On Tuesday, November 6, paraprofessional staff from each site gathered at PS 154 for a half-day of training. The day began with a Back to Basics PowerPoint by Coach Vernice Borleo and 397 Coordinator Katie McLaughlin. Speech Teachers, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists from each site created presentations to refresh the staff on best practices from their respective disciplines as well. Throughout the AM sessions, the paraprofessionals were engaged, entertained, and rewarded for their participation!
Halloween Movie Night was a great success. We had over 70 family members attend. It was a great opportunity for our families to not have any concern of ridicule or complaints by those around them. We had a few kids dancing in the aisle, walking up and down the aisle and a few who made use of the gym for some respite. The kids clapped at the end of the movie and I was truly proud of how many of them were able to handle the evening in their own way. I’m truly encouraged to do it again in the spring!
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On Thursday we said good bye to the summer at 128! We had a surprise visit from our newly retired principal, Richard Marowitz and his grandson. We celebrated with outdoor water activities which were set up by our Speech Department. The students enjoyed the sprinkler, water balloons and were able to squirt water on both friends and staff!
Our OT’s and PT’s created a science exploration room where the students made worms in dirt cups, used a flashlight to explore the stars and used fine motor skills to pick up fish and put them in the boat. We were also lucky enough to have two APE teachers that were able to set up activity stations in the gym for our students.
Our students enjoyed pizza and the Speech Department created an ice cream sundae cart which traveled to each classroom at the end of the day. It was a great way to end a wonderful summer session.
P7 OTs and PTs created an exciting obstacle course in the gym with a tunnel, row boat, tent and a campfire to eat some yummy marshmallows!
Speech teachers created a fun summer camp photo booth! The students had fun being silly with the props!
On Water Day, the students played in the sprinkler, went fishing, blew some bubbles, and had fun wetting each other with the water squirters.
Our kids and staff had so much fun!!
Our theme for summer school this year was summer camp. As a culminating event, the staff thought simulated camping activities would not only be fun and engaging, but would be a perfect way for the students to experience what they had been learning about throughout July and August.
Campsite: We were going for a traditional campsite experience. The students made S’mores (no flame necessary-we used marshmallow fluff and chocolate spread). Speech teachers created visuals to help the students prepare their snacks. Next, the students sat around a “campfire” to sing songs and tell stories. Finally, we had a campground photo booth for some great photo ops.
Our hiking course was put together by the OT / PT Department. What summer camp experience is complete without a good hike!
Last, but not least, we created a Water Park at our playground, with the help of our OT / PT Department. What better way to spend a sunny day than splashing around with your friends?
Staff members, students and special guests enjoyed our Summer Camp at P 255Q @ PS 154! We can’t wait for next summer to do it all over again!