PAC Newsletter

Volume 2 Issue 3

Parent Advisory Board's Mission:

To support students with special needs and their families to successfully navigate the support services offered by Knox County Schools and the surrounding community.
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Parent Advisory Council Web Page (Family Friendly)

We are proud to introduce our new Parent Advisory Council Web Page. Whether you want more information about Kindergarten Readiness or Tips on Preparing for an IEP Team Meeting this page is geared to help you find information quickly and easily. Come back regularly to keep up to date about upcoming school sponsored/ community events and trainings.


CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VISIT THE WEB PAGE:

Have Fun Building Your Child’s Language and Literacy Skills This Summer!

With summer break quickly approaching, many parents are asking how to make sure their child continues to learn and grow . It’s easier than you may think! Here are some easy, inexpensive and fun activities that you can do to build your child’s language and literacy skills over the summer break. And while we love the use of technology to support learning, NOTHING can take the place of real interactions and conversations with your child, so take some time to put those electronic devices aside and have an adventure! J


Spend time outdoors – Taking a walk is a great way to incorporate language skills. You can walk around your neighborhood or explore a new area. As you walk, talk about what you see and ask open ended questions like “What do you think that might be?” or “What do you think that bird is saying?”. For students who have less language, label items and let them hold and experience them. Creating a simple scavenger hunt is also a great way to build vocabulary.


Plan day trips – We have so many wonderful parks, museums, and places of interest around Knoxville! Giving your child the gift of developing background knowledge will build vocabulary and provide personal experiences that are essential for reading comprehension.


Get cookin– Making summer treats is a fun and easy way to work on skills such as following directions, learning new vocabulary, using descriptive words, and sequencing. Let your child help follow a recipe and then retell the steps.


Just play! – Getting together with other children helps to develop social skills, turn taking, interactive play, and communication. Provide some fun summer activities like sidewalk chalk or balls and encourage interaction but let play develop naturally.


Read, Read and then Read some more – Reading with your child is one of the very best ways to develop speech and language skills! Studies show that time spent reading with your child is the best predictor of academic success. Take advantage of the local library and book stores. Many offer free story hours and other activities during the summer to promote reading.


You’re never too old – Even though many of these activities may seem more appropriate for younger children, don’t forget that even our older children will enjoy and benefit from interactions with you. Day trips, cooking, taking walks, and reading together may look a little different as children get older, but that time together is still so valuable!


Submitted by Summer Tucker, Special Education Supervisor

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Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS) Knox County Schools

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Keeping the Education Connection

With the summer nearly here, many parents and guardians are wondering how to keep their children engaged this summer. Summer should be a time of fun, but it also offers unique opportunities and to engage in hands on, educational experiences.


* Participate in community activities - Such as the Library Pass Port Program, Ijams Nature Center, The Muse McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, Knoxville Botanical Garden, and Knoxville Museum of Art.


* Encourage the connection - Many schools open the playgrounds and have hours that the buildings are open to registration and or tours by appointment. (See your school for more information) Also tour the web site with your child and point out the pictures of teachers and other key people that the child will see next year.


* Remain positive - A few weeks before school starts, talk about how exciting the new school year will be. Pick out school clothes and materials, start practicing the change in routines (such as bed time rituals) so that starting school again in the Fall is a positive experience.

Some Community Programs with Youth Programming


IJams Nature Center: http://ijams.org/events/calendar-view/

The Muse: http://www.themuseknoxville.org/calendar

McClung Museum: https://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/events/

Knoxville Botanical Garden:http://knoxgarden.org/classes-events/events/

Knoxville Museum of Art: http://www.knoxart.org/events/index.html


(All have activities geared toward children that are both fun and

educational. Families are responsible for any related fees)

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More About Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

How Brains are Built

Parent Trainings and Activities

FUSE Group: Aspects of ARC - Regulation (Support for TN Pre and Post Adoptive Families)

Tuesday, May 15th, 6-7:30pm

6900 Kingston Pike

Knoxville, TN

ARC is a framework for intervention with youth and families who have experienced trauma. It identifies three core domains that are frequently impacted among traumatized youth, and which are relevant to future resiliency. This group will discuss regulation, with a focus on identification, modulation, and expression. This is a parent discussion group. Children aged 5 years and older may attend our Therapeutic Children's Group.


RSVP is Required to Attend:

Contact: Allison Douglas at allison@harmonyfamilycenter.org or (865) 245-0107

“TN Council on Developmental Disabilities – What Families Should Know”

Thursday, June 7th, 12:30-1:30pm

This is an online event.

The Council on Developmental Disabilities is a leader in improving policies and practices that affect the lives of Tennesseans with developmental disabilities. The Council works with offices of state government, private entities, policymakers and the public to promote best practices in the field of disability services. The 21-member Council, comprised of private citizens, guides the work of the Council. Join Council Executive Director, Wanda Willis, and Council Communications Director, Emma Shouse Garton, to learn about the TN Council, their role in Tennessee, and key Council initiatives. The Council will highlight two national best practice projects they are working on: Supported Decision Making and the Supporting Families national initiative (also known as the LifeCourse Framework & LifeCourse Tools).


Presenter:

Wanda Willis, Executive Director, Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities - Ms. Willis began her career in 1971 as a special education teacher. She held several positions in Tennessee’s developmental disability agency, including Director of Planning and has served as the Executive Director of the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities for a number of years. Ms. Willis has a Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of South Carolina.

