Weekly Newsletter: September 8th

After Care Pickup
When you come to pick your child(ren) from aftercare (anytime between 3:10 and 5:00pm on M/T/W/F or Thursdays between 2:10 and 5:00pm) please be prepared to call the aftercare teacher to let them know you are at the front door. Often at the end of the day, there is not someone in the office to answer the front door. If you ring the buzzer and no one answers within 30 seconds, simply call 513 984-2215 ext 111 and the aftercare teacher will let you in. When calling, as soon as you hear the voice mail greeter, you can enter the extension (111). You do not have to listen to the entire greeting. This policy applies to any day of the week, including early dismissal days on Thursday. You may see staff in the hallway, but due to safety protocols staff are unable to answer the door unless they have meet you. If you have any questions, contact Elizabeth Ewers.

Bowling starts Wednesday!
All students who signed up for after school bowling will be transported by bus to Crossgate Lanes. All students need to be picked up at Crossgate Lanes by 4:30pm. You may send up to $3 with your child to purchase snacks.

Pizza/Spirit Day
Next Friday, September 19th will be the first pizza and spirit day of this school year and will continue to be every third Friday of the month. Pizza will be served to the students during their lunch time. Students do not need to pack a lunch on this day, however, please send a drink in with your child. The spirit theme for this month is major league baseball. Students may wear their favorite major league baseball team apparel.

After School Activities Dismissal
If your child is participating in an after school activity and they are not going to aftercare afterwards (Meaning you intend to pick them up immediately after the activity ends) they will be waiting for you on the Rainbow Bench next to the front door. Please do not go to the room where the activity is taking place to pick your child up. The instructor will escort them to the rainbow bench at the end of the class. If you arrive early to pick up your child from an afterschool activity and no one is answering the door, you can call the aftercare teacher at 513 984-2215 ext 111. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Ewers.

Thank you to all who volunteered!
We would like to thank everyone who baked items for the St. Saviour Festival. We would also like to thank Andy Kmett, Angie and Gary Goins, Tia and Scott Massie, Rhonda Huff, Sue Antczak, Stephanie Gebauer, Dawn Craft, Steph and John Bailey, Jon Batross, and Beekah Isaacs for taking time out of their weekend and volunteering to run the dessert booth. We hope everyone enjoyed their time while working at the booth. The dessert booth was a huge success and St. Saviour appreciates all your support.

For Linden Grove School
Dear Linden Grove Families – Please take a few minutes to enroll or re-enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Even if you have registered in the past, EVERYONE MUST RE-ENROLL each April. If you have never registered, please take a few minutes and do it now. This is an easy way for LGS to receive extra funds. WE CAN DO IT IF EVERYONE PARTICIPATES!

Re-enrolling only takes a few moments and is completed in a few simple steps. To re-enroll:
1. Visit Kroger website at www.krogercommunityrewards.com.
2. Sign in using your email address and password. If you have forgotten your password, just click on “forgot password” and a link will be sent to your email to change your password.
3. Enter Linden Grove’s five digit NPO number (80026) or the first three letters of our name (Lin), click search.
4. Select Linden Grove School by clicking on the circle to the left of Linden Grove School.
5. Save changes.

To enroll for the first time, simply log on to the above website and create an account with an email and password, then follow steps 3 to 5 above.

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD – grandparents, aunts, cousins, friends, neighbors – anyone can do this – and it really adds up to help LGS!

THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING AND SUPPORTING LGS!

Support Special Events at Linden Grove School: Save the Dates
Monday, October 20 – A Sweet Deal from Jimmy G’s
Celebrate Sweetest Day with a fabulous meal from Jimmy G’s Steakhouse in Downtown Cincinnati. This is a new event for us and invitations will be out in early to mid September.

March 14, 2015 – Linden Grove Signature Event
Please save the date for this year’s Signature Event at the Manor House in Mason on Saturday, March 14, featuring dinner and our fabulous auction as well as other surprises you won’t want to miss.

St. Saviour Festival 2014

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Our opinion might be biased, but the best booth at the St. Saviour Festival this year was the dessert booth!

Linden Grove families signed up in advance to provide the desserts and volunteers manned the booth all weekend. They passed out not only delicious cakes, cookies, muffins, pies, and more but also flyers with information about LGS to anyone interested. Walking around the crowd on Saturday night, and most likely all weekend, there were several students and their families enjoying the festivities. Many, many thanks to those people who made this booth possible! And a special thanks to St. Saviour for the continued support they provide our program.

Weekly Newsletter: September 2nd

Thank you to all who help…
We would like to thank everyone who helped on parent/teachers work day. Everyone did a great job in making the school look great on the first day of school for our staff and students.

