SCROLL DOWN FOR COVID 19 NLA MESSAGES IN DATE ORDER

starting with the most recent

 

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MARCH 19, 2020 to all HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS


Parents,


It is my hope and prayer that this e-mail finds everyone healthy and in good spirits!  You should have received an e-mail from your child(ren)'s classroom teacher that will give some detail of how we are approaching this upcoming week of March 30-April 3.  Our High School students have the advantage of a curriculum that lends to this remote approach.

Please read the classroom e-mails thoroughly.  To simplify and mainstream our communication methods you can communicate by replying to the RenWeb e-mails that your child(ren)'s teacher sent or e-mail them directly.  We are temporarily suspending the use of the multiple communication methods that have been used so far in each classroom.  High School students can use their normal communication method through Ignitia, and also using their new school e-mail addresses.  

Tomorrow we will be concentrating on getting curriculum and the "Extended Closure Communication Folder" (ECCF) in your hands (please arrive between 8am-4pm).  We have worked hard to make our lesson plans and general procedures as consistent as possible across grade levels to help families with multiple children.  We are doing our best to avoid "information overload" for our parents and students as we move forward with this new approach. 

Thank you for your patience and continue to pray for us.  We are praying for you!  Our entire staff did a prayer walk this morning, and we prayed over every classroom from Early Childhood to High School.  We will be walking through this together taking it one day at a time.

As I am encouraging our staff, I encourage each of you to spend the upcoming Spring Break and concentrate on your family.  Use this time to draw closer together and to God.  

Sometime between receiving this e-mail and the weekend of March 29 take a few moments to review the "Extended Closure Communication Folder" (ECCF) from your child(ren)'s classroom.

 

An e-mail will be sent from the classroom teacher with ABeka login information for those High School students who have ABeka curriculum classes.  The 2 video tutorials below are to help with the login process.

Instructions for ABeka Login with Computer

Instructions for ABeka Login with Mobile Device

 

God bless,

Anthony Braswell
Principal
New Life Academy - St Louis

 


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MARCH 19 to all K-8 PARENTS

Parents,


It is my hope and prayer that this e-mail finds everyone healthy and in good spirits!  You should have received an e-mail from your child(ren)'s classroom teacher that will give some detail of how we are approaching this upcoming week of March 30-April 3.

Please read the classroom e-mails thoroughly.  You will find that these e-mails will be similar across the grade levels.  To simplify and mainstream our communication methods you can communicate by replying to the RenWeb e-mails that your child(ren)'s teacher sent or e-mail them directly.  We are temporarily suspending the use of the multiple communication methods that have been used so far in each classroom.

Tomorrow we will be concentrating on getting curriculum and the "Extended Closure Communication Folder" (ECCF) in your hands (please arrive between 8am-4pm).  We have worked hard to make our lesson plans and general procedures as consistent as possible across grade levels to help families with multiple children.  Our goal has been to simplify and streamline the academics utilizing a "Critical Core Curriculum" approach.  We want to avoid "information overload" for our parents and students as we move forward with this new approach. 

Thank you for your patience and continue to pray for us.  We are praying for you!  Our entire staff did a prayer walk this morning, and we prayed over every classroom from Early Childhood to High School.  We will be walking through this together taking it one day at a time.

As I am encouraging our staff, I encourage each of you to spend the upcoming Spring Break and concentrate on your family.  Use this time to draw closer together and to God.  

Sometime between receiving this e-mail and the weekend of March 29 take a few moments to watch the tutorials below and test the ABeka streaming login for your child and also review the "Extended Closure Communication Folder" (ECCF) from your child(ren)'s classroom.

The information below is class specific as to logging in.  You will receive an e-mail for each child enrolled (ex. a family with three children enrolled will receive 3 different e-mails).  The 2 video tutorials below are to help with the login process.

