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Concord/Concord-Carlisle SEPAC November 2018

Contents

  • Co-President's Comment
  • Executive Function: What Is It and How You Can Help
  • Save the Date
  • "The Quiet Spot" at Willard School
  • 10 Questions
  • Inspired?

When creating our Newcomer Welcome Packet this past summer, we reached out to parents, administration, and current and former board members for some help. We asked them to share with us their thoughts and experience with SEPAC. We received so many wonderful quotes that we've decided to share some of them with you over the next few months. We hope that these testimonials inspire you to not only use SEPAC as a resource but to also volunteer and get involved.

- Carol Yelle and Shaina Brito SEPAC Co-Presidents

Executive Function: What Is It and How You Can Help

Executive Function skills allow us to plan, organize, stay on task, and much more. When these skills are weak, self regulation and executing daily tasks can be difficult to manage but there are ways you can help. Child Mind Institute offers help on building organizational skills and Understood.org and ADDitudemag.com offer tips specifically for grade schoolers and teens.

Save The Date

Out of District Information Sharing Event with Jessica Murphy and Marielle Wintersteen.

Come meet Jessica Murphy, Special Education Director, and Marielle Wintersteen, Out of District Coordinator to learn about the role and responsibilities of the Out of District Coordinator, get some answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and meet the other parents and caregivers who are in a similar position.

November 1st, 2018, 12:30-2:00 pm Ripley Administration Building Conference Rm 1. For planning purposes please RSVP.

We ask you to please keep your questions general in nature and not talk specifically about your child in this setting.

Bi-Monthly Board Meeting with AANE guest presenter Debbie Curtiss

Presenting at this month's board meeting will be Debbie Curtiss who is a Parent Support Specialist with the Asperger Autism Network in Watertown, MA. AANE is a non-profit organization that provides support and information for families and individuals who fall on the end of the spectrum formerly known as Asperger's Syndrome. Debbie will be talking about the various services and programs that AANE offers including information and referral, support groups, parent coaching, etc. There will be time for questions at the conclusion of her presentation.

November 29th, 2018, 12:30-2:30 pm Ripley Administration Building Conference Room 3.

The Quiet Spot

At last spring’s Willard Carnival, a prototype quiet classroom was provided to make the carnival more accessible for students with sensory sensitivities. It included a bean bag chair with rain sticks, coloring sheets, and building toys. The quiet classroom was hosted by an adult volunteer and used by children accompanied by their caregivers. "The Quiet Spot " will now appear at other Willard PTG events. It will be a calm space aiming to make some Willard PTG sponsored events more accessible for all students but will be specifically designed for those with sensory sensitivities.

Some of the Willard PTG events are also open to the public so to help us tailor this space to the community, your input would be appreciated. Please use this link to answer a few questions regarding "The Quiet Spot".

If you are interested in getting involved or would like to start "The Quiet Spot " in your school, please contact Erika Woodhouse at erika@nicholwood.com. Thanks for your input!

10 Questions with Carol Yelle SEPAC Co-President

Carol and her husband Pete

Why did you get involved with SEPAC? My journey into the world of special education began 13 years ago when my oldest child was in third grade. The Carlisle SEPAC was one of the first school groups that I attended, and I learned a lot about the IEP process from the parents that were there. Being part of this amazing group made a difference for me.

What's the most valuable thing you have learned to date? Learning how to advocate for myself and for my children was one of the hardest, yet most rewarding things I have learned. It did not come naturally for me.

What saying best sums you up? “I am fairly certain that given a cape and a nice tiara, I could save the world” – Leigh Standley

Best piece of advice you've received? Gather all the information you can to make an informed decision. Once you make that decision accept it and move on.

Your greatest wish for the Concord and Concord-Carlisle School Districts? For students, parents, administration, faculty, and staff to be a community of support, understanding and encouragement for all.

If you could visit any place in the world where would you go? I would travel to Iceland to see the Northern Lights.

What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend? Relaxing at home and spending quality time with my family is my idea of a great weekend.

If you had unlimited money to start your own business, what would it be? I personally would not want to run a business but would rather help those in need to start their own business.

What is a fun fact about you? Thanks to my 3rd grade music teacher, I can sing all the US states in alphabetical order.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? I would distribute a cape and a nice tiara to every person and we would all save the world together.

Inspired to get involved? Check out the great opportunities below to do just that!

Join our Board! We are looking for a Secretary and a Communications Chair. Learn more about these positions on our website.

Like our newsletter? Why not contribute ideas, articles, and your creative side? Contact Becky to learn more about how you can share your talent. Email her at beckyrobichaud@gmail.com

Be a SEPAC Rep Parent Member at the Joining Voices Conference. Our SEPAC can send one parent to represent us at the Joining Voices Conference on November 13, 2018 in Framingham. The daylong conference supports families of children with special health care needs and their professional partners to learn specific skills to advocate effectively for their children, make informed decisions about healthcare services and supports and ultimately be better partners in decision-making. Scholarships are limited - first come first served! Don't miss out! Contact Shaina and Carol at concordsepac@gmail.com if interested.

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