A Rainbow of Friends Christian School
Happy New Year! The staff and I are well-rested after the long Christmas Break and ready to continue to educate our students! The next five months will be very enriching for your child as the teachers continue to lay the foundation for academic learning. This is the time we will begin to see much growth in the children. It is so amazing and fun to watch their positive growth and development.
All of our afternoon Reading Academies resume on January 6/7 and the new morning, MWF Reading Academy (8:00 – 8:30 am) begins January 12. There are still a few slots available for this program and we invite you to try it out in the month of January for only $60 (regularly $90). Please contact me if you are interested in this incredible program that teaches children how to actually read!
I am also starting a new reading tutoring program for students K-2nd grade for students who do not attend this school. It will be offered T/TH from 4:00 – 4:45 pm starting January 13. The cost is $80/month with 45 minutes of instruction time each day. Whether your child is behind or ahead, we can really bring him/her to the next level! Tell as many families that you know!
Moms in Prayer has been awesome! As many of you know, we are in the process of growing our school to meet the needs of our families and we need as much prayer as we can get! We will start back January 21 at 8:40 am. Please join us!
Our next parent meeting will be Thursday and Friday, January 15/16 at 8:45 am. We will be discussing family day, field trips, Teachers’ Appreciation Breakfast, parent conferences, Valentine parties and information about our Registration Night. We will also begin to plan the Spring Program and Graduation. Please plan to attend. It will be a very informative meeting.
For Family Day, we are going ice skating at Sertich Ice Center on January 17th from 11:30 am -1:00 pm. The cost is $6.00 per person and includes skates. It is located at 1705 East Pikes Peak Avenue, COS.
My husband and I are offering a two day parenting class seminar this month. It is titled, “The Blended Family,” by Dr. Leman. Class will be Friday, January 23 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm and Saturday, January 24 from 8:00 – 2:00. I will provide a continental breakfast and lunch. Cost is $12/person or $20/couple for the training materials. We will also provide free childcare for this seminar.
Teacher Appreciation Breakfast – January 29/30, 8:30 – 9:30 am. We will need parents to bring breakfast dishes, sign up to watch students during large group, serve the teachers breakfast, and let them know how much you appreciate them!
We will be closed on Mon. January 19th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Many of you have helped this school with our goal of raising money to help offset the cost of a larger and more interactive playground – and I cannot thank you enough. Our next fundraising activity is a great one. Your student will create finger art that you can order on different mediums. This will be done in class Jan 20-23 (volunteers needed) and then you can order your child’s masterpiece within a few weeks. The final products are so adorable and make great Mother’s/Father’s Day and Grandparents’ Day presents. Thank you for all of your support!
Wishing you a wonderful and blessed new year! ~ Renee Green, 719-243-2043
This month our students will be learning about Jesus and what His birth and life meant to the Wise Men, King Herod, John the Baptist, and Nicodemus.
Happy Birthday to our special friends!
Josue Figueroa, Mya Hollingsworth, Josie Schreiter, Connor Lykes, Henry Brown, McKenna Digby, Mia Erb, Olivia Slackta, Alexandra Santos, Tyler Burt, Abigail Polcyn, Adrian Bean, Aaralynn Margraf, Ms. Nikki, and Ms. Renee!
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- We had to make necessary changes to our school calendar and it will be sent home as soon as it is finalized.
- If District 3 or 8 is on a 2 hour delay, we will be delayed 2 hours as well. It might not be worth the drive for one hour of school, but if your child is in afternoon reading, they can have one hour of schooling and their regular reading class. If either district is closed, we will be closed as well. We will also announce delays/closures on Facebook and by mass text (if you have opted-in the program).
- Label all outer garments with your child’s name. This includes coats, hats, and gloves.
- There is still some confusion about our tuition due dates. The invoices that go out on the tenth of each month are not due until the 20th of that month. For example, the invoices that go out on January 10, are due January 20th for February’s tuition. If you have any questions or have not been receiving invoices, please email Silver Buonocore @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Always check your SPAM folder first!
- If you have moved, changed your phone number or email, please let us know at the front desk so we can update your paper work. It is very important that we have your current information on file. Tax information will be emailed to you later this month.
Important Dates to Remember
- Mom’s in Prayer will meet Jan. 21 and 27, 8:30-9:30 am
- January 6/7 – Students return to school
- January 12 – New MWF Reading Academy starts at 8:00 am
- January 13 – New T/TH Reading Academy starts, 4:00 – 4:45 pm
- January 14 – Leadership Meeting @ 9:15 am
- January 15/16 – Parent Meeting and Parent Social (starts at 8:45 am)
- January 17 – Family Day – Ice Skating, 11:30-1:00 pm, Sertich Ice Center
- January 19 – No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- January 23-24 – Parenting Class Seminar (2 day event)
- January 29/30– Teacher Appreciation Breakfast, 8:30-9:30 am
- January 25-31 – School Choice Week
As we are nearing the end of the year, I wanted to remind you that all tuition (September-January) must be caught up over the Christmas break. January tuition is due by December 20. We will not accept any payments at the school past this Friday (19th) until we restart school in January. All payments during this time will need to be paid online by ACH.
