Our first joint D2E and OSNPC meeting was a great success. We had 15 parents and 22 kids having a great time at the Downtown Y! It was wonderful to see everyone and meet some new people as well! D2E is open to any family who has a child (of any age) with Down syndrome or any special need and is looking for support and a network of parents. We are not limited by disability or geographic area. So everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend our meetings and events.
Our next meeting is Wednesday, February 1, at 6:30 pm at the Hooper Building (36 Broad Street) take the elevator to the basement and we will meet in the conference room. Kim Brown will be our speaker. Kim is the Assist. Dir of Spec. Ed. for the Oshkosh Schools. She was at a D2E meeting this fall and she is coming to follow up on the discussion that took place. She is also going to address some of the changes that are occurring in the Oshkosh School District. If at all possible, plan to attend and be there by 6:30 - we need the entire hour and a half. We can have childcare available. Please e-mail Ann Freid (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jill Valdez (email@example.com) by Monday, January 30, if you need childcare.
Also, CP and Arc staff are working on securing a location for the D2E library in the Hooper Building. We hope to have the library available by Feb.1, but if not, it will be moved by the March 7th meeting. Stay tuned.......
Family Fun Night:
Mark your calendars for Friday, February 17!! We will have a swimming/pizza night at the Hawthorne Suites in Oshkosh (just south of the Outlet Mall). We have a large accessible suite on the first floor and access to the swimming pool from 4 pm - 9 pm. Come and go anytime during that time. D2E will provide the pizza and soda. If you are able to bring a snack to share that would be great. Everyone is welcome. We hope you will attend. Please RSVP to Julie Kiefer (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you will attend so that we know how much food to order.
Just a reminder--- This Friday, January 20, at 8:30 am, at Perkins in Oshkosh, the organizational meeting for the D2E Executive Committee will take place. Anyone who is willing to help with the organizational structure of the support group is welcome to attend.
Feel free to call me with any questions 236-8914 (home) 236-9230 (CP & Arc office)
Julie Kiefer, Fund Developer
Cerebral Palsy & Arc
115 Washington Avenue, Suite A
Oshkosh, WI 54901
920-236-9230; 920-236-8830 fax