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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 - January 29 through February 2, 2018

A reminder to parents: a two-hour delay for the Deer Park School District is also a two hour delay for Home Link. Classes will therefore begin at 11 am, with our regularly scheduled 11 o’clock classes. Our 9 and 10 am classes are therefore cancelled for that day. (Consultants and secretaries are to arrive as soon as safety allows.) I’m so sorry for any confusion experienced last week…we have plenty of new folks, which makes it time to restate such information. Here’s to less uncertainty next time!

Parents, please remember that if there’s a need to switch any of your son or daughter’s classes- THIS week is the second and final week for such changes. By next week, beginning Monday, February 5th, all schedules must remain as they are. Thanks for remembering!

For students who will be juniors or seniors next year - don’t forget to turn in an application to the NEWTECH Skill Center, pronto, if you have interest in this choice for next year. Spots in the various medical, vocational, and technical programs are on a first-come first-served basis, so it’s imperative that applications are turned in ASAP to better secure a spot in your desired program. Consultants or the front desk have applications for next year available for you. Contact Rod Armbruster with any questions.

This second semester we are beginning an intermediate phase of support to our Specialists and classroom students called progressive discipline. It’s a time-out for a student who’s being a bit uncooperative or distracting to the class. He/she will be removed from the classroom, and a consultant will address the issue. The student will reflect on what in their behavior was less than respectful or responsible towards their Specialist and/or fellow students. The student will also reflect on ways in which his/her behavior altered the learning experience for others. Some of our younger students are very unaware of their behavior’s impact. The student’s parent will be given a quick call after the reflective process. We envision several classroom removals prior to the issuing a blue discipline slip. This slip is a more formal disciplinary write-up involving the teacher, student, the parent and me. This process of progressive discipline was introduced to all Specialists last week; their response and willingness to utilize this approach was extremely positive. It’s intended to be a gentle way of helping students recognize how their behavior affects others, prior to discipline slips that could remove them permanently from a class. Questions? Don’t hesitate...ask me!

The Spokane County Parent Coalition (SCPC) is a network of nearly 3,500 families who are supporting individuals with a developmental disability. One of several excellent programs offered is a six-part workshop-“Life after High School.” The workshop provides information to help families navigate the challenging transition from school to adult life. This workshop begins Feb 7, 2018 and continues to March 14th 2018. More information is available from Brian Holloway at the ARC of Spokane (509-328-6326. You may also access information at the Informing Families website: informing families.org.

Riverside High School is hosting an opportunity for seniors attending Riverside HS, Deer Park HS, Deer Park Home Link, and Newport HS to participate in a hands-on workshop focused on IT as a career field. It’s sponsored through New Horizons Computer Learning Center. The date is Feb 21, from 9 - 11 am, at Riverside High School. Look for the informational flyer at both sites; and you must RSVP.

Silverwood! Reading Is The Ticket! Yep, this wonderful opportunity is back! It begins now, the month of January, and runs through March 1, 2018. It’s for students in grades K-8, and requires the completion of 10 hours of just-for-fun- reading! Pick up Tally sheets and information in the Deer Park campus library.

Parents – the dates for mid-year testing of I-Ready are Feb 2, Feb 5, Feb 9, and Feb 12.Those days are alternate Mondays and Fridays. Contact your consultant if you have any questions.

Students in our H.S. Civics class are fundraising for a spring Washington DC trip and need YOUR help. They are collecting used clothes, household items, and books. These items will be sold, by weight, to Value Village. If you have items to donate (of course you do!) please bring them to either site’s Family Room before Feb 22. Label: Washington DC trip. Many thanks for helping our students!