ELC Newsletter

November 13th, 2105

Yes, It's Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th, has sometimes been called Black Friday. The superstition and the fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia.

The superstition surrounding this day may have arisen in the Middle Ages, and the last supper in which there were 13 individuals present on the 13th of Nisan ( our Maundy Thursday) , the night before Good Friday. While there is evidence of both Friday. and the number 13 being considered unlucky, there is no record of the two items being referred to as especially unlucky in conjunction before the 19th century.

So if you are superstitious, this may not be your day, but know you are not alone in your fears!

Night Lock

In Mrs. Milanowski's room, Dave Mand has installed the Night Lock system into the floor and doorway. It is the closest classroom to the office area, as we discussed in our review of our Safety procedures. and is bolted to the door and floor. It is quick and easy to use, so when you get a minute, go and visit and take a look at the Night Lock in Mrs. Milanowski's room. Try the system out for yourself!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Thank you to all of you for your comprehensive preparations for Parent-Teacher Conferences. I know how much time and organization you spend so that families are aware of the growth that their child has made for the trimester of our school year. We know that families are very appreciative of the time you take to review STAR, PALS, and DRA2 so they are able to understand them. Your suggestions on ways they can help support learning at home make a difference. It is also very helpful to listen to the challenges families may face with their son or daughter in their homes so that we can be more supportive at school. Working together with the parents on problem solving through situations, happened in several of the conferences that I sat in on, so again thank you!

Insurance meetings at ELC

Next Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 from 1-2:00 PM, representatives from United Health Care will be at ELC to answer any questions you might have about the plan and packets of information you received this week. Other time slots are being offered at other buildings. If you need coverage to meet with them, see me so we can work things out. They will be in the lunchroom so you can go in and ask your questions.

OASYS/My Learning Plan

I will be asking to meet and pre-conference with those of you who are new, or on the year 3 of the evaluation cycle. We will set up a date for the observation and then a time to meet afterwards. These are formal observations, so you will want to have a formal lesson plan prepared for these observations as well.

American Education Week

American Education Week is from November 16-20, 2015. It is this week that all across the country, everyone gets an opportunity to celebrate Free Appropriate Public Education ( FAPE)

being available for all students. It is a week for the entire country to honor individuals like all of you, who are making a difference each and every day. It is a week for us to all celebrate the most honorable profession that there is on the earth and to thank all of you for your hard work and dedication to the children and families we serve daily. I personally want to thank everyone at ELC, all educators, support staff, maintenance staff, therapists for all that you do for our students.

My Out of Building Times for Next Week

Monday, November 16th: 7;15 FLC PST; 1:00 Autism Grant meeting

Tuesday, November 17th: 9:00 Admin meeting; 1:30 IEP at BAMS

Wednesday, November 18th: 8:30 BCT at BAMS

Thursday, November 19th: 7;00 4k Staff meeting; 3:00 LFI Meeting at MPTC

Friday, November 20th: 7:45 FLC Spec. Ed. Dept. Meeting;