Plano_RDSPD Staff Chat

Plano RDSPD Staff News - May 18, 2015


Welcome to the second edition of the Plano_RDSPD Staff Chat.

I hope you have found this another means of communication to keep you updated and informed about all aspects of our program that may affect you. In the near future, Staff Chat will be archived on MyPISD. Please take a few minutes to share feedback with us. We need to know what you need. I have this email set as private. It is a staff only newsletter. Much of the information in your newsletter is also in the parent newsletter.

The Countdown has begun...

As I am out on campuses, I am noticing that the end of year count down has begun. It is hard to believe that the 2014 - 2015 school year is almost to the end. You have all worked tirelessly to provide great services to your students. Thanks so much for all that you do for them each and everyday. You all deserve a nice and relaxing summer break.

While you are away, your team leaders and I will be preparing for the next school year. Look for updates when we come back.

Dates to Know

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month -,

May 20 @ 3:00 - Pearson - ToM

May 21 @t 6:00 pm - Davis - Parent Meeting - Picnic

May 28 @ 3:00 - Davis - Plano RDSPD Action Plan

June 5th last day of school in Plano ISD

Check with your campus for policy on make up days & documentation

June 12 - PSHS Graduation

SEE Conference in Irving - June 29 -July 3

August 2 days durining the first week - Region 10 Visual Phonics

August 12 - 14 - Region 13 - Struggling Readers

August 13 Teachers return

August 17 Paraprofessionals, Interpreters, interveners, and CART providers return

August 24 School begins in Plano ISD

April 5 - 8, 2016 - Peer Review

Plano RDSPD May Picnic & Social

Thursday, May 21st, 6pm

2701 Parkhaven Drive

Plano, TX

Please join us for the Picnic and Social. This will be a time to talk with others and get some ideas for summer fun and learning.

Wanted the gift of time and your knowledge and input

I would love to have input from our whole team as we prepare for our Peer Review. I have enjoyed sharing our Action Plan with each campus. Unfortunately, time is short and schedules do not coincide to be able to get the whole team together in one place at the same time. I need your expertise and ideas to help me write the documents that need to be completed. Please watch for a survey so that we can get your input to help us write the various parts of our action plan.


For those of you who have to do mileage, I know it is not a favorite topic. There is an IRS Regulation for mileage that we were not aware of until last week. Under IRS regulations we have 60 days to reimburse employees for travel expenses or they become taxable to the employee. This means we absolutely need these employees to get their mileage in on a timely basis. This means that mileage must be turned into Ann by the 5th of the next month so that it can get processed in our office and passed on up the line for reimbursement. As of today, our office has submitted all mileage that has been turned into Ann. I know it is a time consuming process for you, but we have to follow the guidelines set by the district. To speed up the process, please be sure to submit new addresses to Ann as soon as you have them. Also be sure to use the mileage on the charts she has prepared or that PISD has prepared. Thanks for your help. I hope the process gets easier and faster for everyone. Please let me know if you have any problems.

Please use and share our Social Media contacts with Parents:

We want to make connections with you:

Facebook - Plano_RDSPD

Twitter - @Plano_RDSPD #PlanoDeafEd

MyPISD for students enrolled in Plano ISD

Plano Parent Folder -

Remind - text @rdspd to 81010

We also still answer our phones and our emails. Please feel free to contact us at any time.

Our main office number is 469 752-5590.

Helpful Links and Information

Summer Camps -

AG Bell -

Texas Hands and Voices -

TSD Summer Activities -

RIT Student Programs -


PepNet -

Save money by extending battery life -

Plano Parent Education Summer Classes in English and Spanish -

Please keep the helpful links coming. I will post them in this section of Staff Chat.

2015 Summer Fun Camp for Parents

Summer Fun Camp for Spanish Speaking Parents

Student Accomplishments

I would like to use this space to share student accomplishments. Send them to me and they will be included in the next Staff Chat.

Staff Thanks

I would like to use this section of Staff Chat for special thank yous and appreciation. Please send them to me to be included in Staff Chat.

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Our Mission is to serve students with auditory impairment by providing educational challenges and opportunities which empower them to become productive and independent individuals.