FREE EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS

 

Hi Parents!

STARNET Chicago is a regional project with the purpose of supporting the personal and professional growth of individuals who touch the lives of children, ages birth to eight, with an emphasis on special needs.

They provide numerous educational workshops FREE OF CHARGE!! I have attended workshops sponsored by STARNET, and they are absolutely worth it!

I have attached a brochure with the calendar of workshops for July-December 2011. There are a number of workshops that may be of interest for parents to attend. Some of the workshops offered are:

HELPING YOUR CHILD BECOME A READER:DEVELOPING LITERACY IN YOUNG CHILDREN
PARENT TOOLBOX: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS SUCCEED
POWER STRUGGLES AND TEMPER TANTRUMS
DISCIPLINE STRATEGIES FOR PARENTS

Browse through the brochure for dates, times, locations, and details. You may also access the STARNET website at http://www.starnetchicago.org/home.html

STARNET July-December Brochure

UPCOMING PRESCHOOL SCREENINGS

Wilmette District 39 and Avoca District 37, under the legislation of the State of
Illinois, provide free educational screenings for preschool-age children that reside
in either the District 39 or District 37 communities.

The purpose of the screening is to identify developmental delays in children.
Developmental delays can be observed in a child’s speech and language, fine and
gross motor skills, learning ability, or emotional and social growth. Nurses also
complete a brief vision and hearing screening.

PRESCHOOL SCREENING DATES
September 23, 2011
October 21, 2011
January 13, 2012
March 9, 2012

Please see the attached flyer for location and details
community screening 11-12

Camp STAR Summer Program for children with ADHD and other social or behavioral difficulties

Attached you will find information regarding Camp STAR, an evidenced-based, intensive, Summer Treatment Program for girls and boys, ages 6-13, with ADHD and other social and behavioral difficulties set in a fun, summer camp environment with a focus on social rewards and positive reinforcement.
With a 1:2 Staff-to-Camper Ratio supervised by Clinical Director, Mark Stein, PhD and Program Director, Danielle Raubuck, B.A., campers receive intensive therapy and behavior training in managing and improving behavioral, emotional, social, and learning difficulties.

For more information, click on the link below or visit the camp website.

www.jcys.org/campstar

CampSTARBrochure2011

Reading Skills and Speed Reading Summer Programs for Children and Adults

The University Outreach Services of Northern Illinois University is offering summer reading programs for children and adults.  Classes are offered at over 20 locations throughout the state of Illinois, including Wilmette and Evanston.  Programs include:

**Beginning phonics and reading readiness skills for 4-year-olds and entering kindergartners

**Phonics, sight words, and beginning comprehension for entering 1st graders

**Word-attack skills, fluency, and comprehension for entering 2nd graders

**Comprehension, fluency, and long-word decoding for entering 3rd graders

**Increasing fluency and speed reading for entering 4th and 5th graders

**Comprehension, speed reading , text book reading and note taking strategies for entering 6th-11th graders

**Improving comprehension, concentration, recall, and reading speed for entering 12th graders, college students, and adults

For more information and registration:

http://www.niu.edu/outreach/reading/

“The Incredible Years” Parent Training Series

The Center for Learning at National-Louis University will be forming new parent groups starting this Spring 2011.

This is a proven effective program run by trained school psychologists.

Learn how to

*Improve your child’s social skills

*Motivate your child in school

*Get your child to cooperate more

*Enjoy time with your child

Scholarships are available on an “as need” basis.  No parent will be turned down for participation due to financial restrictions.

Please see the attached flyer for additional details.

Incredible Years NLU

November 8-12, 2010 is SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY AWARENESS WEEK

This year’s theme “Today is a good day to….SHINE” is a reminder to seek out more positive interactions with our children.  Feel free to print out  the poster below to be used as a visual reminder or conversation starter.  Attach it to a folder and ask your child daily about one thing that they did to make him or herself or someone else feel better.2010_SPAW_posterimage

Did you receive the “Raising Caring, Confident, Capable Children” pamphlet from your child’s teacher during conferences?  Social Emotional Learning is an essential component for children to thrive and achieve.  Learn what you can do to support your child’s social emotional growth.

If you have not received this pamphlet, feel free to contact your child’s teacher or myself and we will provide this information to you.

Do you have questions or concerns about your child’s social emotional functioning at school?  Feel free to contact me if your child is in grades Pre K-2 and contact Christine Nehring at x315 if your child is in grades 3-5.

Maternity Leave

Dear Parents,

As of 3/11/10, I am on maternity leave for the remainder of the 2009-2010 school year. In my absence, I have a long-term sub filling in for me. Her name is Leslie Potter and she is wonderful. Leslie has over 30 years of school psychology and administrative experience. She has been transitioning in slowly over the last few weeks, and has started to fill in full time this week.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Leslie Potter. Her email is potterl@avoca37.org or she can be reached by phone at extension 355.

I am sorry to be missing out on the end of this school year, but am eager to come back next Fall to see how much everyone has grown!!

Thank you for your continued support and collaboration!!

Mrs. Kvasnicka