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Concord/Concord-Carlisle SEPAC MAy 2020

Contents

  • Co-Presidents Comments
  • Keeping In Touch
  • SEPAC and You
  • Great Collaborations

Co-Presidents Comments

Greetings from the SEPAC. We hope this newsletter finds you and your families healthy and safe. It is hard to comprehend how much has changed since our last newsletter and we'd like to first acknowledge what a difficult and uncertain time this is. The SEPAC is still here to support you. We have been engaged in discussion with Ruth Grube and Laurie Hunter as well as school committee representatives. In this brief newsletter, we wish to share some timely information that we hope you will find helpful. Please don't hesitate to reach out.

- Carol Yelle & Shaina Brito, SEPAC Co-Presidents

Keeping In Touch

Our students may not be in the school building but school continues. This new schooling has its pros and cons and for each student and family it is different. Keeping in touch with the district is more important than ever and the administration wants to hear from you. They want to hear what is working for you and what isn't. If there's one consistent message they are conveying, it's that they want you to reach out to them especially if you need help or things aren't working for you. Don't know who to contact? Here's a Communication Map to help you figure that out.

Our top three resources for you right now are:

  • Dr. Hunter's Virtual Coffee- Every Friday at 3:00 pm via zoom Superintendent Dr. Hunter updates families on what is happening in our district. She has a panel of school administration with her and they take and answer your questions after her update. On the panel is the Director of Student Services, Director of Teaching and Learning, Director of Finance and Operations, and a School Committee Member. These coffees are very informative and we encourage you to attend if you are able. If you can't attend live, these sessions are recorded and posted on the school website. Dr. Hunter and Ruth Grube will also hold a Special Education Information Session specifically for parents of students on an IEP and 504 Plan on May 6th at 10:00 am. Details on how to log on will be emailed to parents and can also be found on the district Special Education Resource Page soon.
  • Coronavirus Special Education FAQs- Ruth Grube, Director of Student Services, has released a document with parent's FAQs regarding special education during the Coronavirus crisis. She also encourages you to reach out to her if you have questions or are struggling.
  • Federation for Children with Special Needs-The Federation has an Information and Updates During COVID-19 page on their website. The Federation for Children with Special Needs has been a trusted resource for many decades for families of children with special needs and the professionals working with them. In this unsettling time, they continue to support families by answering questions, problem-solving with partners and providing trusted resources and information.

SEPAC and You

Several SEPAC board members who have served their three year terms will be either stepping down or moving into new roles. With open board positions we need new parents to volunteer to help lead this great and important parent group. SEPAC has helped families like yours and only with your help can continue to do so in the fall. Open positions for 2020-2021 are Co-President, Technology Chair, Publicity Chair, and Events Chair. Please contact our Co-Presidents at concordsepac@gmail.com to let them know your interest. Many thanks for your continued support.

Great Collaborations

Beautiful collaborations have come from this quarantine. Here are some of our favorites. We look forward to collaborating with you. Enjoy!

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Credits:

Created with images by Jamez Picard - "Painted Heart on the Park Bench" • Dan Meyers - "When this gets a million views, I'm going to print out the stats and give them to the owner of this home. Random DIY signs are one of my favorite things. Think about it...what sort of intense need are these people satisfying when they decide the only course of action is to make their own signs and put them on public display? What's the story here? Why did they decide to have these face the 7-11 gas station? In all seriousness, I'm sure someone working in a mental health or suicide prevention field can make use of this stock photo. " • Dakota Corbin - "Fun street art in downtown Provo, UT."