To our Action Day Primary Plus Community,
As required by new guidance, issued today by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and the CDC, we will be closing all 10 Action Day Primary Plus schools for the next three weeks.
This means that starting Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, April 7, all campuses will be closed to students and parents.
It is our hope, conditions allowing, that we can reopen on Wednesday, April 8. During the closure, we will continue to be in regular contact with County Health Department and the CDC and will update you accordingly.
Our teachers have and will continue to develop learning and entertainment content to keep your children enriched and engaged while they are away from campus. Please reach out to your director for more information on this.
The health and well-being of our students, teachers and staff, and our community is our highest priority. We know this is a difficult situation that will impact your daily lives. It is the first time in Action Day’s 52-year history that we have had to close in this manner.
In the intervening days until April 8, we ask that you and your children follow recommendations from the CDC and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department to help limit the potential spread of COVID-19. The most recent information, including answers to many Frequently Asked Questions, are available on the Health Department’s website here.
It is our honor to care for and teach your children. While our entire community is in uncharted territory during this COVID-19 pandemic, we will do our best to communicate any updates or changes to you in a timely manner. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
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West Valley Dance Company is expanding this summer! Our brand new state-of-the-art dance studio features two dance rooms equipped with beautiful spring hardwood floors and a fully-integrated surround-sound system. In addition, the new studio will have a Dancer Lounge, Parent Viewing Area, and Dressing Room Suite – ensuring its designed to fit all of your family’s needs!
There will be weekly technique classes offered including advanced ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip-hop, and gymnastics, as well as adult yoga/Pilates and parent/child combo classes. Additional evening and Saturday classes have been added to the fall 2015 schedule. All of our classes are instructed by award-winning, top-rated choreographers in the Bay Area for children age 18 months through adulthood.
Join us for two exciting summer events, and be sure to reserve your dancer’s space by RSVPing to Studio Director Shannon Claude at [email protected].
Join us this November for an information night regarding your child’s Jr. Kindergarten or Kindergarten readiness for fall 2014. This will be an excellent time to have your questions answered (even the ones you never thought to ask!), to meet our experienced staff, and to learn what to expect in the coming years as you prepare your young learner for elementary school.
Since the start of the school year, there have been wonderful things taking place at Primary Plus Elementary and West Valley Middle Schools. Numerous changes have been implemented that are currently improving young minds and ensuring that our students do, in fact, start ahead and stay ahead.
We’ve received great feedback on our new Transitional Kindergarten program due to the inclusion of OWL (“Open the World of Learning”) materials, our popular soccer league is in full-swing, our dance classes are all filled to the brim, and the students have just begun another stimulating academic year.
There are, as always, significant changes that are bound to take place in your young learner. We grow as we learn: we gain an inch in height or shoe size, and mirror that inch academically as we gain knowledge. However, fall of 2012 bore witness to a new change in the way our teachers would teach and our students would learn: the introduction of Apple technology in the classroom. The use of iPads in Kindergarten and 8th grade classrooms is now a contributing factor to your children’s future academic success. The new iPad program has proven wildly popular and successful—putting Primary Plus and West Valley on the cutting edge of educational modernity.
At Primary Plus Elementary School, Kindergarteners are learning quickly just how easy it is to play word and number games with only their fingers and their minds. All four of the Kindergarten classrooms contain two iPads, and the students rotate their play time by moving through various stations. Each child is given roughly 10 minutes to “play” on an iPad, which both peaks their interest and stimulates their minds without the children becoming too distracted by or dependent upon the technology. Teachers work with their students on how to operate the device and how to navigate through different educational games.
West Valley Middle School is also making the most of their new iPad program. Students in 8th grade—who are, arguably, more tech-savvy than most of their parents—are learning how to perform research on their iPads, as well as how to type documents and to take notes. Students use the Notes app to take notes in Science, Language Arts, Spanish, and History courses. In Math, students use the Khan Academy app in order to view and respond to videos related to newly-introduced math concepts. These 8th graders even use their iPads for group presentations and projects, and, in Language Arts, the children were responsible for researching one or two apps and presenting a tutorial to the class!
By making their world both visually and mentally stimulating, students are learning about a variety of new ways to, well, learn. The tools they are gaining are essential in an ever-adapting world that has become increasingly dependent upon the use of technology. Students will, however, be able to move onto high school and college with the tools to confidently access technology while remaining comfortable with traditional tools for performing class and homework. In a sense, it’s a win-win situation.
“The kids love it,” Elementary School Principal Mary Lou Rodriguez exclaimed, “The teachers love it, and the parents are very impressed. This is truly a new chapter in our children’s education, and for our own, as we teach them to learn in new and creative ways.” Although iPads were only provided for the Kindergarten and 8th grade classrooms, many of the other classes at Primary Plus plan on using the money they earned in this September’s Walk-a-Thon to purchase some of their own. We have every hope that all of our students will learn to be confident using technology, and that they will remain on the brink of innovation throughout their learning careers.
We are proud of all parties—students, their parents, and faculty members—for embracing this wonderfully-innovative, educational tool. It is currently enhancing both students’ and teachers’ classroom experiences through the combination of modern-day technology mixed with traditional themes. The students are, quite literally, learning as they play—taking a bite out of conventional learning methods and fueling their minds for future success. At Primary Plus and West Valley, we truly start ahead and stay ahead.