Virtual Learning Academy Newsletter

March 2021

Dear Families,

I hope this message finds you well as we head into Spring. The days are getting longer and very soon, will become brighter! While the sun is starting to shine more, I encourage students and families to participate in active lifestyles. While socially distancing, a run, walk, hike, or bike ride can do wonders for one's mindset. Please visit the Family Resource Link below to find a plethora of supports and activities for school aged children. The link can be accessed here as well.

We are now officially in the 3rd trimester of the school year! You should have received a copy of your child's report card mailed home. Teachers also provided them electronically.

Thank you all for providing feedback and input in the parent survey I recently shared. Your voices and opinions matter.


Lisa Lorona

District Assessments - Reading ISIP

Gilroy Unified School District has all students in grades 2-5 take the Reading ISIP assessment. The Reading ISIP is an assessment within the iStation platform. In VLA, students need to take the ISIP monthly to help us monitor progress and offer support.

Teachers will send reminders if the monthly Reading ISIP has not been completed by your child. Please help us by ensuring these are completed. Thank you for your support!

Students in grades K/1 take the ESGI or F&P. If you have questions regarding assessments, please contact your child's teacher directly.

Common Sense Media

During these challenging times, there are many questions about technology use. Our students are on technology more than ever these days. Common Sense Media is a fantastic resource to help parents create a digital world where students can thrive. Click here to learn more about parent resources.

Common Sense Media also has a digital citizenship component. Free lessons that are backed by research are available to you here.

Spirit Day- April 2nd

This month's Spirit Day will be Crazy Hair Day on Friday, April 2nd!

Family Resources

GUSD 's Specialized Program Department has designed a Family Resource page with local links and updates from our Gilroy community. Please browse through the links to access resources for you and your family.

Connect with Lisa Lorona


April 5th-9th: Spring Break- No School