Fordham Family Times

December Newsletter

Meet Mrs. Dingman-VPK teacher and Fordham's Teacher of the Year

My name is Emma Dingman, and I am one of the VPK teachers here at Fordham. I am honored to be here at this school, surrounded by like-minded people and working in a role that inspires growth. I am looking forward to an exciting and productive year with our youngest learners on campus.


This is my fourth year as a Pre-K teacher. I graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a degree in Child and Youth Studies. Over the past few years, I have taken many hours of professional development in order to be prepared to meet each child’s needs.


I love teaching Pre-K! My mission as a teacher is to help children discover the joy of learning and to help each child develop a strong belief in his or her own ability. I want them to do their best and to have a sense of pride in their work. It is also of primary importance to me that my students appreciate and respect other people’s differences. I enjoy reading, cooking, running, going to the beach, gardening, and spending time with my animals. I have a love for animals and plants and hope to bring that to the classroom.


I hope to make my students' first experience in school a fantastic one and instill a lifelong passion for learning!

December Monthly Calendar

The December Monthly Calendar has been printed and will be sent home for your convenience. The calendar can also be referenced using the link below.
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School Advisory Council Meeting

You are invited to attend our upcoming School Advisory Council (SAC) meeting on Thursday, December 8th, 2022, from 2:45-3:30. There will be childcare provided to Fordham students in our school media center for parents interested in attending. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents, hear what is going on at our school, and share your input and ideas for upcoming projects and events taking place at our school. We look forward to seeing you there.

Upcoming Assessment Schedule

Kindergarten students will complete the Star Early Literacy Assessment on December 5 or 6 for ELA and December 7 or 9 for math. Parent letters will be sent home after the assessment is completed. Kindergarten students will also complete the i-Ready ELA and math assessment during the January 9-13 testing window, and VPK students will complete the Star Early Literacy Assessment during the January 17-24 testing window. Please reach out to your child's teacher for additional information. We are excited to see our students' growth over the last five months.
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Current Fordham Kindergarten students will automatically roll to Fordham 1st grade classes

Enrolling Now for Kindergarten 2022-2023 at Fordham Early Learning Academy

Attention VPK families-


We invite our current VPK students to return to Fordham Early Learning Academy for the 2023-2024 school year.


Simply log back into the School Choice system which you used to complete your VPK application. Go to https://www.applytomarionschools.com/login and login to your account on the left side. You will select Fordham for kindergarten to submit your application. The application window is open until January 31. Families will be notified after that date.

Congratulations to Easton. He was selected by community judges as one of the winners of the American Founders’ Month art contest.

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