Together We Can
March 28, 2022
I am excited to share that Dr. Alina Boie, Dr. Fabian A. Boie, and I will be presenting at the 2022 Childhood Conversations/Together We Will conference this coming Saturday, April 2. The presentation will focus on supporting both families and staff to address the increased levels of stress and burnout, anxiety, and depression in young students and to to help children develop resilience, independence, and perseverance. For those that would like to join, the conference is free and offered virtually. Registration information is located in the workshop/resources section below. I hope to see some of you there!
Stacey Heiligenthaler, Ph.D.
Interim Chief Officer of Special Education and Student Supports
What We Are Seeing 👀 Around the Schools
World Down Syndrome Day at Parkway
Parkway School celebrated World Down Syndrome Day last week. World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness day which has been officially observed annually on March 21 by the United Nations since 2012. The date was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.
Fifth-grade students in Ms. Carrie Vale’s class participated in "Rock Your Socks." Click on the image to see how some students showed off their socks.
First-grade students in Ms. Rebecca Mollica's class participated in a read-aloud with the best-selling book, Different - A Great Thing to Be by Heather Avis. This joyful rhyming book encourages children to value the “different” in all people, leading the way to a kinder world in which the differences in all of us are celebrated and embraced. Click on the images below to see the great class participation!
Happy St. Patrick's Day from GPS Preschool
The leprechaun left us a treat!
Although they did not catch him, they built many different kinds of traps across the preschool classes. They painted rainbows with fingers and brushes at the art centers and all wore green and shamrocks.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Workshops and Resources
Childhood Conversations/Together We Will Conference
Join Dr. Stacey Heiligenthaler, Dr. Alina Boie, and Dr. Fabian A. Boie on Saturday, April 2 as they present at the 2022 Childhood Conversations/Together We Will conference. Their presentation will focus on sharing concrete and easy-to-apply social and emotional learning (SEL) tools and strategies that will foster parent engagement and promote equity. They will address the current mental health challenges, such as increased levels of stress and burnout, anxiety, and depression. Parents and professionals will learn evidence-based and equity-driven SEL skills that can be employed at home or at school to help children develop resilience, independence, and perseverance.
See the flyer below for registration information
Listening Community's Spring Session
The Listening Community's the next session will run from April 27 through June 1. Meets occur during the fall, winter, and spring for a six-week cycle and are held on Wednesdays at Greenwich Town Hall. Parents/guardians have the option of attending the morning session from 9:30-10:30 AM or the evening session from 6:30-7:30 PM.
For those that prefer, the evening session will offer participants the option to stream if they cannot attend in person. You can also find more information through the Listening Community newsletter.
Preschool Parent Chat
Thursday, March 31 at 10:00AM and 7:00PM
How To Support Your Child’s Language and Learning at Home
Let’s talk about ways you can support your child’s learning, language and behavior all while having fun! We will talk about building routines, play, language development and more!
Cómo apoyar el desarrollo del lenguaje y el aprendizaje de su hijo en el hogar.
Hablemos de las distintas maneras de cómo apoyar el aprendizaje, el lenguaje y el comportamiento de su hijo mientras se divierten. Discutiremos la manera de establecer rutinas, juegos, desarrollo del lenguaje y más.
Preschool Parent Chat AM
10:00 – 11:00 AM
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/pww-gmfj-jxb
Preschool Parent Chat PM
7:00 – 8:00 PM
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/kgz-eqxu-sos
Please RSVP 203-698-7796
Positive Solutions Family Routine Guide
The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) offers a Family Routine Guide that can assist parents and caregivers in developing a plan to support young children who are using challenging behavior.
Children engage in challenging behavior for a variety of reasons, but all children use challenging behavior to communicate messages. Challenging behavior, typically, communicates a need to escape or avoid a person or activity or communicates a desire to obtain someone or something. Once caregivers understand the purpose or meaning of the behavior, they can begin to select strategies to change the behavior. They can do this by selecting prevention strategies, teaching new skills, and changing the way they respond to eliminate or minimize the challenging behavior.
The Family Routine Guide includes strategies for the common routines and activities that occur during the family’s week. This is an excellent resource for families needing support with having children follow home routines.
The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) improves and supports the capacity of state systems and local programs to implement the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children (Pyramid Model), an early childhood multi-tiered system of support (MTSS), with the goal of to improving the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children with, and at risk for, developmental disabilities or delays. NCPMI is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs.