Special Education
Ambassadors News:  The D102 Special Education Ambassadors invite any and all parents to join them for an informal social gathering at Brixie's on the evening of January 30th.

The Ambassadors are a group of parent volunteers who have offered to help parents of children with special needs understand some of the basics of special education in La Grange 102 while also providing interested parents with a sense of welcoming connection and social support. Ambassadors can help parents to network with one another and may also be able to provide suggestions for outside resources, based on their own individual experiences. Although Ambassadors are La Grange 102 parents, they are not employed by the school district, and their opinions are theirs alone. The District provides guidance to the Ambassadors through regular team meetings, consultation, and check-ins. It does not sponsor outside activities or endorse any particular opinions or advice offered by Ambassadors.

Dyslexia Information and Resources:  Recently, a group of parents with students who have been diagnosed with dyslexia met with Assistant Superintendent for Special Education, Terry Sofianos Wohlgenant, and Superintendent Schumacher to review the district's processes and procedures for identification of students with dyslexia as well as follow-up steps for students, which may or may not include eligibility and services under special education. Please see the bottom left-hand corner box on the special education web page, "Dyslexia Identification and Services."  https://www.dist102.k12.il.us/SpecialEducation

Additional Special Needs Advisory Panel (SNAP) Meeting:  SNAP will hold an additional meeting on Wednesday, January 22nd, from 4pm to 6pm, in the Park Junior High LRC. The focus of this meeting will be small and large group dialogue on current issues of concern to parents and staff. All are welcome to attend, and you do not need to be an official member of this district advisory group in order to participate. For planning purposes, please RSVP to  sofianoste@dist102.k12.il.us  if you plan to attend. If you have an issue or concern you would like addressed as a topic of the meeting, whether or not you are able to attend, please complete this anonymous survey.  https://forms.gle/G6TmPGt2zL6VF4cS8
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D102 is more aware than ever of the benefits certain foods can provide. There’s a growing demand for plant-based foods, fresh fruits and vegetables. Our new school lunch menu will feature several meatless options and a deli bar filled with fresh toppings. D102 is also testing several 100% fruit slushies for students to enjoy during lunch. All options will be available Tuesday, January 21st, 2020.
Engie is the new provider for certified Green-E RECs for our District. Switching to this energy has offset 100% of our carbon emissions; helping to reduce our carbon footprint.
Technology
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The 2020 Census: What You Need to Know
The US Census is a constitutionally required decennial (once every ten years) count of all persons living in the United States.

The data collected during the Census determines representation on a federal, state, and local levels, the distribution of billions of dollars of funding, and provides information used to make decisions about education, business, health care, and many other issues that affect the our community.
Activities related to the Census will take place throughout 2020, but most people will only have to actively participate in March. Learn more on the  2020 Census website , a great resource to learn more about participating in the 2020 Census. 
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