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Concord/Concord-Carlisle SEPAC May 2019

Contents

  • Co-President's Comments
  • National School Nurse Day
  • SEPAC Appreciation Awards
  • MCAS: Access & Achievment for Students with Disabilities
  • Annual SEPAC Presentation to the School Committee

Co-President's Comments

It's hard to believe there are less than two months of school left this year! We would like to take a minute to thank all of our wonderful SEPAC volunteers; our dedicated board, supportive school liaisons, active members and also all of you who participated in our surveys, shared your input, read our newsletter or attended an event this year!

There are several openings on the SEPAC board for the upcoming year. We are a supportive, welcoming group and would love your contributions whether you can volunteer as a board member or have a couple of hours to help out from home. Please reach out to us and consider attending our final board meeting of the year on June 6th! Until then, enjoy the rest of spring

- Carol Yelle and Shaina Brito SEPAC Co-Presidents

National School Nurse Day

Show your school nurse how much you appreciate all they do on National School Nurse Day, May 8th, 2019. Part of National Nurses week which runs May 6th through 12th. National School Nurse Day was established to recognize the contributions that school nurses make to the health and learning of our students. School nurses not only care for our children when they get hurt or feel sick, they also dispense medications, do health care screenings, support students with mental health and social stresses, support students with special needs and so much more. It is one of the first places our children seek when they need to take a break at school and our school nurses are always there to welcome and care for them. Some of the ways you can show our nurses your appreciation could be sending them a note, baking some cookies, having your child draw a picture or just stopping by to say "Thanks!"

The SEPAC thanks all of our school nurses for helping our students stay healthy, in school, and ready to learn. Be sure to thank your school nurse today and every day!

SEPAC Appreciation Awards

Speaking of showing your appreciation, the SEPAC did just that at our 3rd Annual SEPAC Appreciation Awards Presentation on April 23rd at the CPS/CCRSD School Committee Meeting. An awesome 50 educators were nominated this year! More than double the amount of nominees from last year. The nominees were administrators, staff members, general education and special education teachers! We were fortunate to have 38 of the recipients attend the presentation. (see pictures below) You can find the names of all the award recipients on our website. We'd also like to thank the families who nominated a recipient. Thank you for showing your appreciation to these outstanding educators.

3rd Annual SEPAC Appreciation Awards Presentation

MCAS: Access & Achievement for Students with Disabilities

Would you like to learn more about the following topics?

  • Standards Based Education
  • MCAS 2.0 for the 21st Century
  • Different Ways to Test
  • ELL Students and MCAS

This event will introduce the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) and how children with disabilities can participate in meaningful ways in MCAS.

Please join us at this workshop for parents and caregivers. When: Tuesday, May 14th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Where: Learning Commons, Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street. Presented by: The Federation for Children With Special Needs- Jessica Sales Cohen and hosted by the Concord/Concord-Carlisle and Acton-Boxborough Special Education Parent Advisory Councils with support from our school districts.

For planning purposes, please RSVP via Eventbrite.

Annual SEPAC Presentation to the School Committee

SEPAC Co-Presidents Shaina Brito and Carol Yelle presented our annual report to the School Committee on April 23rd. This report included an overview of our work this year in community engagement and outreach, information sharing, and support and collaboration with the Concord and Concord-Carlisle School Districts and School Committees. SEPAC will host a total of 12 free events this school year for the community covering topics such Special Education rights and ADHD & Dyslexia while providing an informal setting for socializing and support among caregivers. Several of our events this year were co-hosted with other local SEPACs as well as the Center for Parents and Teachers.

We continue to share our message as well as information about special education via our website, Facebook , Twitter, and newsletter. We collaborate regularly with the school administration and the school committee to ensure that the district mission to educate all students in becoming lifelong learners, creative thinkers, caring citizens, and responsible contributors in a global society is realized for students in special education.

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