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Archive for September, 2009

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Hand in Hand – Together We Can!

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Mano a ManoJuntos Podemos – that’s the name of a new DSAOC program designed specifically for our spanish speaking families.  With funding support from the OC Children & Families Commission this ten week course is focused on enhancing early literacy skills for children 3-6 years of age, while helping parents to better understand the IEP process, as well as improve their own language skills.  Initially the program, which already has a wait list, is limited to 15 families with planning under way for expanded sessions in the Spring.  Sessions are being conducted each Saturday at the DSAnew-folder-151new-folder-102OC Center.

A Special Touchdown!

Friday, September 25th, 2009

42-16673940We’ve had people emailing us this link all week – so we posted it here so everyone else can see this great touchdown run.  Just click here to watch:



2009 Family Camp

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009


We had 17 families spend their Labor Day Weekend at Family Camp held up at YMCA Camp Oakes.  Among the many outdoor activities available to enjoy during their stay were swimming, hiking, archery, canoeing, and horseback riding.  Many thanks to Marissa Little for being the driving force in organizing the camp, along with Kristi Golden and Sandi Curtis for participating on the planning committee.  All reports back sound like everyone had a fantastic weekend!

Welcome Gabbi!

Monday, September 21st, 2009

We’re happy to report that Kellie (Perez) Tuchowsky and her husband Frank are the proud new parents of Gabriella – born on Friday, September 18th.  Kellie is on leave from her role as the DSAOC Director of Community Relations and will return to the office in November. 

Congratulations to Kellie, Frank, and Gabbi’s sister-Alex!

Bike Camp Location a Big Hit

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
Soka University Campus

Soka University Campus

It’s safe to say there was strong consensus among families participating in the 2009 Orange County Bike Camp that the location was a hit! Soka University in Aliso Viejo generously allowed our campers to take over its main gymnasium facility for an entire week in August. The setting was both beautiful and well suited for learning how to ride a bike. And, the air conditioning certainly helped keep everyone cool during the process. More than 98% of the families gave the university the highest rating in a post-camp survey.

Many thanks to Soka University, its administration and staff for helping to make the camp such a great success!