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Fanwood Family News Dear Fanwood Families: Welcome to the winter edition of our Fanwood Newsletter! We hope you will enjoy learning about the many activities and efforts by our staff and students. As you may know, we have been deeply involved in the accreditation process, which culminated in a final test - the accreditation site visit. On Sunday, November 17th, four members of the Conference of Education Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD) arrived at Fanwood for a three-day evaluation. While at Fanwood, the CEASD accreditation team met with the NYSD Board of Trustees, students, staff members, parents and alumni. They observed classrooms and studied our reports. The visiting team worked very long days and worked late into the evenings in order to come to a conclusion by the deadline. On Wednesday afternoon of that week, all staff members gathered in the auditorium for the final presentation given by the four visiting CEASD accreditation team members. For each Standard, the team provided two commendations as well as two recommendations. At the end of their presentation they announced that for the first time in history, they were proud to announce that they recommend that New York School for the Deaf receive Full Accreditation status. Please note that this is not considered official until the team presents their recommendation to the CEASD Board next May. Becoming accredited means so many things, but one of the most important is that we are engaged in a continual process of analyzing our effectiveness against rigorous standards, and working to achieve the high goals we have set for ourselves and for our students. Thank you so much for your continued support. Warm Wishes, Dr. Janet Dickinson


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In Loving Memory… It is with deep sadness that we share with you the news that former New York School for the Deaf Headmaster, Dr. John T. Tiffany passed away suddenly on September 30th, 2013. While this brings sadness to all who knew Dr. Tiffany; we know that the Fanwood community will feel an even deeper sense of loss. Dr. Tiffany was dedicated to the rights of deaf students and his commitment has left a lasting impact in the field of deaf education. Fanwood remembers Dr. Tiffany as intelligent, caring leader who cherished our community and deep traditions. He will be missed.

Save The Date Dec. 7th NYSD Holiday Craft Fair – Cancelled Due to reasons beyond our control, this year’s Holiday Craft Fair has been cancelled. Please save the date for NEXT year: Saturday, December 6th, 2014 Dec. 19th Winter Wonderland Performances 9:30am: PS/ES Families invited Dec. 20th PS/ES Holiday Party Dec. 20th MS/HS Holly Ball Dec. 23rd January 1st Holiday Break School Closed Jan. 2nd School Resumes Jan. 9th Parent Advisory Council Date Change (2nd Thurs. of month) Parents invited Jan. 20th MLK, Jr. Day School Closed Feb.1st Family Fun Day Black History Month Theme Feb. 6th Parent Advisory Council All parents invited 8:30 Board Room Feb.10th-13th 100th Day of School Celebration PS/ES celebrate 1 day this week Feb.17th Presidents' Day School Closed Feb.18th Feb 21st -Midwinter Recess School Closed Feb. 24th School Resumes Please contact your child’s principal’s office, if you have questions about these events. 2


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This holiday season, Fanwood is collecting donations to help some of our Fanwood families in need. Our hope is to help make the "season of giving" as joyous as possible for as many people as possible. To help make gift-giving as easy as possible for families, and also to allow them the opportunity to choose what they most need and want, we will be doing a "Holiday Gift Card Drive" Please donate gift cards in the amounts of: $10, $15, or $20 We encourage cards from: Walmart, Target, VISA or Master Card Deadline: December 14th, 2013 Gift Cards can be dropped off at: Peet Hall Reception in attention to Diana Segre With questions, please contact Diana Segre dsegre@nysd.net Thank you very much in advance for your generous donations for our families this holiday season! 3


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Help Fanwood Build A Playground! Currently, our students do not have a playground. Our playground sustained permanent, structural damage from Hurricane Sandy, so our children can no longer play on it. We are raising funds to build a new, playground that will meet the needs of all of our students. Some children use wheelchairs and walkers, so a playground with a surface of wood chips would limit their ability to move and play. Therefore, we need a playground that is has a rubber surface, so that ALL of our children can play. Our goal is just $45,000 for our new playground. One way we are reaching our goal is through a fun and competitive online site called CrowdRise. CrowdRise is fun and easy...and money raised will go directly to the school. Click Here to access the CrowdRise page. You can help us by: 1. Donating directly to our main New York School for the Deaf page -OR2. Click on the "join our team" link and start your own fundraiser that will connect to our main page. Whichever option you choose, the key to success is to SHARE this link on Facebook, Twitter and any other social media outlet. Also, you can simply email this link to all of your friends and family. New York School for the Deaf is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, so all donations are tax-deductable to the full extent allowed by law. Please email Mary T. Rahe at mrahe@nysd.net if you have questions or need help with the process. Can you raise more money than the current fundraising leaders? Current Fundraising Leaders NYSD Main page $1,925 Danielle Piccirilli $865.00 NYSD Parent Cary Albaum $715.00 NYSD Parent, Jitka Seck $690.00 Mary T. Rahe $600.00 Darrell Long $590.00

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Visit from St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf On November 5th, students and families of eleven 8th graders visited us from St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf. We always enjoy this annual visit, and look forward to meeting the new potential incoming high school students. Students and their parents enjoyed classroom and campus tours, as well as meeting many Fanwood students.

NYSD students welcome the St. Joseph’s group to Fanwood.

Fanwood’s traveling performance group, Sign On also performed for the families, which highlighted our strong performing arts program. We hope that these eleven students choose to attend Fanwood next Fall! GARDENING WITH XEROX!

