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The First Hope Newsletter, Week of April 28

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FOR APRIL & MAY

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

May 5th is recognized as the National Day of Prayer. The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for our nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Since its inception, this day has continually united Americans from all socio-economic, political, and ethnic backgrounds in prayer while also encouraging personal repentance and righteousness in the culture. The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans and is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens to celebrate our most beloved freedom; the freedom to humbly come before God and seek His guidance in prayer. There is comfort and hope in knowing that on this day, the heavens will be filled with the hearts of those across the nation.

Sarah Donovan

CLASS AND STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

TESTING WEEK AT THE FIRST HOPE

The students and teachers had test booklets open and pencils in hand each morning this week for Terra Nova testing. Their concentration and hard work in the morning was rewarded with group activities, games, and movies in the afternoon.

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Ms. Johnson’s class hard at work

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Ms. Rowley’s class tackles the Terra Nova
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Jennifer Pinckney

Program Support Coordinator

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Matt Buchanan

Matt Buchanan

The First Hope proudly welcomes back Matt Buchanan! Matt formally taught at The First Hope for two years before moving away to further his education. Matt’s first experience working with students with special needs was through his mother, who began as a special needs teacher and now works for Orange County helping to better equip and train private special needs schools in the area. Matt comes to us with a wealth of knowledge! We are so thankful for the way that he demonstrates Christ’s love through his daily interactions with his students.

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.  A big part is because of this great and unique program. 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.

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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