families.

Keep Organizational Culture Strong and Ensure Equity: We will be thoughtful about the ways leadership can ensure that culture remains strong at schools and at our respective home offices. We will work to ensure that our remote culture reflects our in-person culture, and that we will continue to put equity for staff, scholars, and families at the center of all that we do.

Streamline Decision-Making: During these unprecedented circumstances, we should not expect to operate as usual. We must be open to change, understand that we may not have an answer to all questions, that our response time may be longer than usual, and that some decisions will require creative approaches as the problems we are facing are not only unusual, but complex and ever-changing. We want to accept every challenge with a positive outlook and as an invitation to learn to operate in a way that will make our work even better going forward.

Stay Focused and Flexible: We must remain flexible in defining what success looks like and allow for shifts where our prior definitions of “essential” and “success” conflict with today’s new  operating principles. That is why our work is geared to identify vital operations that will inform prioritization and planning. We will be informed by our continuous communications with parents, students, staff and stakeholders. We will do what is best for the sustainability of Lycée.

How We Will Focus: The areas below are where we need to focus our energy from now until the end of the school year. We will continue to develop strategies and tactics to advance our overall progress.

Delivering Strong Instruction: We aim to deliver the strongest instructional program possible. After close to a month delivering instruction on a Phase 1 plan, we took into consideration staff and parental feedback to shape our improved Phase 2 plan which begins on Monday, April 27th.  We will continue to support ALL students to ensure they continue to grow and progress in key academic areas. Our online instructional plan is built on the following principles: simplicity, coherence, flexibility, and positivity. Our plan includes a balanced offering of synchronous and asynchronous classes. We focus on core subjects: French and English language arts and mathematics for all levels, as well as humanities and sciences for middle school. The quantity of school work has been designed to match students’ developmental maturity: from 60-75mn a day for Pre-k up to 180-225mn a day for high school.    

Securing Student Enrollment: We will continue to work with EnrollNOLA on the recruiting and enrolling of students for the next school year.

Staffing and Recruitment:  People are at the center of our success as an organization. We need the right talent in place at the start of the new school year to continue our success, which means both retaining current staff and recruiting strong talent for open positions. We are currently hiring for the 20-21 school year and working with CODOFIL, the French Consulate and other partners for the recruiting of our International Associate Teachers.

Ensuring Sustainable Budgeting: We will undertake a comprehensive review of our current operating expenses and next year’s budget (July 2020 to June 2021) to ensure that we are fully prepared for a more fiscally constrained environment.

Meeting Operational and Regulatory Needs: These are evolving, so we must stay on top of guidance from LDoE and other agencies, work to adapt, and communicate new expectations.

Preparing a re-entry plan:  We will plan for our transition back to normal operations when the time comes. We want to be able to immediately hit the ground running and support the academic and social-emotional needs of students when schools can return to – hopefully – a brick and mortar instruction, a hybrid solution, or a continued virtual world.

Please be on the lookout for communications on Phase 2 academic plans, grading and retention that will be sent before the end of the week. 

 

Stay healthy and thank you for your continued partnership and support. 

Marina

 

 

4.17.20 Être à la Page

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Dear Lycée Community,
 
We are looking forward to having you ‘ back ’ on Monday! Hopefully you were able to enjoy some domestic downtime and are ready to get back to learning for the remaining five weeks of school. We understand that each family’s circumstance is different and we appreciate your contribution to the survey so we can better understand your challenges and adjust academic plans from the lens of equity. Please continue to reach out if circumstances are difficult: every family’s challenge is different. The health and safety of our students are on the forefront of our efforts, as they are foundational to their academic success. The resources below from our Lycée mental health professionals may be of assistance.
 
Thank you for your partnership in education,
Marina

4.15.20 Message

 
Dear Lycée Families and Friends,
 
Today Governor Edwards has officially signed the proclamation to extend the closure of schools until the end of the school year – Click here to read. Also Mayor Cantrell has extended the stay at home order until May 16th – Click here to read. Having anticipated this decision, LFNO will move forward with the educational and operational plans that have been communicated most recently. We will continue to share any changes as they arise and thank you all for your flexibility and community support in this unprecedented time.

4.13.20 Message from our Academic Team

Dear Lycée Families, 

We hope you are adjusting well to the school-at-home situation and finding a good routine with your family given these unforeseen circumstances. We are pleased that the first iteration of academic resources at home has gone relatively smoothly, and as we move into the next phase, we want to gather more feedback as well as notify you of some coming changes. 

Below are links to surveys about our online academic program, please complete the appropriate survey(s) for each LFNO student in your home. We greatly appreciate your participation as the feedback provided will help us with ongoing improvement to our online academic programming offered at this time. These are the same surveys that were also shared in Etre a la Page, no need to complete them twice. 

  1. Link to Patton’s survey
  2. Link to UE survey
  3. Link to M/H survey

As we are all facing an extended school closure, we are making several adjustments moving forward, and these elements are subject to change based on the family feedback survey results as well as any legal or policy guidance yet to come.

First, in order to engage and challenge our students academically, teachers will start gradually and thoughtfully moving forward with new content when we return from Spring Break. Pacing and curriculum complexity levels will be adjusted to the distance learning format, as we must always consider equity and access for our student body. As we cannot treat this home learning format as a normal school day, we will be targeting teaching new material in the following subjects:

  • Patton, early childhood (preK-2nd grades): French, Math, & ELA
  • Johnson, Upper Elementary (3rd-5th grades): French & Math
  • Johnson, Middle/High School (6th-9th grades):  French, Math, Spanish, Science, & Histoire-géographie 

For other subject areas, including Johnson ELA and middle school Social Studies, classes will continue to build on existing skills and access high quality literature and writing opportunities. That is to say, students will still have assignments in all courses, but the quantity of new material presented at this time will be limited. 

Lycée educators deeply miss their students and also appreciate the value of live interactions. Our legal advisors are in the process of creating a policy to ensure safe live interactions, while our technology team establishes the best possible virtual platforms and tools, and the academic team works to adjust curricular plans to include live virtual experiences. We look forward to sharing these updates soon. 

We understand that the situation can be very challenging at home yet we strongly recommend that all students participate in the online learning opportunities, to the extent possible. However, no student will have their long term grades adversely affected by assignments during this learning from home time. We will provide further detail on any grading policy shifts as more guidance is made available from the Louisiana Department of Education. We encourage you to expose your child(ren) as much as possible to French and academic resources since regularity and consistency are key when it comes to learning, especially in a second language.

During this unpredictable time, we are infinitely grateful for our strong, committed and compassionate Lycee family. Thank you for your patience and grace as we negotiate this unique experience together. 

