Gator Gab

April 11, 2016

"Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:30-31

Mother's Day is May 8th!

Don't forget to honor Mom this year. Participants of GOAL Production Room and Green Team are making Sugar Scrubs in 4 aromatic flavors for Mother's Day. You can choose from Cinnamon, Lime, Orange and Peppermint. At just $5 per 8oz jar everyone can afford to give the gift of sweet smelling and soft feeling hands! Be looking for an order form coming home with your student this week.

Come check out our Green Oaks School Store for Sugar Scrubs and other gifts for Mom on Mother's Day. We also have a great selection of Mother's day cards. All proceeds of School Store go directly to Green Oaks.

Open House and Lunch & Learn

Open House and Lunch & Learn are scheduled for Monday, April 18. Please invite anyone who may be interested in our programs. If you would like printed or email information to distribute, please contact the office.

Our Open House is specifically for those seeking to learn about our school and programs, so families should not feel obligated to attend.

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. Be on the look out for more information coming soon. GOAL will still have their evening program on Friday, May 20.

Volunteers Needed on 4/30

We are honored to have been chosen to be the beneficiaries for the Lockheed Martin Management Association Project Good Turn 2016 volunteering event on Saturday, April 30. They will be doing lots of great projects for us. If you are available to help, it would be greatly appreciated. They plan to be here from 9:00 am-2:00 pm and will cater lunch from Uncle Julio's! Please call the office to let us know if you will be attending.

Summer Plans

Please turn in Summer Registration Forms ASAP! We are working on summer staffing now.
For your planning purposes, the following are the Green Oaks summer dates.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Summer registration forms were sent home, but please let us know if you need another copy.
  • Tentatively, our first day back to school for both GOS and GOAL is August 22.

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.

Arlington Police Department Open House

The Arlington Police Department invited advocates and neighbors within the Mental Health and Intellectual Developmental Disabilities communities to an open house on Thursday, April 21st at 5:30 p.m. at 6000 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, TX 76013. Join the conversation about APD's approach to training while you tour their facility and interact with officers and staff.

Club 321 & Teen Scene

Club 321 is a social club sponsored by the Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas and Green Oaks School for adults with intellectual disabilities over the age of 18. Club 321 holds two to three events per month. Some of the events include: karaoke, bowling, movie night, talent show, going out to eat, game night, annual Prom, Masquerade Ball, and 50's Sock Hop. The events usually take place on a Friday or Saturday night and last for two and a half hours. Dinner is provided at most events, except dances. Each participant must RSVP by email for each event. In addition, each member is expected to pay $5.00 for each activity. Members, paid staff (coaches), and volunteers attend, while no parents or caregivers are allowed to stay for the events. This gives the members an opportunity to be independent and interact with their peers in their own way and at their own pace. It also gives the members' parents and caregivers a night off. Participation in Club 321 requires membership. For more information on Club 321, email Michelle at

Teen Scene is a social club modeled after Club 321 for teens (ages 13-18) with Down syndrome. The cost to participate is $5.00 per event and the group meets at least once a month. All events will be supervised by Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas staff and volunteers. For more information about Teen Scene, email Liz at

Club 321 and Teen Scene will have at least three combined events each year. The next combined event is a service project on Saturday, April 16 from 12:00-3:00 pm at Green Oaks School. Club 321 and Teen Scene will be putting together bags for the Arlington Life Shelter. Pizza will be provided. RSVP is required for this event and the cost is $5.00.

Important Dates

Monday, April 18 Open House and Lunch & Learn
Monday, April 25 No School
May 2-6 Teacher Appreciation Week
Friday, May 27 Last Day of School

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.

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

Happy Birthday!

4/13 Erica Ramirez
4/15 Chris Battle
4/15 Abby Burgdorf
4/18 Matthew Salinas
4/19 Mrs. Christy Opitz (OT)
4/21 Harmon Spirrison
4/24 Mr. Dixon
4/25 Colleen Duane
4/25 Ms. Lauren Petty (sub)


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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