PACTT School -- Feb. Parent Update

Your monthly collection of tidbits, reminders and photos

Welcome, February!

It's awfully strange, that we're heading full-speed into February, and we're not complaining about the weather! Our students and staff certainly have taken advantage of the sunshine and not-so-frigid temperatures.

Progress Reports: Keep an eye on your mailbox / student backpack in the next few days. Quarter 2 progress reports are on their way to you! These DO need to be signed and returned via mail, student backpack, signed PDF, or carrier pigeon - your choice, we just need 'em back. :)

Tied up neatly for you in the rest of this month's update:

* Calendar reminders - Feb. days off, early dismissals, and all that jazz

* Online parent chat - Speech edition!

* Staff news

* Sensory room update

* Lots of pics of your exceptional kiddos!

Have a great month! --Paula

calendar reminders

  • Wed., Feb. 10 - 1:45 Dismissal - Staff Training (topic: Customized Employment)

  • Mon., Feb. 15 - NO SCHOOL. President's Day.

Ask the Speech Therapist!

Join us for our second ONLINE parent chat!

Here's how it works:

  • I'll send out a link to the room, in advance.
  • You can pop in and out as you want. Ask questions, or hang out and "listen." It's totally up to you!

We'll be doing a scheduled chat with Jen Westervelt, PACTT's SLP. The chat will take place Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. (CST). Jen will be available to answer any questions you might have regarding language, communication, AAC devices and more.

Once again, I plan to save the Q-and-A, and post the responses on the blog, so everyone can learn from them (without identifying names, of course).

Meanwhile: If you have communication-related questions, that you'd like Jen to answer during the chat, you can send them to me early (email: If you have the question, I'm guessing you're not the only one! Jen will try to answer all the questions that folks send in advance as well -- so if you can't be around for the chat, the answers will still be available later on the blog.

I'll send out a link to the chat room as we get closer to the date. Let me know if you have questions!

p.s. If you're looking for the transcript from our first chat - Ask the Transition Specialist - you can find it HERE.

Staff News

  • Our floating sub, Britta Moe (right), will be leaving us next week to expand her horizons and get some early intervention experience under her belt. We wish her all the best as she continues down her path toward special education certification!
  • We have opened the substitute position to internal candidates, and I am happy to say that we have four strong paraprofessionals who have thrown their hats in the ring. Stay tuned ...

  • Paraprofessional Shabz Nikravan will also be leaving us this month. Shabz has braved the commute from Naperville to Rogers Park for nearly two years, winning her our "furthest commuter on staff" honor. Shabz has been a strong, consistent, positive addition to the PACTT team, and we will miss her.
  • THAT means ... WE'RE HIRING! We are on the search for two kick-butt paras to join our team. If you know folks who might be interested, send them my way!

sensory room progress

Our sensory room project is coming along slowly but surely. We have walls! And the beginnings of electricity! Word on the street is that it'll be a couple more weeks before the build-out will be complete -- and then we can start adding all the FUN to the space.

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