Book Bag Buzz - PDF by h73ksal0


									                                           Book Bag
A Family Newsletter of Challenged Child & Friends                                            November 2009
                                           As we move into Autumn at Challenged Child and Friends, the
11/6-       Holiday Marketplace            center is undergoing a great many festive changes. The weather is
        Dates to Remember

11/7        (Gainesville Civic Center)     getting cooler by the day, and sweaters and caps are appearing…
11/12       Fashion Show                   our hallways are becoming a patchwork of browns, golds, reds and
11/24       Early release - No extended
                                           yellows with a few ghosts, pumpkins, pilgrims and turkeys thrown in
            day at CCAF                    for good measure.
11/25-      Thanksgiving holidays -
11/27       No school                      Autumn is also a time of constant activities and special events. My
12/5        Respite, 10 am - 3 pm          first CCAF Fall Festival was an event that I will long remember
                                           (the “opportunity” to be the “Pocket Lady” was not something I
12/5        Festival of Trees
                                           remember as being in my job description!). It is a joy to watch your
12/9        John Berry Concert
                                           children prepare for Halloween and Thanksgiving celebrations while
12/12       Pancakes with Santa, 9-11 am   learning about shapes, colors, weather, food…and so much more.
12/15       Pajama Day                     Our teaching staff does a wonderful job of weaving together lessons
12/18-      Winter break - no school       and fun!
1/6         Students return                As we watch the children learn, grow, and progress in so many way,
                                           it helps remind me that gratitude should not be just a Thanksgiving
                                           thing. The staff and board at CCAF are indeed thankful for the
                                           support and level of involvement of our parents, and I hope that each
                                           of our parents appreciate the level of commitment that the CCAF
                                           teaching, therapy, nursing and administrative staff members have in
                                           caring for your children.

                                           Unfortunately, the early days of Autumn have also been a time of
                                           sorrow as CCAF staff and parents grieve the loss of a special member
        Challenged Child & Friends, Inc.

                                           of the CCAF family. Hans Christian Anderson wrote, “A human life is
        P.O. Box 5758

                                           a story told by God”; when we lost Amoree Martin, those who knew
        Gainesville, GA 30504

                                           her realized that we had the opportunity to witness a story told by
        Phone: 770-535-8372
        Fax: 770-535-0252

                                           God of courage, beauty and determination. Our hearts and prayers

                                           are with Amoree’s parents, Jamie and Isaac and her entire family.

                                           Autumn will be a busy time at CCAF…as we reflect on our loss and
                                           celebrate the seasonal events, I hope that you and your family have a
                                           great Autumn!

                                           Best regards,
             Visit our website at
  for news, resources and upcoming
 events at Challenged Child & Friends.     Dave Earnest
If you haven’t signed up to receive email updates from our Parent Teacher Conenction, email Carina
                           FROM YOUR PTC (Parent Teacher Connection)

Doyle at It’s a great way to stay connected!

 One of the many benefits of the PTC is connecting with other parents parents. Don’t miss these great
                               Mark your calendars for the PTC Activities!

 activities planned for the upcoming school year by the PTC:
         •Visit to the NGU Planetarium - Friday, November 13, 2009, 6 pm (See attached flier)
         •Playdate at Monkey Joe’s Jump Zone - Monday, January 4, 2010, 9 am - closing
         •Visit from the Elachee Nature Center - Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 9 am – 1 am
         •Wednesday, March 31, 2009 - Easter Egg Hunt, Lanier Village Estates, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
         •CCAF Family Beach Day - Saturday, May 22, 2010, 9 am – 1 pm
         •Gainesville Memorial Day Parade - Monday, May 31, 2010, 8:30 am set-up time
 Join us for these “family-terrific” events, planned especially for you by our PTC.

The PTC is collecting gift cards for teachers and         The PTC will be holding a gift card drive for the
staff members. The cards will be distributed at the       family of Amoree Martin starting October 26th and
staff Christmas party, which will be December 17.         ending November 6th. Places that would be appre-
If you are able to give one or more gift cards to local   ciated are restaurants, grocery stores, Walmart, gas
restaurants or other business, such as Blockbuster,       stations, etc.
McDonalds, Starbucks, etc., the PTC would appreci-
ate it. Gift cards should be in $5 or $10 increments
                                                          You may donate cash instead if you would like,
                                                          which will go toward more gift cards. Also, feel free
to facilitate the PTC ensuring that staff members
                                                          to include a sympathy card. All materials can be
receive cards of approximately equal value.
If you have questions, please call Emily Bagwell at
                                                          turned into Sarah Kerr’s office or at the front desk.
                                                          Thank you for all your support in helping Jamie and
770-883-6017 or email her at ebagwell@wdjwlaw.            Isaac through this difficult time.

                            AMC Entertainment® and the Autism Society of America have teamed up to
                           bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity
                           to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly
                           basis with the “Sensory Friendly Films” program. In order to provide a more
                           accepting and comfortable setting for this unique audience, the movie audito-
riums will have their lights brought up and sound turned down, families will be able to bring in their own
gluten-free, casein-free snacks, and no previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie. Addi-
tionally, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing - in other words, AMC’s
“Silence is Golden” policy will not be enforced unless the safety of the audience is questioned.

