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The homepage display has been disrupted by a problem we are resolving in the next few weeks by changing our hosting and our Web engine to Squarespace.  We’ll have some weeks to transition as we convert text and then migrate about 1,000 images in small batches.  The site will remain in WordPress until we finish.  Meanwhile, we’ll add recent news.

The biggest news is that we just finished two weeks of in-person learning in a very COVID-safe environment, with social distancing in classes and in play and when eating, with sanitizing all desks, computers, doors, etc., with reduced student movement between classrooms, and more. The students love being in class and seeing friends again! Teachers have more work to do than in pre-COVID times but enjoy seeing the students thrive.

Important details on how we operate with in-person education are linked here.

Meanwhile, here’s news of earlier weeks when we did distance education only

All our teachers do Zoom meetings in their subjects – English, Spanish, Chinese, science, math, early K / kindergarten, computer programming, social studies.  Students connect with teachers by Class Dojo, email, and office hours by phone for help, assignments, and feedback. Everyone is present; the students get to reconnect with each other. On Wednesdays our Head of School, Dr. Lou Ellen Kay, opens up the school for students to exchange books, pick up handouts, and to meet their math teacher or other teacher to take tests.  Our new newsletter covers everything we did each week and outlines everything we’ll do the next week.  We are preparing for a return to in-person education, we have 15 new Chromebooks for students to use, all set up with mice, selected apps, printer and network connections, Python in Linux, and more so they have great, well-connected equipment.  We have a lot of new furnishings and equipment for COVID-safe operation with in-person teaching.  The completely revised schedule of classes makes it all fluid in operation; the students will stay in small cohorts, we will work outdoors as much as possible, and students will be provided with supplies that will not be shared, to reduce potential viral spread. One of our wonderful parents has even made masks for each student to ensure that we all have well-fitting face masks.  Another family donated much furniture that enables easier social distancing.  Thanks to the whole LCA community!

Here’s what our early K and kindergarten students did at home, expanding ideas from teacher Arielle Lane:

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The Las Cruces Academy school year begins anew on August 12th, 2020.  We are monitoring developments but planning to begin school on August 12th with five day in-person teaching, as long as it is safe to do so. We have comprehensive protocols lined up to meet federal and state mandates for social distancing, hygiene, handling of teaching materials, reporting, assurances of student and family adherence to best practices, and any needed temporary transitions to distance education.  Shortly we’ll have the full plans online for our operation during the pandemic.

We are eager to see all our students back in school.  The American Academy of Pediatrics has joined the voices for in-person teaching with all appropriate safeguards.

Letters our kindergarten students wrote to the incoming class for next year: click here to see two of these great letters.

We are grateful!

Our Annual Fund 8 runs through June 30th.  We have received generous donations from 19 families, 2 businesses, the board, and a long-time friend of the school – a heartfelt “Thank you” goes out to all of them, and to donors yet to be.  Find out about our matching fund!

In May and June we received generous grants of funds and equipment from 9 families, past, present, and future, from board members and school friends, from the Giles W. and Elise G. Mead Foundation, the Chevron Employees Matching Fund, and the El Paso Electric Company‘s Community Partners Program, plus many valued costumes from the Confucius Institute.  These grants strengthen our programs, enable us to give more scholarships, and help us toward purchasing our school building.  Thanks!

We run well and keep tuition moderate because of the many volunteer services provided by our LCA parents, grandparents, students, teachers, board members, and friends of the school.

We’re revising our donor acknowledgment webpage.  See the first results, for the current year, here.

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The parents appreciated how we kept learning alive and well during the COVID-19 lockdown:

Thank you and all the wonderful teachers for keeping kids engaged in learning! – Yumiko Isoyama

I just want to say that you and your staff have done a wonderful job with the remote learning. There have been plenty of activities to keep them engaged and Emily has enjoyed all her zoom meetings. – Bridget Mitchell

I hope I’ve said this before, but, thank you, and all the teachers for everything you do for our children. You’ve always done a lot, but now more than ever, you and your peers have stepped up beyond all reasonable expectations to provide for our kids and we’re forever thankful for that. – Doug Petranoff

Thanks for a great school year, the upheaval notwithstanding! – Audrey Ezeh

 It’s good to know how hard it is to teach young children and keep them focused. Teachers are doing amazing work at school! – Yumiko Isoyama

We are so grateful for all that you do and the wonderful education you provide for our children- Carolyn Bowman

 

 

 

 


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