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May 2019 – Elementary School E-Bits

For Administrators and Educators

New Process for Language Express Referrals. The process for referring children in JK to Language Express will be different in the fall of 2019. Referrals for children in JK will only be accepted directly from parents or legal guardians. We encourage JK teachers to use speech and language milestone checklists to support conversations with parents about their children’s development. Checklists are available at If the teacher and parent agree that a referral to Language Express is warranted, then the parent must call Language Express to refer the child. We want to support you in encouraging parents to refer children who can benefit from our services. Please contact Language Express at 1-888-503-8885 if you have any questions about this change to the referral process. As a reminder, the deadline for referrals for children in Junior Kindergarten is November 30. This means that children born in 2015 must be referred (by their parents!) by November 30, 2019.

Eastern Ontario School Mountain Bike Challenge is happening Friday, May 17. This is a mountain bike event designed to get kids of all ages on bikes. It is perfect for a fun or first mountain biking experience. It is not about results or winning, it is about doing the challenge. The event has both individual events as well as an optional team event. For more information visit:

For Families

Lyme Disease is Preventable. Ticks that may carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease are now found throughout our region. As temperatures rise above 4°C ticks become active and begin to look for a blood meal. While not all ticks carry the bacteria, if an infected tick bites you and remains attached for over 24 hours you may be at an increased risk of getting Lyme disease. Lyme disease is preventable. Always do a tick check when you return from the outdoors and remove ticks promptly. For more information visit

Are you divorced or separated? Are you worried that your child or teen might be caught in the middle? Arguments about holidays and birthdays, dealing with ex-partners, financial concerns – these might be just a few of the things you are dealing with. Triple P’s Family Transitions course can help. You will learn ways to deal with these issues, manage emotions and protect your child from the trauma of your situation. First Family Transitions Group starts on May 15 at 9:30am and is 3 weekly sessions in length; second one will start on June 6 at 5:00pm with 3 weekly sessions. To learn more or to sign up today, call 1-800-660-5853, visit or email [email protected]. Parenting Matters!