December 2018 Newsletter

Dear families:

This is the last newsletter of the year and, as many of you may feel, this year went so fast. As a school, we experienced very special moments with our La Piazza community. Every year, I have the privilege to meet amazing families that support our vision about their children's education. Thanks for trusting in us and being with us on this journey.

I feel very proud of the school we have today. We are pioneers in progressive education in Miami. The acceptance of the community has been extraordinary, and it seems that the need for a school like ours is growing. I'm a strong believer that education, as with any other field, is in constant change. Therefore, schools have the responsibility to provide a program that will prepare our children for the world we have today and for what is to come.

We had some exceptional highlights in 2018, that include receiving the APPLE Accreditation for our Coconut Grove campus. Both schools are now Apple accredited and have received the Gold Seal quality. Additionally, we have strengthened our life skills / mental health program which focuses on social and emotional development for our children, our team and provides support to families. The founder of Stop Parenting Alone teaches a Habits of Mind class for our elementary students. Also, we were Mandarin Chinese champions for the second year in a row after competing in the state-wide 11th Annual Mandarin Chinese Language Competition. These are just a few of our accomplishments as a school that were possible with the support of our team and families.

For 2019, we will continue investing in professional development. This is one of the most important aspects to continue growing, learning and improving our educational approach. As pioneers in the progressive education landscape, we are committed to nurturing well-rounded citizens that will have a positive impact on the world.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and beautiful holiday season.


November 2018 Newsletter

Dear families:

In the month of October we had many celebrations that gave us the opportunity to connect as a community and as a village. It was beautiful to see the collaboration of our parents working together. Through our different committees, we all worked together to prepare for Grandparents & Special People Day and Halloween. We also came together with the Outreach Committee and began collecting donations for Feeding South Florida to benefit those affected by Hurricane Michael. We thank all of our families who have donated to this cause as we continue receiving donations every day. It is only with the help of invested parents that we can grow and strengthen our community, and I am so thankful for the parents we have as part of our group. Our school doors are always open to you, and you are always welcomed and encouraged to participate.

La Piazza represented our school at the BKB Fair this month. Meeting with other schools in our community was a great experience, and it makes us feel proud to be pioneers in progressive education, where we value our children’s socioemotional development. We want our children to excel in all areas – emotional, interpersonal, academic, creative and social. We strive as a school to give our children and families the tools to accomplish all this, and more.

In the spirit of community, we will celebrate our first Community Day on November 9th and we will have our annual Thanksgiving Feast for the children on Tuesday, November 20th. At the end of the month, on November 28th and 29th, we will have our Scholastic Book Fair.

As always, I welcome you to engage in these activities and make even more connections to fellow parents. It is beautiful to see us come together, grow and depend on each other as members of a village and a family.


October 2018 Newsletter

Dear Families,

School has officially been in session for a month and a half. The first 45 days of school are seen as a transition for our children, parents and team. Experts in child development understand that it can take up to 45 days for children to create new attachments to their caregivers, get used to the new pattern of daily routines and successfully settle in to a new school year. With our children successfully transitioned, they are ready to be fully immersed in our program, which we are always strengthening through professional development and work with our consultants. We would like to thank all families for their classroom support during this transition process.

In September, we had our annual Parents Night. This is a very special event where our school community collaborates to learn more about our program and to meet other families. We join together to create a meaning, valuable experience for our children. As families from all over the world, we are connected through a common goal – our children. Together, we can help to develop creative, compassionate, well-rounded citizens of the world.

Participating in school events strengthens our community and helps our children to feel they truly belong. We take pride in being a school that offers many opportunities to become involved in your child’s school life. This month, we welcome families to two special La Piazza events: Grandparents & Special People on October 12th for a special classroom activity and brunch, and October 31st children and parents for a Halloween Celebration on campus. Additionally, we urge all families to take advantage of our monthly Coffee Talk with parenting expert, Lina Acosta Sandaal.

When we all come together as one school, under a common vision and goal, the possibilities we can create for our children are endless. I look forward to sharing a fun month with you all!


September 2018 Newsletter

Dear Families,

Over the last two weeks, I’ve had the pleasure to meet some of the new families and welcome existing ones. I have also had the beautiful experience of engaging with children in the classrooms. It is a pleasure to be part of the transition weeks. On behalf of all LPA team members, we want to extend our gratitude for trusting your child’s well-being and education in our hands. It is big responsibility we hold with honor, and we take pride in guiding the children to become well-rounded citizens of the world.

As a school, we work closely with the human development of all our members of our community – your children, our staff and you as parents. We count on the support of the group of therapists from Stop Parenting Alone to work on the social and emotional development side. For intellectual support, our experienced teachers have a group of consultants that work closely with them to continue teaching and reinforcing our progressive approach. Our faculty’s primary focus is cultivating the children’s analytical and critical thinking skills in a meaningful way.

I’m very proud of who we are and who we are becoming as a school. We are not repeating traditional approaches to education. We continuously research the best approaches to comprehensive education that will strengthen our program.

This month, we will have our Annual Parent’s Night on September 21 in Coral Gables and September 28 in Coconut Grove. Please join us for this important evening. This event is for you to intimately know your child’s school program, teachers and meet other community members that, like you, are excited to be a part of your child’s education.