The Special Education Spotlight

April 2022

April 18 – April 22, 2022

We are proud to announce that OES will be observing Autism Awareness Week from April 18th – April 22nd! This annual event reminds us that all students play a vital role in our school’s community and should be appreciated and respected. We are excited to show our support, and THIS IS HOW!
With a Special Video Message from Paws – Check out how our favorite panther is getting ready for this important week at OES: YouTube Message from PAWS
On PTV – The Student Council Association will be sharing facts about autism during Panther TV morning announcements to help educate and inform students.
In Morning Meetings – Classes will discuss the topic and participate in a fun Autism Awareness art activity. On Facebook – Stay tuned to our PTA’s Facebook Page! We will be sharing various facts about autism to help promote the awareness, acceptance and understanding of our students, as well as the tens of thousands of individuals living with an autism diagnosis each year.
With a Special Reading List – Our librarian has created a special reading list of books that treat many aspects of the topic of autism. It is our hope that students and families will read and reference these books to learn more about what it’s like for an individual to live with autism, (or to know someone who does); and that, in turn, such knowledge will foster acceptance, empathy and compassion. CLICK HERE to view our selection of books and print a copy.
By Wearing Blue for “Light It Up Blue Day” (April 20th) – Wear ANY blue shirt, (or an Autism Awareness t-shirt previously purchased through our PTA), in observance of “World Autism Awareness Day.” Let’s all “Light It Up Blue” on this special day!
CLICK HERE to access our page on the PTA website, updated monthly with opportunities and resources for ALL families. For more information, contact our Special Education Liaisons, Andrea Zuppas and Maren Wood at

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