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PLA@48 Louis B. Russell Jr. School 10/01/2021

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Our Vision: To empower all scholars to become life long-learners who are fearless leaders in pursuit of academic excellence and compassion for the community

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Calendar Updates

October 4 - sign up for College Mentors for Kids this week - grades 2-6 call 317-226-4248


October 6 - Picture Day - flyers were sent home with scholars


October 13 - Parents In Touch Conferences (see information sent home) No school for scholars


October 18-22 Fall Break - No School


October 29 - End of the grading period

2021-22 School Year Calendar / Calendario del Año Escolar 2021-22

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College Mentors for Kids

PLA @48 is partnering with Butler University and their College Mentors for Kids Program. This program connects scholars with college students through weekly on-campus activities that inspire growth, confidence, and brighter futures.


Activities will take place each Tuesday from 4:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Butler University's campus. Students will be bussed from PLA @48 to Butler each Tuesday, directly after school. A parent or guardian must be at PLA @48 by 6:15 p.m. each Tuesday to pick up their child. Scholars will not be bussed directly home - scholars will be brought back to PLA @48 at 6:15 p.m.


If you are interested in signing your scholar up for this program, please contact Cassandra Wallace in the PLA @48 office at 317-226-4248 to get a registration packet. We currently have 30 spots available for scholars in grades 2-6.

Fun at the Fall Festival

COVID-19 Vaccination and School Immunization Clinic at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis Tuesday, October 5 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. No appointment Necessary

COVID-19 Vaccination & School Immunization Clinic

COVID-19 Vaccination and School Immunization Clinic at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis Tuesday, October 5 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. No appointment Necessary

The Riley Center After School Program

Are you looking for something for your child to do after school? Or do you need a place for your child to stay after school until you get off work? If you would like your scholar to attend The Riley Center's after school program at PLA@48 please contact the school. Hours are from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Your child must be registered to attend.

For more information on registering your scholar for this after school program, contact The Riley Youth Community Center 317-297-7078 or call PLA @48 at 317-226-4248.

PLA University - Have you or someone you know checked out PLA University? If not, now is the time!

A free job training program for adults 18-56 and over. Our goal is to help our graduating scholars and their adult family member learn higher earning skills in in-demand fields that offer competitive salaries plus benefits, and the opportunity for future career advancement. Contact information - push the blue button below.


Un programa gratuito de capacitación laboral para adultos mayores de 18-56 años. Nuestra meta es ayudar a nuestros estudiosos graduados y a su miembro adulto de la familia a aprender habilidades más altas de ganar en campos en demanda que ofrecen salarios competitivos más beneficios, y la oportunidad para el avance futuro de la carrera. Información de contacto aquí:

PLA University

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Track your child's bus in real time / Rastree el autobús de su hijo en tiempo real

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School Hours / horario escolar

Scholars may enter the building at 8:50 a.m. for breakfast. The tardy bell rings at 9:20 a.m. Please make sure your scholar arrives on time for school. If your child rides a bus, he or she should be at the stop 10 minutes before the scheduled stop time. Bus riders and walkers enter and dismiss in the front of the building at Door #6. Car riders enter and dismiss from the north side of the building at Door #7. Masks are required.


Los estudiosos pueden entrar en el edificio a las 8:50 a.m. para el desayuno. La campana tarde suena a las 9:20 a.m. Por favor asegúrese de que su académico llegue a tiempo para la escuela. Si su hijo viaja en autobús, debe estar en la parada 10 minutos antes de la hora de parada programada. Los jinetes y caminantes entran y se desestiman en la parte delantera del edificio en la Puerta #6. Los conductores de coches entran y se desestiman desde el lado norte del edificio en la Puerta #7. Se requieren mascarillas.

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Dress Code-Uniform for 2021-22 / Código de vestimenta para 2021-22

All scholars will be required to be in uniform for the 2021-22 school year at PLA@48

o Kdg-3rd grade scholars wear red polo style shirts and navy blue, black, or khaki bottoms

o 4th & 5th grade scholars wear gray polo style shirts and navy blue, black, or khaki bottoms

o 6th grade scholars wear black or white polo style shirts and navy blue, black, or khaki bottoms


Todos los estudiosos tendrán que estar en uniforme para el año escolar 2021-22 en PLA-48

o Los estudiosos de grado Kdg-3rd llevan camisas de polo rojo y fondo azul marino, negro, caqui

o Los estudiosos de grado 4th y 5th llevan camisas de polo gris y azul marino, negro, o parte de

abajo de caqui

o los estudiosos de grado 6th usan camisas de estilo polo blanco o negro y parte de abajo azul

marino, negro o caqui

2021-22 School Supply List

Kdg - 1st Grade:


  • Pencil pouch/box
  • Bookbag
  • 1 box of Kleenex
  • 2 Glue sticks
  • 2 packs of dry erase markers
  • 1 box of crayons
  • 3 packs of #2 pencils
  • Bookbag


2nd - 6th Grade:


  • 2 Glue sticks
  • 2 Composition notebooks
  • 3 packs of #2 pencils
  • 2 packs of dry erase markers
  • 1 magic eraser
  • 1 box of crayons
  • 4 two pocket folders
  • Pencil pouch/box
  • Bookbag
  • 1 box of Kleenex

PLA@48 Falcon Pledge

We pledge today to do our best,

in reading, math, and all the rest!

We promise to obey the rules,

in our class, and throughout our school.

We respect ourselves and others too,

and take pride in all we do!

Go Falcons!

Important information in the Parent Portal / Información importante en el Portal para Padres

The PLA@48 Parent Portal contains lots of useful information. If you have not yet visited, please click the link below.


El portal para padres PLA-48 contiene mucha información útil. Si aún no lo ha visitado, haga clic en el siguiente enlace.


Parent Portal

Update Your Information Here - Actualice su información aquí

Phalen Academy @48 Families,

We need you to help us keep your information up to date and accurate so we will be able to share information with you regarding our return to school plans as well as other events. Please provide your email address and phone number by filling out the form in this link.


Phalen Academy -48 Familias,

Nos necesitamos que nos ayude a mantener su información actualizada y precisa para que podamos compartir información con usted con respecto a nuestros planes de regreso a la escuela, así como otros eventos. Proporcione su dirección de correo electrónico y número de teléfono rellenando el formulario en este link

Have Questions? Interested in enrolling your child? Contact Us Today!

Louis B. Russell, Jr. School 48 is a tuition-free public school serving grades K-6. Our scholars attain exceptional growth and achievement through equitable and consistent high-quality instruction in collaboration with our community and families.


Our goal is to work together to ensure that every scholar receives a positive and unique learning experience. We do all that we can to support our families in their scholars' learning and growth. We empower our scholars to become life-long learners who are equipped to be innovative citizens in our global society.