Weekly Letters From The Director

Letter From The Director May 5, 2017

Weekly Director Letter
May 5, 2017
Kids For Kids Academy Newsletter

Dear Parents,This week has been all about getting ready to celebrate our Moms and other special women in our students’ lives. Our Muffins With Mom event will take place on FRIDAY, MAY 12th from 7:45-9:00. Please plan to spend a few moments with your child when you drop off and see all of the wonderful things they have in store for you. If mom is unavailable, any special person in your child’s life is invited to attend…..It can even be Dad! We look forward to this special morning.

A special note for our VPK, and Purple Door Kids: As there was a conflict with Muffins with Mom, our last field trip of the school year to Bird Bowl has been changed to Tuesday, May 16th. Parents are invited to attend this field trip. Please remember that we cannot permit siblings to attend any of our field trips. Also for our VPK kids, we are still waiting for approval of our Venue (Jack Gordon Elementary) but we anticipate it will be approved for Thursday, June 7th. For graduation we ask that students be dropped off at Jack Gordon Elementary by 5:30pm, the ceremony itself will begin at 6:00pm. There will be light refreshments served. As our group graduating is small this year, we will be allowing families to have 6 tickets instead of the 4 we usually issue. The $60 graduation fee is due on May 15th. Families who participate in the EFT program, those funds will be withdrawn on that day through EFT. Also, please keep in mind families must have a zero balance to receive their graduation tickets. This is a special day for all and we can’t wait to share it with you.

This week we opened our new soccer field….5,000 square feet of artificial turf! What a huge improvement over our old soccer field.
Finally, a word about the EFT program. We schedule the weekly tuition draft every Thursday. It takes two business days for funds to leave your accounts and come into ours. We have had one or two parents tell us that the draft is hitting their accounts on Saturday at times. Please know that we have no control over when your bank transfers funds. Although we anticipate funds to be withdrawn from accounts on Mondays please note that tuition for all families is due the Friday before attending. We ask that you ensure funds are available the Friday before the upcoming week in case a weekend draft takes place. On the flip side, when there is a banking holiday on a Friday or Monday, funds usually won’t come out until Tuesdays.

Thank you so much to the parents of Orange Door for hosting this week’s Teacher Appreciation Lunch. Everything was delicious!

Have a great weekend,

Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S, NBCT
Director, Kids For Kids Academy

 

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Letter From The Director April 28, 2017

Weekly Director Letter
April 28, 2017
Kids For Kids Academy Newsletter

Dear Parents,

This week the kids have all settled in on our new playground. The new big attraction are the little rakes. The kids are loving raking up the leaves and the absence of mulch is keeping our school much cleaner, not to mention less mulch going home in the children’s shoes. We expect that our soccer field will be done this weekend so Monday will hold new excitement once again!

Thank you to everyone who has signed up for their vacation weeks over the summer. Remember, families are able to take 2 weeks off and not be billed tuition over the summer. If you have not told us what weeks you wish to take off, please do so by June 1, you can see someone at the front desk or reply to this email and let me know your intentions.

This message is for families who have siblings starting in our school in August. We have held your spaces for the fall but as we are almost full for fall, all paperwork and registration fees for new incoming students must be completed by May 30th in order for us to continue holding your space for fall. All current students who will be returning for the fall, your registration for the new school year is due by June 30th.

Our Muffins with Mom event is right around the corner. For this event we invite each students to bring their mom, aunt, grandma or any special woman in their lives to participate. It will be held from 7:45-9:00 in your child’s classroom. Please plan to spend a few minutes having a muffin with your child and seeing the wonderful gifts the teachers have helped the children prepare.

This week we took group class photos. When they are ready, we will hang them in the front window and you may order a copy if you would like.

Finally, details will be coming soon for our VPK graduation. It will be held on EITHER June 6 or June 7. We are waiting to hear from the venue on the exact date. Also mark your calendars if your child is in Purple Door for the end of the year luncheon to be held on June 6 at the Clubhouse of Country Walk. Each child will be allowed to bring 2 guests to this event.

