IMPORTANT THOUGHTS FROM THE Cloud Pre-School COMMUNITY
THINGS PEOPLE APPRECIATE
Dedication of principals, teachers, and all staff members. –
This year has been full of lots of changes, with some direction and lots or trials with minimal roadmaps. Folks have really worked hard to learn new strategies and deal with all the changes. l
There is an impressive environment. –
The teachers & Ed. Assistants use a lot of understanding, patience & love to teach life skills & cooperation. They give guidance for children to learn their daily routine, help them show compassion for others & help them curb their anxiety of their transition to attend school for the 1st time.
Promise of Bungalows –
Our Special Education Department is working on getting us bungalows to deal with our rapid growth. Our Superintendant of Special Education has been very hands on with this project and has listened to my thoughts, which has been much appreciated.
When communication is good and flowing – both ways. –
So hard when someone doesn’t have all the info.
Clerical Support –
We have been given clerical support this year which has been so helpful! Prior to our clerical support person coming, instructional time was being interrupted throughout the day. She has been a great improvement and much appreciated.
Entire Staff Meetings –
We have two programs on our campus. We never meet all together as one staff to discuss issues, concerns, policies etc. It feels like there is a lack of unity that could be improved if we set goals and worked together on those goals as one site. Quarterly meetings could help.
Staff and children are in cramped bungalows. –
Staff includes 3 Speech, 2 Phys. & 2 Occ. Therapists, (housed in a very small bungalow), four teachers, ten Ed. Assistants & five one-on-one Aides. We have 57 children in our four classrooms, (nine children in two afternoon classes). This population is Special Education @ Cloud Pres. campus.
Having a Voice –
Our administrators are here periodically. When concerns, issues, or situations arise, that will affect those of us working here day in and day out, our thoughts and ideas are not sought out or valued by one of the programs administrators. The other program will listen and consider our thoughts.
We have a problem getting subs for our assistants when they are out due to the sub shortage in the district, which puts too much strain on the teachers and the other assistant and causes safety concerns. It also causes assistants to come to work when they are sick.
No campus office space. –
We’ve been promised a bungalow but it might take a year. As a result, we currently have a part-time administrator two days/wk. Various therapists share a tiny space in a portable and clerical works in a class. Up to 30 women employees use 1 bathroom and the new bungalow will have another bathroom.
OTHER THOUGHTS SHARED
Parent Education –
There is a huge need for parents to learn strategies and skills in parenting. It would be great if we had the funding to provide on going parent education classes (6 week) and provide childcare so all parents could attend.
Sp.Ed. Preschool needs more Admin. support –
Our part-time Administrator is awesome. We look forward to having her full-time when there is an office for her on our campus in the new bungalow.
District Website –
It would also be good to have our district website include Cloud Special Education on the site and provide accurate information for the public ie. the correct phone number for the special education portion of our school.
Lots of energy going out……… –
With site moves, department changes, construction, EEELP moves, PDC de-construction, use of the church for meetings, etc. —– lots and lots of energy, physical, mental, and emotional is being used. Whew!
Mission Statement –
It would be good to have a mission statement for our school site (for both programs working as one). It would give us a focus and give parents a clear understanding of what we are about.
LCAP RESULTS PRESENTATION
Here is a presentation about the Community Engagement results from across the Glendale School District.