Minds Winter Newsletter 2010 11


Minds Winter Newsletter 2010 11
Winter Newsletter 201
What does the end of a year bring?
It brings us together to recognize our many blessings over the past year. We are grateful for our community, corporate and
personal donors who make it possible for us to reach out to our families in North Durham. We give thanks for our wonderful
volunteers, dedicated staff and supportive board of directors. We are honoured by the growing number of families with children
that have barriers to learning that allow us to support and care for them as we stand with them to face their challenges.
We look forward to 2011 with great anticipation. We wish you all a wonderful and restful time over the holidays and renewed
hope in what our future together holds!
The Precious Minds Team
Winter Support Programs for Children & Youth
Contact Sandy at [email protected] or 905-982-0882 for
more info.
Tutoring 121 – SK to Gr. 8 Two Locations
Port Perry – V
os’ Independent - 1893 Scugog St.
Available times: 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm & 6:00 pm
Thursdays – starting January 6th
Uxbridge – P
ublic Library - 9 Toronto St. S.
Available times: 3:45 pm, 4:45 pm, 5:45 pm
Mondays – starting January 10th or
Wednesdays – starting January 12th
Cost: 8 weeks - $200/session
Sometimes students struggle to keep pace with academic requirements
at school. Literacy and numeracy skills are foundation stones for
development. In consultation with a qualified teacher, exercises and fresh
strategies will be used based on the student’s strengths, over eight, 45
minute sessions of 1:1 tutoring. At the close of the sessions, the student’s
progress will be assessed and a support plan for continued improvement
offered. The goal is to help student’s discover their potential.
Break Away - Precious Minds Learning & Resource Centre
January 8th to March 26th - 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Cost: 8 weeks - $25/day or $160/session
This Saturday afternoon respite program for kids and youth with developmental disabilities, is a creatively structured, theme-based program
emphasizing FUN. It includes elements of social skills building, fitness,
art, music, healthy eating and play while providing caregivers with a
regular window to ‘break away’.
Fitness Zone – S
WIM Uxbridge - Uxpool, Parkside Dr.
Thursdays, February 10th to Apr 14th - 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Cost: $160 per session
With a focus on water safety, level-appropriate instruction and lots of
fun, these sessions are a proven life and social skill building opportunity
for youth with various disabilities. Classes are led by Beth McClelland,
Red Cross Instructor and affiliate of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Centre and participants are partnered with high school peers.
Register early to avoid disappointment!
March Break Mini Camp - Precious Minds Learning & Resource Centre
March 15th – 17th, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: $50/day
This 3 day camp for kids and youth with developmental disabilities is
structured with an emphasis on FUN. It includes elements of social skills
building, fitness, art, music, healthy eating and play.
A great test ground for potential Blaze Summer Camp 2011 participants.
Fundraising Events Calendar
Please consider taking part in these upcoming fundraising
opportunities and support our work in the community.
Precious Minds Springs into Summer**
Saturday, April 1st, 2011
Mill Run Golf & Country Club Ballroom
Roast Beef Dinner and entertainment.
$75/person or tables can be reserved.
Precious Minds Annual Golf Classic**
Teens Advance* - Opportunities for Teens, Family & Friends
Uxbridge Bruins Jr. C Hockey Games - Call us to reserve tickets for home
games. (thanks to The Uxbridge Cosmos)
Uxbridge Youth Centre - Open Saturdays, noon to 5:00 pm
RBC Free Skate at Uxbridge Arena December 22nd, 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Friday, May 6th, 2011
Mill Run Golf & Country Club
$175/golfer or $450/foursome
**Please call or email to reserve your spot:
P: 905-982-0882 | E: [email protected]
*Regular Teens Advance programming will resume Spring 2011.
21980 Highway 12, Sunderland, Ontario L0C 1H0 | T: 905.982.0882 | F: 905.982.0883 | Email: [email protected] | www.preciousminds.com
March 24th
Self-Esteem – What it means to a child with a disability
Uxbridge - St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 59 Toronto St. South
This will be an interactive session on how to promote the healthy
growth of self-esteem in our children with special needs. Discussion
will be based around eight areas that can help to build self esteem
in our kids. Jan encourages parents to bring their concerns and share
triumphs with the group.
