Student Services Update

Winter 2016

Mid- Year Check In

As school begins in September there is the new school year enthusiasm that helps the time move quickly. All of a sudden it's time for the holidays. After the winter break, which this year felt like spring break, we realize that almost half the school year has gone by.

Now is a good time for a mid year check in. Make it a point to touch base with your case manager and teacher to see how your child is doing. Begin to think about plans for next year before the end of the year to no one is feeling rushed in June.

Review your child's class schedule and work load. Is there ample time built in for leisure? Are homework assignments getting completed? Do you need to follow up on any concerns you had before the holiday season? It's always a good time of year to contact your child's case manager and teacher to check on progress. The IEP season for may students is coming up. A brief discussion with your team may help solve the little problems before they become big concerns.

It's Hootie !

Working with Parents

As a result of input from the Parent Advisory Council, the student service department is hosting parent information sessions. We are working with parents at the pre-school level and the secondary level offering informative sessions during both the daytime and evening. The pre-school team provided parents with two trainings so far. The first was in November on understanding your pre-schooler's behavior and the second was in December on social skills at home. Our next pre-school parent training will be on January 19 at Ben Franklin School at 9:30. Sheree Rosser will be presenting on expanding, supporting and improving communication at home. Be sure to attend !

The high school transition coordinator arranged for a presentation by the Planning for Adult Life organization. All our sessions were well attended by parents.

Mr. Zaccari, our transition coordinator, is making arrangements for follow up sessions for parents of students who will be transitioning to adulthood. Keep an eye out for sessions on how to develop a transition portfolio for your child.

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Swimming at LHS

Again, students from Ms. Rotola's class at BF and child study team members worked with enthusiastic staff members to get wet in winter !

Ms. Rotola has once again provided her students with this opportunity for learning and fun in the high school pool. Many thanks to the staff who volunteered to make this happen including staff from LHS, LIS, and BF. Many hands made this a 'swimming success' !

Parent Advisory Council

Our next meeting of the district PAC group is January 28, 2016. We will meet in the LHS library from 6:30-8pm.

At our last meeting we identified several topics for discussion. At this meeting we will work together on the district Social Skills and Transition to Adulthood programming. We will examine current practices and identify needs for the district in these areas.

Thank you to all who attended our last meeting. I certainly hope to see you again at this meeting.

Suggestions for getting through the winter doldrums with your child

Future Freshmen Open House

Tuesday, Jan. 12th, 5:30-7pm


* Tours of the school by student leaders

* Meet administrators and club advisors

*See Sporting Events

* Get a preview of exciting events at LHS

From the Nurse's Office

Believe it or not, winter has finally arrived ! With it comes the threat of colds and flu. Each year, an average of 20,000 children younger than 5 years are hospitalized because of flu-related complications. Influenza causes more hospitalizations among young children than any other vaccine-preventable disease. We are all working to slow the spread of flu. Please take the following precautions:

  • Stay home when you are sick. Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after use and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve, not your hand.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.

Looking for more information? Contact your school nurse.

Click on the link below for the coloring book Are You A Flu Fighter ?