After School Activities
Any 3-8th grade student interested in participating in any of the after school activities needs to turn in a registration form and payment by September 5th. If you have any questions please contact Elizabeth Ewers.

New Teacher
Leah Kubachka is a new teacher primarily teaching on the 4-6 team and teaching one 6-8 team math class.

Homework Letter
A homework letter was emailed to all families yesterday. There is new information in the letter and a section for parents and students to sign off. The form needs to be returned by Friday September 5th. If you would like a hard copy sent home with your child, please contact Elizabeth Ewers at eewers@lindengroveschool.org.

St Saviour Festival: Updates
St. Saviour’s festival will be September 5, 6, and 7. Once again, Linden Grove will be running the dessert booth. Volunteering at the festival booth gives Linden Grove visibility and the chance to inform the community about our school and programs. We will supply Linden Grove literature at the booth. I sent an email last week with the schedule of volunteers for the booth. If you have signed up to bring in baked items, please have them here at the school by 3pm Friday September 5th. Each item should be individually wrapped in a baggie ready for sale. If you have any further questions, please contact Elizabeth Ewers.

Box Top Collection: Update
We are happy to report that Linden Grove has currently earned a total of $815.30 from the Box Top program last year. Keep the Box Tops coming! We appreciate all of your support! Fridays will be designated as box top collection days. If your child brings in 25 box tops, they will get to pick a prize from the rewards box.

For Linden Grove School
Dear Linden Grove Families – Please take a few minutes to enroll or re-enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Even if you have registered in the past, EVERYONE MUST RE-ENROLL each April. If you have never registered, please take a few minutes and do it now. This is an easy way for LGS to receive extra funds. WE CAN DO IT IF EVERYONE PARTICIPATES!

Re-enrolling only takes a few moments and is completed in a few simple steps. To re-enroll:
1. Visit Kroger website at www.krogercommunityrewards.com.
2. Sign in using your email address and password. If you have forgotten your password, just click on “forgot password” and a link will be sent to your email to change your password.
3. Enter Linden Grove’s five digit NPO number (80026) or the first three letters of our name (Lin), click search.
4. Select Linden Grove School by clicking on the circle to the left of Linden Grove School.
5. Save changes.

To enroll for the first time, simply log on to the above website and create an account with an email and password, then follow steps 3 to 5 above.

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD – grandparents, aunts, cousins, friends, neighbors – anyone can do this – and it really adds up to help LGS!

THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING AND SUPPORTING LGS!

Support Special Events at Linden Grove School: Save the Dates
Monday, October 20 – A Sweet Deal from Jimmy G’s
Celebrate Sweetest Day with a fabulous meal from Jimmy G’s Steakhouse in Downtown Cincinnati. This is a new event for us and invitations will be out in early to mid September.

March 14, 2015 – Linden Grove Signature Event
Please save the date for this year’s Signature Event at the Manor House in Mason on Saturday, March 14, featuring dinner and our fabulous auction as well as other surprises you won’t want to miss.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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The Arleene Keller Playground greeted returning students, thanks to generous donations and support from the community. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place to thank those who helped make this dream a reality. Operating out of the former St. Savior Parish School building, Linden Grove School now serves sixty-one students in grades kindergarten through eighth with autism and other related disorders.

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After two years of planning, the playground is open thanks to the generosity of many. Being awarded a $15,000 grant from the Andrew Jergens Foundation and $10,000 grant from the Jack J. Smith, Jr. Charitable Trust, PNC Bank and Karen B. Wachs, Co-Trustees gave a great boost to fundraising efforts. Mr. and Mrs. Drew Horter, parents of a LGS student, also made a significant contribution that allowed for the purchase of 10 swings. Because of many other donations and a successful direct appeal during their Signature Event in March, Linden Grove was able to raise the $60,000 needed to complete the playground renovation project.

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Community support was vital to the success of this endeavor. Deer Park Knights of Columbus lent a hand, many hands, to tear down and haul away the old playground. Parker Glotfelty, a senior from Walnut Hills and Mt. Adams resident, chose Linden Grove School for his Eagle Scout Project. He designed and built four benches for the playground area, perfect for socializing and relaxing.

The school decided to honor Arleene Keller, for whom the playground is named. Keller is a long time community leader and supporter of the school.  She first became involved as the St. Savior Parish representative, then served as a substitute teacher and has remained a financial supporter. She said she is “amazed at what happens here – what they are able to accomplish.”

Linden Grove students and St. Savior Parishioners now have a safe new playground on which to play, grow, and learn.

