Plano_RDSPD The Talk

October 16, 2015

News from Plano Regional Day School Program for the Deaf

Wow, It is already October!

It is hard to believe that we have been in school for 8 weeks. Our students and staff are busy and learning. We have several activities this month. They include our October Parent Meeting & Student Social on 10/22, Raising Caine's Fundraiser on 10/20, the Garage Sale on 10/24, and the shirt fundraiser running now until 10/23. Please see the links below for additional information about these links. The money raised from the fundraising support various student activities such as NTID/RIT Math Competition, Gallaudet Academic Bowl, Imagine Texas, and signing Santa at preschool. Thanks for your support of our programs. We hope to see you at one of our activities this month.

October Parent Meeting & Student Social

Thursday, Oct. 22nd, 6:30pm

2701 Parkhaven Drive

Plano, TX

Join us for a parent panal. These parents have raised children who are deaf or hard of hearing into adulthood. Come hear their stories of their journy through struggles and successes.

Students K-12 will socialize in the cafeteria.

Babysitting will be provided for the younger children in the music room.

Due to the anticipated size of the turn out we are moving parents to the cafeteria and students to the gym. See you next Thursday.

Eat at Cane's on Tuesday, October 20 & Support Our Student Activities

Dates to Know:

October 20 - Raising Cane's on 15th Street fundraiser 10am - 10pm

October 22 - Parent Meeting & Student Social

October 23 - Last day to purchase shirts

October 24 - Plano RDSPD Garage Sale @ Plano Senior High School

November 23 - 27 - Thanksgiving Holiday in Plano ISD

December 3 - Parent Meeting & Student Social

December 18 - Last day of school before Winter Break for PISD

January 5 - In Plano ISD Students return from Winter Break

February 20 - Spring Show

Click on the title above to go to the Plano RDSPD Events Calendar. Be in the know about our happenings and events.

T-Shirt Sales

Keep Calm and Communicate (Anyway you can)

We rolled out the orders for our Communicate T-Shirts at the parent meeting last night. We will be taking custom orders for the shirts through October 23. The tax free date for the sale is 10/22/15 which is the date of next month's parent meeting. Please go to the parent google site under fundraising to see all of your choices of type of shirt and colors and also the prices. Your purchase of shirts helps to support Plano RDSPD student activities.

Garage Sale

We will be having a Garage Sale on Saturday, October 24 in the parking lot at Plano Senior High School. The fundraiser helps support our various Plano RDSPD student activities. In the past our students have attended the NTID/RIT Middle School Math Competition, Guallaudet Academic Bowl, and Imagination Celebration. These activities offer great opportunities for our students for learning and socializing.
These activities require us to do fundraising to pay for the trips.

It's not to late to join Sign Class

Tuesday, Sep. 22nd, 6pm

2701 Parkhaven Drive

Plano, TX

Signing Exact English Classes

Tuesday Evenings starting September 22 - November 17

from 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Childcare is available

Be sure to click on the link above to go to our new Plano RDSPD Parent Google site. We are still getting it set up. Watch for information about our program, events, fundraising, links to addition information, and more. Please share with us how we can make the new site better meet your needs.

Student Achievements...

  • Audrey Lewis in McKinney ISD-performed in her first Orchestra concert! She plays the viola. She did an amazing job and sounding great!
  • Tommy Tiede is PSHS Junior Student of the month.

  • Ele Kuehn at Richardson West JH made the "A" team in girls volleyball.

  • Shreena Bhakt is the co-captain of the PSHS Women's Golf Team!

  • In 7th grade art, PISD has a Holiday Greeting Card Contest. This year’s theme is Remarkable Memories. James’s and Mauro's were chosen to be entered into this contest.

Helpful Links and Information


AG Bell -

PepNet - Transition

Texas Hands and Voices -

Children & Infant Listening Lab at UTD -

Navigate Life Texas -

Dallas Hearing Foundation -

Supporting Success -

**NEW** - Hearing First -

CI Company Resources - many of the resources are also good for students without Cochlear Implants:

Cochlear’s HOPE Program -

Med El’s BRIDGE to Better Communication -

Advanced Bionics -

The Listening Room - - free listening activities from Advanced Bionics

Hearing Aid Company Resources:

Phonak -

Oticon -

Language Development Resources -

A.G. Bell -

Too Small to Fail -

Vroom -

Read Talk Play -

Thirty Million Words: Building a Child's Brain - Dana Suskind

Social Media Contacts for Plano RDSPD

Please make contact with us

Facebook – Plano_RDSPD

Twitter - @Plano_RDSPD - # PlanoDeafEd

MyPISD (for parents of students enrolled in PISD) - Parent Portal Under Classroom - Plano Regional Day School for the Deaf Community Web

Plano RDSPD Parent Google Site -

Our New Plano RDSPD K-12 Website - - still under construction

Remind – text @rdspdp to 81010

Plano RDSPD Main Office – 469 752-5590

Main office phone number - 469 752-5590

Debbie Martin – Coordinator – 469 752-5583,

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