TerraNichol Academy of the Arts

Weekly Blog February 1-5th, 2016

Spreading Love, Kindness, Respect, and Peace around our Learning Labs

Hearts, Friendship Letters, Feelings of happiness and love could be found in every nook and cranny of our learning labs this week! The song Love Is in the Air is so fitting to our little friendship fairies! Exploring in sensory projects making hearts, scooping hearts and X and O's, and sweet smelling strawberry Gak! In writing workshops we have been making Friendship Letters and stories about Kindness Fairies! The Post Office in dramatic play has been busy with many letter deliveries to our friends. Our Post Office even has a break room where we have been brewing fresh coffee! Our artists have been inspired by celery stalks to create beautiful rose portraits! In yoga friendship poses have been our inspiration for relaxation! And in Zumba we have begun practicing dancing with a friend in preparation for our friendship dance next week!

Open Studio came to visit to start our clay portrait project. Students were so excited to shape the clay, moisten the clay with spray bottles and then add facial features. Open Studio will return in 2 weeks to have students paint their masks! We think that our creative students are off to a fabulous start!

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

Mark Your Calendars!


12th-Student Friendship Dance during school hours. Dress your best for the dance!

15th-School Closed for President's Day

26th- School Closed for Teacher Professional Day

Does your child's lunch box provide skill building

Did you know that lunch is a time for learning and building important fine motor and social skills. We take every opportunity that we can to provide a meaningful learning experience by encouraging manners, appropriate eating habits, making healthy food choices, and using placemat, napkin and eating tools effectively. Student placemats and napkins should be sized appropriately too big or too small make it difficult for the child to use. We suggest having 2 sets that you rotate throughout the week. Consistency is so very important to gain important self help skills. Also we invite you to take a close look at your child's lunch materials. Ask yourself these questions about food containers and drink containers: Is it something that you can open yourself? Is it something that my child can open and close? Does everything fit easily into my child's lunch box?

In order for lunch to be a learning experience, and to develop age appropriate skills all students need to have the following every day.



-stainless steel spill proof drinking thermos

-fork and spoon (younger students should have toddler size fork and spoon to grasp and manipulate successfully.

A friendly reminder that the school lunch policy is water or milk only.

Registration and Re-Enrollment for school year 2016-2017

Registration and Re-Enrollment for school year 2016-2017

2016-2017 Registration

Planning Ahead

Enrollment for 2016-2017 School Year

Based on many inquiries to the school about new enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year we will be sending out re-enrollment for our existing students and siblings early in February.

Typically we do this in March but because of the volume of interest for next year and the year after we need to evaluate space in the program for new incoming students. We have families already enrolling and securing their space for 2017-2018.

All forms are in the students folders make sure to check your child's student folder.

Re-enrollment forms and Registration Fee submitted by the deadline will guarantee the student's space for the upcoming school year. DEADLINE FOR EXISTING STUDENTS AND SIBLINGS IS FEBRUARY 16TH . Any registration forms submitted after February 16th will be placed on the waiting list.


TerraNichol Academy Junior Kindergarten Program

We are now preparing for open enrollment for our Junior Kindergarten program for school year 2016-2017.

Our Junior Kindergarten Program was developed in 2010 based on the feedback from our parents already attending our program. Parents and Educators sometimes feel preschoolers still need time to grow and mature and feel that they will benefit from an extra year before entering elementary school. Others may just miss the Kindergarten cut off date and this program allows for those students to participate and be challenged in the junior kindergarten program. Admissions and the enrollment process will start February 1st, 2016. The deadline will be April 1st, 2016. We will open up 12 spaces for this program.

To be considered for the program:

1. Registration Form and fee must be submitted to TerraNichol Academy by April 1, 2016.(Applications submitted without the non-refundable registration fee will not be considered.)

2. Parents will renew their parent agreement & contract to make a commitment for the school year.

3. The Students 5th birthday must be before August 1st, 2016 or the student would be eligible for Kindergarten in the public school for the 2016-2017 school year.

