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Comments From the Co-Chairs

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.



Co-Chair George Merjano
Co-Chair Anne-Marie Vanniasinkam
Secretary Julie Fwu
Finance Officer James Chang
Treasurer Tracy Lee
Fundraising Coordinator Wendy Zamarripa
Fundraising Coordinator Debbie Grage
Parent Volunteer Coordinator Maggie Poon

Parent Volunteer Coordinator

Loralee MacDonald
Marketing Coordinator Mitch Bathke
Marketing Coordinator

Tamara Sanderson Low

Technology Coordinator Rakesh Shah


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.



PROPOSED 2018-2019 Meeting Dates
Tuesday, 9/18/18 at 6:00 pm Board Meeting Library
Tuesday, 10/16/18 at 6:00 pm Board Meeting Library
Tuesday, 10/16/18 at 7:00 pm Parent Meeting FOCUS First Grade Classroom
Tuesday, 11/13/18 at 6:00 pm Board Meeting Library
Tuesday, 1/15/19 at 6:00 pm Board Meeting Library
Tuesday, 1/15/19 at 7:00 pm Parent Meeting

FOCUS First Grade Classroom

Wednesday, 2/06/19 at 6:00 pm Mandatory Orientation MPR
Wednesday, 2/06/19 7:00 pm Board Meeting MPR
Tuesday, 3/19/19 6:00PM Board Meeting Library
Tuesday, 4/16/19 6:00 pm Board Meeting Library
Tuesday, 4/16/19 at 7:00 pm Parent Meeting FOCUS First Grade Classroom


Board Meetings are 1 hour: 6:00-7:00 PM
Parent Meetings are 1 hour: 7:00-8:00 PM.

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