Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. My name is Alysa Hinshaw and I am mom to a 2nd, 3rd and 4th grader that all attend DuFief! My oldest child is part of the Learning Center program at DuFief. Because she has some learning differences, I am so thankful that there is a program at the school to accommodate her needs. For those of you not familiar with the Learning Center, it is a classroom (one for each grade) for children with various learning differences. These children join the General Education classes for lunch, recess and specials. There is often additional inclusion in the higher grades for various academic subjects based on the child’s abilities.
Every October, we celebrate individuals of all abilities during Ability Awareness week, in which the whole school participates. One of my favorite things about being a parent at DuFief Elementary is that each one of my children is exposed to all children with all abilities. It’s a daily opportunity to practice kindness, patience and respect for those with differences. It is this exposure that helps all children to be more compassionate human beings and recognize that students in the learning center might learn differently but they are still simply children- just like them.
Throughout the year we will also help raise awareness for Autism, Down Syndrome and Rare Diseases. I encourage everyone to participate when they can and together we can continue to build this wonderful community.
As a PTA member, I plan to attend monthly meetings to ensure that the Learning Center students and families are represented. I hope you will join me!
If you have any ideas, suggestions or questions please contact me. I look forward to meeting you!
Alysa Hinshaw, Special Education Committee Chair