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BHK parents discuss placement program

December 21, 2012
By SCOTT VIAU - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - Members of the BHK Parent Council discussed the Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, Attendance plan, otherwise known as ERSEA, at the council's regular meeting Thursday. The program ensures that those students with the highest needs find a place in the classroom.

While the program is funded for 4-year-olds, council members discussed the process for making sure children older than the age limit could still get placed.

"BHK has been the one that has cared for so many kids who have needs," said CLK Preschool representative Liz Leach. "This is a time of opportunity if BHK can say, 'Oh, we might have a place.'"

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Great Start Readiness Program Early Child Specialist Elen Maurer left, discusses a point at Thursday’s meeting of the BHK Parent Council. Listening is Head Start Director Cheryl Mills.

Council members also received a report from representatives of the different BHK-run schools. Representatives discussed what was going on with their child and his or her classmates at the school.

Lake Linden-Hubbell representative Michelle Axford said the children experienced a health-themed week, among other things.

"A hand-washing song was introduced. In January they will start going to music class. Our music teacher will take them once a week for about half an hour," Axford said.

The council also discussed celebrating Christmas in the classroom.

Great Start Readiness Program Early Child Specialist Elen Maurer said that celebrating Christmas wasn't necessarily prohibited, but they wanted to be inclusive of all holidays and not just associate the holiday with decorations and activities that are traditionally associated with Christmas.

"BHK teachers are learning and struggling with how to support all families traditions within their classroom," Maurer said. "It's important that teachers understand all families within their classroom and ensure celebrations and learning about multicultural things doesn't exclude anyone. There is no thing that says you can't talk about Christmas. It's a word in progress. If you have something you would like to have happen in the child's classroom, please bring it to the teacher."

The next BHK Parent Council board meeting is set for 6 p.m. Jan. 17.

In other news, the board:

updated its contact information.

filled out the conflict of interest disclosure form.

heard a finance report.

heard a report from the Early Childhood Specialist.



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