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Armenta Equals Success! At Armenta Learning Academy we believe all students have different learning needs and styles, therefore, we work with each student to determine educa onal programs that will make a difference in their academic career. We see students benefi ng from our small class sizes and personal a en on, as reflected in our students’ achievements of one to three levels in one school year.

Grounded in the belief that children are a precious gi , Armenta Learning Academy individualizes programs of instruc on to promote good grades, peer and instructor support, concept reinforcement, goal achievement, excellent academic values, and accelera on. By reviewing and checking homework, promo ng good study skills,

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and combining independent and mutual work me, our goal is to prepare your children for their en re academic careers. Our academy can provide educa onal programs for gi ed and special needs including Dyslexic, A en on Deficit, Asperger’s, and other special learning needs and their family’s needs.

With our student centered School and Tutoring programs, educa onal support and a developmental, hands-on approach, our students enjoy a variety of instruc onal support and mul -sensory, “across the curriculum” approach to instruc on which is designed to assist students in acquiring skills they need to cope with

their language learning differences.

This suppor ve, orderly, success oriented program encourages the development of academic competence, effec ve work habits, self-discipline, and self-esteem. Armenta Learning Academy has a tradi on of encouraging crea ve and independent thinking, teaching a strong self-concept, and encouraging personal mo va on, while moving at the child’s learning pace and achieving excellence through educa on.



Birthday Celebrations! Nick Clute April 2nd Mrs. Armenta April 3rd Mr. Smith April 4th Catelyn McCleester April 21st Delaney Samuelian April 27th Gianna Vanessen May 18th Ms. Dawn Hopkin June 13th Tanner Samuelian July 6th Lily Turkzadeh July 12th Kendall Bogdanovich July 17th Ms. JoRene Axford July 25th Grace Geoffreys July 28th Sophia Eide July 28th Isabela Del Nero Pires August 8th Wilabeth Hood August 19th Boeck Allen September 1st Maria Dzuiban October 8th Jack Bogdanovich November 5th Ms. Judy Pegram February 22nd

We Love and Appreciate our Parents at ALA!

Yearbooks are coming out in September! Reserve yours today for $65.00 at ALA!

We love celebrations at Armenta! If your birthday is coming up, we plan to celebrate! Let Armenta Learning academy know when your special day is coming up!

A Round of Applause! January 2017 Student of the Month Nico Del Nero Pires

Nico is a hard-working 8th grade student at ALA. He is also on the honor roll! He loves his family and animals. Nico is an amazing athlete and a pre-Olympian gymnast! He is a wonderful student and gives 100% to all he attempts.

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We found out about Julie through a friend and it was the best referral we could have received. Our daughter was struggling with reading and math. After the first 3 weeks we noticed a huge improvement in her ability to read and comprehend. Our daughters self esteem and confidence grew as well. Julie has a very warm personality and she makes sure both the parent and child feel right at home. Julie took the time to learn about our daughter and spotlight her strengths and focus on her weaknesses in a fun and open environment. I would highly recommend Julie and her staff!!! - Jon Eide

standout students February 2017 Student of the Month Gianna Vanessen

Gianna is a talented and witty 6th grader. She loves animals, science experiments and being with her family. She always comes to class with a smile and works exceptionally well with her peers.

March 2017 Student of the Month Jack Bogdanovich

Jack’s favorite subject is science and he loves participating in science experiments. He enjoys gaming with Xbox and Minecraft battles. His favorite football team is USC and he love Star Wars. Jack has advanced a whole grade level since he’s been with us at ALA. 2


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ALA Featured Writer and March Student of the Month Jack Bogdanovich

armenta Writer’S Page The Ar st Within Art is unique, it is iconic Beauty and skill that is harmonic.

The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave Washington, DC 20500

Crea vity at its best, Imagina on will do the rest. Colors and shapes all over the place,

February 15, 2017

A concept expressed with such grace. Its purpose in life is to lighten the mood, Which many brilliant minds pursued. Through their perspec ve and endless emo on, One surely sees remarkable devo on. To decorate a canvas standing stark and bare, A life’s great work presented there. This visual genius is taught by teachers, Each demonstrate valuable features. All ar sts have their own style, The technical diversity makes me smile. Every idea is so abstract, It’s like an ancient ar fact.

Dear Mr. President, I’m wri ng to you to let you know that I’m studying endangered animals. My choice study is the Bengal gers. I’m hoping you will be able to help me get the message out to the public concerning the slaughter of these majes c animals. There are fewer than 2,500 Bengal gers with a decreasing trend. Many people kill the gers for their beau ful fur. Please help me to get the message out that the Bengal gers need to be protected. Thank you Mr. President for your help. Sincerely, Jack Bogdanovich

Just like in music, it has variety, Plays a powerful part in our society. A tradi on that’s been around for years, Each before the pioneer. By Isabela Del Nero Pires

Pets Big bundles o love They’re our greatest companions Always there for you A Haiku By Isabela Del Nero Pires

Congratula ons to our Writer of the Quarter Isabela Del Nero Pires 3


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Summer School at Armenta Learning Academy Come in for our Summer Program, tailored to fit your child’s needs!

