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Director’s Thoughts – September 2020

Summer 2020 was not the summer of LRC Past!

LRC Director's Throughts graphic
 
With your input, much deliberation and intentional vigilance to comply with health/safety requirements, we proceeded cautiously, which led to a successful summer of student learning gains.
 
Due to COVID-19, we adjusted procedures specific to each summer program to include smaller group sizes, lower enrollment occupancy, social distancing regulations, temperature checks, increased sanitizing efforts, masks and gloves for counselors/instructors and designated individual supplies or entirely remote course offerings.
 
As this fall semester begins, we promise that your student’s safety remains our top concern. We are offering many programs virtually and implementing learning hubs for subject tutoring, homework support and academic coaching. While we may not have all the answers during this challenging time, we guarantee that we’ll keep monitoring, adapting and utilizing the best practices to keep our students, tutors, staff, and community safe. Your student’s health is important to us–his or her physical, mental, emotional and ACADEMIC health.
 
LRC Executive Director Pamela Craven signature

Polk 2020-2021 School Dates to Note

POLK COUNTY 2020-2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR

Find Polk County Public School dates (first/last days, student holidays, early release days and grading periods) here! Scroll down for a list of significant calendar dates for your PCPS student this school year.
 
Calendar Image from Pixabay
 

First/Last Days, Holidays & Early Release Dates

2020

August 24 (Monday) First day of school
September 7 (Monday) School Holiday- Labor Day
September 23 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
October 21 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
October 23 (Friday) Student Holiday
November 11 (Wednesday) School Holiday – Veterans’ Day
November 23-27 (Mon-Fri) School Holiday – Thanksgiving Break
December 21-January 4 School Holiday – Winter Break

 

2021

January 5 (Tuesday) First day back after Winter Break
January 18 (Monday) School Holiday – MLK, Jr. Day
January 20 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
February 3 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
February 15 (Monday) School Holiday – Presidents’ Day
March 10 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
March 22-26 (Mon-Fri) School Holiday – Spring Break
April 2 (Friday) School Holiday
April 21 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
May 19 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
May 31 (Monday) School Holiday – Memorial Day
June 9 (Wednesday) Last day of school/Early Dismissal

 

Grading periods, Interims & Report Cards

2020

Week of September 21-25 Interim Report
October 22 (Thursday) End of First 9-Week Grading Period
November 12 (Thursday) Report Cards Distributed

 

2021

January 15 (Friday) Last Day of Second Grading Period
February 5 (Friday) Distribute Report Cards
Week of February 22-26 Interim Report
March 19 (Friday) End of Third 9-Week Grading Period
April 14 (Wednesday) Distribute Report Cards
Week of April 26-April 30 Interim Report
June 9 (Wednesday) End of Fourth 9-Week Grading Period

 
 
For more information on the school calendar, upcoming events or Polk school information, please visit the
Polk County Public Schools website where we obtained this information.
 
Please contact LRC for your virtual tutoring needs or assistance with your child’s elearning. We can help face-to-face or virtually!
 
 
For online resources, please visit LRC Online Academic Resources.
 

If you feel that your child needs help, please do not hesitate to contact us to set up One-to-One Tutoring.

 

LRC’s 2020 Summer Lineup

The Learning Resource Center of Polk County unveils its 2020 lineup of summer enrichment programs for all academic levels to combat learning loss during the quarantine and prevent summer slide.
 
LRC Summer
 

Choose Your Program

Camp READY!


Kindergarten-Readiness
LRC Camp READY
 
Rising and repeating kindergartners can gain the skills necessary for school at Camp READY which features multi-sensory learning experiences in an engaging format at Family Fundamentals in Lakeland. Camp will take place June 29-July 24, 2020, Monday-Friday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The cost is $25 for the entire month.
 
 

Super Summer Success

Elementary
LRC Polk Super Summer Elementary
 
Elementary students are able to attend Super Summer Success at Family Fundamentals in Lakeland beginning June 29, 2020. Camp will run Monday-Thursday from 1-4 p.m. through July 23, 2020 and will provide a captivating opportunity for students to improve important skills in reading and math during the summer months. The cost is $395.
 
 

Study Habits of Successful Students

Middle School
LRC Summer Study Habits
 
Middle school students will become more effective learners through time-tested strategies with LRC’s virtual Study Habits of Successful Students on July 6-10, 2020. The course’s fee is $120.
 