Sincerely, 

LFNO Academic Leadership Team

4.3.20 Message to Community in Être à la Page

Read the original 4.3.20 Être à la Page CLICK HERE
 
Dear Lycée Parents and Guardians,
 
Much gratitude for navigating this global health crisis with us and the significant impact it has had on our daily lives. You find yourselves in a new role as co-educator, our instructional staff is offering support to over 1,000 students with continuous remote learning while also managing profound disruption to their own lives. We are fielding the challenge of a new educational environment where state and federal guidance is in constant change. We have to adapt daily to new regulatory flexibilities or new policies in order to continue to provide our students with the best academic opportunities and act on financial support opportunities that will benefit our school. Because of the magnitude of change and disruption, there are still hundreds of details and daily decisions to be made, however we remain committed to sharing information as soon as we can and keeping families, students, and staff informed.
 
Yesterday, Governor John Bel Edwards signed a new executive order that would extend his Stay-At-Home through April 30. This means that, for another while we will count on you to assist or co-teach to provide our students with the best options for learning. There isn’t a clear roadmap for this type of work together and at this scale. But despite these enormous challenges, our commitment to our children is unwavering.
 
Next week, Monday through Thursday, will be the last before a well-deserved spring break which begins on Friday, April 10. Before we break, we will send out new guidance regarding grades and shift in instructional plans. After this period of review and practice, getting accustomed to and using online formats, we will begin a gradual and supportive integration of new material. Support plans are also in place for special education services.
 
We will add new academic resources to our COVID-19 Response and Resources Webpage, which will be a source of information and supplemental material.
 
We will continue to support food distribution during  Spring Break. Please remember we are only serving on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Johnson Campus.  So far, since we began this crisis-related meal service, Lycée served 10,000 meals to a community in need! We are proud of all who offered support.
 
We have received a few grants to support operations (20K) and instruction (10K), as well as some educational technology support.
 
We successfully held an online bid opening for the selection of the Priestley General Contractor. More to come as the winning bid is selected.
 
We began a self-care initiative in support of our staff. Overall, they are telling us they feel well supported and positive, and most are doing well. However, we had to say goodbye to two French teachers who strongly felt the call of home during this difficult time:  Peggy Marchal and Florence Galliano have decided to return to France to be with their families. We will miss their smiles and wish them our very best. Long-term sub plans are being rolled out for their classes and instruction will be led by other Lycée instructors. You will receive videos and instructional plans as scheduled. Mme Peggy and Mme Florence will send a video with a message for their students as they settle in their new home. This decision was sudden, and we are so thankful for our strong academic leadership team and amazing teachers to pull us through this challenge.
 
We want to leave you this weekend with a few positive messages from our staff to YOU, our amazing community! We hope you enjoy these smiley faces. CLICK HERE

Marina

3.27.20 Message

Dear Lycée Parents and Guardians….or should I say, interim teachers

It is without a doubt that these are incredibly challenging times. While we focus our energies on making sure that our families are safe and healthy, we are also maneuvering the constant changes that seem to be the hallmark of this pandemic. As we continue to adjust our lives and respond to this in real-time, we must ensure that our children are fed, that they continue to learn and make academic progress, and that we do the best we can to provide them with a sense of calm and normalcy. Thank you to every single parent, teacher, administrator, staff member and volunteer who has made this possible so far.

I also want to thank you for your ongoing commitment and generous support of our community. Your encouraging messages and positive emails commenting on the work of our teachers and staff have been heartfelt on our end and we are grateful to have such a wonderful community.

The uncertainty presented by the coronavirus and its impact on our nation and communities has caused us to re-evaluate how best to achieve our mission in support of our students, families, and staff. Our goal is to strike the right balance between fulfilling our mission in a manner that has a positive impact on our students, families, and staff while planning for potential and continuous unprecedented disruption. We will creatively fulfill our commitment to students and families knowing that each family situation differs from one another. 

Here is a short bullet point summary of what we accomplished in the last couple of weeks:

  • Provided food security: did you know that since March 17, we have served more than 6,000 meals? A HUGE merci to our hero staff members who are on the serving frontline everyday, making sure nobody goes hungry, and to staff, parents and Board members who offered to help! 
  • In the quick span of a couple of days, our fantastic principals and academic leadership teams set up academic resources available to students online. Our IT department, researched platforms, trained teachers and staff, prepared videos to support parents and caregivers. Teachers prepared thoughtful videos and lessons so that kids can maintain their educational momentum. The launch of this new learning environment was successful, and we are refining and bettering as we go. We appreciate your patience. 
  • Our fabulous SPED team developed a plan to serve all qualifying students and reached out to all within a very short period of time. 
  • In order to provide an equitable learning environment, we surveyed all families on home tech capabilities. Staff members made hundreds of calls to families who did not respond to the survey. We are filling in needs as we speak. Also, our tireless IT department is working on preparing IT tutorials and videos in more than one language to support our families who are working with children.
  • Our communication department launched a webpage for families or anyone who may need a one-stop-shop to retrieve essential information. Please visit COVID-19 Response and Resources 
  • Staff initiatives: we communicate daily with staff via an evening newsletter containing relevant information. It is essential that our staff and teachers are well taken care of so they can continue to provide their best to your children. Our counselors have set up a series of Lycée-produced videos that focus on strategies to maintain a healthy sense of self while adjusting to new routines for living in isolation while teaching and working virtually. 
  • We are working at procuring outside financial support to assist with the unknown that may derive from a disrupted school year. 
  •  We have continued working on the Priestley project, which is also shifting to a virtual environment. Next week information will be communicated on the bid opening for the selection of a general contractor. Stay tuned! Board and Committee meetings will also soon resume in a virtual environment. 
  • We are continuing with our plans to prepare for the 2020-21 school year, including enrollment and registration efforts, hiring, budgeting, and more. 

There is much more I could add, but these are the most important highlights for now. 

I once again want to express our deepest gratitude to Lycée family members and all who are fighting this virus on the front lines as health care or other essential service providers. Thank you for your sacrifice in keeping us healthy and safe and we wish you the strength to get us through it! Our best wishes to those who are affected by COVID-19 and fighting to get better. 

Please join me in thanking an incredible, committed and compassionate Lycée staff who is rising to the occasion in spite of personal and professional challenges. In the words of Martin Luther King: “The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand at times of challenge and controversy.” 

That spells Lycée!

With unwavering commitment, 

Marina

3.23.20 Message

Dear Lycée families, 

I hope you are all doing well and adjusting to your new daily routines. All of us are going through an unprecedented life experience that can bring a lot of anxiety. The implementation of meaningful online educational opportunities aim to support students and parents in a time when most things are uncertain. The purpose of Lycée online instructional plan is to provide a structured framework so that students can maintain strong learning habits and continue to be exposed to rigorous academic content, especially in French. While we strongly encourage and recommend that students consistently participate in the online tasks created by their teachers, I want to clarify that participation is not mandatory and students will not be penalized if they cannot participate or complete tasks. 

