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Armenta Learning Academy

Third Quarter Newsletter

March, April, May Volume 2, Issue 3 March 1, 2013

Welcome Springtime! Spring Fever! By Julie M. Armenta M.A. Founder, Educational & Family Specialist

It happens about this time every year…Spring Fever! It plays no favorites as it infiltrates classrooms, office buildings, and homes. Here are a few thoughts about my favorite season of the year…Spring. S ~ Sunshine, sunshine & more sunshine! As the sun filters through open windows and flows through our veins, we become stimulated and invigorated to explore new possibilities. P ~ Procrastination can be seen in everyone. Children do not want to do their chores and homework. Adults do not want to do errands and go to work. Perhaps the letter “P” should really stand for PLAY! R ~ Refreshed is how we feel after we have spent the day in the sunshine, playing and relaxing.

I ~ Imagination and creativity are awakened, and our focus is easily distracted by new and exciting thoughts. Daydreaming takes on new dimensions! N ~ Nature is alive everywhere! Birds are singing, insects are moving about, animals are sniffing all of the fresh scents of nature, and our sights are filled with precious flowers in heavenly bloom! G ~ Goals are revisited after the winter months have past. Children look to exams and projects as the end of the school year rapidly approaches. Adults feel more revitalized and think about getting healthier, cleaning out closets or the garage, and vacation planning. F ~ Freedom from school, from responsibilities, from clothes, and shoes is one of the major symptoms of spring fever!

E ~ Exercise comes in all forms, and during Spring, young and old are outdoors enjoying the sunshine, and the beauty of nature. V ~ Vibrant is the description of the colors seen all around us, from the sky, to the green hills, to the flowers blowing in the breeze. E ~ Emotions and passion are on fire! R ~ Romance is in the air and the promise of love shines brightly on the horizon. Be gentle with your children and with yourself during this special season. Goals and responsibilities still need to be accomplished; however, the reward of play and enjoyment makes the task easier and the motivation greater. Have fun, and take time to revel in the beauty of Spring!


Springtime Fun! Enjoy some family fun this Spring

OC Fair Youth Expo Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari

Come out to Dana Point for a boat trip out to sea! Enjoy the beautiful air and the dolphins, maybe see a whale or two! Have fun with the family out on the water! Reservations can be made by calling (949)488-2828 or going online to purchase tickets at http:// www.dolphinsafari.com/

Easter Fest Come out to the Anaheim Marketplace on March 31 from 12 - 4 for family entertainment and a fun Easter Egg Hunt! 1440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA, 92805 (714) 999-0888 Call for more information!

From April 12th - 14th, take the family to the OC Fair and enjoy some quality family time at the Youth Expo. There will be fun activities that even the youngest in the family can enjoy! OC Fair is at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Other information can be found at http:// www.ocfair.com/ye13/ index.html

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Bunny Blast

Enjoy an annual Spring event in Laguna Niguel! Bunny Blast is a wonderful event to share with the family. Lots of fun for the kids to enjoy, such as a petting zoo, pony rides, bounce house, and so much more! Bunny Blast will be held at Chapparosa Park 25191 Chapparosa Park Road Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 Saturday, March 30, from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Sorry, no Easter Egg Hunts)

Come out the OC Mix in Costa Mesa, the third Saturday of every month for wholesome fun for the family! 3313 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626 (949) 760-9150 Next one is March 16, from 10 AM to 3 PM Also on April 20, May 18, June 15, and July 20!

Tickets are $7 for children 12 and under, $1 for persons 13 and over. For an online flyer: http:// www.cityoflagunaniguel.org/ DocumentCenter/View/8067


Here’s what a few students and staff at Armenta would love to do for their perfect Spring day! Ms. Salinas says her perfect Spring day is a Maria Dziuban’s perfect relaxing picnic at the Spring Day would be a beach with good trip to the Dollar Tree food, a good book, store, and then some and most importantly, time helping Mrs. good company! Armenta for a couple Mr. Smith hours. She would end “My dream vacation would her day with a great be at a beach house in time at Disneyland! Morro Bay.” Alice Spiegel says her perfect day would be spent at the park playing on the monkey bars and then going to Disneyland.

Hannah & Brody ArmentaI would love to have a beach house for a week so I can swim in the waves.

