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"Bytes" From Your School Leader

October 8, 2021

Greetings Phalen Virtual Leadership Academy Families,

Happy Friday! Thank you to every family who joined us for Parents in Touch this week and those who made arrangements to connect with us on an alternate date. It was wonderful connecting with you, seeing your faces, and learning more about you and your scholar. We are excited for our next opportunity to connect. Next year, we intend to make this a 2 day opportunity, as we know many families desired more time or the ability to speak with more teachers, especially if you have multiple scholars enrolled with us. Thank you for your partnership in your scholars education, as we must do this together for optimal impact.

Have you set-up your Infinite Campus Student Portal Account? If not, please do so, as Parents/Learning Coaches have begun taking home attendance this Monday, October 4, 2021 Everyone should have received access information for the Student Portal via email, and a third reminder will be sent Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 8:00am. Please check your SPAM mail folder if you do not see it in your inbox. If for some reason, you do not receive an email, please let me know and I will ensure you have the information you need. Please email me at

We were not able to share all Infinite Campus Parent accounts, as many families are working through creating student accounts. If you have created your scholars, Infinite Campus Student Portal account, you will receive your Infinite Campus Parent Portal Information this week. We want to ensure everyone has full access, without overwhelming families at once.

Have you taken our brief 2-minute parent survey, if not, PLEASE take a moment, click on the link below in this newsletter and help us better serve and support you.

With Gratitude,

Dr. Townsend

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We want to hear your feedback! Please take our short, 2-minute parent survey.

We Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 -October 15, 2021

Indianapolis National Hispanic Heritage Month Family Events

  • Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021: Fiesta La Plaza (virtual event due to COVID-19).

  • October 11, 2021: PLA Virtual--Grades 6-12

    Hispanic / Latinx/ Latino Heritage Month

    6-12 Virtual Convocation

    3:30- 4:00

    Coalition of Imokalee Workers ( CIW) - Understanding Culture and Experience ; Hispanic / Latino/ Latinx Heritage Celebration and Q & A

    Natalie Naranjo - Guest Speaker

  • Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with the Hon. Juan R. Sánchez. At 2 p.m., the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and the Indiana State Bar Association Latino Affairs Committee will welcome the Hon. Juan R. Sánchez, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, as the keynote speaker at their fifth annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. (There is also a virtual option).
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Scholar Technology Device Pick-up Information

James and Rosemary Phalen Leadership Academy

4352 North Mitthoeffer Road
Indianapolis, IN 46235

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

11:00am-2:00pm and 4:00-6:00pm

Thursday, October 14, 2021

11:00am-2:00pm and 4:00-6:00pm

If you registered after our school start date (August 12, 2021), please choose one of the following days to pick-up your device.

You must be fully enrolled with a status of "REGISTRATION VERIFIED" in SchoolMint, otherwise, you will not be issued a device. If you are not sure of your status, please log-in to your SchoolMInt account and check the status of your application. If you need to submit additional information, it must be completed before you are able to pick up a device.

Please note that you will pick up the Chromebook and sign the agreement on the designated day based on your scholars last name at the time that works best for you on the designated day.

Face Masks are REQUIRED for pick-up and social distancing will be enforced in alignment with the Marion County Health Department and CDC guidelines.

We are asking that all families please adhere to the guidelines for last names and times as parking is limited and we are sharing space with our sister school who is gracious enough to allow us to use their building to distribute Chromebooks and have the opportunity to meet you face-to-face.

ALL questions regarding technology will be answered on-site, as the IT team will be present and best equipped to support you.

