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Family Footprints Newsletter OCPS ESE OCPS ESE Parent Support Team Newsletter for Bright Feats Magazine Back to School 2016 SAVE THE DATE! The annual OCPS ESE Parent Conference will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017. The location has yet to be determined. Check the OCPS ESE website for registration and more details after Halloween 2016. BULLYING RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES The OCPS URL for online resources is: https://www.ocps.net/cs/services/student/ guidance/bullying/Pages/default.aspx These web pages can also be accessed through the main ESE website by clicking on the Act 4 Change icon: www.ese.ocps.net Many parent and student anti-bullying resources are available via this link including information on Cyber bullying and how to reach the Speak Out Hotline. For more bullying information, contact your school’s guidance counselor. OCPS PARENT ACADEMY The OCPS Parent Academy conducts family events online and at school locations throughout the school year. These events take place typically on Saturdays at high school campuses. The ESE Parent Support Team gives a presentation at each school based Parent Academy, and has an exhibitor’s table. Attending these Saturday workshops gives ESE families an opportunity to learn more about their child’s IEP, collaborative school partnerships, transition times in development, and how to access community resources. 12 www.BrightFeats.com STRATEGIES FOR CREATING STRONG READERS From the US Department of Education Without doubt, reading with children spells success for early literacy. Putting a few simple strategies into action will make a significant difference in helping children develop into good readers and writers. Through reading aloud, providing print materials, and promoting positive attitudes about reading and writing, you can have a powerful impact on children’s literacy and learning. ����Invite a child to read with you every day. ����When reading a book where the print is large, point word by word as you read. This will help the child learn that reading goes from left to right and understand that the word he or she says is the word he or she sees. ����Read a child’s favorite book over and over again. ����Read many stories with rhyming words and lines that repeat. Invite the child to join in on these parts. Point, word by word, as he or she reads along with you. ����Discuss new words. For example, “This big house is called a palace. Who do you think lives in a palace?” ����Stop and ask about the pictures and about what is happening in the story.


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