“Planet 51” will play on Saturday, November 21 @ 10:00 am at AMC Discover Mills 18, 5900 Sugarloaf
Parkway, Lawrenceville. Tickets are available the morning of the show.

Book Bag Buzz                                                                                           Page 2
It has been a fantastic year so far at CCAF. The children are settled in their classroom routines and are
                                               Late Arrivals

flourishing. Routine is an essential component of our intervention program here at CCAF. Many of the
successes we see in our students can be attributed to structured routine throughout the day. Because of
this, we ask that parents make every effort to get students here at the beginning of the intervention pro-
gram which starts at 8:30 a.m. Every portion of our program has some academic and therapeutic value.
For example, many classrooms start their day with table time. It may appear that these activities are just
toys on a table, but the purpose is to aid in cognitive and fine motor development. If a child consistently
misses the first 20-30 minutes of the program, then they are consistently missing that important teaching
time. Please review the following excerpt from the Handbook:

To deal with enrollment decisions for children and families on our waiting list, the following requirements
                                   Tardy Policy for Morning Programming

are policy:
       1. Children whose parents bring them to class later than 8:45 a.m. will be tardy (T) in CCAF class
       room attendance records.
       2 (a) When tardy records reach six entries, parents may be contacted by the CCAF family counselor
       to determine if support is needed to achieve arrival at 8:30 a.m.
          (b) Children whose parents bring them to class later than 9:15 a.m. will be recorded as curricu
        lum absent (CA) in CCAF classroom attendance records. After three (3) curriculum absences,
       parents may be contacted to determine if their child’s position/slot will be forfeited to a child on
       the waiting list. NOTE: Parents can help our decision-making by providing teacher with a brief ex-
       planation for curriculum absence (car trouble, doctor appointment, family emergency, oversleep
       ing, etc.) to record in attendance records.

Due to the high demand for our Intervention Treatment program and our Extended Care program, sev-
                                             Drop-In Service

eral classrooms are enrolled to capacity. While we are delighted that our services are so highly regarded
and sought after, unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to accommodate drop-in requests for the fol-
lowing programs:
        •½ Day Program (8:30 am-12:30 pm) in Classrooms T,A,B,C,D
        •Preschool Extended Care Program (12:30pm-5:15pm) for students enrolled in classrooms

Our class sizes are restricted by our licensing agency, Bright From the Start, Department of Early Care

and Learning. Drop-in requests must be made 24 hours in advance and must have payment attached.

If you pick your child up after 12:35 pm for the ½ day program or after 5:20 pm for the full day program,
                                             Late Pick-up Policy

there will be a charge of $1.00 per minute late after these times. This charge will be added to your tuition
statement. We do ask that you contact the front desk to notify staff that you will be late picking your
child up, the approximate time you will be arriving and specify a reason. We will make every effort to
comfort your child while he/she waits. If late pick-ups are excessive, parents will be contacted to deter-
mine if their child’s placement will be forfeited.

Due to our high level of enrollment, we have initiated waiting lists for several of our classrooms. We do
                                                 Waiting List

prioritize the addition of days to existing student schedules over enrollment of new students when able.
Please note: if CCAF is unable to accommodate a student on the waiting list for the current school year,
they will be guaranteed the requested schedule for the following school year.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in these matters. If you have questions and/or con-
cerns, please contact Carla Baker, Program Director at 770-535-8372, ext. 252.
 November 2009                                                                                         Page 3
In this month’s character education lesson, children will learn to
                  Character Education: Feelings

identify the physical, verbal, and situational clues related to the basic
emotions we feel every day. Children who accurately identify emo-

tions tend to be less aggressive and more accepted by peers and

have better social skills.
Showing pictures of faces that have different expressions (examples

are sad, happy, angry, etc.) and discussing with your children how
                                                                                                     For Children

they look will help them learn to recognize what someone is feeling.
If you have questions about how you can help your child to learn
                                                                                                     and Families

about emotions, contact Sarah Kerr, 770-535-8372, ext 115.
                                                                             Mission: To serve children with disabilities
                                                                             and their typical peers through state-of-the-
                                                                             art educational, therapeutic, nursing and

                    provided by Veronica Shearouse
                       Premier Jewelry Designs                               family counseling services in an integrated

                 cordially invites you to a Jewelry Party

        All proceeds will benefit Challenged Child and Friends
               and profits will be doubled by Frito-Lay.

                    Thursday, November 12, 6-8 pm
                                                                             Challenged Child and Friends will become

                        9220 Hannamill Drive,
                                                                             Georgia’s nationally recognized, accredited

                        Gainesville, GA 30506
                                                                             early intervention center where children with
                                                                             disabilities and their families, along with
                                                                             their typical peers, will achieve their full po-

            For further information, call Veronica Shearouse
                                                                             tential. We will share our model of excellence

                            at 770-876-4868.
                                                                             to make a difference in the lives of children
                                                                             and families in our region, state, and nation.

