Dear Cypress Community,

Despite having to cancel one outing planned for Monday due to poor air quality, we have been able to expand these opportunities to include the majority of our current ABA participants this week.  In addition, some of you who have applied to receive this service are already being approved and can be included starting next week.  Please check your email for the new procedures, sign in agreement and return. 

Next week we will also be scheduling staff to return to campus in their assigned cohorts to provide distance learning on site once per week.  We will be preparing for students to return, one day per week, targeted to begin in October.  Each cohort consisting of sixteen people including students and staff will have an assigned day on campus.  We will follow up with more details next week. 

We are working with staff to support creative solutions for childcare, since many of them have school age children who need support to continue their distance learning as well.  We need parents to decide if they would like to participate in the hybrid program with in-person opportunities by next week.  If you wish to continue with distance learning, we will happily provide that as well.  Students may switch from distance only to the hybrid, but in order to balance cohorts and provide appropriate staffing, we will allow that at the end of the quarter.

We continue to work to complete our distance learning plans for our students and appreciate parent input to make them as helpful and accurate as possible.  This document reflects how services are provided and goals can be implemented during distance learning.  I want to acknowledge our teachers and therapists for supporting this effort, and families who continue to collaborate with our team to make distance learning work.  We could not do it without your support.  

Our beloved teacher Jessica Sauve has decided to take a leave and is ultimately planning to move to Sacramento.  Jessica has been with Cypress for many years, in the early days as an aide and for the last few years as the fearless leader of Classroom One.  During her time at our school, Jessica has supported the growth and development of so many students, and has promoted student independence and self-expression in every outing and activity.  She has helped boys and girls to become young men and women.  We are so sad to see her go, but wish her the best in the future and will always treasure her contribution and count her as one of the Cypress family. 

This week celebrates direct support professionals, and our aides deserve recognition for their tireless efforts.  We have found through this pandemic that we often take our essential workers for granted and have historically as a society failed to fully appreciate their contributions.  At Cypress, we know that the heart and soul of our school is this group of dedicated individuals.  They are the secret ingredient.  They are the magic that makes it all happen.  Watching them work at times, when they are at their best, is like seeing a beautifully choreographed dance performance or a championship team working in sync.  They create a space for our students to shine.  Sometimes it is not pretty with our students, and our staff often show the most grace in those difficult moments.  The people who visit and tour the school often comment on the positive energy that is almost palpable.  I am so proud of our teacher aides and profoundly humbled by the dedication they bring every day.  I know I speak for the entire Cypress community when I express our heartfelt gratitude.  Thank you.

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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