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The First Hope Newsletter, Week of April 21

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FOR APRIL

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

 

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

And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together in one place, and let the dry land appear.” And so it was. Genesis 1:9 Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, 2016. A day to celebrate one of God’s greatest gifts, our home. As we raise the next generation it’s crucial for us to continually celebrate God’s creation. Our children will be the bearers of continuing to love and care for our great, beloved Earth. I encourage you to take the time to share the story of Genesis with your children, young and old, and model taking care of our precious home through healthy practices, such as reducing, reusing, and recycling.

Sarah Donovan

CLASS AND STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

This week, during Royal Recharge, Cristina got to experience first hand what it takes to run a business and keep the customers happy.  This is just one of several on-site opportunities our Transition+ students have to develop and practice skills that will benefit them in their future employment.

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Cristina and TCS students waiting for customers

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Soda for one!
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Jennifer Pinckney

Program Support Coordinator

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Amy Talley

Amy Talley

We are so excited to have art class added to our Transitions+ programs at The First Hope! Amy Talley is the art teacher for TCS and TFH students. She works hard to come up with fun projects that encourage creativity and expression! We are so thankful for her kind heart and talent!

Kelly Rapp

Program Assistant

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL’S NOTE

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I am grateful.I was reminded the other day of how far my own son with autism has come.  I showed my staff of about 20 a video clip of when Charlie and I were on The Good Life Channel about 6 years ago.  They interviewed us about my book and Charlie was interviewed too.  With his squeaky voice and his staring off a little bit, it was fun to look back and remember just how far he has come.  I remember when we taped that day, he was 8 years old, he had a really big tantrum (screaming, didn’t want to put his shirt, tie, and belt on) and took us several hours to get him to the place in a calm fashion.  He covered his ears as we walked into the TV studio.  On camera, he seemed ok, but no one knew the back story of what it took for him to get there.  Jump to 2016 and Charlie has come so far.  He hardly covers his ears anymore, he doesn’t flop on the floor now, he communicates much better and can express his thoughts more clearly.  I hope you can see the changes your kids are making, even if they are so small.  Be mindful of how God is working and helping them through this school as well as what you are doing at home.

I was reminded the other day of how far my own son with autism has come.  I showed my staff of about 20 a video clip of when Charlie and I were on The Good Life Channel about 6 years ago.  They interviewed us about my book and Charlie was interviewed too.  With his squeaky voice and his staring off a little bit, it was fun to look back and remember just how far he has come.  I remember when we taped that day, he was 8 years old, he had a really big tantrum (screaming, didn’t want to put his shirt, tie, and belt on) and took us several hours to get him to the place in a calm fashion.  He covered his ears as we walked into the TV studio.  On camera, he seemed ok, but no one knew the back story of what it took for him to get there.  Jump to 2016 and Charlie has come so far.  He hardly covers his ears anymore, he doesn’t flop on the floor now, he communicates much better and can express his thoughts more clearly.  A big part is because of this great and unique program.  I hope you can see the changes your kids are making from being here at The First Hope as we near the end of the year.  Be mindful of how God is working and helping them, through this school as well as what you are doing at home.  Be grateful.  Appreciate what they can do instead of worrying too much of what they are not able to do… yet.  I will never give up!

Patty Myers

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