Welcome back to school! I hope you had a restful and fun summer with your amazing children! We are off to an exciting start already this school year. As you know, each year looks a little different the SRC and this year is no exception. Last year we had a very large class, with lots of new faces and lots of friends new to the program and school in general. That gave us lots of big excitement and learning from day one. This year, we have more familiar faces, and many of our friends have been with us a while. The friends that are new have lots of built in models to help make the transition to school even easier. This familiarity gives us the great opportunity to hit the ground running! We're excited for big challenges and some changes this year.
Early Release Wednesdays
Yesterday was our first early release Wednesday of the school year! As you know, school will dismiss every Wednesday at 1:35 this year. This gives teachers incredibly valuable time to collaborate and attend trainings. This means our schedules will vary a little bit day to day, but the kids are coping with this change really well so far. Nice job friends!
We have always had specials here at Sexton Mountain, but now we'll be in the full time specials rotation! This means that our specials time will be a little bit longer each day, and it also means we'll have different teachers and rotating specials days. This will be a little confusing (for all of us) but I know we'll get used to it. We will be sending home calendars each month, so be sure to have our library books ready to return on library days (Day 2) and good sturdy tennis shoes for PE days (Days 1, 4, 7). Just for your reference:
Day 1-PE with Mr. Blake
Day 2-Library with Mrs. Kimball
Day3-Music with Mrs. Galante
Day 4-PE with Mr. Miller
Day 5-Technology with Mrs. Kramer
Day 6-Music with Mrs. Risser
Day 7-PE with Mr. Miller
Day 8-Music with Mrs. Galante
Unique Learning System
This year we have a new curriculum that we are introducing called unique. It is an interactive, online, standards-based curriculum designed specifically for kids with with special needs. We used a simplified version of this in the past for current events with our news-to-you. The program is designed to draw from our visual strengths to help kids learn to read and access math curriculum across settings. We will use the curriculum in groups, and kids have their own individual sign ins to practice skills I have specifically chose for each student! We've just started it, and the kids are LOVING it so far!
|The sign in encourages great skills! Finding your name and picture, and entering a password|
|Units are thematic--this month we're learning about school rules|
|With individual logins, we can work on different things at the same time, on the same topic|
|Monthly activities in reading, math, social studies and science!|