GVP Family News

September 17, 2021

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A Note From Our Principal

Dear Falcon Families,

As we come to our fourth week of instruction, our scholars and faculty are falling into the patterns of in-person instruction. Though there are some challenges, our scholars, families, and staff continue to work hard and stay the course.

I’ve been thinking about how much I have seen over the last few months due to COVID-19. This past year has pushed me to find new ways to engage with scholars, our faculty, and families. At week four, the challenges of in-person instruction may show themselves in your scholars: fatigue from the school day, unorganized lists of tasks for completion, possibly even some negative classroom behaviors. These challenges are opportunities for us to learn more about our scholars and how we can best serve them.

I invite all families to get involved, engaged, and support our efforts to build educational leaders for life! Join us by becoming a virtual classroom parent, active with our community partners, or becoming a member of our newly forming Parent Teacher Organization (more information to come). For additional information on how to become involved, please contact us at 317-333-6980.

Thank you for a great beginning of the school year!

Mr. Carrion

Face Mask Policy

For the safety, health, and well-being of our scholars, faculty, and staff, we are asking that every scholar comes to school daily with two personal face masks. Due to COVID-19, we have made face masks a dress code requirement for all scholars in grades K-8. All scholars must wear a face mask upon arrival to school, and another face mask is to remain in all scholars’ backpacks for emergency use. We will no longer provide scholars with masks unless it is an extreme circumstance or emergency.

We are asking all scholars and families to adhere to this request and the new face mask requirement to our dress code policy immediately.

Cell Phone Policy

In the school environment, cell phones can become a distraction, interruption, and/or a method of illegal exchange of information. The ringing of the cell phone during class or text messaging takes away from the valuable time needed from instruction and most importantly scholar learning. We recognize that cell phones can be a safety/security tool; however, they can be a detriment in the event of a building emergency, and our protocol to manage such emergencies in a safe and effective manner.

Moving forward, scholars are no longer permitted to have cell phones on campus. Please see the No Cell Phone Policy below for your reference.

Late Arrivals and Early Release

I want to bring the importance of regular school attendance to your attention. When scholars are not in the classroom consistently, sustainable learning is impeded. Being tardy, or picked up early from school for one day or even from one class period without acceptable cause is truancy. Excessive absenteeism can become a serious issue regardless of the status of excused or unexcused, and can also lead to grade-level retention.

Late arrivals and early releases from school will begin to count against your scholar’s attendance and will ONLY be excused in the event of your scholar’s documented illness, medical appointment, or a family emergency. Attendance notification letters will be sent to parents/guardians at three (3), five (5), and seven (7) days for ALL unexcused absences, late arrivals, and/or early releases without medical documentation.

Dress To Impress Day

Our first Dress To Impress Day is scheduled for this Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Scholars are encouraged to dress up. If scholars decide to not participate, they must be in uniform. Please see below for guidance on how to dress for this event.


  • Dress, Skirt /Pants with a Nice Top (dresses & skirts must be an appropriate length & should not be tight-fitting).
  • No shorts, capris, or any apparel made of JEANS or JEAN-LIKE material.
  • Shoes: No High Heels; Only Shoes with Low Heels or Flats (shoes = strap or an enclosed heel; NO backless shoes or sandals)


  • Collared Shirt
  • Ties are optional
  • Nice pants with a belt
  • Nice shoes
  • Suits & / or Jackets optional
  • No shorts, capris, or any apparel made of JEANS or JEAN-LIKE material

Tutoring Support

Does your scholar need additional academic supports? Our community partner, Rebecca's Garden of Hope, is offering free, virtual tutoring for scholars in grades K through 6. Please contact Jim Boyd, Director of RGOH at 317.507.3357 for more information.
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Mark Your Calendars

Dress For Success Day - September 28

Falcon of the Month Celebration - September 30

September Birthday Celebration - September 30

Parent In Touch Day - October 13

Have Questions? Contact Us Today!

George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academy is an A-rated, tuition free charter school serving grades K-8. Our scholars experience hands-on learning with high-quality teachers in small class sizes. We work to help our scholars master key academic skills, and demonstrate strong character, as exhibited by: honesty, service to others, a superior work ethic, and a strong vision for and belief in their futures.