Monthly Archives: January 2016

Student Support Plan (SSP) Meeting Weeks from 18th – 29th January 2016

For which students is an SSP meeting scheduled?

SSP meetings are only scheduled for students who are on the Learning Support Register.  

What is a Student Support Plan (SSP) meeting?

The Student Support Plan (SSP) meeting is a yearly meeting where a new SSP for your child is shared and developed in collaboration with you.  The new SSP will run from January 2015 to January 2016 and lists type of support, focus of instruction, accommodations (for all Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 Learning Support students) and individual goals (only for Level 3 and Level 4 students).  The reason the SSP runs from January to January is to ensure a smoother support for students through transition and into the next grade.

When is my child’s SSP meeting?

You should have received an email from your child’s Learning Support teacher before the December break with a date and time which you were to confirm.  You should also have received a reminder email sometime this past week.  If you did not receive this information or are unsure of your date and time, please contact your Learning Support teacher as soon as possible.

Should you not be able to attend for any reason, please let us know well in advance.  We have about 30 back-to-back meetings for these 2 weeks so it will not be easy to reschedule a meeting.  The meetings run for 1 hour and are on a strict schedule.  Please understand that, should you arrive late, we cannot extend your time as we will have another meeting planned straight afterwards so please ensure that you are on time.

Who will attend the SSP meeting?

For Level 2 students: the classroom teacher, Learning Support teacher (leading the meeting), the Counselor (if applicable), the EAL teacher (if applicable), the Student Services Coordinator (taking minutes)

For Level 3 and Level 4 students: the classroom teacher, Learning Support teacher (leading the meeting), the Counselor (if applicable), the EAL teacher (if applicable), the Student Services Coordinator (taking minutes) and an administrator (Principal or Vice-Principal)

For Grade 5 Students we have also invited the Secondary School Learning Support department to attend the SSP meeting as this will help with a smoother transition into Grade 6.

What do parents need to do?

Please bring with you any additional information (e.g. external reports) that you would like to share.  Think about your child’s strengths, difficulties and goals before the meeting.

You do not need to take notes at the meeting, as minutes and a copy of the SSP will be sent home to you within a week.  As we are reviewing the suggested SSP at this meeting, we need some time to make adjustments if needed.

Please remember to return a signed copy of the meeting minutes and the SSP, within one week of receiving them, for our files.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Learning Support Teacher or the Student Services Coordinator (Ellen Claessens: eclaessens@istafrica.com). Search For Solution

For Optimal Development and Alertness – Sleep

Karibuni!  Welcome back to a new term and to a new calendar year!  It has been lovely to see so many returning faces and to hear the excitement in the children’s voices, as they recount tales of their school holiday to their friends and teachers.

Back to school means re-establishing the all too familiar routines.  Sleep, being one of them.

As adults we can fully appreciate that a good day starts with a good night’s sleep.  Quite how much sleep each individual requires is not set in stone; however, an article on the UK National Health Service (NHS) website shares the Millpond Children’s Sleep Clinic’s recommended number of hours sleep based on age.  (The Millpond Children’s Sleep Clinic comprises qualified health professionals, skilled in nursing, midwifery and health visiting.  Their team of sleep consultants and experts have all spent decades working in the NHS, supporting parents with their children’s sleep, health and behavioural problems.  Since becoming an established clinic, the Millpond Children’s Sleep Clinic has been delivering sleep training to NHS staff since 2007.)

Elementary School Children, depending on age, require between 9 hours 30 minutes to 11 hours 30 minutes of sleep each night.  The article provides information on how lack of sleep can affect children, stating that, “Younger children who are persistently sleep-deprived seem irritable and overactive, seek constant stimulation and don’t concentrate well.”

As we launch ourselves into this new term, which is bound to be one filled with excitement, new challenges and enriching experiences, it seems an apt time to gently remind us all that, “night time sleep is just as important as healthy eating and exercise for children to develop.

Wishing each and every one of you a happy, healthy and prosperous year ahead.


Wake Up Time for School girl waking up and stretching in the morning

 

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