Have a great weekend,

Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S, NBCT
Director, Kids For Kids Academy

 

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Letter From The Director April 21, 2017

Weekly Director Letter
April 21, 2017
Kids For Kids Academy Newsletter

Dear Parents,
Tons of excitement at our school this week. After having our playground closed for a week, the kids came back to school and were so surprised to see the mulch gone and beautiful artificial grass and blue rubber flooring. Wait until they return on Monday to find the track painted black with white road stripes and the soccer field covered in artificial grass. We even got little rakes and buckets. The kids had a great time raking the leaves.
Unlike most schools that do teacher appreciation day or teacher appreciation week, we try to appreciate our teachers everyday. What we do to spread out the appreciation is each week for the last 8 weeks of the school year, we ask that one class sponsor a lunch for the teachers and staff and everyone signs up to bring just one item. This week, the wonderful parents of Brown Door sponsored a teacher luncheon. What a great assortment of food. Many thanks to the parents of Brown Door. Next Friday, the lunch will be sponsored by Gold Door Families. Gold Door families will find the sign up sheet in the window.
This week in the Science Lab our little scientists continued their study on chemical changes in matter. They mixed vinegar and baking soda and watched as the gas that was produced filled a balloon. Students each poured their own test tube of vinegar down a funnel and were amazed when it erupted like a volcano. Not only did they love seeing it, but talked about and used their sense of hearing to hear the fizz. Don’t be surprised if they are also spelling the word “fizz” for you. They also discussed that they used their eyes and ears. Students noticed a pattern in the words as both words started with an “e” and ended with an “s” and both words had 4 letters. There are patterns all around us!
We had a nice intimate crowd for Family Storytime. Those who came met and fell in love with Miss Adrianna. She will be taking of over for me moving forward. Mark your calendar, the next one will be on May 18th at 7:00 pm. If you have never been, consider making it a monthly tradition.
Have a great weekend with your child!

Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S, NBCT
Director, Kids For Kids Academy

 

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Letter From The Director April 7, 2017

Weekly Director Letter
April 7, 2017
Kids For Kids Academy Newsletter

Dear Parents,
   What a fabulous week we had!  Special thanks to all of the parents who volunteered to make our Spring Egg Hunt such a huge success.  In all, students took part in 9 egg hunts where over 2,500 goodie filled eggs were hidden and found in a matter of minutes.  Thank you to all of the parents who supported our healthy initiative and refrained from sending candy in the eggs.  Our students had a wonderful time and they all learned a lesson in sharing as they made sure that everyone went home with the same amount of eggs.
   Our oldest kids had a blast on their fieldtrip to the Miami Dade County Environmental Center.  They had a chance to learn about animals and their surroundings.  Check out our Facebook page for photos from the fieldtrip as well as egg hunt photos.
     You may have noticed the bin in front of the fish tank.  Our school will, on an ongoing basis,  be collecting individually wrapped items like cereal bars, granola bards, cheese and peanut butter crackers, nuts, and baby wipes.  These items will be put in bags each month for homeless individuals who live in Miami.  Next time you are at the dollar store or the grocery store, please pick up just one item to add to the collection.
    Next week our main playground will be closed as we will be doing our playground renovation.  This $26,000 project will beautify and upgrade our play surfaces. During this time, students will be relocated to other outdoor areas.  We chose next week as we know some of our families will be away for spring break.  Please note that our school is open next week even though Miami Dade County Schools is closed.  We will be closed on Friday, April 14th in observance of Good Friday.  Students in VPK, K, and 1 will have a camp week.  If they are absent they will not miss instruction.  There will be no weekly letter next week.  Stay tuned to Life Cubby to see what is being done on a daily basis in the classrooms.  Also, please remember after you read this letter to click on the class letter in the right hand margin.  The teachers take a lot of time to write these letters for you.
     Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to decorate my office, and the kids and staff who made me feel so loved on my 50th Birthday today.  Few people can understand this, but this is my favorite place to spend my birthday.  The hugs, kisses and birthday songs make my day.  Although all my birthday surprises we so special, I have to see the child who took the time to make me a birthday chicken with a happy birthday bracelet (the chicken is now wearing it as a necklace) what the tip of the iceberg!  Each time I see that adorable chicken handmade with love, I will remember this special day.  I LYATTMAB (I Love you all to the moon and back).

