Virtual Learning Academy Newsletter

February 22, 2021

VLA families,

I hope everyone had a great weekend! In this week's newsletter we get to see how some of our elementary students celebrated Valentine's Day with their classes, hear from a student in our teacher spotlight, meet our newest staff member and learn about some of the fun things planned for the beginning of March!

Thank you for submitting FlipGrid videos for us to share why our families love VLA! Please see a link to the video below.

Have a wonderful week!

Student Spotlight: Valentine Fun!

Teacher Spotlight (Mr. McGuire, Art)

Student compliments are the best! Thank you for sharing Tristan!

I would like to nominate my really amazing art teacher and STLP advisor, Mr. Jim McGuire, for the teacher spotlight. He teaches my 7th grade VLA art class. He always sacrifices tons of time for his students and has been my favorite art teacher ever and he has made me a better artist overall. Because of his encouragement I have tried new creative art techniques. Also, in our STLP club, which is run by him, I have learned to do things that I didn't know I could accomplish because of him. I think he deserves some recognition for his hard work.

Meet Ms. Amanda Kilgore (Paraeducator)

Hi, my name is Amanda Kilgore. I am very excited to be the new paraeducator at the Virtual Learning Academy! I graduated from UK in 2016 with a degree in Elementary Education and received my Master's Degree in Literacy Specialist from the University of the Cumberlands in 2019. This is my fifth year in education. I previously taught second grade for four years in Bowling Green, KY. My husband and I got married in 2020, and moved to Lexington. I look forward to working with the students and staff at the VLA!

Ms. Kilgore will be working with 2nd and 3rd grade teachers and students. We are so happy to have her join the VLA Family!

March 1 - March 5 Kindness Week

Let's sprinkle kindness wherever we go and celebrate by dressing up!

  • Monday: Dream of Kindness Day (Wear your PJs)
  • Tuesday: Kindness Makes Your Heart Grow (Wear pink or red)
  • Wednesday Nothing Beats Kindness or Team Kindness Day (Wear your favorite team shirt)
  • Thursday: Crazy for Kindness Day (Wear your craziest hair)
  • Friday: School Spirit Day (Wear your VLA or homeschool shirt)

Online Joseph Beth Book Fair!

Monday, March 1st, 8am to Sunday, March 14th, 11pm

This is an online event.

Virtual Learning Academy is hosting a book fair with Joseph Beth. For the bookfair, you will be able to shop the Joseph Beth website and buy any item, not just children’s books! You may choose to do curbside pick-up, shop in store, or pay to have it shipped directly to you. Please watch the newsletter for more information soon!

Girl Scouts KY Robot Building Party (Fayette Co)

Bring a friend, make new ones, and build a ROBOT with Girl Scouts! Tuesday, March 9th 4:30 -5:30pm

Jamie Burch, Interim Program Director

April Clement, Administrative Dean

Steve Jenkins, Counselor/HS Administrative Dean

Camie Pettyjohn, Administrative Assistant