Greetings Cypress Community,

Well, it has been an eventful week to say the least.  Fires and smoke have displaced a number of our families and disrupted our planned activities.  The politics in Washington continue to prevent meaningful relief for the health and economic impacts of COVID-19.  We have a nominee to replace Justice Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.  The debate was a complete mess.  And this morning, the President, First Lady, and other White House aides, tested positive for COVID. 

On Wednesday, Cypress held our all-staff meeting to prepare for plans to open our campus to limited in-person instruction.  Staff have already begun reporting to campus in their assigned small groups to prepare the space and practice the new safety protocols we have put in place.  I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to this team of professionals.  You have managed to continue the positive energy we always get compliments on from every visitor to our site, into the virtual classroom space.  It is not always easy to be positive these days, and I am proud of the space staff have created for our students to be their authentic selves and the support they have provided during this challenging time.  I would like to acknowledge the staff who have made arrangements for childcare for their own children who are still not able to be back in person at school, to be available to support our students.  We are excited to create that safe space to learn and grow in person as well.  We have transformed the campus to remove all extraneous clutter in favor of a minimalist space with lots of visual reminders for hand hygiene, face coverings, physical distancing, and cleaning.  We are committed to providing an environment where students can be comfortable while making it as unlikely as possible to spread germs.

We know there are inherent risks we are taking on to return to campus.  We have undertaken a great deal of mitigation strategies to minimize that risk.  I urge our Cypress community to continue to be vigilant in your practices at home and in the community so that we can be successful in maintaining a safe and healthy school environment.  Please limit your close contact to a small group of people.  Please monitor for symptoms and inform us of any signs of illness.  Please be patient and understanding as in-person opportunities will need to be cancelled when an exposure or symptoms are reported by a member of the group.  Please practice hand hygiene, physical distancing, cleaning, and use of face coverings.  While my faith in humanity has been tested and shaken of late, my faith in the Cypress community has never been stronger.

We are excited to announce a new member joining our speech team.  Jaimie MacDonald is a former teacher aide at Cypress who has returned as a Speech Therapist!  We are so thrilled to welcome her aboard.  Parents please join our parent meeting on Monday at 2:30.

Sincerely,

Nate Yates, Director of Educational and Behavioral Services

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Hi friends!
October 6th is World Cerebral Palsy day!
Today we come together (virtually) to celebrate, to build awareness of what CP is and to create change!

At BOOST we celebrate our students achievements! It is impressive how all of them have adapted to this new crazy schedule and continued to work towards their goals. We are so proud of you for doing all this with a smile on your face!

Did you know that there are 17 million people around the world living with cerebral palsy? It is the most common physical disability in childhood. It primarily affects movement, but people with CP may also have visual, learning, hearing, speech, epilepsy and intellectual impairments.

BOOST offers a classroom program that is structured specifically for children with Cerebral Palsy and other motor disabilities. Our students learn best in a movement based structure. Therefore we provide multiple opportunities where they can practice and learn to master their skills. We are proud to be an organization that is creating change and working hard so that our students can have a better life.

Let’s celebrate in person next year! 💚💚💚

Thank you to our UCPNB family for loving, caring and advocating for our students! Margaret Farman, Laura Briggin, Nate Yates, Jen Whalen, Steve Gatlin, Amanda Buhrer, Devin Cornish, Kiana Shibata, Sammie Wills, Nana Peña Caldera💚💚
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Hi friends!
October 6th is World Cerebral Palsy day!
Today we come together (virtually) to celebrate, to build awareness of what CP is and to create change!

At BOOST we celebrate our students achievements! It is impressive how all of them have adapted to this new crazy schedule and continued to work towards their goals. We are so proud of you for doing all this with a smile on your face!

Did you know that there are 17 million people around the world living with cerebral palsy? It is the most common physical disability in childhood. It primarily affects movement, but people with CP may also have visual, learning, hearing, speech, epilepsy and intellectual impairments.

BOOST offers a classroom program that is structured specifically for children with Cerebral Palsy and other motor disabilities. Our students learn best in a movement based structure. Therefore we provide multiple opportunities where they can practice and learn to master their skills. We are proud to be an organization that is creating change and working hard so that our students can have a better life.

Lets celebrate in person next year! 💚💚💚

Thank you to our UCPNB family for loving, caring and advocating for our students! Margaret Farman, Laura Briggin, Nate Yates, Jen Whalen, Steve Gatlin, Amanda Buhrer, Devin Cornish, Kiana Shibata, Sammie Wills, Nana Peña Caldera💚💚

World CP Day is an opportunity for the whole world to come together to recognize and celebrate the 17 million people around the world living with cerebral palsy.

On 6 October every year, individuals, families and organizations celebrate by sharing stories, hosting events, and wearing the color green.

Cerebral palsy is the most common childhood disability, yet around the globe, there’s a broad lack of knowledge of what it is and how it’s caused, even in the medical field.

Through World CP Day we can build awareness of what CP is, how it’s caused, and how early detection and intervention is the key to improving outcomes for people with CP.

As World CP Day continues to grow in popularity, we will continue to show the world all the incredible things that people with cerebral palsy achieve when barriers are removed.

Learn more and share your stories at: worldcpday.org/
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World CP Day is an opportunity for the whole world to come together to recognize and celebrate the 17 million people around the world living with cerebral palsy.

On 6 October every year, individuals, families and organizations celebrate by sharing stories, hosting events, and wearing the color green.

Cerebral palsy is the most common childhood disability, yet around the globe, there’s a broad lack of knowledge of what it is and how it’s caused, even in the medical field.

Through World CP Day we can build awareness of what CP is, how it’s caused, and how early detection and intervention is the key to improving outcomes for people with CP.

As World CP Day continues to grow in popularity, we will continue to show the world all the incredible things that people with cerebral palsy achieve when barriers are removed.

Learn more and share your stories at: https://worldcpday.org/
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