ACADEMY ADVENTURES MIDTOWN
BUILDING ON STRENGTHS & FILLING BUCKETS!
May is such a bittersweet time of year for the school. We are so happy seeing all the progress our students have made. Each student has become a confident learning and bucketfiller! They make us so proud! This is also time of year we say good-bye to our 5th grade students, many who have been with us since Kindergarten. We are sad to see them go and will miss them next year, but excited for their new journey as they move to middle school. We hope they come back and visit!
A quick recap of this amazing school year! Students pulled off two amazing performances this year: Nightmare Before Christmas and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Students had the opportunity to brighten the day of many people with their visit to The Cascades Retirement and Assisted Living Community. They performed Nightmare Before Christmas and some puppet shows to the delight of the residence. This year was the first year since 2019 that we were able to go on field trips. We visited Ben's Bells, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Magic in Motion STEAM Show, and Golden Bough. We hope to add more field trip opportunities next year! Each month we hosted a fun family event, which is always exciting. We love to have our families come for movies, games, literacy events, and book tastings! Our Community Week was a great success! The students loved hearing about different careers and how everyone contributes in different ways to the community we live in. We cannot forget about the fun Spring Camp! And last, but certainly not least, all the academic achievement the students have made! We have seen so much growth in every child this year. We are so proud of how hard they worked and what confident learners they have become. Staff buckets are full!
We are already planning for next school year! Our calendar is almost ready and with your feedback, we have taken out many of the half days! The hours will remain the same. Watch for it to be posted in Class Dojo as soon as it is approved.
Summer Academic Enrichment Program begins on June 5th. Summer school will run through July! Students must be enrolled to attend, but they do not have to attend both months. There are very strict attendance policies for summer school, so please be sure to review them. If you have any questions, please reach out.
Thank you to all of our amazing families for your continued support and opportunity to educate your child. We cannot wait for the coming year and continuing to see students building on their strengths. We are enrolling and hope to get at least 30 more students. Please help us spread the word and let your friends and family know about the school. Pre-registration is open for grades K-5. Don't forget there are incentives for referring families!
We wish everyone a safe and fun summer! We will have people on campus most of the summer so please do not hesitate to call or send a message in Class Dojo if you have any quesitons and/or if you move or change your phone number.
Our Year In Pictures! 📸
Congratulations 5th Grader! 👏
It is time for our little birds to fly the nest! 🦜This is always a difficult time for staff. Many of our 5th grade students have been with us since Kindergarten and 1st grade. We have seen them grow into amazing people and learners over the years. To see them moving onto middle school is both sad and exciting. Each fifth grader has shown so much growth in every aspect of their lives over the years, but especially this year. They have been role models for our younger students; setting great examples for them.
As part of our fifth grade traditions, the fifth graders each wrote a speech to read to the younger students. It is part of their Academy Adventures Midtown legacy! Their messages were inspirational and many tears were shed. Their speeches are below for everyone to enjoy. In addition to their speeches, we were so excited to be able to revive our Pinnacle Peak 5th Grade Good Bye Dinner! Students decorated ties so that they could be cut-0ff in a fun ceremony at the restaurant. It is a fun way to celebrate their achievements and thank their parents for their continuous support over the years.
Ana, Camilla, GG, Hindi, Sanyah and Tony you will be missed by staff and students! We are proud of you and your perseverance this year! Your dedication to learning, sharing and supporting each other and the younger students could be seen every day. Come back to visit and let us know how you are doing. Academy Adventures Midtown will always be here to support you!
Title I Summer Academic Enrichment Program!📚
TITLE I SUMMER ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT PROGRAM!
Academy Adventures Midtown is excited to announce we will be offering a Summer Academic Enrichment Program during the months of June and July! The program is FREE to all students enrolled for the 2023-2024 school year and are entering grades K-5.
It will begin on Monday, June 5, 2023. We are planning to mimic the same hours as a regular school day. The program is not required, however we are strongly encouraging ALL students to enroll. Watch for the registration form and more details to be sent home and posted on Class Dojo. Your child must be registered to attend!
We have a strict Summer Academic Enrichment Program Attendance Policy. Please make sure you read and sign it. We will need this on file before your child can start. A copy was sent home and you can print a copy below.
We are hoping to increase enrollment next year and we need YOUR help! If you know anyone with children entering K-5, please refer them to our school! There are referral incentives! If you have any suggestions for recruiting, please contact Mrs. Angela.
