Third grade students at Northmoor Primary School had some very special visitors to follow up on the story Rugby and Rosie that they were reading in class. Vanessa League and her dog, Garland, presented to the students on service dogs. Vanessa is a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Also joining her were Kara Parks and her dog, Graham and Sharon Kelleher and her dog, Jury. Two of the presenters were puppy raisers that teach the dogs beginning skills needed to aid a person in need of a service dog. After they train the puppy, the dog will then go off to “puppy college” to go through intensive training. If they pass they will be placed with a person in need. The other presenter was a recipient of a service dog that assists her with hearing. The presenters’ dogs demonstrated commands that service dogs would need to know. Vanessa talked to the students about what people should do when they see a service dog and explained the importance of their vests. She demonstrated why the dogs would need to know particular skills. Vanessa went over the expectations of what is entailed for a volunteer puppy raiser. She also talked about the Canine Companions for Independence Organization. Students watched a video showing adults and children who have directly benefited from Canine Companions for Independence. If you are interested in learning more about Canine Companions for Independence, know of someone who could benefit from this service, or want to know how you can help please visit www.cci.org.
For the 2015-2016 school year, the District Choice and Boundary Waiver application window is open. It will close May 1, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. Forms can be completed by visiting www.psd150.org/choice and clicking on the application link. You may also submit them at the administration building. District Choice is a privilege and therefore discipline and attendance are taken into consideration for placement and renewal each year. To be considered for placement, students must be in District 150. Early enrollment packets will be made available at the Kindergarten Transition Fair on April 25th and all schools on April 27th. Visit the District's Choice website for more information and a list of frequently asked questions.