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The First Hope Blog, Week of September 15th

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FOR SEPTEMBER

Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss:

 

PARENT RESOURCES

The Center for Contemporary Dance proudly offers a series of specialty dance classes for students with Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and cerebral palsy, including those requiring the use of a wheelchair.

http://www.thecenterfordance.org/the-school/dance-for-special-needs/ 

TFH/TCS PARENT ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEER SIGN UP

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AALwpE1NELfC-7ZQX3Y2yTJRHIRYYoRlscqbpO2ZLoU/pub

 

A MESSAGE FROM SARAH DONOVAN, DIRECTOR OF THE EXTENDED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. Psalm 20:4 Do you and your family set goals? Goal setting as a family can prioritize, motivate, and help build children’s self-confidence. A useful way to make goals more powerful is to use the SMART acronym. S= Significant, M= Meaningful, A= Action-Oriented, R=Rewarding, and T= Trackable. While there are other versions of this acronym for goal setting, this one is tied specifically to family goal setting. This past year my family and I set the goal of renovating a home. While it was a big undertaking, the blessing of the reward was well worth the task we achieved together. There is beautiful power in working together as a family- what will your family goals be this year?

CLASS AND STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

This past weekend Mason Weinberg earned a bronze medal in his division in the Special Olympics State Golf Competition. Not everyone has the opportunity to podium, so it was a huge accomplishment that he got a medal. Congratulations Mason! We are so very proud of you!

mason-weinberg mason-weinberg-podium

 

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Walkiria Cash

Transitions + Secondary Lead Teacher

Walkiria comes to us with nearly a decade of teaching experience. She is originally from Nicaragua and has been in the US for the last 16 years. Presently, she lives in Orlando with her husband Ron and two children, Sarah and Noah. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, and cooking. One of her favorite bible verses is Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

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PRINCIPAL’S NOTE

The First Hope has had the privilege for the last 2 years to have Max our therapy dog that Mrs. Foss (TCS parent) shares with our Transitions+ students.  We have now added another therapy dog to our program that will visit every couple weeks or so named Blue.  He is one of our new student’s therapy dogs.  Thank you Clayton for sharing Blue with us to visit your fellow inclusion peers.  We have a great time with both therapy dogs and are blessed to have them visit.  When Max visited last week Kai was able to say the word “dog” so clearly!

-Patty Myers

Max joins Transitions+ classrooms

Max joins Transitions+ classrooms

 

Blue visits the Inclusion Program students

Blue visits the Inclusion classes

 

 

 

 

 

 

REMINDERS