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Exceptional Student Services



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Welcome to Fountain-Fort CarsonáSchool District #8 Exceptional Student Services!á
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Our department serves students who require an Individualized Educational Program, 504, and/or English Language Learner Plan.

Our Mission
Fountain-Fort Carson School District #8 Exceptional Student Services is committed to providing support to students so they can be empowered to reach their individual potential.á
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Web Pages
Services
Upcoming EFMP Events for Parents
EFMP Meet-Up Group (meets last Monday every month) EFMP Meet-Up Group
Upcoming Trainings for Parents & Staff
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Colorado Springs
Upcoming Classes
When: Thursdays from January 15 - February 12 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.
What and Where: Call 719-473-8477 to register and more information on where
Always FREE. The classes are for parents, grandparents, caregivers and those who work with children and adolescents. The classes offer:
  • Education and resources
  • Peer support and insights
  • Practical advice on advocacy
  • Deeper understanding of behaviors
  • Coping skills and HOPE

FREE Prenatal Nurturing Class
Catholic Charities of Central Colorado is offering an 8-week Nurturing Class for parents (both singles and couples) who are pregnant and preparing for parenthood. Learn ways to bond with your baby, review ages and stages of infant development and much more.
Receive a diaper bag stocked with baby items for you and your newborn at course completion.
January 27th-March 17th, 12:00-2:30 p.m. To register call Catholic Charities (719)-866-6535.


Resiliency Group: Helping Tweens Handle Adversity!
This eight week group will teach tweens (10-12 year olds) how to handle life obstacles with less stress and hardship.
They will learn:
  • Self regulation of attention, emotion and behavior
  • Skills to increase social connections and attachments
  • How to focus on their achievements and talents
  • How to think like an optimist
Boys group starts Tuesday, Feb. 3rd, 5:00-6:30 p.m
Girls group starts Saturday Feb. 7th 10:00-11:30 a.m.
$25 per week (save $50 when you sign up by Jan. 30th)
Call Lydia Brown, NCC (719)-201-371 or Scott Pilcher, 719-649-8999


Toddlers:
Focus on the Family Indoor Playground family-building-snowman.jpg
The Kid's Korner, located on the bottom floor of the Welcome Center is free and open to the public. One of the main attractions is a three-story corkscrew slide that is 76 feet long. Riders must be at least 43 1/2 inches tall and no taller than 5'9". There is a real B-17 airplane that kids can climb into and a special playroom designed especially for toddlers. After playing for a few hours, check out Whit's End, a turn of the century soda shop. The play area is typically open from
9am -5pm, but sometimes closes for special events, so call before you go: (719) 531-3400

5-12 year olds:
City Rock Climbing Center
An enormous indoor climbing gym. No climbing experience necessary. Great exercise and a lot of fun. Address: 21 North Nevada Ave, right downtown. Phone: (719) 634-9099

Tweens and Teens:
All age Open Gym and High School Nights at Trampoline World.
If your tween or teen is looking for something to do on Friday nights have them check out "Open Gym" times on Friday evenings: (all ages) 7-9 pm and high schooler's (only) 9-11 pm. Cost is between $10-$15. Parents must sign a waiver. Call (719) 531-5867.

Keep your kids entertained and learning
kids_learning.jpgTry this fun activity with your 2, 3 or 4 year old:
The Disappearing Object Game.
Objective: To increase memory, vocabulary and attention span
Materials Needed: 4 small household objects (i.e. a spoon, a brush, toy car, a pen) and a piece of material to cover them up (i.e. a large paper towel or a small wash towel)
  • Place 4 objects on a table, or between the two of you, if you are sitting on the floor.
  • Ask your child to look closely at the objects and then have him/her name each object as you point to it.
  • Tell your child that you are going to play a game and explain the game so he/she knows what to expect.
  • Cover all the objects with the fabric and ask your child to close his/her eyes.
  • Remove one of the objects and put it behind your back where it can't be seen.
  • With enthusiasm, say , Ta Daaa!!! and uncover the remaining objects.
  • Tell your child that you took one of the objects away and ask him/her to guess which one you took.
  • If your child guesses correctly, make a big deal about what a great memory he/she has. This time move the objects around to make it more difficult. Increase difficulty by adding more objects.
This game is great because it helps to increase your child's memory and can be played in restaurants or doctors' offices, when you want to keep your child entertained.

Awesome Websites

Kids in the House Website
laptop-glasses-girl.jpgKids in the House is an amazing website with over 8000 video's on all kinds of parent topics and best of all the videos are about 3-5 minutes long. From getting kids to do homework, to parenting a teen. Check it out!

Parenting Matters of El Paso County Website
The Parenting Matters website strives to have a current list of parenting classes, interesting parent videos and resources that parents want. We love feedback on our website, so if you are looking for parenting information that you cannot find, please email bernie@allianceforkids.org or call (719) 632-0290.
Files
 Student Transition Information
Includes information for parents of students transitioning from Pre-School to Kindergarten, Elementary to Middle School, and Middle School to High School.
Contacts
+ Costlow, Carol
+ Romero, Montina
+ Trujillo, Valorie
+ Zimprich, Lisa
+ Zulkosky, Erika
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