All posts by Betsy Hoke

October Fridays

October 18th, 2019

Friday, October 11, we were blessed to have only ONE student in attendance. That student took an interest in this millipede so millipedes became the focus of the day.  Today is October 18 and we are blessed to have only TWO students in attendance. They were given the opportunity for FIX YOUR FOOD FRIDAY and learned (or helped) to make chili for today’s lunch.

Sometimes, having a small number of students is a blessing.  We are able to spend time to chat about THEIR specific lives and needs and trials and joys. Often we have too many children and not enough hands to put into their learning.  More and more students coming to us, as a special school, have multiple needs in addition to being Deaf. What a joy when we have one on one time and can share in their lives specifically, learn more about them and pray with them alone.

Pray with us for the special needs of the Deaf in Puerto Rico.

We are excited to have our regular Friday handbell rehearsals and the dedication of the adult Deaf persons who are participating in that. They have their work and their families and yet have this desire for music.  One of them told me, “I work and I am stressed all week but I have THIS BELL TIME in my mind and look forward to this time all week.”

Praise God that through the ministry of handbells, this person’s emotional needs are being cared for.

September 2019!

September 11th, 2019

I have attempted several times to update this blog and every time, some internet monkey stops my progress.  Hoping today will be different and hoping that you have been praying for the ministry in spite of our lack of updates.

Last Wednesday after lunch, the two older students decided to try volleyball while the two little boys were trying baseball. Carlos, our groundskeeper was trimming and three dogs played nicely together.  Will wonders never cease!

Our days are HOT and we are so thankful for the tropical storms passing by out of our range.  A small breeze would be welcome but let me tell you, I am happy to not have had the BIG storm here.

We are praying for the people in the Bahamas who are now experiencing WORSE conditions than we had in 2017. We cannot imagine having a storm sitting on us for 36 hours… incessantly pounding.  WOW.  The pictures we are seeing make all of us thankful here for the mountains that block winds and the cement structures which are most common. If you are interested in giving to someone who is already working for Kingdom Purposes in the Bahamas, I can recommend PRAYING PELICANS MINISTRY  OR CHAMPS MISSIONS .  Both of these ministries have connections already established with churches and people in the Bahamas.  I know the Praying Pelican ministry and a friend recommends the Champs Mission group. You can look into those or other places if you have a heart to help that island nation.

Check out Mike and Glenda Coupe’s most recent newsletter  to see what they are up to.  Right now, (Wednesday at 4:30) , Glenda is working with Natalia – 3 year old deaf girl – on ASL/language development while Mike is in the States.

Pray for our new student JJ – he is 8 years old and works hard to keep us working harder! Pray for wisdom as we will have him only for a few weeks – his dad is military and deployed somewhere so he and his mom are visiting family here until dad is home to be helpful with that hard work I mentioned in the last sentence!

thanks for your many prayers

 

 

 

August 2019

August 27th, 2019

Mizael came back to school

Check out the link above to read more about THAT topic.

Look who is hanging out at the school these days:

Gizmo the iguana!

Natalia – her broken arm has healed 100% without any apparent defect!

Zuleika who is learning and helping and growing in God’s amazing grace,

Diego who has an amazing smile and super-intelligent mind,

Mizael who is still having headaches (which are lessening in intensity) and he is pushing through them to have more time in school.

These are the regulars.  We have 4 students – one full-time teacher and two full-time volunteers.  Both of the volunteers help in the classroom as well as cooking and doing maintenance respectively.  As school principal, Betsy is so thankful for the faithful helpers who work alongside her to allow the school to have continuity and dependability.  Our students are all special needs and could be taught one on one all day if we had the resources.  Without the resources, we do a lot of  One Room Schoolhouse work.  The benefits are so cool as the older ones see how the younger ones think and the younger ones are challenged by the older students’ thinking.

Continue to pray for the school, for the students, the workers, the weather… a storm is in the area this week and we are hopeful that we will not have any lasting effects from it. Keep an eye on the weather and remember to pray for us.

Thanks!

Summer Workshop 2019

August 7th, 2019

Last week, we held a week-long ASL workshop.  We were pleased with the attendance and outcomes – more people signing with a little more confidence and new connections we have made with a pre-school were our little student Natalia will be attending!

