News from the Support Staff

March 2016

Welcome Back from March Break! We hope you had a fabulous break with family and friends!

Please take some time to read over our newsletter for important upcoming timelines and events.

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

Our Grade Four students have completed the CCATs and we will have a CCAT/GRS (Gifted Rating Scale) ISRC Review on Tuesday, March 29th for the Grade 4 students who were eligible and to discuss next steps. Thank you to the Grade 4 teachers for your cooperation and flexibility with the tight timelines this year.

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

This year, our Grade 3 students who have access to technology for EQAO will be using Kurzweil. Some Grade 3 students will be in their classrooms writing EQAO and other students will be receiving accommodations. Some accommodations include a quiet setting, scribing and assistive technology (Kurzweil). These students will be writing the test in the library, computer lab and all of the support staff's offices.


STEP updating:

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

The Support Staff will be introducing staff to the new IPAD App for STEP on Monday, April 11 PD Day! We look forward to sharing this new tool with you.

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.

Reading Recovery Update!

Theresa, April and Krista have been busy assessing some new Grade One students to begin the second round of Reading Recovery. Each of us will be servicing two Grade One students who will be seen 4-5 times a week for 30 minutes a day to achieve the exit reading level range of Grade One. (Instructional Level 13-16)

We will begin working with these students beginning the week of March 29th! We are ready for another successful round with our students!

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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!

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:

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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