Concord/Concord-Carlisle SEPAC connecting Parents, School, and Community

September 2018


  • Welcome Back
  • About SEPAC?
  • Who's Who on the 2018-2019 SEPAC Board?
  • Preparing Your Child For the New School Year
  • Save The Date
  • Did You Know? - Before and After School Activities; Participation and Accommodations

Welcome Back!

Back to school is always a time of mixed emotions as we leave a fun and laid back summer to embark on the adventures of another academic year. So as we say so long to summer we'd like to wish everyone a wonderful and exciting 2018-2019 academic year!

- Carol Yelle and Shaina Brito SEPAC Co-Presidents

About SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council)

For those who are unfamiliar with the SEPAC, we'd like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves. The SEPAC is a voluntary parent advisory council whose role is to advise the school committee(s) and administration on matters pertaining to education and safety of children with disabilities, as designated by Massachusetts Special Education Law Chapter 71B.

In addition, the SEPAC serves to connect and educate caregivers through coffees and social events, as well as informative presentations. Please visit our website for more information on the Concord/Concord-Carlisle SEPAC and for resources available for students and parents.

Who's Who on the 2018-2019 SEPAC Board?

  • Co-Presidents- Carol Yelle and Shaina Brito (concordsepac@gmail.com)
  • Publicity Chair - Helen McKinlay (helenmmckinlay@gmail.com)
  • Membership Chair - Casey Atkins (casey.h.atkins@gmail.com)
  • Technology Chair - Becky Robichaud (beckyrobichaud@gmail.com)

Click the button below to find your school liaison and don't forget to look for us at your 'Back to School' Night!

"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." - Helen Keller

Get Involved

There are many small and large ways to get involved with SEPAC. Visit our volunteer page to see how you can share your talents and join a community of parents working together to ensure that our students get the very best possible education. Volunteering is also a great way to get to know the administration, teachers, and staff in our districts. See how you can help today. Have an idea? Email us! We'd love to hear about it. You can also join us at our board meetings to learn about what's happening in the districts.

Preparing Your Child for the New School Year

Whether your child can't wait to get back into the swing of things or they're not so keen on the idea, you can be sure that either way it will be a big adjustment for everyone. But there are ways to help everyone transition back to school.

Why not plan an activity that your child loves for sometime during the first week of school? How about practicing your morning routine to see how long it will take to get ready? These are just a few tips you'll learn at Cincinnati Children's and Understood.org

Join us at one of our upcoming events


  • Parent/Caregiver Meet and Greet. Join us for an informal gathering to learn more about how you can get involved with the SEPAC team. September 6, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm at Trail's End. For planning purposes please RSVP.
  • SEPAC Board Meeting September 27, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Ripley Administration Building Conference Rm. 3. All are welcome! Learn what's going on with SEPAC. Agendas are posted at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.
  • You're Invited! Please join Jessica Murphy, Special Education Director, and Laurie Hunter, Superintendent of Schools, to discover more about special education. October 4, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:30 am Ripley Administration Building Conference Rm. 1. This is a great opportunity to find out about the special education process and meet other parents and caregivers. If you already have questions for Jessica or Laurie, please submit these by 9/27/18 to concordsepac@gmail.com. For planning purposes, please RSVP
  • Come meet our Out of District Coordinator- Marielle Wintersteen along with Jessica Murphy (Special Education Director) will join us on November 1, 2018 from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm at the Ripley Administration Building Conference Rm. 4. For planning purposes, please RSVP.

Did You Know?

Before and After School Activities; Participation and Accommodations

"After-school clubs, sports teams, carnivals, dances, and other non-academic activities are often a fun reprieve for students."- Spectrums Magazine

When we think back on our school experience many of our fondest memories are of the time we spent in before and after school activities exploring our interests, learning about the world and ourselves, and meeting new friends.

Students with disabilities don't often participate in these school activities because they need accommodations and support to access them.

Did you know that students on an IEP or Section 504 Plan not only have the right to participate in before and after school offered programs but may also have the right for services and aids needed to participate? Learn more about your student's rights at Spectrum Magazine and Wright's Law.

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