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April 28, 2024

A Note from the Director

Dear Families,

It's another packed issue of IvyNotes. So much going on! Our student businesses are back and now have easy online ordering. We invite you to check out the Mother's Day specials plus other items handcrafted by students - everything from jewelry and goods crafted from resin, to soaps and room sprays. These businesses give students a way to practice many vocational skills and show off their creativity!

The PTA is busy planning the staff appreciation week events that will take place May 6 to 10. Scroll down to the PTA section to see all the ways that you can get involved. Our staff truly appreciates everything you do to recognize them.

Finally, the Ivymount School prom is coming up on May 17. See below for more information about the evening and a link for High School and Post High School students to purchase tickets.


Susan Holt

Dates to Remember

May 14

Professional Day

No School for Students

May 15

Spring Lecture Series

Understanding & Appreciating Neurodiversity

May 17

Ivymount School Prom

June 12

Last Day of School

PTA News

May 6-10

Staff Appreciation Week

Together we thank the 225+ staff who work with our students. There's a way for every family to support the week. Scroll down to the PTA section for a full description of the week's events and use these links to get involved.

Staff Appreciation Week Fund

Donate Gift Cards/Snacks & Volunteer

Order Student Crafted Items for Mother's Day

Spring 2024 Crafty Classroom

The Crafty Classroom, a student-run business started by students in Room 182 of the Endeavors Program, is excited to launch its online store with a fantastic gift box perfect for Mother's Day! Pamper the special mom in your life with a collection that includes a handmade jewelry dish and keychain plus hand lotion, eye mask, cozy socks and tea.

Make your orders online no later than May 6. Use the QR code on this flyer. Or click on this Crafty Classroom link.

While online, browse the many other beautiful, handmade crafts designed by our students. If you attended the Outreach Resource Fair in March, you may have seen them displayed in the All Purpose Room. The resin creations really pop when you see them in person!

Aspire Post High School Soap and Room Sprays are back! The Aspire Post High School scents and soapery businesses give young adults with disabilities the opportunity to learn the important vocational, social, and life skills they need to transition into adulthood.

For Mother's Day, students have created a Rose Soap plus a gift set of a room spray paired with a floral or lavender soap. Make your orders online by May 8. All products will be delivered via student backpacks before May 10.

To order, scan the QR code or go to the link.


Get Prom Tickets for an 'Out of this World' Event!

Prom Tickets 2024

It's less than a month until the Ivymount School Prom on Friday, May 17. It's going to be "Out of this World!" so make sure to purchase your tickets now.

Learn More and Purchase Tickets

High School and Post High School age students may each bring one high school age guest to enjoy food, dancing and fun from 7 to 9:30 pm. Staff will chaperone the event while parents/caregivers take a break!

We encourage interested families to get your tickets now to help us with planning the event.

Ivymount Students Celebrate Earth Day

Students across all programs participated in a variety of exciting and educational projects this week in celebration of Earth Day.

Science students in Aspire Applied Elementary/Middle School learned about the harmful impacts of glitter on the environment. They then made an Earth friendly and themed fidget/slime. Students also received a kit of energy/water efficient supplies from Pepco to continue their learning at home!

Students in Aspire Social room 236 discussed water towers and how they reduce the need for electrical power. After reading about water towers, including one right here in Germantown, students created their own water tower using aluminum foil, straws, tape, and a paper cup, with the cup (or tank) 5 inches from the ground to support the idea of creating water pressure.

Third grade picked the prettiest tree on the playground and sat down to take turns reading the classic Shel Silverstein story, "The Giving Tree". They discussed how we may treat those that we love differently than others and shared their thoughts on why the tree gave everything it could to the boy even when it did not receive anything in return.

Students in the Aspire Post High School program volunteered at Black Hill Regional Park. After learning about the importance of taking action for a healthier planet, students participated in a watershed cleanup to help the environment. In the Aspire program, high school students completed an ocean acidification experiment using salt water, vinegar, and seashells. They also received the same kit of energy efficient supplies to take home.

