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May 16, 2016

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:6-7

GOAL Dessert Theatre Performance

Some GOAL participants have taken a Music Theatre class. This class is performing in the GOAL Dessert Theatre Performance this Friday at 6:30 pm. All Green Oaks families are invited to attend. Please email Michelle at admin@greenoaksschool.org to say if you are coming and how many we should expect.

Last Day of School

The last day of school is Friday, May 27. The schedule of special events follows, 11:00 yearbook signing, 11:30 lunch for all (pizza available), 12:15 student awards: as determined by classrooms, and 1:30 class performances. You should be getting more specific information from teachers.

Yearbooks

The GOS and GOAL yearbook will be available soon! Cost is $15.00. We have a yearbook signing party on the last day of school. Please consider that your student will want to participate and plan accordingly. Order forms were sent home and are available in the office. Please pay for your student's yearbook today! You can now pay online, go to our website at www.greenoaksschool.org. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "Donate". This will take you to the Paypal page. In the "Purpose" space, type in Yearbook. The "Donation Amount" will be $16.00 (increased cost to cover the Paypal fees). Follow the rest of the instructions.

Medicaid Waivers and How to Sign Up

When your child turns 18, he/she can apply for SSI, and for health care services from Medicaid. But YEARS before this, you should put your child's name on several "Interest Lists" that can provide services and funds for your son or daughter as an adult. Once you sign up, you will probably wait 10 years (or more!) before your child's name gets to the top of the waiting lists in Texas...so it is very important to get this done as soon as possible.

HCS (Home & Community Services) and CLASS (Community Living Assistance and Support Services) are the two largest "Medicaid waiver programs" in Texas. These and other programs let people with disabilities receive services in their homes and communities (not just in state schools, as it used to be). Your child will probably have thousands of other Texas kids with special needs ahead of him/her on these waiting lists--but hopefully, by the time he or she is reaching adulthood, you will be at the head of the line!

Putting your child's name on the "Interest Lists" may be the most important call you'll make all year! Below is what to do and what numbers to call. More detailed information (including numbers for outside of Tarrant County) is available in the office, call the school if you would like a form sent home with your student.
Here is what to do:
  • Call this toll-free number to put your child's name on the interest list for the CLASS (Community Living Assistance and Support Services) program: 1-877-438-5658. This will reach the intake staff for CLASS (which also has Spanish-speaking staffers). CLASS and HCS offer similar services, and have similar waiting times--but it's good to be on both lists in case one or the other starts to move more quickly!
  • For the HCS list if you live in Tarrant County, call 817-569-4140 to reach Kim Lambert, the main HCS program contact person at Tarrant County MHMR. Leave a message for her stating that you want to place your child's name on the HCS list. Be persistent. Call her again if you don't get a response within a day. If you need to, call the Tarrant County MHMR general number, 817-569-4000 and ask for "Kim Lambert or some other HCS program staff person".


Please make these calls soon! You may not think your child will ever need "outside" help, but family situations can change in the blink of an eye. Get on the lists now--to help your child in the future! In addition, many of our GOAL families and a few GOS families use funds from these programs to off set the cost of tuition.

No Graduation & Spring Fling this year

Since there will be no new GOS High School graduates in 2016, we are making some changes to our calendar. Although Spring Fling was originally scheduled for Thursday, May 19, we will not have our evening program this year. We will instead have a program on the last day of school during the day.

Green Oaks Summer Camp

There will be two weeks of Green Oaks Summer Camp available for individuals with intellectual disabilities age seven through their school years. *Please note, participants enrolled in GOAL and individuals over 21 are only eligible for our GOAL summer offerings. Green Oaks Summer Camp week one is June 20-24 and week two is July 25-29. The cost for registration is now $195 per week. The price will go up again after May 31. Contact the office if you need a Green Oaks Summer Camp Registration Form.

GOAL Summer-Get Registered Today

GOAL will continue to operate programming throughout the summer. We will be open each week, except the weeks of June 6, July 4 and August 15. While we will be open the same hours and still have the same modules, there will be some changes to the daily schedules just to keep things fresh. GOAL students are not eligible to sign up for Green Oaks summer camps. "GOAL Summer 2016" forms will be sent home by tomorrow.

Mark Your Calendars!

  • GOAL Dessert Theatre Performance is Friday, May 20 at 6:30 pm.
  • Last Day of School is Friday, May 27.
  • Green Oaks will be closed the weeks of June 6 and July 4. GOAL will not operate these weeks.
  • Green Oaks Summer Camp Week 1: June 20-24
  • Green Oaks Summer Week 2: July 25-29
  • Tentatively, our first day back to school for both GOS and GOAL is August 22.

"Our Special Heroes Golf Classic"

The Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas invites you to sponsor their annual
"Our Special Heroes Golf Classic". In addition to supporting ongoing programs for
DSPNT, proceeds from this year’s tournament will help support the fifth annual DSPNT “iCan Bike” camp.

The tournament is scheduled for June 6, 2016 at Texas Star Golf Course in Euless.
Registration will begin at 7:00 AM.

To sponsor or play, call the DSPNT at 817-390-2970 or email golf@dspnt.org.

Gator Shredding

We need your documents to shred! Gator Shredding is a vocational skills class in GOAL. If you would like to make a monetary donation to the school, Gator Shredding will shred papers for you. The papers are stored in a locked cabinet until class-time. Drop off your items for shredding at carpool line or in the office.

In Our Prayers…

  • Prayers for Ariel Galindo's grandma and Tobey Elliott, Haley's dad, for health concerns.
  • Ongoing prayers for Nic Patterson and Adrian Martinez as they continue to fight leukemia.
  • Praises we have both Nic and Adrian back part time.

We’d like to include your prayer concerns, too. Please call the office or submit them by email to admin@greenoaksschool.org.

Happy Birthday!

5/15 Shaun Kanner
5/20 Daniel Blackwell
5/22 Mrs. Hanson
5/26 Mrs. Marshall
5/29 Joey Anderson

Wishlist

Green Oaks has a continual need for items (listed below). Green Oaks also continues to collect Box Tops, Labels for Education, and Coke Rewards. Please send these to school in a Ziploc bag.


White and color copy paper

Paper plates

Plastic forks, spoons, & knives

Diet soda

Bottled water

Disinfecting Wipes

30 or 33 Gallon Trash Bags

White and color cardstock

Napkins/Paper towels

These items are always needed and appreciated!

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