Mrs. Armenta “My dream for spring break would be to be in a tropical world under a waterfall eating sushi in the sun”

Here is what we’re doing at Armenta Learning Academy this Spring! March 1 - Summer Registration Begins/Early Bird Discount March 9 - Daniel’s Birthday March 10 - Daylight Savings Begins March 17 - St. Patrick’s Day Deli Day March 18 - Trinda Wild’s Birthday/Armed Forces Day March 19 - Brianna’s Birthday March 20 - First day of spring March 31 - Easter April 3 - Mrs. Armenta’s Birthday April 4 - Mr. Smith’s Birthday April 4-8 - Spring Recess April 11 - School Resumes April 22 - Earth Day & Activities April 23 - Science Fair Projects May 5 - Cinco de Mayo May 12 - Mother’s Day May 27 - Memorial Day - No school June 14 - Last Day of School July 25 - Summer School Begins


Kinder Readiness Armenta Learning Academy is a great school for parents who want a non-traditional school system, there is a lesser known curriculum at this school that seems to be over looked. Armenta Learning Academy also hosts a Kinder-Readiness program. ALA helps children overcome the separation anxiety that most parents face with the first days of school. Armenta Learning Academy is a safe and stimulating environment, great for the 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 shared 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.

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"

Listen to stories without interrupting

Sort similar objects by color, size, and shape

Recognize rhyming sounds

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

Pay attention for short periods of time to

five objects

adult-directed tasks

Count to ten

Understand actions have both causes and

Bounce a ball

effects Armenta Learning Academy works with the

Show understanding of general times of day

Cut with scissors

children so that when the time comes, they are ready

Trace basic shapes

to begin straight to work in their new school settings.

Begin to share with others

One of Armenta’s new angels, Alice Spiegel, enjoying her snack time with Mrs. Armenta!


ARMENTA LEARNING ACADEMY Empower · Enrich · Educate W isdom I ntegrity S uccess E xcellence through Education

SAT/ACT Preparation Time!

SAT prep books

It’s that time of year again, SAT/ACT tests are coming up for high school students! Many start preparing as early as Sophomore year. Armenta Learning Academy can help your student get a great head start, preparing for both with experienced teachers and tutors available from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM, 7 days a week! Armenta Academy recommends 2-3 hours a week studying for either test, with frequent practice tests. The best time to start preparations is 2-3 months in advance.

• Gruber’s Complete Preparation for the New SAT

A few preparation tools that you might find useful:

• March 9, 2013

ACT prep books

• May 4, 2013

• The Real ACT Prep Guide

• The College Board’s Official SAT Study Guide for the New SAT • The Princeton Review’s Cracking the New SAT, 2007

Upcoming SAT dates:

• June 1, 2013

• The ACT for Dummies Upcoming ACT dates: • April 13, 2013 • June 8, 2013

Kendall Walker, one of Armenta Academy’s sophomore students.

Armenta Academy’s high school and college instructor, with student, Melissa Carter.


Armenta Pet academy

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. Just contact Armenta Pet Academy at (949) 581-7725 (PPAL), your pet’s pals!

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 Modification Obedience Training On and Off Leash Training Personal and Family Protection Trauma Support/Esteem Building Separation Anxiety/Pet Therapy Tricks and Performance Training Puppy Basic Skills Training Socialization/Field Trips


A Round of Applause! Let’s hear it for these students and staff, Armenta sure is proud! Brianna McCracken, School Student of the Semester

Ms. Pegram, Teacher of the Semester

Brianna is a creative and artistic. A student who loves to work with animals. She has just successfuly finished her first semester of Sign Language, among other subjects. Brianna loves to volunteer at the pet rescue center every week, where she enjoys walking the dogs. Brianna wants to become a Veterinarian. ! She is our School Student of the Semester for her outstanding grades and her wonderful attitude and efforts. We are so proud of you Brianna!

Ms. Pegram has been our Sign Language teacher since August. She is a wonderful teacher, and mentor. Her students love to work with her because she is kind and loving, and she is always patient. Armenta is so grateful to her for everything she does. We couldnʼt do what we do every day without her help. Thank you Ms. Pegram, for everything!