The academic team has worked and continues to work with teachers on building a program that offers meaningful educational opportunities that are as user-friendly and as simple as possible for the students and their families. All activities, videos, and instructions are posted on Google Classroom (with the exception of pre-k and K who are using Seesaw). While teachers will continue to post daily activities by 9:00am and make recommendations about completion target dates/times, we understand that many circumstances can prevent a student from participating and/or completing a task. We know that many students do not have continuous access to technology, that their daily schedule at home does not necessarily allow them to complete tasks according to the suggested schedule, and that parents have constraining schedules that prevent them from assisting with the online program at any given time. 

Parents, these online learning opportunities should not create another source of anxiety during these uncertain times. Please, encourage your child(ren) to participate and embrace the online plan as diligently as possible but know that it is also flexible. If a student is unable to access activities on a given day, he/she can complete them at a later date or simply restart with current learning opportunities. You should contact your child’s teachers for guidance when you find it challenging to follow the suggested schedule. Last week and this week, teachers did not and will not introduce any new instructional material. The focus has been put on strengthening learning skills, improving the appropriation of the digital tools, and fostering the adaptation to the new class routines. Changes in the instructional material will be communicated in a timely manner. It is important to understand that all scope and sequences for this school year will be revised and adapted due to this unprecedented situation, in which attendance and participation will not be sanctioned. 

Additionally, if you wish to increase your child(ren)’s exposure to French language at home, I am sharing a document with many supplemental online resources. These resources do not replace nor should not be used in place of the meaningful educational material created and sent daily by French teachers. The websites presented in the attached table simply provide options to watch more educational and recreational videos, read more age-appropriate articles, download digital books, or listen to podcasts all in French. Most of these websites are entirely in French and some of them can be a bit tricky to navigate. Unfortunately, teachers and support staff will not be able to provide technical assistance to navigate these sites as they are extra resources. 

Our teachers have created substantial instructional online opportunities meant to create structured and rigorous learning habits while students are at home. I strongly encourage following these well-thought plans as closely as possible. For any questions related to instructional material, please contact your child(ren)’s the teacher directly. For any technical issues, you can refer to the COVID-19 Response and Resources page on our website that contains several tutorial videos and useful links, and/or contact the IT department at support@lfno.org. For any questions with regard to the implementation and evolution of the online academic plan, please contact me directly.

 

Regards,
Sophie Capmartin
Director of Academics

scapmartin@lfno.org

Lycée Staff

3.17.20 Message

Dear Lycée Families.

We are prepared to begin distance learning tomorrow morning. We thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we all navigate this new existence together. Teacher videos and posted materials will be available at 9:00 am each school day moving forward. Please see below for some guidance on getting your student(s) started with virtual distance learning.

Devices you can use at home:

  • Smart Phones
  • I -Pads/ Chromebooks / Tablets
  • XBOX1 or PS4
  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers

Access to Learning Platforms: 

  • 1st through 9th grade students will be using Google Classroom. Please view this video to help you learn how to navigate Google Classroom.

  • PreK and K families will be using SeeSaw. Please review this description that walks families through how to use the SeeSaw tool.

How to login to Google Classroom:

  • Login with your student’s LFNO Google account. You will not be able to login from another account.
  • Go on the website google.com. Click on the blue rectangle on the top right that says “Sign in”.
  • Enter the login and the password of your child: usually, it’s the first letter of the first name, followed by the last name (Example, James Wayne would be, jwayne.stu@lfno.org) and the password (usually a color and an animal and two digits like reddolphin45)
  • If you don’t know your student’s login and password, reach out to your student’s teacher or the following administrators: for Patton, yaici@lfno.org, for Johnson, Upper Elementary jdaltoe@lfno.org, and for Johnson, Middle/High School ycolin@lfno.org 
  • Once done, click on the 9 dots “waffle” icon on the top right of the page. Click on Google Classroom then click on student. When you see the class, click on join.

LFNO Distance Learning Technology Help Desk: 

  • We are currently building a new link to our website with the many technology-related resources and FAQs, and that link will be shared soon.
  • Please approach our first week with patience. If you need technical support accessing these tools, please reach out to the technology help desk at Support@lfno.org
  • Content or instructional based questions should be directed to your student’s teacher

Resources for Internet Service

  • Here is a link to resources available from different companies related to internet access. Additional internet access opportunities will be shared soon and will be available on our COVID Response and Resources page on our website.

We know that there will be challenges with this new format and we are committed to working as a community, now more than ever. We ask for all parties to do their best given the circumstances and to have grace for one another during this unique time. We will grow, learn, adapt, and become stronger (virtually) together!

Bon courage à tous!

Lycée Staff

3.14.20 Message

Dear Lycée Families,

As you know, our school will be closed as of Monday, March 16, for a minimum of four weeks. Due to the closure, we are moving to a distance-learning format. We are in constant conversations with the LDOE as well as French educational agencies for guidance and resources that are becoming available, and we will communicate as soon as we have solidified the LFNO plan.

Academics: Our leadership and academic teams have worked incessantly to provide both logistical and academic plans in order to best serve our school community. Our academic plans are structured so that students can receive meaningful educational opportunities. AEFE (the French Agency for Teaching Abroad) has also provided guidance and recommendations for distance learning. We will be working with our teachers on Monday and Tuesday in professional development learning modules to review expectations, train on the needed platforms, and begin the rollout to families. Instructional services will start on Wednesday, March 18 for both campuses. Please understand that the school closure of this past Thursday and Friday did not allow us time to work with our teachers who need guidance in this new and temporary landscape. We will share details of our instructional plan by the end of the day on Tuesday. Please note that:

  •       PreK and K students and teachers will use the SeeSaw online platform for

      distance learning – some work may be paper based

  •       Students in grades 1st through 9th will use Google Classroom primarily

We are asking all stakeholders to be patient as this mode of instruction is new to all. It is important that parents stay connected and assist students, especially younger students who may not immediately be comfortable with digital tools. The first few days of distance learning will give us an idea as to what is working and what needs to be adjusted. We understand from the technology survey that most students have online access through devices shared with family members, so the structure and length of our current distance learning are with that in mind. We will be calling families that didn’t complete the survey to see how we can provide learning opportunities to all students during this unique experience. This is why communication is so valuable!

Special Education: For families of students receiving ESS services, the Director of ESS and ESS team members will be in touch with more specific information on services.

