LVA Jaguar Journal

October 2021

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LVA Picture Retake Day 0 Monday, October 25, 2021 (Grades K-12)

Monday, October 25th

Students must be in correct dress code. Flyers will be sent out prior to the date with online ordering information.

New students, students who were absent for school picture day, and students who need retakes can take advantage of Picture Retake Day on October 25th.

Seniors - regular LVA dress code required for your ID photos. Please remember to schedule your formal senior portraits separately with Christmas City Studio before February 1st, 2022.

Important Information for Families - Tik Tok Challenges

Over the past month, there have been incidents of vandalism in school bathrooms as part of a Tik Tok challenge called “Devious Licks”. These incidents have taken place in schools across the nation, as well as at Lehigh Valley Academy (LVA).

TikTok is a social media application that has an age rating of 12+. If you would like more information about the application, please see the attached information sheet.

Schools have been made aware that the challenge for the month of October is “Slap a Staff Member”. Please note that this type of behavior is unacceptable and has serious consequences as outlined in the school’s Code of Conduct and that these consequences may also involve the police.

As a strong and supportive community, we ask that our families speak to their children about social media, current trends, and how these temporary fads can ultimately impact their future.

It is very important for all of us that our students and staff take pride in our school and respect each other.

Thank you for your support in helping us to mitigate this situation before it can occur.

End of Quarter 1 (Grades K-12)

Friday, October 22, 2021 marks the end of Quarter 1 for all students in grades K-12.

Looking for part-time work? Cafeteria shifts are available for both Breakfast and Lunch Servers.

Looking for part-time work? Cafeteria shifts are available for both Breakfast and Lunch Servers.

  • Monday through Friday - school year only
  • Lunch shift is 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Breakfast shift is 7:00 am to 9:30 pm
  • Food service experience preferred
  • Work experience with school-age children preferred
  • Clearances and references required
  • LVA does not cook onsite but there are food prep and cleaning duties

Please contact Karen Deichman at 610-866-9660 x3304

Unity Day - Wednesday, October 20, 2021

United for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion

“Make it orange, Make it end” This year LVA is celebrating Unity Day on Wednesday, October 20th. Unity day is an opportunity for us to join together against bullying. Students and staff are encouraged to wear orange for this event. This is a day for us to send one large orange message of support, hope, and unity.

T-shirts are available for purchase through LVA:

For payment:

For size information:


TeenTober is a new, nationwide celebration hosted by libraries every October. It aims to celebrate teens and promote year-round teen services and literacies. We encourage students to participate in the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) annual TeenTober celebration. Developed by YALSA, this month-long event strives to raise awareness of the importance of year-round teen services and connect teens with services and materials provided by their local libraries that will help them develop new skills and fuel their passions. TeenTober merges YALSA’s successful and long-standing Teen Tech Week™ and Teen Read Week™ initiatives into one program.

Amazon Smile

MAKE IT COUNT! You shop, Amazon Smile donates to LVA! When you log in to your Amazon account, you will be prompted to select an organization. Search Lehigh Valley Academy Charter School and select. Everytime you order from Amazon, a portion of your sale will be donated back to LVA.

October 11th - No School for Students / Teacher In-service Day

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. See the attached list of transportation departments contact information :

School Nutrition Program (Free Breakfast & Lunch)

We are pleased to announce that we will be participating in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) in the 2021-2022 school year. All enrolled students are eligible to receive free breakfast and/or lunch when in attendance (no need to pre-order or sign-up in advance).

Menus are posted monthly on the LVA website under the "Nutrition Services" tab.

Although no further action is required for your child(ren) to receive breakfast and/or lunch at no charge, we are still encouraging families who think they may qualify for Free and Reduced benefits to fill out the Free and Reduced Application as there are many other benefits, like EBT cards with additional funds, that come along with the qualified eligibility.

You can apply on-line on or access an application on the LVA website and return to school. Any questions or concerns, please contact:

Lynn Berndt @ (610)866-9660 ext. 4104 or

LVA has a mobile App!

LVA offers a mobile app, which is available in the Apple, Android Stores, and on Google Play. With our app, you will have quick access to things like:

  • Online Attendance Forms

  • Payment options

  • K-12 Events Calendar

  • Breakfast and Lunch menus

  • And more!

For Apple: Lehigh Valley Academy RCS

For Android: Lehigh Valley Academy RCS

From the LVA Nurses

Welcome back. We would like to review a few items.

How to reach the nursing department?

Ms. Andrea Grube, CSN ext. 2347

Mrs. Brigitte Bortz, CSN ext. 3146

Ms. Catherine Tappert, CSN ext. 4127

Nursing Fax: 610-814-6048

Nursing Fax ES 4-6: 484-821-0369 (during school hours only)

  • Just a friendly reminder that we are following the CDC guidelines regarding Covid-19 related symptoms at this time. Please keep your child home if he/she displays any symptoms that could potentially be Covid-19 and please consult with your pediatrician/healthcare provider before sending your child to school.

  • If a member of your household is waiting for covid -19 test results or tests positive, unvaccinated students/staff cannot come to school.

  • Health Forms and Action Plans may be found under Parent Resources / Health Services. Please call your building nurse if you have any questions regarding the health forms.

COVID - What to do

If you, your family, and/or your children have been exposed to Covid-19 and/or are experiencing Covid-related symptoms, please keep your child(ren) home until you have spoken to one of the campus nurses.

If a member of the household is awaiting Covid-19 test results, keep all non-vaccinated and symptomatic children home, as well as the individual who was tested regardless of symptoms, until the result has been confirmed. If the result is negative, please send a copy of the result to your child’s building school nurse for his/her health file.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our community safe and healthy.

Helpful Covid-19 related links:

Health Services Webpage:

Quarantine and Isolation:

What to do if you are sick:

Health Update/Standing Orders Form Due

This form was sent home with your child on the first week of school. They do need to be completed at the beginning of every school year. Please return asap to the nurse’s office. Forms may be found on the LVA website under Parent Resources >Health Services > Health Forms > Health Update and Standing Order Form 2021-22



The students and the staff have been fantastic about social distancing when possible and wearing their masks indoors. (Please note that vented masks are not permitted.)

It is also very important that you keep your child home if he/she is exhibiting symptoms (see list below) or if anyone in the household is covid positive or is currently waiting for the result of a covid test.

If your child is sick, please follow the guidelines for when to keep him/her home:

If you checked 1 or more symptoms, your child should stay home from school

Column A
☐Fever (100°F or higher)
☐Shortness of breath
☐Difficulty breathing
☐Nausea or vomiting
☐Lack of smell or taste (without congestion)

If you checked 2 or more symptoms, your child should stay home from school

Column B
☐Sore throat
☐Muscle pain
☐Congestion or runny nose

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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.