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Stuffed Bear Party

Stuffed Bear Party will donate 10% of party proceeds to the FOCUS Program for FOCUS families that book a party with us.  Visit for more information. 



Parent Involvement:

When we think about what makes FOCUS an outstanding educational experience for our children, three things come to mind:

  • Exceptional, committed, creative teachers
  • Educational enrichment through para-professionals, field trips, second-language instruction, performing arts, etc.
  • Parent involvement through volunteering, donations, and participation on the Board and at Parent Meetings

Family unity and a sense of community are keys to the program goal to educate the whole child. Our community -- with staff, students and parents working together -- makes FOCUS a unique program.


We invite and strongly encourage all parents to attend the Parent Meetings, where priorities and programs are reviewed and approved. This is an important way to stay informed and to play an active role in your child's education and a chance to interact with the FOCUS teachers and other parents.


About Focus

The Focus program at Neil Armstrong School is an alternative education program that features:

  • Parent participation in the classroom.
  • Students in the program loop for two years with the same teacher for K-1 and then again for 2-3.
  • Second language instruction.
  • Educational enrichment through field trips, performing arts and holiday experiences.
  • Additional paraprofessional help in the classrooms.

Class curriculum is standardized by the district.  In support of the FOCUS whole-child educational philosophy the program endeavors to provide the above enhancements, through fundraising and volunteer time.  Should our fundraising efforts not be sufficient to provide these enhancements, adjustments to the program will be made as decided by the parent group.  Please contact a board member for more information.

FOCUS Alternative Program


2015-2016 Meeting Dates
Tuesday, 9/08/15 at 6:30 pm Board Meeting Library
Tuesday, 10/06/15 at 6:00 pm Board Meeting Library 
Tuesday, 10/06/15 at 7:00 pm Parent Meeting FOCUS First Grade Classroom
Tuesday, 11/10/15 at 6:30 pm Board Meeting Library 
Tuesday, 1/12/16 at 6:00 pm Board Meeting Library 
Tuesday, 1/12/16 at 7:00 pm Parent Meeting

FOCUS First Grade Classroom

Thursday, 01/21/2016 5:00 pm Board Meeting FOCUS Second Grade Classroom
Tuesday, 02/02/2016 6:30PM Parent Meeting FOCUS Second Grade Classroom
Wednesday, 02/24/2016, 6:00 PM Orientation - New Parent Meeting MPR
Wednesday, 2/24/16 at 7:00 pm Board Meeting MPR - After Orientation Meeting
Tuesday, 3/08/16 at 6:30 pm Board Meeting Library 
Tuesday, 4/12/16 at 6:00 pm Board Meeting Library 
Tuesday, 4/12/16 at 7:00 pm Parent Meeting FOCUS First Grade Classroom
Tuesday, 5/10/16 at 6:30 pm Board Meeting Library 
Thursday, 06/02/16 at 6:45 pm Parent Meeting MPR (before FOCUS Graduation)




Position Name Email


Kimberly Ehrlich

Rebecca Spiros Hoyer


Anne-Marie Vanniasinkam

Finance Officer Dave Barry 
Secretary Anita Jain



Loralee MacDonald
Kathy MacLean


Eric Mau


Elaine Oliquiano



Focus Staff

DeNardi, MaryAnne
Para Professional
Dulle, Peggy
1st Grade Teacher
Forsythe, Sherry
Kindergarten Teacher
Gann, Bill
3rd Grade Teacher
Robinson, Sue
2nd Grade Teacher
Swisher, Lisa

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