The Weekly Jr. Oiler

October 18, 2019

Club Spotlight: Sign Language Club

The Dwyer sign language club is a new club this year and is advised by Mrs. Moloney. The club meets every Tuesday at fourth lunch in room 206. When Mrs. Moloney was a child she attended Taft Elementary, a unique school in Santa Ana which has a deaf campus integrated with the traditional neighborhood school. Mrs. Moloney learned sign language from second grade all the way through high school, where she helped translate for the deaf athletes. This school year she noticed that several of her students were practicing sign language during class and invited them to create a club with her so that other students could also participate. Chloe and Emma Siok along with Delylah Larsuel became the student leaders for the club. In their first two meetings the members have learned to sign the letters of the alphabet as well as introduce themselves. The clever leaders even split the participants into groups to make practicing more personal! The plan for our year is to learn signs for many topics such as animals, holidays, sports, daily life and basic communication.

Parent Conference Schedule

As a reminder, Tuesday and Thursday are planning day schedules, with students out at 1:20 PM. On Wednesday, October 23, there is no school.

Youth Mental Health Community Night

The community of Saint Simon and Jude is hosting a parent workshop next week about building resiliency in youth. Dr. Micaela Thordarson from CHOC will be presenting. Mrs. Glembocki had the pleasure of hearing her speak on this topic and she is amazing. If you are able to attend, it will be worth your time and you will leave with tips to help your child through some difficult situations. Please see details and RSVP information below.

Haunted Basement 2.0

Please join us for the 2nd Annual Haunted Basement Tours and Community Gathering. Starting at 5 PM on October 30, tours will run continuously until 9 PM. There will also be a Country Store, a Cupcake Walk, a Silent Auction and Raffle, as well as dinner options and many yummy treats.


Tickets are $5 for each tour and this year we are offering a $10 tour and meal combo. All proceeds will go directly to our students and staff through the PTSA. Please join in on the fun as a volunteer before that evening or during that evening. Students may volunteer in the courtyard, but adults will be the only volunteers inside the actual basement.


All students attending the event must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Enjoy the sights and frights of the tour!

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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

For the third year, the HBCSD Board Members passed a resolution to recognize

Dyslexia Awareness Month in October. HBCSD is continuing to raise awareness

through sharing information on the website, Constant Contact notifications at the school

site, professional development for staff, and the West Orange County Consortium for

Special Education Community Advisory Committee.


The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) provides the following definition of

dyslexia, which was adopted by the United States National Institutes of Child Health and

Human Development:


Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.


Below is a link to the new California Dyslexia Guidelines prepared by the California

Department of Education in August 2017 and revised in October 2017. This is a rich

source of information including describing dyslexia, assessment, and best practices to

support students that are struggling with dyslexia.


California Dyslexia Guidelines


If you would like further information about dyslexia, please contact your school site or

the Special Education Department at 714-378-2046.

What's Happening in October?

October 22-24 - Parent Conferences (Planning Days on T and Th)

October 23 - No School for conferences

October 23 - Boys Volleyball, 3:30 PM, EHS

October 24 - Girls Basketball, 3 PM, Ensign

October 29 - Girls Basketball, 3:30 PM, CMHS

October 30 - Boys Volleyball, 3:30 PM, Ensign

October 30 - Haunted Basement Event, 5 PM

November 1 - No School, teacher development day