Green Chimneys Values Parent and Family Connections

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Annual Events Keep Parents Connected Year-Round
September: School Open House
October: Parent/Teacher Conference
Fall Harvest Festival
November: Annual Parent Retreat
February & March: 4H Small Animal Fair Participation
June: Birds of Prey Day
July & August: Family Picnic & BBQ

We value our families and encourage parents to participate in their child’s treatment planning as much as possible by maintaining open communication with team members and attending conferences and annual review IEP meetings. Throughout the year, our staff provides many opportunities for parent involvement. Parents and families are invited to school and public events to enhance their experience as members of the Green Chimneys community.

Green Chimneys Parent Association
The Green Chimneys Parent Association (GCPA) offers a wonderful opportunity to meet other families and open up dialogues regarding student programs, parent concerns, and ways to support the students and families of Green Chimneys School. The GCPA President represents parents at the Green Chimneys Board of Director meetings on important matters concerning families. The GCPA was ratified in 2009, has its own bylaws and elected officers, and participates in all Green Chimneys special events and fundraisers. This is where Green Chimneys parents from all programs come together to make a difference...and they do!

Participation is free and highly encouraged. To connect with the GCPA, submit a Parent Association contact form.

Parents are Encouraged to Stay Connected

Subscribe to Green Chimneys News
Parents can stay up-to-date on news about the school and the entire organization with The Green Chimneys Gazette, issued twice a year, and monthly eNews. Sign up here!

Parent Communication and Feedback
Parents are a key part of each child’s academic and treatment program and can be the greatest advocates for a child at Green Chimneys, and beyond. We encourage continuous and ongoing communication.

Parent Satisfaction Surveys
This ongoing tool assists administrators with program planning and offers parents and guardians an opportunity to participate. Surveys are sent at various points during the school year.

Parent & Educator Workshop Series
A free monthly evening workshop series for all parents and educators to share practical information and newer thinking on topics critical to a child’s success. Speakers focus on children with special needs but offer indispensable tools and tips to apply in any home or school environment.

Annual Events
The Green Chimneys campus is alive and active with year-round events.

September – School Open House offers the opportunity to become familiar with the programs a child participates in as part of the school schedule

October – Parent/Teacher Conference, an opportunity to meet the classroom teacher and discuss their child’s progress in school

Fall Harvest Festival features seasonal activities that include holiday crafts, hayrides  around campus to see the pumpkins and corn that have been harvested, and visits to vendor booths.

November – Annual Parent Retreat is held during the first weekend in November at the Green Chimneys Clearpool Campus in Carmel, NY. The Retreat offers a full array of informational seminars, fun activities, and networking with other parents; as well as meals and overnight accommodations.

February & March – Families are invited to be part of the 4H audience twice during these months: Our annual 4H Public Speaking event gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their learned public speaking skills by presenting a project about a researched topic. At a separate event, students demonstrate their knowledge to 4H judges and the audience about a small farm animal of their choice during the 4H Small Animal Fair.

June – Birds of Prey Day is held on the Brewster campus in early June where area falconers bring their birds for show and demonstrations, along with other outdoor marvels and vendors. Circus of the Kids turns students into jugglers, ball balancers, acrobats, trapeze artists, fire eaters, and unicycle riders with the help of trained performers. A day performance is scheduled for the campus and an early evening performance includes families and friends of the performers.

July and August – A Family Picnic is hosted at our Clearpool campus for all families and includes BBQ, canoeing, fishing, swimming, hiking, and relaxing under the shady willow trees. A few short weeks later, we all have a chance to visit with former students as they come to enjoy the campus on a fun-filled Alumni Day.

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