If you know that your tuition is tax deductible and would like it to fall in the 2014 tax year, you can make extra payments. Any payments made after Dec 31 will be posted in the 2015 tax year and not reflected on your statements. Everyone that had a student at our school in 2014 will have their tax statement emailed to them in late January. Make sure I have your updated emails as we will not be handing out paper copies this year.
If you would like to inquire about the status of your account, please email Silver at email@example.com and I will let you know. Thank you!
This weekend A Rainbow of Friends is singing at Restoration Church at all three of their services. We are looking forward to your child singing at one of those services. Here is the agenda.
•Your child need to be at the church 20 minutes before church starts.
•Saturday Night- Students arrive at 5:40 pm.
•Sunday Morning 1st service – Students arrive at 8:40 am.
•Sunday Morning 2nd service – Students arrive at 10:25 am.
Where to meet:
•Come in the main entrance.
•Take your child to the restroom.
•Bring him/her to the west side of the Adult Sanctuary.
•Drop him/her off on the rug with the teacher there.
•Go find a seat for yourself on the west side of the church.
We sing at the beginning of each service. After we sing we will release the children to you. You will have a choice to either let them sit with you or to go check them into childcare. The church is having a Christmas Play instead of regular service that most kids would really enjoy staying and seeing.
If you haven’t signed your child up it is OK. Either sign up or just bring him or her. It means the world to us that you will take time out of your busy schedule to show off A Rainbow of Friends!!!!
The fundraising team has put out a few reminders for this week:
– The book sale will coincide with the volunteer breakfast on December 11th and 12th. We will also be selling t-shirts and baked goods.
– If you ordered jewelry from the Compelling Creations fundraiser, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can coordinate delivery.
The Fundraising Team
A Rainbow of Friends students are singing at Winter Wonderland!!
When: Saturday, Dec. 6
Time: 11:15-11:30 am
Where: Beckett’s Event Center
6436 South HWY 85
Fountain, CO 80817
We are so excited to sing at Winter Wonderland this Saturday! Showing off our school pride is what we are aiming for.
If your child is already in the “Winter Wonderland Play” just have him/her wear the outfit they are wearing for that. If your child isn’t in the Winter Wonderland Play, please have him/her wear Christmas-dress attire.
We need all students in the staging area at 10:45 am. We will sing at 11:15 and be done by 11:30 am. We are still in need of volunteers to run a booth for us. Booth times are 10:00 am-12:00 am and 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Let me know if you can help!
Beckett’s Event Center is located in the Applebee’s plaza on 85/87. It is located in back of Sarge’s Restaurant. If you drive around the south side of Sarge’s, you will see “The Beckett’s Event Center” sign. Enter in those doors and someone will direct you to the room we will be meeting in.
Thank you again for allowing your child to sing with us.
What is A Rainbow of Friends Reading Academy? It is a successful reading program that is tailored specifically to beginner readers, but is modified for some of my more advanced readers. Even though I have been teaching it for almost a decade, I am still in awe of how well the students respond to it. This program is designed to have your child actually learn, not just memorize what they hear.
I have experienced that small group lessons are very beneficial to students. They learn from each other and answer each others’ questions. There are also special situations when a student may learn much better in a private lesson; together we can decide if this is an option for your child. My ultimate goal is to take away any frustration a child has with reading so they learn to love reading for the rest of their life!
We are now taking enrollment into our reading program that restarts in January. If your child is already enrolled, they will continue their reading classes as soon as school returns in January. If your child has just turned 4 or is older, he/she can now be enrolled in this class. Afternoon classes are offered on the days your child is enrolled in school. Morning only students will take a small break between 11:30 – 12:00 pm and then have reading class between 12:00 – 12:30 pm. All Day students will have lunch and a break before they start their class at 12:30 – 1:00 pm. Prices vary.
New in January – Ms. Joanna is going to be starting up a MWF Reading Academy class starting January 12 from 8:00 – 8:30 am. We are offering a special for January that is $60 to give the class a try! The remainder of the months the cost is $90/month! We have limited spaces for this class, so sign up soon!
I have also a genuine interest from my parents in having an after-school reading tutoring program for older children. I will be teaching a class dedicated to Kindergarten – 2nd Grade. This class will start on January 13 and it will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays here at the school from 4:00-4:45 pm. The cost will be $80/month for this class (45 minutes instruction time). This is a great opportunity to have more individualized attention for your older child to build up their reading comprehension or help them master a reading skill. You do not have to be a student at the school to take this class, so if you know someone that has a student struggling, please tell them about this tutoring class.
This is a great opportunity to advance your child’s reading skills before they start or advance in their elementary school career. I look forward to continuing reading classes for my current students and starting this advanced reading program for new students as well. This class is not only educational; it allows the students to learn through all three of the learning styles: visual, auditory, and tactile/kinesthetic. The children are honestly having so much fun learning how to read!
