Winter 2021
Update from Executive Director, Patty Sly
As the snow continues to fall and we anxiously await the arrival of spring, I remain in awe of the resilience of the PG Chambers School community. I am happy to report that 60% of our children are back at school 5 days a week, and parents, staff, and most importantly, our students could not be more thrilled! We continue to provide virtual instruction and tele-therapy to our remote students who are unable to return to campus at this time. We are also excited to welcome several new students and their families to our school community and we hope to welcome several more this spring as the referral process begins to return to pre-pandemic levels. Our Early Intervention and Community Services programs continue providing services in person and through telehealth. Kids Count Child Care remains open five days a week. We are delighted to see the community spread numbers dropping and the vaccination rates on the rise. And we look forward to the day we can all be together again. Thanks to our community, we have managed our ever-changing approaches to service and program delivery to support our students and families. Thank you for your leadership, patience, resilience and dedication. I have never been more proud of the PG Chambers School family and I thank everyone for being such an important part of it!  
Partners Making a Difference
New Shed Roof Completed Thanks to Knights of Columbus- George Washington Council 
The amazing Knights of Columbus, George Washington Council 359, volunteered their time this past December to replace our much needed storage shed roof. We are so grateful to Grand Marshall SK Bill Duggan, Jeff Simon, Jason Beegle, Paul Esposito, Ken Kramer, Scott Ginamarino, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Pete O’Hagan, John Murphy, mascot Roxy, and the entire George Washington Council for this generous makeover. Thanks to their hard work and financial contributions, our children’s outdoor equipment will be safe and dry for years to come!
P.G. Chambers School Students Give Back 
Charity, a high school student in Zimbabwe, hopes to be a doctor someday. Thanks to PGCS middle school student international service project, Charity can now continue her education.

In the Fall of 2019/2020, under the leadership of middle school teacher, Dina Alves and speech therapist Jen Jacobs, our middle schoolers joined with 1.85 million US students to support students in developing countries who cannot afford to attend high school and/or participate in a leadership education program. Through the sale of Yuda bands, pictured right, our students were able to sponsor Charity. Charity’s mom is unemployed and was unable to afford the fees for Charity to continue her education but thanks to our students and two local Girl Scout troops, our children sold 338 bands to support her dreams. We are so proud of their efforts and we are thrilled to pay it forward by giving the gift of education to another worthy student!      
Sale of Yuda Bands, bracelets made of coconut and leather designed by an artisan from Guatemala, help Charity pursue her dreams.  
Charity wants to be a doctor someday. Thanks to the support of PGCS students, she is well on her way.  

