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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 -March 5 through 8, 2018

Heads-up! This Friday, March 9, is a district L.I.D.(Learning In Development) day, which means that while all district staff is busy, all district offices will be closed for the entire day.

Smarter Balance Assessment practice session this week is WEDNESDAY, March 7 – READING focus. Next week’s will be on Thursday, March 15 – also Reading. Sessions are in the Deer Park Computer Lab from 3:15 - 4:15 pm. 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!

Parents of students enrolled in the M&M Multiplication class (or others parents interested in tips for teaching multiplication facts): There is a meeting THIS Tuesday, March 6th, 9 am, 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?

This Wednesday, March 7th is the Choreographer's Showcase, at 3:15 pm in the Home Link Gym. You coming?! Thought so!

Relatedly, please remember that there’s no after school Wednesday gym club this week. Right – the Gym is where the Choreographer’s Showcase is being held.

Gather some information and ideas about next year’s Running Start options through EWU and the Spokane Community Colleges NEXT Wednesday, March 14 in the Science room, Deer Park, from 3:15 – 4 pm. Any interested parents and students -please plan to attend! There is also 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 THIS 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!

Parents! Did you check your mailboxes for information regarding THIS week’s special visit by Dr. Rachel McAnallen, Math instructor extraordinaire? She is Home Link’s guest for the day, Thursday, March 8th, from 9am to 3 pm. in the District Training Center. Don’t let this get by you…you’ll love it!

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

Curriculum orders must be in by March 27. Been hearin that, you say – good! Well then:

May the Irish hills caress you. May her lakes and rivers bless you. May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.
May that Irish blessing fill your week, and remind you that the wearin o’ the green be next week, lassie.