LVA Jaguar Journal

November 2020

Welcome to the new LVA Jaguar Journal

What's happening at LVA, important updates, and school information.

Virtual Admissions Information Sessions

Virtual Admissions Information Sessions

Information sessions for the 2021-2022 lottery are posted on the LVA website. Attendance at a virtual information session is required for participation in the lottery process for siblings of LVA students as well as for new students. Please register online for an information session at: http://www.lvacademy.org/admissions/information_sessions Contact the admissions office at 610-866-9660 x4100 or at admissions@lvacademy.org with any questions.

Parent / Student / Teacher Conferences

Elementary School K-6:

Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, November 11th and Friday, November 13th and will take place through Zoom. Families will have the opportunity to sign up online for their individual conferences. Please know that both parents and students are expected to attend the virtual conferences. Report cards will be shared at the conference.


Jr/Sr High School:

Conferences will be scheduled by parent request or teacher invitation. Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, November 11th and Friday, November 13th and will take place through Zoom. Please know that conferences include both parents and students. Report Cards will be emailed to parents during the week of November 9th.

School Picture Days for 100% Online Students

Dan's Camera has offered to do in studio appointments for our 100% Online Students at their Allentown location.


Monday, November 16–Friday, November 20 2020 10:15AM–5:30PM

Saturday, November 21, 2020 9:15AM–3:30PM


Please contact the studio at 610-434-2313 EXT. 364 to make an appointment.

FREE breakfast & lunch to students K-12

Lehigh Valley Academy has been awarded a grant from the Seamless Summer Option (SSO), and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to provide a FREE breakfast & lunch to students K-12, regardless of their current eligibility. The program has been extended through the entire school year or until the funding runs out.


This program applies to breakfast and lunches served in school, as well as the Meal Pack Pick Up program for remote learning students.


We encourage everyone to take advantage of this free breakfast and lunch program, especially in school. You don’t need to fill out any paperwork, just have your child pick up breakfast or lunch.


The free breakfast & lunch Meal Packs are available for pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays between the hours of 3:45pm-4:30pm. You can pick up meals outside at the JR/SR HS parent pick-up exterior door. Please follow the signs to the designated area. You will never need to enter a building to receive a meal pack.


Anyone picking up meals must wear a mask at all times. Our staff will also be wearing masks and taking precautions to keep everyone safe during distribution. No ID is needed and students do not need to be present to receive meals.


Many of your local home school districts may also be participating in this free meals program which means any LVA student under 18 may pick up meals at a more conveniently located school. Please check their websites for availability or call LVA’s School Nutrition Department at 610 866-9660 *4104

LVA App now available!

Lehigh Valley Academy is very excited to announce the launch of our LVA Mobile App for Apple and Android. The app will offer quick access to food services, online payments, Jupiter, attendance, and so much more.

Bus Transportation

Please remember to keep the number for your child’s home school district transportation department in your cell phone. In case of an emergency, they will have radio contact with the bus drivers.

Parent Pick up and Drop Off - Driving Etiquette

Please remember to slow down while driving on campus. In the mornings and afternoons, there are several hundred cars on campus snaking their way through our three different parent drop-off and pick-up lines. Traffic has to merge in several spots. We ask that you please be patient and courteous.


As a reminder, please follow all posted Covid 19 procedures for LVA visitors. When arriving to campus please park, call the front desk (phone number and extension posted in parking lot), put on a mask, and an attendant will be right with you.

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From the LVA Nurses

We hope that you and your family have remained well these past few months. The challenges are real and we recognize the effects of what this pandemic has caused. We would like to reinforce the importance of wearing a mask around others, social/physical distancing, and washing your hands often. As people travel and gather during the upcoming holidays please continue to be vigilant about self-monitoring your symptoms. We are thankful for our partnership with the Bethlehem Health Bureau that has provided guidance to the school nurses and administration.


Daily Symptom Monitoring-When to keep your child home

Please complete this checklist on a daily basis with your child to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.

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Physicals and Dentals

For students who do not have a copy of their physical or dental on file at this time, letters were mailed to your home. Please look out for this letter.

Physicals are due in K, 6, 11 grades

Dentals are due in K, 3, 7 grades


All forms are available on the Health Services page of the LVA website under Parent Resources/Health Services/Health Forms.

Health Updates are due for ALL students.


http://www.lvacademy.org/for_parents/health_services/heath_services_forms

Screenings

Screenings

The state of Pennsylvania requires every child attending school to be screened yearly. Nurses will begin the process in the next few weeks. Height/Weight (all), Vision (all), Hearing (K-3, 7, 11), Scoliosis (6, 7). We expect the process to take most of the school year.

LVHN drive-thru Flu Vaccine Clinic

LVHN drive-thru at Dorney Park

Sat., Nov. 7, 2020
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dorney Park, 3830 Dorney Park Rd, Allentown, Pa. (Opens in new tabview directions and map)

LVHN drive-thru at Coca-Cola Park

Sun., Nov. 8, 2020
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Coca-Cola Park, 1050 Ironpigs Way, Allentown, Pa.

https://www.lvhn.org/lvhn-flu-shot-clinics/lehigh-valley-flu-shot-clinics


COVID-19 Updates for Drive-Thru Clinic

Routine vaccination should be deferred for people with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, regardless of symptoms, until they have met to discontinue isolation. While having a mild illness is not a contraindication to vaccination, your visits for these should be postponed to avoid exposing health care personnel and other patients to the coronavirus. Learn more about COVID-19 testing and care.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, adults and children age 2 and older in the vehicle will be required to wear a face covering (ex. cloth).

Optional donations of nonperishable and non-expired food items, diapers, coffee pods and toiletries will be accepted.

Pick up

Pick up

If your child is going home due to an illness during school hours, we are asking that your child be picked up within 30 minutes. Please plan accordingly

Clothing

Clothing

Please consider keeping an extra change of clothes in your child’s book bag as LVA does not have clothing to provide in case of a bathroom accident, spillage of liquid, or vomiting.

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About Us

Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School, located in Bethlehem, PA is an accredited, independent, K-12 public charter school authorized by the Bethlehem Area and Saucon Valley School Districts. LVA serves over 1,825 students from 18 different school districts in the Lehigh Valley Region.

LVA is a fully authorized International Baccalaureate World School offering the Primary Years, Middle Years, Career-Related, and Diploma Programmes. LVA prides itself on being 1 of 3 schools in the United States to offer all 4 IB programmes.


Beginning with full-day kindergarten and continuing through a student's senior year, LVA emphasizes inquiry-based learning and critical thinking to prepare a student for higher education.


LVA is committed to developing the whole student with a strong emphasis on citizenship, both locally and globally, as well as attention to strong 21st century learning practices. Lehigh Valley Academy holds fast to our mission of developing young people into active, knowledgeable and caring members of a world-wide, diverse society.