Assistance League of Ventura County

Assistance League School

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2020 – 2021 Calendar

April 5, 2020

Dear Parents of Assistance League School,

Due to the upcoming weather and need to physically distance ourselves, we have decided to move the School Work Packet Pick-up date from Tuesday April 7 to Tuesday April 14th from 9-11 am.

Also, we have created a new website which we will be using from now on to post videos, stories, music and community resources from our staff members to our students and their families.

This is the new website: assistanceleagueschool.weebly.com

We are just getting the website up and running but we are looking very much forward to sharing it with you! Stay home, be safe and we will have the packets ready for our School Parking Lot Pick-up on:

April 14th 9-11am.

Please email me if you have any questions, concerns or comments als.victoria.elliott@gmail.com

4/2/2020

Dear Families, we hope that you are well and are healthy. We want you to know that we are giving our greatest effort to accommodate staff and families during this time of “shelter in place”. Simultaneously, we continue to be committed to your child and his/her acquisition of the school curriculum and speech/language development.

Our second packet handout is being developed. We have a packet for the students who attend the morning program and a different set of work for the students who attend in the afternoon.

The packets will be ready for pick-up by you or a family member on Tuesday, April 7th between the hours of 9:00-11:00 am.

You should have all had the opportunity to speak with your “homeroom” teacher representative by now and I hope that any questions you may have had have been answered. If not feel free to email me directly at als.victoria.elliott@gmail.com

For the morning group, the packets will include the next curriculum book, Jamberry, and many associated curriculum materials from both the Academic Room and the Speech/Language Room. Please do not rush to complete the materials, it is best to approach the work slowly. Frequent repetition will improve your child’s ability to acquire the skills that are being targeted. Feel free to use the page protectors and have your child complete the worksheet more than once by wiping the page protector clean after each use. From the Motor Room, Maureen has developed some great fine and gross motor activities that are also included in the Jamberry curriculum. If you have any questions, please contact your homeroom teacher or me via email.

The afternoon packet will include a new unit for the Speech/Language center, we will be focusing on a “Bath Time” and “Bubble” unit which we think is very appropriate given all the handwashing we are now doing! There is one story with accompanying worksheets and a small folded book which should be used, starting with Story #1, and should last one week per book. Again, repetition is key for language and speech sound production acquisition so take time to practice the words, sequence the story and learn the related vocabulary words. Also included in you packet are craft activities and other curriculum materials from the Academic Room and the Motor Room.

With the recent announcement of school closure for the rest of the year, we will be developing a video-learning platform and the teachers will be posting lessons. We are in the process of this development and will have more information next week.

Lastly, we’ve also included a playdoh recipe and ideas for use at home and also a resource list for services that are available in the community for food donations, if needed.

We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday (April 7th) from 9-11 for you to pick up your packet in the school parking lot. No need to come into the school, as we will be physically distancing for the safety of everyone. The packets will be alphabetized by each child’s last name. If you do not pick up your packet, don’t worry, it will be mailed to you the following day.

We are thinking of you and our students and we miss them each day,

Victoria Elliott and Staff of Assistance League School

3/30/2020

Dear Families, we hope that this post finds you all safe and healthy at home! Within the next few days, you should be receiving a phone call from one of your child’s teachers. We will be calling to get some information and touch base with each of you. Teachers will be directing you to use this website for upcoming lessons, worksheet and other ideas for distance learning. Posts will be made from the Academic Room, the Motor Room and from the Speech/Language Room. We are all in this together and we want you to know how much we care about needs of your families and our wonderful students! Be safe and healthy, Victoria

If you would like to reach me please use this email and I will try to respond within 24 hours: als.victoria.elliott@gmail.com

In order to keep all of our students, families, therapists and teachers safe, we will follow the protocol of the Oxnard Elementary School District and Assistance League School will be closed until at least Monday, May 4th.  School staff will be in and out of the building as long as it is deemed safe to do so by Public Health. There will be resource packets developed and distributed to families for children to work on at home.  We wish health and safety to all of our employees, volunteers and staff members.

The school provides activities for the development of language skills, fine and gross motor skills, and adaptive behavior to preschool children with learning delays.

Located in Oxnard, California, Assistance League School is a state-certified special education preschool that provides educational and therapeutic intervention to young children with special needs. The school is specifically designed to serve children whose primary area of concern is the lack of age-appropriate communication skills.

The school promotes growth and development through a therapeutic multi-disciplinary approach. Three main centers, staffed by Special Education teachers, Speech/Language Pathologists and support staff, offer a diverse and intensive learning experience designed to meet the individual needs of each child.

Established in 1960 to provide educational services to an unserved population of children with special needs, the school has been certified since 1981 by the Nonpublic Schools Division of the California Department of Education. Owned and operated by Assistance League, students are referred by four local school districts.

The school works with local education agencies to develop an Individual Education Plan for each student. Goals are developed which will facilitate academic achievement, fine motor skill development, speech and language proficiency and gross motor movement. In a small, supportive environment, students receive a variety of educational and therapeutic services from a multi-disciplinary staff.

Typically serving 45-50 preschoolers, it is the goal of Assistance League School to help each child reach his or her optimal developmental level prior to enrollment in kindergarten.

The gift of early intervention is difficult, if not impossible, to assess. However, based on the overwhelming number of letters and comments received from grateful parents, it is clear that the work done at the Assistance League School has life-long implications on the development and progress of every child who attends the school. At the school, the special education teachers and therapists work as a team to actively and effectively prepare the children to integrate into kindergarten classrooms in their communities.

June is an exciting time of the year for families and students at Assistance League School. Cameras and smart phones are busy snapping pictures of the graduation celebration as teachers praise students for their hard work and academic accomplishments. The graduating five and six year olds have been working hard to improve their speech and language skills, fine motor skills, academic readiness skills and social and emotional skills.

Some of the graduates have attended the school since they were three years old. They have been challenged with their special educational needs to succeed in the academic world. With the guidance of the highly educated school staff, these students have learned strategies to help overcome their special needs.

A grateful parent of one of these students said it best. “The tremendous progress my child has made is due to the rigorous academic and occupational therapy schedule at the Assistance League School with speech therapy as the core component of their curriculum. My child has made this growth due to the diligence, professionalism and consistency of the teachers at the school. My child’s confidence has skyrocketed and is now the most talkative member of our family!”

Assistance League School

1310 Fremont Way
Oxnard, CA 93030
805-485-0068