January 2018

 "And now we welcome the New Year. Full of things that have never been."  
-Rainer Maria Rilke

New York Institute for Special Education  

Happy New Year!

On behalf of all of us here at the New York Institute for Special Education (NYISE), thank you for making 2017 a year filled with hope, cheer, and joy for our students and campers.

From our holiday concerts to swimming competitions paired with trips to the Apple store and the beach , every one of our students and campers had the opportunity to try something new, explore a topic of their interest, and learn more about the world outside our campus.

All of this and more was made possible in part because of your support - thank you!

Please stay tuned for updates on our plans for 2018 and to learn more about how our programs are impacting the lives of our students and preparing them for a brighter future.

Keep warm,
Bernadette M. Kappen, Ph.D.
Executive Director

PS: For our blind and visually impaired readers, a complete list of embedded links is included at the end of this email.

Possibly the most colorful day of 2017 was when a group of our Schermerhorn students celebrated Hawaiian music and culture with a luau. A favorite event for students and teachers alike, each student was delighted to do the limbo, try some new dance moves, and show off their artistic side by making a lei garland out of pasta noodles and bright hand cut paper flowers. To learn more, click here .
Creativity is a core value that we encourage our Van Cleve students to explore throughout the year. A great way to do this is through art projects that allow students to express themselves with bold and bright colors that engage the senses and inspire the imagination. To learn more about some of their work during 2017, click here .

BONUS: Click here to print out one of our student's beach paintings.
Our youngest students in the Readiness program are always on the move, so it is no surprise that they are fascinated by big things to go! From fire trucks to cherry pickers, our annual Transportation Day provided a firsthand opportunity for students to step into these vehicles and learn more about the people who drive them. Click here to learn more.

BONUS: As part of Transportation Day, students met firefighters and learned about fire safety. Click here to read about what they learned and to print a template Home Fire Escape Plan.
Each year, our pre-school artists showcase their artwork for friends and family during an art show held here on campus. A culmination of their lessons on master artists, our 2017 show featured works inspired by Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Claude Monet, and Diego Rivera. Click here to see more of their work.

BONUS: Click here to print out one of our student's paintings that was inspired by Jackson Pollack.
Each year our students come together to perform winter and spring concerts for their friends and family members. Featuring dance, choral, and solo vocal performances, these memorable concerts provide everyone with a chance to be in the spotlight and share what they have learned. To watch videos from our Winter Concert, click here.
As scientists in training, our students spent much of the year testing hypothesis, collecting data, and analyzing results. Taking students out of the classroom and to locations throughout the Bronx, one of our most memorable field trips was to the Yonkers Pier Science Barge where students learned about the role of renewable energy in supporting sustainable food production in New York. To learn more about this exciting day, click here .

As part of our Technology Program, students visited a nearby Apple store during Computer Science Education Week to take a coding class. Led by members of Apple's Genius bar, students delighted in participating in coding activities via at www.code.org , including games that increase in difficulty with each successfully written line of code. To learn more about our Technology Program, click here .
Did you know NYISE has a greenhouse and a garden! Used primarily by our middle and high school science classes to study plant life cycles, we encourage all of our students to use the greenhouse and garden to learn more about where their food comes and what it takes to have a green thumb. Part of our ongoing efforts to teach students about making healthy life choices, we look forward to sharing more about our gardeners throughout 2018. Click here to see our 2017 Schermerhorn gardeners in action.
The Antoine de Saint Exupéry Youth Foundation recently visited our campus and led two workshops as part of an initiative to improve access to art and literature for blind youth in the United States. Blind French artist-publisher Claude Garrandes and British 3D designer Eva Sbaraini led these workshops and taught students how to read embossed drawings and use tactile graphics specific to the theme of The Little Prince . To learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime experience, click here .

From Goalball and Wrestling to Cheerleading , Bowling , and Swimming , it is hard to say which sport our students enjoy the most. This may be because our athletes are driven by their love of playing or that winning is secondary to good sportsmanship. Whatever the reason, we are proud of our athletes and thrilled to honor them at our annual Sports Awards ceremony held in the spring of each year. To learn more and see photos from our 2017 ceremony, click here .

BONUS: Van Cleve teacher Anthony Apuzzi recently talked with New York Giants Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. Click here to see what they had to say to our students.

This past summer marked the expansion of Camp Wanaqua from four to six weeks! Heralded by campers and parents alike as a great way to spend the summer, Camp Wanaqua is provided free-of-charge for blind and visually impaired children from throughout New York City and Westchester County. Our core non-academic program, click here to learn more and see photos from Camp Wanaqua 2017.

2017 marked the start of #ThrowbackThursdays and provides a glimpse into NYISE's over 185-year history serving New York's blind and visually impaired children.

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NYISE's mission is to provide quality educational programs and support to the students and families in a safe, caring environment, and to awaken and inspire student curiosity, lifelong learning, and fulfillment. To learn more about how we fulfill this mission through our education programs, click the program titles below.
NYISE's programs are made possible in part through the generosity of a diverse community of friends and supporters who value quality educational opportunities for children who are blind or visually impaired, emotionally or learning disabled, and preschoolers who are developmentally delayed.  As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, all contributions to NYISE are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.  Click here to make your donation today.  

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Thank you for reading!

For our blind and visually impaired readers, below is a list of embedded links from the sections above:
Letter from Executive Director
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