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Plano RDSPD Staff News - September 11, 2015

September 17 - Plano RDSPD Picnic

Let's make our first parent meeting of the year a huge success. We need your help. To make this event a success, you are needed to attend, remind families, and give them a personal invitation. We want families to have a chance to meet, network, share, and give input for the upcoming meetings.

Pack your picnic and join us on Thursday, September 17 at 6:30 at Davis.

Please share the flyer and the link with your families.

Signing Exact English Sign Classes

Tuesday, Sep. 22nd, 6pm to Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 7:30pm

2701 Parkhaven Drive

Plano, TX

More information

Signing Exact English Classes

Tuesday Evenings starting September 22 - November 17

from 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Childcare is available

Dates to Know:

September 17 @ 6:30 - First Parent Meeting & Student Social - Picnic

September 17 - T-Shirt Sales begin

September 25 - Deadline for Plano Education Foundation Grants - 2015 online grant application

October 22 @ 6:30 October Parent Meeting & Student Social

December 3 @ 6:30 December Parent Meeting & Student Social

January 28 @ 6:30 - January Parent Meeting & Student Social

February 20 @ 2:00 - Spring Show

February 25 @ 6:30 - February Parent Meeting & Student Social

March Parent Meeting & Student Social - TBD

April 5 - 8, 2016 - Peer Review

April 21 @ 6:30 April Parent Meeting & Spring Show

May Parent Meeting & Student Social - TBD

Coming Soon

Plano RDSPD T-Shirt Sales

Plano RDSPD Garage Sale

Please help us support our student activities.

Our New K-12 Website is Up

Check out our new K-12 Website at

Technology has gotten us started. We still have more to add. Please send me team pictures so we can picture you on this site and our other sites. Also let me know what you think needs to be added to our K-12 site.

Please use and share our Social Media & Other Contacts:

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 -

K12 PISD Site -

Remind – text @rdspdp to 81010

Plano RDSPD Main Office – 469 752-5590

Debbie Martin – Coordinator – 469 752-5583,

Click here for a printable flyer to share with families.

Plano RDSPD Staff Google Site

Under Construction, but check it out...

Don't forget our MyPISD site is still up with lots of great information for you and for your families.

Babies, babies, babies.....

Staff Shout Outs!

  • Thank you to Allison Potter, Dominique Brown, and Perry Garner, our Davis interpreters, for juggling their already full schedules to cover all of our signing students in mainstream classes. We appreciate all that you do. You’re the best!
  • To Tina Waithaka for her quick response in recognizing a student’s seizure that enabled him to get the medical attention he needed immediately

  • I’ll be finished with my CFY on this Friday, September 11th!! Woo hoo!! - Chelsey Summers --Way to go!!!

  • Thank you Michelle Shaffer for taking on a family as a Parent Advisor! We appreciate you helping with us with our increasing baby caseload!- Tammy

  • Thanks to Tina for doing an observation for a transfer student to help determine what the student needs.- Tammy

  • Huge Thank you to Ann for keeping up with everything for the program. There is no way we could do this without you!- Tammy

  • Shout out to Dr. Sarah Florence for taking on the added duty/responsibility of McKinney ISD FM equipment! Thank your for "putting out fires" & using your magic abilities & tremendous knowledge in getting equipment up & running! You are truly appreciated! -Sarah Quintanilla

  • Thank you to Allison Potter, Dominique Brown, and Perry Garner, our Davis interpreters, for juggling their already full schedules to cover all of our signing students in mainstream classes. We appreciate all that you do. You’re the best!

  • A big shout out to all of the Davis deaf educ teachers and para for having a smooth start to the beginning of the school year. It was one of the best we have had so far. Tina

  • Hands down, you are the best RDSPD Staff. I have not had much time in your classroom so far. I hope to be out in the schools next week to see all the great things you are doing.

Please send additional staff accomplishments and shout outs. I will put them in the newsletter each time.

Plano RDSPD Annual Review of Communication - ARC

As you work with the ARC this year, please let us know what works and what does not. The ARC is a draft document. We want it to be beneficial to gain a better understanding of our students communication and their needs. However, we also want it to be a useful tool for you. The ARC document is posted on the Plano RDSPD Staff Google site. I do make changes on that document. Please send your suggestions and corrections to me. With your help we will create a process that will help us better understand each student's communication needs.

Peer Review

Let's put our best foot forward for our Peer Review and show the state the wonderful program that we are. As we begin our journey to a positive Peer Review, please include the Plano RDSPD Communication Philosophy in your lesson plans and sub folder. Read over the philosophy so that you are able to explain it to others. Access the philosophy at

Staff Remind App

Do you want reminders of dates and activities?

We use Remind. To join,

text @646aa to 81010 for interpreters

text @17f1b to 81010 for paras

text @teacherssl to81010 for teachers and SLPs

United Way

It is almost that time of year for the United Way Campaign. Laura wanted to remind us that

Callier Center can again be a designee for those wanting to donate through the United Way campaign.

The Callier Center's code is 110. The full designation list can be found here:

Helpful Links and Information


AG Bell -

PepNet - Transition

Texas Hands and Voices -

Children & Infant Listening Lab at UTD -

Navigate Life Texas -

Dallas Hearing Foundation -

On Line Newsletters:

Clarke Connect -

PepNet2 -

John Tracy Clinic - staring our students -

Volta Voices - On Line Express -


Middle School 101: Helping Your Child Make a Smooth Transition -

New Technology Could Enable Smart Devices to Recognize, Interpret Sign Language -

Pathways to Success: Managing the Preschool to Elementary School Transition -

Talking is teaching -

Vocabulary Learning a Life Long Adventure -

Speech Audiometry Testing: A Guide for Parents and Teachers -

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