Thank you so much to Mr. Levar Robinson, whose daughter will be starting kindergarten in the fall, for responding to the call for PTO Treasurer. We are so incredibly excited to have another dad on our PTO!
Mr. Robinson is the founder and C.E.O of Fathers on a Mission (F.O.A.M), which is a local organization in Baton Rouge focused on increasing parental engagement in our schools; especially the men in our children's lives.
Click here to learn more about his wonderful organization.
Our PTO Leadership Team is now complete!
At the last PTO meeting of the year, we asked for volunteers interested in serving as PTO officers to step forward to help us make 2018-2019 the best school year ever! Thanks to these ladies for choosing to dedicate their time and hard work to our BRCVPA family. You'll get to meet them at Fall Fest, and to join the PTO! We are still in need of a treasurer, so if you are interested, please let us know!
Dues are $10.00 per family. We will collect dues at Open House. We accept cash, checks, and money orders made out to BRCVPA PTO. Funds raised by the PTO go directly to support the arts programs at BRCVPA.
We can't wait to see you there!
Ryker, Cadence, & Camilla!
Ryker and Cadence hosted a pop-up play session for their neighborhood this summer using recycled materials. They used their creativity and teamwork to make some pretty cool structures. Also pictured is BRCVPA student Camilla who lives around the corner. What a great event!
Health Centers in Schools
Parents, if you have a child or children who take medication at school—please know that Health Centers in Schools’ registered nurses and licensed practical nurses will be at BRCVPA on Tuesday, August 7th. The nurses will be on campus from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please call Health Centers in Schools at 225-343-9505.
Six of our BRCVPA kids lit up the stage in BREC's Independence Park Theatre Summer Camp's production of Alice in Wonderland! The director loved having them, and the kids did an amazing job!
Congratulations to Annie Grace, Zenani, Clare, Abby, Quinn, and Peyton for a great show!
Way to go, Ryker!
Ryker won two free laser tag games and a virtual reality room pass from Laser Tag of Baton Rouge while completing the summer reading challenge. Tuesday is the last day to enter the final drawing for the summer. Let's keep the BRCVPA summer reading wins coming!
Happy Birthday, Ms. Leblanc!
After 20 years of wigs, costumes, props, and fun the in the classroom at BRCVPA, Ms. Laura Zaloudek is retiring!
She has had quite a career and is a beloved member of our BRCVPA family. Two of her eight (yes, you read that right) children attended BRCVPA, and all of them have volunteered here in some way or the other over the years. She has not only a teacher, but mentor, mother, and grandmother figure to so many!
Ms. Ruble and Ms. James actually served as paraprofessionals in her classroom years ago!
Ms. Laura is looking forward to spending her retirement playing with her 5 grandkids, going to the movies at Perkins Rowe, and attending LSU gymnastics and womens basketball events.
However, do not fear! If you miss her, you can always visit her at the Knock Knock Museum, where she will be working part time.
All of us at BRCVPA want to wish Ms. Laura a VERY happy, relaxing, and well-deserved retirement! She will be greatly missed!
McKenzie is having a great Summer!
McKenzie has experienced a unique summer filled with awesome opportunities. As a participant of the 2018 Camp U. N. I. T. E. D. (Uplifted, Nurtured, and Inspired Together Each Day), she had the opportunity to participate in daily workshops that focused on leadership development, healthy nutrition and body image, time management skills, communication skills, internet safety, and community/ public service. The girls’ primary focus was on the three paths to empowerment as they start their journey into middle school. Their unique journeys began with discovering their individual personal power or the power within. Then, they moved to the power of team or reaching across to work with others. The final path was the power of community/public service or the power of reaching out. The highlights of their camp was a 90 minute SKYPE session with girls their age in Migosi, Kenya, Africa and a field trip to City Hall to meet with Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, Councilwoman Tara Wicker, and Councilman Chandler Loupe. Each girl received a certificate of commendation signed by Mayor Broome and was also given the opportunity to visit the new Metro-Council chambers where they were allowed to participate in a mock Metro-Council meeting.
This summer Nathalia G was a member of the YMCA swim team, the Hurricanes. Her dad is a sportswriter, and writes weekly stories for friends and family to update them on her progress. Here's the latest! Go Nathalia!!!
GRUBB CONTINUES TO FLASH HER POTENTIAL; WINS TWO HEATS AT GRBRSL CHAMPIONSHIPS
DENHAM, La. — First-year swimmer Nathalia Grubb saved her best for the biggest stage.
Competing in the Greater Baton Rouge Swim League Championships at Greystone Country Club, Grubb, a 10 year old from Baton Rouge, finished first in her heat in the 25 yard backstroke and was the lead for the YMCA Hurricanes’ 100 yard medley relay team that also won its heat. She finished fourth in the 25 yard freestyle.
Facing off against some of the top club teams in the area didn’t faze Miss Grubb. She was more worried about the sun and heat beating down at
“I just tried to think of it as just another race,” she said. “I pretended I was in the pool with my friends Kylie and Alex.”
Grubb has continued to progress throughout the season and her coaches have taken notice.
She was greeted with high fives and “Great swim!” as she left the pool after her showing in the backstroke.
“I want to get better and I love to swim,” she added. “I want to go back to the lake house in Michigan and practice.”
To which her mother, Desiree Munoz-Grubb, responded, “We have a pool at our apartment. She can swim there.”
Grubb and her teammates recently found out that two additional meets have been added to the schedule, giving her more opportunities to improve her times and build towards the fall.
“We want to get her on another team once school’s back in,” said Munoz-Grubb. “She’s really enjoyed it so far.”
There seem to be plenty of hours in the pool and prune-y fingers ahead for Nathalia Grubb. She wouldn’t have it any other way.
We are thrilled to welcome back our returning students, and to meet our new ones! Please mark your calendar for BRCVPA Open House, on Wednesday, August 8th from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
You will get to pick up information packets, carpool tags, and of course MEET YOUR TEACHERS!
We hope to see you all there!
As part of the summer art challenge, Kennedy and Terryn visited the Now and Then Museum of African American History on South Blvd in Baton Rouge. They were amazed at seeing, hearing, and learning about their treasured history!
For more information about this great museum in Baton Rouge,
Happy Birthday, Ms. Brown!
Inspired by Louise Nevelson!!
Here is a picture of the Beck girls with their Louise Nevelson inspired sculptures from the summer art challenge designed by Ms. Gautreau. They had a lot of fun finding objects around the house, deciding on the composition, hot gluing the objects, and spray painting the final sculpture. Way to go, ladies! They look fantastic!
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