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Jumpathon at Oaks Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Benefits Green Tree School & Services!

The Joint Will Be Jumping on Saturday, April 18 beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Green Tree School & Services is holding a Jumpathon on Saturday, April 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Oaks Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park (122 Mill Road, Unit B-250, Oaks, Pennsylvania, 19456). This fun (d) raiser will provide an opportunity for the whole family to participate. Participants may jump high enough to dunk a basketball and always be assured of a soft landing. Participants may jump, bounce, flip and leap at this popular play and exercise center that is filled with trampolines. Best of all, Green Tree School & Services has formed teams that may be sponsored to help raise funds for those with unique challenges and abilities at GTSS. Those interested in coming out for the day to jump and have fun will also be contributing to GTSS through their entry fee. And guests are invited to come watch family members for free and will still be able to enjoy the activities.

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Green Tree School & Services staff, students, supporters and friends may sign up today to participate. Jumpers are then encouraged to ask friends and family to sponsor their efforts. Click here to support the jumpers.

Check in is from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. There will be an hour of jump time from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Lunch and prizes follow from noon to 12:40 p.m. and guests will depart at that time. The cost to jump is $16.00, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. To make it easier on families, there will be free round trip transportation available from either Green Tree School & Services or 30th Street Station. Those taking the bus are asked to arrive by 9:30 a.m.; the expected return time is 1:30 p.m. Learn more here and make plans right now to come out to jump, have fun, and help raise funds that will provide additional educational and therapeutic services at GTSS so that more children may achieve their full potential.

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GTSS Reading Olympics Team, from L-R - (Back) Kim Harvey, Lower School WIN (“What I Need”) teacher; Courtney Hahn, reading specialist; (Front) GTSS students Ty’Jon, Justin, Jalynn, and Nicholas (goes by Nick), and Emily Baker, reading specialist.

GREEN TREE SCHOOL & SERVICES READING OLYMPICS TEAM PREPARING FOR COMPETITION SCHEDULED FOR MAY 13, 2015 AT SAINT JOSEPH’S UNIVERSITY

The “Green Tree Reading Hawks” are getting ready to compete in the Philadelphia Reading Olympics! The Philadelphia Reading Olympics is a city-wide collaborative reading competition coordinated by PHILADELPHIA READS, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the School District of Philadelphia, the Archdiocese, and the City of Philadelphia. The Reading Olympics engages fourth through eighth graders from Philadelphia’s public, parochial, charter, independent and after school programs in a reading competition.

Teams of up to 12 students collectively read the books on the Philadelphia Reading Olympics book list and practice working together as a team to answer questions about those books. The teams are coming together on May 13 at Saint Joseph’s University to answer questions about the books. Volunteers from area businesses are joining with members of the community to ask questions and keep score.

Green Tree Lower School students are competing in the “intermediate” division, which allows 4th—6th graders. They have been meeting weekly for months under the direction of Emily Baker and Courtney Hahn, GTSS reading specialists and Kim Harvey (Lower School WIN teacher). Good luck to the Green Tree Reading Hawks, including Ty’Jon, Justin, Samiyah, Nick and Jalynn. Learn more here.

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Patricia Wellenbach

Green Tree School & Services’ CEO Patricia Wellenbach Invited to Participate in Philadelphia Business Journal’s Mentoring Monday, March 30, 2015 at 7:30 a.m.

National Event Will Bring Together 10,000 Business Women in 43 States

Women looking for advice and to rub elbows with some of the top female executives in town need look no further than the upcoming Philadelphia Business Journal’s Mentoring Monday event taking place on March 30, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. --- 10:00 a.m. at Moore College of Art (20th Street and the Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103). Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from 40 mentors who are the most influential women in the community for one-on-one coaching sessions. Mentors will be selected on site. GTSS’ CEO Patricia Wellenbach is one of the mentors who will be on hand to guide attendees and offer advice in this “speed coaching” format.  

This is the second time this event is being held, and an impressive list of female business leaders will be on hand to answer questions and provide advice to attendees. This is a national event, occurring in 43 markets simultaneously, resulting in 8,600 women across America, from Albany to Hawaii being coached.

Learn more here and make a reservation soon. Questions: Contact Courtney Fail, Event Manager, at cfail@bizjournals.com or 215-238-5111.

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Youth Mental Health First Aid: Green Tree School & Services Partners with Healthy Minds Philly in June, 2015 for a Two-Day Conference

Green Tree School & Services is partnering with Healthy Minds Philly to host a training program designed to help family members in crisis. “Youth Mental Health First Aid” is scheduled in two half-day sessions on Wednesday, June 3rd and continues on Thursday, June 18th with both sessions from 1:00 p.m. -- 4:30 p.m. Attendees will receive a certificate indicating they completed the course and will be certified in “Youth Mental Health First Aid” if they attend both sessions. The program is open to the general public, interested professionals, parents and caregivers of children served by GTSS and staff. It will be held in Green Tree School & Services’ Conference Room.

