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December, January & February

Armenta Learning Academy

December 01, 2017

Give the Gift of Learning By Julie M. Armenta M.A. of my favorite vocabulary Educational & Family enhancing toys. These letters Specialist can be used to aid spelling, What better way to give a gift reading, vocabulary, and which enhances learning than grammar. Kids love the fun with some of my favorite colors. I recommend purchasing educational toys? two sets of letters for use in Leap Frog Products– My favorite longer sentences. Another fun educational toys! The Leap Pad reading and magnet related toy is the Magnetic ABC Book ($59.99) is an award-winning product that introduces children ($14.99). I highly recommend it out. Holidays to the magic of books, money, checking Happy populations, music, capitals, and Books in general make much more. This company also makes talking globes to increase geographical awareness, and many other games. Leap Frog has a variety of learning materials that reach the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners. Another of their wonderful products, the Turbo Twist wonderful gifts. I personally love ($39.99), builds vocabulary and books on tape, books that math skills. involve music, and ones with Science & Excitement– There’s bright illustrations and pictures. For the younger children, popthe Geo Safari Talking up books are a wonderful idea. Microscope ($35.99) that Next time you’re at the introduces children to the bookstore, take a look at The amazing world of insects and Tin Forest ($15.99). It’s a book spiders with an easy to use talking microscope. There are so full of rich and detailed many science kits out there, that illustrations, lyrical text, and it was difficult to pick a favorite. empowering messages. I’m certain that someone on your Some common kits include shopping list would benefit from Geography, General Science, such a book. Volcanoes, Geology, Problem Solving, and more. Try the Q & A– I highly recommend Mystery Rock ($24.99) and encyclopedias, children’s unearth four real gemstones dictionaries, and thesauruses including a genuine emerald, with pictures. Books of this three prehistoric fossils, and nature are not only informative, much more. but interesting. Reference books like Question & Answer Word Wonders– Read Spin ($13.00) magnetic letters are one Library ($39.99) can be on

specific topics such as the United States of America or nature. Perhaps one of the most enjoyable Q&A toys is the Brain Quest ($10.95) series. Each deck comes with over a 1,000 cards with questions and answers drawn right out of school materials. The series covers everything from math and science to English and history, and many more subjects. They make their card decks for all grades Pre-K through 8th. That way you can play with your friends, quiz your parents, or test yourself. Electronics & More– Word Warp ($24.95) reinforces spelling skills with an entertaining ‘twist.’ Quickly turn each spherical knob to the correct letter, press the button, and beat the clock! As the game progresses, it gets faster and crazier – spelling has never been so much fun! This game is appropriate for ages 8 and up. For more word practice for the younger children, try the Phonics Firefly ($39.95). Children learn the alphabet, letter sounds, and over 500 three-letter words! This is a musical and colorful light-up keyboard game. Through interactive learning toys, children build their phonics, reading, and spelling skills, and confidence. If you’re a little worded-out, why not try some math for a change of pace? Numbers come alive with Math Shark (Continued on page 2)

Reminder The Academy will be closed for Winter Recess December 25th through January 5th. School resumes Monday, January 8th.

Special points of interest:  December is National Drunk Driving Prevention Month  Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day December 7  Human Rights Day - December 10  Winter Recess Friday December 25 - Friday January 5  Happy New Year - January 1  January is National Mentoring Month  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 15  February is Library Lovers Month  Valentine’s Party - February 14  Lincoln’s Day - February 16  Presidents’ Day - February 19 Give the Gift of Learning Featured Teacher Student of the Month Community Events

