Tokeneke Special Education Representatives

SPED (Special Education)

TPTO Special Education Representatives are here to support our school community by helping examine opportunities for inclusion and provide support for parents of children with special needs. As a member of the Special Education Subcommittee, the representatives also help to identify any district level issues that may need to be escalated to CDSP, administration, and/or the Board of Education as guided by CDSP’s mission statement.

 

Childhood presents many challenges for special needs children, especially at school events. As an inclusive community, the Tokeneke PTO encourages a healthy environment for all students at PTO-sponsored events. We hope the following list will help families with special needs children navigation these events.

Pumpkin Carnival

The Pumpkin Carnival returns on October 14, 2017, from 10 am to 4 pm and includes games, rides, food, haunted house, book sale, music and more.

At 9:30 am the carnival opens for families of children with special needs, including:

  • Haunted House: “Not-So-Scary” haunted house is toned down and more peaceful for kids with special needs.
  • Field Games: Buy your punch card and join us on the field for photo booth, sand art, face painting, apple toss, prizes, and more.
  • Rides: Beat the lines!  All rides open at 9:30 am for families of children with special needs.

We look foward to seeing you at the Pumpkin Carnival!  Click here for more information http://tokenekepto.com/pumpkin-carnival/

Halloween Parade

The annual Halloween Parade is a wonderful event where our ELP and K-3 children dress up in their costumes and our 4th and 5th grade students enjoy watching this adorable parade! Parents are definitely invited but please note that parking will be very tight. If you need additional parking, please park on Tokeneke Road or on a few of our grassy areas.

Our parade will be held outside on our field. When you arrive for the parade please go directly to the field to find a perfect viewing spot, you will not need to come inside to get a visitors badge. We ask you to stand on the inside of the loop and so our children can circle around you. The parade route will be identified with cones and flags on the field. The route: We will start at the kindergarten playground, walk around the baseball diamond, continue to make a large loop and then repeat the loop, before going back inside the school.

For safety reasons please do not allow your child wear a mask or bring in any type of weapon. Please note that dogs are NOT allowed on school property.

  • At the beginning of the year room parents ask for 2-3 volunteers to help dress kids in their costumes, consider signing-up for a spot.
  • There is no place to sit, so if a guest needs a chair, please bring one.
  • Sometimes the grass can be damp, so wear comfortable and appropriate shoes.
  • If it gets too hot feel free to seek shade in one of the trees on the field.
  • This is a well attended event, but there is plenty of room on the field outside.
  • Come early for parking and to find a spot on the field outside.
  • Also, the children walk at least two laps, so don’t panic if you miss them on the first lap.

Learn more at http://tokenekepto.com/halloween-parade

Lunch Bunch in the Edible Garden

In the fall and spring students are invited to have lunch with their classmates in the Tokeneke Edible Garden, just outside the kindergarten playground.  This is a wonderful opportunity for students to enjoy the garden with their peers.  Below are some helpful hints for children with special needs:

  • 1-2 parent volunteers from the classroom are requested to oversee the kids as they have lunch.  Talk to your child’s teacher to sign-up for one of these spots with your child.
  • Lunch is a quick 20 minutes, so instead of using this time to go through the hot lunch line, consider packing your child a lunch from home.
  • There are 2 wooden picnic tables if it rains the night before bring something dry to sit on.
  • There is a wooden gate accessible to all, with dirt/gravel on the ground.
  • The garden tends to be a quiet and peaceful place to enjoy lunch.
  • If it gets too hot feel free to seek shade in one of the trees on the field.
  • Typically parent volunteers oversee 4-12 kids from your child’s classroom.

Learn more at http://www.tokenekepto.com/green/edible-garden/

Groove-a-thon

A parent-run, after-school activity where Tokeneke students in grades 1-5 fundraise for non-profit organizations in our community.

Kids Care Club puts on a popular event every year called the Groove-a-thon. Kids raise funds for a specific charity and dance their hearts out.  Below are some hints for kids with special needs:

  • This event is widely attended with loud music and a lot of activity.
  • Consider bringing noise-Reduction ear muffs to help manage stress and anxiety with sound-sensitive kids.
  • The event is usually held in the courtyard behind the school, so it is easily accessible.
  • There is a lot of space to move, and also find solace.
  • Please speak to your special education teacher if you have any questions about this event for your child.

Learn more at http://tokenekepto.com/kids-care-club/

Passport Around the World

This exciting cultural celebration will feature country stations, live entertainment, food from around the world and a raffle. Below are recommendations for kids with special needs:

  • The event is held in the evening in the great hall, gym, and common room.
  • This is a well-attended event so expect a lot of people.
  • Consider bringing noise-Reduction ear muffs to help manage stress and anxiety with sound-sensitive kids.
  • Consider bringing a large blanket or low profile chairs to mark-off a spot in the common room for you and your child at the beginning of the event.
  • During the event many kids will find their way to a playground, playgrounds are not lit, so accompany your child and bring a flash light.
  • There is a variety of food from local restaurants, so if your child has a food allergy consider packing something from home.

Learn more at http://www.tokenekepto.com/passport-around-the-world/

Pancake Breakfast

Come enjoy some delicious pancakes and bacon before the big game, on Sunday, February 4th, 2018.

  • This is a fun event for the school community, and is widely attend by families, teachers, and staff.
  • There are two seatings to help with traffic flow.
  • The event is held in the school cafeteria and seating is at the lunch tables.
  • Noise canceling headphones are suggested for child with noise sensitivities.
  • Consider packing food for kids with allergies.