As part of our recruitment, we are working on adding content to our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/@academyadventuresmidtown2986/featured), increasing our presence on social media (https://www.facebook.com/academyadventuresmidtown) and working closely with businesses in our area. You can help by referring friends/family as well as liking and sharing our social media posts.
Cloud9 Social Emotional Learning!😃
Students continue to explore our new Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Program, Cloud9 World and are having a lot of fun learning about character strengths and traits and how to apply them to their every day life.
During the month of May, students focused on the character trait PERSEVERANCE. Cloud 9 describes perseverance as being committed in your heart and persistent in your effort. You commit to your goals and overcome obstacles, no matter how long it takes. Like a strong ship in a storm that doesn’t let wind blow it off course. You ride with the current instead. When the going gets rough and you figure out a way to hang in there and reach your goals, you are showing perseverance.
The beaver represents the importance of setting goals, the value of hard work, and the rewards of perseverance.
⭐A survey link was posted in Class Dojo. This is a requirement of Cloud9 for our beta testing. If you have not had an opportunity to complete it, we would appreciate you doing that. The link is below. ⭐
If you have any questions on the SEL program, please speak with Mrs. Gilbert.
Mrs. Gilbert's Class! 🍎
The BFG, (Big Friendly Giant) recently told the K-3 homeroom that “dreams is full of mystery and magic...do not try to understand them”. I remember the conversation I had with the class in regards to this quote, and the response was incredible! I realized a few answers into this conversation, that I was not teaching. I was being taught. This was such a special moment that I believe was a summary of the whole year; students were empowered to explore their thoughts, use reasoning, and express themselves confidently.
As the 2022-2023 school year comes to an end, it is important to not understand it, but allow the mystery and magic of this school year to be a beautiful memory. Each student has made leaps and bounds in becoming the best version of themselves. Because of the students, this school year was one for the books! From finding their love in academics; realizing and accepting their strengths; allowing the staff to build on them; and taking the incredible field trips; to embodying some iconic characters for plays; amazing the family lunches. Students have done ALL of these with motivation and enthusiasm. As a teacher, I could not have asked for more.
I am proud of each and every accomplishment of the students. I am, and will continue to become a better teacher to and for them.
An incredible shoutout and acknowledgment to the parents, administration and fellow staff for the collective effort in ensuring the students have had a safe, loving and magical school year.
Miss Emily's Class! 🍎
It amazes me to stop and think that it is already the end of the school year, and yet, it feels as if we started yesterday. The students have worked so hard this year with each and every improvement they have made, whether it be in Math, ELA, Science, or Social Studies, they have grown so much these last 9 months! A lot has changed between last year and this year, and I am happy to see how much the students have built on their strengths and have adapted to these different routines and schedules. Their confidence and character has also improved immensely. I am so incredibly proud and my heart is so happy with all that they have accomplished at Academy Adventures Midtown.
Each grade has accomplished so much this year in math, from topics about adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, place-value, fractions, decimals, word problems, shapes, measuring, graphs or any real world applications. They have not only built on their skills throughout these 9 months but have helped each other in the process with building on problem solving, critical thinking, and most important peer cooperation. It is heartwarming to see the students explore manipulatives, teaching one another different techniques and building up the courage to not only ask for help when they need it but to reach out and help others. These amazing Academy Adventures Midtown students have built a community that I am eager to see grow in the future years!
To my lovely Fifth graders, I am sad to see you leave, but I know you have so much more learning and growing to do in middle school and for the rest of your future. It has been such an honor to have you in my class this year and last year and I have loved seeing you all bloom into the beautiful people you are today.
I hope you all have a fun and safe summer break and I look forward to seeing you again either during our Summer Enrichment Camp or back again in August!
Social Studies & Science!🔬
The quote on the side sums up the year of Science and Social Studies. Our students have become more curious about themselves and the world around them. They started to learn the wonderful mysteries of the natural world man-made world and have asked more questions about it than we could hope for. In some ways, what they’ve learned is not as important as the curiosity that motivated them to learn! That curiosity will keep them learning for the rest of their lives!
But let’s take a look at some of what they explored this year with Mr. Gilbert and Ms. Lia:
- The moon, the stars, and the planets
- How our bodies work – how does our brain help us see?
- The continents – how many are there?