4. Parents make a commitment to participate in school- to- home projects taking place throughout the school year.

About the Junior Kindergarten program:

Our teaching team strives to weave the Reggio Emilia approach to Early Childhood Education throughout our content areas for this full-day program. The Reggio approach is known for its small-group work, integrated projects, and hands-on learning, often with natural and recycled materials.

The school is built on a foundation of great educational thinkers and the philosophy of the world class Reggio Emilia schools in Reggio, Italy. Such programming is based on the belief that children and young people are powerful learners who think reflectively and who collaborate with one another as they ask good questions, explore their worlds, build problem solving skills and develop creative skills for twenty-first century careers.

In such a learning environment, the individual strengths and needs of students of all ages will become well known by the staff, enabling them to support and guide each child's unique learning patterns and passions.

TerraNichol Academy of the Arts offers a hands on exploratory kindergarten program. Students engage in math, science, literacy, and social skills through creative, meaningful activities. Learning takes on a more organic approach as teachers build off of each students interests and needs. While respecting the expectations set by the Department of Education curriculum is introduced with a creative, fun, and developmentally appropriate approach. The activities are centered around a common theme creating a cross-curriculum approach to learning. Students also have the opportunity to expand knowledge of arts and music through our unique enrichment classes including art appreciation and music appreciation, Zumba, creative movement, Spanish, yoga, gymnastics, drama, and culinary arts. We feel it is essential to have small work groups. Our classroom ratio for Junior Kindergarten is 1:12.

The Junior Kindergarten runs daily from 9a.m to 3p.m. Extended school day until 5:00 p.m is also available for families who may be in need.

What is loose parts you say?

In our learning environments we have a display of loose parts that the students explore on a everyday basis. We will expand our loose parts projects the month of March. See March wish list to participate and donate items for the projects.

What is loose parts you say?
Here is a great article on loose parts.

Kids really get to know the environment if they can dig it, beat it, swat it, lift it, push it, join it, combine different things with it. This is what adults call creative activity...a process of imagination and environment working together.
- Robin Moore

Our children at TerraNichol Academy never stop creating and constructing using loose parts: tyres, milk crates, wooden boards, logs, rope, sheets...anything they can get their hands on.
‪#‎loose‬ parts = imagination + creativity

March Wish List

March Wish List

Loose Parts Projects

Inspiring play in young children.

1. 3 bags of clothespins

2. 2 bags of colored craft sticks

3. 2 bags of colored chip clips

4. upcycled baby dolls and bears

5. 6 foil pie pans

6. dozen silicone cupcake cups

7. 2 bags of colored feathers

8. 6 muffin pans

9. Shells

10. 2- bags of colored hair ties

11. 2- bags of colored Velcro hair curlers

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Art Gallery Showcase is coming up soon.

Art Gallery Showcase!

You're Invited!

TerraNichol Academy of The Arts Annual Spring Art Gallery Children's Showcase.

The students will have several art masterpieces they have worked on throughout the school year. Parents will be able to view the art the week of the Young Child in April. Each student's showcase is $75 per student.

The Annual School Fundraiser supports our visual and performing arts program here at TerraNichol Academy of The Arts. ART FOR ARTS' SAKE!!

TerraNichol Academy's 10th Annual Art Gallery Children’s Showcase

Our School’s Big Fundraiser!!!

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TerraNichol Academy of The Arts

Next up coming Tour Monday February 22nd, 2016 @4:30.

RSVP Click on the link to submit an letter of intent prior to the tour.


TerraNichol Academy of The Arts School is the kind of school parents expect, educators celebrate and children adore. Our approach to learning celebrates the great potential of young children, with the goal of nurturing self-motivated, life-long learners. The learning labs are guided by our Master Teachers as well as the Founder of TerraNichol Academy of The Arts Preschool with low teacher-to-child ratio to allow for one-on-one engagement and thoughtful observation. Join our small community school for a backstage tour and be inspired by our thoughtful team of Early Childhood Educators here at TerraNichol Academy.