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Weekly Update, 9-20-2012: Touch the World and More!

on September 20, 2012

Touch the World!

I can not express my gratitude for the support of those who participated in Touch the World enough!! Thank you for supporting your children and our classroom by coming to our event, supporting their practice and prep at home, buying tickets, and/or bringing family members to the event. I am so proud of how well the students from Room 125 did for their stage debut!  I am glad they got to share their hard work with so many families and friends. This event was a big step for building our community of students, teachers, parents, and friends…and we raised a good amount of money!  The PayPal will remain open on this site through the end of September for those who still wish to make donations, but as of last night we raised $1589!!!  WOW. Split between the classrooms this will bring about $300 to our classroom for apps for our new iPads. I am so grateful for all of our support, and thrilled to be able to bring our technology and inclusion dreams to life!  I will keep you posted on our projects. Thanks again for your tremendous amount of support last night. I will post some pictures for everyone to see at left:)

Recess Buddies

This week was the first week of our Recess Buddies program (check out the Recess Buddies tab at left if you are not familiar with the program). While it will take a week or two to get a solid schedule, and more time to get into a steady routine, I am excited that the second year of this great program is on a role! Our 5th grade mentors seem excited, and I’ve seen the Room 125 kids already having fun with their new friends on the playground. Once our schedule is established, I will let you know who your child’s Buddies are so you can talk about them at home. Until then, continue to talk to your child about good ways to play with friends, and to remember that their Buddies are their friends!

A Few Classroom Routine Updates:

1. The Learning Tree: Every day as a part of the morning routine, each student puts their name on the Learning Tree in our classroom. The first few weeks of school the focus was the word “on”, as in “put your name on the tree”. This week we introduced the concept of top and bottom, as we put our name “on top of the tree”. You can work on this concept at home by labeling the tops and bottoms of objects, people, buildings, really anything!  Just point the top or bottom out to your child. You could even make a game by putting things on the top or bottom of something. You could even label tops and bottoms around the house with “Top” and “Bottom” sticky notes, which would also promote sight word reading.

2. Letter of the Week: This week we talked about the letter B. Next week will be C. Help your child learn the letter of the week by finding in in books or on signs, or writing it when you color or do homework.

3. Science: As you know, this year we started science in Room 125. This is a great time for group hands-on learning and communication. This week we talked about the word “explore” while we explored bubbles in a variety of ways. Everyone seemed to enjoy making bubbles with homemade wands or straws and waterbottles in the water. Check out the pictures at left to see the fun.

Pick Up and Drop Off

As a reminder the bell for the start of school rings at 8:45am. If you come to school after that time, you will need to sign in at the office. Your child can come to the room as early as 8:30am for breakfast, but no earlier than that. This is especially important because I often have meetings in the morning and will not be in the room until 8:30. If you come early to school you can wait with your child in the cafeteria until 8:30.

School ends at 3:30pm. If you need to pick your child up prior to 3:30, make sure to stop by the office before coming to the room to sign them out.  If you pick up your child, meet me by the cement picnic table by the large playground out back at 3:30pm.  

Let me know if you have any questions!

Teacher Support

I want to update you on some teacher learning I am able to participate in this year. Partly in relation to my efforts with some other teachers to build a strong community among the teachers of students with autism in the district (e.g. Touch the World), many of the teachers in DPS have agreed to meet monthly for a 2.5 hour class/collaboration to learn and share methods and ideas for teaching students with autism. We had our first class this Monday, and it was phenomenal. It was great to be able to talk with other similar teachers, and I learned a lot of things that will benefit the students in Room 125.  I am excited to continue to learn and grow as a teacher for your wonderful children.

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