Weekly Message #6-6

Garden display at the "Prickly Pear" in Steveston

Garden display at the “Prickly Pear” in Steveston

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  My Dad treated us to a beautiful buffet dinner at the golf club – what a treat – delicious food and no mess to clean up.  I was especially happy to have my older son, Chris, join us.  I hope that you had a chance to relax and reflect on the many positive things in our lives including the opportunity to work together!

Congratulations to Paula on the successful Walkathon on Friday!  We are grateful to Shannon for her high energy warm up and to all the students and their families who have donated so far.  We will continue to collect money until at least Oct. 19th and then will celebrate our success at an upcoming assembly.

I will be meeting with Kathy Grimm on Tuesday morning to review our Psych Ed Mums 2015assessment waitlist.   There were so many needy students discussed at our class review.  It is important to remember that “testing” is not alway the answer.  Unfortunately, the standardized tests used by our School Psychologist (Kathy) and our Speech Language Pathologist (Deanne) are not intended for students with very limited English or for children under the age of nine.  Therefore, when we are looking for interventions for students in K – 2, we need to focus on school level modifications or in extreme cases, pediatric assessments.  Also, it is important to note that a diagnosis of “attention deficit” must be done by the family doctor and does not provide any additional support for the child at school.  A diagnosis of “autism” requires an interdisciplinary assessment through an outside agency and can result in additional support.   Having said that, I think it is fair to say that medical practitioners are reluctant to label students at an early age.  We will have a school based team focused on SLP referrals on Wed. Oct 21st.  I will schedule a Psych Ed focused SBT as soon as possible.

We look forward to the student vote this Friday with thanks to Harjinder for organizing the involvement of 200 students in this year’s campaign.  This is such an excellent opportunity for our students to understand the electoral process.  As we look ahead to next week, I hope that all of you will organize your day on Monday to include a trip to the polling station.  VOTE and exercise your right to choose.

The PSA day is fast approaching (Oct. 23rd) .  Please remember that you can spend up to $150 on a workshop or professional materials.  You still need to fill out the paperwork to be paid but you can assume it will be approved.  If you are interested in a workshop that costs more that $150, please make sure to get your paperwork in to Brenden asap so that the committee can consider your application.

Thanks to the Social Committee for organizing the Staff Halloween Costume contest.  It will be a fun day and we hope to see as many staff as possible involved in this school spirit event!  You are all challenged to come up with a creative costume!

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Patti & Karl at the area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Paul is in charge.

Have a great four day week everyone!

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