A Friends Elementary and Middle School Serving Bright Children Who Learn Differently
Winter 2013 Dear TQS Families, We have arrived at the season of giving thanks. It is a favorite time of year, exciting and promising. Thanksgiving Day, a truly American holiday, invites all to celebrate. Everyone is welcome to a table to share a great meal, a moment of peace and a break from the very busy lives we lead. This Thursday, our wonderful Parents Association hosted our annual Thanksgiving Feast. Each year it gets better – our fantastic moms and dads dedicate themselves to cooking up a storm with everyone’s traditional favorite foods. Welcome to New Additions to our Student Body and Teaching Staff As always, we have much to be thankful for. Our school, serving children whose endearing minds, energy and creativity, are our special “claim to fame”, is thriving and bustling with new families joining us nearly each week! Welcome to those students who have entered since September: Finn, Ryan, Samira, Selah, Alex, Isabella, and CT. We are so glad you have joined us and we hope you are happy to be here! With the addition of so many new students, we have added a new teacher. David Mendlewski specializes in literacy, has a terrific teaching resume, including several administrative posts. Fortunately for us, he is seeking a full time administrative position, and we hired him for this interim, as our enrollment is bulging. For the remainder of this year he will be working with fourth through seventh graders in reading and writing. In addition to David M, we also have added to our counseling team and PE staff. Dr. Adam Berman joins us for a few hours each week to consult with teachers regarding optimizing classroom behaviors. Amanda Hoade, a PE teacher with certification in Adapted PE, is working with the middle school PE class. Dave, Adam and Amanda all started last week and are becoming part of our weekly routine.
“I Can’t Believe It’s Five O’Clock Already” This very successful pilot program has brought parents together to talk about their own challenges with organization, planning and time management. In opening this conversation, parents recognize that others share the same challenges and share solutions and suggestions with Nancy West, our facilitator for this program. The next meeting is Friday, December 13, 9:00-‐10:30am. You are welcome to attend whether or not you have been before. An Impressive Guest Speaker John Dearing graduated from TQS three years ago. He is now a junior at Bucks County Technical High School. John came to speak to the middle school about his life after TQS. Always an interesting topic, John’s story is a bit bigger than life. At the wise old age of 16, he already has his own tech support and website business. He shared his philosophy with our current future high school students, “Set your goals and stick with them.” John encouraged everyone to understand their learning differences and to embrace their passions and abilities. John now reads at grade level, after years of struggling with the limitations of dyslexia. As he pointed out, dyslexia also gave him the extraordinary visual and spatial skills that are integral to his already successful career path. OT Updates Parents are interested in TQS providing more direct instruction in keyboarding and handwriting. Terry Carroll, our OT has increased her hours with us to include more focused consultative time in the classrooms, as well as supervised keyboarding and handwriting classes. For anyone, learning efficient keyboarding or handwriting requires quite a lot of practice. Students learning these skills are encouraged to practice at home to ingrain the skills and build efficient habits. Terry is available to answer parents’ questions about acquiring these important skills. firstname.lastname@example.org. A Few Special Thank You’s • The TQS PA has established some already beloved new “traditions,” such as popcorn for snacks and running a cool school store. The recent movie night was a roaring success. Dana Eschallier and Cindy DeGeorge are the co-‐presidents and deserve special recognition for their enterprising work! • Special Equestrians in Warrington is a very special place in the lives of students in homerooms one and two – we thank them for the
opportunity for our little ones to have this unique experience learning to ride and relate to child-‐friendly horses. Bob Gold, our music teacher, has made an incredibly positive impression on his students. There is nothing like a jam session with Bob to get our students communicating and creating together. Jaime LaBonte and I have been writing blogs on a regular basis that are posted on our website and TQS Facebook. Each week Jaime adds to her class’s journal and snaps a few friendly photos. Nicole Adamoyurka-‐Negro organizes our annually successful Book Fair combined with family fun night at Barnes & Noble in Willow Grove. Last Thursday’s Book Fair was a well-‐attended lovely event ~ I hope you were there to enjoy it! Winter and spring book fairs raise money that go into purchasing books for the TQS library and classroom literature. All of our Families deserve a big thank you for all you do to keep our school the positive and busy place it is.
Giving Tuesday, December 3, is an online fundraising campaign that is directed to non-‐profit organizations. It is designed to encourage people during this season of giving, to give to the non-‐profits that are dear to their hearts. Spread the word through your own email and Facebook – encourage your friends and family to help you thank your school! We hope that you will visit the Giving Tuesday website and make a donation of any size to The Quaker School at Horsham. As always, we thank you for all the many ways you help our school to thrive and grow. www.givingtuesday.org Wishing you all the best possible winter season, with happy holidays all around. Don’t forget:
~~ Our Winter Holiday Assembly is December 20 ~~
See you there!! Looking forward, Ruth Ruth Joray Head of School 250 Meetinghouse Road, Horsham, PA 19044 phone: 215-‐674-‐2875 fax: 215-‐674-‐9913 web: www.quakerschool.org