Dear Pinnacle Academy Families,
Hope this email finds you all well and warm. Having another four day long weekend after the winter break was not the best thing to help our students’ motivation, however, things happen and we just needed to make the school closing decision via considering the overall best interest of all our students. This is pretty much what most of the area schools and school districts have done and now we are back in the business again. I still urge you all to stay tuned for the Pinnacle Academy mass communications, as the unusual level of cold temperatures may still impact our day to day operation.
For the month of January, one of our goals is to come up with the 2018-2019 school year calendar. We will be sending out a survey to the families and the staff, to receive feedback on various options, i.e. having the winter break a week shorter than usual and end the year earlier in June, or starting the school year before or after the labor day… The more feedback we receive, the more efficient and accurate decisions we will be able to make. Therefore, please make time to respond to the survey coming up this week.
During this past week, our elementary school teachers received training on our new science curriculum which is called The Launch. It is the elementary version of the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) STEM curriculum that we have been implementing since last school year. We purchased this elementary STEM curriculum for the first time this year and look forward to have many hands on fruition of the initiative.
Our high school FRC ( First Robotics Competition) Team had their kick of event this past Saturday. This year’s challenge is also full of complicated components that our students have to deal with. We are confident in all our students as they were dedicated enough to work from 10:00A.M.-7:00P.M. last Saturday and will continue to work even harder as the competition gets closer. Last year, our team won the Best Rookie award at the State level competition and made us all very proud. I also would like to thank to all the Pinnacle Families participated in the FRC Fundraising Bake Sale, during which we raised $1000 for our students. For more information on this year’s challenge, please click on the link below.
This week we will have even more competition try outs taking place and I suggest that you follow up with your student’s teacher on the upcoming opportunities so that they will be able to participate in various, in and out of school events and activities. We certainly do not want to treat our students as race horses and lose the juice of learning process, however, a little competition is always good.
Last but not the least, please do not forget about the Pinnacle Family Night on Friday! We will be at Bowlero inCentreville and enjoy an awesome event during which we build more connections in our community.
Stay warm and have a wonderful week!