Phalen Leadership Academy 48

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Greetings PLA Families,

PLA 48 Vision: To empower all scholars to become life-long learners who are fearless leaders

in pursuit of academic excellence and compassion for the community.

Week 03/06/2022 Weekly Newsletter

What a great week at PLA @48! Our scholars and staff are working really hard! We are so

thankful for our families, scholars, staff, and community who support this school! We are

beginning to make strides towards achieving our goals! Let's continue to push forward as we

all enter a busy time of life with the holidays fast approaching. Continue to talk to your kids

about the importance of maintaining good attendance, completing their work, and giving their

best effort on a daily basis to learn all they can!!

If you need any assistance or have any question contact us today!!

Mr. Lawrence Courtney, Principal


Ms. Cassandra Wallace, Office Admin Assistant


Non-Negotiable Behaviors at PLA 48

We value our scholars here at PLA 48. We expect them to rise up and meet certain

expectations in the classroom, hallway, cafeteria, and on the bus. We have seen a rise in

unwanted behaviors recently. We value our parental support that you provide to us as we strive to make PLA 48 the best school in the Indianapolis area. We have identified five non-

negotiable behaviors that if scholars choose to act upon severe consequences will result. We

are making you aware so that discussions can be had at home to remind scholars of the

actions they should avoid in order to make their learning experience the best it can be.

The following will result in suspension from school/bus or both:

1. Fighting (this includes play fighting that leads to a further altercation)

2. Using profanity, cursing, or lewd actions or words

3. Leaving designated area without permission (ie: walking out of class)

4. Failure to report to an assigned area (ie: being sent to the dean's office or back to class)

5. Verbal/Physical aggression towards other scholars or adults

Cold Weather Dress Code Reminder

Please have scholars dress appropriately for the weather as we begin to experience more cold

weather outside. Hooded sweatshirts and jackets are not allowed in the school building at anytime during school hours. Scholars may wear solid color sweaters or sweatshirts(red, white, gray, or black) with no hood or logos larger than one inch unless it is Phalen gear. K-3 scholars wear red tops, 4-5 wear gray tops, and 6th grade wear black or white tops.

Pants or skirts can be black or khaki.

Summer Advantage

Summer Advantage is back for another summer!! Looking for something free, fun and rewarding for your scholar to do this summer, sign them up for our 5 week Summer Advantage program today!!! or Contact Ms Wallace 317-226-4248


If you are looking for something for your child to do from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and they attend PLA

@48, look no further. You can sign them up for The Riley Center after school program. Please

call Cassandra Wallace at 317-226-4248 for more information.

TAB After-School tutoring program

Tabernacle Presbyterian Church will begin tutoring opportunities for PLA 48 scholars in

January 2022. If you would like your child to joing the waitlist please call the school and speak with Ms. Wallace. 317-226-4248


If your scholar(s) OR someone in your household test positive for COVID they will have to quarantine for 5 days from the day that they tested positive as well as have a negative test with a negative result from their last 3 days of quarantine. They must also be symptom free for 24 hours.

If you have any questions, please let us know!

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Uniform Policy

All scholars should be dressed in accordance with the school's uniform policy. The dress

code is as follows:

KDG-3rd Grade-Red Collared Shirts w/ black or khaki pants

4th-5th Grade-Gray Collared Shirts w/ black or khaki pants

6th Grade-Black or White Collared Shirts w/ black or khaki pants

All scholars may wear Phalen branded attire regardless of coordinating grade level color.

Please be aware that our deans and teachers will be reaching out to families for scholars that

are out of compliance.

PLA University

PLA University is currently enrolling! If you are interested in free job training in the fields of

information technology, advanced manufacturing, supply chain and logistics, health and life

sciences, or entrepreneurship, enroll today! Classes are open to all family members of our


Upcoming Dates

  • I-Read Testing March 7th- March 17th
  • Spirit Week March 21st-March 25th
  • Book Fair March 21st-March 25th
  • Half Day for scholars on Friday March 25th
  • Spring Break March 28th-April 1st
  • 1st Annual Easter Egg Hunt April 14th
  • April 18th- May 13
  • NWEA Testing May 16- May 27th

Tardy Policy

Scholars are late as of 9:30am, your scholar must be here before 11:00 am in order to stay for the school day, unless you notify the school before 10am. As of 11:00am they are marked absent for the day. Please be aware that you must walk your scholar in and sign them in when they are tardy.

Butler College Mentor

Butler College Mentor is every Tuesday after school until 6:30pm

Scholastic Book Fair

Our first Annual Scholastic Book Fair is quickly approaching. It is March 21st-March 24th

1st Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Our first annual Easter Egg Hunt is Thursday April 14th, we are asking families to please donate 1 bag of candy. More information will be provided in the coming weeks.


  • As we go into the warmer months we are asking families to send in 1 pair of change of clothes for grades 2-6 and 2 pairs for PreK-1st
  • Please do not park in the bus lane or ont he south side of the school(the side closest to the apartments)
  • As of 3:15pm the front office is closed to early dismissials please plan accordingly.
  • If your child is sick with a stomache ache/virus please keep them home!!


We are aware other surrounding schools have ended their masks policy, however at PLA 48 ALL scholars, parents, guests, staff, etc. are required to still wear masks when you are here in the building. There are no exceptions to this rule for anyone. We are safe first here at PLA @48. We will reevaluate the situation at Spring Break to decide if we will drop our mask mandate depending on the status in our community.

Phalen Leadership Academy School 48 is committed to delivering an exceptional education to

all scholars. Our rigorous approach to education is based on the Phalen Leadership Academies

Core Values of Children First, Respect, Determination, Continuous Improvement and Gratitude.