Almond Acres Hosting Auction at Warbirds Museum on Nov. 15

Almond Acres Hosting Auction at Warbirds Museum on Nov. 15

PASO ROBLES — Almond Acres Charter Academy is hosting its annual benefit auction at the Estrella Warbirds Museum on Nov. 15, from 6 to 10 p.m. This year’s auction will help raise essential funds which benefit AACA’s Project Based Learning, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics), and athletics programs. AACA will highlight their Fund-A-Need goals and gift their students with materials, field trips, and hands-on experiences to help them grow.

The event will provide opportunities for attendees to meet everyone involved with the school and network with other community members. Tickets are $50 which includes finger foods by Chris Beckett and Katie Castillo of Roots on Railroad, music by Sparrow Entertainment, beer and wine, and access to both silent and live auctions. The theme for this year’s auction is “Top Gun” — dress is semi-formal, contemporary or 80s style.

The event is sponsored by Pankey Ventures and The Partridge Family Olive Company. Auction items have been donated by local businesses.

Tickets can be purchased by Nov. 1 by visiting TheAlmondAcresAuction.com. For more information, visit the AACA website at AlmondAcres.com or call the office at 805-467-2095.

via: The Paso Robles Press

Almond Acres Charter Academy closes escrow on new school site

Almond Acres Charter Academy closes escrow on new school site

–Almond Acres Charter Academy closed escrow on a 3.1-acre property on 1145 Niblick Road Friday, Aug. 30, 2019.

The tuition-free public charter school serves 240 students in North SLO County and will be relocating to Paso Robles where 70-percent of its families reside.

“I’ve been a part of the facility team for five years,” said AACA Board President Samer Mohamed. “We’ve been actively looking for a home that we can call our own in which we can grow and thrive as a school.”

After a seven-year search for a property that met the school’s budget and safety requirements, the facilities team can now focus on the project’s next steps.

“The fact that we are going to be in a permanent structure building with our own playground and our own activity field is exciting,” Perino said. “We will have the resources we need to fully execute the educational programing that Mr. B and his team have developed.”

Perino said that he is excited to get moving on developing the blueprint design and construction of the school’s new location, with a swift goal of opening for instruction in Fall 2021.

“Now that we have closed escrow, the real work begins,” Perino said. “We will be working with our bond issuer, the City of Paso Robles, Paso Robles Unified as well as San Miguel Joint Unified school districts, as we move forward with the permitting process and the different approval processes for construction.”

Almond Acres is a tuition-free public charter school that is required to have some of the same fundamental certifications as a traditional public school, Mohamed said.

“The difference [between a charter school and a public school] is we have some more flexibility in how we can teach and what type of curriculum we can offer,” said Mohamed.

When asked about the learning environment at the charter academy Executive Director Bob Bourgault, also known as Mr. B said. “Learning is something you do, not something that happens to you. We spend a lot of time helping each child understand how they’re smart.”

Almond Acres is currently accepting enrollment applications for grade levels K-7. Tours are available upon request. For more information, visit almondacres.com.

Via: Paso Robles Daily News

Almond Acres Academy celebrates eighth grade promotion

Almond Acres Academy celebrates eighth grade promotion

Almond Acres Charter Academy celebrated the promotion to high school of their eighth grade class on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. The celebration was held in the Lillian Larsen Gymnasium in San Miguel at 4 p.m. This is the fifth year the academy has had an eighth grade class being promoted to high school, and the San Luis Obispo County community was invited to participate and attend the celebration.

While the eighth grade class stated that they are looking forward to new opportunities in high school, the students also reflected on their experience at the small, close-knit charter school. Some of their favorite activities this year included girls volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and Art in the Dark–an evening art show the class organized and hosted. “We’ve become family,” they said, “and made some great memories.”

The eighth graders may be taking the next step toward their future, but they will be leaving their own mark on the charter school campus. “At Almond Acres Charter Academy, we place a high value on helping students recognize and implement their natural talents to make a difference in both their school and community,” said Bob Bourgault, Executive Director.  As such, the graduating 8th graders spent numerous hours giving back with their time and abilities.  Many in the class helped organize and implement a canned food drive, week-long childhood cancer awareness activities and fundraising, along with cleaning up the middle school quad and schoolwide makerspace.  They also planted a sunflower garden as their lasting gift. The 8th graders will forever be remembered for their contributions to both their school and community.

