SSD Ladue Schools

June 2022

Extended School Year (ESY) Program

About ESY for Summer 2022

Extended School Year (ESY) services are offered during the summer for students who receive special education services and who the IEP team find eligible to receive ESY services. ESY is not the same as summer school, which school districts may or may not offer to district students.

Here is the information for ESY in Ladue:

Dates: July 6th - July 28th

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Monday - Thursday)

Location for grades 5-12: Ladue Horton Watkins High School

Location for grades K-4: Ladue Fifth Grade Center

Please note: Services (amount) and goals are determined by the IEP team. Please reach out to the special education coordinator with any questions.

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10 Strategies for Talking to Children About School Shootings

This Psychology Today article shares some Practical advice for navigating this seemingly impossible task by Joel L. Young, M.D.

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My twelve year old daughter’s last day of school was on May 17th. Everyday since then, we have allowed her to sleep in, watch television, play video games, and hang out with friends. Yesterday, I approached the subject of summer activities that would prevent the academic “summer slide”. Her immediate response was a groan and then disbelief that she would be expected to do anything academic over the summer. Once I explained that it was not going to be formal and structured but that she would have the opportunity to go to the library to select the books she wanted to read, complete a few math problems on Kahn Academy, and work on writing her book or letters to family, she was more agreeable.

I found a few suggestions and opportunities for keeping children engaged in learning while having a good time. I hope this is helpful:

  • Have your children make a summer reading pledge. Scholastic summer reading challenge is a program that allows kids to track their reading hours.

  • Get your child to take the Summer math challenge, from MetaMetrics. You’ll get daily emails with fun math activities and resources.

  • Look into your local youth-serving organizations such as 4-H, Boys/Girl Scouts, Boys/Girls Club, and YMCA to see if they offer summer programs.

  • Explore your local library’s summer programs. Your local library may offer a wide range of programs from reading to teaching kids about other topics like using computers or bike and swimming safety. Check out what is going on at your local Library. Did you know that you can check out a telescope from your library?

  • Check out this site for a variety of Summer Activities in and around the St. Louis area

  • Identify a local organization that provides short-term Volunteer Opportunities for the whole family.

  • Don’t forget about your local Parks & Recreation Department

We hope you have a wonderful and enjoyable summer! See you back here in the fall for another year of learning.

Sonia Shelton

Special Education Coordinator

Elementary Schools

Three Ways to Avoid the Summer Slide

As we move into the summer months, please see these helpful tips from the Scholastic parents website to avoid the “Summer Slide” in your child’s reading level:

Many children, especially struggling readers, forget some of what they've learned or slip out of practice during the summer months. Try these strategies to help your reader improve her reading during the summer and beyond:

1. Six books to summer success: Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. When choosing the six, be sure that they are just right — not too hard and not too easy. Take advantage of your local library. Ask for help selecting books that match your child's age, interests, and abilities. Libraries often run summer reading programs that motivate kids to read, so find out what's available in your area. Also check our book lists for recommendations.

2. Read something every day: Encourage your child to take advantage of every opportunity to read. Find them throughout the day:

· Morning: The newspaper — even if it is just the comics or today's weather.

· Daytime: Schedules, TV guides, magazines, online resources, etc. For example, if your daughter likes the food channel, help her look for a recipe on the network's Web site — then cook it together for more reading practice.

· Evening: End the day by having your child read to you from the book he is currently reading (one of the six books, above). Have him rehearse a paragraph, page, or chapter before reading to you. Rereading will help him be more fluent — able to read at an appropriate speed, correctly, and with nice expression.

3. Keep reading aloud: Reading aloud benefits all children and teens, especially those who struggle. One benefit is that you can read books your child can't, so she will build listening comprehension skills with grade-level and above books. This will increase her knowledge and expand her experience with text, so that she will do better when she reads on her own.

It's hard to keep up a reading routine in a season packed with distractions and diversions. These suggestions will fit into a busy schedule and make reading fun!

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Parent Education and Diversity Awareness (PEDA) Information

Are you still thinking about what to do this summer?

The PEDA Summer Resource Packet can help!

PEDA 2022 Summer Resource Packet

Other helpful resources:

St. Louis Recreation Council

Blueprint for Summer

St. Louis County Parks Activity Guide

Early Childhood Summer Resource Guide

Family Leadership Institute

The highly successful SSD Parent Leadership Institute that has had more than 280 participants since 2007 is once again being offered under a new name of Family Leadership Institute (FLI).

The Institute will be Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8:30pm at SSD Central Office: October 12, 19, 26 and November 2.

If you are a parent or family member who makes the educational decisions for a child with a disability, investing the time to attend these four Wednesday evening sessions will provide:

VISION: for the future of your child.

KNOWLEDGE: to help effectively participate in your child's education.

LEADERSHIP SKILLS: to improve the educational climate for all children.

ACCESS: to new resources, friends, and experts to help you on your journey.

Apply today

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