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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 - February 5 through 9, 2018

An extra-long weekend, celebrating Presidents’ Day, is coming up. School is closed on these two days: Friday, Feb 16, and Monday Feb 19. Now, don’t you be forgettin Washington and Lincoln in your studies.

We’re having a slight issue with tardiness, folks. If your children arrive late, we ask that they check-in at that site’s front desk, prior to going to their class. Their arrival can then be recognized in Home Link’s attendance system. Thanks!

Next are some important reminders from last week:

A two-hour delay for the Deer Park School District is also a two hour delay for Home Link. The school day will start with our scheduled 11 am classes. (Our 9 and 10 am classes are therefore cancelled for that day.)

This second semester we are introducing a system of classroom support called progressive discipline. It represents a time-out for a student who’s being a bit uncooperative or distracting in a class. He/she will be removed from the classroom, and meet with a consultant. The student will reflect on ways his behavior was less than respectful towards the Specialist and/or fellow students. The student will also consider whether 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 informational call. We envision several classroom removals prior to the issuing of a blue discipline slip. This slip is a more formal disciplinary write-up involving the teacher, student, the parent and me. We hope this gentle way of helping students recognize ways that their behavior affects others will preclude use of 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.

Parents – the final dates for mid-year testing of I-Ready are Friday, Feb 9, and Monday, Feb 12. 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!

Pop quiz! Can you identify the author of the following two quotes?
It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.
(Hint: He’s worth celebrating.)