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Parent Educational Opportunities Provide Tools and Support

Educational opportunities ensure parents have the tools to actively support their child’s development and learning, and help parents feel supported.

Linden Grove School’s Program Samplers offer parents 25-minute sessions led by school staff on topics such as Functions of Behavior, Using Visuals at Home, Anxiety & Your Child, Interoception, Echolalia, and Choosing a High School. Additional sessions offer overviews on some of the specialized programs utilized at LGS including Lindamood-Bell Talkies® and Visualizing and Verbalizing®, Orton-Gillingham, and TouchMath.

LGS also provides parents with information on opportunities available through the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati and other community partners.

And Linden Grove School regularly seeks extraordinary educational opportunities. Currently, in partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, LGS middle school students are participating in Achieving Independence and Mastery in School (AIMS), a school-based intervention program developed to help students improve executive functioning and other skills to increase academic success; AIMS also includes four educational sessions for parents.

Ahn’s Taekwondo Continues 15+ Years of Support Amid Expanding LGS Recreational Opportunities

Ahn Taekwondo Institute has offered instruction at LGS during the school year and summer for more than 15 years. Students learn basic motions, forms, and techniques while working on coordination, flexibility, listening, cooperation, and more. During the school year, students can test up to the next color belt. At the end of summer classes, students break boards using kicks and then take their broken boards home as a memento.

Additional recreational opportunities offered by LGS in 2021-2022 include a Tech & Gaming Club, arts and crafts, basic and intermediate soccer skills classes, and individual music lessons.

LGS also supports and promotes a range of recreational activities for students throughout Greater Cincinnati. For example, LGS staff have provided cooking classes through the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati, and the school promotes opportunities such as the Mason Challenger League baseball program.

Left to right: Maggie Wesley mixes light to dark shades of fall colors; Charlotte Baringhaus shows off her Mickey Mouse-shaped pretzel ready for the oven; and Nathan Titzer practices brush strokes in art.

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Back-to-School Socials Encourage Familiarity, Interactions

LGS hosts an Open House and back-to-school social for students and parents in advance of every school year. Students visit their homeroom, meet teachers, locate their coat hook or locker, and explore class resources. Students also participate in a scavenger hunt for other important places like sensory rooms and the music room. Parents can interact with teachers and other specialists in a relaxed environment.

Left to right: kindergarten student Jameson Duryea enjoys a bin of building blocks at his desk; William Potter enjoys a swing in the second floor sensory room; and Ryan Ballard strums one of the guitars in the music room.

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Plan for Growth Apparent as 2021-2022 School Year Begins

This fall Linden Grove School welcomed 99 students and 57 staff members—the school’s largest enrollment and team of professionals to date. Further, this will be the first full school year 6-8 Team students will attend classes in LGS’s new Middle School building, with remaining LGS students spread throughout the three floors of the main school building.

Increased enrollment and physical space are just two aspects of Linden Grove School’s “Plan for Growth”—a multi-year Strategic Plan with inter-related goals approved by LGS’s Board of Trustees in July 2020. Also included are strategies to increase learning and recreational opportunities for students and families, expand staff recruitment and training programs, and grow LGS’s financial resources for the continued delivery of quality programs as well as the school’s long-term sustainability.

For more information, see LGS’s 2020-2023 Strategic Plan—A Plan for Growth.

Photo: Mrs. Kuehnle’s classroom in the Middle School building.

2021 Signature Event Week Surpasses Expectations

Linden Grove School’s 2021 Signature Event surpassed fundraising expectations, generating nearly $50,000 for general operating needs and more than $25,000 for the school’s Tuition Assistance Fund. The event offered new virtual opportunities such as Classic Cocktails with Molly Wellmann and Sipping Under the Stars with Mary Horn, as well as supporter favorites including an online auction, wine pull, and Vacation Raffle.

Presenting Sponsor: Hunt Development Corporation
Support Sponsor: Brandicorp
Contributing Sponsors: Graydon, The Heidt Center of Excellence, M. Ellis & Associates, LLC

Help plan the 2022 Signature Event—a larger, more exciting event to celebrate being together again! To get started, contact Christina Waddle at 513-426-7105 or
cwaddle@lindengroveschool.org.

Encouraging Understanding and Empathy through History

Exploring history from multiple perspectives helps students connect with the past, and helps them understand current issues. It also encourages students to consider multiple sources when considering any event, and to empathize with different perspectives in their own world, helping to create a kinder, more inclusive community.

Most recently, middle school students studied the western expansion in the U.S. during the first half of the 19th century. They considered this important period in our country’s history from the perspective of the pioneers who sought land, religious freedom, or gold; and that of the American Indians whose lives were impacted by the Indian Removal Act and how white settlers made it increasingly difficult to find food.

Earlier this year, 4-8 grade students also expanded their knowledge of the American Civil War and Underground Railroad. Middle school students read the story of Sadako Sasaki, a student whose life was cut short by leukemia, an aftereffect of the atom bomb that fell on her hometown of Hiroshima.

Parent-Staff Partnerships Resilient amid COVID-19

When parents and teachers work as partners, children do better in school and at home: children’s work habits and attitudes about school improve, and they demonstrate better social skills and fewer behavior problems.

Faced with the challenges created by COVID-19, Linden Grove School is grateful for the efforts of parents and staff not only to support student learning, but also to maintain the school’s sense of community. Together they helped students stay connected through online classrooms and communications, and maintained school traditions including Trunk-or-Treat and monthly spirit days.

LGS Parent Appreciation for Staff Peaks in Early May

Parents and other family members show support and appreciation for LGS staff all year long through kind words, special treats, and more. But for Staff Appreciation Week, the first full week of May, parents go all out to express their gratitude. This year, staff were treated to jars filled with candy, doughnuts, gift cards, special notes and drawings from students, a root beer float bar, and lunch from Chef’s Choice Catering.

Fun and Festivities Mark End to Unusual School Year

End-of-year field trips are particularly engaging this year. Youngest students will enjoy We Rock the Spectrum indoor play gym. Older students will enjoy a visit from Cool Critters animal outreach or entertaining science experiences courtesy of Mad Science. Middle School students will solve problems in the fictional city of STEMville through a visiting program from Cincinnati Museum Center.

Field Day, this year, will be inside the LGS Main building and newly installed Middle School Building to avoid distractions from Brood X cicadas. Students will participate in games ranging from a sensory room obstacle course to a penny-stacking competition. And all will enjoy a post-competition snow cone from Mr. Snowie!

At LGS annual awards ceremonies, every student receives a Certificate of Recognition personalized according to their greatest accomplishments and strengths. Sample recognitions include: Super Storyteller, Energetic Learner, Most Improved in Handwriting and Vocabulary Guru. Awards ceremonies include students, staff, and immediate family members and are filled with wild applause, whoops and hollers, and a few teary eyes.

The most anticipated end of year event is, of course, graduation! Class of 2021 members will receive their diplomas and accolades inside, and then enjoy an outdoor procession down an aisle formed by cheering LGS staff.

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