In 2017, the following mini grants were awarded, thanks to your PTO annual fund donations:
- Ms. Bikofsky & Ms. Donovan, Grade 3 co-taught teachers, furnished their Take-a-Break space with some therapeutic tools for kids to use while they are there. They purchases some thera-putty and stress balls, as well as some cognitive tools like hand-held mazes, sensory bottles, and “I Spy Books.”
- The Grade 1 team uses calm down spaces and boxes in their classrooms as break spaces as part of the Responsive Classroom Approach. They pruchased Weighted Lap Pads, water timers, Tangle relax therapy, squishy balls, massage tools, stretchy strings, sand timers, and therabands.
- Ms. Fetzer, 5th grade teacher, purchased copies of the text, The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure, to provide extension for students in math. The students will use the book to help them form connections to their current study of math and help them begin to notice a deeper, more meaningful understanding of previously learned skills/concepts.
- Mr. Whiting, 4th grade teacher, purchased electronic spellers to help his students develop independence with editing and learn the spelling of words that are important to them.
- The ELL team purchased a new whitebaord to supplement their new learning space and also purchased 4 Oxford Picture Dictionary Content Areas for Kids. These dictionaries are essential to teaching English learners and this new version comes with worksheets and supplemental materials to aid in teaching social and academic vocabulary.
- Ms. Franzella, Speech & Language Specialist, purchased a number of books and materials to aid therapists / teacher’s / staff ability to enhance children’s ability to communicate their wants and needs, and to increase their vocabulary to communicate more effectively with their peers, teachers and families, with motivating materials. Item’s include Interactive Sing-Along Big Books, Friends and Neighbors -The Helping Game, and a series of books called The Autism Collection.
- Kelsey LeBlanc, Special Education K-5- Board Certified Behavior Analyst, attended a one day professional conference addressing the following topics of “Digital Technologies for Fun & Learning: What Tools Can You Use Right Now?”, Teaching “Technologies” to Support Literacy Instruction, “Improving Observational Learning Skills in Children with Autism”, and “Let’s play: Incorporating Typical Peers in the Treatment of Children with Autism”.
- Trisha Poirier, Occupational Therapy, purchased flexible and alternative seating for students. Not all students can actively engage in a typical chair throughout the school day. She purchased 2 Inflatable Balance Ball Desk Chairs with Stability Legs and 2 Active Learning Stools.