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($39.95). Children will want to practice their math on this hand held toy that plays more like a video game than a math quiz. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, or percentages are just a few of the topics covered by this math-smart game. It is even a fully functional calculator. There are eight skill levels to choose from, so pick the one that best suits your personal mathematical talents. Keep in mind computer games too! Group Learning– To spice up the classroom or to make a long car ride a bit more interesting try a multi-player game like Eggspert ($49.95). Teams or players test their knowledge on such topics as math, science, spelling, and history. Two different game modes let you either play the “Jeopardy” mode or the “Wheel of Fortune” mode. This game involves bright colors, flashing lights, and out loud questions or activities. This is a wonderful educational gift – I’d be excited to find it under my own Christmas tree. Back to Basics – Sidewalk Chalk (no more than a few dollars at the local drug or toy store) is a great way for your children to have fun while practicing spelling and math. How often is it that a Page 2

child’s workspace is the entire driveway? Make some lemonade or hot chocolate and stake out a clean piece of sidewalk. Try studying for vocabulary and spelling tests or testing your multiplication tables this way. It’s fun, a wonderful learning experience, and a great time for parent-child bonding. Another variation, but on a smaller scale, would be personal chalkboards or white boards and dry erase markers. These are wonderful study tools that encourage students to be creative in their learning processes. This definitely reaches out to the visual learners. The colors enhance the memory, interest, and creativity. Fitness Fun– Other toys and activities that can be wonderful and beneficial gifts are those that involve health and sports. Perhaps a new basketball and a coupon for a free game of horse would be a fun and creative gift to give. I personally enjoy fast paced games and activities such as bike riding, roller skating, and jet skiing! How about a new helmet to promote safety, or an iPod for long walks? Even the simplest gifts can be fun and encourage fitness. When was the last time you used a Hula Hoop or a Frisbee? Although December isn’t the ideal time for water sports, pool toys

and beach games are great ideas too. Since it is winter, maybe winter sportswear and gear would be a wonderful choice. Also, for colder weather, indoor sports and activities can be loads of fun. Trampolines, treadmills, and table tennis are great fun, healthy, and played with a roof over your head. No matter what gifts are given, remember that they come from the heart. I always thought that the best part of the holidays was watching my friends and family members open the gifts that I personally bought them, watching their expressions of excitement and pleasure, and listening to how “perfect” my gift was… That’s one of the best feelings in the whole world. Knowing that others appreciate your care and creativity is a heartwarming experience. I have found the educational toys are the ones my sons, nieces, nephews, and students enjoy the most; gifts that children can play and learn with at the same time. What better way to make a meaningful and lasting impression, than making a difference in the lives of those you love? Good luck in your shopping, and have a wonderful holiday season! Have a happy New Year, too!

Featured Teacher Mrs. Bianca Thaens is Our Featured Teacher this Year. Mrs. Thaens has been a wonderful contribution to the ALA team! The students respond so well to Mrs. Thaens’ teaching style. Thank you for all you do!

“We love Mrs. Thaens! She is the best and helps my son on a whole new level.” - Tabitha

Second quarter Newsletter

ALA Birthdays Cassidy Walsh January 18th Ms. Judy Pegram February 22nd Nick Clute April 2nd Mrs. Julie Armenta April 3rd Mr. Bruce Smith April 4th Marissa Keene April 5th Catelyn McCleester April 21st Delaney Samuelian April 27th Tristan Van Dam May 7th Gianna Vanessen May 18th Ms. Dawn Hopkin June 13th Tanner Samuelian July 6th Ethan Anapoell July 9th 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 Dean Arismendi August 24 Mrs. Bianca Thaens September 21st Declan Henry September 25th Maria Dziuban October 8th Mitchell Myers October 19th Jack Bogdanovich November 5th Joel Watts November 10th Ms. Malinda DeSilva November 25th Nico Del Nero Pires November 27th

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Success Stories “Mrs. Armenta, you're amazing! So wonderful with my son....we just love you!” - Cathy

“Thank you for what you've done for my gifted child. He is so challenged and loves Armenta! He is so intrigued with learning and you have helped him reach such a high level of education. You not only help him academically but also “Mrs. Armenta is truly and socially, emotionally and amazing and talented teacher! personally. We are so My daughter and I both love her grateful for that! Thank and know we are unique. Mrs. you!” Armenta has the gi to reach - Karen students with all different needs and is able to connect with parents, as well ” - Sheri Geoffreys “Mrs.

