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Dynamic Opportunities Newsletter
April 23, 2023
Hello Parents & Students!
The Escape Room Escapades are in full swing. There is lots of excitement buzzing in all the groups as Students are designing and preparing their clues, props, and puzzles. Thursday the students will have the opportunity to see if they have the skills to escape the other three groups’ escape rooms. It is sure to be an adventure for all!
There’s going to be a ton of information for us to communicate over the next six weeks till school ends… and it will all be disseminated via this newsletter. But the newsletter is only effective if everyone reads it, so please take just a few quick moments every week to review what’s been going on and what’s coming up. Two big ones this week: Our new Dynamic Resource Room and Yearbook Sales! Enjoy…
Is your child struggling with any of the following at school and/or home? Getting easily frustrated; Meltdowns; Regulating strong emotions; Understanding other people’s points of view; Compromising; Understanding and following rules; Cooperating with others; Thinking before acting; Problem-solving age appropriate situations? Never fear – You are not alone! WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK! Laura Gabriele, MA…
NEW RESOURCE ROOM OPEN! Behaviors got you and your student stuck? Frustrated? Not sure what to do? No worries! We are pleased to announce that Dynamic is opening a new resource room to assist students demonstrating non-desired behaviors and/or social skills gaps at school and/or home. Services include not only affordable therapy with a Masters-level Behavior Specialist, Parent Counselor and UCLA Peers Social Skills Provider, but also consultation and coaching for parents, teachers, and other professionals. Want to learn more? Inquire today at: email@example.com! (Note: These services are eligible expenses for ESA+ grant funds)
🎡 BACC SPRING CARNIVAL: The Special Needs Spring Carnival is back! Join us this coming Saturday April 29th from 11am-2pm for this FREE event here at our host church. If you are interested in volunteering an hour or two of your time to support this effort, please contact us as soon as possible!
😎 SUMMER CAMP DEADLINE:May 5th is the deadline for Summer Camps registration. Better hurry! Spots are filling up quickly! Zip on over to our online store to register!
📸 SCHOOL PHOTOS: Picture Day will be May 10th! This year, we’re going fully digital! For a sitting fee of $25, you’ll receive a professional digital download of two poses (close-up and far-away) for your unlimited personal use. Just pre-purchase by May 5th at our online store. (Note: Only those students who pre-purchase by May 5th will be photographed!)
📘 YEARBOOKS: Discounted pre-order sales are available from today through May 12th. Get yours today!
In the Dynamic Classroom
This week in the Imagineer’s Room and the Blue Room we learned about number lines. We made our own then talked about the numbers on them. The Blue Room ended class by playing with Magnatiles and talked about the different shapes and colors.
The Imagineer’s Room learned how to count one less, one more, and two more, two less,etc. on their number lines. We will continue to use these in class for the rest of the year.
The Creative Arts Room and Steam Room practiced making fractions. Monday we practiced making fractions with a Hershey’s candy bar. Tuesday we focused on 1/2 and whether both sides were equal. Both days we finished class with a round of Yam Slam. We will continue working on fractions this week as well as finishing class with Yam Slam.
In Language Arts this week, we worked on the language that is used in puzzles to lead you to your solution OR the language that is used to lead you to a wrong answer! The students had a good time discovering “What are you?”
Next week we will not have Language Arts since Monday is a project day and Thursday is Exhibition Day.
This week in social studies, based on our project unit theme of escape rooms, we learned about the infamous escape from Alcatraz prison in 1962. We explored FBI archive files and images, watched the trailer for the movie “Escape from Alcatraz”, and learned how the 3 escapees managed to pull off what was said to be impossible.
In Technology last week students continued to work on their passion projects as well as furthering their coding skills by using Scratch cards to learn how to code more complex actions in the program. Students also worked heavily on their typing skills in the second period. Based on their own individual level, students worked on everything from typing full paragraphs, sight words, to individual letters. In technology this coming week students will complete their passion projects and work more on creating their own alphabets to write secret codes online.
In Science this week we continued with our plant unit. Students studied ecosystems, recognizing that plants need air, water, light, space, and food that may be found in the environment. We studied how we need plants and where they can be found in different parts of North Carolina and the world. The upcoming week we will be digging deeper in the plant life cycle, cells of a plant, and to research plants that are native to NC.
In STEM during this unit we will be making one large terrarium for school as well as students making an individual one to take home. I will be emailing a wish list for this STEM project in the next few weeks.
MUSIC & MOVEMENT and PE
Last week in Music and Movement we worked with combination and key locks getting prepared for our upcoming Escape room project and in PE we enjoyed the beautiful weather with a stroll around the building and sidewalk chalk. This week in Music and movement we will continue working on our dexterity and rhythm with desk drumming and in PE we will start learning the fundamentals of soccer.
DAILY LIVING SKILLS
In daily living skills this past week, we worked on Cardinal directions. After introducing compasses, we went outside and wrote N, S,E and W. The students had to follow orders and end up in the right place. We had a chance to play with sidewalk chalk and draw our biggest compass rose! The students were really good at challenging each other.
In life skills this coming week, we will be shopping at the school store and discussing how to restock and know what sold well.
The students had a real life lesson in animal care this week. Mrs. Zobel brought her foster puppies in for the day. “Kate and Toby” had an amazing day at school. They were cuddled and snuggled. They were fed and pampered. I am so impressed with the way the kids did “good listening.”
The students were curious about what being a foster meant. Both puppies are up for adoption through CrisisDogsNC.