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Armenta Learning Academy Achieving Excellence Through Education Armenta Learning Academy

(949) 367-WISE (9473) phone

27665 Forbes Road, Suite #201

(949)433-0898 cell

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Back to School Newsletter Fall 2014

Welcome Back To Armenta School! ARMENTA AT ITS BEST Every child has an opportunity to succeed with a curriculum customized and tailored to each students’ needs, interests, talents and learning styles. We tailor hours, instructional tools, and curriculum to meet each student and their abilities and tap into each student ‘s maximum potential through individualized attention. Students of various backgrounds, strength and challenges from Pre K to Adult benefit from our small class sizes and approach. 98% of families show our curriculum and teaching has improved their child’s learning experience to a successful outcome and are completely satisfied with our programs and the results! Our graduates have been accepted in top ranking universities in all states and achieve the highest test scores on SATs, ACTs and all standardized and content based tests. We build a solid foundation for students to be happy and confident for the real world, not only with academics, but also life! We ENRICH ~EMPOWER ~EDUCATE and engage in excellence! Armenta offers instructional programs for all levels; from special need to gifted and talented students!

We Offer Wonderful Educational Programs for All Ages and All Needs! ·6:1 Ratio Schooling/1:1 Opportunities ·Early High School Graduation/ Accelerated Studies ·Grade Levels Raised 2-3 Years in one school Year ·Individualized Program to Meet Child’s Needs ·Multisensory Approaches to Learning Including LINDAMOOD-BELL ·Highly Qualified Staff-Credentialed or 5+ Years Experience Working with Children: K-Adult Ed. ·Student Evaluation/Assessments ·Small Group or 1:1 Tutoring ·At Home/Offsite Tutoring ·Correspondence with Student’s Teachers & Parents ·Weekly Updates ·Quarterly Progress Reports ·Comfortable Environment Where Kids Can Learn & Take Risks ·Daily Communication with Parents ·Classes for Credit to Get Ahead or Catch Up ·Fall Prep for Students for a Better Upcoming Year ·Workshops: SAT, SAT II subject tests, CHSPE, ACT, GED. ·ESL/Foreign Language/Sign Language ·Counseling/Mentoring for All Ages ·Volunteer/Internship Programs ·Armenta Angels Outreach Program

Enrich * Empower * Educate

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Calendar of Events ............. 2 Back to School Safety......... 3 Staff Biographies ............... 4 Kinder Readiness ............... 5 Community Events ............ 6 Social Skills Classes ........... 7 Armenta Pet Academy ....... 8 ARMENTA HIGHLIGHTS • Armenta Events • Success Stories • Summer Fun Photos • Armenta Recommendations

Back to School Yearbooks from 2013/2014 Coming Soon!

ARMENTA EVENTS Costume/ Pumpkin Carving Contest On October 31st, join us with your carved pumpkins and costumes. The best pumpkin and costume will be given a prize!

Creative Turkey Contest On November 18th, students will have a chance to win a prize for the most creatively created turkey!

Canned Food Drive During the month of November students and staff will work at putting as many cans of food together as possible to be donated to local food banks to help the less fortunate.

Clothes/Toys Drive During the month of December students and staff will work at putting as many Toys and clothes together to donate to Operation Christmas Child! Please bring un wrapped toys and clothes to ALA and make a difference.!

