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Lusher Letter October 19, 2020

Parents and visitors are not allowed on campus unless determined essential by the Administration. We are following these guidelines to minimize the risk that COVID-19 will impact our operations going forward. The health and safety of our staff and students is our top priority. Please save yourself a trip and don't drop off forgotten books, lunches, etc. We all are expanding our flexibility skills at this time.

Dear Families,

Fifth grade students are back on campus, as are many students in each grade that have transitioned to in-school learning. I told the administrative team that I have my joy back! As challenging as everything has been and as much resilience as we have built together, there is nothing more rewarding than the sight of happy faces and the sounds of happy feet and voices in the hallways, classrooms, and all over the outside play areas!

Thoughts from returning students this week at recess:

“At school you can hang out and have fun with your friends and do stuff together.”

“I miss being home because then I could sleep in maybe instead of getting up at 6:00 and coming to school. I am glad to see my friends though.”

“I am so happy to be back!”

“I’m happy to be at school because recess is so fun and I get to see my friends.”

“At home there is no adult supervision and you can do anything you want while at school you can’t but I am so happy to be back!”

The reconnection is powerful!

In resilience, Mrs. Rice

Students in Ms. Holbrook's 5th grade class welcomed their virtual learning friends during Community Circle.
Scenes from 3rd grade
Fifth graders made personalized, beaded, mask chains to hold on their masks. Looking sharp!
Kindergarten is having the best time learning about apples through dramatic play opportunities!!!!!
Artsonia is an online art museum used to showcase your kid's wonderful artwork, and includes a gift shop for you to purchase custom keepsakes (such as those in the photos above) with your child's artwork. Our teachers receive 20% of the sales from every item purchased to use in their classroom. You can purchase your children’s art work on phone covers, notebooks (lined and unlined), luggage tags, jewelry, bookmarks, holiday ornaments, t-shirts, coffee mugs, etc. So if you've received an Artsonia notification slip OR E-mail from your teacher, take a few minutes to activate your account (if you haven't done so already) and visit the site to see what you can do with their artwork at artsonia.com. The Artsonia permission slip OR Email will grant access to Artsonia to display children's artwork in Lusher's school public gallery, setup an account, approve comments, and more. Please contact Heather Brutz if you’re available to help upload art for this great fundraiser at heather_brutz@hotmail.com.
Our students are finding new ways to show their creativity! First grader N. Hodges is an animal lover and artist. He recently started a webpage to share his art work with everyone, instead of compiling his work all over the house. Check it out at: https://nickcreativeart.wixsite.com/nickart

NOLA Public Schools is hosting the Annual Holiday Card Cover Contest. K-12 Artists are encouraged to submit an original artwork piece for the Holiday Card Cover Contest. Winning pieces for the Holiday Card Cover Contest will be used as the 2020 Holiday Card Cover throughout the district. Students can submit all pieces electronically starting October 23th - November 20th by 11:59pm. Winners will be announced and notified on December 4th. For more details, please navigate using this link.

The La. School Board Association is also hosting an art contest. The Louisiana School Board Association is hosting their annual Artwork Contest and Exhibit. To display the talent throughout NOLA Public Schools, we are encouraging our talented students to participate. Students in grades K-12 are invited to submit artwork representing Louisiana via this form by 11:59 pm, Nov. 20. One winning piece will be selected per grades (K-5), (6-8), and (9-12) to submit to the 2021 LSBA Artwork Contest and Exhibit.

FREE Lunch for Students: The state is now allowing FREE lunch for every student. The meals will be processed through the Summer Food Service program. By running it through this program, all students can pick up their meals at any school. (The student does not have to go to the school they are enrolled in.)

Up-to-date info on Masks and on Daily Wellness Checks (click for more info)

A handy spot on the school website, here, addresses your Covid-related questions. Resources include tech tips, mental health resources, distance learning plans, and much more.

NOLA Public School established partnerships with Ochsner and Children’s Hospital/ LCMC. For information on Rapid Covid Testing for students, click HERE.

NORD Drive-Thru Halloween Celebration at three locations across the city! Joe W. Brown Rec Center, Behrman Rec Center, & Lafitte Greenway. Fri, Oct. 30, 6-8 PM. FREE! Costumes encouraged! Candy, Haunted House-like decorations, and more!

Lusher Letter Submissions: Please e-mail lisa_collins@lusherschool.org with school-related news and photos. Submissions must be ready for print. Pictures of school events are welcome, though we can’t promise to include everything that’s submitted. Deadlines are Thursdays at 8 pm.

Moved recently? Contact info changed? If so, please contact liz_laufer@lusherschool.org (Willow campus) or cynthia_lejeune@lusherschool.org (Freret).

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