Diamond Gazette

October 2016 ~ FALLing into a School Year Rhythm

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Autumn Reflections

The changing of the seasons and the beauty they bring forth have a way of bringing out a contemplative mood; a time to reflect on past months and years and also plan for the days ahead. I hope that you also take time to reflect on what's good in your life and refocus on your goals.

Autumn Fires
Robert Louis Stevenson (from A Child’s Garden of Verses, 1885)

In the other gardens and all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires see the smoke trail!

Pleasant summer over and all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes, the gray smoke towers.

Sing a song of seasons! Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer. Fires in the fall!
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Hearing/Vision Screenings, Picture Days

Picture Day Is Coming!!

Do you miss having school pictures of your student?

Get ready! They are coming back! They will coincide with some of the Hearing/Vision screenings offered throughout the state (see below). Be watching your email for more information.

Friday October 14th in Jonesboro

Craighead County Public Library (Round Room)

315 W. Oak Ave. Jonesboro, AR 72401

9am to 2pm

Monday October 24th in Little Rock

Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library

4800 W. 10th Street Little Rock, AR

10:30 am to 2:30 pm

Sign up for the Hearing/Vision Screenings here!
There will also be social activities at many of the locations. We hope you can make it!
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School Resources and Support

High School Counselor Office Hours

An office hour for Counselors will be available weekly for students from 8-9 am on Wednesdays. If you have questions regarding credits, colleges, scholarships, etc, come on in and talk with your Counselors! The link to attend is:


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Interested in other Bullying Awareness Resources?

Check out these resources shared from 11th-12th grade Counselor, Carol Heavin:


Stop Bullying – http://www.stopbullying.gov/

SAMHSA Bullying App - http://store.samhsa.gov/apps/knowbullying/index.html

Eyes On Bullying – A Guide for Grandparents


Common Sense Education - https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/cyberbullying-toolkit

National Crime Prevention Council - http://www.ncpc.org/topics/bullying

ADE Resources - http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/learning-services/technology-initiatives-and-resources/cyber-safety-resources

Arkansas IDEAS - Bullying Prevention: Moving from a Culture of Cruelty to a Culture of Caring - http://ideas.aetn.org/course_catalog?subject=Health&tess=option&result_41219_result_page=2

It's My Life - http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/friends/bullies/index.html

American Psychological Association – http://www.apa.org/topics/bullying/index.aspx

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - School Violence: Prevention Tools and Resources - http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/youthviolence/schoolviolence/tools.html

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Contact Katharine Greene: kagreene@arva.org, for more information on the Science Olympiad flyer above.

ARVA's Parent Lending Library

ARVA's Parent Lending Library has books and games to loan to parents and learning coaches. It includes book titles such as Doing Math in Morning Meeting: 150 Quick Activities (shown here) and non-book selections and games. To find out more information about the ARVA’s Parent’s Lending Library or to check out a book, click here.

*Note that you can also request titles at most Arkansas libraries. They will often request the book from another library or order it for you to check out. Find your local library here.

FEATURED SELECTION for October: Doing Math in Morning Meeting: 150 Quick Activities

Bring joy and energy to math learning without adding to your already-packed schedule! This book gives you 150 fun and engaging math activities suitable for kindergartners to 5th graders, and provides math-themed ideas for all four Morning Meeting components: greeting, group activity, sharing, and morning message. Use these guessing games, songs, chants, hands-on experiments, and more to inspire students' interest in math and help them practice skills. Each activity includes: Easy how-to steps; The Morning Meeting component in which to use the activity; Relevant NCTM content and process standards; Specific math skills addressed; Materials needed (all require few or no materials); Tips on preparing students for success; Math vocabulary to emphasize; Variations and extensions.

2016-2017 ARVA Student/Parent Handbook

Handbooks were provided via email to all families enrolled by the first week of school. It has also been posted on the Strong Start site, here: View the Student/Parent Handbook
It is important to read and understand the handbook, whether you are a student or a learning coach. Once you have read the handbook, please sign the online form here, if you haven't already: surveymonkey.com/r/16-17_ARVA_Student-Parent_Handbook
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Booster Club and Outing Information

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Student Enrichment Activity Calendar

Click here to see what's happening around Arkansas!

Booster Meeting Recording

ARVA held it's first Booster meeting Thursday evening for parents interested in being more involved. Topics of discussion: local social groups, upcoming outings, how to organize a Booster outing, school swag. Click here to view the recording and contact Beth Moore if you have any questions: bmoore@arva.org

ALL ARVA Learning Coaches Facebook Page

This Facebook page is for ALL ARVA learning coaches: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ARVALearningCoaches/

Northwest Arkansas ARVA Families

NW AR ARVA families enjoy visiting both online and offline. If you are a NW AR family, consider joining the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NWA.ARVA.Community.Group/

North Central AR Families

There is a North Central AR ARVA family Facebook page for you! https://www.facebook.com/groups/twinlakes.arva.community/ Log in to see what's happening in your area and meet other ARVA families.
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Supporting our K12 'Family' ~ Cynthia Perry's story, LAVCA

During our Book Fairs in September, we were able to share about a staff member at one of our 'sister' schools, LAVCA (Louisiana Virtual Cyber Academy) and how she was affected in the recent flooding there. They don't even live in a flood zone! Cynthia Perry and her family escaped the flooding but had to tear their house down to the studs and throw out almost everything they owned due to water damage. Some ARVA staff got to speak with Cynthia shortly after the flooding and learn more about her family's needs. We asked Cynthia how we could help. Certainly, things like gift cards and donations are helpful but she also shared that they love to receive cards of encouragement as well. Cynthia's family will now have an assortment of cards and letters to brighten their days which were created by our students at these book fairs. If you would also like to share words of encouragement or funds, you can check out her gofundme page: gofundme.com/2nptqrw9
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Look at all the ways ARVA Diamonds SHINE across our state!

