Staten Island 4 Our Kids – Chat Group for Families w/Children with Special Needs

Dear Parents & Staff,

     For those of you whose children/students attend P.S. 25R, P.S. 37R, P.S. 373R and P.S. 721R, you are invited to join our Yahoo Chat group which has been in existence since Sept. 2008.

StatenIsland4OurKids has been a sharing of ideas and information which many our staff and parents have come together to see what lies outside the walls of our school regarding the world of developmental disabilities. This Chat group is listed on “Yahoo Groups.” Below is the description of the group as it is written on the website:

Hello Everyone… The administrations and staff of our 4 District 75 schools, ( P.S. 25R, P.S. 37R, P.S. 373R and P.S. 721R) felt that it would be beneficial and educational for both our parents and staff members to have a means to SHARE information on the latest news and research in the areas of various developmental disabilities. This YAHOO GROUP chat site is designed to be one where we can have an avenue to enlighten, inform and assist all parties concerned with information on the latest medical/health research, educational and behavioral practices, new government policies and the latest news on local and Staten Island based happenings that affect our children! This group is not designed to be a sounding board for any problems that you may face with the NYCDOE. This group is an opportunity for all parties to keep each other informed on the latest research and treatment methodologies. For security purposes, there is a mandatory requirement that all members are to be identified. Enrollment is open to any parent whose child attends a Staten Island, District 75 program within the NYCDOE that has “Blue Card” status, as well as any NYCDOE employee that works within a Special Ed. setting. Anyone outside these parameters that wishes to relate any messages to the group may do so through one of the eligible members.
PLEASE NOTE: NO personal or business related issues are to be discussed here that does not pertain to the subject matter mentioned above. This letter is being sent to all programs within the four Dist. 75 schools on Staten Island. If you have any questions and wish to speak to me directly, you can call me at P.S. 37R at 718-984-9800 or e-mail me at billdevery@yahoo.com or wdevery@schools.nyc.gov. Here’s wishing us and our children success during this school year!
Regards,


Bill Devery LCSW
School Social Worker
Moderator / StatenIsland4OurKids

     This group is called StatenIsland4OurKids. It is our hope that you can utilize this group as an information exchange system with all the happenings that are occurring in the fields of Developmental Disabilities. I have been working at PS 37R for 23 years and have had the experience of learning new things from our parents first! So there is an enormous amount of information regarding our kids from you!

If interested, I would like you to send me the following information:

YOUR NAME ______________________

YOUR CHILD’S NAME________________

SCHOOL THEY ATTEND______________

YOUR  E-MAIL ADDRESS______________

E-Mail this information to: billdevery@yahoo.com

I will then send you the attachment for signing into Yahoo Groups and then adding your name to the StatenIsland4OurKids chat site.

 Even if you decide not to write in on any particular day, you can have access to read what other people are writing. It has been my experience, when involved in Relationship Development Intervention training for autistic families, that this type of communication system is invaluable! I continue to speak with people all over the country just to keep my finger on the pulse of anything new. Many of you are probably involved in other types of chat groups and I highly encourage you to continue to do so. I had initially opened this group up to the parents and staff at P.S. 37R, and after 5 months, it has been a successful means of obtaining information both on and off Staten Island. If anyone from outside this defined group wishes to add any information, please have them do it through you, or they can send me an e-mail. As previously mentioned, this group is only open to our collective parents and staffs.  I do not wish to let any one methodology or specialty monopolize this chat site and as long as you follow the basic guidelines to the group’s description, your message will be posted.  I would rather let our parents and staff be the primary sources of information. If you wish to put other websites or chat group addresses on this chat site, that would be fine. Please fill out the information requested above and e-mail it to me at your leisure. (Please note, if you do not wish to give your personal e-mail address, you can create your own e-mail address through Yahoo. I did this: billdevery@yahoo.com ). I will be in touch with you as soon as I have received your information.

     Here’s wishing us all a successful and informative year!

Regards,

Bill Devery LCSW

School Social Worker

Moderator of “StatenIsland4OurKids”

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