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We are a Parent Partnership Program where parents of home schooled children and teachers from the Deer Park School District work together to define the educational goals and materials our parents and students use at home. The first session of Home Link started in September 2000 with 38 students. Today, we have over 500 students. We also provide core and supplemental classes at our Deer Park and Clayton campuses.

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MEMO - November 27 through December 1, 2017


Progress reports for next month, DECEMBER (yikes, it will seem exceptionally soon) are due Dec 8. Crazy-seeming, bur that gives consultants only one week to respond to your reports before our last day, December 15. Could you please put the 8th on your radar? And thanks!

Auditions for the second semester play "Father Knows Best" will be held next Wednesday December 6 from 4-9 pm, and Thursday 3:30 -5:30 pm (please notify Sharlene if planning to audition on Thursday). The location: D.P. Teachers’ Lounge. Audition paper work is in the main office; ask Connie, if needing help. Please note this audition is for grades 9-12. Thank you! Any questions contact Sharlene: sharlene.steverding@dpsdmail.org

On Saturday, Dec 9, IEW will be holding a winter retreat. It’s free, with some excellent-sounding sessions: Struggling Learners/Special Education: Strategies for Teachers and Parents, with Andrew Pudewa and Linda Mikottis; Four Deadly Errors of Teaching Writing, with Andrew Pudewa; Classical Education: Then and Now, with Andrew Pudewa and Robert Bortins; What's all the Fuss About Reading Aloud? With Andrew Pudewa, Sarah Mackenzie, and Adam Andrews. Need a renewal?? THIS might be the ticket, and it’s from the comfort of your home! See the informational flier in your mailboxes.

Hat week is coming! Students may choose any crazy hat to adorn their head/outfit during the week of December 11 through 15.

Hey folks - H&R Block in Deer Park is looking for part-time help (parent or older student). This is through the tax season. Flexible hours, some evenings and weekends. It is a customer service/receptionist position. YOU interested? Please contact Dennis Harmon 995-1839.

Don’t forget that there’s a Christmas Craft Show and Auction a’comin next Wednesday, Dec 6. If you have any questions on auction items, please call Kathy Starr, at 509-550-7554. The sign-up sheet for Crafts is ready – put your name on it! Please start bringing in auction items NOW
During these cold winter days, students wearing beanies or stocking caps may keep them on while in the school building, as long as we’re able to see all of the cute face beneath it. We’re sorry, but sun glasses, billed hats, and hoodies must remain a no.

Good to have you all back (!) after a delightful holiday that allows us to feast on food and time with loved ones. Perhaps you, too, listened to little kid humor such as this – ‘Why did the cookie go to the doctor? Because he felt crummy.’ This is followed by uproarious laughter among those young ones, few of whom could have gotten the joke, because crummy was pronounced cawummy (that made it funnier than ever to me!). And here’s a different food… for thought.I read that a spirit of thanksgiving invokes the following qualities: humility, graciousness, contentment, generosity, and gratitude. Isn’t that lovely? I know that many of you desire that those attitudes become a true part of your children’s character - because you’re teaching those very qualities alongside lessons in math, or grammar and spelling. It’s a daily part of your home schooling. Your children are learning that attitudes of thanksgiving change everything about the world around them, and the world within them. And that? That’s teaching and learning at its finest, my friends.