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Athena's January Newsletter
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THANK YOU to all of those who gave us end-of-the-year holiday gifts and cards.
We appreciate you!


Warmly,
Your Admin Team

IMPORTANT 
DATES 

 
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TUESDAY
January 6th


First Day of Spring Semester
For Returning Students

New students will be informed of their start dates by their Lead Guide.
 
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FRIDAY
January 16th


Vision & Hearing Form and Fee Due
For ALL Students ages four and older

Look for the form in this newsletter or come by the office to fill out the form on paper.
 
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MONDAY
January 19th


SCHOOL CLOSED
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
 
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MONDAY
February 2nd


Re-enrollment Form & Fee Due

See email for more information.
Online forms are accessed and submitted through your Parent Login account.

 
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MONDAY
February 16th


STUDENT HOLIDAY

Staff Development Day
 
Welcome,
new students!
We would like to extend a very warm welcome to the following new students, who will be starting at Athena in January:

Belen Alvarado-Haase
(TOTs 1)
Hendrix Kimbell (TOTs 2)
Isaac Williams (Primary 3)
Lana Livingston (TOTs 2)
Leo Green (Primary 4)
Lilah Lopez (TOTs 2)
Mira Gopalan (TOTs 2)
Otis Green (Primary 1)
Sidney Jane Brice (TOTs 1, started in November)

And congratulations to the following TOTs students graduating to Primary:

Ava Chapman (Primary 2)
Elizabeth Rhodes (Primary 1)
Reed Ulrich (Primary 3)
Sophia Quintans (Primary 4)
Thank you to the TOTs 2 Sandpiper Parents
for our delicious Staff Appreciation goodies in the month of December!
Parent Volunteer Group
To learn more about getting involved at Athena, please visit the Get Involved page of our website. To receive information about specific volunteer opportunities, stay connected, and participate in event planning at Athena, join our Parent Committee Yahoo! Group. (Click "Join Group!")
HAPPY
BIRTHDAY TO...
 
Carlisle (1/2)
Vivian (1/2)
Hascall (1/6)

Ms. Brittany (1/10)
Leo (1/14)
Otis G. (1/14)
Olivia F. (1/19)
Luke (1/20)
Brady (1/22)
Isaac W. (1/22)

Maeve (1/23)
Ms. Nichole (1/23)
Grace (1/27)
Quinn C. (1/28)
Quinten (1/31)
Mr. Drew (1/31)

 
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to purchase your labels, and 20% will come back to support Athena!
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January 2015
The TOTs 1 Warblers class caroling around campus
Re-Enrollment for 2015-2016 School Year
Form & Fee Due February 2nd!
It’s already time to enroll for the next school year! The enrollment process occurs annually from January through March, and placement decisions are prioritized based on the following sequence: current students, siblings, then waiting list families. Tuition and fee information will be published on our website soon.

Current families: Access your Parent Login account to fill out the online re-enrollment form for your child. Your re-enrollment form and annual enrollment fee ($300) are due by February 2nd to secure your spot for next school year (August 2015-June 2016). You may include your fee with your February tuition check. Following the re-enrollment deadline, we will begin making calls to our waiting list families to fill remaining spots.


New Enrollment for 2015-2016
Waiting list families: We will call or email you as we get closer to your place on the waiting list to gauge your interest and readiness should a spot become available. By way of reminder, we go in order of the date waiting list applications were submitted (siblings included) and also take into consideration the needs of each classroom to balance age, gender, temperament, and diversity. Please note that while we aim to complete enrollment by the end of March, the enrollment process can continue all the way to August. Thank you for keeping us updated with any changes in contact information to assist us in this process. If we offer a spot to you, a first-time enrollment fee of $350 will be due to secure your spot.
*Potty Reminder: If your child will be three years old by September 1st and is offered a spot in our Primary program, he or she should be out of diapers by May. Primary students (not TOTs) must be independent with toileting before starting school. Please contact the office for tips or guidance on toileting.
2015 Summer Camp Registration Now Open
Camp Dates:
June 15 - July 24, 2015
Summer registration is now open for current Athena students and alumni, ages two to eight, on a first-come, first-served basis. Spaces are limited! Registration for waiting list families and students from other Montessori schools will follow soon.

