We hope all of you are doing well and have started to adjust to your new routines. We are hoping over the next few weeks to provide you with some light, fun connecting activities to do while being confined at home. Even though we are confined at home, we can still find ways to connect and come together as a school and community. We would like to start building connections by celebrating some awareness dates. The awesome thing about this year’s awareness dates is that you can join your kids and students in the fun!
This Saturday, March 21st, is Rock Your Socks for World Down Syndrome Day. World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), observed on March 21 every year, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the three copies of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. Friday, March 20th, we would like to still show our support for WDSD by wearing crazy, colorful socks in celebration of people with Down syndrome! Please take pictures of you and your children in your crazy socks and email them to LIberis@polandschools.org or HShaffer@polandschools.org so we can post them on our school instagram.
March 25th, is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day. It began in 2006 by a nonprofit organization called Reaching for the Stars (RFTS), an education and advocacy group run by parent volunteers. CP is a condition that affects normal, healthy movement in different parts of the body and it has many types and degrees of severity.
? “Cerebral” refers to the brain’s cerebrum, which is the part of the brain that regulates motor function
? “Palsy” describes the physical paralysis of voluntary movement in various parts of the body
? CP causes complications with posture, walking, muscle tone and movement condition. While there is no known cure for CP at this time, there are many ways to improve the quality of life for individuals living with this condition.
Let’s display our support for people who have cerebral palsy by wearing green on Wednesday, March 25th! Please take pictures of you and your children wearing green and email them to LIberis@polandschools.org or HShaffer@polandschools.org so we can post them to our instagram.
Lastly on Thursday, April 2nd, we are celebrating “World Autism Awareness Day: Light It Up Blue.” Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. Each person with autism has a distinct set of strengths and challenges. The ways in which people with autism learn, think and problem-solve can range from highly skilled to severely challenged. We invite all students, staff, and family members to wear blue on Thursday, April 2 to show our support for those who have autism. Please take pictures of you and your children wearing blue and email them to LIberis@polandschools.org or HShaffer@polandschools.org so we can post them to our instagram. Thank you in advance to Mrs. Shaffer and Mrs. Iberis for being willing to get flooded with pictures from our Poland families! We are looking forward to seeing all your smiling faces, crazy socks, green, and blue! This virus may keep us physically apart, but our Poland Pride will keep us uplifted and bring us together.
Mrs. Butch & Mrs. Rowan
McKinley & Middle School Counselors