Thursday, December 27, 2012

Looking for Candy Canes

Our candy canes are missing,
We don't know where they are.
We were only counting Christmas,
They surely can't be far!

So we're going on a candy cane hunt.
We're leaving right away,
If it doesn't rain,
We'll stay all day.

We don’t get excited
Over expensive things
We jump for joy
With the progress work brings.

Frankie Lemmon children
Try hard every day
To make us very proud
More than words can say.

They work even harder
Than you or I
To achieve something small
To reach a star in the sky.

Others don’t realize
Just how parents can cope;
How they bravely hang on
At the end of their rope.

But what they don’t see
Is the joy parents can’t hide
When their own special children
Make the tiniest stride.

And the joy it brings to teachers
while rewriting destiny
that children in their care
Achieve their own identity.

So we're going on a candy cane hunt.
We're leaving right away,
If it doesn't rain,
We'll stay all day.

Got Santa Party Photos?

* Portions of poem adapted from Autism Night Before Christmas
by Cindy Waeltermann

Monday, December 17, 2012

Joys of Christmas

Joy comes when you wear the Jingle Bell belt. But you knew that!
Where would the Joy of Christmas be without Christmas music?

And where would the Joy of Christmas be without the Christmas parachute? (Thanks to Lisa Wald for these wonderful photos.)

Whatever the source of your joy, grab onto it and don’t let go.

* * * * * * * * * *
Merry Christmas everyone
— and pray for the people of Sandy Hook.

Sunday, December 9, 2012


After we signed in this morning, we helped decorate our Christmas tree.

Then Ms. Forbis reminded us how much fun it was to build a reindeer. We even sang "The Reindeer Pokie."

I thought about all this when I went outside to play in the leaves. (Don't we all?) It got me thinking—can it be long before the reindeer come? And when they come, you know who will be with them.

Makes you wanna sing!

Monday, December 3, 2012


Not only do kids love the taste of gingerbread, they also know that…

Or build another gingerbread man online and watch him run away.
Here's another one.
You can build a gingerbread boy too.
Girls, you can also build this cute gingerbread man.

Run, Gingerbread Man, run!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving at Frankie Lemmon - 2012

At this year's Thanksgiving Family Feast (Nov. 19), we are thankful not only for the great food and fellowship, but for the gifts of:

Faith: Melissa (right) winner of $100K from IKEA to help children with intellectual disabilities, with husband Daniel and son Aidan (student in four-year-olds).

Hope: Ms White (right) celebrates her birthday with sister Annette and new niece Hazel.

Love: Grandmother Grace Torrey with Brooklyn (student in three-year-olds).

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
– (1 Corinthians 13:13)

We are also thankful for the gift of Leadership: Meet Dan Bruer, Frankie Lemmon's very first president, who began his duties November 12. We are excited about the future that lies ahead for our school. Mr. Bruer hails from Missouri and lives in Raleigh with his wife and two children. (Details)

Mr. Pat is thankful for his granddaughter Raven, who would have LOVED Frankie Lemmon School as a child. Now age nineteen, she recently graduated from high school in Washington, NC with an Edmund Harding $500 scholarship in theater!

Just last week, I visited her where she volunteers at Eagle's Wings, the largest food pantry in Beaufort County—"Christian Love in Action". Here she is below, with warehouse manager Bryan Oesterreich and board member/volunteer Susan Zachary, who gave me a wonderful grand tour. (P.S. They love Raven, too!)

Also watch Raven and her Mom in the Eagle's Wings fundraiser called Dancing With OUR Stars.

Sunday, November 11, 2012


For me, this week's events at Frankie Lemmon School were all about kids, teachers, volunteers and the very first “Home Shopping Party” event to benefit the school. Many vendors came to display and sell their goods on Tuesday (see slide show below). There was even a "Parent table" set up which, I understand, did very well.

Meet some of our other teachers and volunteers:


Congratulations and THANKS to everyone who was involved in the big “Home Shopping Party” event!

Friday volunteers:

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Elect Fall Fashions!

“Home Shopping Party” Event to benefit

Frankie Lemmon School

Event of the year! Don’t Miss it! Invite Everyone!

Come join us for the 1st annual “Home Shopping Party” event. You will be so excited to shop for birthday, anniversary, thinking of you, Christmas and “just you” gifts! Fabulous items from Tastefully Simple, Leap of Faith Clothing, Classic Tassels & More, Uppercase Living, 31, Stella & Dot, Tupperware, Usborne Books, Pampered Chef, Silpada, Mary Kay, and more!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 / 2:30 pm-6:30 pm
Fellowship Hall, Hayes Barton Baptist Church
Frankie Lemmon School (919) 821-7436
1800 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27608

Happy Halloween from Ms J's five-year-olds