LAVCA's Pelican Press

...Connecting our families through virtual communication

Let's get together and support LAVCA!

I hate to begin with politics but 'tis the season! As you may know, the state legislature recently completed a special session and moved straight into regular session. The education budget is at the forefront of discussions and we need to let lawmakers know how much we value our school and how essential school choice is to our families! We invite you to join together to show your support on April 6th at Capital Day in Baton Rouge. Details as well as the registration link are below and if you have questions, please feel free to contact me! #LAVCApride!

RSVP Here: http://www.publicschooloptions.org/louisiana-capitol-day/


~Gina Warren, Family Engagement Coordinator

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Louisiana Capital Day Details (use the link above to RSVP):

In this issue:

  1. Capital Day
  2. Important Announcements from our Academic Administrator...
  3. News from Our Grade Band Leads...
  4. Support for our Flooded Families...
  5. Re-Registration is Opened: Grab your spot!
  6. LAVCA's Teacher Feature: Look at this!
  7. Important Dates--Mark Your Calendars!
  8. Third Grade Highlights: Way to Go!!!
  9. LAVCA's Spelling Bee Winners!
  10. Counseling Corner- Tackling Test Anxiety
  11. Celebrating and Exploring Dyslexia
  12. Sixth grade fun for St. Patrick's Day
  13. Important Outing Announcements
  14. Fun in Photos from Read Across America Week

From Ms. Naquin, our Academic Administrator:

With the rising water that washed across our state last week, we know that several families were displaced and find themselves out of their regular school routine. Please reach out to your homeroom teacher and let them know of your situation. They will work with you to resume the new normal. We ask that as soon as you find yourself in a stable situation, school work continues. Please let us know how we can help. If you have damaged materials please follow the link here so we can have them replaced.


http://help.k12.com/support-topics/materials/receiving-materials/course-materials-missing-or-damaged

From the Elementary Arena and Mrs. DeHart...

Hello everyone! Please remember as we move toward year end that your Study Island assignments and teacher assignments such as work samples are required. These are being graded by your teachers and added to the gradebook. They represent 35% of your overall grade in each subject as well. That is a very valuable percentage because students cannot pass courses without gaining points in those required assignments. Please be sure to follow your teachers' newsletters to assure that you are completing those assignments by the due dates. We are available to support you. Reach out to us if you need help. Thank you so much and have a wonderful Spring Break!!!

Sincerely,

Mrs. DeHart, K5 Lead Teacher

News from Mr. Rodrigue in Middle School :

We hope that everyone is safe after the recent flooding. Please let your homeroom teacher know if you experienced any complications due to high water. Let your homeroom teacher know as well if any of your materials have been damaged (request replacements here: http://help.k12.com/support-topics/materials/receiving-materials/course-materials-missing-or-damaged ).


We hope to see you at the outings this week so check your kmails and join us if you can. Spring testing is coming up April 25 to the 29 too! Please take advantage of live help and small group sessions if you have any questions. If you are falling behind, please remember that work can be made up during spring break, so take advantage of this time if you need

it !

News from Mrs. Groven (High School Lead):

This time of the school year is so exciting, with so many wonderful upcoming events! Spring Break, Ring ceremony, Prom, and Graduation are almost here! Be sure to check your kmail for information about participating in these events.

The EOC is also just around the corner. Be sure that you are taking full advantage of all of the resources given by your teachers. EOC Small Groups, course units, and review in class are being offered. You can also find practice resources online at louisianabelieves.com.

As always, reach out to me with any questions you may have. I love hearing from you!

~ Mrs. Groven

Outside Resources for Flood Affected Families:

The following parishes have been declared disaster areas: Ouachita, Caldwell, Lincoln, Richland, Union and West Carroll. In these counties FEMA is now active and families can call 1-800-621-3362. They have emergency shelters set up where there is food, showers, etc. The Red Cross number is 318/323-5141 and can provide either additional assistance for families in the parishes listed above or services to those flood victims in parishes not listed. LAVCA is a family and we want to provide as much support as possible! Be sure to reach out to us!


Additional Assistance Opportunities:

1. For all the parishes declared federal disaster: D-SNAP Disaster Food Stamps - Pre-Registration Online at www.dcfs.la.gov/dsnap.
Phone at 1-888-LA-HELP-U (1-888-524-3578) daily between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Callers will select the appropriate language and then select options 3 and 3.