As the weather turns colder, remember to dress your child appropri-
                                                                             Challenged Child and Friends [CCAF]
                                                                             provides information from other
                       Notes From the Nurses:                                publications and various sources to help

ately with coat, hat, mittens, etc. We still go outside if the weather is
                                                                             families with resources.

nice and the temperature is above 45 degrees.
Please turn in your child’s immunization record if you have not al-
                                                                             Center or agency events may include
                                                                             vendors/representatives promoting
                                                                             products or services, which may include

ready done so.
                                                                             proceeds from sales designated as a

The current illnesses going around are hand, foot and mouth disease
                                                                             donation to CCAF. The inclusion of a
                                                                             product display or product sale or a
                                                                             printed resource or a service description

and strep throat. Remember to keep your child home if they are sick
                                                                             does not imply endorsement or specific

and not able to participate in the day’s activities. They should be fever-
                                                                             knowledge of the content, qualifications,

and symptom-free for at least 24 hours. We strive to keep our center
                                                                             quality or implied benefits or results.

as healthy as possible for your children.
Please feel free to call Brenda or Linda if you have any questions or
                                                                             Our goal is to provide information and
                                                                             options for consumers, staff, volunteers or

We wish each and every one of you a very happy Thanksgiving,
Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.
                                                                             Book Bag Buzz Editor: Joy Green, joy@
                                                                   , 770-535-8372, ext 120.
                                                                             Parent contributions to Book Bag Buzz are
                                                                             welcome and are printed as space permits.

Linda and Brenda
Book Bag Buzz                                                                                                         Page 4
                                                                                     Milton Martin Honda
                                                                                     presents John Berry in
                                                                                     Concert to benefit Chal-
           Challenged Child and Friends

                                                                                     lenged Child and Friends.
                   invites you to a
                                                                                     The concert begins at
                                                                                     7:30 pm on Wednesday,
             a brunch & fashion show

                                                         December 9th in the historic Pearce Auditorium
    presented by Chattachoochee Country Club

                                                         located on the Brenau campus in Gainesville. Doors
            and Gainesville Merchants
                                                         open at 7:00 pm. Blue level tickets are $25 and Gold
                                                         level tickets are $30. To order tickets online 24/7,
            on Thursday, November 12

                                                         visit our website at for the
   @ 11:00 am at the Chattahoochee Country Club

                                                         link. To order tickets during business hours, call our
                                                         friends at the GTA Box Office at 678-717-3624.
                       $10 donation

                                                         The 5K and 1 mile walk will be at Riverside Mili-
                R.S.V.P. by November 6th,
                  770-535-8372, ext. 120
                                                                         SAVE THE DATE!

                                                         tary Academy on Feb. 28, 2010. The Beaver Field
 • to everyone who sold holiday cards and mer-           House is an indoor facility with an indoor track for
 chandise! Congratulations to the top sellers: Jayden    the kids to walk or run on. All registration, food,
                                                         awards and photos will be held indoors this year.
                                                        We need children to be greeters at the event and
 McDuffie was #1 with $345 and Anna Hilley was #2
 with $252. The classroom with the most sales was
 Classroom G with $685! Congratulations! Cards and to be on posters for school, church and company
 merchandise are still available for purchase at the    teams to walk and/or run for. Please contact Gail
 front desk.                                            Schneider at or call 770-
 •to the Caruso family for serving as greeters at the   535-8372, ext. 309 to sign up as a greeter or poster
 1st Annual Nordstrom Classic Golf Tournament at        child.
 Chateau Elan on October 19th. The golf tournament
 was a huge success. Thanks also to our presenting
 sponsor Nordstrom at Mall of Georgia!
                                                                   CCAF families and staff are invited to
                                                                   visit the Buisson Barn and see the Festi-
 •to everyone who brought supplies at the beginning
                                                                   val of Trees on Saturday, December 5th
 of the school year to help us get started. We appreci-
                                                                   from 10 am until 12 noon. Tickets are
 ate all you do!
                                                                   available for purchase for the Gala at 7
 •to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, who will be deco-
                                                                   pm and the Noel Preview party at 5:30
 rating our center for Christmas. What a wonderful
                                                        pm. Visit our website for more information www.
 way to use your gifts to serve our staff and children!

       Plan to come to Marketplace on Friday Nov. 6th and Saturday Nov. 7th from 10 am until 5 pm.
            Challenged Child and Friends will have a booth and will be selling cards and shirts.

                           Our “Angel Tree” will go up after Thanksgiving in the reception area at the Cen-
                                                              Angel Tree

                           ter. These Angels list items that our teachers and staff need for their classrooms.
                           Take an angel off the tree and buy a gift for our center. Return the angel with the
                           purchased item to the reception desk, NOT the classroom. The Development De-
                           partment would like to record and acknowledge those gifts. There are donation
                           forms available at the reception desk for you to pick up if you would like to have
                           one for your 2009 taxes.
                           Thank you for being an “Angel” to our teachers and children at Challenged Child
                           and Friends. You help make our wishes come true!
November 2009                                                                                         Page 5

To top