 

Test Prep

High School
LRC Summer Test Prep
High School students may benefit from LRC’s test preparation courses designed to help students achieve confidence while earning their best possible score. ACT Prep takes place July 13-17, 2020 and SAT Prep on July 20-24, 2020. Both will be held virtually. The cost of each full course is $470 and includes a book.
 
 

1-to-1 Tutoring

All Academic Levels
lrc 1 to 1 virtual tutoring
 
For students of all levels, 1-to-1 tutoring is always an option. Currently, tutoring services will take place virtually, but LRC is looking into conducting face-to-face sessions again.
 
 

COVID-19 Procedures

Due to COVID-19, LRC has adjusted procedures specific to each program which may include smaller group sizes, lower enrollment occupancy, social distancing regulations, temperature checks, increased sanitization and/or virtual programming.
 

Sliding Fee Scale

LRC offers a Sliding Fee Scale based on gross family income with the assistance of United Way. For questions or to enroll, please visit the Learning Resource Center online at LRCPolk.com or call 863-688-9477.
 
 

Academic Resources Online

via The Ledger by Kimberly C. Moore:
 

 
via Polk County Library Cooperative

  • Books by Mail
  • – Even with our libraries closed, library materials are still available for request and delivery to your home through Books by Mail (BMail). All you need is a library card to access and order your titles (books, magazines, audio books and movies) through our online catalog. Note: Be sure to select “BMail” as your pick-up location.

 
Digital Library – download and stream eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music and television with your library card using the following digital media platforms:

 
Educational Resources
Find additional activities and resources that we’re updating regularly (and share your own) on our Facebook page, LRCPolk.
 
Lakeland Mom also has a great list of local resources and activities.
 
 

Now Enrolling Fall 2019 Enrichment Courses

Join us this fall semester for our enrichment courses and one-to-one tutoring service.

 
LRC Programs and Services Polk County
 

SAT Prep

What: The Learning Resource Center’s SAT Preparation course provides an efficient and effective 23-hour course designed to help students achieve their best possible score on the exam. This course provides: Small classes with highly trained teachers; Problem-solving strategies for analyzing and answering SAT; Practice taking SAT tests; Emphasis on test-taking techniques and strategies specific to the SAT that help build confidence and reduce test anxiety.*Cost of course includes the SAT book
Where: Learning Resource Center, 1628 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland
When: Sept. 10-Oct. 3, 2019; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. &

Saturday, Sept. 21, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The full course will take place on Tuesdays (Math) and Thursdays (Reading) for four weeks as well as one Saturday (Writing).

Cost: $575* for the full course *Ask about our Sliding Fee Scale
Register: SAT Prep Courses or call 863-688-9477 during office hours
 

ACT Prep

What: Learning Resource Center’s ACT Preparation course provides an efficient and effective 23-hour course designed to help students achieve their best possible score on the ACT. This course provides: small classes with highly trained teachers, problem-solving strategies for analyzing and answering ACT questions, practice taking ACT exams, emphasis on test-taking techniques and strategies specific to the ACT that help build confidence and reduce test anxiety. *Cost of course includes the SAT book
Where: Learning Resource Center, 1628 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland
When: Sept. 23-Oct. 21, 2019; Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. &

Saturday, Oct. 5, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The full course will take place on Mondays (Math/Science) and Wednesdays (English/Reading) for four weeks as well as one Saturday (Writing).

Cost: $575* for the full course *Ask about our Sliding Fee Scale
Register: ACT Prep Courses or call 863-688-9477 during office hours
 

Study Habits

What: The Learning Resource Center’s Study Habits of Successful Students provides study skills and motivational strategies to prepare students in grades 6-8 to become more effective learners. Students learn and practice time-tested, effective, and efficient study strategies. The course is designed to offer small classes with activity-oriented lessons to help students learn and practice these study habits of successful students.
Where: Learning Resource Center, 1628 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland
When: Oct. 16-Nov. 13, 2019; Mondays, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Cost: $155* *Ask about our Sliding Fee Scale
Register: Study Habits Courses or call 863-688-9477 during office hours
 

One-to-One Tutoring

What: LRC’s One-to-One Tutoring Services include:

  • One-to-One instruction with a highly-qualified teacher
  • Multi-Sensory learning strategies geared toward individual learning styles
  • Improvement of student’s academic achievement
  • Enhancement of student’s self-esteem to improve school success
  • Flexible schedules and locations
  • Wide variety of subjects & exams

Where: Throughout Polk County
When: Year-round
Cost: Based on the number of hours & gross family income
Register: 1-to-1 Tutoring or call 863-688-9477 during office hours
 
 

Polk 2019-2020 School Dates to Remember

POLK COUNTY 2019-2020 SCHOOL CALENDAR

Find Polk County Public School dates (first and last days, student holidays and early release days) here! Scroll down for a list of significant calendar dates for your PCSB student.
 
