Diamond Gazette

July 2016 ~ Preparing for the new school year!

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Back To School!!

K12 School Supply Shipments are arriving at our doorsteps and the 2016-2017 School Year is quickly approaching. Here is a Back To School Checklist to help you prepare for that 1st Day of School.

  • Get your chool space cleaned & ready
  • Unpack your K12 school supply boxes
  • Organize and put your school supplies away
  • Attend one of the Kmail to Email Transition Trainings by August 5th
  • Inform ARVA staff if you have any new contact info when they call to check in on you.
  • View the informative videos on the strong start site to help you prepare for school

High School Parents - Do you have questions about coursework?

Counselors are reaching out to new high school students within the next week. Beginning Monday, August 1, students in 9th and 10th grade should contact Amy Smith (asmith@arva.org, ext. 2048) with schedule questions, and 11th and 12th graders should contact Carol Heavin (cheavin@arva.org, ext. 2113).

Parents, if you see course schedules that appear incomplete or lack a teacher's name, please note that the counseling department is fully-focused on ensuring all students are prepared with scheduled classes prior to school starting.

Strong Start Support through FAST

Engagement coaches, as part of the Family Academic Support Team (FAST) are calling all families this summer to ensure that our new and returning families are off to a strong start this school year. They have information to share about this school year and are enjoying speaking with each of you. If you have not spoken to your engagement coach, please contact:

These ladies will put you in contact with your family's assigned engagement coach.

FAST Orientations for New Families

All new families will attend an online Family Academic Support Team (FAST) Orientation to prepare for the new year. This is separate from the orientation that your teacher(s) may provide. These will be broken into grade bands by school (K-8, 9-12). Here is the link to attend on the days/times below:
Aug. 3rd:
K-8: 2pm
9-12: 10am

Aug. 8th:
K-8: 11am
9-12: 12pm

Kmail to Email Transition Trainings

We are so excited that Kmail is transitioning to Email on Aug. 5th! You'll want to attend an information session to learn about the improvements! Plenty of days/times to accommodate all schedules!

(30 min. sessions)

Monday, August 1st, 2016 11am

Thursday, August 4th, 2016 11am

Monday, August 8th, 2016 11am

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 3pm

Click Here to Join a Session!

AR Sales Tax Holiday

Arkansas Sales Tax Holiday 2016 starts on Saturday August 6, 2016, and runs until Sunday August 7, 2016. Arkansas will hold its sales tax holiday allowing shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, school art supplies, school instructional materials, and clothing free of state and local sales or use tax. Arkansas Sales Tax Holiday 2016 details can be found here: freetaxweekend.com/arkansas-sales-tax-holiday/

Do you have additional questions on what your student will need this school year, pertaining to school supplies? Find that information here: help.k12.com

Hello Boxes!

It seems like yesterday we were shipping last year's supplies to K12 and now we are receiving the new 2016-2017 School Year Supplies. Many of you have already received your supplies or have received an email confirming the shipment of them to your home. So what do you do when the boxes arrive?

*Make sure your school space is spic and span

*Open the boxes like it's Christmas morning!

*Double check that you received everything on the packing list

*Put your new school supplies in your spic and span school space

And now..... Let the school year begin!!

Back To Class BASH at the Clinton Presidential Center!! August 6th 9am-1pm

Get ready for the new school year at the annual Head of the Class Bash!

FREE Backpacks ✓

FREE School Supplies ✓
FREE Immunizations ✓

FREE Hearing & Vision Screening ✓

Computer Coding Demos ✓
Healthy Cooking Demos ✓

*Children must be present to receive a backpack

Located at the Clinton Presidential Center.

Summer isn't over yet!

There are still so many things you can do to enjoy the rest of your summer!

ARVA Splash Park Outings!!

August 1st in Benton & White Hall

August 2nd in Cabot

August 3rd in Mountain Home

August 9th in Bentonville

August 10th in Jonesboro

Register to Attend an outing near you!!

Brain Breaks

Check out GoNoodle to find short physical activities that will help you give your noggin' a break when school kicks back in to session!
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Look at all the ways ARVA Diamonds SHINE across our state!

NWA June Park Play Time

Special Needs Families ~ Click the pictures below to read more!

Do you know of more opportunities for children with special needs in your area?

Let us know so that we can share it with the rest of our ARVA community!

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ARVA's Parent Lending Library has more selections this month!

ARVA's Parent Lending Library has books and games to loan to parents and learning coaches. It includes titles such as Overcoming Underachieving, What do You Stand For?, and non-book selections such as the Nature Quest fundana travel game, among other fun titles. To find out more information about the ARVA’s Parent’s Lending Library or to check out a book, click here.

(Click images below to read more about these featured titles.)

Have a Preschooler in Tow?

YOU are your child's first and most important teacher!

ARVA's learning coaches are already busy with coordinating their student's learning. Adding a preschooler or young child to the school day adds an additional level of planning. If you have questions on how to manage it all, we have Engagement Coaches who have expertise in schooling multiple children at once and schooling while also raising preschoolers who would love to share strategies with you. There are also several resources that we recommend you check out:

  • HIPPY: a free, school readiness program for parents of preschoolers
  • Head Start program's approach to school readiness means that children are ready for school, families are ready to support their children's learning, and schools are ready for children.
  • ABC Programs serve children, ages birth to 5, with a variety of risk factors.
  • Join Me as I Play: Fun ideas to implement throughout your day or week
  • Kindergarten Readiness Checklist provides a thorough list of skills that your preschooler should master prior to entering Kindergarten. Here is the same document in a more concise format: K Readiness Checklist flyer
  • Getting Ready for Kindergarten calendar of daily activities to support your preschooler's learning.

Recent Parent Workshop and Series Recordings

School is out and you may find yourself with some extra time to dig into some topics you've missed out on. Visit the ARVA Strong Start site to find all of the available links to recordings that will help you with everything from behavior strategies to managing multiples.
Student Enrichment Activity Calendar

Click here to see what's happening around Arkansas!

ARVA's Family Academic Support Team (FAST) and the Strong Start Site

ARVA's Family Academic Support Team (FAST) provides comprehensive preparation and sustained support for engagement to promote improved achievement outcomes through strengths-based, proactive, and positive intervention. FAST publishes the Diamond Gazette newsletter, shares information from K12's National Family Academic Support Team, engages families at outings, and works to promote student engagement for academic success. Stay tuned to ARVA's Strong Start site for real-time updates and be sure to bookmark the site. Helpful videos, meetings through K12's Parent Network, local student activities, and more resources can be found here.
The Diamond Gazette is published monthly for all families at Arkansas Virtual Academy. It is sent via kmail and posted to the Strong Start site.
Gina Moore, editor
Amanda Lloyd, assistant editor
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