Renee Green, Director
A Rainbow of Friends Christian School
Merry Christmas! It is hard to believe that our students have been with us going on four and five months, and we have grown to love each and every one of them! We feel so humbled and blessed that God has led each family to our school and we pray over you and your families every day (twice on Moms in Prayer days!). It is such a joy to see the success that has been reached by each of our children so far this year. Your child’s teachers are continuing to lay the foundation for academic learning thus enriching your child. As a Director and teacher, it is fun to watch the children’s positive growth, development, and to see them reach their goals. As your child is being enriched academically, they are also embracing the ongoing development of good habits of the Christian character. This is achieved through the practice of faith in God, citizenship, respect, integrity, self-discipline, and excellence. Our staff is here to help guide your children in the development of their Christian character and academic potential.
December is such an exciting and important month. We will begin the “True meaning of Christmas & the birth of Christ Celebration.” Many Christmas traditions were formed to celebrate the birth of our Savior. We will begin this week with Christ, his birth, and end on the 18th & 19th with a big birthday party for baby Jesus. In between the beginning and end of our theme, we will learn traditions around the world that help us celebrate the birth of our Savior. We will learn the fun of pretend. Sometimes we get so busy we forget the simple treasures of Christmas. You, as the parent, have the ability to create a lasting excitement over all the holiday colors, the lights, the music, and the excitement of giving and receiving gifts. Savor these moments with your child. Let your child participate as much as possible to prepare for the holiday. Pass on Christmas traditions to your child and think about creating new ones! This is a great bonding time for the whole family.
Thank you for attending our parent meetings, volunteering for the “Stone Soup Production” and for just being there for your child, teachers, and administration. Statistics prove that being involved in your child’s education improves the child’s whole development immensely.
I am in awe of how well our Reading Academy students are progressing. It thrills us to be able to provide the children with this fantastic opportunity to get a basic understanding of reading skill, decoding, and phonics. Starting January 12, Ms. Joanna will be offering a MWF 8:00-8:30 am reading class. Our special for January is $60 for this class and from then on it will be the same as our afternoon class because the amount of instruction time is the same.
On December 6th, our school has been invited to sing at the Winter Wonderland community event located at the Beckett Event Center in Fountain (Applebee’s plaza). We will have our students sing their Christmas songs from 11:15-11:30 am and you can stay for the rest of the entertainment and vendors. If your child is a dancer with the Fountain Arts Center, you will already be there. Please sign up soon to represent our school at this event! P.S. The Snow Queen will be there as well from 11-1 pm!
I invite you to sign up your child to sing at Restoration Church services, December 13/14. We changed this from the date on the school calendar to correspond with the church children’s play. Sign-up sheets are in the classrooms. This is a wonderful time to remind the world that there is nothing more precious than a child singing and as the parent, your heart will be full of humble pride!
On December 11/12 I am hosting my Parent Volunteer breakfast after the parent meeting. This school could not run as well as it does without the volunteer time that is gifted to this school. Bring a wrapped, unisex gift, for an adult (maximum $5) to the party for a fun gift exchange. I know that so many parents have stepped up this year and donated their precious time and I want to honor you! Please sign up saying you will come.
Our Class Christmas Party is scheduled for Thurs. Dec. 18th and Friday Dec. 19th at 10:30 am for morning classes and 1:30 pm for Afternoon and All Day classes. Ms. Lisa and Ms. Jackie’s classes will celebrate on Friday at 1:30 pm. Please bring a $1.00 wrapped, unisex, gift suitable for a 3 – 6 year old for the gift exchange. The gift needs to be brought in by Mon. Dec. 15th or Tues. Dec. 16th. We will need to count the gifts and ensure there is a present for every child. The Dollar Store is a great place to get the gift. Healthy treats are also welcome the day of the party. Remember we are a peanut free school.
- The invoices that go out this month are for January’s tuition. All tuition needs to be caught up and paid before Christmas break. If you need to make payment arrangements, please email Silver at email@example.com.
- If you have a sibling child that is 2.5 or older and you would like to have them attend class in January, please email Silver so she can add your child to the list. You will receive first priority over any new students for a slot in the school.
- Moms in Prayer will meet on December 3 this month.
Important Dates to Remember
- December 6 – Winter Wonderland at Event Center, 11:15-11:30 am
- December 11/12 – Parent Meeting and Parent Volunteer Breakfast
- December 13/14 – AROF students sing at Restoration Church services
- December 18/19 – Christmas Party
- December 22 – Christmas Break begins
- January 6/7 – Students return to school
If you currently have a student that attends our school and would like a sibling to start in January, this is your chance to have your child listed first on our waitlist. We will give your family priority over new arrivals.
Your child will need to be 2.5 years old by January. Please email Silver at firstname.lastname@example.org with your child’s name, birthdate and which program you will need (MWF, TTH, Morning, All Day, etc.).
You will receive a 10% discount off your total monthly tuition for siblings. Registration for a sibling is $25, but that will not be collected until we are sure there is a spot for your child.
We are excited to announce that a parent from our school is donating her profits from Mary Kay sales during November 10-21 for the playground expansion! She will also have a product display on November 17 and 18 in the Gathering Place for samples and ordering. This is a great time to work on some Christmas shopping and help support your school!