Empowering students with autism to achieve their greatest potential in all aspects of their lives.

April, 2024





Dear Friends,


In observance of Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month, I asked The Timothy School's Executive Director, Sarah Greim, what the month means to her, the school, our students and families and the community:


When I began teaching at The Timothy School 24 years ago, autism was widely known for the most part, but it was certainly not widely accepted, and it most definitely was not understood.


Since its inception in 1966, The Timothy School has been a pioneer in autism education, and a leader ahead of its time in its consistent efforts to raise awareness and understanding in the community. Our mission to educate and empower students with autism, and enable them to fully participate in their school and home communities, has continued to grow and develop exponentially throughout the years.


During my initial years as a teacher, there were a handful of places we could take our students where we knew they would be accepted and we would not be met with frosty receptions from other patrons or workers. Through community partnerships and development opportunities, we helped educate other organizations about autism, and how to welcome autistic individuals into their establishments.


Concurrently, we worked with our students to develop their independence in life skills and community safety in order to increase their ability to successfully engage in community experiences. This involved assessing their sensory and behavioral needs, and implementing strategies to help them access community outings, field trips and community-based instruction.


As the years progressed, we began to incorporate work experiences through on-campus internships to prepare our students for eventual work opportunities that may arise for them outside of The Timothy School's walls.


Today, the efforts of so many Timothy School staff members and students have paid off. Our Secondary students now hold several off-campus internships at locations such as Wawa and Jo-Ann Fabric.


It is a tremendous feeling to look back on the last twenty-four years and see how far we've come in advancing our mission and educating/empowering students with autism.


We must continue to spread the word and educate others, but if our history is any indication, I believe the future looks bright for autism awareness and acceptance.


Thank you, Sarah, for your dedication and commitment to leading the school into its next decade of success.


For more from Sarah, please be sure to watch or listen to her interview with Be The Good Media.


Thank you,

Sarah Louise Hale

shale@thetimothyschool.org

The Timothy School

(610) 725-0755

973 Old Lancaster Road

Berwyn, PA 19312

info@thetimothyschool.org

https://thetimothyschool.org/



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World Autism Day

On April 2nd, The Timothy School students, faculty and staff wore our school colors, blue and green, to celebrate World Autism Day. It was a great way to start Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month. Look how The Timothy School Spirit and Smiles were SHINING brightly!

Timothy School In The News

The Timothy School is honored that Be The Good Media marked World Autism Day by debuting its Be The Good Podcast interview with our Executive Director, Sarah Greim.


Watch Sarah share with Christy McCaffrey how our staff and faculty are working to expand the reach of our mission and vision, in order to increase community awareness, acceptance, and support for individuals with autism:

The Timothy School and Sarah's interview with Be The Good Media was also featured as the Member Spotlight in The Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry newsletter to celebrate Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month.

Thank you to the Merrill Lynch Suburban Philadelphia Market, which includes the Wayne, Exton, Conshohocken, Blue Bell and Bala Cynwyd offices, for choosing The Timothy School as the recipient of their fundraiser in honor of Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month.


During the month of April, Merrill Lynch employees who wish to donate $25.00 or more to The Timothy School will be able to wear jeans to work on Fridays. Plus, every gift to The Timothy School will be matched by Merrill Lynch! Everyone is a winner!



So far, almost $4,000.00 (before matching gifts) has been raised for The Timothy School! The outpouring of generosity and kindness from Merrill Lynch employees has already made this a very memorable Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month.

Please consider joining Merrill Lynch and making a gift to The Timothy School's Timothy Fund in honor of Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month

Make A Gift


Is your business or organization looking for a rewarding Day of Service/Volunteer Project? From campus clean-up to painting classrooms, you can be an important part of The Timothy School's mission and make a difference for students with autism. Please contact Sarah Hale, shale@thetimothyschool.org, to learn more.

CCRES Visits The Timothy School

The Timothy School was excited to welcome Jennifer Hernandez, PT, DPT

Coordinator of Business Development from CCRES, Educational and Behavioral Health Services. CCRES is a dynamic, responsive, non-profit organization focused on providing high quality educational and behavioral support services.


