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Lee Schools FL ESE Training Classes

Lee County Public Schools, ESE

2014 Parent Training Opportunities

Lee Schools has a full calendar of training opportunities with presenters worthy of our time and attention. 

Pumpkin Days



Functional Skills Class

Field Trip to Lakes Park for the Annual Fall Festival 2013.

ESE Communication

Readers of Riley’s Smile know that Riley is very fortunate to attend the Functional Skills Class of Rayma C. Page Elementary.  Communication with the classroom and teacher is exemplary.  Riley’s teacher, Miss Erin, uses the forms daily; we always know exactly how Riley’s day went.  The current forms were designed beautifully by Miss Jessica, the class lead teacher for the past school year.  Miss Jessica deserves credit so I hope she does not object to the use of her full name.  To be fair… the class did have forms in place, but Jessica made them truly complete.  These forms could easily be adopted by all ESE classes of nonverbal students.  If you are having difficulty communicating with your child’s teacher, I encourage you to suggest these forms.

By What Measure?

School is back in session.  Lee County starts early.

The summer was long for the boys and I.  Riley was with me throughout the summer months except for the few hours set  aside for the Extended School Year in June.  Camp is no longer an option. 

Whispering Pines Clydesdales

Another special needs mom I know through Lee Schools: Parents As Mentors encouraged me to invite an amazing gentleman and his organization to visit Riley’s Functional Skills classroom.   I am grateful that she did.   Ken Craft kindly brought Tally of Whispering Pines Clydesdales to visit the five ESE classes of Rayma C. Page Elementary.  It was an amazing morning as I watched each childs’ elation grow with the interaction Tally afforded.


“SCHOOL DISTRICT” displayed across the caller ID screen.   This number may be permanently imprinted across my phone. 

Lee County Summer Games Field Day

Yesterday proved quite cool and breezy for those of us accustomed to the Florida heat.  It was a beautiful day for Riley’s class to go on a field trip. 

Functional Skills Thanksgiving

Riley and his class invited their families to share a Thanksgiving feast.  This is a yearly celebration hosted by Rayma C. Page Elementary when families share the lunch hour with their children’s classes while feasting on a traditional meal by the cafeteria.   Parents filled the school; they lined up alongside just like their children at reception, outside schoolrooms, and the lunch line.  It is wonderful to see how this yearly celebration has helped the school become a beloved community.

Is it Crystal?

The balance between  a total care child, Riley, and a typically developing child, Ronan, can be difficult to find.  Riley took everything; but as parents we did not want Ronan to be cheated of having his needs fulfilled.  Fortunately, Ronan proved to be an easy child from the beginning.

Recognizing that our second child would be deprived of some experiences in deference to our special needs child we dedicated ourselves to Ronan’s success.  I employed every trick I could find to helping my son grow healthy and bright.  Raise a Smarter Child by

Riley Says His Name

We now now that Riley can still have miracles.

John rang me from work last week with a laugh in his voice.  His ESY (Extended School Year) teacher, Mr. J, had just gotten off the phone with him sharing Riley’s school day.  

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