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A Family Jigsaw Puzzle
by Tanya Hochschild
From miles away we came,
A family of sixteen,
four different cities,
wound in by shared ancestry
to spend a week of the summer
where two of the family live.
Each of us a part, a color, a shape –
when fitted together,
complete a picture,
much like the jigsaw puzzle
begun on day one of our vacation.
Each day spent in conversations,
walks on the beach,
meals across a diningroom table,
we filled each other with information,
built shared memories,
completed stories disrupted by distance.
We worked on the thousand-piece
Klimpt’s The Kiss, many gold tiles,
impossible to distinguish one from another.
Yet like the family, each one different.
As days went by, individuals emerged,
We grew together, family scattered on a
pieces scattered on a tray.
We helped each other find needed
Soon a pattern revealed,
one by one,
piece by piece,
the painting came together.
At week’s end,
sixteen around the table,
cheer as we fill the frame.
With 15 minutes before cars left
for the airport,
three pieces to go,
one group photo to take,
the youngest asks to place the last
We all jumped up to high five.
with kisses and calls of “Goodbye, I’ll
Our family began breaking up.
The completed puzzle lay resplendent
on the table.
Tanya Hochschild is member of a
Sanibel Writers Group, has participated
in ArtPoems and Writer’s Reads
on the island, and had two books
from local poets.
may submit their
work via email to
net. Each week,
will be showcased.
validating some of your feelings.
In regard to your concern about
confidentiality there are state and
federal rules about confidentiality for
a student with an IEP, Individualized
Education Plan. Confidentiality is
required from the faculty and staff
however your child’s teachers must
have a copy of your daughter’s IEP in
order to understand your daughter’s
educational needs and the various
accommodations and services that have
been identified as important for her.
Most kids with disabilities receive
part or most of their instruction in
general education classes taught by
regular education teachers. In the
past, many regular education teachers
did not know that children were
receiving special education services.
As you can imagine, this often led to
some confusion and problems. These
problems are often worse at the middle
school and high school levels, because
schools are larger and communication
can be less effective.
The reauthorized IDEA (Individual
with Disabilities Education Act) changed
the IEP process. Now, at least one
regular education teacher of the child
must attend IEP meetings. However,
this doesn’t mean the child’s IEP is
public knowledge. Most teachers are
very sensitive to the confidentiality
required with an IEP.
You may want to meet with your
daughter’s case manager at school
to discuss your concerns about
confidentiality. Most schools have a
plan on how best to insure that any
communication in regard to special
education issues is kept confidential.
You may also want to familiarize
yourself with FERPA, The Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act. It
is a federal law that protects the privacy
of student education records. This law
applies to all schools that receive funds
under an applicable program of the
U.S. Department of Education.
FERPA gives parents certain
rights with respect to their children’s
education records. These rights transfer
to the student when he or she reaches
the age of 18 or attends a school
beyond the high school level. More
information on FERPA can be found
online at www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/
Shelley Greggs is adjunct
faculty at Florida SouthWestern
State College, where she teaches
psychology and education courses.
She is also a nationally certified school
psychologist and consultant for School
Consultation Services, a private
educational consulting company.
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addressed through this publication.
The Sanibel Public Library’s
upcoming programs can be found
on the library’s website calendar at
www.sanlib.org. Weekly youth programs
run through January 19.
On Thursday, January 5,
photographer Ada Shissler discusses her
Island Images photography exhibit from
5 to 7 p.m. at a Library Open House. A
Sanibel resident since 1989, the retired
realtor began printing her travel photos
on canvas following a trip to India in
2009. More than 50 of her images,
displayed on a variety of media, will be
exhibited in January at the library. The
open house reception supported by the
Sanibel Public Library Foundation.
On Monday, January 9 at 2 p.m .,
author David Watts will be signing and
talking about his book, The Accidental
P.I . His book is a thrill ride following his
50-year professional career as a private
investigator. From murder, rioting,
gambling and drug raids to sex cases
and fraud, this behind-the-scenes peek
at real-life cases shows how investigators
get the job done.
Author Thomas Bogar will have his
book talk for Backstage at the Lincoln
Assassination at 2 p.m . on Tuesday,
January 10. Bogar’s book is the story of
the 46 stagehands, actors and workers
at Ford’s Theare, and what they
witnessed in the chaotic hours before
John Wilkes Booth was discovered
to be the culprit. Bogar has taught
theater history, dramatic literature and
theatrical production for 40 years, most
recently at Hood College in Maryland.
He holds a PhD in theatre history/
literature/criticism from Louisiana
State University. He also is the author
of American Presidents Attend The
Theatre. His writing has appeared in
Washington History and Maryland
Historical Magazine. Bogar is the
recipient of two National Endowment
for the Humanities fellowships.
Simply Sanibel poems and a reading
by Lorraine Walker Williams will be held
at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10.
Author Lyn Milner will discuss her
book Allure of Immortality: American
Cult, Florida Swamp & Renegade
Prophet – the story of Cyrus Teed
and the Koreshans – at 2 p.m . on
Wednesday, January 11. In 1894,
Teed and his followers moved from
Chicago to the jungle of Estero to build
a communal utopia, where they believed
they would live forever. Millner’s radio
stories and essays have been broadcast
on National Public Radio’s Morning
Edition and Weekend Edition, and on
American Public Media’s Marketplace.
Her print work has appeared in The
New York Times, USA Today and The
At 6:30 p.m . on Thursday, January
12, there will be a Basic Budgeting
workshop presented by FISH of SanCap
and Fifth Third Bank. In this class,
attendees can learn to evaluate income
sources, develop a basic budget, and
efficiently manage money. There is no
charge to attend, but register in advance
by calling FISH at 472-4775.
The public is invited to these library
programs. There is no additional cost
to participate. For more information
about the Sanibel Public Library, call
472-2483 or visit www.sanlib.org.
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