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September 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Happy first day of school! If you sent a loved one off I hope it was with the same mix of joy, feverish excitement, nostalgia, wistfulness,  and sheer relief that I experienced. I also hope that your first day back went as fantastically as ours did, meaning no phone calls from school, two nice new teachers, a blissfully small class and a return appearance by our favorite paraprofessional ever. And, most importantly, a cheerful and excited 5th grader who described his first day as “awesome!”

I’m also feeling cheerful and excited – Fall is my favorite season of them all! Football, apple picking, delicious Fall recipes, beautiful scenery, cooler weather, and that fresh back-to-school motivation to get organized – it’s all here! I’m also particularly excited about all of the plans taking shape for The Foorce this year. I’m working on half a dozen posts one eensy weensy piece at a time and am just about done planning out the first Special Needs Cafe at PS 163 (Oct. 21st at 9a.m.).

However, tonight is devoted to the “no homework” that James had, meaning paperwork for me. So for now, here are a few Foorce Favorites to kick off the new school year (some end-of-the-summer reading, if you will):

The Top 10 Weird Children of Video Games and Neuroscience

A House Becomes A Home In Brooklyn: YAI Dream House

James Durbin, the American Idol Season 10 finalist with Asperger’s and Tourette’s has announced that his debut CD will be released in November

Also keep an eye out for my FDR resort review and the October meeting announcement coming soon.

Swing a Ring tomorrow at the Hudson Beach, July 5th at 1p.m.

I’m back! There is so much to tell but first I must attempt to unpack – we definitely give “sand-bagged” a whole new meaning.

Before I post all about our amazing adventure-filled vacation I wanted to remind you about our little get together tomorrow, July 5, at the Hudson Beach. Enter Riverside Park at 104th and walk toward the water – you’ll run right into it.

I got 3 emails while I was gone about people coming for a grand total of around 10 people. I’ll probably bring some cookies to share and drinks for the kids. And sand toys – I won’t even bother unpacking them from our trip. And sand – we will still have plenty of beach sand to share no matter what effort I make.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, we are taking our school-year “cafe meetings” outdoors this summer, starting with a potluck picnic at the Hudson “Swing a Ring” Beach (swingaring.com) tomorrow at 1p.m. If you come feel free to bring snacks, sand toys and/or lawn games to share! Or just stop by and say hi. Don’t be shy, it’s not formal and I’ll be there with the kids one way or the other.

Having a disabled child, friend or loved one is not a requirement to come hang out, though it will be a recurring theme :). If you can’t make it tomorrow but want to come next time, we are meeting at the Natural History Museum sprinklers this weekend (see the July Adventures post).

I plan to write all about the past week as soon as everyone is asleep tonight, though the kids are on “beach time” so that might turn into tomorrow. I also came back to a fabulous list of topics that I can’t wait to share with you.

I hope everyone’s summer is off to a wonderful start and that you are enjoying a very happy 4th of July!

 

Meeting tomorrow, May 6th – location updated!

I hope to see you at tomorrow’s meeting! It is our last Special Needs Cafe 163 of the school year and will feature speaker Dina Shanowitz of The Friendship Circle (www.friendshipnyc.com) as well as offer the opportunity to sign up for free DMF concert tickets (limited tickets available), the summer activity group, and our Central Park Challenge team “The Foorce.”  Hard copies of the summer activity packets will also be available.

We have been meeting in the auditorium lately, but due to several other events at PS 163 we will be meeting on the 2nd floor in the library. Just tell security you are here for Cafe 163 when you sign in. The meeting will start at 9a.m.