News from the Support Staff
Welcome Back from March Break! We hope you had a fabulous break with family and friends!
Annual Review - Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
Annual Review is on Tuesday, April 12th in the library workroom and the support staff will present all students. Annual Review is when we review all of our Identified students and students accessing Itinerant support for the upcoming school year. Within the month of March, we have been assessing all of our students using the KTEA -Kaufman III to review their cognitive abilities to ensure we are programming effectively for them. Thank you for your flexibility and patience during this process.
If you have a student with special needs and/or a student who is accessing Itinerant support, we will be discussing the results with you and we will be placing the assessment results in the blue IEP binder for next year's teacher for programming needs.
Thank you for your cooperation!
CCAT testing results have come back and we are reviewing their results
Programming Practices in the Early Years- Kindergarten
This is an Educator Guide. The goal of this guide is to encourage ongoing professional dialogue and reflection about key programming.
This document is not yet on our Board site; however, if you would like us to email you a copy of this document please let Krista know. Thank you!
Grade 3 EQAO Testing - Week of May 31, 2016
If any of your students require updates on their STEPs, please let your support teacher know at any time.
Link to ELL documents regarding assessment:
Coming Soon… IPAD APP for STEP
New Families to our Community and School
We continue to receive new registrants in our community. The support staff continue to tour new students and families in our school to help with the transition as well as welcoming them to our school. Please review the 'Welcome to McKinnon' Information sheet when your new student arrives that is placed in your mailbox. There will be useful information for you to review,etc.
Refugee Links to assist with transition to Canada
Here are some websites regarding some background on Refugees and ways to help with settlement.
1. Facts about families arriving from refugee situations:
2. Background about Arabic Speakers
3. Frequently Asked Questions about Syrian Refugees:
Reading Recovery Update!
We will begin working with these students beginning the week of March 29th! We are ready for another successful round with our students!
The Support Staff has organized many Parent Workshops for our families. Here are the workshops and dates:
Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30-7:30pm- Our Speech-Language Pathologist and our Settlement worker will be speaking to new and current Kindergarten families to discuss important steps to assist with the transition to school.
Monday, April 11 at 6:30-7:30pm- Parenting Network Workshop
Thursday, May 29th - Kindergarten Evening
Thursday, June 9th at 6:30-7:30pm- Child Development Resource Connection Peel
Please let the Support Team know if you or any families have questions regarding these workshops. Thank you!
Resources: Learning for All
Helpful Websites for Anxious Behaviours for Teachers and Parents
If you have a student of concern with anxious behaviours, here are some useful community services available to parents. Please feel free to share with parents:
Taking Care of Me- www.kidshavestresstoo.org
School Happenings this Term...
- KTEA Assessments for Identified students beginning March 2016
- Annual Review for our Identified students is April 12, 2016
- Second round of Reading Recovery students will be picked up in April 2016
- EQAO Prep
- Transition meetings for new Kindergarten special needs students will begin on May 12th in the afternoon
- Kurzweil and new STEP App professional development
- Welcoming refugees to our school
- Grade 4 Pilot Project PERL Standardized test in May 2016
- Welcome tours to new students and families