LEAP Assessment: We received guidance from the LDoE that no adjustment to LEAP statewide assessment will be made other than testing dates. The new dates are:

  •       Beginning on April 27 for grades 3 to 8
  •       No schedule changes for High School testing

Meal Service: We are working with NOLA Public Schools, Healthy Food School Collaborative and Pigeon Caterers in order to provide meals to students. More information will be sent out tomorrow however it will be helpful if you could fill out this survey if interested in the meal service and for our planning purposes.

Technology: The LDoE communicated that limited income households can apply for $5 to $10 per month internet access (AT&T Access, Cox Connect2Compete, CenturyLink Lifeline). Charter Communication will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a subscription.

School Activities: Please know that all school-related, in-person activities are canceled. We are still planning on alternative plans for Nuit de la Musique, however, please know that it will not take place on Sunday, March 22nd. More to come.

 Health: We ask that you report to our school nurses any cases of COVID-19 so that, when it is time to re-open school, we do so in complete safety.

Patton Campus: kcoleman@lfno.org

Johnson Camus: pleblanc@lfno.org

Contact Information: It is imperative that we have your updated contact information. If you recently changed your email address, phone number or physical address, please let us know by contacting Keione Bastian, our data manager, at kbastian@lfno.org

Keeping Updated: On our new webpage COVID-19 Response and Resources, you will find all relevant information regarding our school response as well as resources you may find useful. We will populate the page on an ongoing basis. You will also find a detailed campus-specific directory with a list of all staff members should you need to communicate with any of us.

Thank you for exercising patience during this time, for helping your children with their work, following recommendations for community health, and taking care of yourself and others.

We are looking forward to working as a productive and supportive community as we, together, navigate through this difficult public health crisis.

The Administrative Team

3.13.20 Message

Dear Lycée Community, As you may have heard, today Governor Jon Bel Edwards signed a proclamation that effectively closes all K-12 public schools in the state of Louisiana, until April 13th. We want to make sure you received this information in order for you to make relevant plans for your family. At this time, it is important that we stay in daily communication, especially once buildings are closed. Lycée will communicate via School Messenger, email or social media as appropriate. Later today we will go live with a page on our website dedicated to our COVID-19 response. The link is www.lfno.org/covid-19. Stay tuned for communications with information on distance learning plans and other relevant information.

Stay safe,

The Administrative Team

3.12.20 Message

Dear Lycée Community,

we have been informed that there is NO exposure to the COVID-19 virus from a self-reporting Lycée community member. This was confirmed by testing which came back negative and we are happy to share the good news. We will continue to be vigilant and proactive with steps to detect and contain and will continue with our buildings sanitation efforts. A follow up message will be sent tomorrow with communications about next week. I hope you and your family will be able to enjoy this beautiful evening.

Sincerely,

The Administrative Team

3.11.20 Message #3

Dear Lycée Community,
as always, LFNO is committed to put student, staff and families safety first. As a follow up to the previous message, we want to reiterate that we have NO confirmation of direct exposure on a first person basis, and have NO information to indicate at this point that our students or staff have been directly exposed to Covid-19. We are committed as always, to go above and beyond to make sure potential exposure is minimized: we want to take every precaution possible. We will take the opportunity, on Thursday and Friday, to sanitize the school campuses and ensure a safe return to school on Monday. Please understand that, for reasons of privacy, we cannot identify the member of our community in question; however, rest assured we will follow up with updates.

The Administrative Team

3.11.20 Message #2

Dear Lycée Families and Staff,

We have received notice of an unconfirmed but possible community exposure to the coronavirus not due to international travel. Out of an abundance of caution, and for the safety of our students, families, and staff, tomorrow and Friday (3/12 and 3/13) our school will be closed. We will communicate more details as soon as available.

Dr. Lisa Tropez-Arceneaux , LFNO Board Chair  
Marina Schoen, CEO

3.11.20 Message #1

Link to Email

Dear Lycée Families,

As we continue to work with the State and our community of New Orleans Charter Organizations/Schools to ensure we are fully prepared for all COVID-19 contingencies, we would like to give a brief update on student attendance and truancy.

First and foremost, and in accordance with CDC recommendations, if your child is sick please keep them home and schedule an appointment with your general pediatrician.

Secondly, as of now, the LDOE has not provided specific direction on policy changes regarding attendance and truancy as it relates to parents choosing self-isolation in avoidance of potential exposure. At this time, and under these circumstances, parents may reserve the right to keep their children at home, however the absence will be marked as an unexcused unless a  doctor’s note is provided, as per our current policy. We will continue to work with the State regarding guidance to school districts, charter organizations, and families in addressing attendance and truancy considering the potential severity and fluidity of the situation. Please expect more detailed information which we will update as needed.

Lastly, and in order to streamline resources, this upcoming Friday we will go live with a ”COVID-19 Response and Resources” page on our www.lfno.org website where we will post updates and resources you may find useful. We ask that you check the page to find information or responses to your concerns before contacting Lycée staff or administrators. This will assist us in streamlining resources at this challenging time.

We thank, again, all those who offered insightful and useful comments, resources and assistance. We also appreciate your kindness and understanding as we navigate this novel and difficult challenge, and most of all the positive feedback you offered regarding our school’s response.

The Administrative Team

3.11.20 Home Technology Survey to Community

Dear Lycée Families,

We hope this message finds you all happy and healthy. LFNO has been gathering information and preparing potential plans should schools be advised to close temporarily due to COVID-19. At this point we do NOT plan to close school but we are following all recommendations from the Louisiana Department of Education and the Center for Disease Control.

We ask that you please complete one form for EACH LFNO student in your family immediately.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeYchWaFzxpABlUKUPb7W_Oy4ccohjbWMotwRBvXtNsF22bkA/viewform

The Administrative Team

3.6.20 Message to Community in Être à la Page

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Dear Lycée Community,

We want to provide an update regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) following Saturday, February 29th correspondence, to inform you of some of the preventive measures we have taken, and provide you with some resources you will hopefully find of interest.
As of today, there are no confirmed coronavirus cases in Louisiana. We will continue to monitor the potential impact of the virus and the recommendations set forth by the Louisiana Department of Health http://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/3835 and the Center for Disease Control (CDC )https://www.cdc.gov/. The Louisiana Department of Education is also providing recommendations for Pre-k-12 schools.

What is happening at Lycée? In order to promote general good hygiene, we embarked on a campaign for our students to wash their hands, well and often. Based on advice from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and local medical professionals, we are teaching, reminding, and implementing practices that will lead our school community to be less susceptible to viruses. Hand sanitizer is available all over the school, to be used when hand-washing is not immediately available, and the facilities team is disinfecting commonly touched surfaces several times a day. We are guiding students in the cafeteria to stop and wash their hands before eating lunch and after all recesses. There is signage in each restroom reminding students about the importance and proper technique for good hand washing. Teachers have been asked not to send students to the nurse’s station unless absolutely necessary. Additionally, we have made posters with guidance for good hygiene to remain healthy. Lastly, nurses have begun or are making plans to visit classes to discuss rules of good hygiene with students.

