It's amazing what a little colored paper and creativity can make! Yesterday, Cypress Academy was lucky to have a volunteer group from Camp Restore help us beautify the school. Supplied with paper, borders, a die-cut machine, and plenty of tape and staples, this group worked wonders on creating communication boards throughout our common spaces. Here is just a preview of their hard work! Thank you again, Camp Restore!
Cypress feels like a small city today - or at least a small repair yard! We have a whole crew of parent volunteers here today. They started their morning with a little cleaning...and that will pretty much continue all day long. Tomorrow another crew of parents will be here to continue the work inside and to do a little bit of work on our playground.
In addition, we have technicians here from our landscaping company, HVAC company, and phone company. They're busy making sure that all our systems are ready for when the teachers and students arrive.
Finally, we're anxiously waiting to receive our results from the second round of OneApp. We should get the list of our new students sometime early next week... We can't wait to welcome to students to the Cypress family!
Moving Day is almost upon us. Cypress looks a little different right now. Everything is in boxes. The classrooms have been repainted for the next school that is leasing space from Touro...and, believe it or not, a whole ton of supplies for next year have already arrived. We can't wait to use all the new materials for Math and Language Arts!
Monday morning will mark the start of the third - and last - week of summer Champ Camp. In addition, a whole krewe of movers will descend upon Cypress to load their trucks for the move to the Dibert building. If that weren't enough, starting at 6:30 Monday morning we'll have machinery at the Dibert building digging out mulch on the playground so that we can install new mulch that fits the code requirements. Check back soon for pictures!
Happy Wednesday! 92 days until the first day of school!
Who ever thought moving into a new school could be so involved? As the new Operations Manager for Cypress Academy, not only have I been learning the ins and outs of this wonderful school, but I’ve also been trying to make the transition to our new building as seamless as possible for staff and students. It’s definitely more than just packing up boxes and loading them onto a truck...
As daunting as this whole process may be, we are very fortunate to be moving into Dibert after its current occupant, the International School of Louisiana. Their staff has been tremendously helpful in allowing us access to the building to ensure all facility parameters are set up properly. Most Wednesdays, I head over to Dibert for the last part of my day to meet with various vendors, contractors, and inspectors, all of which play an important role in making our school operational. This week, I am meeting with a very eclectic bunch: a pest control specialist, a vendor for security cameras, a fire systems analyst, and a representative from the clerk’s office interested in making Dibert a voting location again. With each Wednesday that passes, the pressure grows a little more to meet deadlines and put the pieces in place. But, when I walk the halls of Dibert and envision our students and teachers making the space their own, I know all the hard work we are doing is going to be well worth it.
-Lynzee Gray, Operations Manager
We're excited about our new blog that focuses on our move to the John Dibert building in Mid-City. Over the last few months we've been hard at work thinking about and planning for this transition. This blog will focus on both the exciting and the nitty gritty details that our families will find important or just good to know.
Exciting: Our calendar is complete. It is possible that we might make a change or two prior to the beginning of the school year. But, we think that 99% of the dates are here to stay. Check it out in the 'Documents and Forms' page of our website.
Nitty Gritty: So...spending money on a lead inspection isn't that much fun. That said, we felt it important to do prior to taking over permanent occupancy. Our Lead Based Paint Inspection and Risk Assessment Report surrounding the Dibert property is now complete. Great news! The building and property need very little work surrounding lead remediation. Over summer we'll need to apply some fresh paint in a few areas and do a deep cleaning. Perhaps most importantly, all of the outside areas look great - the soil and playground areas all tested well within acceptable levels for lead. Curious about the details? Our new Operations Manager - Lynzee Gray - would be happy to share more information.