We are grateful to CCRES for their generous support and partnership through the years, enabling us to provide resources and programs for our students. It is thanks to grants from CCRES that our students have a wonderful playground to play, socialize and have fun, as well as enhancements for our amazing on-campus internships, such as the Coffee Cart and School Store, technological devices for our students to learn and grow and our current project of upgrading the security of our front door. CCRES has also been a faithful sponsor of our Annual Golf Outing.


After visiting the classrooms, meeting some of our students and chatting with our faculty and staff this is what Jennifer (pictured in the above photo, second from left) had to say:


"Thank you for welcoming me to The Timothy School for a visit! Witnessing firsthand the impact of our CCRES grant funding on the school and its students filled me with gratitude and optimism. The Coffee Cart and School Store were just the beginning. Seeing the students immersed in meaningful activities, guided by dedicated, caring staff, was a powerful testament to the success and importance of The Timothy School.


Besides seeing students learning in classrooms, I was able to observe students restocking the vending machine, working on projects in Timothy Crafters, participating in on-campus internships in the Middle School building as well as the PAES (Practical Assessment Exploration System) lab.


The genuine enthusiasm of the staff I met, many of whom have dedicated years, if not their entire careers, to Timothy, reaffirmed that it's not only a special place for students but also a deeply fulfilling workplace. It is a privilege for us to collaborate with The Timothy School in your ongoing efforts to support your students."

  

Thank you Jennifer, and everyone at CCRES, for your dedication to The Timothy School and our amazing students! Click here to learn more about CCRES and everything they do for the communities they serve.

Timothy's Talented Writers and Artists

Amanda Riesenberg's Middle School class has been creating a class book. They brainstormed ideas, wrote descriptive sentences and then illustrated using how-to draw-videos. They will send the book in to be published! We cannot wait to read The Story of Room 206!

Our talented students' artwork was exhibited at The Wayne Art Center. For over 12 years,Wayne Art Center has been providing art classes on-campus for our students. Art classes provide an opportunity for social interaction among students, as well as for the development of skills, like the ability to follow instructions, work collaboratively and think creatively. The Timothy School is grateful for this rewarding partnership with Wayne Art Center.

Timothy has Talented Teachers, Too!

Two members of our Room 205 teaching team, Lindsey and Amanda, have created amazing interactive Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) boards, like the one pictured, throughout the school. Our students are having fun using the AAC boards and the Speech Language Pathology Department appreciates these additional resources. Thank you Lindsey and Amanda!

Registrations and Sponsorships are Filling up Fast!


Don't wait to sign-up to play in or sponsor The Timothy School's 30th Annual Golf Classic. All proceeds go directly to benefit our school and the programs that educate and empower our students with autism.

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A Totally Tubular Dance Party!

Our Middle School students had a bodacious time at their 80s-themed Annual Semi Formal. The students looked awesome in their party outfits and had fun with their classmates, dancing and singing under the disco ball.

TTS Alumni News

In honor of Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month, Timothy School Reading Specialist Assistant and proud alumnus, Phoebe Murer, joined other local artists for a provoking conversation as they shared their perspectives on autism and art. Phoebe's beautiful paintings will be on display at Sweet Java Cafe through April. Congratulations, Phoebe!

Click here for Alumni News and Upcoming Events.


There is still time to register for the Earth Day Event including an art project with Phoebe!


The TTS Alumni Association has its own Facebook page. Click here to join!

Monday, May 13, 2024

30th Annual Golf Classic

Shotgun Start: 12:30 pm

Penn Oaks Golf Club

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Saturday, June 1, 2024

TTS Community Day

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The Timothy School is the oldest non-profit approved private school in Pennsylvania devoted exclusively to teaching students with autism. Since 1966, we have worked to develop an understanding of autism that recognizes the strengths and uniqueness of our students and the specialized methods needed to expand their educational opportunities.


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The Timothy School

(610) 725-0755

973 Old Lancaster Road

Berwyn, PA 19312

info@thetimothyschool.org

http://thetimothyschool.org

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