Fanwood Fitness Center Grand Opening

Recently, Fanwood was the recipient of a grant from the Xerox Community Involvement Program for our garden.

On October 25, Fanwood held the grand opening of our brand new fitness center! Two rooms full of both cardio and weight training equipment was graciously donated by Equinox/Blink, a large gym corporation who very much wants our students to be healthy and fit.

In addition, they wanted to show us their support by coming to Fanwood to help us rebuild our garden fence. We enjoyed a great day with the Xerox volunteers working side by side our Fanwood staff & students. Dan Brady from the Food Bank also joined us for this celebration.

David Collignon from Equinox was able to join us and experience the joy of watching our students walk into the rooms and their faces light up. As each student would turn the corner, they proclaimed, "WOW COOL"! One student asked David: "who was paying for all this?" He responded that it was a donation that his company wanted to do for the good of the students. Many of the students went directly up to David and thanked him personally.

Students who work in the garden were given certificates in recognition of their hard work and the success of their efforts. We feel this is the start of a good relationship with Xerox. THANK YOU, XEROX!

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Click HERE for pictures of Halloween at Fanwood

Fanwood’s Nightmare Manor This year’s Haunted House was a great success! Our team was dedicated to not only building an amazing haunted house, but to improving our internal process, as well. It was wonderful to see the growth from last year to this year. Our PR for the event improved, we managed to get several sponsors and every single one of the hundreds of wooden pallets were donated, in an effort to reduced costs. Three-Year Comparison

Friday - 2nd weekend in October Saturday – 2nd weekend in October Friday - 3rd weekend in October Saturday - 3rd weekend in October Thursday - Halloween weekend Friday - Halloween weekend Saturday - Halloween weekend TOTAL

2011 People Attending

79 Snowed out 79

2012 People Attending 12 46 101 92 55 130 436

Children’s Halloween Spooktacular This event brought so many people in from the outside community and they were given insight into how wonderful our Fanwood community really is. This year, one of the crowd favorites were the ASL Storytellers. We were thrilled to share ASL with community members who may not have had much exposure to deaf culture. The Children's Spooktacular and Fanwood's Nightmare Manor are playing a very big part in reaching the outside community. While our number one priority is to educate deaf students, it has become necessary to also do everything we can to create powerful community connections that will strengthen us politically, socially, and financially. 6

2013 People Attending

85 104 38 106 205 538


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Who says you “Can’t eat art!?” Freshmen 2D art class made a color wheel using frosting to mix the colors.

Partnership with The Chapel School Earlier this month, two of our preschool classes began a partnership with The Chapel School in Bronxville, NY. Rosemarie Lynch and Amanda Bostick's classes engaged in lessons and activities to develop language and social skills with preschool students at The Chapel School. We are excited about this partnership, and look forward to its continued development. Click HERE to read recent news article on this special collaboration!

Christopher Columbus's Fanwood Voyage Students in Lori Quiazon & Carolyn Hua’s class voyaged around as Christopher Columbus did while staying at Fanwood They “visited” 7 different “islands” to trade with the “natives” there. The students learned why it was important to make trades and how to haggle to make a fair trade for both parties involved. They also had to ration their food to make sure they could make it to the New World with food remaining. 7

All smiles during a chilly November Fire Drill!


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Soccer At the 2013 ESDAA Metro Tournament end of the boys’ soccer tournament, the Fanwood boys’ team was awarded the Sportsmanship trophy. The Tornadoes showed good communication, faith, and teamwork throughout the entire tournament. Jake P. and Martin T. received both were honored to receive All Star trophies. Congratulations to Jake and Martin Torres for this terrific achievement! The 2013 Soccer season ended in a battle for 3rd place against The American School for the Deaf. The Tornadoes struggled early in the game and were ultimately defeated with a final score of 2-0. The team and captain, Jake Pacheco, along with the entire team wants to thank everyone that came out to support the Tornadoes this year!

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Volleyball The NYSD Girls Volleyball team ended their season at WPSD for the ESDAA Tournament. The tournament began with a game against Lexington School for the Deaf. Our players showed great determination and improvement, especially in our passing game. Holly M. spiked a great deal during this game, which was a great advantage. Our weakness during this game was our serving, which ultimately led to a 2-0 defeat. Following that game, we competed against The Learning Center. Our girls played strong, making very few errors throughout the match. NYSD took the win and achieved the 5th place position. Coach Kandace Morris said, “Congratulation to our senior Rosa P., who received the All-Tournament Team award! It was a bittersweet for our seniors, as this tournament signified the end of their NYSD volleyball career. Overall, we had a good season. I enjoyed working with this team and was inspired by their level of growth as athletes and young ladies; from the first day of practice, to their last game. They taught me to be a better coach.”

Girls Basketball: Lady Tornadoes Win Opener By student, Carlos V. In the season opener for the Lady Tornadoes, the team led by captain, Rosa P., defeated the Sharks from the French-American School of New York by a score of 21 – 18. Holly M. led her team in scoring. The girls did an excellent job playing defense against the Sharks helping get the win. Boys Basketball Defeated at Home By student, Abraham M. On November 21, the Fanwood Tornadoes played the FrenchAmerican School of New York and lost 45-35 in Fanwood lost. Dennis W. scored 18 points. Agron D., Wigner D., and Michael B. led the team in assists and rebounds. On November 25th, the Tornadoes played Stamford Academy and lost in a close game 63-53. The team played hard and showed spirit and sportsmanship. Dennis W. led his team with 29 points. Be sure to check the NYSD website for upcoming games! 8

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