Wednesday, February 4, 2015

February 4, 2015

Each child who receives special education services and has an IEP will receive a quarterly progress report. This report goes through each goal and objective and summarizes the progress that the student has made during the last quarter. When you receive this progress report, if you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me at

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Welcome to the new school year!

We often hear parents say their children can't tell them about their day at school. I was reading some articles on line at the end of the summer and found one that included some really clever ways of getting children to talk about the day they had at school.

Here are  

25 Ways to Ask Your Kids 'So How Was School Today?' Without Asking Them 'So How Was School Today?
1. What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)
2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.
3. If you could choose, who would you like to sit by in class? (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?)
4. Where is the coolest place at the school?
5. Tell me a weird word that you heard today. (Or something weird that someone said.)
6. If I called your teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?
7. How did you help somebody today?
8. How did somebody help you today?
9. Tell me one thing that you learned today.
10. When were you the happiest today?
11. When were you bored today?
12. If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed someone up, who would you want them to take?
13. Who would you like to play with at recess that you've never played with before?
14. Tell me something good that happened today.
15. What word did your teacher say most today?
16. What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?
17. What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?
18. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?
19. Where do you play the most at recess?
20. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?
21. What was your favorite part of lunch?
22. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?
23. Is there anyone in your class who needs a time-out?
24. If you could switch seats with anyone in the class, who would you trade with? Why?
25. Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.

Remember, the point is not ask all the questions in one sitting. Just pick one or two a day to ask!


Saturday, March 16, 2013

March 16, 2013

Friday, March 15th was a Professional Day. We had a great one at Dike-Newell. We started the morning with a pot luck breakfast.

Enjoying the potluck!
Sharon Brown, the Director of Special Services, joined us to answer some questions teachers had about the process when students are referred for testing because of difficulties in their reading, writing and math. It can take quite a while from the time the referral form is first completed until the testing is done and the team meets to review the results.

Charlie Gabelmann and Sara Wells
Janice Frey and Sue Mich

Sharon Brown also explained the current discussion at the state level about Chapter 33. Chapter 33 has to do with the guidelines for physical assistance of students who are at risk of hurting themselves or others. A committee at the state level recently had hearings and is making suggestions on possible changes to send to the Legislature in regards to Chapter 33. When more information is released, I will be sure to share it.

Getting prepared for Drums Alive!

Following the discussion with Sharon, the group moved into the gymnasium. We had a demonstration (we actively participated) of the Drums Alive! program. It is a combination of drumming, rhythm, patterns and movement which not only is great exercise, it also a great tool for learning. The instructor, Carol Richards, explained how this program has been used to assist learning with both students and adults. It was a lot of fun, we challenged our brains and we worked up a bit of a sweat!

Then we went back to the meeting room and several teachers shared writing that their students had done. The writing was amazing. It really was fantastic to see the kinds of writing that our students are doing, and how funny and thoughtful they are. Wanda Brown shared information about a workshop she attended last month. It was very interesting and exciting.

After lunch, the classroom teachers worked on scoring writing prompts their students completed. I was able to meet with the other speech pathologists. Gail Aseltine is the speech path at Woolwich Central School and Kitty O'Neill is the speech path at Fisher-Mitchell, Bath Middle School and Morse. The district just hired Joellen McCosh and she will be at Phippsburg Elementary and West Bath School. Joellen wasn't able to join us Friday for our meeting. Gail, Kitty and I talked about providing speech/language services to students, the tests that we use, case management and paperwork, and scheduling more opportunities for us to meet to discuss speech/language services.

This professional day was very busy and a rousing success!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Second Quarter

I can't believe it is already the end of the second quarter! This Friday, January 20th, is the end of the quarter, and grade cards will go home next Friday - January 27th. Progress reports for IEP goals will also be going home. If you have any questions about the progress note, please email me at

The following link is to an article in Smithsonian Magazine about sarcasm. It is fascinating how young children are able to determine whether sarcasm is meant to be mean or not. The article is very interesting. The link is

Sunday, October 30, 2011

End of the First Quarter

Hello on this snowy Sunday morning!

I wanted to remind you that Friday, November 4th is the end of the first quarter. Each child who has an IEP (Individualized Education Program) will receive a Progress Report that will address the progress that has been made on each of their IEP goals this quarter. This is similar to a 'report card' for the IEP goals.

Once you have received this progress report, if you have any questions about it, please feel free to contact me by phone (443-8285) or by email (

Monday, September 12, 2011

September 12, 2011

I am beginning to build this page on the school website. Please check back soon to see how things are coming along!