Ms. Dermody’s and Mrs. Hendrickson’s Classrooms We have been invited to participate in a district workshop for parents entitled Hitting, Biting, Kicking, OH MY! The workshop is supported by STARNET. They are a statewide organization that supports family-centered, researched and effective practices in early childhood education and care. The workshop will be divided into two 45 minute sessions with a short break in between. A brief overview is listed below. The presenter, Sheila Bauer, is a licensed social worker who has many years of experience working with children and their behaviors.
Date: April 27, 2015 (Monday)
Time: 6: 00- 7:30 P.M.
Session 1 Part 1 workshop combines research, practical experiences, helpful strategies and laughter to examine various influences on child behavior and self-regulation and socialization. This includes visual supports and target practice.
Session 2 Part 2 will further address our children’s challenging behaviors, why they do what they do, and we can do about it. Specifically, how we can teach our kids about their emotions and behavior using positive behavior supports to foster self-regulation, and social and emotional growth. Last but not least: Parent Power-everyone sharing responsibility.
Child care will be provided by the Coop and the location will be in our classroom. We will need a response for number of adults and number of children so we can plan and have an adequate number of adults to provide supervision. CD professional support will be available during these hours.
If you have any questions or comments for Sheila prior to attending this workshop, please take a minute to write it down. For example, This is what I am hoping to learn…….. This is a problem or concern we are addressing in our home…. Your questions or comments will give Sheila an opportunity to address some specific behaviors prior to your arrival.
The document is posted in the Links and Docs section of the website.
District 142's G. Kerkstra Elementary has been nominated by the State of Illinois as a National Blue Ribbon School. G. Kerkstra Elementary is one of only 16 schools across the State to be honored with Blue Ribbon status. The U.S. Department of Education's National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. This coveted award was achieved over a multi-year time span of instruction and curriculum improvement, thanks largely to the efforts of Dr. Lori Leppert, Director of Pupil Personnel Services at District 142, and former long-time Principal of G. Kerkstra Elementary School. The District celebrates this achievement along with current G. Kerkstra Elementary School Principal, Jeff Kulik, and the dedicated faculty and staff of G. Kerkstra Elementary.
Dr. Leppert and Principal Kulik will work jointly to submit the formal application to the U.S. Department of Education in March, 2015. The application provides all the pertinent testing data showing G. Kerkstra Elementary students at the top 15 percent in both reading (English language arts) and mathematics of all schools in the State, based on its progress in closing achievement gaps between the school's subgroups and the State's all-student group over a five-year span.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program will review all applications for completeness, quality, and accuracy, over the spring and summer of 2015. In September, 2015, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education will formally announce the 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools across America. The National Blue Ribbon School status, once bestowed, is a permanent honor.
For more information, please contact Susan Arvesen at (708) 687-3334.
Forest Ridge School District 142
15000 S. Laramie Avenue
Oak Forest, IL 60452