MSDB Happenings News Letter
Deaf Enrichment Weekends (DEW)
In contrast to Family Learning Weekends, Deaf Enrichment Weekends (DEW) are de-signed to create opportunities for students who are deaf & hard of hearing to interact with their peers, rather than providing information for parents and siblings. The weekend is designed to promote socialization and activities that are implemented to build confidence and a sense of responsibility in each participant. Students in grades K-Transition are welcome to attend. Activities will be modified according to each child’s age and ability. Parents are welcome to participate in activities as appropriate.
This spring's Deaf Enrichment weekend is currently scheduled for March 24-25, 2017 on the MSDB Campus.
Hands & Voices: Start-up Efforts in Montana
Hands & Voices is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them. We are a parent-driven, parent/professional collaborative group that is unbiased towards communication modes and methods. Our diverse membership includes those who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing impaired and their families who communicate orally, with signs, cue, and/or combined methods. We exist to help our children reach their highest potential.
Paralympic Experience Bozeman
Why: To give students an opportunity to learn basic fundamentals and skills for participating in
Goalball, Beep Kickball and Tandem Cycling.
Who: Open to all K-12 blind and visually impaired students. Teachers of the Visually Impaired and other family members will also be welcome. Parents or Teachers are required to supervise
students throughout the entire event. Lunch provided.
Where: Chief Joseph Middle School, 309 N 11th Ave, Bozeman
When: Thursday, April 6th, 2017
Time: 9am to 9:30am (Check-In), 9:30am to 2:30pm.
Sign Language Class - Belgrade
What: Sign Class in Belgrade - No Cost!
When: Mondays 6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. Beginning Jan. 9th
Where: Belgrade Middle School Room #A 101 - Enter through the main doors and follow the signs.
Who: Everyone is welcome! You do not have to attend every class. Please come when you can. No registration required.
What: Sign class to learn sign, and improve your signing skills. Shawn Tulloch the instructor will provide instruction, opportunities to practice signing with others, and homework to work on between classes so you can continue improving.
This class will meet 3 Mondays each month. Dates: Jan. 9th, 23rd & 30th; Feb. 6th, 13th, & 27th; Mar. 6th, 20th, 27th; April 3rd, 10th, 24th; May 1st, 8th, 15th & 22; June 5th - last one.
This class is made possible by the generosity of Montana School for the Deaf and Blind and Belgrade Schools.
CEU's will be offered on an individual, class-by-class basis.
Questions? Contact: Shawn Tulloch: email@example.com; or Sarah Eyer, MSDB: firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to unexpected circumstances, the summer “sign blast” videos are not ready to upload on to YouTube. In the meantime, please feel free to access the following links for short sign language lessons:
Fingerspelling Rules in ASL
Near/Far (how to sign things that are near or far)
Pronouns – Personal vs. Possessive in ASL
Materials in ASL
Past tense (how to sign things that happened in the past)
Future tense (how to sign things that will happen in the future)
Height (how to describe how tall something is)
Body types (how to describe someone’s shape)
Using the Agent Marker (“person” sign) in ASL (how to sign a person’s job)
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