Erin Sheldon, an assistive technology consultant in Ontario, Canada who specializes in emergent literacy development for students who use Augmentative and Alternative forms of Communication (AAC), will be providing a FREE workshop at CHIME Charter School from 4:00 – 5:30pm this Wednesday, January 14. The focus of this session will be on using the general curriculum and activities as the basis of what students talk, read and write about.
Erin coordinates the Angelman Literacy Project with Dr. Caroline Musselwhite and Dr. Gretchen Hanser, to ensure that all students with complex disabilities have access to comprehensive literacy instruction. Special education teachers, general education teachers, SLPs, family members, and CSUN students are encouraged to join us!
We need committees to help plan our largest event and biggest fundraiser of the year. Please decide which committee could benefit from your skills, talents and time, then sign up! A committee member will get in touch with you to begin planning soon.
Please remember, our school events are 100% volunteer run: no volunteers = no events = no bonus money for auditorium improvements, campus improvements, technology, and many more enriching services and materials for our kids.
The CHIME Community Association is selling scrip. These make great gifts, and are also great for friends, family, and even—yourself!
For those of you who don’t know, scrip is another word for gift card/certificate. We have access to many major merchants’ gift cards at a discount. What this means is that you purchase a card for the full face value and the merchandise gives the school back a percentage. Every merchant has a different percentage.
On the order form you will find most of the local and popular gift cards available. (Sorry this is listed in alphabetical order, in the past it was by category).
Holiday orders are due in by Tuesday Dec 9th 1:30pm and should be ready for pick up Friday Dec 12th, but no later than Monday Dec 15th.
Please include your e-mail and phone number on the order form so we can notify you that they are in. You will need to pick them up in the office, because they are considered the same as cash. Please make check payable to CHIME.
At the last meeting a number of fundraising reports were given, and Mr. Studer made an administration report. He discussed Common Core changes to curriculum, teacher professional development training, and the anti-bullying campaign at CHIME. There are a few open volunteer positions still open, most importantly the Carnival Co-Chair positions.
Well everyone, we are already off to a vibrant start—membership forms are coming in; we have great enrollment in the Pizza/Baked Chicken Nuggets program for our music department; room parents are getting organized, SpiritWear sales and pre-orders are HOT; Free Money & Rebate programs are renewing; and art cards and Innisbrook fundraisers are in the works!
Our first meeting of the year will be on Wednesday, September 17 at 8:30 am at the lower-grade lunch tables (the garden is already booked for that morning). Please see the calendar for all upcoming meeting dates. Evening meetings will be in the auditorium and morning meetings will be in the garden, except this first one.
We still have many openings for committee members, so if you are considering how you might help the school, look over the list! And if you know someone you think might be perfect for a job please don’t hesitate to make the suggestion. Some of our positions require very little work or are needed only once a year, and they are all rewarding ways to participate in the community.
All who are interested in knowing more about the construction going on in our midst are encouraged to come to the Construction Open House, September 4, at 6:30pm in the auditorium. Our director Erin Studer will explain what we can expect as far as “living with the construction” and will describe the exciting new additions that are planned for our campus.
The new structure will house 16 new classrooms (two of which will be science and demonstration labs), a new library, and additional office and conference room space.
For field space, we’ll have new basketball courts, a refurbished soccer field, and new equipment for playing in the “old bungalow” and “dead zone” areas.
The project is scheduled to be completed in a year. Building construction will hopefully be completed by mid-spring. Then the brown bungalows will be removed, and following that all of the landscaping and ramp construction can take place.