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Get Well Wishes

Tuesday, Feb. 7, was Send a Card to a Friend Day and 2-4 team students practiced writing friendly letters by writing to Fiona, the new baby hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo. Fiona who was born six weeks premature and still struggles to gain strength.

Everyone at LGS hopes Fiona continues to improve.


Why Play Therapy?

National Play Therapy Week (February 5-11, 2017) recognizes how play therapy makes a difference especially among students with autism and similar learning needs.

In recent years a growing number of noted mental health professionals have observed that play is as important to human happiness and well-being as love and work. Play is a fun, enjoyable activity that elevates our spirits and brightens our outlook on life. It expands self-expression, self-knowledge, self-actualization and self-efficacy. Play relieves feelings of stress and boredom, connects us to people in a positive way, stimulates creative thinking and exploration, regulates our emotions, and boosts our ego.

The Association of Play Therapists (APT) describes play therapy as “the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development.”

Children are referred for play therapy to resolve their problems. Often, when children have used up their own problem solving tools, they misbehave or act out at home, with friends, and at school. Play therapy is utilized to help children cope with difficult emotions and find healthier solutions to problems. Play therapy allows children to change the way they think about, feel toward, and resolve their concerns.

Linden Grove School is grateful Teresa Berting provides play therapy services to LGS students during the school day. (Services are available by billing a family’s private insurance or through private pay.)

To better understand Play Therapy, Teresa recommends the following video about Andrew’s Day at school.


Hip, Hip Hooray – It’s the 100th Day!

100th Day of School 2017Linden Grove School’s 2-4 team students recently celebrated the 100th day of school.

Students were invited to dress up as if they were 100 years old.

They were also asked to create a “bucket list” of things they would like to do before they turned 100. Some of the activities they listed included travel to Virginia, get a job, read a book with 2 million pages, meet a Disney Princess, and go to Hawaii.

Each student brought in a brown paper Mystery Bag filled with 100 items. Three clues written on the outside of the bags helped students guess what was on the inside; for example:

They keep paper together

They are about 1 inch

They are bendable

Finally, the 100th Day offered a great opportunity to do some fun math activities counting by tens to 100.

Our students have sure gown a lot smarter in the last one hundred school days!

Puzzle Day

Linden Grove School recently celebrated National Puzzle Day!

Students of all ages worked jigsaw puzzles by themselves or in groups; on the floor, on desks and even on SMART Boards®!  With the help of Mrs. Kubachka and other staff, some students made puzzles out of their own artwork.

And there were other puzzles for students to work on including crosswords, Sudoku, word finds and more.

Of particular interest this year was a large puzzle with a photo of LGS staff and students donated by Lisa Siekman. The students enjoyed finding pictures of themselves and their classmates while putting he puzzle together. Thank you Mrs. Siekman!


Students, Write on Your Desks – Please!

How awesome.

Linden Grove School students get to write on their desks!

Using dry erase markers – the markers used on white boards in classrooms and offices – students can do math problems on their desks.

It’s so much cooler than doing math problems in a workbook or a single sheet of paper.

And it allows teachers like Mrs. Kubachka, assisted by Mr. Lovaas, to select math problems for each individual student depending on how easily they are grasping a particular concept. Most recently, students of the 4-6 Team were learning how to multiply by powers of ten. (You remember: 7.32 x 10 = 73.2, or 9 x 103 = 9,000.)

In other schools, students might get in trouble for writing on desks. But at Linden Grove School, it helps make learning fun!

Let’s Get Moving!

Linden Grove School physical education students started out 2017 by setting fitness goals with the help of Mr. Foster.

The goals are displayed on a 2nd floor bulletin board with the title: “Let’s Get Moving!”

Students listed various activities for living a healthier lifestyle ranging from “play with my brother” and “work harder in gym class,” to “play Kinect” and “do cartwheels twice a week.”

LGS staff members were motivated to add fitness goals to the bulletin board as well, so don’t be surprised if you see some walking around the building during their lunch period of after school.