Emma Shouse Garton, Communications Director, Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities - Emma has been with the Council since 2011. She has a younger brother with autism and helps lead the TN Adult Brothers and Sisters (TABS) statewidesibling support network. Emma serves as the Council’s lead staff for the TNSupporting Families initiative. She graduated from Belmont University with degrees in social work and sociology.

Youth Programs and Activities

Bricks 4 Kids

Thursday, May 17th, 4:30-5:30pm

8833 Middlebrook Pike

Knoxville, TN

We are rebranding our Knoxville Lego Club by partnering with Bricks 4 Kidz. To expand our reach Lego Club will now be divided into 3 categories(rooms):

1. Creative Play
2. DUPLO Play
3. LEGO Theme & Curriculum


Snacks provided and parent/support discussions are greatly encouraged. Bricks 4 Kidz programs provide a safe, relaxed learning environment where initiative is invited and self-expression is celebrated. Specially designed project kits and theme-based models provide kids with the opportunity to solve problems and develop an appreciation for how things work, while having fun and socializing in a non-competitive atmosphere.


(Meets every 3rd Thursday of the month)

STAR (Shangri-la Therapeutic Academy of Riding) Junior Volunteer Training

Thursday, May 31st, 5-7pm

11800 Highway 11E Lenior City TN 37772

Training is for volunteers ages 10 to 12 years old.


STAR is 90% volunteer based and always welcomes new volunteers to be a part of our team. With the dedication and commitment of our volunteers, STAR continues to provide life-changing experiences for our participants.

Our Therapeutic Riding classes are year round and consist of 5 sessions each year, i.e. Spring Session (12 weeks), Summer Session (10 weeks), Fall Session (12 weeks), Mini-Term (2 weeks), and Winter Session (8 weeks).

REQUIREMENTS
Minimum commitment of 1 hour per week; same day/time for duration of session
Dependable & responsible
Positive attitude
Able to work independently
Able to walk for 30 minutes; some jogging required
Adequate body size, strength, and experience for specified task
No horse experience necessary


For more information, Click below

https://www.rideatstar.org/volunteer.html

STAR Volunteer Forms

To contact the Volunteer Coordinator, please call 865-988-4711

STAR (Shangri-la Therapeutic Academy of Riding) Volunteer Training (Ages 13 and Up)

Saturday, June 2nd, 9am-1pm

11800 Highway 11 E Lenior City TN 37772

STAR is 90% volunteer based and always welcomes new volunteers to be a part of our team. With the dedication and commitment of our volunteers, STAR continues to provide life-changing experiences for our participants.

Our Therapeutic Riding classes are year round and consist of 5 sessions each year, i.e. Spring Session (12 weeks), Summer Session (10 weeks), Fall Session (12 weeks), Mini-Term (2 weeks), and Winter Session (8 weeks).

REQUIREMENTS
Minimum commitment of 1 hour per week; same day/time for duration of session
Dependable & responsible
Positive attitude
Able to work independently
Able to walk for 30 minutes; some jogging required
Adequate body size, strength, and experience for specified task
No horse experience necessary.



For more information, Click below

https://www.rideatstar.org/volunteer.html



To contact the Volunteer Coordinator, please call 865-988-4711

STAR Volunteer Forms

To contact the Volunteer Coordinator, please call 865-988-4711.

LIVE OUT LOUD (LOL) - Youth Transition disABILITY Resource Center

Tuesday, July 3rd, 9am

900 East Hill Avenue

Knoxville, TN

An annual summer program for students ages 16-24 encouraging life skills, building work development skills and increasing community participation upon graduation.

When: July 3-26, every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.

Parent student orientation required- Tuesday, June 26, 3:00-5:00 p.m.


For more information and to learn if your student is eligible contact:

Katherine Moore (865) 637-3666

Youth Leadership Academy

Helping Tennesseans with disabilities, family members and those who serve people with disabilities become strong community leaders and advocates is one of our core goals here at the Council. This week, I want to highlight an upcoming opportunity for youth leadership training.


This year's Youth Leadership Academy, our second annual one, will focus on helping participants develop their own disability identity, sharpen their advocacy skills, learn about self-determination, and discuss strategies for making informed choices.

It will be in Nashville on June 27-28 for young adults with disabilities ages 14-24. We are partnering with one of the state's Centers for Independent Living, Empower Tennessee in Middle TN, for this year's Academy.



Questions? Please contact Council Partners in Policymaking Director Ned Andrew Solomon at ned.solomon@tn.gov or 615-532-6556.


APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MAY 18, 2018

East TN Technology Center's "SPARK" Program

SPARK (Starting People Along the Road to Knowledge) is a community center program for young adults with disabilities. The program provides daily afternoon programs for tutoring, art, recreation, music, and more!

Autism Society of East TN

A listing of youth and family events (Autism specific) as well as Parent Trainings, conferences, and other related events throughout East TN.

Children Summer Reading Program

This program rewards kids for reading (or being read to) during the summer. Once kids reach their reading goal, they receive an awesome rewards package!

Teens Summer Reading Pass Port Program

The Passport Program encourages families to enhance summer reading with visits to area museums and attractions

Walgreens Retail Employees with Disabilities Initiative (REDI) Application (Due 7-27)