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Update From Mrs. Villavaso for August!

NEWS!

District Information

Remote Instruction

Please view important updates to Remote Instruction by clicking here.

Technology Update

We are excited to announce that the Life School Board of Directors recently approved the purchase of additional technology devices made possible by a recent matching grant opportunity through TEA. The purchase of these new devices will allow Life School to be 1:1 for all students K-12, later this school year. Due to a nation-wide device shortage, these devices may not be delivered before the start of school and will be distributed at a later date. Additionally, we will be able to supply a limited number of hot spots to our students in need of access to WiFi.


As a reminder, please take a moment to complete this short Technology & Wellness Survey no later than August 9th.


For families in need of access to Wifi, please view these resources located here.

Vaccination Update

The deadline to turn in updated vaccination records to your student’s school has been

extended to Tuesday, September 8, 2020. For more information, please click here.

Parent Resources

To view detailed information about parent orientation dates, school supplies, the updated district calendar and other important back to school information, please view the Parent Resources page on our website.


Please continue to check Life School’s Back to School FAQ’s as we will provide updates when new information becomes available. If you have questions that have not been answered in the FAQ’s or in the parent meeting, please submit them using this form.

Campus Information:

Virtual Parent Orientation- Aug 12 at 5 pm

Join us for our Virtual Parent Orientation on Wednesday, Aug 12th at 5 pm.


Virtual Meeting Log-in


We will:

  • Introduce the administration
  • Discuss ways to stay connected through Facebook, Twitter, Remind, Parent Portal, weekly newsletters, parent meetings/events, etc.
  • LifeLeader lessons and character training with Mrs. Lewis
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Program
  • Lunch and Breakfast-Lunch Form and My School Bucks
  • Title I Schoolwide Indicator
  • Arrival and Dismissal Map and Hangtags
  • Kids Club- After school care
  • Medication and Emergency Contact
  • Mask Policy
  • Safety and Security
  • Partners for Life
  • School Remote Start- Aug 19th
  • Remote Instruction Overview and Google Classroom
  • Student Success Bag and Device Pick-up- Aug 13 and Aug 14.

Materials Pickup Day (Device and Student Success Bag Pick-up)

Next Thursday (Aug 13) and Friday (Aug 14) from 8 am to 11 am and 12 pm to 4 pm, we will have a come and go event for families. This will be the time to come to campus to retrieve the following items:


  1. Student Success Bag (essential school supplies, classroom manipulatives, leveled readers, pertinent classroom handouts)
  2. Hangtags- needed for student pick up upon return to campus. Please complete the Authorization Form.
  3. Device pick up (if needed)- Complete the Technology Checkout Authorization Form.

Hangtag Authorization Form

In an effort to streamline material pickup and reduce the amount of paper exchanged, we are asking every family to complete the the Hangtag Authorization Form online prior to Material Pick Up on August 13th and 14th.


Please include anyone you think will pick up your student from campus upon returning to school. Hangtags are required for every family (even guardians) that will pick up a student(s). Driver's License # must be provide for each authorized person picking up. Hangtags will NOT be issued for incomplete information.


Complete the Hangtag Authorization Form by Wednesday, August 12th.

Technology Checkout Authorization Form

If you are requesting to use a device (Chromebook or Chrome Tablet) during remote learning, please complete the Technology Checkout Authorization Form prior to attending the Materials Pickup Day so we can have one ready for you.

Lunch and Lunch Forms

Lunches will be available for pick up during remote learning. TEA is not providing funding to schools to cover cost of lunches for all students. This year, only enrolled students will be allowed to receive lunches from LSC and their accounts will be charged. Make sure to fill out the Lunch Form to retain your lunch designation (Free/Reduced). These forms must be completed annually. Even if you think you may not qualify, completing this form does help our campus qualify for Title 1. This is important for our campus so we can receive federal funding to support programs for our students and staff.

Book Swap Sign-up

Our priority is developing readers and to do that students need access to books. Students will be provide 3 leveled readers in their Success Bags to get them started. When you student has mastered these books, please return the books to the school and swap them out for new titles.


Here is a link to the Book Swap Sign-up. The first day Book Swap is open is Aug 31. We look forward to seeing you.

