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Weekly Update: 10-3-13

on October 3, 2013

Hello there!

I am going to add a few more thoughts to our update earlier this week. Make sure to check out that post (below this one) if you haven’t already!

1. Morning Routine-starting tomorrow we are going to transform the morning routine. We have chopped down the Learning Tree to pave way to more relevant learning. The tree is not as meaningful this year, so now that we have our feet under us in so many other ways, it is time to move on. Students’ morning task will now be at the “name table” and the goal is to work on IEP/social skills more directly relevant to each student. Some will be working on answering the question “what is your name?” Others will be working on writing their name and possibly the date. This is a work in progress, but I wanted to give you a heads up for the morning and also to let you know that I am addressing this team to make it more meaningful for each student.

2. Touch the World-Last year I participated in a community fundraiser with other DPS teachers of students with autism. We called it Touch the World and its intent was to raise money for our classrooms to use towards technology and/or inclusion projects. This was a fun event where our families and friends came together to celebrate our amazing kids. Each class also performed for the group. There are many more details which I will provide as they unfold, but right now I want you to mark you calendar for Friday November 1st at 6pm. The event will be held at the Mercury Cafe again, and we will be doing a dance to our favorite classroom song (“Where Do You Start Your Letters?”). If you know that you are going to be unable to attend, please let me know as soon as possible. Otherwise get excited for this great new tradition!

3. As mentioned previously, we will be starting Recess Buddies next week. I would like the 5th graders to spend a few weeks getting to know their Buddies, then I would like to organize a parent event like last year where you can (if willing and able) come in and meet the 5th graders, talk about your child, and answer questions they may have. This event had a great impact on the kids last year, as they got to learn more about their Buddy and seemed to enjoy meeting their parents. I’ll let you know when we’re ready to organize this!

4. Check out the calendar tab for upcoming events. Picture day is next week! If you have any tips on how to help your child smile for a camera, please let me know. We’ll practice!

I guess this post including a lot of “coming soon”….let me know if you have any questions but also know that I will let you know more as time goes by.

Have a great day!

-Ms Wales

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