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As the calendar changes to August, the first step to a great 2015-16 school year begins!

There is a lot of important information and forms which are necessary to complete a child's file. Below please find the links to information for the entire school, as well as those particular to each class.

Please download all those that apply to you, print them out, read and complete all forms in total BEFORE your child's home visit appointment. Teachers will be collecting them at that time.

Please print legibly and sign where necessary.

Information for ALL students:

Health Form: This was given to you earlier in the Spring. Here is a link should you need another copy. Please make an appointment with your child's doctor and have them complete this form. Texas requires that a child four years of age and older have an annual hearing and vision screening in addition to any recommended immunizations.

Emergency Card: Please complete each section. Texas requires one additional emergency contact; it does not have to be a local individual. If a section does not apply, please write NONE.

Parent Questionnaire: Please complete this form with important information for your child's teacher.

Student Directory Information and Permission Slip: Directories are kept private and are for personal use only.  Please read, initial where indicated, and sign permission slip.

Nut Free Information: Due to a number of those with various nut allergies, The Acorn is a nut free school. Please download, save and/or print, and read this important information.

Coming Soon: Information regarding other accommodations required regarding allergies. Your teacher will give you a note and an explanation of how this may affect your child's class.

Policy Information: This document contains important information regarding school schedules, calendar, activities, and policies. Please download, save and/or print, and read in its entirety.

Fall Mixed Bag Fundraiser: This sale supports our teacher professional development fund. You will receive a catalog at your home visit. You can also forward this document to friends and family, so they can follow the link for online ordering.  Thanks for participating!

Information for students enrolled in... Please download, save and/or print, and read.

Two Day AM Class (Tuesday, Thursday) Two Day Class Introductory Letter

Three Day AM Class (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) Three Day AM MWF Class Introductory Letter

Three Day AM Class (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) Three Day AM TWT Class Introductory Letter

Three Day PM Class (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) Three Day PM Class Introductory Letter

Four Day PM Class (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) Four Day Class Introductory Letter

Five Day AM Class (Monday - Friday) Five Day AM Class Introductory Letter

Five Year Old Class (Monday - Friday) Five Year Class Introductory Letter

Kindergarten (Monday - Friday) Kindergarten Introductory Letter

Kindergarten Lunch Letter

Kindergarten Geography Project: The Tortoise and the Hare

Tuesday Lunch Bunch (for AM students - please check with your child's teacher to see if your child is on the list) Tues. Lunch Confirmation

Wednesday Lunch Bunch (for AM students - please check with your child's teacher to see if your child is on the list)  Wed. Lunch Confirmation

Thursday Lunch Bunch (for PM students - please check with your child's teacher to see if your child is on the list)  Th. Lunch Confirmation

Thank you for taking care of these very important details before your child's home visit.

We will see you soon!

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Little did we know when we planned "The Wonderful World of Water"

that we would have so much of it from the rains around the area this summer!

The teachers and children are enjoying two weeks of deep sea exploration!

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Besides our open door policy, at the end of each school year we give parents the opportunity to reflect on the school year.  Here is a compilation of the comments we have received so far.

Thanks to our wonderful teachers and staff, and our terrific families, for a great year!

 

Year End Parent Survey Summary 5/2015

Strengths

Your teachers are the best – attentive; ingrain a love for learning, fun, get to know each child so well! We love the teacher/student ration and the unique learning environment. Best teachers in the world, wonderful environment. We love The Acorn. Everything about this school was a perfect fit for our son. Such loving and patient teachers. Outstanding overall, would definitely do it again. Promoting creativity is one of The Acorn’s major strengths. Loving, kind environment. Keeping true to being simple and true to childhood. The Acorn has an amazing environment that promotes happiness. Great faculty. Wonderful faculty and programs! Love how social it is! Great relationship building skills taught. Children comfortable, happy and welcomed. Excellent teachers, curriculum, environment, schedule – we love it all! Small classes, teacher/student ration/ play. Wonderful opportunities for creativity and social development. The art program has been great as well as the on-site field trips like the fire trucks and VIA bus. Keep up the great work. We love what you’re doing. Creative play, field trips. Teacher to student ratio; use of positive words and reinforcement, field trips, camping trip, Spanish and Music program. The teaching team is fantastic!

 

Weaknesses

Kids can struggle with spelling as they transition from brave spelling. Keep website up to date.

*Acorn response: please come to our Kindergarten parent meeting in January for information regarding our program, including "brave" spelling.

*Acorn response: public information for interested families is available; newsletters, communications updated weekly. Good idea to make sure photos, etc. are updated more frequently.

 

Ideas to Meet Family Needs

None. To the extent possible having a list of all dates where parents are involved as early as possible would be helpful for us planning our schedules. Website/paperless method never appealed to me: wished for hard copies.

Earlier start time (8:15) would be a big help. None. Am very happy with the program. None. Increase lunch bunch days!! Better communication. Making longer class days: 4 hours or more. We would have loved to volunteer more. Perhaps there is a way for the school to keep us better informed about volunteer opportunities or need so parents can help when they can. Just the option of one more lunch bunch day. Teach yoga!! Try to incorporate yoga, community awareness. Serve only organic snacks. Use fragrance free soaps and chemical free cleaning supplies. We didn’t personally love the afternoon schedule – would prefer a morning option for the 5 year old class.

 

Comments

Best decision we could’ve made for our child! We couldn’t be happier with our experience. Teachers were fantastic! It’s been a wonderful 5 years! We are going to miss our sweet Acorn family! Best ever! We are really impressed by how he excelled and showed so much interest in learning. Wonderful, can’t say enough good things. Couldn’t be better! Outstanding! Our child has grown light years this school year! He never comes home with a negative thing to say… we are always met with excitement. So much  that he says he never wants to leave. Thank you all for such an awesome year! Great year, thanks! I personally loved the mom’s day stations of hairdressing and shoeshine, etc. (Dramatic Play). Very fun, relaxed and creative. Our child had a great year. Our child was always happy and excited about school and teachers. Loved it! Thank you so much! This has been a great two years for our child’s development. Loved it! Excited about returning in the fall. Great! Wonderful. He loves the school, teachers, friends! There were obvious improvements in his abilities. Fantastic! J We love The Acorn. Wonderful! It was a fantastic year! Fantastic! Thank you!! We have been very pleased and very satisfied with you!! Every aspect of The Acorn school’s staff and programs. Love The Acorn! We like that our child is making progress and improving. Her strengths are being enhanced, while her deficiencies are being turned into strengths. Fun, enjoyable, excited to be at school, liked her classmates, loved her teachers. Fabulous. Our child loved attending The Acorn, it was a positive experience. Loved it – was magical!

 

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Acorn students from the past reunited on Saturday, May 2nd, to visit with teachers and staff

Parents and students alike enjoyed sharing memories and plans for the future.

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Your donation on May 5 on our Big Give page will touch the lives of children now and into the future. Thanks!

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Our 2015 Fiesta Medal honors The Acorn's 35th year!

Please stop by the school

to purchase yours!

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The Acorn was awarded a $500 H-E-B gift card in honor of being selected as a semi-finalist

in the preliminary judging of their annual event.

Thanks, H-E-B, for recognizing all who are dedicated to making

The Acorn a wonderful place for children!

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