We want to assure our community that no one is present at the school that has traveled to countries with health notices (we polled our staff before our return from the Mardi Gras break), and that we rigorously follow ALL recommendations about prevention and detection from health officials. As mentioned in last week’s message, we ask families to report health concerns to our school nurses. We ask to follow self-quarantine guidelines for the recommended 14 days from the day of arrival to the US if international travel to countries with health notices took place. Currently, there are no known reports of illness nor contact with ill individuals among members of our community.

We would also like to share two documents that may provide pertinent health information and how to discuss this with your child. One is a parent guide from the National Association of School Nurses: https://files.constantcontact.com/7b77b947001/9a9f6799-c325-4263-a498-018b4de22737.pdf

The other is a different approach, for students who may be displaying more anxiety or who may need some visuals, like comics. You can print and fold – NPR Just for Kids – exploring the new corona virus. https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus

We thank all parents and community members who have provided feedback and resources. It feels good to work through this as a supportive community.

The Administrative Team

2.29.20 Message to Community

Dear Lycée Community,

As we welcome you back from a fun and hopefully restful Mardi Gras break, we want to address the issue of the global emergence of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) that has generated a great deal of news and questions over the last few weeks. Please rest assured that we are taking essential precautions to respond to outbreaks of communicable diseases within our schools and that we will follow the recommendations of the CDC (Center for Disease Control) listed below. Since knowledge about prevention and detection is of the utmost importance, we have also contacted the public health epidemiologist at the Louisiana Department of Health to make sure we follow local recommendations, if any. We will continue to diligently monitor the situation and follow their instructions, as well as communicating with families by email and phone using our school messaging system if there are changes. Please feel free to reach out to our school nurses if you need to communicate specific concerns that may affect our community. You may find this link to the CDC useful: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

What can I do to prevent COVID-19 infections in my school?

Schools do not need to take any special precautions beyond what is normally recommended to prevent the spread of viruses in schools. You can help students and staff reduce their risk of getting and spreading viral respiratory infections, including the flu and the common cold, by encouraging them to take simple steps which will also prevent COVID-19. These include:

Staying home when they are sick.

Frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after they blow their nose. Help young children do the same. If hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water to clean hands.

If soap and water are not readily available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Advising persons to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Following the school’s routine cleaning and disinfection program. Emphasizing cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash and cleaning hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available).

Urging students and staff to get a flu shot during the flu season.

Providing adequate supplies for good hygiene, including clean and functional handwashing stations, soap, paper towels, and alcohol‐based hand sanitizer

We will continue to work with our custodial staff and contracted third parties to make sure adequate cleaning and disinfecting procedures are followed daily. We will use germicidal disinfectant to treat all surfaces, bathrooms, rails, doorknobs, light switches, counters, and other surfaces. Additionally, we will provide staff with extra sanitizing wipes and gels to use as needed. We will continue to monitor the CDC recommendations and update our plans accordingly.

The Administrative Team

COVID – 19 Governmental Resources

Louisiana Department of Health 

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

United States Department of Education

NOLA Public Schools

NOLA Ready – Text COVIDNOLA to 888777 to receive COVID-19 text alerts

COVID-19/Coronavirus General Information Line: 1-855-523-2652

What to do if…

you are sick | Click Here

a family member is sick | Click Here

you are stressed | Click Here 

you need to be screened for illness | Click Here

Lycée References

Home Technology Survey – sent 3.11.20

Patton Campus Quick Reference Directory | Click Here

Johnson Campus Quick Reference Directory | Click Here

Staff Directory – includes emails | Click here

Receiving Lycée Text Alerts | Click Here

Meal Services

FREE Meal Services at Lycée – Johnson Campus – 1800 Monroe St. | Click here for details

NOLA Public Schools List of FREE Nutrition Programs  | CLICK HERE

FAQ

This section is continually being updated.

Is Lycée offering meal services?

As you may know, Lycée is one of New Orleans public schools that operates an open feeding program. It is great to see our happy families and smiling students coming through the lunch line at the Johnson Campus (10am till noon). Breakfast and lunch are available to all students under the age of 18 at no charge. Students do not need to be present: meals can be picked up by a parent or caregiver. We are proud and committed to provide this service to all students during these uncertain times. OPSB has established “Community Feeding Locations” distribution points throughout the city. Please check out the COVID-19 Response and Resources page of our website, under General Resources, and look for the Meal Service section for information on available feeding program locations. Other community organizations are also providing food and services.

What are the locations and times for free meals across New Orleans?

NOLA Public Schools (OPSB) has a comprehensive list of nutrition sites around Orleans parish. CLICK HERE

Are state standardized tests like LEAP happening this year?

Per BESE policy, when school closures are longer than 18 days, accountability/School Performance Score (SPS) will be waived for the year. This means that there will be NO LEAP TEST this spring, and that a new SPS will not be produced for the school year 2019-20. We have not yet received guidance on EOCs other than a waiver has been requested. The LDoE will continue to provide guidance and responses regarding this and other areas of school business. As ler learn more, we will keep you informed.

What is happening with SPED services?

Lycée’s Exceptional Student Services (ESS) department is updated on the changes in SPED regulatory requirements deriving from the public health crisis and is committed to provide the best services possible, under the circumstances, while following state and federal guidance. All families of students with IEPs have been contacted by our ESS staff and plans are put in place.

Are we going to be charged for before/after care plans while we're not in school?

We will not process any scheduled payments for spring 2020 before/after care plans until we return. We will prorate plans accordingly to reflect time off school.

Is my account going to be charged before we go back to school?

If you have an existing balance for a season that has passed, i.e. Fall 2019 Before and After Care, we will continue processing scheduled payments unless families contact us to halt payments.

Kid-Friendly Resources

Caroline Conquers Her Corona Fears – a coloring book

French Activity Booklet

Saints Activity Booklet – tag the Saints with your results (@neworleanssaints)

Pelicans Activity Booklet – tag the Pelicans with your results (@pelicansNBA)

Visual Covid-19 Worksheets in multiple languages! – Click Here

We thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we all navigate this new existence together. Teacher videos and posted materials will be available at 9:00 am each school day moving forward. Please see below for some guidance on getting your student(s) started.

Continuous Education Resources for Students with Disabilities

Academic Updates

Multidisciplinary Resources

 

Organization Website  Notes
Khann Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/  All Grade Levels: A nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class  education for anyone, anywhere. Adaptable to all learning levels.