Our school director, Betsy, was assisted by Valie Carrillo (our maintenance man) and Jennifer Woods (visiting ASL teacher from the States). With the occasional assist of Mike and Glenda Coupe, the class had plenty of models for great signing.  We played lots of games to keep everyone’s attention – the morning sessions were 3 hours – and to keep everyone learning. What a great week!

We are already thinking and scheduling for the 2020 version of the workshop so if you are interested in learning ASL and wanted to join us, let me know!

TALLERES en ASL

July 27th, 2019

We have the multi-purpose room ready for our summer workshop.

Estamos listos para los talleres de señas ASL.

 

 

 

 

 

Esperamos 12 personas a las 9 a.m. el lunes para el taller de maestros y/o personas aprendiendo ASL para sus professiones.

We are expecting 12 people at 9 a.m. on Monday for a workshop for teacher and/or people learning ASL for their jobs.

 

 

Por la tarde, tendremos un taller SILENCIOSO planificado para cualquier persona interesada en ampliar sus destrezas expresivas en señas.

In the evening, we will have a SILENT workshop for anyone interested in adding to their expressive skills in signing.

 

Si tiene interes, ven el lunes para juntarse con nosotros.

If you are interested, come on Monday to join us.

ASL for Teachers of PreSchoolers

July 2nd, 2019

 

  • OBJETIVOS:
    • SERVIR COMO MODELO DE LENGUAJE (ESPAÑOL VISUAL) PARA ESTUDIANTES AUDIO-IMPEDIDO
    • COMMUNICAR EN EL SALON DE CLASES DIRECTAMENTE Y FACILMENTE CON UN ESTUDIANTE AUDIO-IMPEDIDO
    • HABLAR EN VOZ Y CON SEÑAS SIMULTANEAMENTE PARA AYUDAR LA COMPRENSION DEL ESTUDIANTE AUDIO-IMPEDIDO

BENFICIOS DE ESTE CURSO PARA LOS ESTUDIANTES PRE-ESCOLARES AUDIO-IMPEDIDOS/SORDOS y SUS MAESTROS:

  1. LOS PEQUEÑOS SORDOS NO TIENEN CONOCIMIENTO DE LENGUAJE DE SEÑAS HASTA QUE ALGUIEN LES ENSEÑA LAS SEÑAS.
  2. COMO SU PRIMERO MAESTRO, USTED ESTARA SU ACCESO PRIMARIO A APRENDIZAJE.
  3. SIN ACCESO A LENGUAJE POR SUS OIDOS, LOS NIÑOS SORDOS NO DESARROLLAN DESTREZAS SOCIALES, EMOCIONALES NI LINGUISTICAS
  4. CON ACCESO A LENGUAJE DE SEÑAS, LENGUAJE VISUAL, LOS NIÑOS SORDOS DESARROLLAN DESTREZAS LINGUISTICAS Y SOCIALES COMO SUS PARES OYENTES
  • VOCABULARIO EN SEÑAS:
    • ABECEDARIO
    • ANIMALES
    • ADJETIVOS
    • COLORES
    • NUMEROS
    • PALABRAS ESCOLARES

REUNIREMOS diariamente de LUNES, 29 DE JULIO de 2019 hasta VIERNES, 2 DE AGOSTO de 9 a.m. – mediodíaen el salón multiuso del Colegio Cristiano y Capilla Para Los Sordos.

El costo del curso estará $50 por persona. Descuentos disponibles para grupos de maestro/as de la misma escuela.

2 personas por $80
3 personas por $120
4 personas por $150

Escuelas sin fines de lucros pueden pedir un costo mínimo para sus maestras.

Cualquier maestro interesado debe llamar – podriamos hacer planes para tutorias o clases para grupos pequenos.

Carretera 983 Km 2.0, Barrio Pitahaya, Sector Casa Blanca, Luquillo PR 00773
Ver más en la página www.cscdluquillo.com

Envia texto al 787-435-1757 para separar su espacio. El grupo tiene límite de 12 personas. Paga en adelante para reservar su espacio y para preparar los libros y materiales.
OTRAS FECHAS DISPONIBLE. LLAMA AL COLEGIO PARA HABLAR DE UN TALLER PARA SU PROGRAMA.