Have a great weekend!

Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S, NBCT
Director, Kids For Kids Academy

 

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Letter From The Director March 31, 2017

Weekly Director Letter
March 31, 2017
Kids For Kids Academy Newsletter

Dear Parents,
Spring is in the air! Our students are really excited about our annual Spring Egg Hunt. This year it will take place on Thursday, April 6th. We ask that all children bring in 12 plastic eggs filled with non candy items like little toys, gummies, goldfish, little bubbles, plastic animals, bracelets, etc. Please note, as our kids in Green Door are barely walking and most items in the eggs can be choke hazards, they do not participate in this activity. Walmart, Target, and the party stores are great places to find egg filling items. As a service, we will have some filled eggs available for a cost of $5. If you need us to fill eggs and send them to your child’s classroom, please sign up no later than Tuesday so we can have time to fill the egg orders. Parents are invited to join in the egg hunt, but please keep in mind that they are over very quickly. In the morning we collect the eggs from each class and spread them on our playground. The classes get called out and within 10 minutes the eggs are gone. We do our best to stay on schedule but if you want to see it and show up just a little late, it will be over. Please remember that although we welcome you on site, my insurance will not allow siblings to be here. We will do our best to follow this schedule:
9:00 Orange Door
9:15 Yellow on small playground
9:15 Rainbow
9:30 Brown Door
10:00 Blue
10:30 Red on small playground
11:00 Gold
11:45 Brown
12:30 Purple
Each year we offer an early fall registration discount, I had mentioned it a few weekly letters ago. Families with one child pay $200 instead of $225. This promotion is for the month of March. I have been asked to extend this, so we will honor the promotion for two additional weeks, through April 14th. The week of April 10-14 is Spring Break for public schools. We will be open our regular hours that week with the exception of April 14th. We will be closed that day in observance of Good Friday. If you have elementary age children who need to be with us that week, please let us know no later than April 5th so that we can be sure we have enough staff on hand.
A note about our food menu….We know that parents have the school calendar which lists the daily meals served. Since we have made changes for the better adding fresh fruit and organic vegetables, we had to change around some of the items on the menu to accommodate fruit cutting and veggie cooking procedures. Our updated menus will be on our website on Monday and will also be posted on the closet door opposite the hallway.

Have a great weekend!

Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S, NBCT
Director, Kids For Kids Academy

 

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Letter From The Director March 24, 2017

Weekly Director Letter
March 24, 2017
Kids For Kids Academy Newsletter

Dear Parents,
I can’t even begin to thank all of our parents for their level of understanding during this nightmare with AT&T. Our phone lines were restored on Thursday after being out for 5 days. I continue to argue with them hourly as they can’t seem to locate our fax number to get it ported back. All in all it has made for a very stressful week. We have done our best to keep lines of communication open in other ways and hope that your week here was still stellar!
I want to also thank all of the parents sending their friends to tour our school. Our school for the current term is on a waiting list for all classes and we have a handful of openings left for the fall. If you know anyone still looking for the fall, send them on. Due to high demand, we will be opening a fourth VPK class next school year. Class four is a 2 pm VPK and only has 7 spaces left so you know anyone who did not get into the lottery in their public school send them on. Remember we will give you a $125 thank you if they enroll. Likewise, if you anticipate moving and not returning for the fall, please let us know so that we can open up that space for someone else. All families currently enrolled are guaranteed a space for the fall term. We have already put you in your classes for August. With the addition of new classes, we are also looking for new staff so if you know anyone who is qualified, send them as well.
The week in the Science Lab students continued their study on physical change and properties. They reviewed what happened when they microwaved a bar of soap and also began to learn about the difference between a physical and chemical change. They learned when ingredients are mixed in a recipe something new is produced. That is a chemical change. Students measured and mixed flour, salt, colored water and oil and it turned to playdoh. Our VPK classes had a double dose of science. They also made terrariums and learned about how the self contained ecosystem grows.
Our East Wing kids had a visit from a police officer as part of the Buckle Bear program. This program teaches seatbelt and car seat safety. All in all a jam packed week.

Have a great weekend!

Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S, NBCT
Director, Kids For Kids Academy

 

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