P.G. Chambers School is Honored to Welcome Two New Trustees as of January 19, 2021
Ronita Mathias
Ronita, a Warren resident, has more than 20 years of experience in the communication industry. She is a strong finance leader skilled in business operations, performance management, decision support, strategic planning, cost transformation, P&L management and leading and developing diverse teams. In her current role, Ronita is the VP- Commercial Finance and Business Development for the Verizon Consumer Group. In addition to her leadership experience in both wireline and wireless businesses, her credentials include a CPA license in NJ, Master’s in Business Economics from UM-St. Louis as well as a Master’s in Accounting from Seton Hall University. A strong proponent of diversity and inclusion, Ronita is a founding member of the Verizon Employee Resource Group SPICE (South-Asian Professionals Inspiring Corporate Excellence) and currently serves on the Executive Advisory board for SPICE. She is also active in mentoring the next generation of leaders in Verizon.  Ronita has joined the Finance Committee and will bring her passion and expertise to help the students and families we serve. 
Judy O'Hagan
Judy O’Hagan, a Morristown resident, is the Principal Consultant at JOH Organizational Solution a consultancy focused on leadership development, organizational culture and employee engagement, and strategic leadership communications. Judy established JOH Solutions in 2016, following an extensive and distinguished career as a human resources executive in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry. Prior to her consulting role, Judy held the position of Vice President, Human Resources at Sanofi US from 2007-2016. At Sanofi, O’Hagan served as the steering committee chairperson for WISE (Women Inspiring Sanofi Excellence) and as a member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Advisory Board. She also served as the Chair of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard Task Force for the CEO Roundtable on Cancer. Prior to her role at Sanofi, O’Hagan held a series of HR leadership roles at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, where she achieved the level of Vice President, Human Resources for the commercial division. In her community, Judy has served as President of the Board of Directors for Jersey Battered Women’s Service. She is also a former member of the Board of Trustees for Cristo Rey High School in Newark, NJ. Judy is an alumna of Marquette University and remains active with Marquette in multiple arenas including development, recruitment, and as a member of the Advisory Council for the College of Arts and Sciences. Judy has joined the Personnel and Menus Committees and will help us engage the broader community in our important work.  
Recent Grant Highlights
Recent Grants Help Children Thrive . . .
We are happy to celebrate the exceptional partners who truly value and invest in our important work. Recent grants support our Early Intervention Program, Powered Mobility Program, our Resource Room Renovation project, and much needed technology upgrades to support virtual learning and therapy. Together we are not just surviving, but thriving and we are incredibly grateful for these partnerships.  
Early Intervention Program participant enjoys creating a work of art for Valentine's Day.
Early Intervention Program
The F.M. Kirby Foundation, a partner for more than 30 years, embraces the importance of early intervention services for the children we serve with a recent gift of $75,000. Their leadership is truly transformational - changing lives and helping families secure the resources they need to help their children during these important developmental years. Their partnership by example has also inspired other grantors to join them and we are excited to also thank the MDRT Foundation for their recent gift of $5,000 to support this critical program.
Powered Mobility Program
Our community continues to come together in support of expanding our Powered Mobility Program. To date our community has contributed $97,789. These philanthropic investments are fostering student exploration, decision making, and independence while students build core strength and improve integration of all their senses. Our students have so much to express, to learn, and to explore and we are excited to celebrate the recent grants from the Dorothy B. Hersh Foundation ($25,736) and the ADP Foundation ($15,000) which allowed us to purchase our second powered wheelchair, pictured below, and support the staffing needed to expand this exciting program.
The Dorothy B. Hersh Foundation grant funds purchase of a new powered wheel chair, aptly named Cher (left). 
Cher will join Sonny, our other powered wheelchair, which was purchased this past summer- thanks to the support of several generous contributors.  
P.G. Chamber's School student tries out the new furniture. 
Resource Room Renovation
Catholic Human Services Foundation awarded P.G. Chambers School a $3,680 grant for the purchase of a 4-piece tiered soft seating furniture, pictured to the left, for our newly renovated Resource Room. Thanks to their generosity, our teachers and therapists will have more options for creative seating for our students in the multi-purpose room. The tiered seating units will also allow our smaller students to use them for physical therapy climbing exercises.  In addition, the Arnold A. Schwartz Foundation recently granted us $2,000 to support other aspects of this important room renovation project. 
Technology Upgrades