Melissa Carter, Tutoring Student of the Semester Melissa Carter is a junior, She is a very outgoing young woman, her favorite subject is Algebra 2. She puts 110% of her efforts into everything she does. She is a mature and intelligent young woman with beautiful dreams. She hopes to become a nutrition specialist or a nurse. She looks forward to having a positive impact on the lives of others, because it makes her feel successful as well. Melissa is our Tutor student of the semester for all the hard work she puts into understanding her school work and putting school as her top priority!

Margo Sanchez, Parent of the Semester Margo Sanchez is a kind and thoughtful parent, her son Daniel is a student here at Armenta. Margo has a beautiful smile which she shares with anyone fortunate enough to find her near by. She is a joy and blessing to everyone here at Armenta, with such a warm and loving heart, we are so grateful for everything she does. Such a dedicated parent to drive her son all the way from Yorba Linda to get the help he needs from Mr. Smith. We appreciate parents like you!

A Warm Welcome to the Newest Member of the ALA Team! Ms. Salinas has recently joined Armenta Learning Academy’s hard working staff. We’re so glad to have her on our team! She brings with her 10 years of Sign Language experience, as well as a passion for educating the young minds. We are excited to have her here at Armenta, with her great attitude, efforts and hard work. She specializes in K-6 programs, and available for some junior high and high school classes, such as History, English, and Spanish. She is a true asset to the academy and we’re excited about what she brings to the academy.


A special Thank You! Brianna with her mother, Lana, and grandmother, Sandra

Alice and her grandmother, Teresa

Danielle and her mom, Diana

Ryan and his mother, Mojie, saying hi to Hannah

Thank you so much to all of you parents, pictured above or not. We really couldn’t have done all of this without your constant support and hard work. We cherish all of you parents for everything you’ve done for Armenta Learning Academy. You are a constant reminder of how wonderful these children really are.

Sincerely, The Staff and Students at Armenta Learning Academy


Success Stories

Dear Mrs. Armenta & Mr.

Smith,

Thank you so much for

giving me the opportunity of working at Armenta

Learning Academy. You both are very positive influences with the

students and parents.

They love you dearly. You model superb attitudes each day, which brings

happiness to those around you.

With Appreciation and gratitude. Sincerely, Nancy

“Miss Salinas, I like it here, because I like to read and write! You make it fun, I love coming here” - Alice,

Dear Mrs. Armenta and Mr. Smith, Thank you so much for letting me come in to the Armenta Academy! Since then, I have been excelling in my work and Mr. DeLeon has been very pleased with me!!! Thanks again. Love always, The Landa family.

Mr. Smith, My son came here discouraged and selfconscious and sad. Now, he’s happy again and enjoys school. Thanks for being a kind heart when he needed one.! - Joyce Ms. Pegram, we both think you are a fantastic teacher, and we love coming to Sign Language to learn with you. Thank you for all you’ve taught us in just a semester, we love you and Sign Language because of it. Danielle and Brianna.

“Dear Mrs. Armenta ….Thank you so much for helping me with my homework. You are a great teacher, and you are always a sweet and kind person. You are always happy….” - Brianna Dear Mrs. Armenta, I appreciate all you’ve done for me. You are the best teachers and tutors I’ve ever had because you’re so understanding. Best wishes and take care! Tyler F. “Mrs. Armenta thank you for doing so much and helping me, and always listening to me during these difficult times. You understand me and make life and school so much better.” - Mariann


Armenta Learning Academy Enrich, Empower, Educate! Come in for our 2013 Summer Program Programs tailored to fit your child’s needs! For your academic needs:

 Tutoring & Home School

 Support  Reading Clubs  Brain Teaser Fun  Nontraditional Options  Sign Language/Spanish  Writing Workshops  Skills for School Success  Classes for Credit  Social Skills Class  Science Experiments  SAT\ACT Prep  Adoption Support  Special Needs Support  Early Graduation Options  Fall & College Preparation 

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For your enrichment needs:

Fishing Club Computers Counseling Scavenger Hunt Armenta Olympics Share Day Pet Education Nature Walks Guest Speakers Armenta Angels Outreach Peer Chat Groups Field Trips Oceanography Community Clean Up Jewelry Making Art & Music Therapy

Full and part time programs available for Pre-K to Adult! CALL NOW!! Year Round Programs are Available!

ALA will make a difference in your child’s life!

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