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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 26 through March 2, 2018

This is the week that we transition from February into March – whoop! Yep, March is coming in like a lion, but! I’m anxious for those softer weather bleatings by month’s end; how about you??!

Remember that the Smarter Balance Assessment practice sessions for your sons/daughters start THIS WEEK. (The Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) testing itself is scheduled during the weeks of April 24 through 27, and May 1 through 4.) The SBA practice schedule for all grade levels, 3rd - 11th is as follows:
THIS Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Reading, Wednesday, March 7 – Reading, Thursday, March 15 – Reading Wednesday, March 21 – Writing, Tuesday, March 27 – Writing, Tuesday, April 10 – Math, Thursday, April 12 – Writing, Wednesday, April 18 – Math, Thursday, April 19 – Math All sessions are at the Deer Park Computer Lab from 3:15 - 4:15 pm. Our purpose in these sessions is to help your children feel comfortable with the testing process. Here are the types of skills the sessions will emphasize: getting familiar with the testing format; use of available tools; skill in eliminating answers; recognizing keywords; use of graphic organizers; direction in writing essays; Math and ELA vocabulary…primarily? Test-taking strategies! Come get ‘em!

Alert! During the next two weeks there will be no after school Wednesday gym club.

Parents of students enrolled in the M&M Multiplication class (or others parents interested in tips for teaching multiplication facts): There is an informative meeting at 9 am Tuesday March 6th at Clayton in the Computer Lab or 9 am Wednesday March 7th at Deer Park in the computer lab. Drop off your children and then come inside for a 30 min multiplication class by your student’s teacher...you’ll be learning the tips that your student learns, and can do follow through coaching at home. Sound good?

It's time to start the application process for next year’s Running Start options through EWU and the Spokane Community Colleges. To help you in that process, we will be holding an informational meeting on Wednesday, March 7 in the Science room, Deer Park campus, from 3:15 – 4 pm. Parents and students who are juniors or seniors next year, should plan to attend. Also, there will be a Running Start Information Night at EWU on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, starting at 6:30 PM in the JFK Library auditorium.

Please check out the posters on the FREE Vaccination Clinic, available to all in the greater Spokane community. That’s YOU, if you’re interested!

To parents of piano students: Dan Kennedy, a solo piano recording artist and teacher from Mass. will be in our piano classes next Tuesday, March 6th. If your children's piano classes are not on Tuesday, they can still attend a Tuesday session to take advantage of this visiting artist. Please check your boxes for complete information. Pretty cool opportunity – many thanks, Carol VanWormer!

Attention readers! The Silverwood student tally sheets are due this Thursday, March 1st.

Parents! Please check your mailboxes for information regarding next week’s special visit by Dr. Rachel McAnallen, Math instructor extraordinaire. She is our guest for the day, March 8th, from 9am to 3 pm.

New Student Registration for existing families for this next school year starts March 5th. Pick up your child's registration packets at the front desk. Must be back by March 30th to reserve your child's spot for next fall.

Quick quiz: last day to turn in your Curriculum order is??? Drum roll… March 27.

Any final thoughts towards a Mission Statement for the Family Room(s) on each campus? Well, get them in (to the bright box, in each room)!

Many thanks for your outpouring of clothing, and household items of all sorts- bags upon bags of your generosity rolled through the school to Value Village, and into the coffer of funds earmarked for Washington D.C. Those students are taking a little of you with them! Thanks, dear ones!