Welcome to ADSArchbishop Damiano School (ADS), located on the campus of St. John of God Community Services is a state approved, private special education day school serving students with moderate to severe cognitive disabilities ages three through twenty-one. Services are provided at no cost to families.
ADS provides a nurturing, age-appropriate and positive learning atmosphere that focuses on helping each student reach their fullest potential. This is accomplished with certified special education teachers, licensed therapists, skilled paraprofessionals and excellent nursing services. Read More
Related services are a critical service component of Archbishop Damiano School. The school employs 20 professionals in the areas of speech, occupational and physical therapy. Last year our therapists provided over 36,000 therapy sessions. Each therapy session focused on individual therapy goals that support each student’s academic program.. Read More
Welcome to Archbishop Damiano School
So much has happened since the last Friday Feature which was posted on the14th. Hopefully this featured article will catch everyone up!
ADS Board Meeting
The ADS board, led by it's new Chairperson, the Most Reverend Dennis Sullivan, Bishop of Camden, toured ADS. Bishop Sullivan and the other members of our board had the opportunity to visit classrooms and to hear all the latest news. Following the tour the board held their quarterly meeting on campus.
The annual ASAH Conference, www.asah.org , was held in Atlantic City’s Convention Center. Four ADS staff presented a workshop entitled Improving Range of Motion for Students with Significant Cognitive and Physical Disabilities. ADS wishes to thank Kim Greenberg (physical therapist), Jackie Roletter (classroom teacher), Donna Loftus (physical education teacher), and Lisa Powell (classroom assistant) for all the extra time and effort put into this project.
Parents and Friends Toy Workshop
The annual Toy Workshop sponsored by our Parents and Friends Association took a slightly different twist this year. Along with the traditional toy demonstrations, ADS staff presented how to create low-cost play spaces in the home. Thanks are extended to Lisa Wright- Drechsel (occupational therapist), Michelle Carbone (occupational therapist), Lisa Cavanagh (speech therapist), Chi Chi Foster (speech therapist), Sherry Black (speech therapist), Kim Klemmick (preschool teacher), Theresa Polidoro-Hasting (preschool teacher), Laurie Reuss (preschool teacher), Patricia Cadle (primary teacher), and Christina Pritivindya (classroom assistant) for all the work that makes the annual toy workshop a memorable event.
Trout in the Classroom Project
Our baby trout are truly turning into small fry (pun intended). The fry have been released from hatching enclosure into the aquarium. We had a very successful hatching with many, many fry swimming around the tank. When students come to the library they an encouraged to either count, or estimate, how many fry are in the tank. Everyone in the school continues to be fascinated watching the fry grow and prosper.
The ADS 4-H club’s poinsettia sale was a huge success. The students sold and delivered over 130 poinsettias. The plants were so beautiful that the club is placing a second order. If you are interested in ordering call Linda McHugh at 856-848-4700, extension 1195, by Monday, December 9th. Poinsettias come in red, pink, or variegated and cost $9.00 each. Checks should be made out to Archbishop Damiano School. All proceeds go towards the 4-H greenhouse fund.
ADS is proud to announce that 34 students and their families completed November’s Wellness challenge. Students will receive a wellness champion certificate and can participate in this month’s Wellness Smoothie Party. This month’s wellness challenge calendar can be found under then Parent tab above.