This summer, we are holding a workshop for teachers of pre-schoolers who would like to learn sign language vocabulary for any reason.  We have a few pre-schoolers in the area who are hearing-impaired and will be teaching their teachers vocabulary and techniques for use in a classroom with a child with a hearing-impairment.

If you are interested in a basic sign language class – get in touch.  The contact info is on the flyer.

 

End of School Year Celebration

May 25th, 2019

 

Diego receives his 1st grade awardWe started our LAST DAY celebration with a handbell number followed by a PPT recognizing DIEGO for completing the work of FIRST GRADE!  We were SO excited to have his entire family with us and Diego did an amazing job of sitting during the procedures and signing our song to honor and thank the parents for their support.

Zuleika received an award for EFFORT; Glenda and Betsy exchanged gifts

 

Zuleika was next on the Awards List – her efforts to begin learning as a young adult were recognized. Glenda gave Betsy a gorgeous orchid in thanks for her work with the school this year

mizael participated and received 2 awards

 

 

Mizael attended the activity! Though still ill, he was able to play a bell part in our opening.  He received an award for his interest in SCIENCE – though sick, he has been working hard on a science project to be revealed at a later date.  We also presented him with the samurai sword – part of our Bible Sword Drill program – and the admonishment to continue to study his memory verses and to BATTLE ON in his medical appointments.

Larimar was recongized for her accomplishments

Larimar was recognized for her diligence in her studies – she is working non-stop to complete her Level 11 studies before leaving us for North Carolina to which her family is moving during the summer. After her own awards ceremony, Larimar went to see her mother graduate from her nurses’ training program.  It was a great day for her family!

Pastor Rosendo Arvizu spoke; the board members are recognized

It is always an honor for me to interpret for the pastor of my church here in Fajardo. Pastor Rosendo presented a message to us all from Joshua 1. His message was encouraging as well as challenging to each of us to be strong and courageous in our walk with God.

We got a few pictures of the group. Oh, and the Board of Directors and support workers, Valie and Mackay, were given a COMPASS bracelet with the encouragement to continue to seek God’s direction for their own lives and our ministry.

Palmas Community Church brought lunch for everyone; Brother Bau prayed for us.Our activity began at 10:25 and ended at 12:25 with LUNCH brought to us by the Palmas Community Church. They are a special group of people who come each month to encourage us just by remembering us.  We are so thankful for this church and all of the others represented at the activity.

AND our summer newsletter is DONE – yours may be in the mail soon, but you can open and read it here if you like: WTH_Summer2019_small  If you want to print it, this one will print on ONE 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper, double-sided.  Please choose LANDSCAPE for the layout.

 

48 hours

May 22nd, 2019

Hard to believe but OH SO TRUE, in 48 hours we will be looking back on the 2018-2019 school year.

The above 3 students and their families will be attendance at our closing.  Little Natalia has a busy day of appointments and therapies because that’s what little Deaf girls do on Fridays!  Mizael has been sicker than before – of course, there is a cumulative effect on his body so any more illness seems worse than any previous sick-day – so keep him in your prayers.

While his teacher was explaining to Diego today that they had only ONE MORE DAY OF SCHOOL, he got an oh so serious look on his face. WHAT? Yes after tomorrow, no more school for… and looking through the daily calendar, located August 12 – THIS many days. WHAT?

Yes Diego, no more you and me sitting at this table for 2 whole months.

WHAT?

Oh dear, but I will take you to ASL camp with me and you will come to my church camp and we will still see each other…

Oh dear… imagine being home where no one takes time to sit with JUST YOU and play a game with JUST YOU?  Imagine being on the outside of most conversations because the conversations flow SO quickly that to follow them by sight, by lipreading, it’s impossible to keep up?  Imagine being immersed in an environment where no one is aware that you are missing out?  That’s the life of most Deaf children. Pray for the kids in the summer time.  Pray for the Deaf adults for whom this is daily life.  Pray for workers who will come and be WITH them…

And praise God that He is always with us…

40th annual World Mission to the Deaf Conference

April 18th, 2019

WMD Conference June 8 2019

Click above link for a printable flyer.

June 8, 2019. 3:30 p.m.

Bob Rumball Centre of Excellence for the Deaf

Toronto Ontario Canada

Speaker: Gilberto Martinez,

former student of the Evangelical School for the Deaf