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Lusher Letter September 21, 2020

Dear Families:

On Thursday, we welcomed many of our students in grades K-2 back to campus. Today saw the return of many in 3rd and 4th grade. It was a bittersweet experience for many of us. We are thrilled to hear young voices in the building, yet we long for the day when our entire community can be together again.

A photographer from nola.com (Chris Granger) captured scenes from our first day. You may wish to view them here. There also is an article (available here) about Lusher and schools throughout Orleans Parish that are gradually reopening their buildings to students.

Whether you have elected for in-person learning or are continuing with distance learning, please know that our teachers are working harder than ever before. They are giving their all to provide the excellent education you have come to expect from Lusher, while also ensuring the social-emotional health of all students.

Thank you so much for the patience and support you have demonstrated throughout this experience with us. We all look forward to our first in-person Morning Meeting, when we can celebrate the successful completion of this journey together.

In resilience, Jan Rice

Thursday was the first day back to in-person learning for many in grades K-2
Our friends in Kindergarten enjoyed their first day back on campus.
Crocodiles were all smiles on their first day!
1st graders are hard at work!
Lunch time with second graders! Welcome to our new cafeteria manager--Chef Robert Harrison.
Lusher students created these beautiful designs for P.E. with Coach D. The hope was to add some inspiring, hopeful messages to the neighborhood, and then also, to add an exercise option.
A little rain can't stop these lions!
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.

Free Virtual Tutoring: Remote Learning Buddies pairs local college and high school students with elementary or middle school students for free virtual tutoring to help those impacted by COVID-19 and help overwhelmed parents who have taken on the additional task of supporting virtual learning. Tutoring sessions for students of all ages are set up through Zoom or phone calls to be as adaptive as possible to each student's technology. Tutors can help with any subject and each session will be personalized to best help each student. If you are interested, email Lee Sandel (lsandel@tulane.edu).

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).

Lusher Charter School does not discriminate in the rendering of services to, or regarding employment of, individuals because of race, color, religion, sex, gender, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis.

Lusher Strategic Planning - Vision for Impact In 2030, Lusher Charter School is nationally recognized for its holistic educational excellence offered in beautifully renovated historical buildings with spaces that complement the diverse interests, talents and backgrounds of more than 2,000 students in its K-12 program. The school collaborates with its students, teachers and families, as well as external partners. Through the arts, deep learning experiences, research-based instruction and development of character, Lusher’s model develops successful alumni who are productive, creative, responsible and kind contributors to communities across our ever-changing world.