 

STEM - Math/Science Resources

 

Organization Website  Notes
C’est pas sorcier https://bit.ly/2XHRVpo 3rd – 5th Grade: STEM videos in French – Upper Elementary

ELA Resources

 

Organization Website  Notes
French American school of Princeton https://bit.ly/3etj70Y Pre-K4 – 2nd: How to help your child with reading
ABCMouse/Age of Learning https://www.abcmouse.com/redeem%20%20  Pre-K4 – 2nd: Enter code “S C H O O L 3 6 7 3” and create your personal account
Word Gametime http://www.wordgametime.com/subject/language-arts K – 7th: Offers a variety of ELA games and help
Free Rice https://freerice.com/ All Grades: Practice vocabulary and grammar AND donate rice from responses to combat world hunger.

French Resources

 

Organization Website  Notes
LFNO https://bit.ly/2XHiTxm All Grade Levels: List of general FRENCH resources by grade level
Ecole des loisirs https://bit.ly/2wOeYDQ Prek-4 – 5th Grade: Digital picture books (albums), audiobooks, and digital books
Lumni https://www.lumni.fr/ All Grade Levels: Short videos on diverse topics. Possibly to sort per grade level
ARTE – Journal junior https://bit.ly/34Hmqgi 3rd – 9th Grade: Videos about current events and other topics (includes tutorials to learn how to draw)
1 jour 1 actu https://bit.ly/2VtFY3K Prek-4 – 5th Grade: articles, videos, and podcasts about current events
France Inter https://bit.ly/2VxYAj8 All Grade Levels: Podcasts: stories before going to bed
Brainpop https://www.brainpop.com/
https://fr.brainpop.com/
https://esp.brainpop.com/
3rd – 9th Grade: Great videos and quizzes on all topics in French, English, and Spanish!
User id: Academics@lfno.org
PW: Lfno12345

 

Public Academic Video Sessions

Les Questions Académiques - Pre-K4 & Kindergarten Session

The academic team answers your questions! This session was specific to our PreK4 and Kindergarten families. Our Director of Academics, Sophie Capmartin is joined by two teachers, Florence Olivieri (PreK4 teacher) and Ana Treffinger (Kindergarten Teacher). This video was recorded on 9.24.20 | CLICK HERE

 

Ask Sophie Video Sessions - Summer 2020

Do you have questions about French resources for the summer? Do you have trouble navigating some of the French websites? Do you want to ask about other French resources? You would like to discuss how to reinforce language proficiency at home when you don’t speak the language?
Connect with Madame Sophie, our Director of Academics, she provides support, and answers questions about summer recommendations with a focus on French resources. The last video session (video #4) is Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

Video Session 1 | Watch Here

Video Session 2 |Watch Here

Video Session 3 | Watch Here

Video Session 4 | Watch Here

Summer Resources 2020 Q&A with Sophie slideshow | Download

 

TUTORIALS

Parents’ ULTIMATE Guide to Google Classroom | ENGLISH |ESPAGNOL

How to turn in a Google Classroom Assignment:

Depending on the assignment, you can turn in a personal doc that your teacher assigned to you, create your own Google Doc, or add files to the assignment.

If you need to edit work you turned in, you can un-submit the assignment. But any assignment turned in or marked done after the due date is recorded as late.

Read Full Google Support Article | HERE

F.A.Q.s

How do I login to Google Classroom?

  • Login with your student’s LFNO Google account. You will not be able to login from another account.
  • Go on the website google.com. Click on the blue rectangle on the top right that says “Sign in”.
  • Enter the login and the password of your child: usually, it’s the first letter of the first name, followed by the last name (Example, James Wayne would be, jwayne.stu@lfno.org) and the password (usually a color and an animal and two digits like reddolphin45)
  • If you don’t know your student’s login and password, reach out to your student’s teacher or the following administrators: for Patton, yaici@lfno.org, for Johnson, Upper Elementary jdaltoe@lfno.org, and for Johnson, Middle/High School ycolin@lfno.org
  • Once done, click on the 9 dots “waffle” icon on the top right of the page. Click on Google Classroom then click on student. When you see the class, click on join.

What kind of computers are used/recommended?

  • We buy HP 11 G7 (11-inch screen) Chromebooks that are touchscreen.
  • Touchscreen is not a requirement, but we bought that to make sure they would be relevant for future uses.
  • Our chromebooks are purchased with 4GB RAM, and 16GB local storage.

Why is Google Classroom saying I don't have permission?

You are being blocked from accessing your child’s classroom. This happens when you try to access LFNO services from a web browser window that is logged in to your personal Gmail account.

 

The best way for you to access LFNO Google Classroom and other services is to use Google Chrome and to open a new window that is locked to your child’s LFNO student account. To do this, click on the circle at the top right of the chrome browser.

Make sure you click on the top most circle. (picture 1)

That is your avatar – it’s either a colored circle with a letter in it, or a small picture you uploaded.

When you click on your avatar you should see a menu like this:

From that menu (you may need to scroll down in that menu):

1. If your child’s LFNO student account is listed there,

– Choose it from the list

– a new chrome window will open and ask you to log in

2. If your child’s account is not listed there,

– Click on the “+ Add  (picture 2)

How do I log in to my child's online live class session?

Your teacher is using Google Meet for live class sessions online. Different grade levels are using it slightly differently.

PLEASE FIND YOUR GRADE LEVEL BELOW FOR CORRECT STEPS:

  • PK4 – K (using SeeSaw and Google Meet)
  1. Log in to Chrome with your student’s LFNO account. If you need help the instructions are HERE.
  2. Go to your SeeSaw classroom and copy the meeting nickname provided by your teacher. It should be something that looks like the teacher’s name and grade and date.
  3. Go to meet.google.com and click “join meeting.”
  4. Copy and paste the meeting nickname into the box.
  5. You will not be able to join until the teacher starts the class.
  6. If you see this message, you should keep trying until the teacher enters the meeting.
  • 2ND – 9TH (using Google Classroom and Google Meet)
  1. Log in to Chrome with your student’s LFNO account. If you need help the instructions are HERE.
  2. Go to your Google Classroom.
  3. Look for the google meet link in the banner of your classroom.
  4. From Google Classroom, you can press on “Stream” and find the link for the day’s class meeting.

My child can't make changes to a teacher's PDF Document.

If your child is unable to edit or make changes to a PDF document provided by the teacher (this is done using the PDF Reader Toolbar) there are a few things you can do.

