Director's Updates: October 9, 2020

Greetings BVVA Families,


It is difficult to believe that we are already beginning the seventh week of school!  We hope you are all doing well and thriving in these strange times. As I have mentioned before our words this year at BVVA are Grace, Flexibility, and Support. We thank you for the Grace you have given us and the Flexibility you continue to share with us. We strive to do the same for you. Please continue to let us know how we can continue to support you!


Transferring Schools

Some families indicated on our survey that they are interested in returning to traditional school when those schools are in hybrid mode.  For elementary and middle school students, we recommend that you plan this move for the first week in November as that aligns with the end of the grading period at these grade levels. For High School students, we recommend that you plan to transfer back for the start of the second semester, the first week in February.  If you are interested in moving forward with a transfer back to a traditional school, please contact the office. 


On-Campus Opportunities

As some of you may remember, we sent out a survey several weeks ago regarding on-campus participation opportunities for students. Most students at the Middle and High School level indicated that they are not yet ready to participate in on-campus activities. BVVA teachers are looking at possibilities for MS and HS which might allow for the few students who are interested in this to participate. About 30% of BVVA elementary families indicated they are interested in this type of participation. Details for regular weekly opportunities are currently in development. It is likely this opportunity would feature once weekly activities lasting approximately 1.5 hours per grade level.  In the meantime, BVVA staff is planning special events which will give students the opportunity to participate in on-campus events on an optional basis.


Progress Reports

Elementary families, please keep an eye on your email this week. Teachers will be sending out progress reports to all students who are earning below a C- in any subject area. Students who are earning C- or better in all classes will NOT receive these reports. If you are not sure how your student is doing classes, please reach out to their teacher(s) directly. They will be happy to give you details about your student’s progress.  


Independent Study Agreements

Schools that run under Independent Study Rules and Regulations, like BVVA, must keep a document called an “Independent Study Agreement” on file. Many BVVA families signed these at the beginning of the year, when they picked up materials. Teachers and office staff will be contacting families who have not yet signed these agreements. If you have not yet signed your agreement, please sign and return it as soon as possible. 


Red Ribbon Week

PYLUSD Red Ribbon Week is coming from October 26, 2020 through October 30, 2020. This is the week that schools remind students of the importance of staying drug-free. BVVA will be observing this week with theme days!

Day

Theme

How to celebrate...

Monday

We’re RED-y to be drug-free.

Wear Red

Tuesday

Turn your back on drugs.

Wear your shirt backward

Wednesday

Our future’s too bright for drugs.

Wear sunglasses and/or bright clothes

Thursday

Say boo to drugs!

Wear costumes


Fall Drive-Up Celebration

On Friday, October 30, BVVA will host a Fall Drive-Up Celebration for students in grades k-6 to finish off Red Ribbon Week. Students are encouraged to wear costumes and there will be (physically distanced and masked) photo opportunities with BVVA teachers. More information and a schedule for teacher photo opps will be coming soon!


Picture Make-Ups 

For those of you who could not make it to September picture days, there will be a make-up day on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. No appointments are necessary for picture make-ups. Families will be asked to observe physical distancing and students will only remove their mask for the photo. Pictures are optional, so do not worry if you are not comfortable with coming into the campus.


Elementary Pick up Days (Grades K-6)

Self-serve pick up for the following grade levels will be on these dates. We will put the items out for curbside pick up. Pick up is from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. If you cannot make this time, please come to the office.

Date

Grade Levels

October 16

K-6

October 30

K-1

November 13

K-6

December 4

K-6

December 18

K-6


As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns


Best Regards,


Carrie Bisgard

Carrie Bisgard

Director, BVVA