TGIF (Training Grounds Incorporate Forethought)

My Weekly Friday Message 1/17/2020

Dear Stellar Families,


A quick reminder that there is no school this Monday - it is an MLK Federal Holiday. Enjoy your 3 day weekend!


Speaking of weekend: A quick, proud and heartfelt shout out to our own Natalia R. (8th grade) She won an essay contest through the Elks Club and was invited to present her writing as a speech at a regional meeting this past Monday. Mrs. Roberts was proudly in attendance and representing Stellar in Natalia's audience. Congrats Natalia!!!! (SOOO proud of you!!)


Also, please welcome Gwyn G. and her family to our Stellar Family. Gwyn will be officially starting on Monday, Jan. 27. She will be joining us on the field trip this coming Thursday and will also be here on Friday as a shadow student with Brooke. So, if you see Gwyn or her mom, Kerry, during drop off and/or pick up, please be sure to introduce yourselves to them. They are excited about finding their forever tribe....(I will update the student directory and get it out to you ASAP.)


Other than all that, it was a relatively quiet week at Stellar. We spent everyday learning and growing. All in all, it was a great use of our time.... and speaking of time:


Calendar Reminders:

  • Mon. 1/20/20 No School - MLK Jr.

  • Disney Family Museum field trip TH 1/23. All Day

  • Walden West visit/slide show T: 2/4 11:00 - 12:00 (grades 5 & 6 only)

  • 100th Day - M 2/10

  • Therapy Dogs  - 2/13

  • DREDF Advocate parent meeting - 2/12 9:30 am ++New Event++

  • Heart Healthy Walk a Thon F 2/14/20 1:15 - 2:15 pm

  • No School - Monday 2/17/20

  • Dyslexia Simulation 2/22/2020 - 10:30 - 1:00 Saturday

  • Walden West - 3/2 - 3/6. (grades 5 & 6 only)

  • Ardenwood Farms - Field trip 3/4 12:00 -2:00 ++New Event++

  • Therapy Dogs - 3/12

  • No school - Staff Development - Fri. 3/20

  • Therapy Dogs - 4/9

  • Spring Break - 4/10 - 4/19 ***

  • Science Fair - 5/1

  • Therapy Dogs - 5/14

  • A's Homerun Readers game (** tentative date is 5/21)

  • School Holiday 5/22 - 25

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences 5/26 - 29

  • Field Trip - Aqua Adventure 6/5 all day

  • Therapy Dogs 6/11 and end of the year doggy party

  • Last Day of school Friday, June 12 (early release 12:30) No after school care.


Quick reminder: 5th & 6th grade parents: You can start to turn in your Walden West paperwork anytime. Please remember to get your student to their pediatrician/doctor if you plan on sending up any kind of medication. There must be a prescription and the medicine in its original container in order for it to be administered.


Last week, the calendar reminders were in the "Comic Sans" font. It was pointed out to me that, on some phones, that font shows up as cursive. I redid the font as 'Sans Serif' for this week's calendar reminders.... I hope that adjustment fixes it for all of us...


*** More calendar information: It seems that, last year, while creating this year's calendar, I incorrectly made Friday, April 10 a minimum day. It should be marked as the first day of Spring Break. There will be no school on Friday, April 10, 2020. I have updated our website calendar to reflect this new information and will continue to highlight this in my weekly email. We mirror the FUSD calendar as much as possible and I simply missed it. The error was mine; my apologies.


And finally, Kim Scott (board member and parent) and Maria Islas (parent) are hosting another family information meeting and have arranged for a DREDF (Disabilities Rights Education & Defense Fund) Advocate to come and talk with all who are interested. The focus will primarily be 504's and IEP's. This informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 12 at 9:30 am and will be held in the Fellowship Hall. Please add this to your personal calendar.



Warmest regards,



LoriAnn Abrahams

Proud Head of School

Stellar Academy for Dyslexics


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