Armenta Offers Full & Part Time Programs Available for Pre-K to Adult – Call to Reserve Your Spot for Summer 2017!

For Your Enrichment Needs:

For Your Academic Needs:  Tutoring & Home School Support

Book Clubs

Fishing Clubs




Kinder Readiness

Brain Teaser Fun

Nontradi onal Op ons

Scavenger Hunt

Sign Language/Spanish

Armenta Olympics

Wri ng Workshops

Share Day

Skills for School Success

Pet Educa on

Classes for Credit

Nature Walks

Social Skills Class

Guest Speakers

Science Experiments

Armenta Angels Outreach


Peer Chat Groups

Adop on Support

Field Trips

Special Needs Support


Community Clean Up

Early Gradua on Op ons

Jewelry Making

Fall & College Prepara on

Art & Music Therapy

Gi ed/Accelerated Studies

Armenta Summer School Early Bird registra on discounts available throughout the month of March.



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Summer Field Trip Fun at Armenta Learning Academy We have so many great activities planned for this summer. Feel free to join us for one or all of our field trips! A great way for your kids to be enriched, engaged and stay cool. Field trips are subject to interest and attendance. Tidal Pools: Life and Discovery High and Low Tide, Lunar Pull and Micro Habitats Tidal Pool Discovery and

Dana Point Marine Center

Tidal pools hold a wide variety of unique sea life. We will be exploring the habitats of these animals first hand. The rocks are sharp so be sure to bring old shoes. Remember to bring sun block and supplies for a picnic.

Marine Mammals: Their Habits and Habitats Seals, Sea Lions, Porpoises and Whales Pacific Marine Mammal Center $15.00 per Participant It’s time to take the donations we have collected and go see the animals we are helping. We will take a tour of the center and see where they take care of sick seals and sea lions. After the tour we’ll have a picnic lunch on the grounds.

Beach Day Cleanup and Field Trip A Day at the Beach with ALA $25.00 per Participant Come spend the day at Capistrano Beach cleaning up and having fun. We will spend the day working and playing with swimming, a castle building contest, run relays and have a picnic style lunch together. Bring your sun block, towel, swimming gear, hat and lunch.

Life in the Ocean: Above and Below Macro Habitats, Ocean Population, Sea Life and Pollution Impact Aquarium of the Pacific $30.00 per Participant We will spend the day at the aquarium and take a class about sharks. We will also tour the aquarium and see the diversity of life to be found in our oceans. Lunches will be provided for $8.50 per student.



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Summer courSeS at armenta Learning academy Language Arts Class Grades K-8th Highlights of the class include a focus on:  Grammar  Wri ng  Speaking Skills  Reading Comprehension  Spelling Techniques This workshop is for students who can benefit from Julie M. Armenta, Educa onal Specialist and Founder of Armenta Learning Academy to concentrate on her most beloved subject, language arts. Guaranteed success of improving our students' performance levels and providing them with the skills they'll need in the real world. Mrs. Armenta has geared this class to meet the needs of your children with their learning style. We are excited to make the English language not just a learning tool, but an experience. Guaranteed to bring your student up one whole grade level! Reading Program Ages 14-18, Ages 10-13 and Ages 5-9 Our reading course is Phonics based with a whole language approach that will bring your child up an en re grade level! We make reading fun and come alive. We cover fluency, phonemic awareness, decoding skills, reading comprehension, vocabulary building and more. Wri ng Classes Ages 14-18, Ages 10-13 and Ages 5-9 Our wri ng course covers paragraph building, crea ve wri ng, flow and format, The 5 Paragraph Essay for more advanced writers, confidence building, and developing a lifelong, enthusias c writer and reader. Math Class Ages 14-18, Ages 10-13 and Ages 5-9 Math comes alive with hands-on learning tangibles for all ages. Applying to real life applica ons, making math fun.

Armenta Summer School Early Bird registra on discounts available throughout the month of March.

