Please note our upcoming CBI trips-
This Monday, the 11th we are going to the ADPE Dance at Pope. We leave around 9:30, so make sure your child is not late to school. It’s a fun time, not to be missed!
On April 10, we are going to visit and be trained to ride a Para transit bus. If you are interested in applying for para transit services, please download the application from their website or ask me for one. As long as you authorize me to release information regarding your child on the enclosed authorization form, then all you have to do is fill out the forms and mail them in. If your child is approved before we make the visit, then they will receive the official training. For more information about the program visit their website.
Their coverage is limited, but if you live within the area, the transportation can increase independence for your child to go to programs or ultimately a job. I have a friend near Wheeler that used it for her son to go to a Friday night program in Kennesaw. She had to meet the bus on Terrell Mill because her home wasn’t within the area, but it saved her an hour driving time and the son loved the independence.
Upcoming Dates of Interest:
January 21 MLK, Jr. Holiday NO SCHOOL
February 11 Dance at Kennesaw HS during school
February 12 Waivers Transition Talk at Pope High School 6:30 – 7:30pm
February 18-22 February Break NO SCHOOL
March 13 Early Dismissal 11:30
March 25 Field Day at Kennesaw HS
April 1-5 Spring Break NO SCHOOL
April 10 CBI to Cobb Transit
May 8 Last CBI
May 20 Class End of the Year Party
May 21-22 Early Dismissal 11:30 (22nd is LAST DAY)
We have been practicing 30 minutes of "playful" yoga on Thursdays. There are a lot of benefits including body awareness, stretching and mindful breathing. However, we just do it because it's fun. Everyone participates to the best of their ability, which may just be stretching out on the mat... If you would like to see our routine click on the Yoga for kids button below.
Dates Coming Up:
November 6 Student Holiday
November 19-23 Thanksgiving Holiday
December 20 and 21 Half Days
December 24-January 4 Winter Holiday
After a very hot Summer and Fall, we finally have a chill in the air and some viruses to go with it! This picture hangs outside the nurse's office and is a good guide. However, since some of our guys have a rough time managing their mucus, I would ask you all to err on the side of caution and keep your child home if their their nose is very drippy or their cough isn't under control. Thanks for your cooperation in keeping our class well!
Nov. 6 Student Holiday
Nov. 19-23 Thanksgiving Break
We completed our Huck Finn Unit after learning about the characters (Huck, Jim, Pap, King and Duke, etc) and studying the setting (Mississippi River).
Along the way, we "fished" for Algebraic Functions on cards, then solved the equations using Popsicle sticks. Then, we used those sticks to build a raft. We read a story about Freedom quilts that slaves originally made to give directions to freedom and then made our own unique paper quilt square using triangles. We learned an old fashioned game, Hopscotch and everyone gave it a try. To wrap up the unit, we shopped for cooking supplies at Kroger to make Cajun chicken pasta and Mississippi Pie. Both dishes were successful and received thumbs up!
We enjoyed having Mrs. Harper, a student teacher work with us for 8 weeks and wish her well in her continued studies!
I am so excited to start the new year! I really couldn't stop thinking about school all summer as I thought about new ways to bring out important skills in your children and support them in the best way possible! I moved to the room diagonal from where I was, room 1055. So it was a good time to evaluate and discard activities that I didn't think met my vision. I strive to invest our time in very functional and meaningful activities, not mind-numbing and boring. Although, sometimes to redirect or calm a student, there can be a need for those activities-- like knitting is for me!
This is a class for teaching skills that will make your child as independent as possible by both advocating, doing for themselves and managing their behavior. We teach pre-vocational skills in the form of "soft skills".... those attributes that a person needs to gain and maintain a job such as working independent, having a work ethic, being adaptable, etc. We access high school standards in Science, Math, English and Social Studies using materials adapted to your child's level. Additionally, we participate in physical education, art, music and recreational activities. I've probably left out some things, but you get the idea, there is a lot going on!
We will not have a designated snack-time everyday. There was some confusion about that last year... your child may need a morning snack or afternoon snack--so I don't designate a particular time. I want them to advocate for themselves! If they want to bring a snack, they may eat it during one of the several breaks that we have during the day. Snack or not--it's up to you and your child. I would like to have some available snacks in the room, so I will be asking for contributions throughout the year. Water bottles are encouraged and may be keep on their desk. On the first day of school, we will have a waffle party. If your child has dietary restrictions- please let me know !
On the first day you will get a pack of forms to fill out. Please send these back on Thursday if possible.
Please send a change of clothes for your child to be kept at school. If clothes become soiled at school, it is very hard for us to find spares and you will get the call to bring some! Also, if any of you have basic sweatpants/shirts that you would like to donate to us for such an occasion, that would be appreciated!!!
Please see the supplies/forms tab above to get a list of supplies that will support your child this year. You do not have to send in everything the first day..... within the the first two weeks will be fine.
Again, I am excited for the new year as we learn, grow more independent and of course have FUN!
We have been following Phileas Fogg as he travels around the world.....we hope in 80 days, but we'll have to find out if he wins the bet. To honor England, his country of origin, last week we made scones with chocolate chips and had a tea party.
On Thursdays, we have been going to Video productions to learn how Wildcat News is produced. Some of our students have had the opportunity to operate the cameras and to be the floor manager.
On Monday, did anybody hear...there is a solar eclipse!! We had a News2You unit on the eclipse and a demonstration on Friday using a lamp, a globe and a student to represent the moon, so your kiddos should have an understanding of what's happening.
Some of you have decided to experience this phenomenal event with your family and I wholeheartedly support that! I'll expect you to tell or write 3 sentences about what you saw !! If you are here, we will be watching the eclipse on the NASA.gov site. School dismissal is delayed until 4:15 .
On Tuesday, Wheeler is hosting an Open House. It starts in the Performing Arts Center at 6:00, then parents will be dismissed to the classrooms. Don't worry about picking up your child's schedule, just come on down to room 1041. You can see the classroom , the curriculum and what we are working on.
As far as what we are working on-
Mrs. Holcolm-Knowles and I are team-teaching this year.
There is crossover, but currently she is teaching rules and safety leading up to Government.
I am covering World Geography, land forms and Literature ( Around the World in 80 Days).
Here is a video we have been watching to learn the continents-