New Castle Field Trips

Birchtree’s students enjoyed several field trips to Great Island Common this summer. The sun shone, the water sparkled, and we even saw a rainbow! Thank you to Ken Phillips Photography for providing these beautiful photos, to the Town of New Castle for welcoming us to the park, to Altrusa International’s Seacoast Chapter for their generous grant in support of summertime field trips, and to the families and staff who made the trip possible.

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Water Country Field Trips

Birchtree’s students started summer with a splash during field trips to Water Country. It was a wonderful opportunity for students to work on their water-safety skills in a fun new setting. The Water Country staff went above and beyond to welcome our students with autism to their park, and we sincerely appreciate their kind hospitality. Thank you also to Altrusa International’s Seacoast Chapter for their generous grant in support of summertime activities for Birchtree’s students! Continue reading

Birchtree Prom 2016

Birchtree’s students took a fantastic journey to Neverland during their school prom on June 10th. Students enjoyed posing for portraits, processing in a Grand Promenade, dancing in the school gym, singing karaoke, having their faces painted, and exploring sensory bins. We also crowned a Prom King and Queen who had been elected by their classmates. Students chose a Peter Pan theme this year and created cakes and decor for the occasion.

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Artist in Residence Randy Armstrong

Birchtree’s students with autism enjoyed hosting musician Randy Armstrong as an Artist in Residence this May. Randy gave our students hands-on lessons in world music and percussion, taught our staff how to incorporate music-based instruction throughout the school day, and led our students in performing for their families during our spring Open House. The music lessons allowed many Birchtree students to develop their rhythm and motor skills and to focus their energy and attention. Continue reading

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