Kudos for Phoenix!

The name of this student has been changed and this email is being shared with permission of the parent.

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Sent: February-21-14 1:55 PM
To: info@phoenixfoundation.ca
Subject: Kudos to the Phoenix staff!

Dear Diana, Jill and Kim,

I have been meaning to send an e-mail to you for some time, but a recent occurrence has spurred me to make the time.

Although I looked at several homeschooling supports for grade 1, I decided that Phoenix Foundation would continue to meet the needs of our family. The main reason for this is the music teachers that Phoenix has on staff. No other homeschooling foundation that I looked at provide access to music education. Music not only provides education in the arts, but also in math, history, language arts and geography. Therefore, it was important to me that SARAH continue her piano lessons as a portion of her curriculum.

Furthermore, many of the homeschooling supports focus on technology. While I appreciate technology has some merit in education, I don’t believe that it should be the primary focus, especially in the lower grades. I believe that education at this stage should avoid virtual reality and provide more hands on opportunities.

My daughter struggles with transitions; she has difficulty in new environments and does not appreciate change. Recently, Vanessa’s music room was relocated within the Phoenix Foundation facility. Vanessa anticipated SARAH’s adverse reaction to this change and met us at the entrance for SARAH’s piano lesson. She sat with SARAH and explained the transition and hugged SARAH while she worked through her grief.  Vanessa then told SARAH that she needed help in creating memories in the new music room. They proceeded into the music room where they spent half an hour exploring the space together; playing the piano, seeing where everything belonged in the new room, what the differences were, even playing some of the instruments introduced in kindergarden. I applaud Vanessa’s foresight (and insight) in SARAH’s reaction to the change. I wanted to express my gratitude to Vanessa for the understanding and compassion she showed SARAH during this transition. These qualities in the staff is the reason we continue to attend Phoenix Foundation.

Thank you all for the support you have shown us over the past year and a half.

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You are so welcome! This is just one example of the kind of love, care and nurturing we do everyday at Phoenix!

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