April 2020

April 19th Updates:

Dear Tiger Academy Families,

Governor Ron DeSantis announced yesterday that school campuses throughout Florida will remain closed for the rest of the school year. Therefore, we will continue implementing our home-based virtual education program for the remainder of this school year.

Since the beginning of this initiative, we have endeavored to ensure that all of our families have computers and laptops to most effectively participate in their classes. If you have not received a tablet or laptop please call the school at (904) 309-6840 on Monday morning after 9am.

Thank you to parents, teachers and students who have made the best of a difficult and unexpected situation. While we all look forward to a time when we can return to the classroom, we want to ensure that our scholars continue to grow academically and connect socially during this difficult pandemic season. Please continue to follow the academic platforms available.

I know this has not been easy on your families, but in the face of this difficulty, you have risen to the occasion. Stay safe, keep your minds active and continue to follow social distancing guidelines. We will provide additional information regarding this school year in next in future communication.


Charles McWhite, Principal

April 7th Updates:

Additional resources:
Feeding Northeast Florida Distribution List by County: COVID-19-Response-FNEFL-Agencies-Open-as-of-4 1 2020-Sheet1

Financial Assistance

April 2nd Updates:

Teacher Planning Day:
This Friday, April 3rd is our Teacher Planning Day. There will be no school tomorrow. Enjoy a much needed break from teaching!!!

Virtual Counseling:
Mr. Kevin Goolsby- Tiger students can receive free counseling through Google Meet/Google Hangout with our Clinical Mental Health Counselor Mr. Goolsby. He has worked with our students in Team-Up/After school for the past couple of years. If you would like for your child to continue receiving services virtually, or sign up your child for initial services, please complete:
Telehealth Consultation 03-30-2020 (003)
Telehealth Emergency Plan 03-30-2020 (002)
Telemedicine Informed Consent 04-01-2020
At this time, there will ONLY be individual counseling services offered virtually.
Once you have completed the forms you can scan/email or take a picture and email to Ms. Tardif at jtardif@fcymca.org and she will get you set up. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ms. Tardif via email.

Farm Share:
In the upcoming events section is a list of Farm Share Food Distribution dates and locations. Here is the website for more information: http://farmshare.org/food-distributions/

iPad HELP!:
How to install apps on an iPad via the Meraki App. Look for the Meraki app icon on your iPad.
Tap once on the Meraki icon to open the app.
Tap once on ‘Apps’ at the bottom of the screen.
Scroll up to see all apps, if any, that are to be installed.
Tap on the icon that looks like a “cloud with an arrow pointing down” to start the install.
If you are asked to enter a password, enter Tiger679.
You might see a second pop-up message for the app to be installed. Tap on ‘Install’ again.
Once the apps are installed, you should be able to easily find them on your iPad.
If you should need any further assistance, please call the First Coast YMCA IT Department at 904.265.1840, and select Option 2.

Senior Pen Pal Program:
Ms. Harrell is looking for student volunteers in 3rd-5th grade to participate in a Pen Pal program with a local senior living facility. This is a great way for students to brighten someone’s day during a time when our elderly population is more isolated than ever. To sign up or learn more about the program, please contact Ms. Harrell: kharrell@fcymca.org

Virtual Garden Club:
Ms. McKenzie, our Health Education AmeriCorps Member, has started a Virtual Garden Club on Google Classrooms for any family who would like to join (the code is: 2isqxdx). If you have any questions, please contact her via email: medwards@fcymca.org

Community Resource for Older Siblings:
WJCT is airing at home learning television programming for middle and high school students. Each weekday on WJCT 7.1 (Comcast 8 & 440), from 11AM – 6PM, teachers, parents, and students will find standards-based educational programming to enhance their at home learning experience. Click here to see this week’s schedule.

Online Family Game Night:
Next Thursday, April 9th, Tiger Academy will host an online game night. You will have 24 hours to complete the games at your convenience! I will send out directions and links to the games on that day!