CALENDAR 2014-2015 LABOR DAY (Legal Holiday) Monday, Sept. 1, 2014* OPENING DAY OF SCHOOL Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 End of First Progress Reporting Period (High School) Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 End of First Quarter (Middle School) Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 VETERANS DAY (Legal Holiday) Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014* End of First Reporting Period (Elementary) Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 End of Second Progress Reporting Period (High School) Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 THANKSGIVING RECESS Mon.-Wed., Nov. 24-26, 2014 THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYS (Legal/Local Holiday) Thurs.-Fri., Nov. 27-28, 2014* SCHOOL RESUMES Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 WINTER RECESS Mon.-Fri., Dec. 22, 2014-Jan. 2, 2015* CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS (Local/Legal Holiday) Weds.-Thurs., Dec. 24-25, 2014 NEW YEAR’S DAY (Legal Holiday) Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 SCHOOL RESUMES Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY (Legal Holiday) Monday, Jan. 19, 2015* Final Exam Days, High School Tues.-Thurs., Jan. 27-29, 2015 End of First Semester (Middle & High School) Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 First Semester Wrap-up Activities (Middle & High School) Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 Second Semester Begins Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 LINCOLN DAY (Legal Holiday) Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 WASHINGTON DAY (Legal Holiday) Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 End of First Progress Reporting Period (High School) Friday, Mar. 13, 2015 End of Second Progress Reporting Period (Elementary) Friday, Mar. 13, 2015 End of Third Quarter (Middle School) Friday, Apr. 3, 2015 SPRING HOLIDAY (Local Holiday) Monday, Apr. 6, 2015 SPRING RECESS Tues.-Fri., Apr. 7-10, 2015* SCHOOL RESUMES Monday, Apr. 13, 2015 End of Second Progress Reporting Period (High School) Friday, May 1, 2015 MEMORIAL DAY (Legal Holiday) Monday, May 25, 2015* Final Exam Days, High School Weds.-Fri., June 17-19, 2015 End of Second Semester (Secondary) Friday, June 19, 2015 End of Third Progress Reporting Period (Elementary) Friday, June 19, 2015 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL Thursday, June 18, 2015 FIRST DAY OF SUMMER SCHOOL Monday, June 22, 2015

Book Drive During the month of December we will help The “I Am Foundation” with their goal to provide 1,000,000 books in 2010. Please bring any books you have that are new or slightly used, to ALA!


* Academy is Closed for a School Holiday

BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY Keeping kids safe with the new school year is a number one priority. Here are some important safety tips to remember with the new school year. ♦

Make sure that your child has some way to contact you. A cell phone for use after school or a trusted neighbor who can allow your child to make a call are good things to have in place

If your child walks to school, both you and your child should plan and know the regular route your child will take. Make sure you plan the most direct route keeping in mind intersections that use crossing guards. Advise your children to stay away from vacant lots, fields or parks.

Teach your kids to obey all traffic signals, signs, and traffic officers. Remind them to take extra precaution when the weather is foggy.

Make sure they walk to and from school with other kids; a friend, neighbor, brother or sister.

When carpooling, drop off and pick up children as close to the school as possible. Make sure you are pulled to the curb and stopped before children exit the vehicle. Don’t leave until they have entered the school.

Teach your child never to talk to strangers or accept gifts or rides.

Avoid putting your child’s name on anything that is visible to others. This would allow someone to call your child by name.

Use the crosswalk. Remember the rule to look left, then right, then left again before crossing if there is no crossing guard.


Set up rules for locking doors and windows, answering the door or telephone.

Talk to your children about strangers and not to give the impression that they are home alone after school.

Make sure he/she checks in with you after school.

Agree on rules for inviting friends over and for going to a friend’s house when no adult is home.

Take time to listen carefully to children’s fears and feelings about people or places that make them feel uneasy. Trust their instincts.

Most important is to communicate these tips with your children and make sure it’s clear you are both on the ‘same page’ as you start off the school year in a safe manner. Communication and setting guidelines are the first step in prevention.


MEET OUR STAFF Julie M. Armenta, M.A. Educational & Family Specialist I am the Founder, Educational and Family Specialist at Armenta Learning Academy. Since the age of 5, I have had the dream of having my own school and impacting the lives of children. After 10 years in public and private schools I saw a need to make a place for students who don’t fit into the “normal” school system. I realized my dream in 1989 when I opened Armenta Learning Academy and we’ve been in business for 25 years. I have my Bachelor’s in Psychology, my multiple subject teaching credential, a Master’s in Education, and I’m also completing my Doctorate in Education. I am also a certified counselor for both students and families. I started a shelter for abused and abandoned teens in Chula Vista which still exists today. I am a public speaker and reach out to parents and the community to instill values, techniques, and approaches for more success with their children and within their families to impact generations to come. I am also finishing my book “Success for Every Child,” (the parent manual we have all been waiting

for) which helps parents with the social, academic, behavioral and general life issues within the family unit. I am involved with several organizations: Council for Exceptional Children, Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, Council for Special Education Administrators, the Council of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners, and Association for Dyslexia and Autism.I am involved in the community with volunteer work to help and support less fortunate children with organizations such as Families Forward, Olive Crest, Kids Connected, and The Joyful Child Foundation. I am available at ALA for specialized assistance for students and parents, private counseling, consultations, educational and family workshops and support. My passion is to educate, motivate, inspire, and empower all families and children I come in contact with. Thank you for allowing me the honor and opportunity to work with you and your precious children. It is truly a privilege and honor! Contact me at: (949) 433-0898

