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Windsor Parents as Teachers 2013-2014 Newsletter


Welcome to a new school year with Windsor Parents as Teachers!  I’ve held off writing the newsletter this year as I have been busy squaring away screening dates and group connections.  I can assure you, that this year will be very busy and fun! 

HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENINGS

This school year we will be offering Heatlh and Developmental Screenings on Thursday from 8:00 to 2:15.  The screenings are held in the Parents as Teachers office in the Windsor Elementary School in Kimmswick.

 The Health portion of the screening is administered by Angie Buhlmann, RN.  She is one of the nurses at the Windsor Middle School.  Angie will weigh and measure your child and then check their vision and hearing.  Following the health screening, your child we be given a developmental screening by myself, Mindy Ford, Parents as Teachers parent educator, Janelle Dinwiddie, Early Childhood/PAT Coordinator or another Early Childhood staff member.

We use two different developmental screening tools.  For the children 3 months to 36 months, the Ages and Stages Questionnaire is used.  The ASQ covers 5 areas of development; Communication, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Problem-Solving and Personal Social.  It is designed as a questionnaire for parents.   Answers are based on what parents have observed in their child’s development. 

For the children 3 to kindergarten entry, we use the Dial 4 developmental screening tool.  Children will work with one of the staff on 3 areas of development; Motor (both gross and fine), Concepts (colors, numbers, shapes, etc…), Language (articulation, expressive, receptive, letter recognition, letter sounds and rhyming).  Parents will also have a questionnaire about their child’s self-help skills and social-emotional development.

Annual screenings are highly encouraged by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, pediatricians and our school district.  They are a great indicator or measurement of your child’s development.  In the past, screenings have detected both health and developmental concerns in children.  If a concern is detected in your child, we will refer you to the additional assistance your child may need.

GROUP CONNECTIONS

Parents as Teachers will again be partnering with the Windsor Early Childhood classes to offer some interesting, fun and informative group connections.  We will be offering several group connections per month, beginning in October and ending in April.  We do not schedule group connections in January, due to inclement weather. 

Each month, one of the group connections will be Story-time/playgroup with Miss Mindy.  In the past, story-times have always been held at the Windsor Elementary.  This year, we will be offering story-times at Freer Elementary as well as Windsor Elementary.  Story-times will be on Tuesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. or Tuesday afternoons at 1:00 p.m.  Each month we will meet in a different Early Childhood or Title I preschool class room.   Each month will have a themed story-time/playgroup including; books, crafts, games, songs, snacks, socialization and child development tips.

The story-time/playgroup will be scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, October 8, Windsor Elementary, Ms. Danielle’s class at 9:00 a.m. and 1:oo p.m.

Tuesday, November 12, Freer Elementary, Ms. Jenny’s class at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 10, Freer Elementary, Ms. Kristell’s class at 9:00 a.m. only

Tuesday, February 11, Windsor Elementary, Ms. Kristen’s class at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 11, Windsor Elementary, Ms. Rachel’s class at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 8, Windsor Elementary, Ms. Sarah’s class at 9:00 and 1:00 p.m.

Storytime/playgroups are a great way to get to know other families with young children within the Windsor School district.  They’re also fun and FREE!

SPECIAL GROUP CONNECTIONS

STUCKMEYER’S PUMPKIN PATCH:  Friday, October 11 at 9:30 a.m.  We will meet at Stuckmeyers for a hayride, pumpkin picking, playtime on Fort Spooky and the bounce house.  Cost:  $7:00. 

BEYOND, “BECAUSE I SAID SO” presented by St. Louis Children’s Hospital.   Thursday, November 7  from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Windsor Elementary School Library.  This program about discipline is presented by a St. Louis Children’s Hospital staff member.  The program is free and will also offer free childcare.   Preregistration is required, please call 314-454-KIDS (5437) OR 800-678-KIDS (5437), then press 3 and give Location: Windsor Elementary and Date:  November 7, 2013.

WINDSOR FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MAGIC HOUSE:  Tuesday, November 19 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Join Parents as Teachers and Early Childhood families for a FREE night at the Magic House.  This night is provided through an educational grant courtesy of the Magic House!

SILENT NIGHT: Thursday, December 12 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Windsor Elementary School.  A night of fun holiday activities for Parents as Teachers and Early Childhood classes.  Please call the Parents as Teachers office to register, 636-464-4499.

A VISIT TO THE FIRE STATION:  Choose between thesee options; Friday, February 7 at 9:00 a.m. at the Antonia Fire Station, Moss Hollow Road and new Hwy M and Friday, February 21 at 9:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. at Rock Community Fire Staion on Imperial Main Street.

POWDER VALLEY NATURE CENTER:  Friday, March 7 at 9:30 a.m.  This nature program is all about birds.  It’s  FREE, but registration is needed, please call the Parents as Teachers office, 636-464-4499.

SLEEP: A TO Zzzzzzz:  Thursday, April 3 from 6:00-7:30 at the Windsor Elementary School Library.   This is another FREE program on sleep issues presented by a St. Louis Children’s Hospital staff member.  Free babysitting will be provided.  Please call St. Louis Children’s Hospital to register, 314-454-KIDS (5437) or 800-454-KIDS (5437), press 3 and give Location: Windsor Elementary and Date” April 3. 

PERSONAL/HOME VISITS

Parents as Teachers provides home visits  for families with pregnant mothers and children; newborn to kindergarten entry.  Home visits are available for families who meet criteria set up by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Please call the Parents as Teachers office to enroll, 636-464-4499. 

In conclusion, if you ever have questions and especially concerns about your child’s development please call the Parents as Teachers office, 636-464-4499.  We would be happy to answer questions, screen your child and if necessary refer your child for additional professional assistance.   It is our goal to help you assist your child in developing to their full potential.

We hope to see many of you at screenings, group connections and home visits this year!  Have a wonderful school year!

Sincerely,
Angie Buhlmann, RN

Mindy Ford, Parent Educator

Janelle Dinwiddie, Early Childhood/PAT Coordinator