From Polk County Public Schools:
Coronavirus Information
Schools are closed through May 1. District offices are also closed to the public through May 1. Limited PCPS staff will be present. PCPS Telephone calls will be managed from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. School offices are open by appointment only. Please call your school to make an appointment.
Distance learning for students will be underway for all students by Thursday, April 2. Teachers will contact students and parents with more information. Learn more about distance learning at PCPS by visiting polkschoolsfl.com/icp.

 

Photo by Plush Design Studio from Pexels
 

2019

August 12 (Monday) First day of school
September 2 (Monday) School Holiday- Labor Day
September 11 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
September 16 (Monday) Student Holiday
October 14 (Monday) Student Holiday
October 23 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
November 6 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
November 11 (Monday) School Holiday – Veterans’ Day
November 25-29 (Mon-Fri) School Holiday – Thanksgiving Break
December 23-January 3 School Holiday – Winter Break

 

2020

January 6 (Monday) First day back after Winter Break
January 15 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
January 20 (Monday) School Holiday – MLK, Jr. Day
February 5 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
February 17 (Monday) School Holiday – Presidents’ Day
March 11 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
March 23-27 (Mon-Fri) School Holiday – Spring Break
April 10 (Friday) Student Holiday
April 22 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
May 25 (Monday) School Holiday – Memorial Day
May 28 (Thursday) Last day of school

 
For more information on the school calendar, upcoming events or Polk school information, please visit the Polk County Public Schools website where we obtained this information.
 
Please contact LRC for your virtual tutoring needs or assistance with your child’s school packets. We can help virtually!
 
 
For online resources, please visit LRC Online Academic Resources.
 

If you feel that your child needs help, please do not hesitate to contact us to set up One-to-One Tutoring.

 

LRC’s November News 2018

Thank you for your generosity!


We cannot say enough to express our gratitude for your generosity in helping us reach our GiveWell Matching Campaign goals!
 
Two benevolent funders from GiveWell Community Foundation heard of LRC’s struggle these past months and offered a challenge that consisted of LRC collecting $20,000 by May 31, for a $20,000 match and then collecting $40,000 by October 31 for an additional $20,000 contribution. YOUR selflessness has enabled us to achieve both of these objectives!
 
With your support, LRC is able to continue delivering high-quality educational services to children, adults and families throughout Polk County. Thank you!
 

LRC Approved as Gardiner Provider

We are elated to announce that through our partnership with Step Up For Students, we are now accepting Gardiner scholarship students for remedial or enrichment instruction. Please give us a call at 863-688-9477 during our office hours for additional information.
 

Giving Tuesday

Would you consider hosting a Giving Tuesday Facebook fundraiser? We are searching for interested individuals. It’s simple to set up, and doesn’t require much effort on your behalf. If you are willing, feel free to set one up on your own at fb.com/fund/LRCPolk or reach out to us by replying to this newsletter. We’d be thrilled to walk you through the process.
 
Equally exciting is that Facebook will match all donations made to nonprofits up to $7 million beginning at 8:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, November 27. Even if you decide not to host a peer-to-peer Facebook fundraiser, you have an opportunity to maximize your support for helping students succeed by donating to LRC through Facebook on Giving Tuesday.
 

Other Ways to Give Back

Amazon Smile

Your purchases can make a difference for students when you shop AmazonSmile and select the Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc. as your charity. When you holiday shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon donates.
 

Giving Assistant

By teaming with Giving Assistant, you may shop online, save money AND give to our cause at the same time. Simply visit ow.ly/BTar30mFF9p, sign up and choose the Learning Resource Center of Polk Co. in your settings to give back through your everyday purchases at 3,000+ online retailers.
 

2019 Schedule

ACT Prep (High School)
Jan. 7-Feb. 6, Mon/Wed
 
Study Habits (Middle School)
Feb. 11-March 18, Mon
 
SAT Prep (High School)
Feb. 12-March 7, Tues/Thurs
 
Get REAL! (High School)
Study Habits
Feb. 14-March 14, Thurs.
 
