Protecting each other and the ones we love.
In Wichita, in 30 days, shelter in place will be a memory and not the reality of our daily lives. We’ll all look back and have stories to tell. The Fundamental Learning story will be one of love, perseverance and dedication to our students and teachers and children with dyslexia.
Today our story, like all of your stories, is one of protecting each other and the ones we love by being careful and following the recommendations set forth by our local, state and federal governments and our own common sense. It’s been with much sadness that we’ve lost our daily touches with students, parents and each other. But, we are using this time to clean and sanitize the building for everyone’s safe return when we can all be together again.
I am so proud of what Fundamental Learning Center is accomplishing in the midst of this chaos. And I want to share with you the steps we are taking to keep our mission moving forward while keeping everyone safe. We remain dedicated to our Rolph Literacy Academy students, our Teacher Training students, parents and kids who are struggling to read. Using that dedication we’ve found ways to ensure all of our students are still learning when the rest of the world seems at a standstill. Here’s what FLC is doing to ensure that the story you tell about us in 30 days is the story of love, perseverance and dedication.
Fundamental Learning Center, the building, is closed.
Our phone system is forwarding to Sydney and she is answering phone calls, taking messages and ensuring that all lines of communication remain open. Please, if you have a question or need to connect, call us.
Fundamental Learning Center, our heart, is open. I am humbled by the dedication, love and willingness our teachers and staff have shown to find a way to continue the growth and education of all our students.
Virtual Rolph Literacy Academy, VRLA, opens Monday, March 30. Our teachers worked incredibly hard this week to create a virtual learning plan and learn Zoom and Flipgrid to open their virtual classrooms to our students. Teachers will be teaching Alphabetic Phonics and other curricula through the end of the school year. Our kids will not lose the fundamental reading skills they have acquired this year.
RLA continues to accept enrollments for students in our summer programs including Science/Froebel Camp, STEAM Camp and Reading Fundamentals Summer Camp.
We are processing parent contracts for the 2020-2021 school year including current and new students.
We are fortunate we utilize distance learning with WhizIQ for teacher training. We marvel daily at how fortunate we are this portion of our business will not be disrupted by COVID-19 but will continue on as planned.
Our assessors are using Zoom to minimize any disruptions to our scheduled assessments of children. Many parents wait months to have their child assessed and we are keeping their appointments and working with them and their children to help them find answers. How rewarding it is to be able to help during this time.
Our Garden Party has been rescheduled for June 20. Between now and then we are creating an online auction to support funding our scholarships and have a little fun. Stay tuned for more information coming on a signature cocktail to drink while bidding.
On May 5, the Plant Sale with take place at our property for the new school. We plan to celebrate being outside on Cinco de Mayo with a margarita machine, taco truck and beautiful flowers.
We will continue to keep all of you in our FLC family informed of the steps we’re taking to ensure the success of our common goal, All Children Reading, All Children Succeeding, in these most challenging times. Please stay tuned and be on the lookout for more letters from me.
There is so much going on at FLC and VRLA that these next 30 days will fly by!
Nevertheless, we will keep everyone in our thoughts and prayers as we face this difficult challenge and look forward to the day when we can all be face to face again.
Here is a poem by Kitty O'Meara being shared around the world that has given me inspiration the past few days.
I just wanted to share it with you and hope you enjoy it.
“And the people stayed home.
And read books, and listened, and rested,
and exercised, and made art,
and played games, and learned new ways
of being, and were still.
And listened more deeply.
Some meditated, some prayed,
Some met their shadows.
And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living
in ignorant, dangerous, mindless,
and heartless ways,
the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed,
and the people joined together again,
they grieved their losses,
and made new choices,
and dreamed new images,
and created new ways
to live and heal the earth fully,
as they had been healed."
– Kitty O'Meara
You've found one – a child who struggles to grasp letters and numbers. Now you need answers.
You've also found the right place for help. Only here, out of an entire four state area, will you find answers to make a bright future for a child who struggles to learn to read. Welcome to Fundamental Learning Center. And a sigh of relief.
Assess, evaluate, train and teach. That's what we do. We help teach children to read with research-validated curricula, lessons and classroom-tested instruction that clicks with your child's learning style. And our answers also meet the Kansas Dyslexia Task Force recommendations for child and teacher alike.
Fundamental Learning Center was founded by Jeanine Phillips and Gretchen Andeel, both accomplished teachers, instructors of teachers and, most importantly, parents of kiddos with profound dyslexia. Hundreds of thousands of children now read and enjoy an enhanced life because of their efforts. Be one or bring one.
We are a privately funded 501(c)3, educational not-for-profit which serves children having reading, writing, and spelling difficulties which includes children with dyslexia.
Our mission specifically addresses the importance of teaching children to read using structured literacy instruction as well as educating parents, teachers and the community.
Contact us now for help.
The skill of reading requires matching letters to sounds, sounds to words, and words to expression. A jumble of sounds and symbols can become a smooth path to reading if dyslexic individuals are given the proper instruction.