Friday, April 24, 2015

Pinwheel Action

Middle School students had a blast creating and designing pinwheels in art club this week.  Our next meeting is May 14th at 3:20 to 4:15.  Our project will be an inspirational collage.  It is the last meeting of the school year.  We hope to see you there!
Group shot of our artists.

Close up of pinwheel, and yes, they do move!

Me helping with the mechanical part.

Designing the pinwheel.

Hot Chocolate Run 15K

My cousin Brittany, sister Susan and our friend Amy.
My second race completed for 2015.  It was a 15K, (9.3 miles).  It was chilly start, but ended up being the perfect temperature once I got the blood flowing.  Took me 1 hour 40 minutes.  Next race is in two weeks!

Pet Contest Winners Announced!

Pet Contest Winners Announced!  

First place winners won a certificate with a Subway gift card.  Second and third place winners received a certificate of honor.

First Place:
Taryn Schnider
Armani Walters
Donnic Schuebel
Landon Olson
Cayden Gifford

Second Place:
Melani Novinksi
Kyra Schofield
Carter Stroik
Jaymne Schofield
Bethany Kurshinsky

Third Place:
Addison Carlisle
Isabella Perzichilli
Kierra Schuebel
Anthony Demulling
Alexa Humphrey

Congratulations to all and thank you to all that participated!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Middle School Art Club

Middle School Art Club students last week created Oaxacan Gecko Paper Sculptures.  Our next art club meeting will be Thursday April 23rd from 3:30 to 4:15.  Our project will be a pinwheel.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Autism Awareness Month

Autism is a condition that is detected in early childhood. It is characterized by difficulty in communicating and in forming relationships with others. Using language and understanding abstract concepts can also be very difficult.
Autism is a spectrum disorder (ASD). This means that Autism may look very different for each person diagnosed with it.
Our son Jayce was officially diagnosed with Autism at the age of 3 1/2. Due to us being proactive parents and a wonderful program called WEAP (Wisconsin Early Autism Project) we have seen Jayce grow and overcome some pretty major hurdles.
There is no cure for Autism. We have no idea what the future hold for our little man. We take each day as it comes and embrace the joy he brings to our life through his amazing accomplishments.
Here are 10 interesting facts about our son that we would like to share with you.
1. Jayce is affectionate. Not all children on the spectrum are, but we are blessed with a child who want to be snuggled, hugged and kissed.

2. Jayce loves gadgets. We often feel he understands computers and iPads better than people.

3. Jayce likes routine. He embraces picture schedules and needs notice for unexpected changes that may take place in his day.

4. When talking with Jayce, conversations and directions need to be clear and to the point. Anything stated to him over three sentences will be hard for him to comprehend.

5. Jayce loves to interact with people, he is just uncertain on how to do it. He loves to wrestle with Daddy, to chase his sister and cousins in games of tag and draw with sidewalk chalk with Mommy. He just has trouble initiating these activities and sometimes staying in-tuned to them for a duration of time.

6. Jayce does have some sensory issues related to sound and texture. Jayce, also has a strong gag reflex that makes eating with him an adventure.

7. Jayce is blunt and honest. As he learns new things in this world, it is often hard for him to understand what is socially acceptable and unacceptable to say. Jayce does not experience embarrassment.

8. Jayce is a sensitive little guy. He will cry when his feelings are hurt or become frustrated with things he cannot understand. He has come a long way in being able to communicate his feelings to us.

9. Jayce is very smart. He is an excellent reader for his age. What is most impressive is his ability for creative and detailed story telling. Who knows? Maybe one day he might become an author!

10. Jayce has a smile and laugh that is contagious. We might not always know what he is thinking when we see that smile or hear that laugh, but it sure brings us joy seeing him so happy!
Light it up BLUE! Autism Awareness Day is April 2nd!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

New School Update

We officially will not be able to move into our new school until the middle of August, but today we were given a very special opportunity to tour the building in the middle of construction.  My last post on this topic shared my excitement for finally having an art room with windows for natural light. Today, I just quiver in excitement of being able to set foot into my room to see how it is all coming along.  Again, I feel so lucky to work in this district and feel proud to work in a community that realizes the importance of how much our student's needed this new learning environment.
Me standing in my new classroom!