Dear Families,

I’d like wish you a very happy new year. I wish you the best for this coming year, and hope you spent the holiday season among loved ones and friends. After a restful winter break, our students and teachers returned revitalized and ready to master 2019. In this second half of the school year, our students will continue working in our progressive program.

Our program combines the best educational approaches from multiple philosophies to create a unique learning experience, focusing strongly on mental health and socio-emotional development through our Life Skills classes.
Through our work in Social Constructivism – we offer the opportunity for children to build and design their own theories in small Groups of Investigation. These small groups allow children to question, examine, create, solve, interpret, debate and think critically.
Our Reggio Emilia inspired philosophy – shines a light on the principles of respect, responsibility and community, in the context of a rich learning environment (the third teacher).
With the Montessori approach we incorporate practical life skills into our daily routine, which empower the children to play an active role as a member of their home and school community. They have a sense of purpose and belonging.

These ideologies not only value the human spirit but also the development of the whole child – physical, problem solving, academic, social, emotional and creative areas.

Education is successful when children are inspired to delve broadly and deeply into learning. We have carefully developed this program, because we feel it is the best way to develop the whole child and prepare them for a lifetime of success. In order to accomplish this mission, we need the collaboration of you, the parents. When we partner together towards the same goals, we can accomplish the greatest thing – nurturing each individual child so they can become thoughtful, engaged, well-rounded citizens living as their authentic selves.

With love,

Jessica Pinto

Looking Ahead…

● Thursday, January 17 @ 6:30PM – Silent Auction Committee Meeting. Share your talents in party planning, sales, marketing, organization, technology, and enthusiasm for fundraising for our school.

● Monday, January 21 – School closed in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

● Friday, February 8 @ 9AM – 11AM – Chinese New Year Celebration

● Thursday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day Celebration (details to be announced)

● Friday, February 15 – Professional Development Day – Day Care will be offered from 8:30AM – 3:00PM.

● Monday, February 18 – School closed in honor of President’s Day.

Coffee Talks

Coffee Talk

La Piazza Foundation

We would like to extend a sincere Thank You to everyone who has donated and supported La Piazza Foundation so far – your contributions are helping to make our vision a reality. 

La Piazza Academy has created the La Piazza Foundation, a section 501(c)(3) public charity, with the purpose of serving children in my hometown of Manizales, Colombia. In Manizales, our contributions will make a big impact by educating a great number of children. Growing up in Manizales, I witnessed extreme poverty. Many children in this area grow up in tragic circumstances and lack access to basic needs. For these children, the opportunity to go to school is the only glimmer of hope in their otherwise bleak day.

My goal is to create a dignified, stable environment for these children to spend their childhood. My hope is that they can grow to be productive citizens, and in turn, help their own community.

Regardless of the circumstances a child is born into, all children deserve the same opportunities. By contributing to La Piazza Foundation, you are helping to impact the daily life of a child just like yours.

Please view the below video to learn more about the children we will be helping.

In the Community

Free Family Fest: Creole for Kidz

Free Family Fest: Creole for Kidz | Arscht Center
Saturday, January 19th at 1:30PM

Creole for Kidz! and the History of Zydeco is a multicultural music experience for all ages youth, student and family audiences.Two-time Grammy award winning Terrance Simien offers up a dynamic performance that will take you to places you’ve never been before. He’ll take you on a memorable cultural journey to the rural prairies and bayous of South Louisiana where zydeco music was born to the mixed race, French speaking Creoles of African, French, German, Spanish and Native American heritage.

Click here for more info and an All Access Pass.

Build & Code a Robot

Build & Code a Robot | West Flagler Library
Saturday January 19th @ 4:00PM

Experience hands‑on robot assembly and computer programming that helps foster teamwork, critical and creative thinking and problem solving skills.

Click here for more info.

Free Family Day

Free Family Day | Miami Design District (ICA Miami)
Sunday, January 20th

Families of all ages are invited to engage with art and design through hands-on art workshops and interactive storytelling sessions at ICA Miami and throughout the Design District. Free admission with RSVP. Nite Owl Theater presents family-friendly screenings at 12pm, 2pm, and4 pm.

Presented by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami and the Design District, Family Day is a free monthly event from 1-4 pm every third Sunday of the month.

For more info and to RSVP, please click here and here.

Chocolate Festival

Chocolate Festival | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Friday, January 25th

Indulge in chocolate delicacies during the season’s most delicious event: The International Chocolate Festival! Enjoy fine chocolate samples from artisan chocolatiers, lectures on chocolate making and demonstrations from Miami’s master chefs and chocolatiers. Take our ChocoWalk to learn about the life cycle of a cacao plant, with stops in our Rainforest and more. Find out everything you ever needed to know about chocolate from the experts.

More info can be found here. 

Interesting Articles

Bad or Spirited? Picky or Discerning? Rude or Honest?

Bad or Spirited? Picky or Discerning? Rude or Honest?

How you think of your child has a powerful effect on you, and on their behavior.

On Tantrums and Black Holes

On Tantrums and Black Holes

What sustains a tantrum can be different than what starts it.

School Community Board

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