Volume 5 | May 13, 2020
Marple Education Center News
Message From the Program Supervisors

You are probably wondering...didn't we just get a newsletter? You are correct...we sent out last week's newsletter later than expected
and we have a lot more to share!

Parent Training Assessment

 The Delaware County Intermediate Unit is planning for parent training for the upcoming school year. Please consider completing the training needs assessment here.
Best Buddies Friendship Walk
It can be difficult for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to form friendships, so Best Buddies partners them up with a peer volunteer to make a connection and promote inclusion. On June 20, 2020, Best Buddies will be holding their Virtual Friendship Walk for inclusion, acceptance, and friendship. If you would like to participate, you can join the Haverford High School team . To learn more about the Virtual Friendship Walk, check out this webpage . If you have any questions, contact Kayla Kishbaugh at kkishbaugh@dciu.org .
Art Therapy: Encourage Scribbling
Scribbling is an important Stage of Artistic development. There are 3 stages of scribbling the first is 'uncontrolled marking', followed by 'controlled marking' where the child realizes they are changing their environment. The last stage is realized when the child starts to give 'names or titles to their scribbles'.
All children go through the same Stages of art development just not at the same pace. This week we will be creating an easy to do Scribbling project and an Accidental art project.
I hope you and your protegee enjoy the process of creating these projects as much as I do.
Remember there is no right or wrong in art and I hope you have fun!
Mrs. TC Hagee
Above is a Video showing how artist Jack Pollack made his Paintings.

Maybe try his technique outside!

*This week you will need the following materials:
For the Accidental Art Video:
  • A tray or cookie sheet to work in for the accidental art project
  • a few colors of Tempra or acrylic paint r finger paint
  • a few sheets of construction paper
  • some plastic wrap or wax paper to lay over the paint
For the Scribble Picture Video project:
  • some crayons or markers
  • white construction or watercolor paper
  • a set of water colors or some food coloring watered down with water
Later watch Mati and Dada on Jackson Pollack
Coach Brian's Reading Corner

Today's book "R is for Rugby" introduces the sport of rugby through the alphabet. I left out one letter. Can you guess which one?
Meet The Author
Here is Mike Petri's story. He is an amazing Father, Husband,Teacher and of course rugby player.
Mike was kind enough to send a signed copy of his book for The Students at The Marple Education Center!
Cosmic Kids Yoga
I really like this Cosmic Kids You Tube Exercise/Yoga routine. It is so much fun and really gets you fit!

What Time Is It Mr. Fox?
A big Fox runs through our back yard every day! I wonder if he knows "what time it is"?

What will I do when the clock turns "Midnight"?????
Coach Brian's Outdoor Gym Class!
The weather is turning warmer. I want to play basketball. Wait...... I don't have a basketball net!!
What can I do????

Play Along with Ms. Amanda

Grab your shaker or drum that you made and play along with Ms. Amanda to the song "Mercy" by Duffy.
Online Music Composition
This week's music composition game is Peg's Parade . You'll create your own marching band and practice counting to 10.
Musical Story
Ms. Amanda reads the book And To Think That We Thought That We'd Never Be Friends by Mary Ann Hoberman. Parents, you can gently tap a steady beat to the poem on your child's shoulder or knee or use hand-over-hand guidance to help them keep a steady beat on a drum or by clapping. Follow along with Amanda tapping her drum.
Meet the Instruments
Every week, Ms. Amanda will introduce you to a new musical instrument! The instrument of this week is the flute!
Have fun and keep making music! Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions or comments: almiller@dciu.org - Ms. Amanda
Notes from the Nurse
The CDC reports that fewer children have received vaccines during the pandemic. Remember to make sure your children receive their vaccines to help avoid outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. See the full article at bit.y/MMWR5820.
Families of Children with Special Health Needs Town Hall
Nemours Children's Health System will be hosting a virtual town hall meeting on Thursday, May 14 from 4:00-5:30 PM to discuss information about COVID-19 for parents of children with special health needs. Topics that will be addressed include:

• What are the symptoms of COVID-19 in a child with special health care needs?
•  What steps can I take to stay calm and to keep my family calm during this crisis?
•  When should I bring my child to the hospital for care? Is it safe?
•  Will the newly approved drug, remdesivir, work in children to treat COVID-19?

There will also be an opportunity for participants to ask questions through the chat feature in YouTube (the questions will be viewable by everyone, so be sure to keep identifiable information private). The town hall will also be recorded. The link is available here , and the video is also embedded below.
Suggestions from the Psychologists
Check in with yourself and see how you're feeling. This battery graphic may help you visualize where your current emotional state is. Try the suggestions on where your "charge level" currently is.

-School psychologists Lydia Solomon, Jim Wolf, Susan Howard, and intern Lena Costalas
Social Worker Wisdom
Families of students who normally receive free and reduced lunches will be receiving a one-time payment of $370.50 to help pay for meals that would normally be provided during school. Read the article here .

-Jill Shaika, social worker
Creating Schedules
Nearly everyone utilizes some form of visual schedule to stay organized (a list for the grocery store, for example). Visual schedules (in writing and/or picture form) can help individuals who have trouble processing verbally delivered information, initiating activities, staying focused, completing many steps within a task, and shifting focus between one activity to the next. Visual schedules can increase independence and also reduce anxiety for many individuals with special needs. Check out this website for printable schedules and picture cards, as well as many other helpful tools and tips that can benefit our students from day to day.

-Stacey Ciarrocchi, Board Certified Behavior Analyst