According to healthymindsphilly.org, “Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.”

Please contact Karen Fisk, M.Ed., professional development coordinator at Green Tree School & Services to learn more and to register. She can be reached at 215.866-0200 ext. 220 or by writing kfisk@gts-s.org.

Past Events

Musicopia Performance at Green Tree School & Services

Early Reach Initiative Parent Presentation

On Tuesday, March 17, Green Tree School & Services, an agency for children with unique challenges and abilities, presented Musicopia, whose mission is to bring music performance and education to students and communities throughout Philadelphia. This Musicopia performance by students from the emotional support and autistic support programs at GTSS was supported by the Stephen and Julia Harmelin Fund for the Arts and Creative Expression.

This year, a group named Minas has led a seven week residency at GTSS that concluded with this performance by the students. Approximately 10 students have been learning about Brazilian culture for a couple of months, playing instruments and dancing under the instruction of Minas and their educational program, “Brazilian Adventure.” Minas is the husband and wife team of Orlando Haddad and Patricia King, and the music program at GTSS is led by music therapist Lauren Gagliardi, MA, MT-BC.

The program included group performances of music and dance related to the Brazilian culture. In the course of the residency students learned the Bossa Nova and Samba dance rhythms, to sing Brazilian songs in Portuguese, and had the opportunity to play traditional Brazilian percussion instruments. Students studied the Brazilian Carnaval celebration for which the country is known the world over, as well as the country’s complex and fascinating history. Highlights of the show included performances of “The Girl from Ipanema,” “So Danco Samba,” “Mamae Eu Quero,” and “Strong Black Coffee,” an original by Minas in which parents and students alike joined in singing the chorus. The students who performed were Dacia, Lyle, Ty’Jon, Marqwan, Lawrence, Rom, Justin and Jermaine. Please visit our Facebook page to see more photographs from the day!


Early Reach Initiative Parent Presentation presented by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services of Philadelphia at Green Tree School & Services

Early Reach Initiative Parent Presentation

On February 10th, 2015, Green Tree School & Services hosted an interactive Early Reach Initiative parent presentation by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services of Philadelphia. Early Reach is an outreach initiative intended to promote successful outcomes for youth with disabilities by increasing awareness of OVR services and the benefits of early career planning. The purpose of this outreach is to connect with youth with disabilities early, beginning at age 14, so that they know more about OVR services and can better prepare for vocational choices and living independently.

These outreach services include information about  community resources, facilitating group information sessions, and individual consultations to  help youth with disabilities successfully navigate the transition from high school to employment or post-secondary education.  Attendees includedGTSS staff, students and parents. Please contact Jill Grossberg, OVR early reach coordinator, at (215) 560-4193 or via email at jgrossberg@pa.gov for more information on this initiative.

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Philadelphia Flyers Assembly at Green Tree School & Services Educates and Entertains

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(L-R) Philadelphia Flyers Fan Development staff member Jason Tempesta, GTSS paraprofessional educator in Autism Support, Jessica Hudson, GTSS students Amir Taylor- Thomas and Foxx Marion, GTSS physical education teacher Trish Morris, Flyer Fan Development staff member Tom Peffall, and (center/back) Philadelphia Flyer legend Bob “The Hound” Kelly.

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, Green Tree School & Services (GTSS) held a Philadelphia Flyers assembly in the gymnasium of the facility located at 1196 East Washington Lane in Philadelphia. The agency has been serving children with special needs since 1957. The assembly focused on the theme of teamwork and being safe when playing sports.  Flyers Ambassador of Hockey, Bob "The Hound" Kelly, was on hand to lead the assembly.  

Approximately 40 students from the Autism Support Program and Lower School were in attendance.  This was the first time the Philadelphia Flyers presented their School Assembly program to children with special needs. Jason Tempesta and Tom Peffall, members of the Philadelphia Flyers Fan Development staff, helped Bob Kelly educate students on using teamwork to achieve their goals in school, sports and at home.  Kelly also spoke with students about being safe when playing sports and taught them about the sport of hockey. The program included video highlights, teacher-student races, student equipment modeling, and more.

  Selected in 1970 by the Philadelphia Flyers, Bob Kelly was a left-winger who helped guide the Flyers to their two consecutive Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and 1975.  He scored the 1975 cup-winning goal.

Green Tree School & Services programs and services include a licensed Approved Private School, Outpatient Services, Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services and School Therapeutic Services. It is located in historic West Oak Lane, but provides services throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. GTSS serves over 350 individuals per year with Autism Spectrum Disorders, those who are identified as Seriously Emotionally Disturbed, the Neurologically Impaired and others through its Behavioral Health Outpatient program. Please call (215) 866-0200 to learn more. Check out the photos from the event on Green Tree School & Services Facebook page.

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Bob “The Hound” Kelly speaks to Green Tree School & Services students about hockey and teamwork as GTSS student John Paterson tries on the equipment, assisted by Philadelphia Flyers Fan Development staff member, Tom Peffall.

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