What's going on in Room 125?

Another Weekly Update! 11-19-15

Hello! Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

If you have a moment to share some of your Thanksgiving traditions, I would love to talk about them tomorrow during social studies to help students make connections between our lesson and their own life. As always, I’d love to use this information to help facilitate conversation with friends!

No school all next week! Enjoy!

We started a new classroom reward system this week, focused on rewarding appropriate behavior in “class” (e.g. inclusion time). You can see this on the bulletin board in our Free Choice area. When students come back from class, I always ask how it went and/or what they did. I now make a bigger point about checking in with their behavior charts and/or paras to see if they followed the rules. If they did, they earn a sticker. Once they fill up their chart (10 stickers), they can earn “movie time.” My hope is this will create a more consistent reward system, demonstrating the ties between the two classrooms, and allowing for public celebration.

We also built a word wall! If you’re ever in the room you can take a peek at some of the sight words we’re working on.

I am truly grateful to work with such incredible children and families. Enjoy your break and let me know if you have any questions!

-Ms Wales

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Weather Info

A message from Ms Whitelock concerning weather delays and closures:

Edison Community,

With a snow storm on the way, we want to make sure that parents understand the DPS/Edison Weather Delay and Closure policies.

Introducing Weather Delay Schedule for Identified Schools: In the event of adverse weather conditions that would impede the Transportation Department’s ability to safely access students, a  “Weather Delay Schedule for Identified Schools” will be implemented beginning this school year. The goal for this delay schedule is to provide buses/students an additional 60 minutes to access schools that start at 8:30 a.m. or later. If DPS has a Weather Delay, school will begin at Edison for ALL students at 9:40 AM. Morning buses will begin pickups at bus stops 1 hour later than the normal pick up time. Kaleidoscope will provide day care for students from 6:30 AM until 9:40 AM when school starts. Breakfast will still be served to students as they arrive to school.

School Closing: If schools are to be closed due to weather conditions, the district is committed to making a decision as early as possible. The decision to   close is made by the Superintendent based on information provided by representatives from transportation agencies, the weather bureau, city and   county law enforcement and DPS Transportation. If school is cancelled, this information will be communicated in the following ways: local television and radio stations,   dpsk12.org, the district ‘s  Facebook   and   Twitter   pages.

Severe Weather During School Day: DPS will closely monitor severe weather conditions and forecasts throughout the day to ensure student   safety.  Should severe weather begin during the school day, bus routes will run in the same order as normally followed in the afternoon. Depending on   conditions, arrival times at home may be delayed.  After-school activities (athletic events, enrichment programs, Kaleidoscope, etc.) may be modified or cancelled as a result of the weather conditions. Edison will send IC messages to communicate school closures during the school day.

Please stay warm and safe in the storm.  Please call Edison’s office at 720-424-7780 with any additional questions.

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“Weekly” Update: 11-12-15


Thank you to everyone who came to conferences last week! It was great to touch base with all of you and learn more about your families. Thank you for sharing and helping to brainstorm new ideas.

This week we started a new schedule fully accounting for our new team. Field trips and illness were obstacles for it to be in full effect, but I am excited about some of the changes. One of the biggest changes is having students go to lunch with their grade level instead of a segregated table. This is a natural way to have students be more included in the school community. Recess Buddies are doing great with the changes–I am constantly impressed and proud of this group of Buddies. They go above and beyond with responsibility and compassion, and a solid group of them give me constant feedback about the goings-ons at recess and how to support their Buddy.

Our 2nd grade friends during “Friendship Time” also continue to amaze me. This week we switched gears during this time a bit. For the past several weeks we have played games or had less structured time with the friends. This week, I started teaching a social skills lesson. This week we worked on introductions and it was incredible! We practiced saying “Hi, my name  is_____,” and “Nice to meet you” and shaking hands. We also practiced introducing a friend who doesn’t talk. I wish I had it on film for you! Every student in this group participated to their ability. Several of the students in this room are also going above and beyond in helping others as needed. I love the growing engagement between the students in this class and others!

We switched from Social Studies to Science and are learning about “Community.” Some big ideas we talk about are how people in a community live or work together, help each other, and use nice actions. We talked about important people in Edison’s community and now are learning about a community in Kenya.

Make sure to stay up to date on Edison happenings in Thursday folders and on the website. Next Wednesday is PJ Day–bring a dollar to raise money for the annual Penny Harvest. Next Friday is Thanksgiving Lunch and the Science Fair.

We are in need of classroom snacks! Each day we work on choice making and meeting basic needs with our “Snack or Art” time. If anyone is willing to send in a stock of snacks for the class for this time, we would much appreciate it! Favorites are goldfish, Cheerios, and crackers. We are open to new things, though! Also, if anyone has an old/spare digital clock laying around, we could give it a job!

Finally, a note about First Friday. As you know, I do a lot of “PR” in this school, talking to students and teachers about my class and how to support and include my students. I have been given the opportunity to present to all students at December’s First Friday Assembly. I have plenty to say already, but am curious about your perspective as a parent. I would love to know, if there was one thing you’d want the entire school to know about your child/children with autism/Room 125, what would it be?

Please reach out with questions, feedback, or ideas! Thanks for all you do!

-Ms Wales

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Please Welcome Ms. Katherine!

Great news! Our new paraprofessional, Ms. Katherine, started in Room 125 today! This week she will be learning about our classroom and students by shadowing each of the existing team members. We will look to starting a slightly new schedule with this additional adult in the next few weeks. Please help welcome Ms Katherine to our classroom community…feel free to introduce yourself if I miss the introduction!

Thank you!

-Ms Wales

PS See post below for conference schedule confirmation. I’ll see you tomorrow or Thursday!

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