Welcome to ECE 2018-19

Welcome families and friends. Here you can find information about the upcoming events and the classroom activities happening in ECE Room 7.

My name is Bhavneet Gandhoke and I will be the lead teacher working with your child in room 7 here at Discovery Elementary. My students call me "Ms. Bhani". The other staff members who are part of the classroom team are: 

  • Ms. Kelsey Face (Speech and Language Pathologist)
  • Ms. Bhumika Chandarana (Occupational Therapist)
  • Ms. Karen Evenson (Physical Therapist)
  • Ms. Hilda Ruiz (Educational assistant)
  • Ms. Doris Ramirez (Educational assistant)
  • Ms. Nipa Dan (Educational assistant)

I look forward to making this an enjoyable and fun year for your child and you. I have been teaching special education for seven years now and this is my fourth year of teaching here at Issaquah school district. I have a Master’s degree in early childhood special education from the University of Washington. I started my career as a special education teacher from India and have loved working in this field ever since!

  My focus this year is on making simple better and I will aim towards maximizing your child’s independence in the developmentally appropriate skills.  I hope to build a language rich classroom with a large variety of activities to learn through play and work opportunities.  I am excited to have the opportunity to teach your child and look forward to seeing their progress throughout the school year.  I also believe that strong parent-teacher communication is necessary for a child’s school success.  Please let me know about any changes in your child’s emotional, health, or educational needs as our year together progresses.  Feel free to contact me by phone or email if you have any questions or concerns. 

Upcoming Events

September 10th : 1st day of school for ECE

September 12th: Curriculum night from 6:00 to 7:15

September 28th: Orange day. Please send your child wearing orange to help us celebrate.

October 8th: Teacher workday (No school for students)

November 12th: Veteran's Day (No school for students and staff)

November 22nd and 23rd: Thanksgiving break (no school for students and staff)

November 30: Color brown celebration- Please send a brown toy with your child for our show and tell during circle time.

December 5th, 6th and 7th: Parent-Teacher conferences (No school for students). Please ensure that you have received a notification for the date and time for your child's conference.

December 18th: Holiday celebration: Bread and Teddy bear party.

December 20th to January 1st- Winter break (No school for students and staff)

January 21st: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No school for students and staff)

January 28th: Teacher work day (no school for students)

June 17th: End of year Ice Cream Social

June 21st: Last day of school for ECE students

Announcements/ Reminders

Absences: If you have travel plans and know that your child will be missing school please let me and the office know ahead of time about the absences. Thank you.

Dress for the weather: Rain or shine we try to go out during recess time so please make sure your child is dressed warm enough and also wear shoes in which they can run around.

Extra clothes: Please make sure that your child has an extra set of clothes in the backpack in case of accidents (this includes students who are potty trained as they might wet their clothes outside at recess)

Nut Free snack: Please make sure that there are no items with nuts in the snack that come from home. Thank you!

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