LAVCA's Pelican Press

...Connecting our families through virtual communication

It's Second Semester and we're thrilled to have you here!

Second semester has begun and it's going to be a GREAT one! We've had a few days off to rest and prepare for the remainder of the school year and now we're BACK! I've already had the WONDERFUL opportunity to speak with so many of you this year and can't wait to meet even more of our fabulous families! As you get acclimated this quarter, please remember that our staff is ready and willing to assist all of our LAVCA family! Please take the time to read this monthly publication carefully because it is full of wonderful information about our school that will make this the best virtual semester ever! #LAVCApride!



~Gina Warren, Family Engagement Coordinator

In this issue:

  1. Jib Jab of Administration Team--"Happy" New Year!
  2. School Choice Week
  3. Mark Your Calendars!
  4. New to LAVCA? Check this out--lots of quick helps!
  5. Counseling Corner- We're back!!!!
  6. Support LAVCA--it doesn't take much effort!
  7. Live Help--We're here for you!
  8. Blended Learning Center Info
  9. State Testing Information (dates--write them down NOW!)
  10. Message from Special Programs Manager
  11. January Outing Info
  12. Winter Wonderland Creations from K-5!

Log some PE time, have some fun and learn the School Choice Week Dance--share on our Facebook page #lavcapride

There's so much happening at LAVCA-don't miss out!

  • Friday, January 15th - final day to complete Quarter 3 Study Island Pretests
  • Monday, January 18th - MLK Holiday; No School
  • Tuesday, January 19th at noon-final day to register for January Outings
  • Friday, January 22nd - January Outings Across the state!
  • January 24th to 30th - National School Choice Week
  • February 8th to 12th - Mardi Gras Break (no school)
  • February 22nd to 26th - Online Outings/Virtual Fun (details to come; check your kmail)

Welcome to our newest LAVCA families--we are THRILLED that you're with us! Below are some links to get you off to a great start:

All students:

Classroom Link to Required Orientation Sessions http://tinyurl.com/lavcawarrenbbcroom

K-7: Mondays at 4pm (except 1/18) and Wednesdays at 8am

8th - 11th: Tuesdays at 8am and Thursdays at 4pm


Is Your Computer K12 Ready?: GettingYourPersonalComputerK12Ready

How to Set Up Your K12 loaner computer (if eligible): SettingUpK12LoanerComputer

Getting Started Without Materials: GettingStartedWithoutMaterials

Entering Attendance: Entering Attendance


8th to 12th Grade:

Completing Online Learning: http://screencast.com/t/RW3PH8uo9jHv

Locating Study Island Required Assessments:

Taking your classes - http://fw.unitymg.com/rdr/OD:104:836

Viewing Student Courses - http://fw.unitymg.com/rdr/OD:104:836

Checking your progress - http://fw.unitymg.com/rdr/OD:104:836

Online High School Overview: http://www.screencast.com/t/3tgygxEL

Locating Study Island Checkpoints/Assignments for High School: LocatingStudyIslandforHighSchool


K5 to 7th Grade:

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Using the online school-How to Use a lesson -

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Completing Welcome to Online Learning - K-7 Completing WOL

Locating Student ID# and Completing Study Island Checkpoints - LocatingSIDandCompletingStudyIslandCheckpoints

Counseling Corner...Aaannnd, we're back.

Greetings LAVCA Family,

Welcome! We hope you all had a break that gave you an opportunity to reset and regroup. We wanted to share several things with returning and new students regarding taking action in the spring 2016 semester. Students, Learning Coaches and/or Parents, please be prepared to press “PLAY” so we can experience a positive learning environment full of action that will yield award winning results. We were thinking of some things that we could share that can play a part in an action packed semester.

· Please check your K-mail daily.

· Create a schedule in regards to attending sessions, completing coursework, and meeting deadlines.

· Communicate with teachers, staff, and administration.

· Communicate with other students, learning coaches, and parents for tips.

· Use available learning resources (Live Help, Math on Demand, etc.)

· Please don’t hesitate to ask questions.

· Try to attend as many scheduled monthly outings as possible. Let’s meet, greet, talk, share ideas, reunite, and grow as a family!

· Returning families, please don’t hesitate to reach out to each other and to new families regarding the action packed techniques and strategies which produce success and growth.

· New families, it is important to stay focused, establish routine to yield structure and progress, and to never hesitate to ask questions. If you haven’t already, visit http://www.k12.com/take-a-peek/day-in-the-life.html for ideas and tips.

Lastly, but important, please be aware of signs and symptoms of stress or the feeling overwhelmed. This can be experienced by students, learning coaches, parents, teachers, staff, and administration. You can use the link listed below to visit the Stress Management Center presented by WebMD to find resources regarding stress and how to handle it. http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/default.htm

Our ongoing engagement, support, and encouragement will play a significant role in the student’s learning, growth, and success. Let’s take action together. We are here to provide support! We hope you have an awesome and action packed semester!