Sunni Deb, 8th grader at ARVA, shows Boer goats, poultry, and waterfowl year round through 4-H, having already competed at over thirty shows this year. She has competed almost every weekend since school started. She is the reigning three time state champion poultry showman, as well as a two time state reserve champion Boer goat showman. She also was reserve champion in the Market Goat Skill-A-Thon last year. She is a three time inductee of the Purple Circle Club, an alumni for ASF Champions. The photos below are a few of the many wins Sunni Deb achieved at some fairs in Arkansas and Louisiana over the past weekends. Sunni Deb is gearing up for the BIG SHOW at the Arkansas State Fair this month. Showing animals takes a lot of dedication in and out of the show ring. Sunni Deb works round the clock to ensure that her animals are taken care of, trained all while still getting her school work done. Congratulations on your hard work and Good Luck at the BIG FAIR Sunni Deb! Your fellow Diamonds are rooting for you!

On September 11th, 2016 the Arkansas Center for Music Education presented a musical tribute to our service men and women. ARVA's own Josie Schroeder sang in the Treble Choir and Brian Faulkner played the drums in the 9/11 tribute band. What a wonderful way to give back!
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Community Resources

Careeer Day for High School Juniors at UACCB!

UACCB’s Career Day, Friday, October 28 is looking to be another successful day for high school juniors. Attached you’ll find an agenda and a list of the career sessions that will be offered to your students that day. Students will have the opportunity to attend 3 different sessions, 25 minutes each. If you have not submitted your school registration, please do so by Friday, October 15th. Registration is here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Byiu66oA4VBfYjNmSk8tV1h2bUk/view?usp=sharing

I’d like to introduce you to our keynote speaker, Mr. Jeff Cline, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, DCC, ACS - Clinical Coordinator/Therapist

Jeff Cline began his work with the Better Life Counseling Center in 2006 and serves as clinical coordinator of counseling services. He graduated with an MA in Counseling from Harding University Graduate School of Religion in Memphis, TN and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Arkansas as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc.

Mr. Cline is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the Arkansas Counseling Association and is Prepare/Enrich Certified. As an experienced and vibrant speaker he leads a variety of BLCC’s workshops and seminars including; Parenting Separately, Marriage/Family and Adolescent problems, Stress/Anger Management, Workplace Productivity, and Faith-based issues.

The day will conclude at noon with a picnic lunch and entertainment. We look forward to seeing you and your students there! Please contact me with any questions.

Free Symphony Orchestra Tickets

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents its newest outreach program to all children and parents in the entire state of Arkansas. This program offers every student, from Kindergarten to High School seniors—all 400,000 of them—the chance to experience live orchestra performances, some of them, perhaps for the first time in their lives. Free!!

Special Needs Families ~ Click the pictures below to read more!

Do you know of more opportunities for children with special needs in your area?

Let us know so that we can share it with the rest of our ARVA community!

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K12 Resources and Offerings

K12 Art Competition- "When I Grow Up...."

Roll up your sleeves, tap into your artistic side and create a piece of artwork that illustrates what you want to be when you grow up- whether that's a teacher, a movie star, an astronaut, a veterinarian, or something else entirely.

The artwork can be realistic or abstract. You can use paint, photography or drawing materials or create a collage, a didgital illustration, a three-dimensional piece using clay, origami, etc. Be creative!

For all the guidelines click here. ART is FUN!!

To submit your entry click here. ART is AWESOME!

K12 National College and Career Workshops

Have you thought about life after high school? Have you considered the careers that you might be interested in and whether or not you want, or will need, to attend college?

There is a lot to think about to get ready: where to go, what to study, how to apply, how to pay or it, and more. It’s never too early —or too late— to explore your options!

K12 will be hosting two live workshop sessions each month through the end of the 2016–2017 school year for students to talk about college and career prep topics.

College & Career Workshop Sign Ups

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Recent Parent Workshop and Series Recordings

Visit the ARVA Strong Start site to find all of the available links to recordings that will help you with everything from behavior strategies to managing multiples.

ARVA's Family Academic Support Team (FAST) and the Strong Start Site

ARVA's Family Academic Support Team (FAST) provides comprehensive preparation and sustained support for engagement to promote improved achievement outcomes through strengths-based, proactive, and positive intervention. FAST publishes the Diamond Gazette newsletter, shares information from K12's National Family Academic Support Team, engages families at outings, and works to promote student engagement for academic success. If you have need support from your engagement coach or have forgotten who she is and need a call, please contact:
Stay tuned to ARVA's Strong Start site for real-time updates and be sure to bookmark the site. Helpful videos, meetings through K12's Parent Network, local student activities, and more resources can be found here.
The Diamond Gazette is published monthly for all families at Arkansas Virtual Academy. It is sent via email and posted to the Strong Start site.
Gina Moore, editor
Amanda Lloyd, assistant editor
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