Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. I am Jacque Flaherty, the mother of a wonderful Learning Center student. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know your terrific child. I have found the Learning Center to be a really nice community for our children, as well as for me. For those of you not familiar with the Learning Center, it is a classroom (one for each grade) within DuFief for children with various learning disabilities. These children join the General Education classes for lunch, recess and specials. There is often additional integration in the higher grades for various academic subjects based on the child’s abilities.
When I introduced the Ability Awareness program to DuFief five years ago, I became a member of the DuFief PTA. I learned then that the Learning Center students and families were underrepresented and needed a stronger voice. Since then I’ve found my involvement with the PTA has enriched my understanding of the greater DuFief community and has helped my child find a sense of belonging that can often be missing for children with learning disabilities.
I am always open to any new ideas or suggestion that you might have. I look forward to meeting you and having you help us to continue building this community. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me.