You can help your school by taking advantage of the Arizona School Tax Credit. Arizona law allows taxpayers to receive a tax credit of up to $400 for donations that benefit our students. A tax credit reduces what you owe in state taxes, dollar-for-dollar. For more information and a printable tax credit form, click below.
Mars regained the world’s attention this fall, with recent news of the discovery of liquid water on the planet and a new blockbuster film set on Earth’s nearest neighbor, The Martian. This is a timely moment to focus on Red Planet Day, November 28.
Celebrate the fourth planet from our solar system’s sun with our series of blogs discussing general information about Mars, some of the more than 40 space missions humans have launched to study the planet, a section on the future of Mars and plans for manned missions to the planet, and concluding with links to fiction and non-fiction on Mars.
This holiday break, consider volunteering with your La Paloma Academy student, and help someone else in need. Volunteering within the community is a great way to instill the values of citizenship and compassion, which can last your child a lifetime. The season of giving is the perfect opportunity to introduce kids to or reinforce these character concepts.
Volunteerism teaches kids to appreciate what they have. Children oftentimes learn best by seeing and even experiencing a situation for themselves. Helping out in a soup kitchen or touring a homeless shelter after donating allows kids to visualize the contrast compared to their own lives. Your child can appreciate that he or she is able to have a meal and home while others may not be so fortunate.
La Paloma’s Central Campus will host a Harvest Fest for students and families from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 30. There will be fun for the whole family including a dunk tank, photo booth, jumping castle, and obstacle course, plus a DJ to make this autumn affair an event to remember. There will be tons of fair food too, like cotton candy, popcorn, nachos, pizza, hamburgers, and hotdogs for sale. Tickets are currently on sale—5 for $1.
With fall, the first report cards and parent-teacher conferences of the academic year arrive. La Paloma Academy, your Tucson charter school, is no exception to this rule. Information on these one-on-one sessions with your child’s teacher will be going home shortly, making this the perfect time to discuss how to ensure these meetings are successful and useful for all involved. Every year there is more research documenting the connections between academic achievement and parental involvement in schools. La Paloma believes firmly that parent engagement in education is vital to the academic success of every student, and encourages parents to be active participants in their student’s academic growth. We all—parents, students, teachers, staff, and administration—play important roles in the achievement of a shared goal: academic and character achievement.
The quarter ends this month and La Paloma Academy, your favorite Tucson charter school, will be sending home report cards soon. Instead of just pin-pointing on the grades, look at these as part of an ongoing conversation about your child’s education. Report cards are a great way to notice and celebrate accomplishments, as well as a tool to help set explicit goals for the upcoming quarter or the rest of the year.
In the Arizona Daily Star’s 2015 Readers’ Choice competition, the Tucson community voted La Paloma Academy as a one of the top 3 charter schools in Tucson. The voting concluded on August 31 and included 34 area charter schools. The paper published the Readers’ Choice Awards and Favorites in a special section of the paper on Sunday, September 27. You can also view them online.
We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
In 1981, the third Tuesday of September was designated as the International Day of Peace by UN resolution 36/67. That date was chosen to coincide with the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly. In the resolution the General Assembly set out that the day “shall be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideal of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.”[i] The resolution further invited all member states and organizations of the UN and the world to commemorate that day as they saw fit, including through education and cooperation.
Parents want their children to succeed. While we may be well aware staying involved in our children’s educational process can help them excel, it’s not always clear how to best achieve this. La Paloma Academy believes academic success is a team effort, and families can be incredible advocates for a child’s education.
Remember parents, La Paloma Academy has a Facebook page. It is another great resource to keep up with what’s going on at school. We post about upcoming events, link our newsletters, and blog posts. These pages also have great school photo albums. So stop by—like the page, check out our snapshots or read some useful posts and articles. And once again …
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