1-to-1 Tutoring
All Ages
Year-round
 

Holiday Hours & Thanksgiving

Please note that we are open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. today (Monday, Nov. 19) and Tuesday, Nov. 20. We will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 21-Friday, Nov. 23 and will resume our hours of 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26.
 

We wish you and your loved ones a joyful holiday week and blessed Thanksgiving day!


 
 

Polk 2018-2019 School Dates to Remember

POLK COUNTY 2018-2019 SCHOOL CALENDAR

Find Polk County Public School dates including first and last days, student holidays and early release days here! Interested in assessment dates for the 2018-2019 school year? Scroll down for a list of significant calendar dates affecting your PCSB student.
 

Graphic by Designed by Freepik
 

2018

August 13 (Monday) First day of school
September 3 (Monday) School Holiday- Labor Day
September 12 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
September 17 (Monday) Student Holiday
October 3 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
October 15 (Monday) Student Holiday
November 7 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
November 12 (Monday) School Holiday – Veterans’ Day
November 19-23 (Mon-Fri) School Holiday – Thanksgiving Break
December 24-January 4 School Holiday – Winter Break

 

2019

January 7 (Monday) First day back after Winter Break
January 16 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
January 21 (Monday) School Holiday – MLK, Jr. Day
February 6 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
February 18 (Monday) School Holiday – Presidents’ Day
March 13 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
March 25-29 (Mon-Fri) School Holiday – Spring Break
April 19 (Friday) Student Holiday
April 24 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
May 27 (Monday) School Holiday – Memorial Day
May 30 (Thursday) Last day of school

 
For more information on the school calendar, upcoming events or Polk school information, please visit the Polk County Public Schools website where we obtained this information.
 
 

2018-2019 Assessment Schedule

 
Check back for Assessment Information

Date Assessment

Click for more Polk County testing information.
 

If you feel that your child needs help preparing for these assessments, please do not hesitate to contact us to set up One-to-One Tutoring.

 

Shop Back-to-School During the 2018 Tax-Free Weekend

Shop, and save on sales tax August 3-5!


 
The 2018 sales tax holiday will take place over three days beginning on Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5.
 
This year’s tax-free rules apply to clothing, footwear and certain accessories that cost $60 or less per item and school supplies that costs $15 or less per item.
 
Examples of items that will be exempt from tax this weekend include:

Clothing:

  • Backpacks & Book Bags
  • Belts
  • Hats
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Raincoats
  • Shirts
  • Shorts & skirts
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Swimsuits
  • Ties
  • Uniforms

Supplies:

  • Binders
  • Calculators
  • Folders
  • Markers, crayons & colored pencils
  • Notebook paper
  • Poster board
  • Pens & pencils

 
According to the Florida Department of Revenue, the holiday will NOT apply to the following:

  • Any item of clothing selling for more than $60
  • Any school supply item selling for more than $15
  • Books that are not otherwise exempt
  • Personal computers and computer-related accessories purchase for commercial purposes
  • Rentals or leases of any of these items
  • Repairs or alterations of any of these items
  • Sales of clothing or school supplies in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport.

 
For a complete list of exempt and non-exempt items, please CLICK HERE.
 

Search #LRCback2school on Facebook and Twitter to find more posts, blogs and information from LRC on back-to-school 2018 in Polk County.

 
 

Nominate Learning Resource Center as Polk’s 2018 Best

We are truly grateful for the many votes LRC received during each round of The Ledger’s Best of the Best Polk competition last year. Your nominations and votes awarded us the title of Polk’s 2017 Best Learning & Tutoring Center.

The time has come, and the first round of the 2018 competition is taking place now. We’re asking for your assistance again to help us defend our title!
 
The first round began on Sunday, June 10, 2018 and continues through Sunday, June 24, 2018. In this stage, voters nominate the organizations, businesses, people, etc. that they believe best fit each category. Voters can enter nominees for all 150+ categories or just one category daily. We need your help nominating us, the Learning Resource Center, as the Best Learning Center/Tutor for 2018.
 
To help us advance to the second round, please nominate LRC daily through Sunday, June 24 under the Kids & Education: Learning Center/Tutor category at TheLedger.com/Contests.
 
Another way to help is by spreading the word to friends, family and co-workers by email, social media, word of mouth, phone and/or any other ways you can think of. We appreciate any help you can lend.
 
As an added incentive, when you nominate 25 or more, you will be entered to win a $500 gift card from The Ledger Media Group.
 

 
Thanks for your support in this initiative!