-Your LAVCA Counseling Team

Keep helping us support programs for our students!!! We've added Coke Rewards and it's so simple!

You JUST need to talk with someone; not send a kmail or leave a phone message...We're here for you! Check out these opportunities for our families to connect with the teachers:

LAVCA offers something wonderful to our families: the opportunity to speak to your teacher in LIVE HELP! It's listed on your student's class connect schedule and your teachers are online at these times waiting to assist you. Have your questions ready and log in; it's that simple! Here is the weekly schedule:


K-5: 1:30 to 2:30 Monday and Wednesday

6th/7th: 12 to 1 Tuesday and Thursday

8th: 12 to 1 Wednesday and Thursday

9th-12th: Math and Science Monday and Wednesday 12 to 1

English, History and electives Tuesday and Thursday 12 to 1

Blended Learning in Lafayette!

Great news! Our blended learning site in Lafayette is continuing to serve the area students! This site allows students to come to our site and work directly with our teachers on their schoolwork! Follow this link to learn what our Lafayette location is like: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5ig8H_e-xNrd3hRT0JoN0F2dGtvVVNxaXh1ZlNuVlNXS21F/view?usp=sharing


Questions? Contact your homeroom teachers or the Lafayette location director, Rachel Resweber at; rresweber@lavirtual.org You can also reach out to Gina Warren via kmail under both administration and teachers or at gwarren@lavirtual.org

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A Note From Ms. Deville, Our Special Programs Manager:

McKinnney-Vento Act:

If you lost your housing and now live in a shelter, motel, vehicle, camping ground, or temporary trailer; on the street; doubled-up with family or friends; or in another type of temporary or inadequate housing, your child might be able to receive help through a federal law called the McKinney-Vento Act.

Your eligible children have the right to:

· Receive a free, appropriate public education.

· Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.

· Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents.

· Enroll in the local school; or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is your preference and is feasible.

§ If the school district believes that the school you select is not in the best interest of your children, then the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and inform you of your right to appeal its decision.

· Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if you request this.

· Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to your children’s needs.

If you need further assistance with your children’s educational needs, contact

LAVCA HOMELESS LIASION:

Shenell Deville

Special Programs Manager

Phone: (504) 322-7543 X 3056

Fax: (504) 300-0806

Email: sdeville@k12.com or sdeville@lavirtual.org

Louisiana Department of Education:

Ms. Tasha Anthony

Education Program Consultant

Phone: (225) 219-3488

Fax: (225) 219-4454

Website: www.louisianabelieves.com

The National Center for Homeless Education:

Phone: 1-800-308-2145

Email: homeless@serve.org

www.serve.org/nche

January Outings: Please read each description carefully for fee and payment information via the links provided. We use Eventbrite for reservations only. It is free to make reservations but most outings are paid events. Reservations will close January 19th at noon so don't hesitate! There is no need to print any tickets on Eventbrite either.

Please note on outings: most are "pay at the event" and some require correct cash to receive discounted rates. We only use eventbrite for reservations but if you do make a reservation, please make every effort to attend. Our outing providers need that information to be as accurate as possible. :)


Lake Charles: tour and picnic on the USS Orleck ($5 studednts/$7 adults)

http://lakecharles-january-ussorleck.eventbrite.com

Lafayette: bowling fun at Acadiana Bowling ($7 per person bowling and includes pizza, a drink and tokens)

http://lafayette-january-bowlingfun.eventbrite.com
Houma: Bricks 4 Kids and Brickhouse Cardio Club in the dark ($10 per person for 2 hours of fun!

http://houma-january-brickzforkidsandcosmiccardio.eventbrite.com
Covington/Baton Rouge: Global Wildlife Refuge (Reservations are now closed for this event.) Additional charge of $2 per participant for food the day of the tour.

http://januaryouting-globalwildlife.eventbrite.com
New Orleans: Insectarium Visit: we will meet in the atrium to visit and tour at this GREAT price! Correct Cash only for this event to secure the group rate. Parking details and other important information at the link below.

http://nola-januaryinsectariumouting.eventbrite.com
Shreveport: Visit the Sciport where we will have age appropriate labs, view South Pacific in the IMAX and tour the remainder of the facility--what fun! Be sure to make reservations for the appropriate age groups for proper planning. ($10 for students, $6 for adults)

http://shreveport-january-sciport.eventbrite.com
Monroe: We're hitting the lanes for some bowling fun at Bayou Bowl! $5 per bowler for 2 hours and shoes are included!

http://monroe-january-bayoubowl.eventbrite.com
Alexandria: Event cancelled by facility--our apologies for the inconvenience but we have a GREAT one coming in March!



Questions? Email Ms. Gina at gwarren@lavirtual.org!

LAVCA Winter Wonderland Fun..K-5 built virtual snow folks in one of our online sessions!

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Due to the Mardi Gras holiday, we will not have outings in February but will resume in March!

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