Weekly Letters From The Director

Letter From The Director June 30, 2017

Weekly Director Letter
June 30, 2017
Kids For Kids Academy Newsletter

Dear Parents,
This week our travels took our students to Trinidad. Students took part in art and cooking activities related to their “travels”. I am so amazed how much happiness a little water can bring. Our little water days are proving to be a huge hit to help beat the summer heat. Many of our classes are also enjoying having picnic lunches outside afterward and using our new grass and rubber as a place to stretch out and dry off.
This week we had to close the playground for a day and a half to have our trees cut back in preparation for hurricane season, although I’m being optimistic that we will not be affected. Since the outside time had to be cancelled, at my expense, I paid for the classes with cancelled playground time to go to the Hero Gym for some indoor exercise fun.
Our classes are also really enjoying their weekly excursions with our new digital storybook program from Scholastic. If you have not tried it yet, here is the log in information as we are field-testing it until the end of July and you can gain free access on your devices. Scholastic calls it BookFlix.
BookFlix: http://bookflix.scholastic.com/freetrial
User ID: bkflix
Password: peach
I want to also recognize the hard work of our soccer coach as he has needed to be really creative with the kids when it rains. He has come up with some activities to do with the children in the courtyard area outside my office on rainy days so the kids still get a chance to run around and stretch their legs. Also a shout out to our music teacher Mr. Brandon for bringing his gifts and talents to our summer and school year program.
Next week we will be closed on Tuesday in celebration of July 4th. On Wednesday, our Brown and Orange Door classes will be going on a field trip to the Movies at Kendall. Those students are asked to arrive no later than 8:45 on that day. Parents of students in those classes please make sure you see someone at the front to sign the permission form for this trip as well as the other three that will take place over the summer. If you do not wish for your child to attend any of the trips, please note it on the form and we will only bill you the $12 field trip fee for the ones your child attends.
VPK families for next year…..Please drop of your VPK certificates ASAP. If we do not have them by the second week of July, you could forfeit the subsidy and will have to pay $60 more each week for VPK. If you have not applied for it yet, see Amanda for the instructions to apply. ALL 4 year olds in Florida are eligible for this .
LOST AND FOUND: We found several single gold earrings, if you lost any see Amanda. We are missing a few pair of watershoes. If you have a pair that does not belong to you, we have 2 students who are missing them. Please be kind enough to bring them in.
Finally, thank you for all of your kind words of referral. We are close to being at capacity in most of our classes for the fall. Please note that if you refer someone and they enroll, 30 days after the have been at our school you will get a $125 tuition credit to your account or a check, whichever you desire. If your child will be returning for the fall and you have not paid your annual $225 registration fee, please see Delly to pay that by July 31st to hold your space for fall. Families who participate in the EFT program, your accounts will have a draft for that amount on that date.
 Have a great weekend,

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

 

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Letter From The Director June 23, 2017

Weekly Director Letter
June 23, 2017
Kids For Kids Academy Newsletter

Dear Parents,
   Grab your passports everyone….This week found our students “traveling” to Panama.  I am sure you saw the artwork on the walks of the classroom.  In addition to going to Panama, our students in the East wing took a ride on Miss Cuqui’s Adventures in A Box www.adventuresinabox.org and learned about and held some amazing creepy crawlies.  Everyone also enjoyed soccer fun on our field and our Friday water days are proving to be a huge success in this summer heat.
     With regard to my last letter about the frequency of our weekly class letters, if you click on the link in the sidebar you can read your child’s class letter for the past 2 weeks.  Moving forward, they will go back to doing the letters every week so make sure you take a moment to not only read my letter but also ready the class letters.  The teachers really work hard on them to keep you informed on the fabulous things going on in their classes.

 Have a great weekend,

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

 

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Letter From The Director June 16, 2017