The Union Foundation recently awarded P.G. Chambers School a $5,000 grant to support the purchase of much needed technology to facilitate learning and therapy in all models of service delivery. Thanks to their support, we purchased 6 laptops, 4 Chromebooks, 2 iPads and 5 switch interfaces, to assist students with access, and we are delighted to report that our students and staff are already benefiting from their generosity. We are so thankful to have the technology we need to reach our students in both remote and in-person environments.
School News
The JOY of Learning Continues . . . 
Our preschoolers have been busy learning about the weather, bears, ways to stay safe during the cold and of course, reading some classic winter-related books. During music and playtime they are also practicing their letters and numbers. As the snow continues to fly in New Jersey, we are pleased to welcome two new students to our preschool this winter!
Pre-school student enjoys lesson.
While the pandemic has limited our travel, our elementary students are taking virtual field trips around NJ to learn more about our beautiful lakes, rivers, and the Paterson Great Falls. They even explored a horse ranch. Students are also learning about their specific municipalities and counties. These virtual trips were inspired by a book they are reading about a dog who is exploring different places in NJ to find a "furever" home. While we wish we could visit in-person, these virtual field trips are providing a wonderful opportunity for our virtual and in-person students to explore new places and learn together!
What do you do when the pandemic makes it impossible to have an in-person winter concert? You have an online holiday sign-a-along! Thanks to the creativity of P.G. Chambers School music teacher, Lauren Goldman students, parents and staff were invited to participate! Everyone was asked to wear their festive holiday attire and Lauren encouraged further participation by implementing a virtual spinning wheel to help our guests select their song choices. The holiday spirit was certainly alive and well as we gathered together virtually to celebrate the joys of the season.  
Dancer Returns to P.G. Chambers School to Inspire Students
P.G. Chambers School is excited to welcome back teaching artist, Anna Gichen, an accomplished dancer with a hearing impairment, to continue inspiring the love of dance and expression with our children. Due to the pandemic, we had to postpone the Artist in Residency Program this past spring but thanks to the resilience and commitment of all involved, we were able to restart the program in a virtual format in February. Physical education teacher, Patrick Ryan shared a snapshot into our weekly sessions, “Anna’s class was fun for all! Students are exploring ways to move their bodies, embracing the idea that there are many ways to move. Our kids and staff were challenged to act out what dance means to them. We all learned that dance is energy, moving through space in time together. In recognizing and celebrating our differences, Anna also taught our students how to sign the first letter of their names.” The love of dance and movement is evident in our students and we are thrilled to have a partner, like Anna, to inspire us every week.  
The Artists in Education (AIE) Residency Grant Program is a co-sponsored project of The New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Young Audiences Arts for Learning New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. The program is carried out in partnership with regional partners, including Appel Farm Arts & Music Campus, Count Basie Center for the Arts, and Morris Arts. P.G. Chambers School was one of twelve schools that received a grant in 2019.
Nate '18 Alumnus P.G. Chambers School
Nate is a 16 year old junior at the PG RISE Program. Nate is part of the first class that began PG RISE at Randolph High School and he is truly enjoying his high school years. Nate, like any teenager, enjoys sports, dancing, singing and just being one of the gang. 
 
Nate recently sat down with Margey Dwyer- Daily, Special Education teacher at PG RISE, to share a little bit about himself.  
 
1)     What is your favorite memory from your time at P.G. Chambers School?
I liked being with friends, like Michael, and being in holiday shows and dancing. 
2)     What is your favorite subject at PG RISE?
I like math because I am learning to balance equations.  Sometimes I also like reading in Language Arts.
3)     What is your favorite activity at PG RISE?
I like going to the gym and working in the school store some times. Last year, we went caroling around the school. I love the pep rallies and going to the football games. I love dancing in my classroom.
4)     What do you like to do in your free time?
I watch T.V. when the Jets play football. I like to play video games, like Wii Baseball, and spending time with my family. I like to play on my iPad. When there is no Covid, I like to go bowling. 
5)     What are your dreams for your future?
I want to work at Shop Rite or a book store. I want to play baseball for the Mets. I want to take a trip to Disney and keep singing rock and roll and Disney songs.
 
Margey shared some additional highlights of her fun-loving student, “Nate is an amazing young man who continues to persevere. He has matured into a young gentleman who is kind, thoughtful, loves math and loves to move! He reserves standing ovations for his peers when they have done something outstanding. Nate loves to be in motion. Watching him run the bases in gym is something to behold. Watching Nate dance is something you never forget, he's got some moves!  I am so grateful to be on Nate's high school journey with him as he prepares for adulthood.” We are so proud of Nate and we know he will go far in school and in life! Seize the day, Nate, and know we are your biggest fans."  
Paraprofessional, Pat Glory, shares a toast with Nate.
Nate celebrates RHS spirit day!
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