Armenta is amazing, kind and caring. She has been working with my daughter for a few weeks now and I can completely tell the difference. Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication to our children. Amazing job Mrs. Armenta!!!” - Jimmy

“Thank you Mrs. Armenta for always being so nice and helping me to learn. I love coming here and I love seeing you! We always have so much fun.” - Lily

“I love this school! I can't wait to come here, it's been such a fun summer Mrs. Armenta and Mr. Smith are the best, they teach me in crea ve and fun ways. I love all my classes here, especially Science. ” - Declan

“Amazing results for my daughter Diana. What a blessing to have found Mrs. Armenta and Armenta Learning Academy. Five stars all the way!” - Deborah

“My son has ADHD “Mr. Smith, and has had issues thank you so staying focused. much for Julie has been everything. I working with him got one of the and we can see a best grades on complete my final out of difference in his grades everyone in and focus habits. the class!” Thank you Julie for - Hailey “Julie is wonderful with children. all you do. Truly Professional and warm. I wouldn't hesitate to dedicated to children's success.” bring your kids here.” - Amy - Diana

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Community Events BOAT RIDES WITH SANTA Saturday, December 2nd & Sunday, December 3rd | 10am – 2pm SANTA and his helpers listen to Christmas wishes during this 20minute harbor cruise. Bring your camera and enjoy the tradition Dana Wharf has offered families for generations. A $5 donation to the El Camino Real Junior Woman’s Club is suggested. Dana Point Harbor 43RD ANNUAL BOAT PARADE OF LIGHTS—A Superhero Holiday!

$29 Adults | $19 Kids 12 & under | 2 & under are FREE Friday, Dec 8th & 15th & Sat, Dec 9th & 16th, 7:30 - 9:00pm Get up close and personal with all the ships at the Annual Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights. Come aboard one of our fine vessels to actually get out on the water and into the competition. This year’s parade theme is Super Hero Holiday! On these 90 minute “Holiday” cruises, you will enjoy: Holiday music * A cash bar * Up-close views of all the boats participating * Beautiful harbor scenery Our fleet will join private boaters from all over Orange County as we decorate our boats. We’ll all vie for awards from Judges Choice to Best Use of Lights, as well as for cash prizes and gift certificates. Please note that seating is somewhat limited so you may be standing during the duration of the cruise. The standing areas offer the best views of the boat parade. Don’t miss the opportunity to become a part of this one-of-a-kind holiday experience! Letters to Santa

NOV 26th – DEC 20th Santa promises to answer every letter deposited between November 26 and December 20 in the mailbox in front of his Workshop. Bring your letters to Santa and the Big Guy will personally respond to the delight of adults and children alike. Make sure to get your letter off early so that Santa has plenty of time to get your list memorized. Be sure to print names and addresses clearly. Civic Center Plaza, 200 Civic Center Drive, Mission Viejo

Santa’s Workshop

NOV 29th – DEC 20th Wednesday / Saturday / Sunday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Jolly Ol’ Santa Claus will plan several return visits to his Workshop. Along with Mrs. Claus and the elves, Santa will greet all visitors with a cheerful, Ho! Ho! Ho! Children are invited to share their holiday wishes with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa’s Workshop. FREE hot chocolate will be served. Bring your camera to capture the holiday magic. Santa’s Village Civic Center Plaza, 200 Civic Center Drive, Mission Viejo (949)830-7066 / FREE Page 6

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Community Events 45TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOME LIGHTING CONTEST—THE HOLLY JOLLY LIGHT TOUR DEC 8 & 9 6:00 pm − 7:30 pm / 8:00 pm − 9:30 pm This sells out fast so don’t miss it! Enjoy a VIP reception and then tour the Home Lighting Contest displays aboard a warm comfortable bus. Bring your family and friends for a fun evening. Before climbing aboard for your scheduled tour, enjoy the festivities planned just for you. Your ticket includes an outdoor party with live entertainment, a holiday cookie and hot chocolate, a marshmallow for toasting and a warm fire. Civic Center Plaza, 200 Civic Center Drive, Mission Viejo / $10 per person / (949)470-3062 SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOL OF ARTS Events

Bye, Bye Birdie, December 2nd SOCSA Holiday Concert, December 13th & 14th Oldies Night, January 18th Dance Performance, January 25th-27th MusiCalc, February 8th-10th Dana Hills High School, all performance begin at 7:00pm Muttly Crew, is Coming to ALA for a Visit!