Via Paso Robles Press

5th Grade team returns to global tournament

5th Grade team returns to global tournament

Almond Acres Charter Academy’s Ready Set Go Destination Imagination Team has qualified once again to compete at the Destination Imagination Global Finals Tournament in Kansas City, MO, May 22 through May 25.

Ready Set Go is a team of fifth grade students competing in the Project Outreach/Service Learning Challenge. For their service project they chose to raise funds for Lifewater International. The team received first place at the Regional Tournament on Feb. 23 and was also awarded the Renaissance Award, an honor for teams whose solutions have exceptional and outstanding skills in engineering, design, and performance. They placed third at the State Tournament on April 6, earning their invitation to Global Finals. The team members are: Lauren Fash, John “Jack” Hamon, Van Ogorsolka, and Kaile’a Stoltzfus.

In order to attend, the team is seeking sponsors to help cover the tournament fees and travel expenses associated with the trip. The team would like to thank Central Coast Home Health, Inc. and the Pritt family for being a primary sponsor. If you have interest in sponsoring this team, please contact Jill Ogorsolka at jill@almondacres.com or call the school directly at 805-467-2095. Almond Acres Charter Academy is a 501(c)(3), and all donations are tax deductible.

Via: Paso Robles Daily News

Elementary students bring Doctor Dolittle to life with a musical production

Elementary students bring Doctor Dolittle to life with a musical production

Paso Robles, CA – A cast of 55 students from Almond Acres Charter Academy starred in the musical, Doctor Dolittle Junior.  The production was held at the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation Berg Auditorium and was directed by Claire Fundaro.  

“Almond Acres offers a unique opportunity for their students through the process of production. The lessons that are taught in theatre will impact all aspects of these students’ lives.  They’re given the chance to grow their confidence from auditioning, to rehearsing in front of their peers, and to the final product which creates a strong character within them. The process is invaluable, and I’m so grateful to be a part of the magic that only Theatre can create,” said Claire Fundaro.  

With only two weeks of rehearsals, the students were show-ready.  Parents and students worked together behind the scenes to construct sets, props, and design costumes.  

“When I auditioned for Dr. Dolittle, I said I did not want to sing a solo at all, whatsoever.  I would have never built up that courage if I hadn’t been given this opportunity. Now I have that skill which I am very grateful for,” said Summer Colegrove, who was cast as Dr. Dolittle.

The production was made possible with the support of local individuals and businesses namely the Barber, Beckett, Bojorquez, and Stoltzfus Families, Joyce Vertrees, Gena Beckett and Jill Ponti, Realtors with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hallmark Realty in downtown Paso Robles.  Raffle prizes were donated by Berry Hill Bistro, Central Coast Aquarium, Charles Paddock Zoo, Designs by Dena, Pappy McGregor’s, and Park Cinemas.

Almond Acres is charter school located in San Miguel that has a Visual and Performing Arts Program.  In addition to an annual theatre production, they also host an annual art show and an annual talent show.  The school also contracts with local artists to teach drama, choir, art, instrumental, and vocal classes.

Almond Acres Charter Academy accepting K-8 students

Almond Acres Charter Academy accepting K-8 students

Jan. 15 marks the start of Almond Acres Charter Academy’s open enrollment period for the 2019-2020 school year. During this time, those interested in attending Almond Acres Charter Academy (AACA) next year are encouraged to submit a request for enrollment which can be found on the AACA website www.almondacres.com. Requests for K-8th grade are being accepted. Open enrollment will extend through March 15. If at the end of open enrollment there are more applicants than spaces available in any grade level, then a random public lottery will take place on Thursday, March 28, 2019. After March 15, requests will be taken and classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

AACA is hosting campus tours and enrollment presentations in the coming months. These will provide the opportunity to meet with Executive Director, Bob Bourgault, and learn about AACA’s philosophy and framework.

Campus Tours and Enrollment Presentations at AACA (1601 “L” Street in San Miguel):

  • Jan. 24 at 8 a.m.
  • Feb. 21 at 8 a.m.
  • March 7 at 8 a.m.
  • March 14 at 8 a.m.

For more information, visit the AACA website at www.almondacres.com or call the office at (805) 467-2095.

Via: Paso Robles Daily News