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Midway School Primary Special Education Class
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363-3531
wardann@cps-k12.org
Ann Ward-teacher
Carole Snape-assistant
Patty Holmes-assistant



Dear Parents and Families,

Welcome to the 2008-2009 school year at our beautiful Midway School. Our school family has worked together to bring our vision for an outstanding neighborhood school to reality. We are all enthusiastic about the wonderful opportunities our building offers us. It is my hope that all our students view this school as a reflection of the care, respect and love that our community has for its’ children. In turn, students may repay this investment by putting forth their best efforts in all areas of school life.

If you are new to our school family or an “old hand” allow me to acquaint you with our program. We are a primary class serving the needs of students who have multiple challenges in learning. Our class size is usually 8-10 students with one teacher and an instructor assistant. Some students may have individual instructor assistants assigned to them. Midway is a standards-based school and our lessons reflect those standards and any adaptations or modifications required to meet student needs. We receive support from our Speech, Physical and Occupational Therapy staff as well as our school nurse and psychologist. We participate fully in the life of our school and are integrated into fine arts curriculum with grade appropriate peers. Students may also participate in general education classes with support.

Our school day begins at 7:45 am and dismissal is at 2:10. If you wish for your child to eat breakfast at school they must arrive between 7:15 and 7:30am. Our primary form of daily school-home communication is our Midway Agenda Planner. Each student is issued a planner on the first day of school and is required to have it with them daily. There is a charge to replace lost or damaged planners. We will note our lessons, activities, homework assignments and behavior notes in this book daily. Please initial your child’s daily entry to indicate that you have reviewed their agenda planner. Please feel free to write notes to us in this planner as well. The Midway School Student Handbook appears in the front of the agenda planner and should be reviewed by parents and students together. If for any reason your child’s normal after school pick up arrangements should change you must send those changes, in writing, in the agenda planner. We WILL NOT accept oral messages from students that their after school transportation has changed. All school wide communications will come home to you in the form of our Wednesday Folders. This folder is to be signed and returned to school each Thursday.

Midway is a uniform school and we wear white collared shirts and navy slacks, skirts or jumpers. Athletic or any closed shoe is appropriate with our uniform. Sandals, flip-flops, heels or platform shoes are not appropriate and pose a safety hazard, especially during recess. Our Physical Education uniform is a plain white t-shirt and navy shorts and athletic shoes. Midway shorts and t-shirts may be purchased through our PTC.

We welcome our families at any time to visit or take part in our lessons. I will be sending home a daily lesson schedule as well as your student’s Fine Arts and therapy schedule in our first Wednesday Folder. Feel free to call or e-mail me with your suggestions, questions or concerns. We know that when we work as a team amazing things can happen for our students. A friend once asked me what was the best thing about my job, and my answer was that in some form or another, a miracle happens each day and I get to see it. Please, be a part of the miracle that is your student. I look forward to working with you and your child this year.

Peace,
Ann Ward