  1. Use Google Chrome web browser: Make sure you are using Google Chrome, which is needed for using the Texthelp PDF Toolbar.
  2. Update your web browser: you can try updating your web browser. To do that, go to your browser bar and click on the three vertical dots at the far right, then scroll down and click on Settings. In Settings, scroll to the bottom to About Chrome. If you click on that, it will open a window that should tell you if your browser is updated (or update it automatically).
  3. Turn on ‘Sync’ for your child’s account: you can make sure your child’s Sync is on. This ensures that bookmarks and extensions are properly installed from the school, and synchronized across different devices. To do this, click on your child’s avatar to the right on the browser bar. In this window, click Sync in On which will open another window in Settings. If Sync is Off, click Turn On.
  4. Confirm that Texthelp PDF extension is present: in the same Settings Window, you can scroll toward the bottom and click on Extensions (just above About Chrome). You should find Texthelp PDF Reader listed. You might need to click on the Details tab to make sure it is turned on (there is a little blue circle to slide).

How do make Google Meet use the grid view (CHROME only)?

Your teacher is using Google Meet for live class sessions online. Here are the steps to follow to see the other students in grid view:

  1. You must be using Chrome web browser for these instructions to work.
  2. Download and install the Google Meet Grid View chrome extension. Use this link to avoid being fooled by copycat extensions and apps:
  3. At the top right of your screen will be a set of icons including a “chessboard” or grid whenever you are in a meeting.
  4. Click on the grid, and the window will re-arrange to show all participants in the meeting.
  5. Click on the grid again to turn the grid off (for example, when someone is presenting to allow their window to fill the screen).
  6. Underneath the grid icon will be a series of options you can use to change how the grid works.

Why can't my student type in answers when using an iPad?

One problem with iPads is that older iPads cannot upgrade to the most recent iOS operating system. This also means that it can’t install the latest version of Google Classroom app and older versions may not work properly. Unfortunately, if your iPad cannot be upgraded, this cannot be fixed.

The workaround is to:

  1. Open Chrome on the iPad, go to classroom.google.com,
  2. Hit the Chrome menu and choose Request the Desktop Site.

That way, the iPad won’t force you into using the native app which doesn’t support Forms.

Lexia does not work on my iPad / Kindle / Smartphone?

    • Check the Lexia Learning Core5 tech support website [http://www.lexialearningresources.com/tech/core5.html]
    • The figure here shows what they say their website supports
    • On your smartphone, you may need to specifically launch the browser you want to use first, not just click the link in email
    • On your iPad it may be that you need to upgrade the iOS version

Let us know if you have trouble figuring out which version of the browser you are using. Email us at – support@lfno.org

How does my child's Lycée Français email account work?

We have limited your child’s email access in this manner to protect them and their interactions online.

  • Students can only send email to their teachers and staff
    • If they try to send email to any other address it will go nowhere
    • Lycee Francais will see all emails that do not reach your student’s account. Please help us to discourage your child from using the school account to register for social media, games, and any non-school-related websites and services
  • Students cannot send email to each other, to their parents, or anyone outside of Lycee teachers and staff
  • Students can only receive emails from teachers and staff
  • Students cannot receive email from addresses that are not Lycee teachers and staff
  • Students cannot use their school emails for receiving notifications from any website other than Google Classroom.
    • If students register to receive notifications, newsletters, etc from a non-Google Classroom website, those emails will not get to the student’s inbox
  • EXCEPTION: Using student accounts to “JOIN” or “LOGIN” to websites.
    • Many websites will allow you to use your “Google Login” to join or create an account, this includes your student account
    • This will still work fine for student accounts
    • NOTICE: Student email inboxes will still not receive any email from those sites. Any “email account verification” will not work for this reason.

 

Video Tutorials

Chromebook Tutorial for Parents/Students

Google Meet Student Tutorial

Live Google Meet Sessions Tutorial (Pre-K4 and K SeeSaw Users)

Adding Google Translate Extension to Chrome Browser

Google Classroom for Parents and Students

Para Subtítulos en Español : Haga clic en el símbolo de subtítulo cerrado “CC”, luego haga clic en la rueda de configuración justo al lado derecho. Seleccione “Subtítulos / CC”, luego seleccione “Autotranslate” y luego seleccione el idioma deseado, español u otro. Esto agregará automáticamente subtítulos en español al audio.

Google Read & Write Video Tutorial

Para Subtítulos en Español : Haga clic en el símbolo de subtítulo cerrado “CC”, luego haga clic en la rueda de configuración justo al lado derecho. Seleccione “Subtítulos / CC”, luego seleccione “Autotranslate” y luego seleccione el idioma deseado, español u otro. Esto agregará automáticamente subtítulos en español al audio.

Technology Resources & Support

Devices you can use at home

  • Smart Phones
  • I -Pads/ Chromebooks / Tablets
  • XBOX1 or PS4
  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers

Learning Platforms by Grade

  • 1st through 9th grade students will be using Google Classroom.

  • PreK and K families will be using SeeSaw. Please review this description that walks families through how to use the SeeSaw tool.

Resources for the Internet

  • Here is a link to resources available from different companies related to internet access. Additional internet access opportunities will be shared soon and will be made available on our COVID-19 Response and Resources page on our website.

LFNO Technology Help Desk: 

  • If you need technical support accessing these tools, please reach out to the technology help desk at Support@lfno.org
  • Content or instructional based questions should be directed to your student’s teacher

Mental Health Team Members Contact Info:

Andrée Ambler
School Social Worker, PreK4-2nd
504-239-1040
aambler@lfno.org

 

 

Michelle Tate
School Counselor, 3rd-5th
504-356-1726
mtate@lfno.org

 

Laura Stryjewski
Academic Counselor, 6th-9th
504-515-0800
lstryjewski@lfno.org

PROVIDERS

Name of facility/provider Service provided Contact number Population/Speciality Fee Website Availability
Voice Care phone counseling 504-264-1381 healthcare workers free voicecare.help  
The Thomas E. Chambers Counseling and training Center phone/online counseling 504-398-2168 any 15.00 but could be free opencounseling.com  
Keep Calm Through COVID hotline- Louisiana Department of Health phone counseling 866-310-7977 any free N/A 24 hours/7 days a week
University of Holy Cross phone/online counseling 504-398-2168   free N/A 11am-8pm M-F
The New Orleans Grief center group telehealth sessions N/A loss of job, community. or loved one free www.facebook/nolagriefcenter  
Silent help phone Ring 999, when they answer press 55 being choked, heart attack, intruder, domestic violence free N/A 24/7
Children’s Bureau telehealth counseling (504) 525-2366 children-adults Medicaid only childrensbureaunola.org  

To view Fall 2020 Reentry Communications – CLICK HERE
Reentry Plans Presentation ENGLISH | ESPANOL
8.27.20 Back to School Leadership Café Recording | CLICK HERE

 

Q: Will PreK Classes happen virtually? If not how does reimbursement work?

A: Yes, PreK-4 classes will be conducted virtually. Tuition-based families will be contacted directly as information becomes available.

Q: Is my child required to participate in virtual learning?

