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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com if interested.