Community Events/Announcements for the Week of March 19, 2018!

Community Events
  • Our Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) will be meeting on Tuesday, March 27th at 6:00 p.m. in the downstairs conference room at the School Board Office.  Dr. Fowler and Ms. Franklin-Murray will be discussing diploma options and credit accommodations for high school students with disabilities.
  • Goochland is looking to fill 71 preschool slots for the 2018-2019 school year!  We have 4-year old preschool classrooms at Randolph, Goochland, and Byrd Elementary Schools.  Additionally, we have a 3- and 4- year old classroom at Byrd Elementary School.  Student eligibility varies between classrooms.  Contact Wendy Travis (804-556-5321, x. 3209; or myself for more information.  Click here for the preschool application.  Completed applications may be returned to Wendy or myself.
  • Preschool and Kindergarten registration day is 4/19/18!  You may register your child for kindergarten at any of our three elementary schools.  Please remember to bring two proofs of residency, your child’s birth certificate, and a recent physical/immunization form (if you have these items available).
  • The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR) has rescheduled their World Down Syndrome Day celebrations for Friday, 3/23.  Events will be happening at Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Blue Toad Cidery, and Tap 900.  See flyer for more details.
Information Items
  • The Autism Society of Central Virginia offers scholarships to qualifying families/individuals.  More information about these scholarships can be found through this link.
  • The recent school shootings have weighed heavily on many of our hearts.  Talking to children about these events can be very difficult.  The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has published a tip sheet for parents and teachers re: talking to students about school violence.  I especially like how NASP has broken down advice to parents/teachers by the age of the student.  If you are looking to talk with your children about this topic, check out the “Suggested Talking Points to Emphasize When Talking to Children” section.
  • The Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute published an article about exercise and young adults with autism.  A summary of the research can be found here.  The article noted that young adults with autism tend to exercise less than young adults without autism.  Additionally, young adults with autism are at great risk for some health challenges, including obesity, diabetes, and depression.  Research has shown benefits to regular exercise of students with autism.  This FPG study looks at the effect of praise (in-person praise versus praise through a technology device) on student motivation to exercise.  Praised delivered through both means increased exercise.  Researchers found that young adults who received praise through a technology device tended to continue to exercise even when the praise became less frequent.  They were also able to generalize exercise to other settings.  I thought it was a cool study so I figured I’d pass it on 🙂

Making a Difference as a Foster Parent

Foster parents provide safe and stable environments for children who are in crisis.  These children have often been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.  In 2015, 25 children residing in Goochland entered foster care.  Due to the scarcity of foster parents in Goochland, the majority of these children had to be placed in homes outside of our locality.

As you can imagine, removing children from their parents is traumatic.  Children react in different ways, but many are left feeling confused, overwhelmed, scared, and powerless.  Not only do these children lose the support from their parents, but oftentimes they lose touch with friends and familiar teachers when they have to be placed in foster homes outside of Goochland.

If you are willing and able, please consider becoming a foster parent.  You can make a difference in these children’s lives by providing them with a sense of calm and reassurance in the midst of their crisis.  For more information, please contact Goochland’s Family Service Specialist, Paige Corpe, at 804.556.5880.

Department of Social Services- Foster Parent Recruitment Flyer