School Start and Times

All Life School students will begin on August 19th via remote learning until at least September 8th. Due to the delayed start of school date, we have revised the District Calendar. Life School was able to make up the days with minimal impact to the calendar. You can view the updated version here. Start time is adjusted to 7:50 am.

2020-2021 School Supplies

If you ordered your school supplies from EPI, they are here. You may choose to pick-up your supplies, but please remember when we return to face-to-face instruction, students will be asked to provide some of the supplies for their classroom learning. This year especially, there will not be community supplies for students to use, so it is imperative students provide the requested items.


If you choose to pick-up your supplies, please email jennifer.munsie@lifeschools.net to schedule a time.


Supply List

Google Support

I know one of the anxieties I would have about remote learning is navigating the learning platforms your student will be expected to use. We are streamlining assignments through Google Classroom. Teachers are asked to combine all subjects into on place to reduce the places parents and students need to go in order to access their assignments.


Here is a Google Classroom Parent Tutorial and a step by step PDF.

FAQ

Find out everything there is to know about remote and on-campus learning by visiting our Back To School webpage.

Uniform Donation

If you have gently used uniforms that you no longer need, please consider donating to our Uniform Closet. Uniforms may be dropped off to the main office. You can receive parenting/volunteer points for your participation. Donated uniforms will be redistributed to those in need.

Uniforms

**School uniform shirts are preferred for all synchronous remote learning.


**Masks will also be required when we return to campus.


Lands’ End and Levines Department Stores are the approved Life School uniform vendors.


Life School is a school of choice that requires students to wear uniforms. Student uniforms make a statement that students belong to a unique school environment with a strong commitment to educational excellence. The uniqueness of the student does not rest in the apparel they wear, but in the inner qualities and gifts of the student.


Uniforms must have the Life School crest.


Shirts*

  • Grades K-12- White oxford shirt (button-down collar)
  • Grades K-6- Red or navy polo shirt, (long or short sleeved)


Sweaters/Sweatshirts/Jackets*

  • Grades K-12 - Navy cardigan, “V” neck sweater or sweatshirt (uniform shirts must be worn underneath)
  • Only school uniform jackets are allowed to be worn in the building. Non-school jackets may be worn at the discretion of administration and outdoors.


Spirit Sweatshirts/Jackets

  • Grades K-12 – may be worn Monday – Friday (uniform shirts must be worn underneath)


Pants/Shorts

  • Grades K-6 - Navy pants or walking shorts (no more than 2 inches above the knee)
  • The following examples are unacceptable: cargo pants, cargo shorts, jogger pants and denim wear.
  • All pants or shorts must be worn with a belt


Skirts/Jumpers/Modesty Skirts* (no more than 2 inches above the knee)

  • Grades K-3 - Plaid jumper (no skirts)
  • Grades K-3 - Navy modesty skirts
  • Grades 4-6 - Plaid or navy modesty skirt


Girls should wear navy modesty shorts under jumpers and skirts


Accessories (Grades K-12)

  • Belts
    • Required for 5th-12th grades only and must be worn at the natural waist.
  • Undershirts
    • Must be solid colors.
  • Jewelry
    • Girls may wear 1 earring per ear.
    • Earrings may be either stud-style or hoop (smaller than a quarter).
    • Hoop (larger than a quarter) or dangling earrings are not allowed.
    • Boys are not permitted to wear earrings.
    • Piercings anywhere else on the body except girls’ ears are not allowed Necklaces and bracelets must be thin and conservative and must coordinate with the uniform.
    • Flashy, large jewelry will not be permitted.
    • Multiple necklaces or bracelets will not be allowed.


Shoes (Grades K-12)

Appropriate shoes, with non-marking soles, must be worn at all times (can be athletic, loafer style, or dress shoes). The following examples are unacceptable: house shoes, sandals, flip- flops, wheeled shoes, light up shoes, open-toed shoes, or shoes with more than 1" heels. Shoes must have both closed toe and closed heel.


OPTIONAL FRIDAY UNIFORM (GRADES K-12)

Life School t-shirts and sweatshirts may be worn with uniform pants, shorts or skirts. Life School sponsored t-shirts, sweatshirts, spirit wear, college shirts or college jackets may be worn at the discretion of administration.


In order to minimize loss and simplify identification, all clothing should be labeled.