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2015-2016 Parents as Teachers Newsletter


WINDSOR PARENTS AS TEACHERS

2015-2016 NEWSLETTER

Welcome to the Windsor Parents as Teachers newsletter! The 2015-2016 school year is already underway and we have been quite busy!  In addition to home visits, we have also been busy with Health and Developmental screenings.

Our parent educators, Mindy Ford and Cathy Theiss each worked limited hours over the summer.  If you tried to contact us and didn’t reach us, we apologize.  However, now that school is in session, there is usually at least one of them in the office each day.  Please feel free to call the office, 636-464-4499.  If someone isn’t there, please leave a message and we will return your call as quickly as possible.

As in the past, Windsor Parents as Teachers continues to serve all families in the district with children, prenatal to kindergarten entry.  We are here to provide informative home visits, health and developmental screenings and group activities where families can connect with one another.

HOME VISITS

Home visits are provided for families with children prenatal to kindergarten entry.  On a home visit, your parent educator will provide information in regards to your child’s development and family well-being.  The parent educator will work with you and your child with developmentally appropriate activities and toys,  helping your child to reach and allowing you to recognize developmental milestones.

To schedule a home visit, please call the Parents as Teachers office, 636-464-4499.

HEALTH and DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENINGS

FREE Health and developmental screenings are available for children 3 months to kindergarten entry.  The screenings are a great tool for measuring your child’s health and development at any age.  Screening results show parents how their children are meeting developmental milestones and can also indicate developmental delays.

The health screening is administered by school nurse, Angie Bulmahn, RN.  Your child’s height and weight will be measured, followed by a vision and hearing evaluation.  If necessary, Angie will make a referral to a health care professional for possible ear infections, hearing problems or vision concerns.

Following the health screening, your child will meet with one of the Parents as Teachers staff members  for the developmental screening.  Parents with children 3 months to 36 months will complete, with the staff’s help, the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ).  The ASQ covers 5 areas of development: Communication, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Problem-Solving and Personal-Social.  Children age 3 to kindergarten entry will be given the DIAL 4 screening.  The DIAL covers 3 major areas of development; Motor, Concepts and Language.  Parents will be asked to fill out a questionnaire in regards to their child’s Self-Help skills and Social-Emotional development.

The Parents as Teachers staff offer screenings weekly at Freer Elementary, Barnhart, MO.  Screening days are each Thursday, throughout the school year.   Screenings are scheduled every 45 minutes, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and last screening at 1:15 p.m.  The screenings usually run from 1 hour to 1 – 1/2 hours.  You will be with your child throughout the entire screening process.  When the screening is complete, a staff member will share the results with you.  If a developmental delayed is indicated at the screening, Parents as Teachers staff will provide resources for additional developmental evaluation and/or therapy (ie: speech, physical and occupational therapy).

To schedule a screening, please call the Parents as Teachers office, 636-464-4499.

GROUP CONNECTIONS

Parents as Teachers offers “group connections” as an opportunity to meet with other families of young children in a fun and informative manner.  Parents as Teachers work in conjunction with the Windsor Early Childhood classes to provide the group connections.  Group connections are offered are different times and locations throughout the school year.  This year’s group connections include:

Friday, October 9, 2015, 9:30 a.m. – Stuckmeyer’s Pumpkin Patch: $7.00 fee includes a wagon ride, pumpkin and unlimited time in “Fort Spooky” play area.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 9:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. – Storytime at Freer Elementary.  Storytime includes themed books, arts & crafts, games and snack.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 6:00-8:00 p.m. – Magic House Family Night.  All P.A.T. families are welcome to spend a FREE evening at the Magic House!

Tuesday, November 1o, 2015, 9:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. – Storytime at Freer Elementary.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 5:30 p.m. – Winter Wonderland.  This is a fun night of holiday activities for the whole family.  Freer Elementary.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 9:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. – Storytime at Freer Elementary.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 9:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. – Storytime at Freer Elementary.

Friday, April 8, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – Insect Inspectors at Powder Valley Nature Center.  This is a FREE nature program for the whole family.

We will also be offering a Spring Fling at Mastodon State Park in May.  DATE AND TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

IN CLOSING…

If you have a child, prenatal to kindergarten entry please contact us for home visits and a screening.  Also, if you know of a friend or neighbor with children of the same age please let them know about Parents as Teachers.

Remember, you are your child’s first and most important teacher.  Why not do all that you can to insure you are ready for this important role?   Let us help you along the way!  Parents as Teachers is here, as part of the school district to help prepare your child for kindergarten entry.

Please call the office, 636-464-4499 to enroll.