JAN 31 12:00 - 1:00pm Join us at Armenta Learning Academy on Wednesday, January 31st, for our guest speaker, Angela Burton. Angela is the founder of Muttly Crew, Inc. They are a small mobile rescue helping dogs that have been abandoned, hurt, abused and lost! They are a non profit 501c3 organization dedicated to saving abandoned, hurt and thrown away dogs, and help them find new homes!

Valentine’s Day Party with Star Wars!

FEB 14th 12:00 - 1:00 pm Star Wars comes to visit Armenta Learning Academy! Enjoy Valentine’s Day with some very special surprise guests. These characters will be here to enjoy a fabulous party and photos, too! Invite your friends and family for the festivities. Armenta Learning Academy

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Upcoming Events Armenta Angels We believe, at Armenta Learning Academy, in the importance of reaching out to the community and making a difference. We instill these values and principles to our students. We have cleaned up beaches, raised money and collected food and toys for those less fortunate. This quarter, we will be bringing Jackets of Love to local communities, sending a thank you letter to our soldiers, collecting food for the hungry and books for children. Let us know if we can help in any area in your communities or any causes you support. We love to make a difference in your lives and the lives of those around us all.

Armenta Pet Academy Custom Care & Training for your Pet

Toy & Clothing Collection ALA will be collecting donations of new, unopened toys, games, books, crayons, markers, clothing etc. to donate to needy children this year. This is the season of giving and not everyone is as fortunate as we may be. Please share the gift of giving, and help a child feel the joy of this Holiday season. December Contest This month ALA will be holding a contest to see which student will work the most volunteer hours. Students just need to log their service hours and have them signed by a supervisor or parent. We will tally up the hours at the end of the month, and whoever spent the most time volunteering will win a prize! Page 8

December - Books, Clothes & Toys Drive

December - Volunteering, Plays, & Photos with Santa

Dec. 4 - Secret Santa Begins

Dec. 13 - Armenta Olympics & Games

Dec. 20 - Holiday Party, Santa Claus Photos

Dec. 25 thru Jan. 5 - Winter Recess

Jan. 8 - School Resumes, Second Semester Begins

Jan. 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday (no school)

Jan. 18 - Letters of Love to our Soldiers

Jan. 26 - New Year’s Resolution Essay Submissions Due

Feb. 14 - Valentine’s Day Party, Star Wars Day

Feb. 16 - Lincoln Holiday (no school)

Feb. 19 - Washington Holiday (no school)

Basic Puppy Skills Training &

Socialization Obedience/Problem Solving Training—Cure digging, biting, barking and more! Tricks & Performance Training Call Armenta Pet Academy for all your pet training & boarding needs.

Mrs. Armenta, Hannah & Brody

The Gift of Giving

Jackets of Love This year we are collecting jackets, coats, sweaters and sweatshirts for local homeless people. Winter can get very cold when a person is living on the streets. Jackets are a more expensive item that are frequently unavailable to the homeless. We will be collecting at ALA all the way up to Winter Recess then taking all the jackets to Los Angeles for distribution. Book Drive Armenta is collecting books for the Million Books for Kids Campaign. We will help them with their goal to provide 1,000,000 books for needy children this year! Bring in your books in December, or go to the web site and make a monetary donation.

Armenta Referral Program Refer a student to Armenta Learning Academy and receive a free tutoring session to use or gift to someone for the holidays! Call ALA for more details.

ALA Winter 2017 Newsletter  

Our Winter 2017 Newsletter is here! We have great content and articles including Success Stories, Student of the Month, Featured Teacher, Ar...

ALA Winter 2017 Newsletter  

Our Winter 2017 Newsletter is here! We have great content and articles including Success Stories, Student of the Month, Featured Teacher, Ar...