Valued BRCVPA Families and Friends,
Today the superintendent held a press conference. You can watch the full press conference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvEKPjS31GU
Here is a quick overview of his big announcement. As a result of the Covid19 pandemic, the district has seen academic and social emotional gaps across the district. By starting school early through the mandatory Smart Start school year, EBR's goal is to provide students additional time in the classroom and ultimately provide more time to bridge the learning gaps for students. Additionally, the district will be providing a full week of targeted PD for school system leaders and full week of targeted PD for our educators.
EBRPSS is currently anticipating a full in-person return to school for the 2021-2022 school year. A separate all virtual option will be available for families who choose to remain virtual. The district will provide more information on the all virtual option once it becomes available.
Here are the important dates that are currently available:
We know this news comes with many questions, and we will try our best to answer them sufficiently. Please click on the link below and use this form to provide us with any questions, concerns, and comments so that we can work to address them.
UPDATE: District FAQ
Students and Families
Q: Is attendance mandatory? If my child is unable to attend because of prior engagements, will my child’s attendance record be impacted?
A: Yes, these will be considered a true instructional day. Absences will be counted.
Q: Is the second-semester calendar impacted?
A: No, the second semester will remain the same.
Q: Will transportation be running for the first day of school?
A: Yes, transportation will run. The department will send out bus route cards over the summer with more information.
Q: Will students receive all of their schedules at the high school level and will the schools have freshman orientation?
A: Schools will adjust any previously scheduled activities to adapt to the new calendar.
Q: Will virtual schools still be available for students who would like to continue in the virtual environment?
A: Yes, the EBR Virtual Academy will be open to students who wish to learn virtually.
Q: Will the school cafeterias provide meals for the students during Smart Start?
A: Yes, the Child Nutrition department is committed to providing children with nutritious meals.
We are so very proud of all of our featured artists this month! Please click on the picture below for the entire sildeshow!
The author of Circle and Scissors, Jenny M. Iverstine, will be at BRCVPA for a special presentation for all Pre-k and Kindergarten students on April 12th. She will read the book, discuss the importance of handwashing, and spend a few minutes answering questions, taking pictures with the students, and signing their book.
The author will also have a separate meet the author and book signing opportunity for all students in grades 1-5 who purchase a book. During this presentation, she will share the process of becoming an author, from brainstorming to publication. Students will leave inspired to find their passion, write about it, and maybe we will have a few future authors!
Parents, you can visit the website
www.circlesandscissors.com/ to order a copy of the book so the author can sign it!
About the book:
Bubble your way into clean hands with the new children’s book ‘Circles + Scissors Handwashing’ by Jenny M. Iverstine! No more boring and difficult to remember handwashing methods! Circles + Scissors is a 5-Step mnemonic that teaches children exactly how to wash so the result is cleans hands every time. Uniquely crafted illustrations and cue language remind tiny readers that getting to clean hands is easy breezy. Just follow the checklist! Circles + Scissors turns this mundane life skill into a joyful childhood memory as you teach your child this fun and effective method.
By the time readers finish this board book, toddlers or pre-K students will know how to wash their booger fingers clean! *Ages 2-5*
Meet the cutest 5-year-old and her playful poodle who are preparing for a best friend's birthday party. If they want to go, they must stay healthy! The story teaches proper handwashing and offers a motivation for kids to wash their hands; so they don't get sick and miss out on the fun! The 5 steps of Circles + Scissors are presented in such a simple way that even the youngest readers can follow along.
About the Author:
Jenny M. Iverstine is a native of Baton Rouge and now resides in Denver, Colorado with her family and red standard poodle, Bleu. While enjoying all the outdoor sports of the West, she also loves rollerblading, cooking anything with rice and making paper-cut cards. Circles and Scissors is Jenny's first book to publish. She wrote and illustrated the book as well as designed the entire concept of Circles and Scissors Handwashing over a period of 4 years. After teaching the Circles and Scissors curriculum to over 20,000 students in the classroom and on-line, she created the Circles and Scissors book as a condensed version of the method for parents and teachers to use as an educational resource. Circles + Scissors is being taught in 32 states across the US and 5 countries. Jenny’s goal is one million pairs of clean hands!
Friday, April 2nd - Sunday, April 11th
All students will return on Monday, April 12th.
Stay safe and enjoy your holiday break!
This year, Cap & Gown Pictures for Pre-K, Kindergarten, & 5th Grade will be held on Wednesday April 14th.
Monday Meatsauce with Spaghetti
Tuesday Breaded Chicken Pattie on Bun
Wednesday Turkey and Cheese on Bun
Thursday Grilled Cheese Sandwich
The district has approved and released the school year calendar for next year. Please view and download the calendar at the link below by clicking on the image.
Monday Salisbury Steak & Gravy
Tuesday Breaded Chicken Nuggets with Mashed Potatoes
Wednesday Tortilla Shells or Wraps with Beef
Thursday (Easter Lunch) Oven Baked Chicken with Rice Dressing
Friday Cheese Pizza
Third grader Adalynn Woods was recently featured in Theatre Baton Rouge's Young Actors Program spring fling entitled "A Breath of Fresh Air: A Journey through Songs & Scenes."
Check it out on Theater Baton Rouge's Facebook page HERE.
Congratulations to our very own fifth grader, Hudson, for auditioning for and landing the role of Snug. Hudson, along with other BRCVPA alum, were cast in Playmakers of Baton Rouge's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Visit and like the Playmakers Facebook page to stay in the know for updates about the premiere!
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