ARPS Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting (SEPAC)

ARPS Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting (SEPAC)
Representing: Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools  as well as students out of district.
Date:  5/12/17, Friday
Location:  Amherst Regional Middle School, Superintendent Conference Room

Time: 9:00am -10:30am
Meeting is open to all in the community!
Executive Board Meeting Agenda:

  1. Public Comment
  2. Approve minutes from 3/3/17 and 4/7/17
  3. Updates from Dr. Brady
  4. Discuss elections for SEPAC Board
  5. Update on math working group
  6. Update on webpage
  7. Update recognition program
  8. Transportation
  9. Update about Survey—discuss community outreach
  10. Paraprofessional Training
  11. Discuss transportation
  12. Establish timeline for recognition program
  13. Other

 

 

 

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Supporting Teens With Executive Functioning Challenges

Does your child struggle to keep track of and complete assignments?  Are needed materials often lost or left at school?  Is homework completed, only to be lost before your child can turn it in?  These are all challenges associated with executive functioning challenges.  Come learn about the brain-based source of these challenges, as well as interventions and strategies that can help students plan and organize their academic work. There will be a presentation along with an opportunity to ask questions!

Guest Speakers: 

Raloon Bialek, ARHS Special Education Teacher

 and

Denise Green,  ARHS School Psychologist

 Date:  Monday, 11/14/16

 Location:  Amherst Regional High School, Library

                  21 Mattoon Street, Amherst, MA

 Time:  5:30pm-7:00pm          

 

RSVP:   Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) Nancy Stewart  sepac@arps.org 413-687-4255

 

Childcare can be provided if given notice one week ahead of time.

Board Meeting 11/4

ARPS Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting (SEPAC)
Representing: Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools  as well as students out of district.
Date: 11/4/16, Friday
Location: Pelham Community Room

Time: 9:00am -10:30am
Meeting is open to all in the community!
 Executive Board Meeting Agenda:

  1. Public Comment
  2. Approve minutes from 10/7/16
  3. Presentation about co-teaching from Renee Greenfield
  4. Updates from Dr. Brady
  5. Discuss SEPAC representation on Superintendent Search
  6. Discuss SEPAC events for November and December
  7. Share feedback from Disability Awareness Month sign campaign
  8. Discuss role of SEPAC and School Committee relationship
  9. Other

 

Upcoming Workshops

Please consider attending any of these up coming free workshops!

Meet and Greet

Monday October 17th 5:30pm-6:30pm at Wildwood Elementary School

Come meet Dr. Faye Brady, Director of Student Services, JoAnn Smith, Special Education Administrator, Jennifer McIntire, Special Education Teacher and Special Education Parent Advisory Council. It’s an informal meeting to connect with other families!

Basic Rights in Special Education

Monday October 24th  5:30pm-7:30pm at Wildwood Elementary School

The Basic Rights workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under:

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Massachusetts Special Education Law

This workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child’s school to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s progress in school.

Supporting Teens with Executive Functioning Challenges

Monday November, 14th 5:30pm-7:00pm at Amherst Regional High School

Presented by:

Raloon Bialek, ARHS Special Education Teacher and Denise Green, ARHS School Psychologist

Does your child struggle to keep track of and complete assignments?  Are needed materials often lost or left at school?  Is homework completed, only to be lost before your child can turn it in?  These are all challenges associated with executive functioning challenges.  Come learn about the brain-based source of these challenges, as well as interventions and strategies that can help students plan and organize their academic work. There will be a presentation along with an opportunity to ask questions!

Basic Rights Meeting 10/24/16

BASIC RIGHTS In Special Education
A Workshop for Parents and Professionals

The Basic Rights workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under:
• Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
• Massachusetts Special Education Law

This workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child’s school to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s progress in school.

Date: Monday, 10/24/16

Location: Wildwood Elementary School, Library
71 Strong Street, Amherst, MA

Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm

RSVP: Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) Nancy Stewart sepac@arps.org 413-687-4255

Questions regarding this workshop should be directed to the contact individual listed above. A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct this workshop. Federation workshops are free and open to the public. You are welcome to attend any workshop in or outside of your immediate community.

Childcare can be provided if given notice one week ahead of time.

 

Board Meeting 10/7/16

ARPS Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting (SEPAC)
Representing: Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools  as well as students out of district.
Date: 10/7/16, Friday
Location: Amherst Regional Middle School, Superintendents Conference Room

Time: 9:00am -10:30am

 
Meeting is open to all in the community!
General Meeting and Executive Board Meeting Agenda:

  1. Public Comment
  2. Approve minutes from 9/26/16
  3. Updates from Dr. Brady
  4. Discussion about budget planning with Sean Mangano
  5. Share update about access to higher level math discussion
  6. Discuss Southeast Campus School Schedule
  7. Sharing Awareness Campaign with School Committee
  8. SSO and Disability Awareness Month
  9. Other

 

Meet Special Education Parent Advisory Council and others…

 

Date:  Monday, 10/17/2016

Location:  Wildwood Elementary School, Library

71 Strong Street, Amherst, MA

Time:  5:30pm-6:30pm         

RSVP:  Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

Nancy Stewart  sepac@arps.org 413-687-4255

 

This meeting is open to all community members!

We are fortunate to host this informal gathering and plan to do the following:

  • Introduce you to some members of staff that help support your child on an IEP or 504:
    • Faye Brady, Director of Student Services
    • JoAnn Smith, Student Services Administrator
    • Some members of Wildwood Staff
  • Learn more about how the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) supports families on an IEP or 504.
  • We will share basic special education information to help you advocate for your child.
  • Network with other families in the district!

 

Childcare can be provided if given notice one week ahead of time.

 

Families supporting families!