Office of Pupil Personnel Services

December, 2021 . Vol.2

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Preschool Happenings!

The preschool is happy to announce a new grant funded enrichment program! We welcome Ms. Kathlynn Sell, Music Therapist to join our prek team in January. Ms. Sell will be addressing social-emotional development through music and movement with our youngest students! She will be visiting each class weekly January through June and will offer enrichment and outreach to parents! More information to follow!

Check our her BIO HERE

Kathlynn is a board certified music therapist and a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Therapy and Psychology. Upon completing her degree, she entered into a 9 month internship at the Kennedy Day School and the Walnut Street Center to prepare for her board certification exam. Kathlynn began learning music at the age of 7, and throughout her schooling, she took lessons on the marimba, drum set, piano, voice, and guitar. During her time at Berklee, Kathlynn had the opportunity to speak at multiple conferences, including the 2017 AMTA national conference, and the Mowat-Wilson Syndrome family conference. She spent a week in Puerto Rico after graduation bringing music therapy to some of the island's major hospitals. Kathlynn also served on the student board for the New England Region of the American Music Therapy Association as the secretary for the 2017-2018 year. She has experience working with older adults, intellectual disabilities, adult psychiatric, medical settings, and is delighted to now continue working with children in music therapy.

Early Learning and Literacy Coach Updates

As you know, the Office of Pupil Personnel Services presented an update on the disproportionality in special education this past fall at School Committee.

We would like to provide an update on the staff who will be assuming these roles to support this early learning, phonology and vocabulary work. These staff will be working with identified students and provide outreach to families.

Let me introduce Ms. Lauren Vanacore, experienced Glover School Teacher who will be assuming the role of Learning Coach for Preschool and Kindergarten. Parents in these grades will receive a welcome and "what to expect" letter from her directly.

Let me also introduce Ms. Christina Ciccione, experienced Tucker School Teacher who will be assuming the role of Learning Coach for Select students in grades 1&2. Parents will receive a welcome and "what to expect" letter from her directly.

Return of Celebrating Differences Classroom Lessons!

Milton is proud to celebrate the return of Celebrating Differences Curriculum in this post-covid learning environment.

Celebrating Our Differences is a parent-run program that helps students understand what it is like to live with a disability. The program consists of five units which include learning styles, physical disabilities, vision, hearing, and autism. Across the five units, the program helps build empathy by incorporating hands-on activities with a lecture from a guest speaker to share their personal experiences living with a disability.

I would like to personally thank the parents who have offered their time for this valuable inclusive opportunity for our students!

Youth Recreational Bowling: January 13th – March 31st

Milton Sports for All**, a recreational, inclusive sports program, is offering candle-pin bowling this winter at Cunningham Hall.

The program is open to kids in grades 4 - 8 who reside in Milton. Bowling will happen on Thursdays from January 13th through March 31st— from 4:30 – 5:15 for grades 4 and 5 and from 5:30 – 6:15 for grades, 6, 7, and 8. No experience (or bowling shoes!) is necessary. Candle-pin bowling uses smaller balls which are easier for kids to bowl.

The registration fee is $20 and registration will be open from Dec. 13th – Dec. 31st. There will be a maximum of 24 kids in each time slot. Should the program be oversubscribed, participants will be selected by lottery and refunds will be given if not selected. (Please note that bowling is loud! If your child has any sensory issues, you’re welcome to send them with noise-cancelling head-phones or any other resource they might need.)

Beginning Dec. 13th, you can register on-line here for grades 4 and 5 and here for grades 6 - 8. You will be notified the week of Jan. 3rd whether your child can participate in the program. Thank you and see you in the lanes!

** Milton Sports for All is a volunteer group of parents and community members who believe that sports should be fun and accessible to all kids regardless of background, experience, or ability. We welcome new volunteers! Our goal is for kids across Milton to have fun playing sports together in a supportive environment where they can meet new friends.