Mrs. Rheal
    School Psychologist
    East Coldenham Elementary School
    (845) 457-2400 Ext. 12640


    10 Ways To Help Your Child Have A Positive Attitude

    1. Build your child's self-esteem by giving frequent hugs and words of praise. Urge your child to take pride in efforts as well as achievements. 

    2. Encourage optimism in every situation. Help your child see mistakes as opportunities to learn, and obstacles as exciting challenges. 

    3. Make sure your child knows you're always available to talk. Ask about school every day and listen with your full attention.

    4. Teach your child healthy ways to manage stress. Talking to a trusted friend, playing with a pet, reading or enjoying a hobby are just a few options.

    5. Help your child appreciate life's pleasures. Go to fun events together, play games, and watch funny movies. Enjoy each other and laugh as much as possible.

    6. Prompt your child to brighten the lives of others by doing things like making surprise gifts for friends or volunteering in the community.

    7. Ensure that your child eats a balanced diet with plenty of whole grains,fresh fruits, and vegetables.

    8. Emphasize the value of exercise and rest. Physical activity relieves stress, boosts energy, and is a natural mood lifter. Adequate sleep prepares your child for each new day.

    9. Urge your child to seek out upbeat friends. They'll have an impact on your child's outlook.

    10. Do your best to stay positive and model the attitude you want your child tohave. Your child learns from watching you.

          Remember, a positive attitude will help your child face every challenge!

    Bullying Prevention --- Tips for Parents

    -Stay involved in your child’s life. Keep the communication open, ask questions, and talk to your child about what's happening in school or online. Start a discussion about bullying, and make sure your child knows what it is and that it's unacceptable on any level.

    -Look for warning signs that your child has been bullied, like depression, anxiety, isolated or withdrawn behavior, or complaints that he/she doesn't want to go to school.

    -Make sure children understand that bullying and cyber bullying have the same effects. Just because someone bullies via the internet doesn't mean it's less hurtful, and kids may not see that connection.

    -Keep track of what internet or social sites your child visits and know their passwords. Some sites like SafeSocial help parents keep track of which sites are visited, and where pictures of them have been posted. But don't spy on your child or they will lose trust in you ifyou confront them.

    -Be aware of who your child's friends are online and off. If you find out your child is being bullied online, don't deny them access to the computer. Find out where it's happening and how, get a school counselor or teacher involved, and let your child know that you will support them.

    -If you find out your child is the bully, find out what the underlying problem is. Maybe he/she has been bullied,since bullying can often be a result of being bullied. Try to solve the core issue together, and make sure there is zero tolerance for bullying of any kind. Finally, try to have your child make amends with anyone he/she has bullied.

    So, your child has been referred to “IST”…


              You received a call from your child’s teacher who is concerned about your child’s progress and would like to schedule a meeting with the building level IST.  While you appreciate the teacher’s concern, you have some questions, specifically, what is the IST and how will it benefit your child?


    What does IST stand for?

    • IST stands forInstructional Support Team.
    • There is an IST in every school in theValley Central School District.


    Who are the members of the IST?

            The IST is a multi-disciplinary team which may include:

    • School Psychologist
    • Special Education Teacher
    • Speech/Language Specialist
    • Classroom Teacher
    • School Administrator
    • Reading Specialist
    • Math Specialist
    • Nurse
    • Student Assistance Counselor
    • Occupational and/or Physical Therapist


    Why are students referred to the IST?

    • Any student demonstrating academic, behavioral, physical, emotional and/or social difficulties may be referred to the IST.


    Does IST involve Special Education?

    • No, in fact, one of the main goals of the IST is to provide building level strategies and interventions so that referrals to the Committee on Special Education (CSE) can be avoided.


    What is the purpose of IST?

    • The purpose of IST is to provide support that will enhance achievement so that students can remain in the least restrictive environment (the regular classroom).
    • The function of IST is to prevent a student from having to enter a more restrictive environment as well as reducing unnecessary referrals to the CSE (Committee on Special Education).


    What is the IST process?

    • The classroom or referring teacher discusses concerns with the parent and informs the parent of the IST referral.
    • The teacher completes/submits the IST referral form.
    • The meeting is scheduled.
    • The meeting is held and strategies are selected.
    • Parents are notified regarding the outcome of the IST meeting.
    • A faculty liaison is assigned to coordinate strategies with the classroom teacher.
    • A follow-up meeting to update student progress may be heldafter the initial meeting.


    What happens at an IST meeting?

    • The IST meets to discuss the teacher’s concerns and the efforts already made by the teacher to remediate these concerns.
    • Building level interventions and strategies are selected through a “brainstorming” process which includes the participation of the classroom teacher and IST members.
    • A Plan of Action is developed for the teacher which contains specific strategies and/or interventions selected during the meeting to enable the student to become more successful in school.
    • A follow-up meeting will be scheduled to discuss the Plan of Action and any progress made. If progress was not made, additional interventions may be implemented. As a last resort, a referral to the Committee on Special Education (CSE) for a full evaluation may be recommended.


    Please contact the classroom teacher with any questions or concerns regarding the IST process (457-2400 ext. 12501).


Last Modified on October 28, 2019