Dear Sierra Nevada Parents:
A Wonderful Day!
Our Greenhaven Estates gift of song was a great success. All of the Lower Elementary children were there as well as most of the Upper Elementary students. We sang for the residents in their dining area and then went to the Memory Care Center to sing to the elders there. As always, it was a lovely time and SO appreciated by the residents. I never tire of hearing them sing along with the children and seeing the huge smiles on their faces. The ice cream party was great fun and it was nice to be able to use the new Family Room for the gathering. We often have to be careful not to be too loud in our classrooms in the afternoon so as not to wake the napping infants and toddlers directly below us. The children really enjoyed dancing together and celebrating their day of giving!
Great news! We will be able to have our performance at the Sierra 2 Stage in Sacramento on Thursday, May 30th. Because of cost and logistics, we will have our rehearsal and performance on the same day. We will begin our rehearsal at 5:00 p.m. and start the show at 6:30 p.m. Please feel free to invite family and friends. Admission is free and there will be plenty of seating.
Starting this week, Rain’s half-sister, Yzma, will be spending Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the classroom. She is a pup in training for Canine Companions for Independence, which is an organization that gives away service dogs free of charge to people with disabilities. Yzma is in her last eight weeks of training. She has spent most of her time from 8-weeks-old until now being raised at the Folsom Women’s Prison. Her last few months before she goes to the Advanced Training Program in Santa Rosa is a time for her to experience and be socialized in a variety of situations. Because many of the CCI dogs are matched with children with disabilities, it is important that the pups have experience being around children.
This will be new for the Sierra Nevada children, as well. They are used to Rain being able to roam the classroom and can pet or play with her if she stops by their work area. Because Yzma is training for service work, she will not be free to roam in the classroom and will not interact with the children unless she is commanded and allowed to do so. This is a great opportunity for the children to learn about service dogs and how to ask, approach and interact with a dog whose job is to help someone be independent.
Just a reminder that our coffee chat is coming up soon! We will meet at 8:30 in the Family Room on Wednesday, March 6th. I hope to see you there!