August 31, 2018
A Note from Acting Head of School...
Dear Parents,
Crossroads School strives to do more than just teach academic subjects. Life skills are an important component of our curriculum.

Last week was our chance to start back into the school routine slowly with half days. This week we are back to our full day schedule. We know it is hard to adjust from the relaxed pace of summer to the demands of the school year. Nonetheless, punctuality is an important life skill and it is something we want to encourage for our students.

When students come late in the morning, they miss important classroom time and are often stressed about catching up. Tardiness can be disruptive to other students too. We want to encourage you and your student to strive to be on time in the morning. If you are having difficulty on a consistent basis, perhaps we can help you problem solve with your child. Let's work together and make punctuality a life skill we value.

Debi Mishael
Board Chair & Acting Head of School
(713) 977-1221 x101
Homework Skills starts off with a Healthy Snack

Homework Skills is offered Monday-Thursday until 4:30 PM and Friday until 3:15 PM. Students transition from class into Building One and enjoy a snack daily. Fresh fruit is offered every day with a choice of higher protein (4-5 grams) snacks and low sugar drinks. Mr. Josh, Ms. Azmae teach Homework Skills most days and we welcome back Ms. Gemma for Monday afternoons.

Contact Julianne to sign up for daily or weekly attendance in Homework Skills. 
Speaking of Healthy Food...
Please be sure to send a healthy lunch with your child every day. There are guidelines in the Parent-Student Handbook and recommendations for lunch.   Our cars won't run without gas and our student's brains won't work well without sufficient nutrition. 

On Fridays we offer Pizza and a drink for a fee of $200/school year.  If you would like to sign your child up to have Friday pizza, please contact Julianne

Bring an Empty Drink Bottle...
There are water coolers in all classrooms and in many of the common buildings available for student use. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite water bottle to refill throughout the day to cut down on disposable cup usage. Research shows that water is essential for our brains to function optimally. We encourage students to drink to stay hydrated and in a positive mood, especially in the Houston weather!
The Benefits of Yoga

Everyone has enjoyed the calm in our new Yoga Room. Ms. Azmae will work with all students throughout the year to teach them various techniques of beginner Yoga. Research shows us that yoga is particularly beneficial for students with learning differences  as it aids then in better focus on tasks at hand.  Yoga was offered as an extra-curricular option last school year.  We saw the benefit and decided to incorporate it into our students' daily school schedules.  

During staff training week, Ms. Azmae took the staff through a routine and shared with the faculty which poses and breathing exercises can be used in the classroom when students need to calm or center themselves.
1. Awareness of the breath
Breathing exercises can energize kids and encourage relaxation. Different games and techniques help kids connect to how their bodies feel as a result of deep breathing. Focus increases, as does their breathing and lung capacity. Stress is naturally reduced and healthy hormones are released.

2. Strengthening and energizing
Yoga is great for stretching and for building strength. Bodies that are strong digest food better, maintain a healthy weight and can support the stress of carrying heavy loads, like a backpack. Bodies will also  breathe better , work more efficiently and protect the more fragile joints.

3. Balancing
Balancing poses teach children that with increased focus, you can increase attention naturally, even in kids who struggle with different attention challenges. Focusing on balancing skills, develops an intrinsic strength, evokes a meditative feeling, and promotes stillness and a quieting of the mind.

4. Stretching and lengthening
Yoga poses stretch muscles and through integrating breathing and movement, muscles become warm and become more flexible. They can yield when they need to, and support tender joints in a more functional way.

5. Awareness and focus
Yoga helps create awareness in the body through deep breathing and movement. Children that have healthy body awareness are more confident and strong, have better posture, breathe better and have a sense of quiet strength.

6. Flowing, connecting and integrating
When we string poses together, we give kids a taste of what it means to move with ease. It also helps them build the awareness that all our movements are a series of coordinated efforts between muscles, bones, joints and nerves. These things together increase a child's sense feeling integrated.

7. Meditation and relaxation
Yoga is meditative by nature; there is a calming, soothing quality. 

Community Event of Interest...

On Saturday, October 13 from 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
"A Night of Encouragement for Families with Special Needs Children." with guest speaker, Emily Colson. She is the author of the book Dancing with Max.
Click on the link to the right for a full brochure.

We thank Chuck Hendee (Ethan's grandfather) for sharing this information with us. This event is free but registration is required.

Crossroads School Events & Reminders

Monday, September 3 No School - Labor Day
Thursday, September 20, 2018 Open House 7:00 PM
Wednesday, September 26 Early dismissal day 12:30 PM (No after school activities)

(Enrichment Classes will begin later in September.)
5822 Dolores St.
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 977-1221