Virtual Learning Academy Newsletter

March 1, 2021

Happy March! To celebrate the first week of March, VLA students will participate in Kindness Week. Please see the information below about dress up days, lunch bunch, family night and our online book fair with Joseph Beth. It's going to be a great week!

Be sure to read this week's student success story, check out our teacher spotlight and review the Success Coach Tip of the Week for how to get your students on a daily schedule!

Have a wonderful week!

Read Across America Week

Joseph Beth Online Book Fair March 1-14

Virtual Learning Academy is hosting a book fair with Joseph Beth. For the book fair, you will be able to shop the Joseph Beth website and buy any item, not just children’s books! You may choose to do curbside pick-up, shop in store, or pay to have it shipped directly to you. All you need is this coupon code to enter at checkout: SVLABF21 or over the phone. It will say, *A Discount of $0.00 has been applied to your order* If you’re not sure where to start, they have a section on their website for suggestions for your age group.

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Kindness Week Lunch Bunch! March 2-5

Join our administrators & success coaches for lunch and a fun activity this week! We have specific grade levels scheduled Tuesday - Friday. We will begin the Zoom at 12:30 and finish up at 1:00. Please feel free to join us for a little fun!

Tuesday: Kindergarten - 2nd grade students

Wednesday: 3rd - 5th grade students

Thursday: 6th - 8th grade students

Friday: 9th - 12th grade students

Student Spotlight: Ms. Duffy, 3rd grade

Desmond had HUGE MAP gains this winter! When compared to his score from January 2020 to January 2021, in reading his score jumped 48 points and he went from the 29th percentile amongst 3rd graders nationwide to the 95th percentile!! In math he gained 26 points going from the 35th percentile in January 2020 to the 74th percentile in January 2021.

Desmond is always present in our class Zoom meetings and participates in reading groups. He keeps on-track with his classwork and stays on or ahead of pace. Even more impressive is how hard Desmond works on his classwork each day. He received all A’s on his 1st semester progress report, showing a high level of proficiency in all subject areas.

I am so proud of Desmond’s hard work and the progress he has made! It is an honor to be his teacher and have him in my 3rd grade class at The Virtual Learning Academy.

Teacher Spotlight (Ms. Brooks, Science)

There is no better compliment than one from a student! Thank you Ms. Brooks for going above and beyond!

I want to thank you so much! Sometimes I felt like giving up, but your optimism and kindness helped me through it. The real person you should be proud of is yourself for being such a kind and helpful person. I would not have gotten through it without your help, so once again thank you.

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Success Coach Tip of the Week

Help your student be successful by having them create a weekly schedule to keep them on track. Please see the video tutorial below from Success Coach, Jenny Adams.

K-5 Material Pick Up

Monday, March 8th, 3-6pm

1126 Russell Cave Road

Lexington, KY

Kindergarten - 5th grade families can stop by the FCPS VLA building on March 8th, 9th or 10th to pick up printed materials for the remainder of the school year. We will have VLA t-shirts and masks available for any student that would like one. Please come to the doors under the red awning to pick up materials.

Girl Scouts KY Robot Building Party

Bring a friend, make new ones, and build a ROBOT with Girl Scouts! Tuesday, March 9th 4:30 -5:30pm

Jamie Burch, Interim Program Director

April Clement, Administrative Dean

Steve Jenkins, Counselor/HS Administrative Dean

Camie Pettyjohn, Administrative Assistant