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

Fishing Field Trip


In May, several of Birchtree’s students participated in the 39th Annual Walter Burns Memorial Fishing Day for Special Needs Children in Greenland, NH. It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to enjoy a beautiful day outdoors and try a new sport! Thank you to everyone who helped make the day possible: the Piscataqua Fish & Game Club, Mr. Ted Sanderson, the event sponsors, Annie’s Angels Memorial Fund, and volunteers from the Piscataqua Fish & Game Club and Walmart. Continue reading

Fitness Challenge 2016


Birchtree’s students had a wonderful time working on their health and fitness goals this April to commemorate Autism Awareness Month. They exercised in our school’s hallways, in our gym, at local pools, and more! Thank you to everyone who donated to show their support for Team Birchtree. Thanks also to Coed Sportswear and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care for their support!

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