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Employment and College Prep – March 7, 2015

Our March 7th event was packed with employment and college preparation activities! We were delighted to welcome our friends from Washingtonians for Children, a division of FEDCAP, to our March 7th event at the CFSA building. Also attending was our partner from Sara Start Fund, which serves older foster youth while they are in college. [...]

By | 2016-10-25T17:47:00+00:00 March 11th, 2015|FSGWA|0 Comments

June 2014 – DCFS Nutrition and Education for Foster Teens

Robin Menard and Gerardo Marzariegos - Showing First Star Foster Teens how to prepare nutritious mealsGood morning, everyone!


I can't imagine a better way to begin the beautiful month of June than to be with our wonderful Academy students!  Thanks to Director Brenda Donald, Mr. Damian Miller and Mr. Antonio Dunklee who hosted us at the Child and Family Services Agency building, we were offered an AMAZING seminar of preparing Nutritious Meals on a Tight Budget.  The fantastic Meriwether Godsey culinary and nutrition education team,  Robin Menard (director of dining at Sidwell Friends School), Gerardo Marzariegos (dining service manager at Seed School of DC), Sarah Barge (registered dietician) and Rebecca Cunningham, Executive Chef, Sidwell Friends School) gave us a presentation that should have been filmed for the Food Network!  We discussed the elements of “My Food Plate” and how to combine fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains and daily products for balanced and healthy nourishment. 

By | 2016-10-25T17:47:06+00:00 June 2nd, 2014|FSGWA|0 Comments

Reading Plus Pre-Assessments

 Good morning,


We love the George Washington University- our university! Mount Vernon campus ROCKS!


Saturday was another perfect day for us as we all gathered at West Hall to take our Reading Plus pre-assessments on-line. Ms. Heidi Munkacsy and Dr. Colette Coleman graciously gave us everything we needed, including the huge room and internet access so that we could efficiently prepare for our summer curriculum. Thank you so much

By | 2015-04-29T16:12:04+00:00 May 11th, 2014|FSGWA|0 Comments

Community Service – Piedmont EDGE

Good morning,


We had a fabulous day at the Pitch in on the Piedmont EDGE community service event on Saturday, April 26th, 2014.  We are so grateful to our terrific partners at the EDGE Mason Center for Team and Organization Learning program and George Mason University

By | 2016-10-25T17:47:07+00:00 April 28th, 2014|FSGWA|0 Comments

Day with Microsoft – Director’s Blog

We are most grateful to our hosts at the Microsoft store at Pentagon City for our technology training day.


We are very excited about this new partnership with Microsoft, thanks to Ms. LaSone Barber, and this was a great start. We began our morning reviewing our laptops and preparing for our computer clean-up courtesy of the Microsoft technicians.

By | 2016-10-25T17:47:07+00:00 March 3rd, 2014|FSGWA|0 Comments

National Aquarium Visit, January 4, 2014

Good morning to all,

Baltimore National Aquarium First Star Academy VisitI apologize for my terrible delay sending this report.  I was without my computer on a trip last week and then it crashed on this past Monday. At last I have it repaired and I am back in action! 
The National Aquarium at Baltimore Harbor was unbelievable!  We spent hours and hours observing the wildlife and sea animals of the world.  We felt like we had traveled to Australia, Antarctica, the coastal beaches, Atlantic Shelf, the kelp forests, tidal marshes and the South American rain forests!  We learned how animals adapt constantly to their environments in order to survive.  We learned about food webs, how animals protect themselves and their territories, and what we need to do to be good stewards to the precious Earth and all her creatures! 

By | 2016-10-25T17:47:07+00:00 January 16th, 2014|FSGWA|0 Comments

FSGWAcademy at Washington Arts, December 7, 2013

 Happy Snowy Day!

The Arts Club of Washington was awesome! What an amazing place filled with amazing people and beautiful art. Even the architecture of the surprisingly large building was magnificent. We are indebted to Ms. Conici Blount, who is herself an accomplished artist, for arranging for us to experience our day at such a wonderful location. We were treated like kings and queens the entire day. Ms. Jenna Beebe, Caretaker, ensured we would be pampered all day and we were!

By | 2016-10-25T17:47:07+00:00 December 9th, 2013|FSGWA|0 Comments

Directors Report May 19, 2013

Good morning,

Foster Academy Kids LearningAll of us at the First Star Greater Washington Academy concluded that our May 19th event was probably one of the most powerful and meaningful times we have had together.  After students refreshed themselves with fresh orange juice and bananas, we began the day with a deep yoga exercise to promote openness for contemplative thinking.  We discussed May Foster Care Awareness Month and how we each have to engage in sharing knowledge and advocacy for what we are doing and needing in our lives.  The four students who performed at the Arena Stage last Friday shared their play's mission and everyone had a chance to look at the “Building Blocks” of their own lives, as well as discuss the “Moving Targets” in life and how we each “Carry On”.  

By | 2016-10-25T17:47:12+00:00 May 20th, 2013|FSGWA|0 Comments