Weekly Director Letter
June 16, 2017
Kids For Kids Academy Newsletter

Dear Parents,
     We had a great start of the summer with the opening of our summer camp this week.  Thanks for your patience as we waiting for our school T-Shirts to arrive.  Remember, your child is free to wear the school T-Shirt daily or the polo shirt, the choice is  yours.  This week our campers spent the week getting ready to celebrate their Dads for Father’s Day.  The week ended with an awesome Donuts With Dad event on Friday morning.  Be sure to check out our Facebook page to see the photos of the kids with their Dad’s and other special men in their lives.  We will have those photos for you  shortly in the front window.  When you see them, go ahead and take them as our little gift to you.
    The kids also had a “spashtacular” time during our water play day on Friday.  Please remember to send your child to camp on Fridays in their bathing suit with a complete change of clothing and a labeled towel and sneakers and socks in a plastic grocery bag.  For their own safety, water shoes should also be sent in.  Our students also enjoyed a new program we are offering to all students except Green Door called Digital Storybook.  Students are able to watch as animation comes alive and view stories projected on the wall instead of in a little or big book.  It has been a huge hit.    We have a free trial for the school and families can also access it at home on your computer or tablet.  If you wish to try it out with your child here is the information on the website and the log in information.  I hope you enjoy trying it out.
User ID:      bkflix
Password:  peach
     Our oldest kids will be going on 5 fieldtrips this summer.  Kids in Brown and Orange door may attend these trips as long as parents sign a permission form.  In house trips are $10 per child and off site trips are $12 as we must account for the bus.  Please mark these fieldtrip dates and keep in mind if they fall on a Friday, those students will not participate in waterplay on those days.
  • June 23, onsite, Adventures in a Box.  This trip as it is on site will also be opened to Gold Door Students who wish to pay the $10 admission fee.
  • July 5, Regal Cinemas Kendall, $12
  • July 18, Bird Bowl, $12
  • July 28, Actor’s Playhouse $12
  • August 9, Regal Cinemas Kendall, $12.
      The progress reports for children in all classes with
the exception of VPK, Kindergarten, and First Grade
are completed and can be viewed on Life Cubby.

Finally, although I will be sending a letter each week, the classes will be sending a recap every other week since you will get a daily recap in Life Cubby.  This week you will only find my recap.  Next week, I will remind you to click on the class links on the sidebar to reach the class letters.

Have a great weekend,

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

 

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Letter From The Director June 9, 2017

Weekly Director Letter
June 9, 2017
Kids For Kids Academy Newsletter

Dear Parents,
     This week we closed the door on the 2016-2017 school year and gear up for a summer of fun.  Our VPK families enjoyed a magnificent VPK graduation and our K/1 families enjoyed an end of the year luncheon.  Both activities were made so special thanks to our amazing staff.
     Our staff spent the day on Friday getting the school ready for our summer Passport For Fun.  The first week of summer will be dedicated to getting ready to celebrate our student’s dads or the special men in their lives.  Remember to mark your calendars for our annual Donuts With Dad event that will take place on Friday, June 16th from 7:45-9:00 a.m.  We invite all dad’s or any special men in the lives of our students to stop by and have a little breakfast treat with your child.
    You will find that our academic program will continue during the summer, but with a bit of a twist.  For the most part, your child will have the same staff member for summer, but please keep in mind that just like families take two weeks off over the summer, as those numbers go down, our staff also takes their vacations.  Please know that the quality of instruction will not change as other staff members will be stepping in.  You will also notice that we will have volunteers at our school this summer.  Please keep in mind that volunteers follow strict guidelines.  They must first have a level 2 background screening before we allow them on the premises.  They also are NEVER left alone with children and NEVER take children to the bathroom.  They must be at least 16 years of age and most are individuals who have an interest in the field of education.  Some are actually students working on AA degrees in Education at Miami Dade.  You can identify them as they will all be wearing a VOLUNTEER lanyard. Volunteers are closely monitored and we find that it is a great contribution to our program as it provides a way to lower our already low ratios.
       Over the summer we also add in some special things.  Twice a week, students will participate in a 30 minute program called Digital Storybook.  This is a program that provides books to be read and animated, much like the audio books the kids enjoy with the teacher.  However this program gives another layer as the book is actually animated and projected using a projector.
     In addition to Digital Storybook, we will continue our soccer and music program.  Our Red Door kids who don’t participate in soccer will be going to The Hero Gym on Thursdays from 10:45-11:30.  The Hero Gym is located at the end of the shopping center and we will have plenty of staff on hand to safely walk them over there.  By the way, the Hero Gym also offers birthday parties to our students for a rate of $150 an hour if you wish to have your child’s party there during school hours.
     One thing the kids really enjoy over the summer is our Water Play Fridays.  For this we put out several things that act as sprinklers during the kids playground time.  To make it easier on the staff, we ask that on water Fridays, Please send your child in their bathing suits with water shoes.  In a plastic bag, please send a complete labeled change of clothing (school T-Shirt), shorts, sneakers, socks, and a towel.  Those children who wear diapers should come in a swimming diaper.
     Last but not least, thank you to the wonderful families of Yellow Door for providing our delicious teacher appreciation lunch this week!  Thanks also for opening your hearts and your wallets to show our teachers how much you care.  You donations provided our full time staff with $100 and our part time staff $75 or $50 depending on the hours they work.  Please remember that your child may wear a school T-shirt all five days of the week over the summer.  We hope to have a new supply of school T-Shirts on Monday.
 Have a great weekend,

