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The First Academy Preschool Blog, Week of January 12th

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FOR JANUARY

Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss:

 Message from Mrs. Sarah Donovan, Director of The Extended Educational Programs

“Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold.” This mantra from my Girl Scout days reminds me of the cycle of admissions. Our doors are open to serving new families academically and spiritually, always. There is something just as special as seeing a family return to our programs. Both are gold to us! During re-enrollment, I wake up in the early hours every day to see who is returning to our school family. It is truly such an exciting time! Serving the students and families at TFA’s Extended Educational Programs is truly a calling and I am honored at the privilege of continuing to serve you all during the upcoming school year.

Message From Mrs. Grayson Merritt,  Preschool Principal

Upcoming Events

Re-Enrollment is OPEN!!!

It is not too late to re-enroll for the 2017-2018 school year.  Starting Monday, January 23rd we will open enrollment to our growing wait list as well as to the community.  Please be sure to re-enroll today to secure your spot in our preschool for the 2017-2018 school year.

Directions to Re-enroll Your Student

To re-enroll your student(s), simply access ParentsWeb via RenWeb through your existing login. Please use the following link to the login page:

https://logins2.renweb.com/Logins/ParentsWeb-Login.aspx?DistrictCode=TFA-FL&SchoolCode=

You can also access the login page by going to www.thefirstacademy.org and click ‘RenWeb’ in the upper right hand corner of the home page.

*If you have forgotten your username and/or password, please click on the link provided. If you do not currently have a ParentsWeb Login, instructions are below.

Once logged in:

  • Click on the Family Information button in the left menu
  • Click on the Enrollment/Reenrollment button
  • During the payment selection process, you will be prompted to set up or confirm your payment plan with FACTS.
  • The online re-enrollment system will open with a link to the re-enrollment packet. The online process should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Your information will be saved if you need to quit and come back later.
  • You will receive an automatic email that your re-enrollment was completed successfully.
  • The Instructions and Resources page of the enrollment packet contains supplemental enrollment forms that also must be submitted. Further instructions on these forms are provided online.

3’s (Miss Kim, Miss Ebony and Miss Melanie’s Class):

I know it is hard to believe but enrollment for your child’s KPrep class for next year has already begun.  To make the process as seemless as possible, please check out the website link  https://thefirstacademy.org/admissions/how-to-apply/ which will take you directly to TFA’s Admission page.  From there you will be able to begin the online admission’s process to complete the application for your child to apply for KPrep at The First Academy.  I encourage you to begin this process right away as space is limited for the KPrep program.

We are excited to share with you that we already have 11 friends who have been accepted for next year!

Please feel free to contact Lyn Hawkins, TFA Admissions with any questions (407) 206-8602.  Please let me know how I can be helpful or can offer any additional assistance.

Welcome to Karina Taveras

Please joining me in welcoming Karina Taveras to our school family. Karina joins our preschool family serving as a 3’s Assistant and as our 2’s Aftercare Teacher. We are excited to welcome Karina’s sweet daughter Alani to our school family as well.  Karina was born and raised in New Jersey. She decided to make the move to sunny Florida in 2008. Karina is currently studying Elementary Education at WGU. She is passionate about teaching about Christ and giving children a firm foundation in the gospel.
Welcome, Karina!
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Blessings!

Mrs. Grayson Merritt

 SCHOOL FAMILY CELEBRATIONS

Happy Birthday to our Preschool  Friends During the Month of January:

Staff January Birthday:
Ebony – 6
Jennifer – 9
Students:
Liana – 6
Thalita – 6
Samuel – 9
Luke – 12
Dylan – 12
Bryce – 14
Logan – 14
Rebecca – 15
Madison – 22
Reagan – 27
Bailey – 28
Liam – 29
Ariana – 30

Welcome New Friends to Our School Family:

 

Leo in Miss Hope’s Class                Brady in Miss Ava’s Class               Brenda in Miss Hope’s Class

 

Congratulations:

Congratulations to Bryce on becoming a BIG BROTHER to baby Hope

Preschool Spotlight

Fine Motor Fun

Fine motor development is crucial to successful handwriting.  Research teaches us that the importance of strengthening hands and fingers is what helps students to be successful with their fine motor skills.   We start as early as our toddlers with activities to help children develop this skill.  In our toddlers, the children are exposed to different textures through sensory play as well as given different size brushes and crayons to help them strengthen their fingers.   Our 2’s use playdoh and cutting to further develop this skills.  In our 3’s, along with our phonics curriculum, we incorporate several different techniques to help children use a variety of muscles to practice learning their letters.  Below are 4 ways the 3’s practice their letters each week.
                                             
Miss Kim having her friends practice B’s  on the dry erase board                               Letter B at easel using large brush (including crossing the midline while creating letter which is a helpful skill for writing and brain connection)
                                                                     
 Creating Bees Out of the letter B to help with visual recognition of letter B          Rainbow writing using small markers which encourages proper handwriting grip and strengthens fingers at the same time