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The First Hope Newsletter, Week of April 7

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

“Cherish the children marching to the beat of their own music. They play the most beautiful heart songs.” Fiona Goldsworthy. April is Autism Awareness Month- a time to celebrate and recognize all the unique gifts of children. Patty Myers, Assistant Principal of The First Hope, and Lindsay Graham, The First Hope parent, are spotlighted in this month’s special edition of Orlando Family Magazine. Their insight, experiences, and wisdom are shared in overcoming Learning Disabilities. They did a stellar job representing The First Hope, and most importantly are helping families along their journey with learning disabilities.
Check out the article in the April 2016 issue via the link below:
http://digital.southjersey.com/index.cfm?fa=viewIssue&magid=19&issueid=1549
Sarah Donovan

CLASS AND STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

The First Hope Students are making friends,

20150929_132358 Carlos and Kai chatting

gaining knowledge, growing in their love for the Lord,

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and getting stronger everyday!

File_000 (15) Hao flexing his muscles

We are Royal Strong!
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Jennifer Pinckney

Program Support Coordinator

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Class Economy

Tierra Brown, Christin Lewis, Dana Spencer, Nanci Johnson

Our teachers work hard at creating fun ways for our students to learn new things. Mrs. Lewis came up with the idea of a classroom economy for her high school students to learn the basics of having a job. Her students choose from  jobs such as prayer leader, time keeper, mail man, and pencil patrol. Each have a weekly salary. Once the student is able to save up enough of their salary, they are able to exchange their money for something from their treasure box. Mrs. Spencer and Mrs. Johnson saw the value of this and made some modifications to fit the needs of their middle school students.

Kelly Rapp

Program Assistant

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL’S NOTE

april autism We just finished in March (during our Spring Break) having Down Syndrome Awareness Day and now April we look at Autism Awareness month.  These are the days and months we celebrate our kids, their strengths, talents, and also try and inform others about our children’s unique design.  God has blessed me with Charlie and I love to share with others how God has worked in our family and life through Autism.  It has changed our life in so many ways.  Charlie makes me a better mom, not through easy times, but he pushes me to be better.  He has made me work on patience, unconditional love, strength, but most importantly my trust that God has got it all covered. Psalm 91:4 says, He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.  I hope you will learn a little more about autism this month or if you are affected by it, you will share with others so they can learn more.

Patty Myers

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