Preschool Self-Contained Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Program
Beginning in April 2019 – July 2019, Ms. Robin from Kaye-Lynn Dance Studio in East Brunswick visited our Special Education Preschool Students 4 times to provide dance and gross motor movement instruction to our students. Ms. Robin is certified in the Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Program, which certifies dance educators to provide dance instruction to students with Special Needs.
This was a wonderful opportunity to not only expose our students to dance and movement classes, but also provide them with an opportunity to enjoy new leisure skills while building appropriate social skills.
Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to enhance our Preschool Special Education Program through your generous support.
Kore Kids Wobble Chair
2017-2018 Mini Grant Recipients
Escape Room Kit
During the 2017-18 school year, I applied for an SRFEE mini-grant in the hopes of getting an escape room kit that would enable me to create dynamic lessons for students to practice a multitude of skills in a variety of content areas. The kit included the materials necessary (assorted locking mechanisms, decoders, etc.) as well as access to an online platform that offered the lessons and hints for the escape room. The lessons were, indeed, dynamic, and were very much enjoyed by all who participated. I have attached a short video of my former students “escaping” at the end of a lesson. I would like to thank SRFEE for their continued efforts to foster excellence in our community and schools.
Patricia Crowdell, ELA Teacher, South River Middle School
2016 Mini Grant Recipients
While students and staff presently have access to laptops, it wasn’t that way in 2016. However, at that time I had the opportunity to apply for a mini-grant to purchase a laptop to utilize in my classroom. After being awarded the grant, having the laptop in the classroom was extremely beneficial. My students were able to learn basic computer skills. They were able to search for jobs and explore different types of job applications. Having this laptop early on was a great asset to have in the classroom and I am extremely grateful to have been awarded the mini-grant from SRFEE.
Jenai Damatta, High School Life Skills Class
I along with Cassie Juba and Christine Kilduff received a mini grant to take our special education students on a field trip. Our students are in a self contained classroom setting and benefit from hands-on experiences. We decided to take them to the Turtle Back Zoo. The students were able to experience the zoo, for many the first time to see and touch the animals. Some of the students are now in high school and still talk about the experience. Thank you SRFEE for making this experience possible for us. You are very much appreciated.
Diane Rondesko, South River Special Education Teacher
SRFEE is a non-profit organization run by volunteer members. We would appreciate more members to join our group efforts for our mission. Donations of skills/time and/or money is greatly appreciated. “Volunteers are not paid because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless”
July 15, 2015 Kick-Off Meeting
April 14, 2015 – Organization Meeting
The group met regarding the review of the By-Laws (draft), incorporation, Tax-Exempt status, the IRS and the State of NJ.
Upon review of the previous organization, the new group decided to start the organization anew. Professionals were consulted to ensure accurate formation of the new organization.
March 25, 2015 – Initial Interest Meeting
Through the office of the South River Public Schools Superintendent Mr. Michael Pfister, a meeting of all interested parties was coordinated via email.
Mr. Pfister opened the meeting by thanking all those persons in attendance for showing an interest in the organization. Mr. Pfister went on to provide an overview of the previous organization, the background, purpose and vision of the organization.