“My passion is to educate, motivate, inspire, and empower all families and children I come in contact with.” Bruce Smith, Lead Teacher


Mr. Smith is our Lead Teacher at ALA. He has been with ALA for 10 years. He has a credential in Education. Mr. Smith is fantastic with all subjects, but his specialties are Math and History. Mr. Smith engages his students’ interest in every subject with his personable and humorous approach to teaching. His mother is a professional story teller and teacher and he is a 4th generation teacher. Mr. Smith’s main focus and passion, is to work with the students at ALA with life-impacting issues that need the skills and strategies to become responsible men & women. in society. He is an excellent Life Skills coach both on and off campus. He impacts the lives of all the students by always presenting a good role model of a responsible, caring, and aware adult. He is a proud father of two boys, and has 15 years experience working with youth. He looks forward to the opportunity of working with your children. We at ALA, feel that it is important for our ALA students to have a positive role model as well as a safe place to turn in the process of their maturing and development at ALA. Mr. Smith provides that positive role model with his unending encouragement and support of all our students at ALA. While Mr. Smith is our Lead Teacher by day, he is also our best after school tutor. As well as teaching and tutoring the students, Mr. Smith is available for counseling for both the students and their parents. He is a fabulous Social Skills, Life Skills, Job Skills and Parenting Skills coach. Mr. Smith is also an enthusiastic leader for many of our school clubs such as the Fishing Club and Pet Education Club. He is also an encouraging physical trainer for the Armenta Olympics & Games.

KINDER READINESS Armenta Learning Academy is a great school for parents who want a nontraditional school system, there is a lesser known curriculum at this school that seems to be overlooked. Armenta Learning Academy also hosts a Kinder Readiness Program. Armenta Learning Academy helps children overcome the separation anxiety that most parents face when the first days of school. Armenta Learning Academy is a safe and stimulating environment, great for social and physical development necessary for children, as well as the cognitive and emotional development that is expected by kindergarten. While many parents today are unsure of what to look for when deciding if their child is ready for kindergarten, Peggy Gisler and Marge Eberts, Educational Specialists, have shard a basic checklist that could be a great help. This checklist covers the very basics of what will be expected of a child starting kindergarten:

Listen to stories without interrupting

Recognize rhyming sounds

Pay attention for short periods of time to adult-directed tasks

Understand actions have both causes and effects

Show understanding of general

SUCCESS STORIES times 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

Button shirts, pants, coats, and zip up zippers

Begin to control oneself

Separate from parents without being upset

Speak understandably

Talk in complete sentences of five to six words

Look at pictures and then tell stories

Identify rhyming words

Identify the beginning sound of some words

Identify some alphabet letters

Recognize some common sight words like “stop”

Sort similar objects by color, size, and shape

Recognize groups of one, two, three, four, and five objects

Count to ten

Bounce a ball

Armenta Learning Academy works with the children so that when the time comes, they are ready to begin straight to work in their new school

“Thank you for making my life take a U turn.” - Ryan

“Mrs. Armenta is the best teacher in the world. She is the best because she teaches me a lot of things. I lover her so much.” - Maria

“Mrs. Armenta, you are a great teacher and we are glad to be your students!” - Jacob and Isabella

“Thank you for being part of James’ life. He has brought all of his grades up. Thanks for your help.” - Carolyn


COMMUNITY EVENTS Toshiba Tall Ships Festival Thursday September 4th, 2014 - 4:30pm to Sunday, September 7th, 2014 - 5:00pm

The Ocean Institute will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Toshiba Tall Ships Festival in September of 2014 offering unique experiences for K-12 students, families, maritime enthusiasts and history buffs. The upcoming festival will also be a part of the Tall Ships America Challenge Series and be bigger than ever! There will be numerous tall ships, a new Gala event, interactive living history encampments, special programs, stage shows and more for the whole family to enjoy.

