Dyslexia Call to Action

1. HB 2602 Update - We passed the House and now we are on to the SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE! See the amended Dyslexia Task Force Bill HERE!

2. Now that the bill is in the Senate Education Committee we need to start contacting these Senators to share your Dyslexia Story. If we don't make ourselves heard, the Senate Education Committee may not "work" the bill and then it would die in committee. It's taken 10 long years for a Dyslexia Bill to come up again in KS, we can't afford to wait another 10 years!

Please send an email to Senate Education Committee Chair and full committee- 

Senator Molly Baumgardner and copy the entire committee: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sample Letter when emailing the Senators: 

Dear Senator,

Did you know Kansas is 1 of 8 states without dyslexia legislation? HB 2602 - Creating a dyslexia task force is very important to me because: [[[ Explain your personal Dyslexia Journey here — How your family has been impacted by Dyslexia and how important Legislation/Task Force is to you. We need them to feel it and ACT!]]]

Please take action! Kansas kids have waited over 10 years for dyslexia legislation. And in this time nothing thing has changed.

We need your help and support! Please act now! 

 

(Remember - We are trying to win over to their support for our kids. Please be NICE, we want them to be personally moved to ACT!)

 

3. Write your Testimony - If the Senate Education Committee decides to give us a hearing on this Bill, we will need your Written Testimony:

This is a FORMAL 1-2 page written letter, explaining your personal experience with Dyslexia. And why you think prescreening, teacher training and an evidenced-based curriculum are so important for the State of KS.

Please submit your formal written testimony to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The Face of the Learning Lab

     Hello, I am Audrey Doolittle, the STA Learning Lab Administrative Assistant. My job is to schedule and organize the day to day functions of the Learning Lab. Students who use the Lab are a joy to work with and they continue to remind me of the importance of perseverance! My Degree is in Business Administration & Marketing, with an Associate's Degree in Communications. 

     I have been a member of the STA Parish since arriving in 2006, with my husband, Bill and our three children; Sarah (grad KMC 2013), Jacob (10th Gr, KMC), and William (7th Gr, STA). I have worked at STA for several years, and joined the Learning Lab team in March of 2016.

   

Learning Support

In an effort to provide every student an opportunity to achieve their highest potential, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School utilizes a “Multi-Tier System of Support” (“Tier”).  All students in kindergarten through 5th grades participate in general "tier time" for English/Language Arts and Math.  

For students who need additional challenge or support (Tier 2 & 3), special services may be requested through our Learning Support Program. Adaptations, assistive technology, and individual instruction are available.  As well, individualized instruction plans which utilize creative, educationally progressive methods and technology can be developed for students.

Click here to visit Mrs. Ernstmann's page for more information about K-5 learning support.

Click here to visit Mrs. Wilcox's page for more information about Middle School learning support.

The Learning Lab

The Learning Lab is a specialized educational center that is a resource for students who are served through the Learning Support Program. The Learning Lab features small, individual rooms as well as a larger center area for small groups.  It is quiet environment for students who need to retreat to from the classroom for lengthy assignments and/or tests. 

Summer Thinking Adventures

To help battle the loss of academic achievement over the summer months, we offer “Summer Thinking Adventures” (STA).  STA is a summer school program which provides for the review of basic skills as well as enrichment opportunities.