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

 

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Letter From The Director June 2, 2017

Weekly Director Letter
June 2, 2017
Kids For Kids Academy Newsletter

  Dear Parents,

As mentioned in my mid-week update, we want to thank all of those most generous parents for contributing to our end of the year teacher gift program. You have really helped to make everyone feel so special. Monday will be the last day we collect for that so that we can make the presentation at Graduation this coming Wednesday. Speaking of graduation, we ask that VPK families pick up their children no later than 4:00 so that our VPK teacher can get ready for this special night and so that your little graduates will be at Jack Gordon Elementary on time at 5:30. The ceremony will start promptly at 6:00 and promises to hold some wonderful memories for your child. Graduation tickets will be sent home on Monday with all families who have a zero balance to their school accounts.
Next week we will also host our Purple Door end of the year luncheon and award ceremony for all K/1 students and two guests per child. Guests are asked to arrive at the Clubhouse in Country Walk by 11:30 so that we can start on time. Kudos also to our K/1 teachers for hosting a fabulous field day this week. I will be posting photos to our Facebook page today.
Next Thursday will be our last day of our fall term and we will work really hard on Friday to get ready for summer camp. Please make sure that you take home ALL of your child’s belongings so that we can do a really great job having the school transformed for the start of camp on Monday. Please remember we are CLOSED on Friday June 9th. Speaking of summer, students are able to wear the school T-Shirt all five days of the week over the summer if they wish. You can also wear the blue polos. We will be getting a new shipment of school T-Shirts next week if you need some new ones to get you through the hot summer ahead. We will also tell you in the letter next week more about the summer program including our fabulous water days!
If you have not already picked them up, families who ordered class photos or yearbooks, you can get them from someone at the front desk. We still have a few extra yearbooks left if you would like to get one but did not order one. There is a sample on display at the front desk.
Thank you to the many families who filled out our NAEYC surveys. The lucky raffle ticket winner was Mia Rios. We will be crediting her family a $50 tuition credit. Last but not least, thank you to the wonderful families of Green and Red Doors for providing our delicious teacher appreciation lunch this week!

Have a great weekend,

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

 

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Letter From The Director May 26, 2017

Weekly Director Letter
May 26, 2017
Kids For Kids Academy Newsletter

  Dear Parents,Have you ever traveled around the world? This summer we will embark on year 3 of our Passport For Fun. Over the summer our students will have a chance to visit 10 different countries and learn about customs, traditions and much more. As we begin wrapping up our school year program, we are excited about the places our students will “visit” with us over the summer.

Our VPK kids are super busy getting ready for graduation and our K/1 classes are getting ready for their end of the year luncheon to be held on June 6th. Both events promise to be special for all families.
We have gotten another huge slew of surveys in and will gladly accept those that still need to be turned in. The bigger the response, the better for our accreditation application. Some of you have asked about the raffle. We have been clipping the name labels off the envelopes or making new ones for those that did not come with one. We will fold all of those names in half for our $50 tuition credit drawing. We can accept those surveys until June 2 and I will announce the winner in our next weekly letter. Thanks also to everyone who has already participated in the end of the year teacher gift. We will continue to accept those as well as EFT accounts until June 2 as well.
For those of you who signed up for a class photo, those have been ordered and we expect to have them to you on Wednesday or Thursday of next week. If you participate in the EFT program and you ordered a photo, you will see it come out in this upcoming EFT. We also expect yearbooks to be in by then. If you have not signed up for one and still wish to preorder one, the sign up sheet is in the front window. Please make sure to mark you calendars that we will be closed on Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day and also on June 9th for professional development as we get the school ready for our summer of fun!Last but not least, thank you to the wonderful families of Yellow Door for providing our delicious teacher appreciation lunch this week!

Have a great weekend,

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

 

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