Fordham Family Times

February Newsletter

Meet Ms. Poole-Our Kindergarten Teacher

My heart is in early childhood, specifically regarding those strong foundational skills that establish the pillars to build the best future. I am super excited to be a part of the Fordham Early Learning Academy! Big beginnings for little learners! Go foxes!

My father was a Marion County native, and we were a military family. I was born in New Jersey and have lived in Africa, California, Michigan, Nebraska, and Rhode Island. Ocala has always been our home base. I attended the original East Marion Elementary School in the Ocala National Forest, Fort King Middle School, and Vanguard High School here in Ocala.

I have an associate degree in early childhood from the College of Central Florida. I have taught VPK (voluntary pre-kindergarten) for 23 years here in Ocala at my state-licensed home daycare, Debra Poole’s Large Family Child Care Home, which became Georgetowne Home Preschool. We were top-rated in Florida and made the news headlines several times. I decided to expand my teaching knowledge, sold the preschool, and went through Saint Leo University while co-teaching at Blessed Trinity Catholic Elementary School in kindergarten, first, and third grades. I also completed a final internship in 5th grade at Hammett Bowen Elementary School. I have now been certified in kindergarten through sixth grade and hold reading and ESOL endorsements.

My three children are all grown and married and have blessed me with 17 grandchildren. The oldest is a newly certified high school teacher, while the youngest is a very active two-year-old. They all live here in Ocala.

I love teaching; it’s my passion. Thank you for sharing your children with us.

Character Word of the Month: Kindness

February Calendar

The February Monthly Calendar has been printed and will be sent home for your convenience. The calendar can also be referenced using the link below.

Mark Your Calendar-Our Next School Advisory Council Meeting is February 9 from 2:45-3:45.

The Free Little Library is Now Open

Our free little library is now open. It is located at the front of the school on the sidewalk. You can stop by with your child to browse our awesome book collection. You can borrow a book, trade a book, or donate a book. Happy reading!

Check Out the NEW Fordham Early Learning Website

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Annual Parent Survey

The 2022-2023 Annual Parent Survey is available using the link below. Quality feedback helps public schools increase engagement to better serve students, staff, and parents. This survey will take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

All surveys must be completed/entered by end-of-day of February 9th. Thank you for your time.

Oh What Fun We Had in January!

FortifyFL-Suspicious Activity Reporting App

FortifyFL is a suspicious activity reporting tool that allows you to instantly relay information to appropriate law enforcement agencies and school officials.

Thank you to our School Business Sponsor

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