April 21st
Education Issues
Precious Minds Resource & Learning Centre
Representatives from both the public and separate school boards will
update us on what is happening in special education and will be available for questions. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear firsthand what
is happening now and possible changes for 2011/2012.
Winter Support Opportunities for
Parents & Caregivers
Other Support Opportunities:
Parent Share - Thursdays 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Parent Share is a time for parents and professionals to share
successes, access information and problem solve with each
other in a social setting. Child care can be arranged by emailing
[email protected].
Sessions are facilitated by Jan Grisdale unless otherwise noted.
Upcoming discussions:
January 20th
Money Management for Kids and Teens
Port Perry United Church, 294 Queen St.
This will be an interactive session on how to promote the skills needed to
manage money as an adult. Start young with smaller money matters, in
order to build the skills needed to manage funds in the future. Jan encourages parents to bring their examples of what they have found that
works well, and what doesn’t, so that we can learn from each other.
February 17th
The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach: Understanding and
Helping Kids
Precious Minds Resource & Learning Centre
A parent will share information and ideas from Dr. Ross Greene’s presentation, “The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach: Understanding
and Helping Kids with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Challenges”. Dr.
Greene believes that challenging behavior is a form of developmental
delay and a product of lagging cognitive skills. He is the author of “Lost
at School: Why our Most Vulnerable, At Risk Kids Still Fall through the
Cracks and How We Can Help Them” and “The Explosive Child”.
Monday, January 17th – 1:00 pm
Kerry’s Place Respite Flexible Funding Information Session
Precious Minds Resource and Learning Centre
Sue Townsend, a representative from Kerry’s Place, will meet with families to go over the purpose and application process for the 2011/2012
Children’s Respite Flexible Funding Program.
Thursday, April 14th – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Assistive Technology Workshop for Parents**
Precious Minds Resource and Learning Centre
Donald Reist OCT, B.Sc., B.Ed., Director and Special Education Specialist
at Tutorwiz Education Centre will go over various educational software
that our boards of education are using, both on their in class computers
and in the laptops that our children use on an individual basis. Don will
tell us about programs such as Kurzweil, Dragon Naturally Speaking, and
Word Q and provide a demonstration of each one. This will help parents
understand what these programs can and cannot do and help you to
help your child use their assistive technology to its best advantage.
**Space will be limited. RSVP April 8th, 2011 to attend this workshop.
Saturday, October 1st
Windreach Family Day
Windreach Farm, 312 Townline Rd., Ashburn
This is a wonderful day for kids and parents to be together with programs for both. Be a part of the planning committee for this day by
emailing [email protected].
Precious Minds relies on the generosity of our community supporters
to provide our Family Support services and operate our Resource and
Learning Centre.
Our programs are made possible in part by the support of the following community partners:
Autism Speaks
Baagwating Community Assoc.
Bell Employee Giving Program
Boston Pizza, Uxbridge
Dufferin Aggregates
Durham Region Heavy
Contractors Association
Golf Tournament: Sponsors
& Participants
Gorgon Foundation, Uxbridge
Government of Ontario,
Healthy Communities
Government of Ontario, SEP
Greenbank UCW
IODE, Uxbridge
JP Bickell Foundation
Lenbrook Industries
Loblaws Inc.
Quaker Village Public School
Rotary Club, Port Perry
Rotary Club, Uxbridge
Roxy Kids
Scugog Cruises
Soil Probe Ltd.
St. Paul’s Anglican Church
Sunderland Lions Club
The Toskan Casale Foundation
Toronto Hydro Electric
Township of Scugog
Udora-Leaskdale Lions Club
United Way Ajax, Pickering,
Unity for Autism
USS Business Class
Uxbridge & District Lions Club
Uxbridge Adult Hockey
Uxbridge Baptist Church
Uxbridge Christmas Home Tour
Uxbridge Nurseries
Uxbridge Secondary School