Learn more at http://www.tokenekepto.com/superbowl/

Jump Rope for Heart

This is a fun event during the school year. Children look forward to raising money for a good cause and learn about making healthy choices. Considerations for kids with special needs:

  • Kids will be jump roping, so speak to your special education teacher about any questions you might have.
  • Consider bringing noise-reduction ear muffs to help manage stress and anxiety with sound-sensitive kids.

Learn more at http://www.tokenekepto.com/jump-rope-for-heart/

Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Tokeneke School! What better way to promote reading to our students than by supporting this important literary event. Below are considerations for kids with special needs:

  • All students attend a “Book Fair Preview Day” with their class where they can make a “wish list” with book prices for their upcoming purchase day.
  • During the class “Book Fair Purchase Day,” children can come with money to pay for their books, or parents are welcome to attend with their child.
  • Consider bringing your family to Family Night for a quieter setting, that includes a listening center and quiet zone.
  • There will also be an Early Hours morning that tends to have less traffic.

Learn more at http://www.tokenekepto.com/book-fair/

Bingo Night

Tokeneke’s own Mr. Woodring is on tap to call the games and the 5th grade parents and teachers will be donating their most scrumptious treats to the bake sale! Don’t let your family miss one of Tokeneke’s best nights of the year!

BINGO Night is a 5th Grade fundraiser and proceeds from this event go towards the purchase of a 5th grade class gift to the Tokeneke School. In the past, gifts have included benches, new couches for Tokeneke, rugs with the Tokeneke Emblem and beautiful lettering for our school motto in the Great Hall. We are looking forward to a fun evening and thank you in advance for your support!

  • The event is held in the evening in the great hall, gym, and common room.
  • This is a well-attended event so expect a lot of people.
  •  Do-a-Dots are great for everyone, and also great for fine motor control.
  • Consider bringing noise-Reduction ear muffs to help manage stress and anxiety with sound-sensitive kids.
  • Bring a large blanket or low profile chairs to mark-off a spot in the common room or gymnasium for you and your child at the beginning of the event.
  • During the event many kids will find their way to a playground, playgrounds are not lit, so accompany your child and bring a flash light.
  • There are baked goods, drinks, and pizza, so if your child has a food allergy consider packing something from home.

Learn more at http://www.tokenekepto.com/bingo-night/

Friendly Families
This is a wonderful program that welcomes new families to Tokeneke. If you are new to Tokeneke definitely come to the beginning of the year play dates on the playground.
Enrichment
The Tokeneke PTO Enrichment Committee puts together a wonderful slate of events for our children at school, including theatre and musical performances and animal visits. You may wish to speak with your child’s special education teacher about how to make this a positive experience.
Nov
23
Thu
No School (Thanksgiving Recess)
Nov 23 – Nov 24 all-day
Nov
29
Wed
TPTO: Steering Meeting
Nov 29 @ 9:30 am

Invitation Only.

Dec
1
Fri
Hour of Code @ Tokeneke
Dec 1 – Dec 2 all-day
Dec
5
Tue
K-5th Grades: Parent-Teacher Conferences & Early Dismissal
Dec 5 @ 8:25 am – 12:55 pm
ELP: Early Release for Elementary School Conferences
Dec 5 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Dec
6
Wed
ELP: No School for ELP Conferences
Dec 6 all-day

December 6-8, 2017 there is no school for ELP students due to parent-teacher conferences.

K-5th Grades: Parent-Teacher Conferences & Early Dismissal
Dec 6 @ 8:25 am – 12:55 pm
Dec
7
Thu
ELP: No School for ELP Conferences
Dec 7 all-day

December 6-8, 2017 there is no school for ELP students due to parent-teacher conferences.

K-5th Grades: Parent-Teacher Conferences & Early Dismissal
Dec 7 @ 8:25 am – 12:55 pm
Dec
8
Fri
ELP: No School for ELP Conferences
Dec 8 all-day

December 6-8, 2017 there is no school for ELP students due to parent-teacher conferences.

K-5th Grades: Parent-Teacher Conferences & Early Dismissal
Dec 8 @ 8:25 am – 12:55 pm
Dec
11
Mon
4th-5th Grade: Winter Concert
Dec 11 @ 9:30 am
Dec
14
Thu
ELP: Holiday Celebration with Gingerbread Houses
Dec 14 @ 12:45 pm

Holiday Celebration (Gingerbread Houses)

DETAILS:

  • All parents welcome for a holiday celebration on Thursday, December 14 at 12:45 to decorate gingerbread houses!
Dec
15
Fri
TPTO Meeting: Brown Bag Lunch
Dec 15 @ 12:00 pm

TPTO Meetings

Diane Ferber, Executive Director of The Collaborative Center for Learning and Development in Stamford will speak during the TPTO Brown Bag presentation on December 15th at noon.  She will speak about Executive Function skills and how we as parents can help our children better develop these skills in elementary school as they prepare for the more rigorous middle school environment.

http://www.collaborativecenter.org

Dec
22
Fri
ELP: Early Dismissal
Dec 22 @ 8:25 am – 12:00 pm
K-5th Grade: Early Dismissal
Dec 22 @ 8:25 am – 12:55 pm
Dec
25
Mon
No School (Winter Recess)
Dec 25 all-day
Dec
26
Tue
No School (Winter Recess)
Dec 26 all-day
Dec
27
Wed
No School (Winter Recess)
Dec 27 all-day
Dec
28
Thu
No School (Winter Recess)
Dec 28 all-day