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Balloons on Parade, Virtually!

Just like this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mrs. Bachman’s students created a parade of “Balloons over Broadway” virtually!

Mrs. Bachman has made “Balloons over Broadway” a favorite seasonal read among LGS students, staff, and others. The wonderfully illustrated book tells the story of puppeteer Tony Sarg, who imagined the giant helium balloons now iconic with the Macy’s parade. Watch a video recording of the book.

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Squanto’s Journey

In Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving, author Joseph Bruchac lets Squanto tell his own story. His tale begins with meeting and befriending Captain John Smith, and then being captured by the English and enslaved. This is followed by his return to North America, only to learn his people had died of smallpox. Finally, Squanto relates his life with the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving.

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Feliz Día de los Muertos

Many LGS students and staff celebrated a holiday for the first time this year: Dia de los Muertos (or the Day of the Dead). Día de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. It is commonly celebrated throughout Mexico, and among individuals of Mexican heritage in the United States and around the world.

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Disney Shorts Offer Lesson in Nonverbal Communication

A person’s body language or tone of voice offers clues about how he or she is feeling: excited, angry, distracted, upset, etc. Being able to read nonverbal communication is important for effective interactions with others at work, at home, and in the community and can increase a person’s self-confidence in regard to social skills.

To help LGS students increase their ability to read nonverbal communication, Miss Carpinelli recently led classroom activities utilizing three Disney shorts: Geri’s Game, For the Birds, and Luxo Jr

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Wonder–A Story about Kindness

Wonder—the book and related movie—is a story about kindness and a story of hope.

Mrs. Bachman’s 4-6 grade reading students have just started reading the book about Auggie Pullman, a 10-year-old boy with a severe facial deformity. Due to the large number of surgeries he had to undergo, Auggie was homeschooled through 4th grade. But as the book begins, it has been 8 months since his last surgery and, since he is not as medically fragile as he once was, Auggie is eager to attend school and be a “normal” kid.

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Inside Your Outside

Mrs. Wink’s 2-4 students are learning about systems of the body with help from the Cat in the Hat.

The Cat in the Hat takes Dick and Sally for a trip through the Inside-Your-Outside Machine. They learn about their insides including the workings of the brain, the different bones in a skeleton, sense organs, muscles, blood cells, and more. When their ride is done, the most important thing Dick and Sally learn is that something is going on inside them all the time.

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Virtual Sampler Offers Insights into Programs, Supports

Linden Grove School’s annual Program Sampler enables parents to experience some of the specialized teaching methods, resources and therapies used at LGS.

This year, amid COVID-19, LGS will offer parents participation in virtual sessions available on two different evenings. Options include Functions of Behavior, Using Visuals and Schedules in Your Home, Anxiety & Your Child, Interoception 101 and Choosing a High School.

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