TGIF (Traveling Gains Incredible Friends)

My Weekly Friday Message 1/24/2020

Dear Stellar Families,

If you can believe it, we are actually staring at February in the eyes and we are within days of being at the halfway point in the school year! Wow. How time flies when you are having fun! 


It was another miracle invoking week at Stellar. I have seen some SERIOUS handwriting improvement and heard incredible reading improvement. I have seen confidence grow. I have seen friendships blossom. I have seen kindness. 'Stellar job' shout out to our amazing teaching staff!!!

The field trip to the Disney Family Museum was inspirational. I heard about some students getting together to finish their animation project.. a response that every teacher hopes for... The spectacular Presidio alone is worth the trip. (Note to all who are interested: there is food truck there on Sundays that has THE most amazing grilled cheese sandwiches...) Thanks to all our drivers and, Mindy, our field trip coordinator. Please send pictures if you have them. I'd like to add them to our yearbook file. Thanks in advance.


Last week I mentioned that I would be sending out information from the Mandated Reporter training that the staff and I attended. She just sent it to me; I have attached it at the bottom of this email.

An invite was sent out on Wednesday for this event. Maria Islas (parent) and Kim Scott (board member and 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 fill out the invitation to let us know if you are planning on attending so that we can be prepared for you.  Here it is again. parent meeting 


I need several volunteers to man stations at our Annual Walk-a-Thon on Friday, Feb. 14 from 1:00 - 2:30. Please let me know if I can count you among the throngs of volunteers. Thanks in advance... :D


If you are planning on participating in the Dyslexia Simulation that we are hosting on Saturday, February 22, you need to be sure and RSVP with Mrs. Huckaby in our office. The event is limited to 50 people and we need to be able to offer a worthwhile experience to all participants. All current family members may attend for free. If you have friends and neighbors that are interested, please have them register at:  Link to event. This is the best way, that I know of, to try and explain your child's educational challenges to others - live it for just a couple of hours. Lunch is provided.


Summer Camp:  Stellar does not currently have a venue for Summer Camp 2020, as our lease with Cedars Church expires in June.  Thus the school may not run a summer camp this year. In the event that Stellar does not run a summer camp, another option parents may consider is Valley Christian, which hosts a summer camp as Slingerland training for teachers.  Registering with Valley Christian involves an application and an interview process. The dates are: July 8 - 31, 2020. 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and afternoon care is available upon request. For those that are interested, the application is attached below. Note: this is only an option for current grades 2 - 7. 


*** 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.

  Calendar Reminders:

  • 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
  • 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  Link to event
  • Walden West - 3/2 - 3/6. (grades 5 & 6 only)
  • Ardenwood Farms - Field trip 3/4 12:00 -2:00 (grades 2, 3, 4, 7 &8)
  • 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.

Warmest regards,

LoriAnn Abrahams
Proud Head of School
Stellar Academy for Dyslexics

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