A: Student participation is required for all students. Attendance will be taken online daily and reported to the state. Teachers and school leaders will support families to overcome challenges preventing students from participating virtually, including devices and connectivity needs. Communication with teachers is key with regards to attendance.

Q: What is the first day of school?

A: The first full day of virtual school is Thursday, August 20th. However, CODOFIL teachers will not be formally working until September 1st. Please expect some variations to the normal plans for the beginning of classes. 

Q: Are there any school calendar or schedule changes? COME BACK TO THIS ONE

A: At this time, there aren’t any changes to the school calendar. Any changes will be announced in a timely manner. Here is a link to the 2020-2021 school calendar page: CLICK HERE

Q: Will we have a Meet & Greet before the start of school?

A: Patton Campus: PreK4 – 2nd Grade Virtual sessions on Tuesday, August 18th in the evening. 

Johnson Campus: Upper Elementary (3rd-5th grade).
Virtual sessions will be held on Wednesday, August 12th in the evening.
In-person sessions will be held on Thursday, August 13th, in the evening.

Johnson Campus: Middle/High (6th-10th grade).

Virtual sessions will be held on Friday, August 14th in the evening. 

In-person sessions will be held on Monday, August 17th, in the evening.

Q: How much live instructional time will be provided?

A: Live instruction will be between 2.5 hours and 4.5 hours a day, based on development levels of each grade level band. Please refer to the Fall ReEntry Plan PPT for sample schedules.

Virtual sessions will be held on Friday, August 14th in the evening. 

In-person sessions will be held on Monday, August 17th, in the evening.

Q: Will beginning of the year benchmark assessments take place?

A: Communications regarding the details of benchmark assessments were sent to families on Thursday, August 6th. Patton Assessment Information, Click Here. Johnson Assessment Information, Click Here.

Q: How can I access my child’s benchmark assessment results?

A: Our system for accessing benchmark assessment results on temporary hiatus due to other start of school priorities; the datarequest@lfno.org email address will not be monitored at this time. We anticipate being able to make score reports available soon; additional information will be communicated. 

Q: What school supplies are necessary for 100% virtual learning?

A: All students need: a computer (iPad for preK4) with camera and speaker capability and internet connection at home. Headphones are recommended. Specific school supplies needed for virtual learning will be communicated by the teacher but will not supersede the posted supply lists. Any school supplies already purchased will be used during virtual learning and/or once we return in-person instruction.

Q: What, if anything, will happen with Thinking Outside the Classroom during virtual schooling?

A: We have worked with our partners to ensure continuity of TOC experiences which had to adapt due to partners’ availability and the virtual environment. TOC will be structured as follows:
Patton Campus (1st and 2nd grades): The rotating elective schedule will include TOC learning.
•Upper Elementary, 3rd-5th grades: On Wednesdays, students will have a mix of synchronous and asynchronous TOC classes, given the resources available.
•Middle/High, 6th-10th grades: Curricular elements of the TOC program will continue as normal, and select TOC experiences will occur as we are able to coordinate. 

Q: Will uniforms be mandatory for virtual or hybrid instruction?

A: Uniforms are not mandatory during virtual learning, however, students must dress appropriately for virtual sessions as outlined on the virtual reentry plan. During hybrid instruction (on campus), students will be required to wear uniforms.

Q. How is the school supporting technology needs?

A: Guidance is posted on www.lfno.org including a library of recorded videos to troubleshoot technology needs.

All students who need a device will be able to borrow a Chromebook from the school (pre-K will receive iPads). Families may choose to use their own device if compatible with school instructional platforms. 

If you haven’t yet, please complete this technology survey linkif your need has changed since you completed registration, please complete this survey again, we will follow the most recent survey response. SURVEY CLOSES MONDAY, AUGUST 10TH.

The email for help with online classroom instruction and internet assistance is still  SUPPORT@LFNO.ORG.

Q: What kind of computer does my child need?

A: We recommend a device similar to the one provided by the school, HP 11 G7 (11-inch screen) Chromebooks that are touchscreen. The touchscreen is not a requirement, but may be relevant for future uses. Our Chromebooks are purchased with 4GB RAM, and 16GB local storage. As needed and requested, all students will have access to an LFNO Chromebook (iPads for PreK-4 students) for the 2020 -2021 School Year. 

Q: What are the most important changes that have been made to improve the virtual teaching approach?

A: The schedule was thoughtfully built to maximize synchronous learning while also providing an opportunity for students to keep up with their class if joining the live class is not always possible. We have added a number of digital services and training for our staff to better maximize the virtual learning environment, while also streamlining the online platforms we expect students and parents to navigate. Unlike in the spring, our schedule now includes daily opportunities for small group support, tailored to students’ developmental levels. Additionally, we have made a massive investment in technology and technology support to help students and families access the virtual classrooms that are being set up.

Q: Will meals continue to be provided during virtual schooling?

A: Our meal service provider is prepared to continue meal service in the event of COVID-19 related school closures and will adapt to the academic model we will be implementing.

Beginning August 20th, meals will be available for pick up. Details coming soon. Per the LDOE, LFNO will not be able to provide free meals to all students as we did during “Community Feeding” (March-June). Only LFNO students qualifying for free lunch will receive meals free of charge. 

2020-21 LFNO Lunch Application

Completion of the lunch application by every family, every year, starting July 1st  is strongly encouraged. Follow the link below for instructions. LFNO 2020-21 Lunch Application Directions

Q: How will virtual tutoring work?

A: The French tutoring program is free for 1st through 10th grade students. Sessions of 30 minutes will be offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays between 4:00pm – 6:00pm.

Criteria to qualify for the French tutoring program:

  1. 75% of seats reserved to students who receive free or reduced lunch in addition to teacher’s recommendation
  1. 25% of seats reserved to students do NOT free or reduced lunch but have extenuating circumstances and teacher’s recommendation

Start date and notification of student participation will be forthcoming.

Q: Will all school work be consistent within one grade level?

A: General content and class times will be the same for each grade level. Exact daily assignments may vary from teacher to teacher within a grade level.

 

Q: How are class placements different this year from years past?

A: Due to parent requests, multiple siblings (twins, triplettes, etc.) were placed in the same class. Other requests were honored as was possible. The integrity of well balanced classes is essential to a high quality and equitable education. We do everything we can to maintain this balance based on our educators’ expertise. 

 

 

Q: What is the school’s grading policy?

A: Grading policies per campus and grade level band will be communicated by the first day of school, August 20th, as we continue to gain feedback from the state and teachers. 

 

 

Q: What is the school’s attendance policy?

A: School attendance policy will be communicated by the first day of school, August 20th, as we continue to gain feedback from the state and teachers. 

 

 

Would you like to submit a different question? CLICK HERE

Updated: 10.2.20