Science Class Grades 9-12, Grades 7-8 and Grades K-6 Our Science Class is a fun experience, with cool facts, quizzes, projects, lessons, images, and videos. Beginners Spanish Grades 9-12, Grades 7-8 and Grades K-6 Introduc on to Spanish grammar, basic sentences, nouns, adjec ves, verbs and pronouns. Intermediate Spanish Grades 9-12, Grades 7-8 and Grades K-6 Refresh your basic skills with an in depth course where you will prac ce intensive listening, speaking, reading and wri ng in Spanish. Beginner Sign Language Class Grades 9-12, Grades 7-8, Grades K-6 Learn alphabet and beginning words to formulate sentences and build vocabulary. Fun and hands on learning! Intermediate Sign Language Class Grades 9-12, Grades 7-8 and Grades K-6 Vocabulary, formula ng sentences, hands-on learning, intermediate building up to conversa onal sign language. SAT/ACT/GED Test Taking Strategies Class Test taking for college, helping with all subjects. Support to get high scores to get them into the college of your dreams. How to Get Into the College of Your Choice High School Age  GPA Requirements  Course Applica on Process  How to Stand Out on Your Applica on  Test Scores Needed  Scoring Well on the SAT  When to Apply & How  How to Take Advantage of Scholarships & Grants  How to Keep Track of and Meet College Applica ons Deadlines  The Common Applica on Pros and Cons 6

ARMENTA LEARNING ACADEMY NEWSLETTER SPRING/SUMMER 2017 Armenta Summer School Early Bird registra on discounts available throughout the month of March.

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Social Skills Class Grade 9-12, Grade 7-8 and K-6 Basic Manners & E que e Workshops and Social Skills Classes. Classes can be individualized and specialized to your child’s needs.  Appropriate Dress for Various Se ngs  Personal Grooming  Handshaking - The Ul mate Gree ng  Introducing Yourself and Others - The Ul mate First Impression  Responding to Introduc ons  Name Tag E que e  Conversa on Skills  How to Remember Names  Body Language & Eye Signals  Thank You Notes  Ne que e - Cell Phone and Electronic E que e  Telephone Manners  Respec ng Cultural Differences  Being a Though ul Traveler - Travel E que e  General Manners and Common Courtesies  The Job Interview  Study, Time Management, and Test Taking Skills

Kinder Readiness Program (Pre-K) Armenta Learning Academy helps children overcome the separa on anxiety that most parents face when the first days of school. Armenta Learning Academy is a safe and s mula ng environment, great for social and physical development necessary for children, as well as the cogni ve and emo onal development that is expected by kindergarten. Mrs. Armenta recommends this checklist which covers the very basics of what will be expected of a child star ng kindergarten:  Listen to stories without interrup ng  Recognize rhyming sounds  Pay a en on for short periods of me to adult-directed tasks  Understand ac ons have both causes and effects  Show understanding of general mes of day  Cut with scissors  Trace basic shapes  Begin to share with others  Start to follow rules  Be able to recognize authority  Manage bathroom needs  Bu on shirts, pants, coats, and zip up zippers  Begin to control oneself Social Skills For Success Class  Separate from parents without being upset Ages 14-18, Ages 10-13 and Ages 5-9  Speak understandably In this class, we focus on eye contact, voice tone,  Talk in complete sentences of five to six communica on and peer skills, esteem building, words coopera ve play, and more. We will modify classes  Look at pictures and then tell stories to individual needs of the students in this course.  Iden fy rhyming words  Iden fy the beginning sound of some words Skills For School Success  Iden fy some alphabet le ers Ages 14-18, Ages 10-13 and Ages 5-9  Recognize some common sight words like This course focuses on me management “stop” organiza onal skills, note taking, test taking, study  Sort similar objects by color, size, and shape skills, success in all subjects and in school.  Recognize groups of one, two, three, four, and five objects Homework Helper Class  Count to ten Grades 9-12th, Grade 7-8, Grades K-6th  Bounce a ball Support for all and any subjects. Take the stress off of you as a parent and be assured it's done Armenta Learning Academy works with the children efficiently while teaching your children easy steps so that when the me comes, they are ready for to success in the classroom and in future seat work with skill set to be successful in the homework endeavors. classroom. 7


Upcoming Events at Armenta Learning Academy

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 Mark your calendar for two weekends of fun and fes vi es: March 4 & 5

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and 11th & 12th, 2017, in beau ful Dana Point Harbor as we celebrate the 46th Dana Point Fes val of Whales! Join ALA as we support marine life in our area. Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 12th, 2017 at 2:00am. Spring your clocks forward one hour! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day. we will be panning for gold on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 14th and 15th, 2017. The most gold panned wins a prize! St. Patrick’s Day is Friday, March 17th, 2017. We will be having a party at ALA on Thursday, March 16th, 2017. Wear green and bring your favorite green treats to share. The first day of spring is Monday, March 20th, 2017. Essay Contest “My Favorite Spring Break Ac vity.” Submissions due Thursday, March 23rd, 2017. Winner will receive a prize! End of the year Fishing Trip with Guest Speaker on Nutri on in Honor of Na onal Nutri on Month Thursday, Armenta Fishing March 30th, 2017. Academy Thursday, June 15th Friday, March 31st, 2017, marks the end of the second progress repor ng $75 per Person, All Welcome! period. Spring Break April 3rd-7th. We will be available upon special request. Easter is Sunday, April 16th, 2017. Earth Day is Saturday, April 22nd, 2017. A Tree Plan ng Ceremony in Honor of Earth Day will be held on Thursday, April 20th, 2017. Armenta Olympics will be held Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at the Academy. Memorial Day is Monday, May 29th, 2017, no school that day. Last Day of School is Friday, June 9th, 2017. First Day of Summer School is Monday, June 13th, 2017 .

