From the Desk of Ms. Maeghen:

Please note that November 21st, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving break, will be a 1pm dismissal.

The students are organizing a food drive for the thanksgiving season! If you would like to contribute, please send in or drop off non-perishable boxed or canned goods to the School

As we approach the winter months, we want to remind everyone that the Fresh Start School makes all school closings, delays and early dismissal announcements on Fox 61, NBC News, Channel 8 News as well as our Facebook page.

We will either cancel or have a 2 hour delay depending on the severity of weather conditions. For a 2 hour delay, the school day will begin at 10:15 am. If the school calls an early dismissal, the school will dismiss at 1:00 pm.

We will make cancellation and delay decisions based on conditions in the Canton area as well as the many towns that our students are traveling from. If your town cancels transportation, we will honor that decision.

Please keep an eye out for a survey that we will be sending out shortly. Your responses would be much appreciated and participation is encouraged. We value your feedback immensely.

We will be filming segments for two episodes for Nutmeg TV public access television! The first episode will be filmed on November 14th at the Fresh Start School to promote awareness of our school. We have a great long standing relationship with Nutmeg TV and we are excited for this opportunity!

All family members are invited to the monthly parent support group that meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00-7:30 pm. The next parent support group will be meeting on December 5th.

Note from the Nurse:

Cold and Flu season is upon us! Friendly reminder of our sick policy as we work together to combat colds and illnesses; If your child has a fever over 100 degrees, please
keep them home until they are fever free for 24 hours. If your child has a stomach bug and they are vomiting, we ask that you keep them home for 24 hours after the event.

Please also remember to notify the school if your child is out sick. Thank you!

Holiday Closings:

The School will be closing at 1pm on November 21 and will be closed on the following days November 12, 22, and 23.

Staffing update:

We would like to welcome David Benson, our newest clinical intern from UConn School of Social Work!

Ms. Donna’s Classroom News:

In Art Appreciation Class we are learning sculpture with hands on projects. We have been exploring our shoes, creating forms by wrapping our own footwear to make forms that could tell our stories. We wish to have others walk in our footsteps by using the arts. And hoping others will take a step and “STAND BY US’! We are using acrylic, tape, markers and our minds to tell who we are. Following these steps, for our Holiday tree displays, we will proceed to create a new shoe in Air-dried clay to show others our new steps ahead!

In Art Exploration Class we are exploring contour drawing of what we see using markers by following the outlines of an object with our eyes, creating patterns by repeating shapes that we make or find in nature, and exploring colors and lines to create overall unique 2-dimentional designs! Our next goal will be working on seeing ourselves with self-portraits and proportions.
–Ms. Donna

From the Stand by Me Campaign Team:

The Fresh Start School is growing at an exponential rate! During these exciting times, we need the financial support to continue to provide our expertise in social learning to our kids and families. We have launched the Stand by Me campaign to help us do just that but WE Need YOUR Help!!

Here is how you can help the Fresh Start School and Pay It Forward!

  • Share our fundraising efforts on social media!
  • Did you know you can create your own fundraiser on Facebook with just a couple of clicks?
  • 100% of proceeds go straight to FOCUS and The Fresh Start School!
  • Spread the word to friends and family!

Three ways to donate:

  1. Donate on Facebook
  2. Via our website
  3. By mail FOCUS Center for Autism PO Box 452 Canton, CT 06019
    All proceeds go to benefit the enrichment and growth of The Fresh Start School.

– The Stand By Me Team