Updated: Sep 12

Last Wednesday, August 26, was a special and unique first day of school for our entire campus. While our Kindergarten through 8th grade students started the 2020-21 school year with remote learning, our preschoolers and pre-Kindergarten students were able to safely return to campus. With a very low student to teacher ratio, large classrooms and an extensive re-opening plan to address safety on campus, everyone from families to staff and faculty felt safe and at-ease returning to in-person learning, and most importantly at this age, in-person socializing!

It was, for some of our little ones, their very first encounter with school, which always means a few tears along the way. However, it was without a doubt a happy sight to witness our preschool playground filled with laughter and noise again. Not to mention finally seeing our families back on campus after such a peculiar Spring and Summer. Our pre-Kindergarten students coming back for a second year at our campus were all smiles and particularly excited to see their friends and teachers after such a long time outside of school.


While the routines may be a little different for our youngest students in the time of covid-19, our caring and dedicated staff and faculty were there to help them get used to a modified school environment, and also educate them on the importance of handwashing, and wearing a face covering. Despite their young age, all of them adjusted quite well to their new classroom organization and new routine. Having a consistent schedule of activities, same recess time, and the opportunity to enjoy their favorite subjects certainly helped tremendously.


As for our Kindergarten through 8th grade students, they benefited from the relentless work of our pedagogical team across all of the LILA campuses, as well as our Orange County Director and OC teachers. After receiving detailed information regarding the new format, and their homebase sites with meeting links and schedules, all students in Kindergarten through 8th grade were ready to start the school year strong. Although our very first e-Learning Plan in the history of our campus back in March was a success, it also taught us some important aspects about making it work even better this year, to make our students and families' lives easier. Our Team unveiled a modified 2020-21 remote learning plan shortly before back to school. To ensure students could all progress at the same pace and reduce the amount of independent work needing assistance from parents, the current e-Learning Plan includes lengthier and more frequent online sessions. Most of the school work is now done live with the presence of the teachers on-screen, similar to what is done in a regular classroom.


We are proud to see how much work our faculty and staff have put into the preparation of this very unusual first day of school. We are also proud of the support received from our families. We hope you enjoy this gallery of photos from our back-to-school!


Updated: Jul 21

As most schools and summer camps remain closed or only available online, many parents have to find new ways to keep their children entertained and busy over the summer.

With the county just reinstating some restrictions affecting recreational spaces and other sports clubs and organizations, families with children are finding it hard to stay active and practice outdoor activities while also remaining safe and practicing social distancing. One solution is online classes! We have compiled a list of physical activity resources -that also include our personal age recommendations- for our families to use to encourage physical activity amongst their children.


1. GoNoodle provides great videos that encourage physical movement through the usage of catchy phrases, songs, and silly dance moves. Recommended for preschoolers through 5th grade.


2. Cosmic Kids provides exceptional short (and long) video clips where children can learn yoga. Recommended for preschool through 2nd grade.


3. Kidz Bop has dance-along videos posted on their YouTube channel. Viewers can choose to subscribe to their channel but it is not necessary. This is a helpful resource to use if your child enjoys singing to pop music, and dancing! Recommended for kinder through 5th grade.


4. Glenn Higgins is a personal trainer and health coach who has a YouTube channel called Get Kids Moving. If your child loves superheroes they may love these videos! Recommended for 2nd grade or older (some exercises are a little intense for younger audiences).


5. Joe Wicks is a popular body coach on YouTube. In response to the current health pandemic he has launched a 30 minute online P.E. class, called PE with Joe, for students. Viewers do not need to subscribe to his YouTube channel to view his daily videos. Recommended for 5th through 8th grade. Note: Even parents can join in on the action with Joe Wicks’ P.E. class!


6. DAREBEE is a great option for parents who don’t want their child to have any more screen time! It’s a fitness resource website where you can find tons for posters, fitness plans, exercise diagrams, and so much more! Recommended for middle school and parents.

Updated: Jul 15

If nothing else, the current campus closure has made us rethink and reimagine the way we see and implement our learning on a daily basis. When our e-Learning plan was first unveiled, the priority was for our students to experience no interruption in their learning path and for our faculty to continue teaching our full bilingual curriculum. As the days went by, the importance of what happens outside of the classroom in creating a unique school environment became even more evident in these unprecedented times.

With the help of our campus assistants, we were able to offer fun and creative daily classes using each of their unique talents, such as creative writing, origami, PE, song and dance, storytime, and Spanish. While it was important to break up our students’ routine with enriching activities, it was just as essential for them to interact with staff members they love and could no longer see in person. Our students in 1st grade and up were even able to connect and chat with Alphonse, our IT Specialist and Operations Manager, in a special “Take a Break with Alphonse” class. Though recent events turned our students’ lives upside down in a matter of days, ensuring our students’ well-being as they navigate these challenging times has always guided our vision of what remote learning should be. Hopefully, keeping these human connections alive within our community – even virtually – has also contributed to maintaining a sense of normalcy for them all.





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