Armenta Supporting Our Community ALA is Offering One Free Tutoring Session when Students Donate to the Pet Supply Drive During the Month of April!

Dona on Drop Off Area at ALA for our Pet Supply Drive for Mu Hu Rescue and Mu s n Stuff

A big thank you to the Bogdanovich family, the McCleester/Hughes family and to Ms. JoRene Axford for dona ng food, treats, toys and leashes to our Pet Food Drive! Thank you so much for your help! 8


SAT/ACT Testing

It’s that me of year again, SAT/ ACT tests are coming up for high school students! Many start preparing during their sophomore year. Armenta Learning Academy can help your student get a great head start preparing for both with experienced teachers and tutors available from 8:30am to 8:30pm, 7 days a week! ALA recommends 2-3 hours a week studying for either test with frequent prac ce tests. The best me to start prepara ons is 2-3 months in advance. A few prepara on tools that you might find useful: ACT Prep Books The Real ACT Prep Guide The ACT for Dummies Upcoming ACT Dates April 8th, 2017 June 10th, 2017 SAT Prep Books Gruber’s Complete Prepara on for the New SAT The College Board’s Official SAT Study Guide for the New SAT The Princeton Review’s Cracking The New SAT, 2017

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Sat & aCt preparation time Wisdom Integrity Success Excellence through Education

A Note for Summer from Mrs. Armenta: “We are looking forward to another successful summer and we are delighted to be part of your child’s journey. There are so many adventures and enriching experiences planned at ALA for your children. It is truly a privilege and honor working with your children. Thank you for this opportunity and we look forward to seeing your children grow, develop and blossom. Be sure to take advantage of this extra me with your children this summer. This me is a precious gi . Have an enriching and happy summer!”

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We are proud to con nue to serve Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) as the recipient of our Armenta Angels Community Outreach Program for the last 10 years. PMMC is a non-profit organiza on dedicated to the rescue, rehabilita on and release of marine mammals stranded along the Orange County Coastline and to the increasing public awareness of the marine environment through educa on and research. There will be a collec on box in the lobby for dona ons of the items on the list below. On August 1st, 2017, we will be visi ng the PMMC and turning in our collected dona ons.

 Unflavored Pedialyte (most

Armenta Pet Academy At Armenta Pet Academy we believe in establishing a rapport with you and your pet to build trust and respect for a great experience with your pet. Training that should be s mula ng and fun as well as enriching for your pet. We use posi ve reinforcement methods to get quick results. We will train in your home or you can have your pet stay with us short term for day school or long term for a new, improved pet for day school or boarding while you are away for great results. Contact Armenta Pet Academy at (949) 433-0898.

Custom Care & Training for Your Canine Family Member Get quick results with house breaking, chewing, barking, jumping, digging, mouthing & more!! Private or group/In home or At Site Problem Solving Behavior Medita on Obedience Training On & Off Leash Training Personal & Family Protec on Trauma Support/ Esteem Building Separa on Anxiety, Pet Therapy Tricks & Performance Training Puppy Basic Skills Training Socializa on/Field Trips

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important item) Light Karo Syrup Toilet Paper Paper Towels Dawn Dishwashing Detergent Bleach Liquid Laundry Detergent (Tide works best for fishy laundry) 3 inch Chlorine Tablets (Found in the pool supply sec on) Rolls of 1 inch Masking Tape (Scotch or 3M brand is best) Blankets White Photo Paper Permanent Markers Staples /Office Max Gi Cards Home Depot/Lowes Gi Cards Bo led Water Postage Stamps All Monetary dona ons are welcome. Cash dona ons can be dropped off at ALA or mailed directly to them at: Pacific Marine Mammal Center 20612 Laguna Canyon Rd. Laguna Beach, CA 92651


ALA Spring/Summer Newsletter 2017  

Our Spring/Summer Newsletter is here! We have educational and enrichment programs geared to get your student through the end of the school y...

ALA Spring/Summer Newsletter 2017  

Our Spring/Summer Newsletter is here! We have educational and enrichment programs geared to get your student through the end of the school y...