Fine Arts Preschool Newsletter – October 2017

We hope your child has settled in to his/her classes by now, but most importantly enjoying them! Our biggest priority is that your child is finding value and learning in class, but having fun at the same time! Being a part of APA, we want your child to experience MORE than just great arts education. You will see our Academy giving back and our teachers explaining why we do what we do and who we are helping. This month we are participating in Fox 6’s Coats for Kids. Read more about this by our donation buckets in our lobby. We are also doing a Free Trunk or Treat event on October 8th at both our Oak Creek and Franklin locations and asking those that participate to bring a canned good for The Salvation Army. As part of the More Than Just Great Dancing program that we are affiliated with, we don’t just teach kids to be great at the arts, we teach the arts to make great kids! Happy October!    

More Important Info For You To Know

October License Plate Winner: Congrats to license plate 943-WTA! One of our staff members spotted your Academy window sticker while driving! Please contact the front desk so we know who you are and you will receive a $50 tuition credit! To participate next month, grab a FREE window sticker at the desk!

Trunk or Treat Event: Please join us for a FREE event on Sunday, October 8th from 12:30 – 2pm at BOTH our Franklin and Oak Creek locations.   NEW this year:  Bounce house, games, prizes and more!  Join us for a fun costume contest with great prizes.  Join our “Food Fight” Food Drive for a chance to win a prize!!  Click here for more info!  If you are a business and would like to host a FREE trunk to advertise for your business, please contact Cara at [email protected].

Kringle Fundraiser: Order form is due Monday, October 2nd. Oak Creek Pick up – Friday, October 20th 3pm-6pm. You must pick up from the location you ordered from. Anyone that does not show up between those times will have $10 deducted off their profit. If you do not pick up your food that night, your frozen food will not be good as we do not have a freezer on the premises. Profits from the fundraiser will be in your individual account before October 15th.

Coats for Kids:  APA is proud to be participating in Fox 6’s Coats For Kids again this year!   Donations will be accepted starting Octboer 2nd.   Please start checking your closets for coats that can be donated to those in need of these items in the harsh Wisconsin winter weather.   All sizes are needed.

Kudos! Program:  We’re teaming up with local businesses to offer exciting perks to our APA families.  If you are a business owner (this is great for at home businesses too!) and want exposure to hundreds of families, this FREE opportunity is perfect for you!  CLICK here for more details or email Cara at [email protected].

Referral Program:  Share us with a friend.  When a new family registers and mentions your name, you will EACH receive a $50 tuition credit.  (Credit given after 2 months enrolled and there is no limit to the number of families referred!)

Logo Wear for Sale:  You can click the link below and place your order online.  Our store will close on the 10th of the month and will not reopen until the 1st.  All orders will take 3-4 weeks after the store closing date and will be shipped for free to APA.  Click here to order!

Immunization Forms:  Please make sure that all your immunization forms and any other state licensed forms are turned into our front desk ASAP!

2017 PHOTO DATE TUESDAY NOVEMBER 14th @ 9am:  This is the only preschool picture date scheduled.   Even if you do not attend on Tuesdays, please come to school that morning for your photo if you would like to have one taken.  Individual photos will be taken and they also use this photo for a class composite.  If you are not interested in ordering photos, you would still have to get a photo taken to be included in the class group composite.  More information will be handed out closer to the date of the photos.

Calendar :  Click HERE 

Preschool Closed: Monday, October 2nd – Oak Creek/Franklin School District is closed on this date so we will also follow.  For future, the upcoming dates that we will also be closed will be on Monday, January 22nd and Tuesday, January 23rd.

REMINDER —Swan’s Pumpkin Farm Field Trip     When:  Tuesday, October 3rd  

Where: Swan’s Pumpkin Farm in Franksville, please meet right at Swan’s!         Time:  9:15-11:15

Agenda:  We will meet at 9:15 a.m., please make sure you are on time.  We will meet as a group by the front entrance.  Please do not walk in to Swan’s without a teacher.  Our field trip starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 11:15 a.m.  Also, see below for more details on what is included in the field trip.  After the field trip has ended, feel free to stay longer if you wish!  You can also view website at

Registration closed on September 20th.   If you have any questions about your reservation or need to make changes please see the desk immediately.   

Absences:  If your child will be absent, please notify our front desk if you are aware of the date.  If your child is sick and cannot attend school, please call us the morning of so we can notify our teachers.  If a student does not arrive by 9:15a.m., our front desk will call to see if your child is coming that day.  We do not refund you if your child misses a school day.  We allow students to make up any missed days if there is space available on a different day.  There is a maximum of 2 times per semester.   If your child attends all 4 days of our preschool, they are only allowed to make-up by attending the other classes listed above that The Academy offers.  Please remember that make-up classes are optional and The Academy offers this as a courtesy.  We need a one week notice to schedule a make-up.

Preschool Fall Festival Costume Event:  Parents are invited to attend our fall festival on Tuesday, October 24th & Wednesday, October 25th at 11am in Studio B (next to preschool room). The students will be singing songs for our families. The students should bring costumes to class (please do not wear them to school). Our teachers will help the students put their costumes on. Please do not have your student wear a scary costume. Also, we do not want students bringing any accessories that need to be held in their hands (swords, fairy wands etc.) as they will be using their hands during our songs.

The Academy will hand out a pre-packaged treat for each child to take home.   If you do not want your child to receive a treat, please let us know!

Field Trips:  We will update you monthly with our upcoming field trips.  Some field trips take place on site at the preschool, while others are held off site.  Parents are responsible for transportation of their children to offsite field trips.  If you would like your child to participate in a field trip, but do not have transportation available, please see the front desk and we can help arrange carpooling with another parent.  We will notify you of specific times, cost and descriptions of field trips in our Monthly Newsletters.

Fire Department Visits:  Our local fire departments will be stopping in at The Academy. They will give a presentation about fire prevention. Students who do not normally attend school on this day, can still come in on this day for the presentation but a parent must stay with the child and leave after the presentation. Any parents are welcome to attend the presentation. Please note that the fire departments have advised us that they may have to reschedule if they receive a fire call on our scheduled day. Unfortunately this could be a last minute decision.

Oak Creek Fire Department Visit at Preschool ~ Tentative Date: Monday, October 23rd (subject to emergency call). They will talk about fire prevention and view fire truck. 

Optional Scholastic Book Orders: 

If you are interested in purchasing books through Scholastic, please visit the website listed below.

Shop Online: One-Time Class Activation Code: ML8VQ

We place our orders on the 15th of every month.   Please order by midnight on the 14th to be included on that month’s order.

Encouraging reading is one of the most important things we can do to help your child succeed. It can be tough finding the right books to keep them interested, which is why we are so excited that our class will be participating in Scholastic Reading Club this school year!


We are still waiting on dates for our field trips and our in house presentations.  Here is a list of things we are trying to plan for.  We will update our newsletters as we receive information.


  • Oak Creek Fire Department Visit at Preschool ~  October 23rd – They will talk about fire prevention and view fire truck.
  • South Milwaukee Public Library ~ November TBD – meeting w/ Youth Librarian
  • Oak Creek Police Department Visit at Preschool ~January TBD– Program is “Charlie Check First”
  • Dental Health Program at Preschool ~ February TBD – @ APA
  • Falk Park Nature Center ~ March TBD 9:30a-10:30a  Cost:  $3 p/p child or adults
  • Chasing Tales ~ May TBD 9am-11am  Cost:  $7 per child, parents are free.  Our session will be “Free Play”.

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