PARENT MEETING There will be a Special Education meeting on Thursday, February 7. 2013 from 7:00-8:30 P. M. at the Worthington Education Center, 200 East Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington OH 43085. Tom Diebold from SST11 will be speaking on Dyslexia and all are welcome to attend. If you have any questions please contact Marilyn Van Gilder at 450 6044 or email@example.com.
There will be a Special Education meeting on Thursday, February 7. 2013 from 7:00-8:30 P. M. at the Worthington Education Center, 200 East Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington OH 43085. Tom Diebold from SST11 will be speaking on Dyslexia and all are welcome to attend. If you have any questions please contact Marilyn Van Gilder at 450 6044 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARENT MENTOR WINTER NEWSLETTER
Published by the Parent Mentor Program
Worthington City Schools by Marilyn Van Gilder
With the holidays behind us we face the prospect of a long winter and are sometimes on edge wondering what is around the corner. Consider this--the sky is blue, the snow crisp white and the mountain slopes full of choices to be made. Which run will we take? Will we take the “blue run?” Green is for beginners, blue for intermediates and black for the advanced or those who think they are. When we have children on IEP’s with different challenges, which run is there to take. Perhaps imbedded in this newsletter you will gain some insight through meeting opportunities, websites and other tidbits of information that might be of interest to you.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – The Lorax
SAVE THE DATE!!! There are so many events coming up and the big kick-off is:
Worthington City Schools Special Education Parent Meeting
When: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Where – Worthington Education Center
Presenter – Tom Diebold, Consultant, SST11
Topic – Dyslexia
Audience – Parents, Teachers, Staff
Questions? Call 614-450-6044
Saturday, February 16, 2013 – Polar Bear Plunge at the Columbus Zoo. Come join in on afternoon of fun. Take it from me, it’s cold but what a good time for a good cause.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 – WKHS and TWHS students have an opportunity to visit Columbus State Community College. It is for students who have an IEP. The trip consists of a presentation, tour, question/answer session with a representative from the Disability Services Dept. and then the students will have lunch. There is an information form for this field trip available to students beginning the week of January 28, 2013. If a student does not want to miss a full day of school, parents may opt to visit during the OPEN HOUSE which takes place on April 4 at 6 p. m. or April 19 at 10 a. m. Contact Lindsey Lee at 614-287-2863, CSCC.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 – The Annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness & Advocacy Event at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium. The theme, “Look Beyond” invites people to see the potential in everyone, looking beyond a first glance or a pre-conceived notion. This program will begin at 9:45 a. m. and participation is open to everyone.
Saturday, March 16, 2013 – IEP Clinic: Parent Rights in the Special Education Process presented by the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities. Registration begins at 8:30 a. m. and the workshop is from 9 a. m. to 12 p. m. You can register through STARS at https://safe.ode.state.oh.us/portal or contact Tina Forshey at 614-753-4681 or e-mail at Tina.Forshey@escco.org
Alphabet Soup: What do The Letters Stand for created by Ohio Legal Rights (OLD.” I googled www.Ohio Legal Rights Alphabet Soup and it came right up. If you are sitting in an IEP meeting and feel like a deer in headlights with all the acronyms used, this is great to give you the basics of understanding the Special Education vocabulary.
http://nisonger.osu.edu – Follow the links to Sibling Support Groups. They are there to provide support to children who have a sibling with a disability. Also, a FCBDD service coordination student intern from OSU studying for her Master of Social Work will be running a free program called SIBS Support Group for children between 7-12. You can contact Sukhee Kim at 614-418-4349 or Sukhee.email@example.com<mailto:Sukhee.firstname.lastname@example.org>
www.ohiodrugcard.com – Free prescription drug card hot off the press
TIDBITS – Places of Interest
Family Health Information Center- The Janet-Orttung-Morrow, M. D. Family Health Information Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a multimedia library providing child-related health information to the public. The Center contains books, pamphlets, magazines and videos on a variety of health related topics. The Health Reference Computer is a unique feature of the library, as a use-friendly computer system containing the complete contents of pamphlets, magazines and medical textbooks. Hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30 a. m. – 7 p. m., Friday 8:30 a. m. – 5 p. m.
The Haugland Learning Center, 7690 New Market Center Way, Columbus OH; telephone number 614-602-6473 is announcing the new HLC Community Activity Center. The state of the art facility will be open to the disability community for use after school, evenings, weekend and holiday breaks. They have a swimming lap-pool, a gym/basketball court and indoor play area and a game room with videogame systems.
“Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open” Alexander Graham Bell
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