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Preschool Round-up Open House
Burnsville Transit Holds Food Drive for Ronald McDonald House
On the Road of Parenting - Winter Edition
Maplewood Holds Salvation Army Clothing Drive
Burnsville “Goes Orange” in Honor of MS Awareness Week
Elk River Celebrates “I Love to Read Month”
Grand Opening in Maple Grove
Early Learning Digest-February 2015
Grand Opening Event at Maple Grove location
Making a Difference As a Family
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Preschool Round-up Open House

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Burnsville Transit Holds Food Drive for Ronald McDonald House

The school-age class at New Horizon Academy Burnsville Transit Station held a breakfast food drive for children and families at the Ronald McDonald house at the U of M.

With school out, the children at New Horizon Academy are looking forward to a summer full of fun field trips and many exciting activities! Along with the many outings, the school-agers will focus on a summer of giving back, with our program Caring Beyond the Classroom.

Throughout the summer, teachers will provide children with opportunities to give back to the local community through community learning service projects. Each week as a part of the weekly lesson plan, the children will participate in a Caring Beyond the Classroom project that can be worked on over the course of the week or as part of a long-term project. Service learning encourages collaboration and problem solving, while it promotes social responsibility, positive citizenship, empathy, kindness, and compassion. Caring Beyond the Classroom empowers the children and increases self-confidence; consistent with our company’s mission and philosophy.

“Our school agers were so excited and proud that we packaged 110 breakfast bags for the children and families at the Ronald McDonald House!” said the director of New Horizon Academy Burnsville Transit Station.

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On the Road of Parenting - Winter Edition

Teaching Children the Joy of Giving
1. Start a family “giving bank”
Together, decorate a box or a jar and encourage the whole family to contribute to the giving bank. When the bank is full, donate the money to a charity of your choice.

2. Choose a different charity each year and encourage your children to learn about it.
By focusing your giving on a different group every year, you are providing your child with a wonderful educational opportunity to learn about different causes and struggles worldwide.

3. Make giving a holiday tradition.
Have your child pick out a toy and donate it to a child in need this holiday season.

4. Give through your child’s school or your community
From food drives to clothing drives, take advantage of any charity events at your children’s school or throughout your community.

5. Make the holidays a time for giving and receiving
When your child receives new toys this holiday season, encourage them to donate some of their old ones!

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Maplewood Holds Salvation Army Clothing Drive

The school-age class at New Horizon Academy in Maplewood collected over 50 bags of clothing this week that will be donated to the Salvation Army.

With school out, the children at New Horizon Academy are looking forward to a summer full of fun field trips and many exciting activities! Along with the many outings, the school-agers will focus on a summer of giving back, with our program Caring Beyond the Classroom.

Throughout the summer, teachers will provide children with opportunities to give back to the local community through community learning service projects. Each week as a part of the weekly lesson plan, the children will participate in a Caring Beyond the Classroom project that can be worked on over the course of the week or as part of a long-term project. Service learning encourages collaboration and problem solving, while it promotes social responsibility, positive citizenship, empathy, kindness, and compassion. Caring Beyond the Classroom empowers the children and increases self-confidence; consistent with our company’s mission and philosophy.

“The Salvation Army clothing drive was our first Caring Beyond Classroom project this summer,” said Kari Schmitz, director of New Horizon Academy in Maplewood, “our school agers were so excited and proud that we collected over 50 bags of donated clothes!”

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Burnsville “Goes Orange” in Honor of MS Awareness Week

To show support for Liz Davies, center Director, and Ms. Sara, Toddler Teacher, who are both living with multiple sclerosis (MS), the staff and children at New Horizon Academy, Burnsville, had a week full of everything orange!

MS is disease of the central nervous system that occurs mainly in young adults and is thought to be caused by a malfunction of the immune system. To raise awareness for this disease, and show support for their beloved staff members, New Horizon Academy in Burnsville had a different “orange” theme each day of the week. They had orange snacks, wore orange clothing, and staff members even participated in a “spa day” where they had their choice of orange nail polish.
“I decided that MS Awareness week was going to be my way of giving back,” said Liz. “The MS Society gave me so many resources and helped get me through a difficult time. By helping reach out to others who are worried about the unpredictability of this disease, that is my way of saying thank you.”
Liz and Sarah plan to walk with their team “Driving MS Davies” in the Walk MS event at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. In an effort to raise money for this event, staff members at New Horizon Academy could donate $5 to have a “casual dress week.” To end the very successful week of raising awareness, on Friday, the entire center decked themselves out in orange!

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Elk River Celebrates “I Love to Read Month”

Throughout the month of February, the teachers and children at New Horizon Academy in Elk River found many fun, and educational, ways to celebrate “I Love to Read Month.”

In honor of “I Love to Read Month,” about 65 third grade students from Kaleidoscope Charter School came to New Horizon Academy in Elk River. The students brought books that they wrote and illustrated themselves, and read to the children of New Horizon Academy. Along with the books, the students gave the children a stuffed animal that was the main character in the story. The children were so excited and it was such a great way to spread the joy of reading!

Along with special guests, during the month of February, New Horizon Academy families were invited to bring in new or gently used books to benefit the programs of Reach out and Read. Reach Out and Read is a nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. New Horizon Academy, Elk River, was able to collect 141 books that will be delivered to the Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota.

By celebrating and teaching children about the importance of reading, we hope to instill a lifelong love of reading in each child!

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Grand Opening in Maple Grove


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Early Learning Digest-February 2015

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Grand Opening Event at Maple Grove location

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Making a Difference As a Family

We are always taking stock in what’s important in our lives. Certainly our children and our families are at the top of that list. The economy also has many of us taking a look at what we have and perhaps what we could share with others as well.
The holidays are a time of giving, but how can we keep that giving spirit throughout the year?
There are a variety of ways to continue to give throughout the year. These are also wonderful ways in which to involve your children and instill the lifelong gift of sharing and giving to them. However, not every volunteer idea or opportunity may be right for you and your family. Consider these
points before you choose a volunteer activity for your family:
• Make it fun. If your child doesn’t enjoy the activity, learning opportunities may be lost.
• Keep in mind your child’s physical ability and attention span. Helping build a community playground is a terrific undertaking― but not for a three-year-old.
• Involve your children in the decision. Consider their strengths and interests as much as possible.
• Inform any volunteer organization you contact that you want to include your children.
• Seek out direct, hands-on ways of giving. For instance, joining a fund-raising “walk for hunger” will mean more to a child (and to you) than simply being persuaded to crack open her piggy bank and send some money to a soup kitchen.
• Don’t over commit or set unrealistic goals at the beginning. If a particular activity doesn’t seem to be the right fit for you after trying it once or twice, try something else.

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