Looking Back on December 2017


Holiday Party
We welcomed 300+ people to our DSAW-Greater Milwaukee Area Holiday Party on December 16!! We had music, holiday crafts, cookie decorating, a hot chocolate bar, games, and more! Santa and some of his elves came down to visit from the North Pole, and they brought presents for over 150 children! We had a delicious homemade lunch of turkey, mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, jello, and veggies. Texas Roadhouse donated pulled pork too! We raffled off a gingerbread making kit and busted some moves on the dance floor. Thank you so much to all of our families who joined us. We love you, and we hope you have a safe, fun holiday season!


Young Leaders Bootcamp
December Bootcamp was Holiday Baking month!! At the beginning of the month, we made sugar cookie dough to use for cookie decorating at our DSAW-Sheboygan Holiday Party! Then we made some cookies for ourselves to enjoy!

Bootcamp meets on Tuesday nights at 6pm. Join us in January to make a music video!!

Cooking with the Kiddos
At Cooking with the Kiddos in December, families made customized personal pizzas!  Cook with us next month and sign up here!

Motor Skills Playgroup
Our Motor Skills Playgroup meets every second and fourth Tuesday morning! This group is a fun chance for children to learn occupational therapy skills in a free environment, while parents enjoy coffee and each other's company. Join us in January!

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Young Leaders Academy
Our Young Leaders Academy meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month. This month we did yoga to help us slow down during the busy holiday season, and we ended with an hour of employment-readiness curriculum. Self-Advocates are invited to join our class anytime.  Come out to Young Leaders in January!

Tween Club
This month at Tween Club we spent the night tie dying DSAW sweatshirts!! Next month's Tween Club will be on Friday, January 12. Click here to sign up!

Parent's Night Out
In December, DSAW parents, grandparents, and caregivers got together at Club Paragon again for a night of casual conversation and free appetizers. We meet every second Friday of the month! Drop your child off at Tween Club on January 12 and stop by our Parent's Night Out!

Chippewa Valley

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Holiday Party
At the beginning of December, DSAW-Chippewa Valley hosted a big Holiday Party at Cabin Ridge! We had delicious food, a "sleigh" ride through the woods, hot chocolate to warm up, and a visit from Santa and his elves!! A big thank you to everyone involved!

La Crosse


Holiday Party
It sure is the most WONDERFUL time of the year!  DSAW-COTH-GLA family and friends gathered to celebrate the magic of the season on December 16 at our annual Holiday Party.  There was soccer, football, dancing, a bounce house, a parachute game; all kinds of fun for all ages.  When we took a well-deserved break for lunch, we went around the room highlighting the 2017 accomplishments of each individual with Down syndrome- TRULY INSPIRING!  It was great to see old friends and make new friends, share knowledge about our experiences, and support the families that are new to this journey. We even had a surprise visitor from the North Pole.    

North Central WI (Antigo)


Culver's Family Social
DSAW is beginning to expand its Parent Support Groups in North Central WI, specifically in Antigo. We had our second event in December - a Culver's Family Social! Come bowling with us in January! If you live in North Central WI and want to get involved with DSAW, join our Facebook group!

Central WI

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Winter Fest
Our Central WI chapter hosted a Winter Fest party on Saturday, December 9! We got together for crafts and activities, snacks, and a visit from Santa! Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us.





Holiday Party
DSAW families in Sheboygan joined us in celebrating the holidays at Odyssey Fun Center this month! We started off with holiday crafts, music, and cookie decorating, and then we spent the afternoon bowling! Thanks to all who participated and helped us prepare for the event!

Green Bay


DSAW-Green Bay hosted its monthly playgroup at Kidz Town in December. Individuals with Down syndrome are free! Come play with us on Saturday, January 6!

Holiday Movie Event
DSAW-Green Bay families celebrated the holidays together at De Pere Cinema on December 16! We watched a winter favorite - Frozen!


Fox Cities

Teen FrienDS Club and Parent's Night Out
On the second Friday of every month, we host our Teen FrienDS Club at our office in Appleton in conjunction with a Parent's Night Out! Parents are invited to drop their teens off at our office for a night of games, snacks, movies, and friends; then they head over to a local restaurant for free appetizers and an evening of casual conversation! Come join us next month on January 12!