Mrs. Maureen Reichert
Special Education Teacher
Phone: (716) 926-3799
Google Classroom Code: 3xzgoqb
Hello Lake Shore Families!
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! I hope you all have enjoyed this beautiful summer! Although we have been social distancing, wearing our masks and washing hands to continue our quest to stay healthy during our pandemic, we are looking forward to a wonderful new school year in person. We will be following these same practices throughout the year to stay safe in school as well. Each student will get a Lake Shore mask on the first day of school.
Although we are sad to say goodbye to Miss Murphy, who will be at the Middle School, we are very fortunate to have Rebecca Krull as our Teaching Assistant in our class with us. We look forward to welcoming her in our Life Skills program for a fun, engaging and exciting year!
We are the Gold Team, as stated in the return to school plans on the Lake Shore District Home Page. This means you will be learning remotely at home on Mondays and we will be in school together on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
We will be sending home assignments on Fridays to be completed at home on Mondays. The assignments will be returned to school on Tuesdays. These assignments will be paper and pencil to begin the year and eventually we will be using technology to complete the home assignments. We will be using Google Classroom in class when we are learning together to reinforce the technology skills needed for the future. The district will assess technology needs at the beginning of the year and we will give more information as we receive it from the Technology Dept.
I will also be in school on Mondays as well, and will be having designated office hours. This will be the time where we can have Google Meets to check in on students to see how they are doing with the remote learning at home. I will also call and speak to any parent or student that has questions or concerns. I will let you know the office hours I will be available for any assistance on Mondays in the upcoming September newsletter.
We will not be sharing supplies this year, so please check the list of supplies your student will need to bring to school on Tuesday, September 8th.
- colored pencils
- crayons or markers (both if you prefer)
- small packs of personal tissues
- ruler (wood or plastic)
- large Elmer's Glue stick
- Large ZipLoc baggie to hold supplies
- one folder with pockets (any color) to be used as a take home/communication folder
- backpack to be brought each day with the take home folder and agenda that will be given at the beginning of the year.
- We will have hand sanitizer in class, but if you would like a small personal size to fit in the baggie you may bring one of those as well.
The Life Skills Program is using the Unique Learning System as the classroom curriculum. The curriculum program has been designed specifically for students with special learning needs. While the foundation of Unique is the content standards (Reading, Writing, Math, and Science/ Social Studies), the lessons are modified to make sure that all students have a way to participate and learn. There is a strong emphasis on Lifeskills that are embedded in each lesson. Unique Learning System has a High School/ Transition Grade Band with Instructional Targets which are as follows:
- Daily Living
- Community Living
- Personal Life
- Lifelong Learning
We also follow the Dynamic Learning Maps, which outlines the NYS Alternate Assessments. These Essential Elements coincide with the NYS Common Core Standards.
I will be sending home a monthly newsletter to keep you informed on our lessons and activities throughout the year. It will also be posted on this website as well.
Please feel free to call the classroom at 926-3799 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you ever have any questions or concerns throughout the year and I will be happy to get back to you as soon as possible.
We are looking forward to a wonderful year in the Life Skills program! Go Eagles!
Maureen Reichert and Rebecca Krull