November 13-November 17, 2023
FROM THE DESK OF…
Mrs. Terri O’Daniel, Executive Director
“Happy Thanksgiving to our School Family! We’re grateful for everyone and wish you a season filled with joy, gratitude, and togetherness.”
An Academy Community Opportunity
During this time of year, our Academy family reaches out to a family in need. This Christmas season, our Academy community has a chance to reach out to one of our school families facing challenging circumstances. Their child, one of our students, is grappling with serious medical issues and trauma and could benefit from our collective support. We’re starting a collection of various gift cards — including those for gas, groceries, Amazon, etc. — to assist them during this challenging period. Please send your gift cards to the office in an envelope labeled “Christmas Blessings.”
Participation is entirely voluntary. We understand that despite its beauty, Christmas can bring its own stresses and financial challenges. Above all, we ask that you keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.
The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness. However, for many of our students, the festivities can bring about unexpected challenges, particularly when it comes to disrupted schedules. Children with diverse needs often thrive on routine and predictability, making the holiday season, with its changes in routine, decorations, and social interactions, potentially overwhelming. These disruptions can lead to increased stress and anxiety for our students, as they may find it challenging to navigate the unexpected changes.
Keep in mind these strategies to support your children:
Communication and Preparation:
- Provide advance notice of schedule changes whenever possible. This helps children prepare mentally for the upcoming alterations.
- Use visual schedules, social stories, or other visual aids to help them understand and anticipate changes in routine.
- Whenever possible, maintain some elements of the routine during the holiday season. Consistency can provide a sense of security.
- If there are unavoidable changes, introduce them gradually, allowing time to adjust.
Create Safe Spaces:
- Designate quiet and comfortable spaces where they can retreat if they become overwhelmed.
- Educate family members and friends about the need for such spaces and encourage their support in respecting your child’s boundaries.
- Introduce predictable elements into holiday activities, such as familiar foods, music, or activities that your child enjoys.
- Establish a visual or verbal countdown to signal transitions between activities, reducing surprises.
Utilize Sensory-Friendly Approaches:
- Be mindful of sensory sensitivities and consider the impact of holiday decorations, lights, and sounds.
- Provide sensory-friendly options, such as noise-canceling headphones or a sensory-friendly corner at gatherings.
- Foster flexibility by gradually exposing your child to new experiences and settings.
- Reinforce positive behavior and coping strategies, helping your child build resilience in the face of unexpected changes.
Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!
- Monday, November 20 – Pie Collection for St. Cronan Catholic Church
- Tuesday, November 21– Thanksgiving Feast
- Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, November 22, 23, and 24– NO SCHOOL
- Tuesday, November 28– Skyhawks Sports 2:45 p.m.
- Wednesday, November 29– Yearbook Club 2:45 p.m.
- Thursday, November 30– Drama Club 2:45 p.m.
- Tuesday, December 5- Skyhawks Sports 2:45 p.m.
- Wednesday, December 6– Yearbook Club 2:45 p.m
- Thursday, December 7– Drama Club 2:45 p.m.
- Friday, December 8– NO SCHOOL
- Tuesday, December 12– Parent Resource Night via Zoom -Robin Diehl, Variety Club
- Tuesday, December 12- Skyhawks Sports 2:45 p.m.
- Wednesday, December 13– Yearbook Club 2:45 p.m.
- Thursday, December 14– Drama Club 2:45 p.m.
- Wednesday, December 20– Early Release for Christmas Break 11:30 a.m.
- December 21- January 2– Christmas Break
- Wednesday, January 3- Classes Resume
2024 Family Auction Contributions
Sign up for (3) bottles of liquor (Bring Liquor in January to Ann Dunn’s house)
Obtain $250 in gift cards.
Please send gift cards to the office marked “Auction.”
Sell 25 $10 Raffle Tickets
All tickets are online at the link below. Please have your friends and families note your family name in the box when they purchase the raffle tickets. This will give your family “credit” for the tickets sold.
A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to both Colin and Emmett, two of our favorite friends! We began our week with a birthday celebration, celebrating Colin, and we ended our week with a birthday celebration, celebrating Emmett.
As we counted our school days, we were excited to finally reach fifty, knowing that we were halfway to our 100th Day of School party.
Happy birthday to our friends Colin and Faith! We had so much fun celebrating them this week and showering them with all our love.
Every day, the students work to earn a letter towards our mystery reward. They can earn a letter by showing kindness, working hard, and following directions. The students have earned our most recent reward: Show And Tell! We will be hosting our Show and Tell this upcoming Monday, November 20. We are so excited to see the meaningful items our friends want to share with us!
This week in history, we reviewed the 13 American colonies in preparation for our test this coming Monday.
This week, we had the opportunity to help serve at Friday morning mass. We added to our “ACADSTL sign”, by sharing it with the parishioners at the sign of peace.
Our class did a great job with this serving opportunity.
We’ve been also focusing on preparing for our Thanksgiving feast next week and finishing up all our assignments before Thanksgiving.