Meeting Notes From Friday’s Meeting with David Morgan

We had a very productive and insightful meeting with Board Member David Morgan regarding this past year’s process changes in Special Education.

Attached are the notes.

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Today is World Down Syndrome Day

Today is World Down Syndrome Day: Focus on Inclusion. Over the weekend, Michelle earned her Journey Patch for Water. Thanks to being included for some of her academics classes in school, she fully participated in the girl scouts journey – raising her hand, answering questions correctly with full sentences and coherently, and playing with the other scouts. Inclusion Works!

School Board Member Appreciation Week

This past week was School Board Member Appreciation Week.

I would like to take the time to personally thank Board Member David Morgan for all of his efforts with improving Special Education Services in Cobb County.

Last year David meet with a group of special needs parents who voiced their concerns with the special education services their children were receiving through CCSD.

David not only listened but acted on the issues and took the concerns to the Board and to the District. As a result, an independent evaluation was conducted on CCSD Special Education and the process of bringing about change began. Within the past year, the district has placed a local special education representative, Student Support Administrator (SSA), at mostly all schools, they have held 4 very informative parent events, and have hired 2 new parent mentors.

David also recognizes that this is not a one time fix but an ongoing process of systematic change. He has continued to reach out to parents for their feedback on the changes and on any other issues that still exist in how special education services are delivered in CCSD.

Thank you David for ensuring all students are educated in CCSD.

GiGi’s Playhouse Enrollment for Literacy or Math Tutoring for Students

Sign Up for One-On-One Literacy or Math Tutoring!

GiGi’s offers one-on-one literacy/math tutoring for individuals with Down syndrome ages 3 & up. The Tutoring Session meets once-a-week for 45-60 minutes at a time mutually agreed upon by the student and the tutor.

The tutoring program improves:

* Sight word recognition
* Vocabulary
* Number sense
* Comprehension
* Number Concepts
* Articulation
* Shapes
* Self-esteem
* Speech clarity
* Fine motor skills
* CONFIDENCE!

Register today

Families new to the literacy program need to send in family pictures and captions with your application. Family pictures can be emailed or dropped off at the playhouse. Applications are not considered complete until pictures are received. For more information on the pictures that need to sent, contact the Natasha Nolan with pictures or questions.

World Down Syndrome Day, Monday, 3/21

Monday, the 21st of March 2016 marks the 11th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.

For WDSD 2016, Down Syndrome International is focusing on “My Friends, My Community” – the benefits of inclusive environments for today’s children and tomorrow’s adults. People with Down syndrome, on an equal basis with other people, must be able to enjoy full and equal rights, both as children and adults. This includes the opportunity to participate fully in their communities.

Let’s come together to celebrate Our Friends and Our Communities by spreading the love for WDSD with the “Random Acts of Kindness” project to elevate awareness and understanding of Down syndrome.

Here is how you can participate:

1. On March 21st, wear a shirt that identifies yourself as part of the Down syndrome community, such as a past Buddy Walk t-shirt!

2. Choose an act of kindness to share; 1-3 acts of kindness are suggested.

3. Post your photos of your “Random Acts of Kindness” to your social media accounts to help build awareness of the event, and be sure to tag DSAA and to use the hashtag #WDSD16 and #DSAA.

4. Lastly, be sure to join DSAA for their second annual Color Dash 5K run on the morning of March 19th and wear a past Buddy Walk or other DS t-shirt!

Free Softball Clinic for Individuals with Special Needs, April 2 at 10 am

Free Softball Clinic with Kennesaw State University Softball Team

April 2 @ 10:00 AM

The Golden Soldiers have teamed up with Kennesaw State University’s Softball team to offer a free one hour softball clinic!

You will get to meet some of the Kennesaw State University Softball Players and freshen up your skills with some stretching, throwing, catching, and batting practice. Siblings are welcomed to join! All skill levels are welcomed. Suggested age is 10 and up.

The clinic will be held on the softball field at Kennesaw State University. Space is limited so please register early.