Room 109 – Regan McKinlay

Dear Students and Families,

Hello and Happy Spring from Room 109! I’m excited to share what we’ve been working on this marking period!

In Room 109, the goal is to create a positive learning environment for the students to succeed both academically and socially. The objective of the classroom is to teach the students through positive reinforcement, verbal praise, and functional academics.

This past marking period, Room 109 has been to Stop & Shop, Chevy’s, and A.C. Moore. We have been working on lessons about Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, and other upcoming holidays and current events. Room 109 has also been to bowling and some students even participated in horseback riding. Staff and students in Room 109 participated in a fun Spirit Week, where we had “Pajama Day,” “Jersey Day,” and “Animal Day.”

I look forward to continuing to with you and collaborating on the best ways to practice and generalize the lessons learned in our classroom. Pictures are sent home throughout the week so you can get an inside look at what we do at school, so please check the Home-School Communication books daily. 

Maintaining open lines of communication is key to student success. We may communicate through the daily Home-School Communication book or email. If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to let me know your preference in order for us to best share information.

Daily life skills are extremely important to our school and Room 109 specifically, and we practice those skills as much as possible throughout the school day. It is our goal as a school to increase independence with all of our students. Room 109 also (including staff and students) practices the FISH! Philosophy daily where we Make Someone’s Day, Play, Be Present, and Choose Our Attitude. Feel free to check out more information about the Fish Philosophy at

If you have any questions or concerns you can contact me at or write in the daily communication books. If you would like to schedule a conference, or volunteer to help out, please call The Phoenix Center at 973-542-0743 and speak to Diane Hayes at extension 303.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you and to a great third marking period.


Regan McKinlay