Instructions for ABeka Login with Computer

Instructions for ABeka Login with Mobile Device

 

God bless,

Anthony Braswell
Principal
New Life Academy - St Louis

 



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MARCH 15, 2020  - TO ALL K-12 and EARLY CHILDHOOD


NLA Parents and Staff,

The New Life Board of Education met today to formulate a plan moving forward into the next few weeks for New Life Academy K-12 and Early Childhood.  It is our intention to keep our NLA family informed, be as proactive as we possibly can, and keep ALL of our students and staff as safe as possible.  As all of you are aware we are dealing with a very fluid, ever evolving situation.  This makes it impossible to predict or plan too far in advance.  Our board of education will be meeting frequently so we are able to give our parents as much advance notice as to the next step for our organization. We will outline our plan for the next 3 weeks in order to help everyone in our community prepare as much as possible.

Week 1 (March 16-20) -  

ST. LOUIS — Local leaders for most of the St. Louis area are suggesting new proactive measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page, St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann, St. Clair County, Ilinois, Board Chairman Mark Kern, and Madison County, Illinois, Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler agreed to take the following measures to prevent the spread:

  • It is recommended that by at least Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all public, private, charter, and parochial schools across all five jurisdictions close until further notice. This decision will be reevaluated by April 3.


    Monday, March 16 - we will have school as normal (K-12 and ECH).  
    Tuesday, March 17 - the scheduled  Parent/Teacher Conferences (K-12) for this coming week will be replaced with school as normal (K-12 and ECH).    Report Cards will be sent electronically by end of day on Thursday (March 19).  
    Wednesday, March 18 - Classes for K-12 and ECH are cancelled.  ALL NLA Staff will report for logistics planning, short-term curriculum planning, and procedural planning for the possibility of extended closure.
    Thursday, March 19 -  Classes for K-12 and ECH are cancelled.  ALL NLA Staff will report for logistics planning, short-term curriculum planning, and procedural planning for the possibility of extended closure.we will have school as normal (K-12 and ECH).
    Friday, March 20 -  Classes for K-12 and ECH are cancelled.  ALL NLA Staff will report for logistics planning, short-term curriculum planning, and procedural planning for the possibility of extended closure.

    Week 2 (March 23-27) -  This is the normally scheduled NLA K-12 Spring Break.  In addition to K-12 we will also be cancelling classes for Early Childhood for this week.  New Life St Louis (Church) will also be closing the doors to our facility to any non-essential staff and group meetings.    

    Week 3 (March 30-April 3) -  Classes for K-12 and ECH are cancelled for this week.  We will be in contact with our families with more details on the educational plans for this week.

    COVID


The NLA Board of Education understands and does not take lightly our families and the challenges faced when school closes.  It is our goal to give as much time for our families to prepare as we move forward.  We appreciate your understanding as we listen to our national, state, local officials and health professionals in making these decisions.

We do understand that there is a possibility that this crisis could stretch beyond these 3 weeks, so we will continue to monitor and communicate with our families on a weekly basis.

 

New Life Board of Education

New Life Academy - St Louis

Anthony Braswell
Principal/Administrator
New Life Academy - StL
314.291.4181   www.newlifeschool.com


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MARCH 13 - TO ALL K-12 PARENTS

Parents,

NLA Administration is cancelling all upcoming classroom field trips due to their public nature.  We will alert all families once we have determined that risks have been lowered as far as rescheduling.  

We are also avoiding any other extra programs/events that involve travel or public gatherings for the next several weeks.  This would involve the following:

- HIGH SCHOOL ASCEND CONVENTION (was cancelled by ASCEND Leadership)
- ASCEND PREVIEW NIGHT (cancelled)
- SENIOR TRIP (to be rescheduled)

These are disappointing things to have to pass along, but it is necessary for us during this time to follow the directions of the professionals.

All graduations and end of year events will stay as scheduled for now.  If we see a need for any changes you will be the first to know.

We will continue to closely follow the recommendations by the state of Missouri and nation's health officials during this fluid situation. We will have a plan in place for K-12 and ECH should NLA close for any period of time due to COVID-19.  Should NLA need to close, we will notify the NLA community primarily through RenWeb. Please be sure your information is up-to-date in RENWEB in order to receive email, texts, and/or calls. Student and staff safety is our highest priority. 

Thank you for understanding,  continue to pray for our leaders and country concerning the challenges that will be faced in the upcoming days/months relative to the coronavirus epidemic. 

