Dear Friends and Cypress Families,

We are sending positive thoughts to each of you and wishing for the safest and soonest return to school. Our school districts have all communicated that we will need to continue to stay home at least until May 1, 2020. 

We will have our Spring Break and will not have official Distance Learning from April 6th through April 10th. We will continue with our Distance Learning programs. We are being required by the districts (and Afterschool regional center or insurance) to document all student/family interactions and learning for teachers, therapists, and Afterschool. 

Please respond by text, email, or phone call to your teacher, therapist, and Afterschool Director Becca (, Afterschool Coordinators, and Therapists so we can document you/your child’s participation.  

Your replies to the teachers/therapists/afterschool manager inquiries and provision of learning materials is the documentation we need in order to receive funding to continue to pay our amazing team. We must have contact to bill the districts and regional center/insurance. We are paying our administrators, teachers, staff, and therapists through May 1. More information will be forthcoming as we are updated by the districts, regional centers, and insurance companies. 

Please check your child’s proposed daily/weekly schedule that should include Cypress shared Zoom classes (Colleen Arnold and Addie’s music class), classroom Zooms, individualized activities to do at home, News2you, Epic reading, and Khan Academy.

Cypress will box up and deliver to you school supplies/needs. Email your teacher to request. We can include school work, icons, Chromebooks, and iPads if you don’t already have these. 

I am proud that Cypress families and staff are working together to create distance learning that works for you and your child. I am feeling sad that we can’t see each other in person and anxiously await our return to school.

Best wishes to all!


We will be doing a ZOOM Music class with Dominic Bianco, please join in 🙂 Domenic will be doing music Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. You may join the Zoom Meeting at:
Meeting ID: 422 801 069
Password: 051794

Teacher Addie has an instrument task linked here.

Our Educational Consultant, Colleen Arnold, has been giving younger elementary age reading lessons through Zoom on Monday through Thursday at: Her website also has other great resources.

Our Behavior Consultant, Sarah Doherty:

Available by phone through an email appointment Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Our Afterschool ABA Program Supports are available:
by Facetime and email including me (, Sara Doherty (, Joe (, Jeff ( and Nate (

If you would like to set up a time to FaceTime or Zoom with me please don’t hesitate to ask! Laura Briggin, or Nate Yates, Assistant Director,

I am sending a virtual hug to each of you! I miss all my students, staff, therapists and Administration Team’s beautiful smiling faces. I am sending my love 🙂 Laura.

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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
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