LVA Jaguar Journal

March 2021 Edition

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Important Student Benefit Information

As part of the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and relief benefits, funding for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) has been extended through the end of September 2021 for all households that are eligible. Through P-EBT, eligible school children receive temporary emergency nutrition benefits loaded on EBT cards to purchase food outside of school. The goal is for the DHS to begin issuing the P-EBT benefits no later than early spring.


Please be aware that applying for free or reduced price meals will not impact the Free meals that your child(ren) currently receives through the school through to June, 2021.


If you believe your school-aged child(ren) may qualify for free or reduced-price meals this school year and have not yet submitted the application for free or reduced-price meals to the school, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible


To find the application for Free/Reduced-Price Meal Benefits, please visit LVA’s website at this link: http://www.lvacademy.org/for_parents/nutrition_program/notices_and_information

The application will be used to determine which benefits your child(ren) and/or household may be eligible to receive from the Department Of Human Services.


These benefits are distributed by the “Department of Human Services” and not the school district. This is why it is important to complete a Free/Reduced Meal Application and to ensure your address is current and on file. Updated details will be sent to households once it is made available.


If you have any questions, please contact our School Nutrition Program Coordinator Lynn Berndt at l.berndt@lvacademy.org or (610) 866-9660 x4104.



Spring Break - School Closed

LVA will be closed on Thursday, April 1, 2021 through Monday, April 5, 2021 for Spring Break.

Act 372 - Transportation Forms

If you haven't already turned in your Act 372 transportation form please do so. Also, if you have moved recently and have not filled out a change of address packet please reach out to the building receptionist.

Say Something Week (Grades 7-12)

March 1 through March 5 is identified nationally as "Say Something Week". Students grades 7-12 are being sent a reminder on how and when to utilize the state's Safe to Say Something program. The Safe to Say Something program is an anonymous reporting system run by the PA Attorney General's office. All students attended a formal webinar training for this system at the beginning of the school year. Brochures with information are attached to this message. If you have any questions, please contact an administrator or school counselor.


SHP Say Something Parent Brochure 2016.pdf

Say Something Parent Brochure Spanish 2016 (2).pdf

End of Quarter 3

Wednesday, March 31 is the end of Quarter 3.

Virtual Admissions Information Sessions (Siblings & New Students)

Join us for a Virtual Admissions Information Session......Last chance!


Information sessions for the 2021-2022 lottery are posted on the LVA website. Attendance at a virtual information session is required for participation in the lottery process for siblings of LVA students as well as for new students. Please register online for an information session at: http://www.lvacademy.org/admissions/information_sessions Contact the admissions office at 610-866-9660 x4100 or at admissions@lvacademy.org with any questions.

Spring Forward - Daylight Savings Time

Don't forget to set your clocks ahead on Sunday, March 14, 2021.

MEAL PACKS STILL AVAILABLE

Meal Packs available for pick up on campus.

You may pick up a 3-day (hybrid students) or a 5-day (100% online students) breakfast and lunch Meal Pack on Wednesday’s between 12:00 PM and 4:30 PM. You will pick up meals outside of the JR/SR HS parent pick up exterior door. Please follow the signs to the designated area. You will never need to enter a building to receive a meal.

Anyone picking up meals must wear a mask at all times. Our staff will also be wearing masks and taking precautions to keep everyone safe during distribution. No ID is needed and students do not need to be present to receive meals.


YOU DO NOT NEED TO PRE ORDER.


Many of your local home school districts may also be participating in this free meals program which means any LVA student under 18 may pick up meals at a more conveniently located school. Please check their websites for availability or call LVA’s School Nutrition Department at 610 866-9660 *4104

Technology Support for Students Learning at Home

If you are experiencing any difficulties with your school issued device, please contact ithelp@lvacademy.org for support.

From the LVA Nurses

Physicals and Dentals:



For students who do not have a copy of their physical & immunization record or dental on file at this time, a final notification letter has been mailed to your home. The PA Department of Health/Division of Health Services is still requiring documentation even if your child attends the online learning model.



Physicals are due in K, 6, 11 grades

Dentals are due in K, 3, 7 grades



Dental Van is coming April 9th and 13th:



We are so excited that for the first time in LVA history, we were able to secure Star Wellness Dental Van as our dental provider. If your child (ren) is (are) in grade K, 3, and/or 7 and does not have their mandate dental report on file, please consider using the dental services to satisfy the mandate. Please check your mail for the letter and consent. Letters will be sent in February/March.


We strongly encourage families to visit their private dentist who knows your child’s dental history best.



All forms are available on the Health Services page of the LVA website under Parent Resources/Health Services/Health Forms. OR in by calling your building nurse. K-3: 2347 ES4-6: 3146 7-12: 4127



Health Updates /Standing orders are due for ALL students. Especially if your child has recently transferred from online to hybrid model




http://www.lvacademy.org/for_parents/health_services/heath_services_forms

LVA App now available!

Lehigh Valley Academy is very excited to announce the launch of our LVA Mobile App for Apple and Android. The app will offer quick access to food services, online payments, Jupiter, attendance, and so much more.

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About Us

Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School, located in Bethlehem, PA is an accredited, independent, K-12 public charter school authorized by the Bethlehem Area and Saucon Valley School Districts. LVA serves over 1,825 students from 18 different school districts in the Lehigh Valley Region.

LVA is a fully authorized International Baccalaureate World School offering the Primary Years, Middle Years, Career-Related, and Diploma Programmes. LVA prides itself on being 1 of 3 schools in the United States to offer all 4 IB programmes.


Beginning with full-day kindergarten and continuing through a student's senior year, LVA emphasizes inquiry-based learning and critical thinking to prepare a student for higher education.


LVA is committed to developing the whole student with a strong emphasis on citizenship, both locally and globally, as well as attention to strong 21st century learning practices. Lehigh Valley Academy holds fast to our mission of developing young people into active, knowledgeable and caring members of a world-wide, diverse society.