2. FEMA : How to register: Apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
Constituents may call the registration phone number at 1-800-621-3362; those who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.

Registration for 2016/17 is now Opened!

Re-registration for the 2016–2017 school year is now open! This is the process by which you tell us your plans for the upcoming year. We value that you have chosen us for your student’s education. We know that the longer students stay with us, the better they perform academically. We hope to have the opportunity to continue working with your family and setting your student up for success in the future.

What action do you need to take?

At this time ALL families are required to make an election in the Online School (OLS):

· Re-registering

· Not re-registering

· Undecided

Log into the online school, click on “My Info,” and follow the simple instructions under the “Registration” tab.

If you need additional information to complete this process, visit http://www.k12.com/reregistration. You’ll find valuable tips, a printable step-by-step flyer, and a video that will walk you through the process.

Why re-register today?

Early re-registration ensures that you’ll be prepared and off to a great start in the fall. You’ll also have peace of mind, knowing your student’s plans are already squared away.


NOTE: The TOPS Consent Form must be printed, signed and returned to our school office via fax or USPS. The LAVCA fax number is: 504-300-0806 and the office address is: LAVCA, 4962 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806


From all of us at LAVCA, we look forward to continuing the learning journey with your family in the year ahead. In the meantime, if you have any immediate questions, feel free to call us at (504)322-7543.

LAVCA's staff members are showing their #LAVCApride! We are so proud!

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3rd grade students in Mrs. Daniel's class have been busy learning about Louisiana!

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Announcing LAVCA's 2015/16 Spelling Bee Winners: ExCeLlEnT jOb!

Congratulations to our LAVCA Spelling Bee winners! You worked very hard and we are so proud of you! These students will now move into the regional division.
3rd -5th Grade:
1. Hannah C
2. Zimir G
3. Ra'Kiyah J


6th-8th Grade:
1. Brandon E
2. Jake S
3. Julianne K

Counseling Corner...Tackling Test Anxiety

Greetings LAVCA Families!

Testing season is upon us! Nervousness can be seen as a natural response to testing; however, too much nervousness, or anxiety, can be a problem. Anxiety can interfere with a student’s performance and we want our students to be at their best! With that in mind, we wanted to share some resources and strategies that may help students cope with test anxiety. Follow the links below for some excellent ideas and suggestions!


http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/test-anxiety.html#

http://www.healthyplace.com/anxiety-panic/articles/successful-strategies-for-test-anxiety/

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Celebrating the Gift of Dyslexia...

Were you able to attend our session focusing on Dyslexia? If not, the recording is below as well as a few additional resources that may assist you if your student is challenged in this area.


Session Recording link: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/playback.jnlp?psid=2016-02-22.1300.M.C75F92CB1FF636B9EDCFA7AA953409.vcr&sid=559


Links to additional Resources:

http://homeschoolingwithdyslexia.com/100-resources-teaching-kids-dyslexia/


http://www.readingrockets.org/article/top-10-resources-dyslexia



http://www.upworthy.com/if-you-have-dyslexia-this-website-can-show-your-friends-what-reading-is-actually-like?c=ufb1


Orton Gillingham Method (can be used with any letter or word):

http://viewpure.com/2CI8RNAmaMI?start=0&end=0

Sixth Grade Teachers Had Fun with JibJab!

Follow this link to view some St. Patrick's Day Fun!

http://www.jibjab.com/view/KWeStB3q2riawkVjaJnm

March Outings are a "GO" except for Shreveport and Houma! Shreveport and Houma are cancelled.

Friday, March 18th, we will be having our outings across the state and we hope that you'll join us for some LAVCA fun! Please remember to print and bring the forms below as well as any funds needed for admission. THE SHREVEPORT AND HOUMA OUTINGS ARE CANCELLED. All other events will occur as scheduled. If you planned to attend Shreveport or Houma and would like to join us in another area, please do! Just remember any admission fees and the releases here:


Liability Release:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5ig8H_e-xNrZVlnaGZobnhJRmc/view?usp=sharing


Photo Release:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5ig8H_e-xNrWXd2YndQYmdJeTg/view?usp=sharing


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

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Read Across America Week was a blast...thanks to you!

About LAVCA...

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