SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE
Summer and even Fall will soon be here! With COVID-19, perhaps your child has fallen further behind and needs help getting back on course? Maybe there is make up work to be done? Or perhaps your child just needs a summer class to keep busy?
Mentoring Academy can help!
Be it an online course, or, if we flatten the curve, a class live and in person, Mentoring has a full range of courses to choose from that are A-G compliant with the UC system.
Email Director John Muster at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit one of our upcoming Zoom Information Sessions.
Want to learn more about Mentoring Academy but can't leave the house? Now you and your child can see and learn all about our school from one of our NEW ZOOM INFORMATION SESSIONS.
Email our Director John Muster at
email@example.com to set up an appointment for one of our upcoming Saturday sessions and we'll send you an evite to join us and other parents to meet the staff and explore what Mentoring Academy can do for you.
April 2020: TBA
May 2020: TBA
June 2020: TBA
ADVANTAGES OF MENTORING
For many of us, COVID-19 is new ground and we find ourselves adapting weekly if not daily to our surroundings. Mentoring Academy transitioned fairly soothly in mid March when Gov. Newsom's Shelter-in-Place took affect and we have been teaching online ever since. We are still holding our classes. Students are still presenting their reports to the whole school. And we are in constant contact with students and parents through email and programs like Zoom.
Some schools have recently announced no more in-person classes for the remainder of the school year and have switched to distance learning. This could involve any number of things from online classes to lesson packets sent. Here are some of the advantages of a smaller school like Mentoring:
Effective Class Size
Smaller class sizes makes for a more manageable and effective learning environment than a larger class held on Zoom and other online softwares.
Better Follow Up
A smaller school allows for better follow up with parents and students. Teachers are able to communicate easier with students and parents and not be bogged down with too many students.
You might be finding, with more time at home, that you are checking in more with family and friends or that your son or daughter is missing the social contact of peers. Mentoring Academy has a very strong community. From our Parents Group MAPs to the student interaction, with a small school, all the students know each other and are involved in each other's lives. A solid peer group helps with feelings of alienation or boredom at home.
Easier to Maneuver
Larger schools need time to change course. With a smaller school like Mentoring Academy, we are better able to adapt to the weekly changes of life under COVID-19. This involves training of staff and students to online software to changes in schedules. If we, thankfully, flatten the curve and the Shelter-in-Place is lifted before June, a small school can flip that switch easily back to classes held at school.
If you want to discuss more the advantages of a smaller school system, reach out to our Director John Muster at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-517-6609. Or visit us at one of our upcoming ZOOM INFORMATION SESSIONS.
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MENTORING & CORONA
Starting with the week of March 16th, Mentoring Academy will be teaching its classes online with their students. Staff and Students have been briefed on using the Zoom software and other ways to check in such as email and Google Classroom.
Things are changing and, with the current Shelter-in order in place, the best thing for students to do is stay home. However, it is still important to maintain a schedule and work on assignments. There will be challenges but our hope is that measures taken now will help flatten the curve so we may resume classes in person in the Spring.
Be Safe. Be Healthy. Be Smart.
THAILAND TRIP CANCELLED
Mentoring Academy has been monitoring the numbers on the Corona Virus in Thailand and the USA for weeks. And while the number of cases in Thailand is now less than in the USA and we would be traveling to areas not infected, the volatility of flights and changing policy between both countries on whom they let in and under what conditions made it prudent that we cancel our trip. The travel landscape between the time we left and the time we were due to return could shift radically.
John Muster and the staff are discussing other options. Do we try for Thailand next year? Should we try for another place at the end of the school year if we can flatten the curve? Things are changing daily so, for now, it is important to hunker down and re-evaluate later.
THE GOOD EGGS FUNDRAISER
Update: With the Shelter-in and balancing social distancing with crowds at the grocery stores, perhaps this is a good time to try Good Eggs?
Support MENTORING ACADEMY when you shop! We’ve partnered with Good Eggs, a Bay Area grocery delivery service, to fundraise for Mentoring. When you try Good Eggs as a new customer, the school earns $25 and you get $25 off your first order.
Use our school’s promo code “mentor2019" when you check out, and share it with friends and family who’d also love to support Mentoring Academy!
Visit www.goodeggs.com to see all the yummy food!