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Mark Your Calendars

Additional Scholar Device Pick-Up Days

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

11:00am-2:00pm or 4:00pm-6:00pm

Thursday, October 14, 2021

11:00am-2:00pm or 4:00pm-6:00pm

October 11, 2021: PLA Virtual--Grades 6-12

  • Hispanic / Latinx/ Latino Heritage Month

  • 6-12 Virtual Convocation

    3:30- 4:00PM

    Coalition of Imokalee Workers ( CIW) - Understanding Culture and Experience ; Hispanic / Latino/ Latinx Heritage Celebration and Q & A

    Natalie Naranjo - Guest Speaker:

Teacher Professional Development Day (Alternate LIVE Schedule)

Friday, October 15, 2021

Please check your Grade Level Newsletter for a Detailed Schedule with Times

K-5 Health & Fitness in the Park

Friday, October 15, 2021


Holliday Park (see flier above)

Fall Break (NO SCHOOL for Scholars or Teachers)

October 18-22, 2021 (Monday-Friday)

Classes will resume at 8:10am on Monday, October 25, 2021

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Scholar attendance is critical for academic success and we must partner together to ensure it is completed daily.

You should have received an email from Dr. Townsend with your Infinite Campus Student Portal Log-in Information, a video tutorial, a written guide to logging daily attendance and our school attendance policy. If you have not received the email or are experiencing difficulties logging in, please contact us and we will support you.

Learning Coaches/Parents, please remember that you must log in to count your scholar as present by 9:00am EST daily. In addition, teachers will take attendance during all live sessions, and scholars are expected to remain in class the entire time to ensure they receive the full lesson.

If you need to report an absence, please call our school at 317-939-3787 and press “2.” All excused absence documentation should be e-mailed directly to our Office Administrator Mrs. Jones, email:

Please review the PLA Virtual attendance policy for more specific details.

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PLA University Announces Its 2021 Training Start Dates, Expanding Free Job Training in Health and Information Technology

Indianapolis, IN - Phalen Leadership Academies is honored to announce the official launch of the upcoming 2021 cohort of PLA University, a tuition-free job training program for the adult family members of current PLA scholars.

Last year’s cohort launched with Health & Life Sciences training. The new cohort, beginning August 23rd, expands training to include Information Technology (IT). PLA families can now apply for training to become: IT support professionals, Forklift Operators, Certified Nursing Assistants, Veterinary Assistants, Pharmacy Technicians, Medical Billers and Coders, or Medical Assistants.

“We are excited to expand the offerings of PLA University to bring more training options and training partners for PLA families,” said PLA University Executive Director, James Swift. “We have been bolstered by the support of local businesses and institutions such as the Launch Hope Foundation, the Hardon Educational Institute and Penn Foster College. These partners are helping us to lay a strong foundation as we work to help our families secure jobs with competitive salaries and long range potential.”

Created in the wake of the murder of George Floyd to foster self-sufficiency and economic parity, PLA University is among the first career training institutions of its kind as it seeks to improve the outcomes of both PLA scholars and families. The program works to teach families life skills, provides certification training and job placement. The program is located at James and Rosemary Phalen Leadership Academy on Indianapolis's Far Eastside.

The next PLA University cohort begins August 23rd. For more information or to apply to join this PLA Universitycohort, please visit and apply or contact

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Download our APP!

The latest news and information from schools in the Phalen Leadership Academies Network are now available on smartphones and mobile devices with a new mobile app launching today. PLA is working to expand its communications outreach with a mobile app that is now available in the online iTunes® and Google Play® app stores for free.

The mobile app will offer a constantly updated feed of school and network news and events with photos and links to PLA school websites. The app can also be customized by the user by selecting the schools they are most interested in for news and updates. Users can also choose to receive push notifications to get breaking news, updates about school closures, calendar changes, or even sports updates.

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Have Questions? Contact Us Today!

Phalen Virtual Leadership Academy (PLA Virtual) is a tuition-free online learning academy for Indiana families in grades K-12. We are backed by an accredited university to help empower our scholars and families to accelerate academic success with high-quality curriculum taught in their own environment. We use technology to provide interactive and rigorous online classes that allow our scholars to learn and thrive. Our scholars excel not just in academics, but also socially and emotionally with a blend of online coursework and options to engage in sports and enrichment at a local PLA campus.