Dana Point Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Day Thursday November 27th, 2014 - 6:00am

Produced by the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Run Racing, the Dana Point Turkey Trot is the nation’s sixth largest turkey trot in the country. Named one of America’s best Thanksgiving Day runs by Fitness Magazine, the Dana Point Turkey Trot has become an Orange County tradition, attracting more than 16,000 participants, including friends and family, in its 5K, 10K, Kids’ Gobble Wobble, and two-day health and fitness expo. Featuring scenic routes through picturesque Dana Point Harbor and Doheny State Beach, the Turkey Trot offers something for every member of the family. Tour the beautiful beach, majestic cliffs and coves of Dana Point. Enjoy pounding surf, rugged cliffs, and cool ocean breezes as you sail through the Dana Point Marina, Doheny State Park and pass the Historic Tallship Pilgrim moored in Dana Point Harbor. From beginners to elite runners, this event is for everyone! For more information, to register for a race or to become a sponsor, visit Winter Festival and Tree Lighting Saturday, December 6th, 2014 12:00-7:30pm Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights Saturday, December 6th, 2014 through Saturday, December 13th, 2014 7:30pm-9:30pm each evening

The fun-filled day begins at La Plaza Park for the annual Winter Festival followed by tree lighting. The fun will continue at Dana Point Harbor where boaters from all around Orange County decorate their boats and vie for the awards of Judges Choice, Best Theme, Best Use of Lights, Best Animation, Most Colorful, Most Original, Best Sailboat, Best Powerboat and the Perpetual Trophy for the Yacht Club with the Most Entries, along with many other awards and cash prizes! You can view the parade free from anywhere in the Harbor, or make reservations at one of our restaurants to view it from a cozy and warm spot. Come on down and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season!



Armenta Fishing Club


Summer 2014 Trip

Basic Manners & Etiquette Workshops / Social Skills Classes ♦ Appropriate Dress for various settings ♦ Personal grooming ♦ Handshaking - The Ultimate Greeting ♦ Introducing yourself and others - The Ultimate First Impression ♦ Responding to introductions ♦ Name tag etiquette ♦ Conversation skills ♦ How to remember names ♦ Body Language & Eye signals

♦ Thank you notes ♦ Netiquette - Cell phone and electronic etiquette ♦ Telephone manners ♦ Respecting cultural differences ♦ Being a thoughtful traveler Travel etiquette ♦ Dating etiquette ♦ General manners and common courtesies ♦ The Job interview

Summer School Fun!



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 stimulating and fun as well as enriching for your pet. We use positive 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 us at (949)433-0898 we accept emergency calls!

Hannah Armenta & her son Brody are available for all your children’s & pet needs. They have lots of love for all of you! We use them for pet therapy, for both animals and humans.

Armenta Learning Academy 27665 Forbes Road, Suite #201 Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 Phone: (949)367-WISE (9473) Cell: (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 Meditation Obedience Training On & Off Leash Training Personal & Family Protection Trauma Support/ Esteem Building Separation Anxiety, Pet Therapy Tricks & Performance Training Puppy Basic Skills Training Socialization/Field Trips


Greg Richardson Music Studios Recording studio, music lessons, artist development, Rehearsal Rooms, Rock Camp

At Greg Richardson Music Studios we offer instruction on the following instruments: Guitar, Piano, Voice, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass Guitar, Flute, Saxophone, Trumpet, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Tuba, Drums Ukulele Contact Greg 949.306.4803

Moments of Inspiration by Murray With Dr. Judy Murray

Private Academic Assessments Pre-K through High School Grade Level Assessments Intelligence Assessments Learning Style Assessments Call for a private consultation


Dr. Garfinkle is a board certified Child and Adolescent Neurologist with extensive experience in every area of neurology. She feels strongly that it takes a partnership with patients, parents, and the provider to diagnose and treat children and adolescents most effectively and she looks forward to entering this partnership with you.

(949) 614-3299

Call (949)495-9600

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