At the beginning of each school year, and throughout the year as well, Linden Grove School focuses on creating a community that CARES—a community where students and staff practice and develop the social skills of Cooperation, Acceptance, Responsibility, Empathy and Self-Control.
To get us started, each week in September we focus on a new letter and the skill associated with it. At an all-school assembly on Friday, student teams share what they learned that week about what demonstrates that particular skill.
A fun component of this program is our “CARES TICKET” earning system – students receive tickets when they demonstrate the skill for the week and then use their tickets to win prizes.
The crux of what’s in store for another great year at LGS.
Our Progressive nature is one of the reasons we have fantastic student re-enrollment and staff retention. With dollars raised from last year’s Signature Event we transformed one of our classrooms into a STEM* Lab. We also implemented a new full time position: Sensory Coordinator. As the only school in the Greater Cincinnati Area to offer this position and likely the only school in the nation, we thank Dawn Klinczar, veteran LGS Teacher of 16 years, for stepping into this unique role.
Strong Partnerships elevate our services and allow us to meet more needs within the community. Our relationship with The Children’s Home of Cincinnati Autism High School continues to grow and in September LGS started providing afterschool clubs to CHOC students, including Bowling, Robotics, and Resilient Teen. We are also partnering with Montessori Academy of Cincinnati to provide reverse inclusion opportunities for LGS students and service-related opportunities for their students.
Potential…our students’ full potential is always at the forefront. Given many of our students’ natural inclination to tinker, we hope to develop a School Makerspace which will provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, build and invent. We hope for this initiative to be supported through a grant and/or donations.
Our Parents work exhaustively to support their children and LGS, and this year we want to celebrate with them and recognize all they do. Already parents have been building furniture, planning fun social events, chaperoning field trips, cleaning the building, serving as board members or on board committees, and much more! In return, our staff are preparing new Parent Evenings that consist of samplings of LGS specialized programs, make-it and take-it workshops for at-home strategies, and most importantly…a monthly Parents Night Out!
So LGS community…welcome back to another year of success. Don’t forget to dot your i’s, cross your t’s, and proceed with our 4 P’s!