November in Review
Seattle Art Museum
The students had the wonderful opportunity to participate in a private tour of the museum. A docent guided a discussion in which students shared their opinions on various pieces of artwork. She asked the children if they could pose like the dancer in reference to one painting of a ballerina. Turns out Lumen has quite a few fantastic dancers! One of the most exciting portions of the tour for the children was when it was their turn to be the artist. The students learned the four main elements of art - shape, line, color, and texture - and then expressed their own interpretations via clay, stamps, crayons, and other mediums. It was a fantastic day for our kids!
Stations & Themes
Stations began in November, and include a daily one-hour block of structured activities that help students refine their social, fine & gross motor, and critical thinking skills. Station activities will change each month to reflect a particular theme.

The project themes that the students began in October continued to November: Egypt and Harvest/Farmers Market. 
Life Skills Outings 
Students had the opportunity to visit a number of local Woodinville businesses and merchants including grocery and retail shops, pet stores, public parks, and the movie theater. We are taking data and working on ways to assist and empower your child’s interactions in each of these environments.
Students were introduced to whole and half notes, rests, and using rhythm sticks to find and stay on beat. You can search for “Sweet Beets” on YouTube if your child would like to continue their practice.  
Picture Day
If you placed an order, pictures will be available and distributed to you prior the winter break.

Coming in December

Field Trip
On December 17th we will be attending the International Ballet Theatre’s rendition of the Nutcracker. They perform at the Meydenbauer Theater in Bellevue. We are taking advantage of a condensed version they provide during this student matinee.

Life Skills Outings
December 6th: an adventure to a public library. If your child already has a library card, please insure that it’s packed for them on this day.

December 13th: Country Village. If you would like your student to have the option to purchase a souvenir, please let us know prior to the outing.
Stations & Themes
Students will complete their work with the Egypt and Harvest/Farmer’s Market themes. They will learn about hieroglyphics, made papyrus paper, created a market, and made props to support that theme. 

For the first week of December our older students’ station time will focus on the Egypt theme and science, while our younger students will focus on the letter “A”. Both groups will focus on Holidays and Celebrations during the second week of December.

Younger students will be introduced to quarter and twelfth notes. They will also progress towards identifying rhythm by hearing it rather than by seeing the notes. Our older students will learn a broader expanse of notes as well as work on how to read rhythm in notes. They’ll also start singing!


Home-school communication
Thank you for bearing with us as we determine the best communication protocol to fit our unique program. Here is what you should expect going forward:
  • Daily: Your child’s RBT of the day will share any significant behavioral concerns at pick-up. Because each student differs in the type and frequency of notable behaviors, we will focus on reporting any major changes in their more typical behavior patterns. If any major incidents occur you will  be e-mailed a copy of an incident report form within 24 hours of the incident, and additionally contacted immediately depending on the type and severity of incident.
    • Drop-off is still an excellent time to share with us any behaviors at home that you need assistance with or that you feel would impact your child’s success at school that day. 
  • Weekly binder: On Fridays you will receive a report summarizing your child’s academic and therapeutic progress (including speech and OT), examples of your child’s work, and any other communications such as field trip slips, newsletters etc. Please return the binder in your child’s backpack every Monday so we can prepare it for the following week.
    • On occasion if we need to send along information on any other day besides Friday we will send you an e-mail to notify you to check your child’s backpack for it.
  • Monthly: We will use your parent training time to discuss academic progress and behavior concerns in depth. To make best use of this time come prepared with your list of concerns or questions, if any. 

Field Trips
Field trips provide some of the best enrichment opportunities for our children. We work hard to find the best opportunities for our children to adventure in our community and these are some of the most memorable experiences they have during the school year. Please remember to send a signed permission slip *and* cash or check in the amount described on the field trip slip before the day of the field trip. We cannot allow your student to join the field trip without the signed permission slip and the funds required for the trip.

Option for extended school day starting in January
We want to make the most of your child’s time with us. Because we are incorporating therapies throughout the school day and depending on your child’s particular needs, they may benefit from an extended school day. Starting in January we will be offering an additional half hour to an hour of school time. Please note that this option is dependent on your insurance plan. Dr. Calhoun will send an e-mail to families who may want to consider this option. 

Introduce Student of the Month
Starting in January and on a montly basis we will feature our students in this newsletter. This gives you the opportunity to get to know your child’s peers and develop a sense of community. Let us know if you are not comfortable having your child participate (we will not feature students without a signed media release).

Corporate Match Donations
If your employer participates in corporate charitable match program, you may be able to solicit that match towards your tuition payments. These funds will help keep tuition costs low. Contact Lucine Drake for details at
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