Endeavors Students Practice Vocational Skills

Endeavors Students are working hard at Black Hill Regional Park, one of our community jobsites. Students have been developing important vocational skills while at the jobsite, such as cleaning up trash around the park, filling bird feeders, cleaning and organizing outdoor classrooms, and supporting staff with park events like camps. They are also enjoying their time outdoors in the warmer weather.

RSVP for the May 15 Spring Lecture

2024 Spring Workshop Series

Join us in person on May 15, 2024 from 6-7 pm for the third presentation in our Spring Lecture Series! 

This session is intended to help attendees develop an understanding and appreciation for diversity related to our neurocognitive functioning and to consider ways that we can use a neurodiversity-affirming approach with everyone.

It will be led by Jennie Kampf, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA, Aspire Program Director, and Katie Quinn, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA, Endeavors Program Director.  

RSVP to Lecture on Neurodiversity

Celebrating Autism Acceptance and Advocacy Month

Kind, Sensitive, Helpful, Courageous, Independent, Proud. That's how Ivymount students featured in the Voices of Autism video series created by AdLit.org described themselves when asked: what is it like to be you? Watch now in honor of Autism Acceptance and Advocacy Month.


Staff Appreciation Week - May 6 - 10

PTA Staff Appreciation Week collage

How to Get Involved


Donate Gift Cards

You can donate gift cards ($10-$25) for the daily Staff Raffles, which are announced by students. Gift cards can be sent to school with students in envelopes marked “PTA Raffle” starting on Monday, April 29 through arrival on Thursday, May 2.


Donate Snacks

Store-bought or homemade, nut-free snacks and treats for the Grab-and-Go Snack Bar should be labeled “PTA Snack Bar” and can be sent to school with students or dropped off starting on Wednesday, May 1 through arrival on Monday May 6.


Volunteer Your Time

Volunteers are needed to help set up the Staff Grab ‘n Go Snack Bar on the afternoon of May 6 and to help with the Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, May 8.

Donate gift cards/snacks or volunteer

Donate to the Staff Appreciation Week Fund

Thank you to the families who have already donated! We are grateful for donations of any amount, which will be used to host a catered appreciation luncheon for the entire Ivymount staff. Donate online by clicking on the orange button below or send in a check made out to the Ivymount PTA and ask your student’s teacher to drop it off at the front desk.

Donate to the Fund

The Week's Schedule

Week-of action items for families are highlighted in green.


  • Saturday-Sunday May 4-5: Swing by the school with your student at your leisure over the weekend to "Chalk The Walk" using sidewalk chalk to create thank you messages and art
  • Monday May 6: Grab N' Go Snack bar for staff
  • Tuesday May 7: Students wear Ivymount spirit wear or green clothing
  • Wednesday May 8: Luncheon for the staff
  • Thursday May 9:  Bring "I appreciate you" notes, pictures, etc. for staff
  • Friday May 10: "Dress Comfy/Pajama Day" 

PTA sneaker fundraiser

Make Use of Your Used Sneakers

Get your spring cleaning done while helping the environment and the Ivymount PTA! All sneakers (pairs only) can be sent with your student to school in a bag or box labeled “PTA sneaker drive”. You can also drop off sneakers in the bin labeled “PTA sneaker fundraiser” located in the main lobby. If you have more than 12 pairs of sneakers please email Ivymount parent, Trish Stone at trish.stone@yahoo.com and she will coordinate to get you a labeled bag ready to ship. 

Weekly Food Options

Gator Cafe

Monday - Friday

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Gator Lunch Shop

Monday - Friday

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Ice Cream Shop


2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Snow Cone Shack


11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Gator Nachos


(Lunch Delivery Service Only)

Pizza Business


Weekly Food Options- Menus

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