Bowman Eagle Gazette

August 7, 2020

In Case You Missed It...

July 30, 2020


Dear Thea Bowman Leadership Academy Families,


We appreciate your continued support of our school and your patience as we have worked to develop our reopening plan. As we continue to plan for the upcoming school, please know that we are taking every precaution possible to ensure the safety of our families and staff. Throughout the planning process we have been in constant communication with our school board, Phalen Leadership Academies, Trine University, local and state health agencies, as well as monitoring the number of COVID-19 cases in Lake County. We truly appreciate their guidance in assisting with our plan.


During our school board meeting on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, the board approved our scholars starting school virtually for the first six weeks and then we’ll transition into a hybrid model. Parents will have the option for scholars to continue attending 100% virtual after the 6 week period. We will continue to monitor the current conditions weekly. In the event that there is not a decline of positive cases in the next month, we may have to add additional virtual weeks.


During the six week period, teachers will provide scholars with high-quality virtual instruction using Blackboard, our learning management system. We will distribute information packets, iPads and Chromebooks on August 12-14, 2020. Attached is an outline of the six-week plan along with additional information and expectations. Our staff will be onsite daily during regular school hours to deliver virtual instruction. Parents are encouraged to contact teachers during their office hours for additional support. Office hours will be provided by each teacher.


If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the school. As always thank you for making Thea Bowman Leadership Academy your school of choice. Please continue to be safe during this time.


Educationally yours,


Marisa Simmons

Technology Pickup

We are so excited to announce that our school will be one to one with computers. All of our scholars will receive a new laptop or iPad for the upcoming school year. Device pickup is Wednesday, August 12th through Friday, August 14th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.


Parents must pick up the devices for their scholars. Please bring your ID and be prepared to sign the technology agreement. Please use the link below to schedule your pickup time. Only one appointment is needed per household. Please DO NOT sign up for more than one time slot.


Mask are REQUIRED for pickup. Please park in the parking lot and enter through Door A. During pickup, we will also provide you with schedules and additional information.

First Weeks of School

Each scholar will receive an email from their teacher with their Zoom link for the first day of school. All scholars are expected to log in at 8:30 am.

K-3rd graders will log on and remain with their teacher for all instruction. Allied Arts teachers will join the class at the designated time.

4th-12th graders are expected to follow their daily schedule and log on with each of their teachers during the designated times.

Revised 2020-2021 School Calendar

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*Please note this calendar is subject to change based on COVID*

Scholar Attendance

  • Students are expected to attend class daily at the designated time.

  • Attendance will be based on a variety of factors including but not limited to participation in live lessons, completion of daily activities, email or phone check-ins, etc.

  • Teachers will record attendance in Infinite Campus daily.

Virtual Instruction

Blackboard will be used as our Learning Management System (LMS) which is a virtual classroom. Blackboard allows teachers to use an interactive whiteboard, show powerpoints or videos, and use additional apps to enhance the instruction. Our teachers will also have the ability to conduct small group instruction using breakout rooms.


Check out a brief introduction to Blackboard.

Introduction to Blackboard Learn with the Ultra Experience for Students

School Supply Lists

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Sunday News at 7

Did you know that we send out a robocall every Sunday night at 7:00 pm? It contains all of the activities and events that are happening for the week. We also use the system for attendance, school closings, and emergency calls. If you aren't getting the calls, please contact the front office to make sure we have an updated phone number OR send an email to tbla@tbla.email. You don't want to miss out on important information!

Breakfast and Lunch Pick Up

Breakfast and lunch will be distributed every Monday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Please pull into the lot and follow the cones around to door G. Be prepared to give the names of your scholars.