Hello Cypress Families,

These times continue to be challenging for all of us but all of us are still collaborating, cooperating, creating, caring, sharing and being COURAGEOUS as best we can! We do not know when we will resume classes and Afterschool at Cypress. So far we will be closed until June 5, 2020 but conditions remain fluid and we will continue to provide weekly updates every Friday.

Nate, Joe and I worked this Spring Break on negotiating the new rates for 2020-2021, and worked on the School, Afterschool and BOOST budgets for 2020-2021.

Cypress School staff and therapists are hoping that our team solutions for our distance learning are working for your child and family. Laura and Nate will lead an all family ZOOM meeting this Monday, April 13 at 2:30pm. If you haven’t signed up for ZOOM, please access the Zoom.us website and sign up for free. Get your family to help or call your teacher for support in accessing this remarkable technology.

Each teacher has organized distance learning options to meet you and your child’s needs. If you are having any difficulty accessing this material feel free to contact your teacher, therapists, and/or me at 415-720-9328 or Assistant Director Nate Yates at 415-867-2881.

All of our therapists are available to receive emails, text and/or Facetime/Zoom. Most of our therapists have children so they are scrambling to figure out how to support their students and families, so please be patient. Again, if you are having any difficulty accessing your therapist(s), please connect with your classroom teacher immediately.

We will continue the fabulous ZOOM Music class with Dominic Bianco, please join in 🙂 Domenic will be doing music Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

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Our Educational Consultant, Colleen Arnold has been giving elementary age reading lessons through Zoom (web based distance learning!) Monday through Thursday https://www.arnoldadvocacy.com/school-closure-resources. Her website also has other great resources.

Our Behavior Consultant Sarah Doherty is readily available by phone through an email appointment Wednesdays and Fridays 9-3 pm. sdoherty@compassllc.org  

Our Afterschool ABA program supports are available by Facetime and email including me/Laura (lbriggin@ucpnb.org), Sara, Joe (jthompson@ucpnb.org), Jeff (jeaton@ucpnb.org) and Nate (nyates@ucpnb.org)

If you would like to set up a time to FaceTime or Zoom with me, please don’t hesitate to ask! lbriggin@ucpnb.org, or Nate Yates Assistant Director nyates@ucpnb.org

We are sending a virtual hug to each of you! We miss all our students, staff, therapists and Admin team’s beautiful smiling faces.

We are sending our love 🙂 Laura and Nate

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Highlights of DAY 2 of the 15th Annual Developmental Disabilities Public Policy Conference presented by The Arc of California, Easterseals and United Cerebral Palsy. Thank you so much to our intelligent, innovative and inspiring speakers and presenters: Connie Garner of Easterseals, Comedian and Actress Maysoon Zayid, Dante Allen of California ABLE Act Board, Robert Espinoza of PHI, Kristen Pederson of The Arc San Francisco, Tori Trentacoste of United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay, The Arc of California Board Members Pat Hornbecker and Grace Huerta, Scott Graves of the California Budget & Policy Center, Aaron Carruthers of California State Council on Developmental Disabilities, Jeffrey Popkin of BARC (Bakersfield ARC), and Ana Garcia-Ashley of Gamaliel Network.

We also presented Assemblyman Dr. Joaquin Arambula with our well-deserved Legislative Champion Award.

We have a great program planned for tomorrow too! The agenda is posted on our website at TheArcCA.org/Conference.
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