Welcome to Bleshman Regional Day School
The Norman A. Bleshman Regional Day School educates students, three through twenty-one years of age, with multiple disabilities. Our comprehensive school offers an academic / functional / career-based curriculum with an intensive therapy program that includes Occupational, Speech, and Physical Therapies as prescribed by the students’ Individualized Education Plan (IEP). A key component of our program includes offering an integrated approach in instruction and therapies.
It is the goal of the Bleshman Regional Day School to help our students reach their greatest potential in their communities. To reach that goal, we work collaboratively with the students' team including, but not limited to, the student, parents/guardians, teacher, school case manager, nurse, speech therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, behaviorist, local district case manager, individual nurse or assistant and principal. We also utilize specialists in the areas of augmentative communication, assistive technology and adaptive equipment in order to meet the unique learning needs of our students. Academic instruction is aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards; lesson and activities are differentiated and individualized to meet the diverse learning styles and strengths of the students.
Bleshman Regional Day School offers very specialized preschool programming, which focuses on a curriculum from Curiosity Corner as well as fosters the integrated therapy model. This program provides a strong foundation in language, literacy, science and mathematics via a multi-sensory approach.
One of the latest initiatives at Bleshman Regional Day School is the expansion of our in-house technology which includes robotics! This has been a wonderful addition to our programming in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Technology is a useful tool to support and promote student engagement with activities and lessons as well as communication and socialization skills.
School based activities are designed to promote natural learning opportunities and social skills within the classroom, school apartment, school store, school library, on the fully accessible playground in the spacious backyard, and during the many school-wide events held with members of the local community. Students attend adaptive physical education class, music class, and art class on a weekly basis. The in-house Career Awareness Center offers an "experiential" model which is closely aligned to real life community experiences. We feel that this approach, coupled with increased community interactions and experiences, will assist parents in working with various agencies for the purposes of post-secondary and transition planning for their son/daughter upon graduation. The Child Study Team at Bleshman Regional Day School works closely with families in navigating the processes involved in planning for the transition from the education setting to adult life.
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Bleshman Regional Day School at 201-343-6000 ext 6440 or check us out on Facebook!
A Message from the Principal
Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!!
As the Principal of the Norman A. Bleshman Regional Day School, it is my honor and pleasure to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year. I hope you have been enjoying your summer and are excited for the upcoming school year.
We had a very successful Extended School Year program, focusing on the theme “America the Beautiful: Celebrate America”. Each “pod” learned about a different region of the United States and had the opportunity to share that information with their classmates through a variety fun and energetic activities. This included a journey through the west with the Pony Express, a home run derby and a dazzling musical / skit performance! You can catch up on these activities on the BCSS Bleshman Regional Day School Facebook page...don’t forget to like us and follow us!!
The 2017-2018 school year kicks off on Thursday, September 7th! Programming at Bleshman Regional Day School will continue to offer an academic / functional / career-based curriculum with classroom lessons incorporating a multi-sensory, multi-disciplinary and differentiated approach to best meet the students’ individual needs. Teachers and Therapists (Physical, Occupational and Speech) will work collaboratively to ensure that student therapeutic objectives are infused into the day-to-day routine. Students will have the opportunity to explore and experience their community through the Career Awareness Center, the school store, in-house jobs, the school apartment, and trips to local establishments as well as through participation in the many school-based events that are supported by members of the community. As always, the school will be bustling with activity!
Mark your Calendar...Back to School Night will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd from 7:00pm – 8:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to hear about what the 2017-2018 school year has in store for your son/daughter at Bleshman Regional Day School!!
On behalf of the staff of Bleshman Regional Day School, I would like to wish you and your family a relaxing and enjoyable remainder of summer.