What is PSAP?
PSAP stands for the Primary School Adjustment Project. It is a program designed to help young students in grades K-3 get comfortable within the school setting. PSAP believes that children express themselves best through play and it invites them to participate in a wide range of activities. One primary goal of the program is to build bridges between children and their peers, parents, and teachers.
How does the program work at our school?
Children are recommended to be in PSAP by their teachers or parents. After a child is recommended, our PSAP staff contacts the family to invite the child into the program. Parents must sign and return consent forms before their child can join PSAP activities. After consent forms are received, an informal meeting is scheduled by our Child Aide, Bobbie Paresa. At this meeting, the students' strengths are discussed and parents have an opportunity to ask any questions they may have about the program. Also, at the end of the year, parents are invited to a similar meeting to discuss their child's experiences in PSAP.
What will my child do in PSAP?
At Blanche Pope, our students in PSAP participate in both individual and group activities, depending on the child's needs. All play activities are aimed at helping students develop their social skills, self-esteem, and problem solving skills. On a typical day, a student would meet with one of our Child Aides and play a game, talk story, or do an art activity. We believe that this time is an important part of making our students feel comfortable at school and truly helps them get adjusted to our school environment.
Meet our Staff
Bobbie Paresa: Aunty Bobbie is our full-time Counselor Aide. She has been at Blanche Pope for 6 years. She has worked in Hawaii as an Educational Assistant for over 16 years. She is the mother of two children, 31 years and 27 years old. She is also a new grandmother. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Lisa Bridges: This will be Aunty Lisa's 5th year with our PSAP program as our Home school Liaison. She not only works with our children, like Aunty Bobbie, but may also contact parents about upcoming meetings or other activities. Aunty Lisa is a mother of 4 children, two girls and two boys, and she is also a new grandmother. She is a very active mom, who enjoys participating in her children's sports activities. She is on campus everyday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm every day.
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