Workshop on Navigating Teenage Stress, Anxiety, and Mood – May 1

Martingrove Collegiate Institute Parent’s Council cordially invites parents and students of ESA to attend

Where:  Martingrove Collegiate Auditorium,  50 Winterton Drive

When: Monday May 1st, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Presenter: Gayle Saifert D.C.S, RSW

Gayle is a Clinical Social Worker in private practice working with clients who struggle with issues related to anxiety, depression , Attention Deficit Disorder, ASD and Learning Disabilities

The Workshop will cover:

-teenage anxiety mood disorders in teens

-evidence based treatment approaches like CBT and Mindfulness based interventions

-associated parenting challenges when your teen has issues with their mood

-mental health resources for youth

Gayle is currently a member of the teaching faculty at the University of Toronto, and she is also a mother of 3 teens

Information for Graduating Students who have an IEP or a diagnosis that requires accommodations:

If you have an IEP or a diagnosis that entitles you to accommodations, and you are considering attending an Ontario College or University, the following website has specific information about the accessibility services available at all of the main colleges and universities in Ontario.

http://www.transitionresourceguide.ca/

Once you accept an offer, make an appointment (in the spring) with your institution’s Accessibility office, and take all of your documentation with you (this would include your IEP if you have one, any psychological testing reports that you have, and any applicable doctor’s letters). They will guide you about how their department handles accommodations, what you need to do to access them, and whether they require any additional information or testing.

If they do require further testing, and you are also eligible for OSAP, you might be eligible to have some of your testing paid for by OSAP. The accessibility office will direct you as to how to apply. It is not advised that you go and get tested before you have this meeting, because different institutions may have different requirements, and they usually give you a period of time in which to meet their requirements.

Another thing to consider is that if you have a diagnosis that makes it easier for you to work in a quiet setting, you may find that a private room in residence is best for you. Since many institutions do not normally allow first year students to have single rooms, you can get a letter from your doctor stating that you require a private room because of your need for a quiet setting.

You do not tell them during the application process that you have an IEP.

Grade 9 Exam Preparation Seminars have happened!

NOW IS THE TIME TO HELP YOUR CHILD GET READY FOR THEIR EXAMS

This week, all grade 9 science students were given an exam preparation seminar by Mrs. Graydon.  They each received a bright yellow handout which included a calendar to use to help them plan their study time.  They have been invited to share the handout with their parents so that they can be encouraged to start studying this weekend, and to use a variety of study methods.    If your child missed the seminar, then their science teacher has a copy for them.  It would be great if you could ensure that your child has a quiet space in which to study, and the supplies that they need.

Thank you for your important role in helping to make your child’s exams a success!

 

Information for Students with IEP’s who are applying to Post-Secondary

Information for Graduating Students who have an IEP

If you have an IEP, and you are considering attending an Ontario College or University, the following website has specific information about the accessibility services available at all of the main colleges and universities in Ontario.

http://www.transitionresourceguide.ca/

In May, come to room 210 to request an updated copy of your IEP

Once you accept an offer, make an appointment (in the spring) with your institution’s Accessibility office, and take all of your documentation with you. They will guide you from there about how their department handles accommodations, what you need to do to access them, and whether they require any additional information or testing

You do not tell them during the application process that you have an IEP.

 

Attention Parents – Watch for Parent-Teacher Interview Sign Up information in the Report Cards

Report Cards will be sent home on November 16th.  You will receive the information required to book your parent-teacher interviews in the report card, so please ask your child for the report card!!!!  On-line registration starts on November 17th, and interview times fill up quickly.  If a teacher has told you that they will pre-book a time for you, then you still need to go on-line to book your child’s other teachers.

IEP’s were sent home last week!!!

If your child has an IEP, they should have brought it home last week.  Please sign and return one copy, and keep one copy for your records.

The IEP is a living document that is constantly evolving.  Changes are made as new information becomes available.  The teachers are aware of your child’s accommodations, but the student should always be communicating directly with their teachers to self-advocate for their accommodations.  Extra time on tests should always be arranged for ahead of time with the teacher.

IEP Consultation Letters

Every year, a letter requesting input into the Individual Education Plan (IEP) is given to students with IEP’s.  Special education teachers are currently developing the IEP’s for this school year, and this input is part of the process.  Your child should have received their letter,  but if they do not have it, please have them go to room 210 to pick up another copy.  Please spend some time filling in the form together – we encourage students to be involved.  If your there are no changes from last year, there is a place to indicate this on the form.  In order to accommodate our tight timelines, we ask that you return the form by Monday October 3, 2016, as per the instructions on the letter.  Thank you!

Information for Students who receive Exam Accommodations

Students who are eligible to receive accommodations for exams will be given a bright pink sheet in their home form class on Tuesday January 19.  This will indicate the room number and times for the exams in which they receive accommodations.

Grade 9 Exam Preparation Seminars

As part of our Student Success Initiative at the school, all grade 9 students were given a seminar on exam preparation and exam writing.  The seminars took place during science class on Monday and Tuesday Jan. 11 & 12.  If your child was absent for science on those days, they will be offered the chance to attend the seminar on Tuesday January 19, at 8:55 a.m. in room S24.  They should check in with their period 1 teacher before proceeding to the seminar.

Students were given a bright yellow handout, that included steps for being successful in exams, a calendar to help plan study time, and a series of study methods.  Students are encouraged to use the information to help them effectively prepare for their exams.  The students were encouraged to ask their family members to help them get ready for their exams.   Being prepared for exams is the best road to success!

 

Individual Education Plans (IEP’s)

Student’s IEP’s will be enclosed in the report cards that are being sent home on Friday November 20.  There will be 2 copies of the IEP – one to sign and return, and one to keep for your records.  Also enclosed will be a copy of the IEP summary, that your child can keep with them to use when discussing and arranging  their accommodations with their subject teachers.

Also, please be aware that on-line sign-up for parent-teacher interviews starts at 9:00 p.m. on Friday November 20.  Interviews will take place on Thursday November 26 in the afternoon.  If there are subjects that you are concerned about, you are encouraged to go on-line right at 9:00 p.m. and book an appointment with those subject teachers, as teacher schedules often fill up quickly.

 

IEP Consultation Letters have been sent home!

This message is pertinent to students who have an IEP (Individual Education Plan).  A letter was given to the students this week asking for student and parent feedback into the development of the IEP for this year.  If you have not received this letter from your student, please ask them for it.  We would ask that the letters be returned to the main office, attention Special Education department, no later than Tuesday October 6.  The special education teachers are currently in the process of writing this year’s IEP’s, and this feedback is important.  If there are no changes to the IEP needed, please indicate that on the letter, and you do not need to fill in the form.  Thank you.

Information for Graduating Students who have an IEP

 

If you have an IEP, and you are considering attending an Ontario College or University, the following website has specific information about the accessibility services available at all of the main colleges and universities in Ontario.

http://www.transitionresourceguide.ca/

In May, come to room 210 to request an updated copy of your IEP

Once you accept an offer, make an appointment (in the spring) with your institution’s Accessibility office, and take all of your documentation with you. They will guide you from there about how their department handles accommodations, what you need to do to access them, and whether they require any additional information or testing

You do not tell them during the application process that you have an IEP.

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