Calling on Alumni for Boys Camp and
our All-New Girls Camp!
Introducing Girls Camp for older girls, ages five to eight, and the return of Boys Camp for older boys, ages five to eight! If you are a recent graduate of Athena and would like to reconnect with old friends for the summer, let us know! (Call the office or email info@athenamontessoriacademy.com.)

Current families: To register for summer camp, fill out the online summer enrollment form under your child's name in your Parent Login account. A $75 registration fee will be due to secure your spot. Summer tuition will be due May 1st.

Waiting list families: Call our office at 512-494-6237 or send an email to info@athenamontessoriacademy.com to let us know if you are interested in summer camp. We will open registration for summer camp to waiting list families following current family registration.


Camp curriculum and schedules are similar to the regular school year, with additional fun, games, arts and crafts, field trips, special guests, and water play. Summer flyer with tuition rates will be published soon. The Summer After School Program will end at 5:30 p.m., rather than 6:00 p.m.
IMPORTANT NOTICE:
New Tuition Payment Schedule
Beginning with tuition for the 2015-2016 school year, Athena will alter its payment schedule. For next school year, you may pay your annual tuition in one lump sum due July 1st (formerly August 1st) or semiannually on July 1st and December 1st, or in ten equal monthly installments due July 1st through April 1st (formerly August 1st through May 1st).

The payment schedule for Summer Camp tuition also will change, with payment due on May 1st (formerly June 1st). For current families on the ten-month payment schedule who are joining us for Summer Camp 2015, we understand this policy change means you will have a double payment in May. If you need assistance with a payment plan for May, please contact Keyla in the office by phone or via email at Keyla@AthenaMontessoriAcademy.com.

 
Over the break, the Ingram Family helped to preserve
baby sea turtles in Sayulita, Mexico in honor of Athena!
Thank you, Jeri Lynn, Ian, Koruna, and Marvel!
Vision & Hearing Screening
Form Due January 16th!
The Vision & Hearing Form (at this link) is due in the office by January 16th for all children who were at least four years old by September 1, 2014. On the form, you will have the option of signing up for the screening offered at Athena on Wednesday, February 18th at 9:00 a.m., or you can elect to have your child screened at your doctor’s office. All screening results are due in the Athena office by February 18th and are required annually by the health department.
Let's Be Good Neighbors
Please be courteous to our neighbors on Morgan Lane and avoid blocking or using their driveways. Please use our parking lot off the Ben White access road for drop-off and pick-up.
Parent Workshop Series
By Bethany Prescott


OH, BROTHER!
Strategies for Parenting Siblings
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Sunday, March 29th
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Athena gym

RSVP on our website
 

Conflict between siblings tends to be one of the most frustrating and helpless experiences for parents with more than one child. The endless bickering seems impossibly challenging to change, and it is hard to see a way out. Whether you have siblings who are already well versed at sibling squabbles or you have little ones who haven’t quite gotten there yet, you’ll find use in our discussion.


      Athena offers parenting workshops for Athena parents taught by Bethany Prescott throughout the school year. Bethany is a trained therapist, wife, and mother of three, and was a Montessori toddler teacher for eight years. She supports parents, couples, and teachers to lovingly guide and deeply connect with the children they share their lives with.
      We’re excited to open the parent workshop series to include your “village.” Please feel free to invite family members, babysitters, friends, neighbors, or other special people in your life.
      Remember, there will be no childcare available on campus, so please make other arrangements as these workshops are intended for adults only. Babies in arms are welcome.

Save the Date for...
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Casino RoyOWL
9th Annual
Spring Dinner & Fundraiser

Saturday, April 11, 2015
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DONATE TO THE AUCTION:
Donate a service or item for our auction! Contact us for details at Casino@AthenaMontessoriAcademy.com.
VOLUNTEER:
If you are interested in volunteering, join our Parent Committee Yahoo! Group to keep informed about committees and meetings. Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/athenavolunteers and click “Join Group!”
If you missed our fundraising letter, follow the link below to our Get Involved page and read the letter from our Director about our fundraising efforts and goals this year.

 
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