 


God bless,

Anthony Braswell
Principal




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MARCH 12 to HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS


High School Parents,

Our annual ASCEND Student Leadership Convention for 2020 has been cancelled.  Below is the letter from the Event Coordinator, Reverend Charles Barcus.  NLA will also be cancelling the ASCEND PREVIEW NIGHT in conjunction with this cancellation.  All practices (Basketball, Volleyball, Archery) that we were scheduling week to week are also cancelled.

We will be in touch shortly as to any reimbursements related to ASCEND and any other questions that there might be for any other area related to ASCEND.

Continue to pray for our leaders and country concerning the challenges that will be faced in the upcoming days/months relative to the coronavirus epidemic.

God bless,

Anthony Braswell
Principal

 

 
Dear Ascend Directors and Coordinators, 
 
The Coronavirus has been a challenge to each of our respective school schedules, I am sure.  I had the responsibility of announcing to our students yesterday that our school’s big basketball and volleyball tournament would have to be canceled.  You can imagine the heartbreak of our senior athletes.  
 
We now need to deal with Ascend and the COVID-19.  Our governor (Indiana) has suspended travel for government officials for 45 days as well as no meetings of over 250 people.  
Wisdom dictates that we should follow that guidance.  
 
For a few days I hoped that the virus might spike and decline before Ascend but that is unlikely and a poor gamble.  We will send information about further related details, for example early entries.   
 
May God bless and keep you, especially for the remainder of this school year and this virus season.  
 
Sincerely, 
Rev. Charles Barcus 
Ascend Director
CCS Principal

 

 

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MARCH 10, 2020 - TO ALL PARENTS

NLA Families,

It would be hard to miss the health-related news that has dominated the daily news cycle nationwide.  COVID-19, being commonly referred to as coronavirus has the attention of all state health departments, as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Because of this attention, we want to communicate with our New Life Academy family (Early Childhood and K-12) about this situation and our efforts to keep our students, families, and staff safe.

As we continue to prepare for a potential impact from COVID-19, we are collaborating with our New Life St. Louis leadership team, other schools, and relying the professionals of the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) to ensure we are offering our students and staff the safest environment possible.  We have recently purchased several ULV Foggers to utilize daily in our facility with a recommended disinfectant.  The spray is safe, non-caustic, hospital grade solution that is food safe and biodegradable.  It leaves no residue and dries within minutes.  Our classroom teachers will continue to use safe practices through the day with the use of hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and the education of how to avoid the passing of germs.  Here are a couple of videos that we are also playing for our classes in this process.  Any additional training you can do at home will reinforce these important practices.

HOW GERMS SPREAD!

PROPER HANDWASHING!

As we maintain our disinfecting procedures, we would like to emphasize the following precautions for our students, families, and staff.

● Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
● Avoid close contact with people who are sick
● Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces
● Stay at home away from others if you are sick
● Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands

During this time, it is important for student safety that if a student is experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms (elevated temperature, fever, cough, shortness of breath), they stay home.  We will continue to communicate with our families moving forward as we closely monitor the situation through our local health officials. It is my hope that our planning and communication make all of our NLA community feel less anxious and more informed.

RESOURCES (click on links for more info)

MO Dept. of Health and Senior Services Information

CDC Information 

There may be questions regarding possible school closings in the future.  We will have a plan in place for K-12 and Early Childhood should NLA close for any period of time due to COVID-19.  Should NLA need to close, we will notify the NLA community with the same communication methods we use for snow day closures.  Please be sure your information is up-to-date in RENWEB in order to receive email, texts, and/or calls. Student and staff safety is our highest priority. This is a fluid situation, and we will continue to keep you updated via RENWEB e-mails and text alerts.

We have the responsibility as Christian educators (both school, church and family) to teach to our children the power of prayer in these situations.  Make it a point to pray as a family for our leaders, those who have felt the impact of this virus, and the professionals who are working on a cure.  While we understand that social media, and media in general can at times fan the flames of fear, our faith in God helps us overcome that fear!  Use this as a teachable moment!
   

God bless,

Anthony Braswell
Principal