LVA Jaguar Journal

November 2021

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Congratulations LVA Cross Country

The LVA Cross Country team competed in District XI Championships on Thursday, October 28th at DeSales University. All of the runners did an excellent job, and our LVA boys team placed 6th overall.


A special congratulations goes out to Junior, Alex Hume on placing 3rd and Skyler Szulborski for placing 6th. Both Alex & Skyler qualified for the PIAA State Championships in Hershey, PA on Saturday, November 6th. #GoJaguars


We are extremely proud of each and every student athlete. Way to go Jaguars on an amazing first season!

Teacher In-service Day - No School for Students on 11/02/2021

There is no school for students on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 in observance of Teacher In-service Day.

Face Masks

In accordance with the approved Health & Safety plan, please remember to send your child to school with a face mask everyday.

LVA Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Parent / Student / Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 11, 2021 and Friday, November 12, 2021.

11:30AM Early Dismissal - 11/11/2021

Students will be dismissed at 11:30AM (No lunches served) on Thursday, November 11, 2021

No School for Students on 11/12/2021

No School for Students on Friday, November 12, 2021 for Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences.

School Closed - 11/24 to 11/29

School Closed - Wednesday, November 24, 2021 to Monday, November, 29, 2021 for Fall break. Classes resume on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

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.

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

Bus Transportation

MASKS ARE REQUIRED BY FEDERAL LAW ON ALL BUSES!


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 www.compass.state.pa.us 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 l.berndt@lvacademy.org.

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: http://www.lvacademy.org/for_parents/health_services/c_o_v_i_d-19_resources

Quarantine and Isolation: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html

What to do if you are sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html


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

http://www.lvacademy.org/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=28535148

PLEASE KEEP SICK CHILDREN HOME

IN ORDER TO TRY TO KEEP EVERYONE HEALTHY THIS SCHOOL YEAR, WE ALL NEED TO DO OUR PART.



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)
☐Cough
☐Shortness of breath
☐Difficulty breathing
☐Nausea or vomiting
☐Diarrhea
☐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
☐Chills
☐Muscle pain
☐Headache
☐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.