Welcome Back!

Hi Parents,

Welcome back to school and to the Speech and Language program at Due West Elementary! I hope that everyone had a fun and relaxing summer break!   This is my fourth year at DW and I have been an SLP for ten years.  I am looking forward to another exciting year at DW!

I am currently working on a home communication system for my students.  I will be sending speech folders home weekly.  Students will be rewarded for returning their folders and for working hard during speech sessions.  

I am thrilled to be job sharing again this year with Mrs. Anna Masoudpour.  I will be at Due West on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.  Do not hesitate to call me or e-mail me if you have any questions or concerns throughout the year.    I am very excited to work with you and your child this year.  See you soon!

Summer will be here soon!

Hi Parents,

I just wanted to take a moment to check in.  I can't believe how quickly our year is going by.  The end will be upon us soon and the last few weeks are always a whirlwind!  We are continuing to work hard but are also enjoying some fun end of year activities.  I am planning to send home some summer work/activities for my students so that they can continue to practice over the next several months.  As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  Thanks!


Happy Spring


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Hi Parents,


I hope that everyone had a nice and relaxing Spring Break with family and friends.  We are gearing up for the end of the year!  I can't believe how quickly this school year is going.   In some of my groups we will be starting a unit on "Tops and Bottoms" by Janet Stevens.  It's one of my favorite spring time books to share with my students. It's a fun tale about a clever Hare that solves his problems by tricking Bear.  Bear owns a lot of land and agrees to let Hare work the land in return for some benefits.  Hare works very hard while Bear is lazy and doesn't do any of the work.  Hare tricks Bear into reaping all the rewards for himself.   Students learn the value of hard work in this fun story!  Happy Spring!

Snowy Day



Hi Parents!  I hope that everyone had a fabulous Winter Break.  I very much enjoyed relaxing with my family and hope you did too!  With the way time is flying, it won't be long until Spring Break.  In several of my younger groups, we have been doing a unit on "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats.  Many of the students are familiar with this story.  The love anything that involves snow!  It's funny to see how they react when Peter, the main character, puts a snowball in his pocket to save for later.  I always like to see if they can guess what will happen next.  We have been discussing the story elements, problems, possible solutions, sequencing the story, and retelling the story.  Hopefully we won't have anymore snow days this year!

The Winter Olympics


In several  groups we are going to be learning about the upcoming winter Olympics.  We will be learning new vocabulary pertaining to the different sports and answering some important wh- questions like--Where are the Olympics?  Where did the Olympics originate?  What do we do at the Olympics?  Who is in the Olympics?  What sports do we play in the winter Olympics?  I'm excited to start this unit with my kiddos!  


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I hope that everyone is well and is staying warm!  In my older groups, we are doing a unit about Martin Luther King Jr.  We are discussing his life and the impact that he made.  We will be reading some of the books posted above and talk about our own dreams.  

Happy New Year and "Snowmen at Night"


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Hi Parents,

Happy New Year!  I hope that everyone had a fabulous break with family and friends!  We enjoyed a lot of rest, relaxation, and togetherness.  In honor of our recent snow days we are going to be starting a unit on "Snowment at Night".  It's such a fun and cute story about what snowmen do while we're sleeping.  As always, please call me or email me if you have any questions or concerns.  


Snow much fun!

Hi All,


I hope that everyone enjoyed our unexpected snowstorm and long weekend.  I know that we loved watching the snow fall and had a great time sledding for several days at my house.  I hope that everyone stayed safe and warm.  In speech, we are going to be wrapping up our "Polar Express" unit over the next week and doing some fun activities as we prepare for the holiday break.  I hope that everyone has a safe and fun holiday season shared with family and friends.  I will look forward to seeing everyone after the new year!  

Happy Holidays!


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We are starting a unit on the "Polar Express" to welcome the holiday season.  I absolutely love this book and so do my own children.  It is such a magical story.  We will be reading the book, answering comprehension questions, learning new vocabulary, sequencing and retelling the story, writing, discussing the main idea, describing elements from the story, identifying figurative language, inferencing, and working on grammar.  I hope everyone has a joy filled holiday season!


Happy Thanksgiving


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Hi parents,

Thanksgiving is almost here!  We are finishing up our Veteran's Day activities and are reading "Turkey Trouble" in several groups.  It's about a turkey that is trying to avoid being eaten on Thanksgiving so he uses various disguises to solve his problem.  The kids love this book!  We are also doing some Thanksgiving inferencing activities.  I hope that everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving!