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Welcome to Ms. Ruestow - We would like to introduce our new 4th grade math and science teacher who will be taking over for Ms. Sundeen, who is going on maternity leave. Please read below for a bit about her:
My name is Caroline Ruestow and I would like to introduce myself as the 4th grade math and science teacher supporting Mrs. Sundeen’s students for the remainder of the school year. Over the last ten years, I have taught 4th - 6th grade, and acted as a K-8 math instructional coach and Instructional Support Leader for CPS. Being an educator is something I feel very passionately about. After spending the last year with my own children, I am thrilled to rejoin the workforce with the Skinner North community. I look very forward to virtually collaborating with Skinner’s teachers, staff, parents, and students!
Seal of Biliteracy (5th/8th Students who signed up) - Due to the unforeseen circumstances faced by the current pandemic and the suspension of in-person instruction for the rest of the year, OLCE has decided to cancel this year's testing of 5th and 8th graders for the Pathways Towards the State Seal of Biliteracy award (further information on the testing of 12th graders is forthcoming and will be announced to appropriate parties). This includes testing both via Avant's STAMP assessment as well as LAS Links.
Messages from Diverse Need Committee - Thank you to the committee for putting this material together. We had a number of questions related to Diverse Learners in our family survey. We will continue to update as we get more information from the district.
CPS ODLSS Diverse Learners Parent Advisory Council Meeting (this meeting is open to all CPS parents/guardians) - Tonight's meeting will include an update from ODLSS Chief Jones and ISBE about education for diverse learners during the remote learning period due to Covid-19.
Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Additional meeting details and Zoom pre-registration here
Raise Your Hand - This group is hosting weekly Special Ed Parents & Supporter Zoom calls: Tuesdays, 1-2:30pm. Register here. This meeting is a chance for caretaker of children with disabilities, special ed teachers, and clinicians to connect and share insight and resources on how to best support our kids during the COVID emergency school closure.
On one of the Tuesday’s call Dr. Jones, ODLSS Chief Officer, and Ms. Parker, ODLSS Deputy Chief, joined the call for about 40 minutes. We expect Dr. Jones to be on upcoming calls for the first 30 minutes. On the call, Dr. Jones mentioned several times that the ODLSS FAQs doc will be updated very soon. At the sending of this email, the doc still stated “Updated March 22.” You can find that FAQ doc here.
CPS Behavior Supports webinar - Here's the presentation from the CPS Behavior Supports webinar and additional support materials:
Presentation in english: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1zD-fp2GgxunPIyHbK64_Fay_Lp7k2crk
Presentación en español: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1I2KRLnCtNnjk-G4otFfMfG31ZbgClnyV
Links to Behavior Supports: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ChQGpK1RYAkHrbyCnde2OqNIcTtCXYHx2GnEkeEsijQ
Other resources -
- If you have questions or need help navigating the IEP or 504 process, feel free to reach out to the ODLSS Parent Involvement Specialists at ODLSSParentSupport@CPS.edu
- Free Virtual Recreation Programming from Park Districts!
- Thinking about creating a social story for your child? Here are some great tips from Autism.org
- CPS is offering daily live read alouds! 10:00AM for Elementary Students and 2:00PM for Middle and High School Students. Check out the schedule here!
Remote Learning Family Check In Survey (Reminder): We are looking for feedback. We are accepting responses to this particular survey through tomorrow. Access the survey at: https://forms.gle/6NWmYPeBjEEVaGXH8.