Stay tuned for more great updates from PE teacher Ms. Foster. We’re looking forward to outdoor activities when the weather gets warmer, and hearing more about student preparations to complete the Flying Pig Marathon distance in increments.

In the meantime, LET’S GET MOVING!


Gavin Duryea helps Ms. Foster set up bowling pins during a recent PE class.


Attack of the Eukaryotes and Prokaryotes!

Hanging outside Mr. Loar’s classroom on the first floor you’ll find some interesting multi-media art depicting  . . .

cell biology!

More specifically, prokaryotic cells and eukaryotic cells.

Prokaryotic cells, the simple cells of organisms like bacteria, are sometimes compared to one-room cabins: they don’t have internal membranes, so they’re like a single room with no walls to carve it up.

Eukaryotic cells, on the other hand, are like a large family home split into many rooms with different purposes (bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, living room, etc.) Eukaryotic cells contain a variety of different compartments with specialized functions, neatly separated from one another by layers of membrane.

So what kind of cells are human beings made up of?


Human bodies are composed of trillions of cells, including lots of different types of eukaryotic cells that make up different organs. But human bodies ae include prokaryotic cells such as bacteria. But don’t be afraid – these bacteria do more good than harm.

Students Take Aim with Simple Machines

Catapult Challenge-6

Winter Break is fast approaching, but students of Mr. Kennedy and Mr. Loar remain focused on their lessons. Among their assignments is the challenge to design the best use of a lever to move an object; more specifically, designing a catapult to launch a marshmallow at a target.

The students were challenged to build a catapult using craft sticks and rubber bands. Mr. Kennedy’s students also used a spoon to hold the load (i.e., a marshmallow), while Mr. Loar’s students opted for a washer glued to a craft stick. Catapults were then used to launch marshmallows at a target.

Why rubber bands? What about glue—how would that change the catapult’s performance?

More importantly, how does the distance from the fulcrum to the load alter the trajectory of the marshmallow?

So how did the students do?

Mr. Loar’s classes won the catapult challenge with an average of 76.25 points per student. Mr. Kennedy’s classes had an average of 68.33 points per student. Nine students out of 17 total students individually scored over 80 points.

Winter break may be only hours away, but know that our students remain focused on their studies, (while having a bit of fun, as well!)


Local Company Gives LGS Students VIP Tour

Process Pump & Seal, Inc., founded in Cincinnati in 1984, recently welcomed LGS students for a behind-the-scenes tour of their local manufacturing facility. The company sells and services pumps, sealing devices, and specialty chemical products to a wide range of industrial, commercial, and municipal customers throughout five states. 

Students of LGS applied skills and robotics classes witnessed how programming and robotics are used even in small industrial plants. Process Pump makes and produces large steel and iron pumps for buildings, sewers, damns, and other uses; students saw how to program a machine to cut metal into shape for use by the pumps. They were also shown how to clean, polish, paint and assemble parts for a pump.

The most impressive parts of the tour were when they experienced how the plant used hydraulics to lift large heavy pumps ad pips around the facility and onto a truck bed, and when they were able to reach into a sand blaster using long glove-like arms to clean rust off of metal.

Many students agreed it was a “cool” experience, and it was definitely exciting to see programming and engineering at work.

Thank you to Process Pump & Seal for taking time out of their work day for students from Linden Grove School!

45 – 19 = BINGO!

Mrs. Bachman teaches subtraction skills using bingo.
Mrs. Bachman teaches subtraction skills using bingo.

Linden Grove School’s 2-4 team students recently had fun playing bingo while improving their math skills.

Students first completed a worksheet of double-digit subtraction problems, many with regrouping; (that is, “borrowing” from another column as in the example in the title above.)

Once they finished all of their subtraction problems correctly, the students cut each problem out of their worksheet and then pasted them on their own bingo card.

And then the real fun began.

Mrs. Bachman called out numbers and students had to search among the problem solutions for a match.

And when students play Subtraction Bingo, everyone wins!

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