GVP Family News

February 7, 2022

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A Note From the Principal

Thank you for your understanding regarding our need to switch to remote learning last week. These decisions are not taken lightly and were made with your scholar's safety in mind.

We are excited to be bringing back our annual Black History Month program this year. Each scholar in grades 2-8 will be completing a research project at home that will be on display during our annual program. Additional information can be found below.

As a reminder, homework packets go home each Monday and are due back on Friday. These packets are taken for a grade in math, reading, and writing.

"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." --Malcom X

Please read the newsletter fully and completely as there is a lot of pertinent information.

Scholars First,

Mr. Carrion

Congratulations Principal Carrion

Congratulations are in order for our principal, Javaris Carrion, on being selected to the newest class of fellows who will be joining the Surge Academy. This fellowship is designed to educate and develop leaders of color who create transformative change for young people, their families and our broader communities.

Congratulations Mr. Carrion! We are excited to see how this fellowship transforms our school community as we build for successful future at GVP.

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Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, GVP scholars in 2nd-8th grade will research, create, display, and celebrate influential African-Americans and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

All project displays are to be presented on a tri-fold poster board (science fair board). Encourage your scholar to be creative with their project and include the attached recommendations and guiding questions when creating their boards. All boards will be displayed at our annual Black History Month program. A scholar will be selected and honored from each grade level with the poster board that celebrates our black history the best!

This posters will be on display for our annual Black History program on February 28.

Black History Speaker Series

In honor of Black History Month, PLA will be offering a black speaker series each Friday from 2:00 to 2:30. PLA's goal is to show our scholars that no dream is out of their reach. During the series, PLA will be bringing some of the most inspirational speakers and leaders of color to show our scholars what is possible and to encourage them to build, dream and lead.

This week, saxophonist Louis Fouche and executive producer of the Apollo Kamilah Forbes will be joining us to inspire our learners.

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Scholars in third grade are eagerly preparing for the IREAD-3 state assessment. Each day, scholars are receiving a 20 minute review session with an emphasis on reading foundations and reading comprehension. To support this preparation, we are requiring that scholars read for 20 minutes each night. Families: Please ask your scholar to summarize what they read. Additional information will be coming out as we get closer to the testing window.

The IREAD-3 testing window opens on March 7, 2022. Our scholars will be testing on March 14 and 15. Please start making plans now to ensure your scholar is in attendance and on time during these testing dates.

Art Club

We are excited to be starting an art club for scholars in Kindergarten to fifth grade. Our new art teacher, Ms. Sylvia Rivers will be hosting art time on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30.

A permission slip will be going home this week. If interested, please fill out and return as soon as possible. We have limited seats available and will be accepting scholars on a first come, first serve basis. Scholars MUST be picked up by 4:45. If you are habitually late picking up your scholar, they may not be allowed to continue attending.

Top Class

Congrats to Ms. Moorman's second grade class. They had the top score for both last week's ELA and Math assessments! Keep up the great work, scholars!
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Infinite Campus Parent Portal Access

As we partner together for our scholars' success, we want to ensure you have real-time access to your scholar's academic journey at GVP.

Here is a short Getting Started video to check out:


Infinite Campus is a network-wide student information system designed to manage attendance, grades, schedules, assessments, and other information about our scholars.

Parents and Learning Coaches have access to Campus Portal. It is a confidential and secure website that allows you to log in and view your scholars' progress. There is also an app available for both iOS and Android devices on our website.

Logging into the Campus Portal will allow you to view the following

real-time information about your child: demographics, attendance, grades, and report cards.

If you have additional questions regarding Infinite Campus - Campus Portal, please email jharding@phalenacademies.org


We are currently accepting new enrollments. If you know of any scholars who are looking for a quality, high-performing school with top-notch staff, please direct them have them contact the main office. Call 317.333.6980 to speak to our Enrollment Coordinator, Kim Graham.
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Summer Advantage

Phalen Leadership Academies is partnering with Summer Advantage USA to offer a 5-week summer learning program to our scholars AT NO COST TO YOU! Beyond being one of the nation's ONLY scientifically-studied summer programs proven to improve academic scores, Summer Advantage also artfully incorporates engaging enrichment activities every afternoon for a FULL DAY of learning & fun for our scholars!

Enrollment for this summer's cohort is now underway. GVP will host scholars in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade. This year, Summer Advantage will be in person. It will run from June 13 to July 15 from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm.

For more information, please visit www.summeradvantage.org. You can enroll your scholar by clicking on the infographic below.

PLA University

A new workforce development program is underway to respond to the growing economic challenges faced by many of our families. PLA University is a tuition-free training program created to provide PLA’s families with the access, skills, experience and job placement support to realize their full earning potential.
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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.

Mark Your Calendars

February 8 - Tie Tuesday

February 21 - President's Day (No School)

February 28 - Black History Month Program

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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.

Mask Policy

Please ensure that your scholar(s) comes to school each day with two masks, one properly fitted on their face upon arrival to school and an extra mask in their backpack for emergency use. Scholars that arrive at school without a mask will not be permitted to exit vehicles for temperature checks or enter our building. Masks should fit snugly over the nose, mouth, and chin. We will no longer be providing disposal masks for scholars except in the event of an extreme emergency.

No Visitor Policy

Due to the highly transmissible COVID-19 Omicron variant, we will be implementing a NO visitor policy at our school campus until further notice. We are strongly committed to keeping the health and safety of our scholars, families, faculty, and staff our top priority. All parent meetings and conferences will be held via phone or video calls. In the event that your scholar(s) arrive late to school or need to be picked up early please call and notify our front office administrator of the event. We will accommodate extreme emergencies and extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis.

Dress Code Policy

As discussed in our town hall meetings, we will be strongly enforcing our school dress code policy upon our return to school. Scholars should be dressed for school each day in uniform specific to their grade level dress code. I am requesting that your scholar arrives at school each day following the dress code policy and is ready to learn.