- Our bodies and why they’re amazing
- Secrets of plants – ask your K-3rd grader what every plant needs to grow
- The weather
- The seasons
- Energy – ask your 4th or 5th grader how the transfer of energy can cause a window to break
- Wave – all kinds of waves!
- The desert
- Mountains, rivers, and the ocean
- The Solar System
…and those are just a few of the topics we started to learn about. We hope your children will join us for summer school to continue these explorations and more. If they can’t, we hope you will encourage your children to ask questions and keep nurturing their curiosity about themselves and the world. That is learning at its best.
The Science and Social Studies Team is looking forward to planning another year of exciting learning adventures! Join us and bring your most curious selves!
Ms. Lauralee! 🍎
“What Sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul.” - Joseph Addison
Rock Tumblers - Students participated in 4 steps of taking rocks from being rough to smooth.
The 5th grade group prepared students to move on to 6th grade. We did worksheets on decorating the front of their backpack and wrote a letter "to my future self on the 1st day of middle school". Students worked on study skills and learned how to organize their binders. Another fun activity was decorating their own tie in celebration of their going from elementary to middle school. They wore them at their Pinnacle Peak dinner. They have been a true delight to work with. They will be missed by me daily. It has been great seeing them blossom and grow into the young individuals they are becoming.
During the after school program students learned about the Zones of Regulation. That was a fun way to explore and see them making those connections.
We have done some work on an indoor garden. It is a learning process for sure. We have had some sad faces with the failures. The students have been learning about "perseverance" in their social emotional learning during the month of May. Ms. L is modeling perseverance by continuing the garden project next year.
For Mother’s Day students created tea lights for their mothers (or a special person for some) to let them know just how much they are loved. It was fun watching them paint their tea lights. The students have told me that their mothers’ really do love their tea lights and some have even let me know that their mother has lit the candle.
I will continue to work with the community to bring in resources and other things to help the school, the children, their families and the community at large. I am excited and eager to see all the things that are going to happen during the summer months and the 2023-2024 school year. I am available to answer any questions or help you when you need. Please feel free to contact me at the school, on the phone or on Class Dojo. Take care and have an amazing summer.
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Play! 🍫
WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY!
What an AMAZING job the students did on the play! Their hard work memorizing their lines and perfecting their performances was evident. We are so proud of how hard they worked to make this play extra special. Thank you Mrs. Gilbert for working with the students and coaching them on their roles!
If you were unable to attend, we have a HD recorded version of the play. If you bring in a flashdrive we would be happy to give you a copy. Unfortunately, it is too large of a file to download, even on our YouTube page. Check out some pictures below and a short video of their dress rehearsal.
Be An Active Participant in Your Child's Education! 📔
Academy Adventures Midtown encourages family participation with our open door policy and providing many opportunities for parents and family members to join us for fun events at the school. Positive parent involvement is key to your child's success! That involvement is especially important during the summer months when the children are not in school. See below for some ideas on how to help your child continue to learn and build on their strengths throughout the summer.
We are always open to ideas from you on things we can do as a school to help keep you involved in your child's education. Please share your idea with Mrs. Angela, Ms. O or your child's teacher.
Here are a few suggestions on how you can be involved:
- Use the SEL Home Connections and Guides with your child in the evenings and weekend
- Enroll Your Child in the Summer Academic Enrichment Camp
- Read with your child or have them read to you for at least 15 minutes each night
- Cooking/ baking with your child at home is a great way to practice reading and math skills
- Have them help you shop and read labels
- If you are traveling have them look for things such as a certain letter or number on a license plate; an object that starts with a specific letter; objects with specific colors; etc.
- Ask your child's teacher for some old workbooks that your child can work on during the summer
We have an open door policy! You are welcome to stop by anytime, just make sure you sign in at the door and wear a Visitor Sticker!
Important Dates! 📆
COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR & BBQ --> SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023 (11 AM - 1 pm)
Join us for our first Community Resource Fair and BBQ! We will be inviting organizations from around the community to showcase their resources and how they can help you. All attendees will get a passport to get stamped from each booth and then a chance to win a prize from our raffle.
This is a family friendly event! It is a great opportunity to meet the people in your community and find new resources. Watch Class Dojo for more information.
School Information! 🏫
ACADEMY ADVENTURES MIDTOWN
Location: 3025 North Winstel Boulevard, Tucson, AZ, USA