Weekly Newsletter: August 26th

Welcome Back
Welcome back to Linden Grove School! We hope everyone had a great summer. This year we have some new staff members. The new staff this year consists of the following:
Miss. Stegman: K-2 Team
Ms. Maclin: 2-4 Team
Mrs. Kubachka: 4-6 Team
Ms. Wagner: 4-6 Team
Miss. Parker: 6-8 Team
Miss. Sparling: Art

Please help in welcoming them to Linden Grove!

Parent/Student Handbook & Directory
The Parent Student Handbook as well as the School Directory was emailed to all families last week. If you would like a hard copy sent home with your child, please contact Elizabeth Ewers at eewers@lindengroveschool.org.

Responsive Classroom, Newsletter, and Drop Off
The responsive classroom introduction letter, newsletter for the first week, and the drop off policy were emailed to all families today. If you would like a hard copy sent home with your child, or have any questions please contact Elizabeth Ewers at eewers@lindengroveschool.org.

Communication
The need to communicate with parents is considered essential to the kind of total caring we intend to give each child at Linden Grove School. We consider communication a high priority and have established many guidelines to aide in our success. One of these guidelines is giving the parents the opportunity to receive communication sheets which outlines information about their child’s day. These daily sheets will automatically be sent home with students on the Primary (K-2), Lower Elementary (2-4) and Upper Elementary (4-6) teams; however, for the Middle School Team (6-8), this is optional and we would like to provide you with the choice of receiving these communication sheets. For some of you, the newsletters that you receive from your child’s teachers combined with the opportunities you have to talk 1:1 at drop off/pick up may suffice. For others, you may find it important to be consistently aware of your child’s daily behavioral, social, and participatory level for each class as it is broken down on the attached form. If your child is on the 6-8 team and you would like to receive a daily communication sheet, please contact your homeroom teacher to let them know by August 29th. All email addresses can be found in the directory.

After School Activities
The after school activities info was emailed to all families last week. If you would like a hard copy sent home with your child, or have any questions please contact Elizabeth Ewers at eewers@lindengroveschool.org.

Dress Code
Students are required to wear clothing/accessories that meet the following criteria: All shorts and skirts must be a minimum of mid-thigh length. All pants/shorts must be worn at the waist. All shirts must cover the midriff area. Spaghetti strap tops and tank tops are not appropriate school wear, unless worn under a shirt/sweater. All clothing worn should display appropriate pictures and language for a school setting. All messages and images must be of a positive nature. There should be no reference to drugs or alcohol. Sunglasses, hats, coats or chains may not be worn during school. Jewelry can be worn, but must be tasteful. All jewelry is subject to approval by the principals.

September’s Autism Conversation

Tackling Sensory Issues in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Thursday September 11th from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Kid Power Therapy Services
5989 Meijer Drive Suite 4
Milford, Ohio 45150

The speaker, Kristin Brevoort, is an occupational therapist at the Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and she will provide an overview of sensory issues and aversions in children with autism and discuss how to build and incorporate a sensory diet at home and within the community. Click here for a printable flyer and RSVP to the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati’s Facebook Page or to cwillenborg@autismcincy.org.

Autism Conversations are meant to increase knowledge and stimulate dialogue on topics of interest. All speakers will discuss the identified topic from 6:00-7:30pm and from 7:30pm-8:00pm, parents and professionals will be encouraged to network and all speakers will be available to answer questions.

Transition Bootcamp 2014

Transition Bootcamp 2014: Registration is now open!

September 19, 2014 8:00am-3:00pm
Sharonville Convention Center
11355 Chester Rd.
Cincinnati OH 45246

Topics to be covered:
• An overview of employment and personal development options following high school
• Information on funding sources and eligibility determination

A Provider Fair will feature a variety of agencies dedicated to supporting transition. While general information will be provided, this event will primarily focus on state-based resources in Ohio. To print this flyer, click here, or for more information, go to http://goo.gl/Wy5rC6.

Ice Cream Social

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Linden Grove staff, students, and families enjoyed both the ice cream social and meet and greet on August 20th. Teachers hosted their homeroom students and families in their classrooms and had the opportunity to meet new students and welcome returning students. Ice cream and popsicles were passed out while students caught up with their peers and families shared their excitement about the start of a new school year. The rest of the faculty spent the evening discussing the exciting things happening at Linden Grove this year and listening to students share about their summer break.

I think everyone would agree the evening was a positive way to kick off the 2014-2015 year here at LGS!

Playground Demolition

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The playground has been demolished! With the generous help of the Deer Park Knights of Columbus, the old playground was taken down Saturday morning. The space is now ready for the new playground and installation should start the first week of August. A big thank you goes to all of the family members, staff, board members, friends, organizations, companies and individual donors who make this possible!

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