I find it hard to believe that only a month ago I was writing about Back to School and how to prepare for it in upcoming weeks. Regardless – Back to school night typically occurs in mid to late October. We are already at the beginning of the month and Columbus Day weekend is next week! Time to continue the conversation

TYPICALLY DEVELOPING CHILDREN: What can you do to get prepared and how are you feeling about it. For general information this link brings you some guidance interms of how to do so https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/back-to-school-night/ , in the event that you have a typically developing child/children

READING ROCKETS: https://www.readingrockets.org/shows/launching/roots Ask your teacher where your child is in terms of reading at school. This way you can be your child’s first teacher and help them with their reading skills.

STUDENTS IDENTIFIED AS NEEDING RELATED SERVICES?HAVE IEPS: Open school nights for families with children who have children experiencing challenges in communication or other areas of development can be anxiety provoking, from parents in a different way than for others. Preparation may be different http://www.ldonline.org/article/33219

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  • Home-school communicationT: eachers and families need to be in touch throughout the year. Whether it’s through a folder, notebook or daily learning log, you should hear something about the system the teacher uses to keep in touch

Aside from these issues: There really ARE other obstacles and recaling my days of working in the city schools, keeping these in mind may -no make that will, be helpful:

Bring your child’s IEP. Confirm that EVERYONE has been able to access and implement its use – as specific to the class size, the size of the group in which your child has been placed with a reltaed service provider and if there are any supplies that they need at school to aid in providing special education (or even general education students.

Ask if your child’s teacher or related service provider needs anything to help your child, if you are in a position to help: Why? probably little known fact is looming in the schools about which you are unaware. Ninety-four percent of public school teachers say they spent their own money on notebooks, pens and other supplies in the 2014-15 school year without reimbursement, according to the study. The average amount spent was $479. About 44 percent spent $250 or less, while 36 percent spent $251 to $500.May 15, 2018



Here is the reality for this year https://www.uft.org/your-union/uft-programs/teachers-choice Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists only started to get funds for supplies in 2017/18 as well as continuing education!

above is a link to a center that l.. if your IEP says that the child should receive one but there is a long wait list for you-this may be helpful to pursue.