DECEMBER DAYS

field trip to Georgia AquariumThe month started with a splash with a field trip to the Georgia Aquarium.  One of the best parts about being a teacher is to be able to witness the pure amazement and wonder that children express when they see something new.  We had a fantastic trip!
The students in the elementary program have been busy this month learning about ways in which different cultures celebrate.  They have made several gifts for their parents and can’t wait to take them home.
The students have also been preparing to sing the 12 Days of Christmas for parents at our holiday party.
I hope everyone has a safe, relaxing, and joyous holiday break.

Progressing In November With Quality Rated

Brenwood Academy is now a few months into the Quality Rated process and is making great progress.  We have been assigned a Technical Assistant from Quality Care for Children to act as an aid to our school.  She has scheduled several training dates with us for staff development in the next few weeks and each staff member is working on creating a Professional Learning Plan to enhance their teaching and educational skills overall.  She is helping us by giving us small goals to work toward that will ultimately end us at our overarching goal of becoming a Quality Rated program.  These goals are being set individually for classrooms and teachers and also for the school as a whole.  We are excited for the training opportunities being provided and appreciative of the resources available to us as educators.

Quality Rated Certified

In an effort to continually improve our quality of care at Brenwood Academy we have begun the process of engaging in Georgia’s Quality Rated System for child care facilities. What is Quality Rated? Quality Rated is a system to assess, improve, and communicate quality in Georgia’s early and school-age and education programs. Why does Georgia need Quality Rated? Today, Georgia has more than 6300 early care and education programs. It can be a daunting task for parents and families to research which program is the best fit for their child. Similar to rating systems for other service-related industries like hotels and restaurants, Quality Rated assigns a quality rating to early and school‐age care and education programs that meet a set of defined program standards. How will Quality Rated make a difference to Georgia’s young children and their parents? Research supports that the quality of early care and education and a student’s readiness and ability to succeed in school are clearly connected (Vandell, 2004). Quality Rated will help to raise the standards of early education programs for our youngest learners in Georgia therefore advancing our next generation’s potential. One study that examined children’s outcomes over time in elementary school in light of their participation in quality preschool programs (Peisner-Feinberg and Burchinal, 1997, 1999, 2001) found that children who attended higher quality preschool programs had better language development, problem solving, and social skills. More importantly, the positive effects of a quality preschool experience carried over past kindergarten into elementary…

SAVE THE DATES FOR 2015-2016

This year we are pleased to announce a series of family fun nights and community events hosted at the  school for everyone to participate in.  We are excited about our upcoming movie night on September 11 as well as our free lunch and learn event on September 17. We hope that you will make plans to join us at these special events, and bring friends and family to join us for these family fun occasions.  Download and print our Save the Dates Card, or subscribe to our online calendar by clicking on the Calendar Page of our website and pressing the subscribe link at the bottom. Help is also needed to manage these events, if you are interested in volunteering please contact Marketing Director, Mindy Anderson for more information. SAVE THE DATES…