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Concord/Concord-Carlisle SEPAC March 2020

Contents

  • Co-President's Comments
  • SEPAC Appreciation Awards
  • Concord Middle School Building Committee Update
  • New Beginnings
  • Upcoming Events

Co-President's Comments

March is a wonderful month. The winter is starting to wind down and as April approaches we really feel the longer and warmer days creeping in. Yes!

Here at SEPAC we are "marching" forward. We have some interesting upcoming events, our annual SEPAC Appreciation Awards will be open for submissions soon, and as always we will continue to share items on our website and Facebook page that we think will interest and educate you. Wishing you a beautiful spring.

- Carol Yelle and Shaina Brito

4th Annual SEPAC Appreciation Awards

Is there a teacher, staff member, or administrator who has had a positive impact on your child’s life this year? We are proud to host the fourth annual SEPAC Appreciation Awards to say “thank you” to the exceptional people in our children’s lives! We encourage parents and guardians with children on an IEP or 504 plan to acknowledge one special person who works for the Concord Public Schools, Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, or at Ripley Administration who has made a positive impact to your family or child this academic year. You can submit their name by filling out the award form on our website. If you have more than one child on an IEP or 504 plan, please feel free to acknowledge one person for each child.  All names who have been submitted will be presented with an award at the April 14, 2020 Joint School Committee meeting. Appreciation Award submissions will be taken until March 27, 2020. All are welcome to attend the presentation on April 14th.

Concord Middle School Building Committee Update

Love social media? Like to write or plan events? Interested in creating short videos?

The Middle School Building Committee is looking for volunteers interested in helping to summarize information regarding the middle school building project, create relevant content, disseminate it via various vehicles, and organize events. If interested, please email the Middle School Building Committee at MSBC@concordps.org.

It's not easy to say goodbye but this year several SEPAC board members who have served their three year terms will be stepping down. With open positions on the board it will be time for new parents to join and help lead this great parent group. New ideas, new energy, and new passion keeps us going. Open positions for 2020-2021 are Co-President, Communications Chair, Technology Chair, Publicity Chair, and Events Chair.

Our Board Members Talk About SEPAC

In the next few newsletters our board members will share with you some of their SEPAC experiences. We hope their words will inspire you to join this welcoming and wonderful group of parents.

Why did you decide to get involved with SEPAC?

Andrea: Navigating the special education system is incredibly difficult. It is so important to find support from others! We can't walk this road alone. I joined SEPAC to be a part of a community of parents with a shared experience.

Becky: I had been looking for information and there was no active SEPAC to turn to at the time. I was left not knowing where else to turn. Soon after that a notice from Administration went out saying they were looking for parents to start up a new SEPAC. Three of us (all in the same boat of having no knowledge) showed up to a meeting and decided to take it on. We recruited some others, created a vision, and began building. That was 6 years ago. It's been a very rewarding 6 years.

What would you say to someone who is considering joining the board but feels unsure?

Sarah: You’ll fit right in, whoever you are! I didn’t know people or much about this community when I joined and have been made aware of its many functioning parts and the many kind and generous people involved in it.

Carol: Go for it. You will learn so much from other families and you will have a voice in our community.

What type of time commitment does your role involve?

Sarah: My time commitment as secretary has been about 2 hours total of pre & post meeting preparation in addition to the meeting times which happen about 1 time a month for 2 hours. Any additional time given to the task as a board member is voluntary and welcome. I’ve volunteered an average of 5 hours a month to the SEPAC.

Becky: Every role is really how much time you want to put into it. In my Technology role (which is posting on the Facebook page and managing the website) it really takes very little time. If an interesting article or event comes into my inbox, I share it on Facebook. I knew nothing about how to manage a website before taking on this role but it is very easy. All the hard work of getting it online is done. Now it 's just updating information when needed. It's about two hours a month as the Technology Chair and in my role as Communications Chair about two to four hours a month on the newsletter.

Upcoming Events

  • CCHS Principal Mike Mastrullo along with Vice Principal Katie Stahl will join us at our next board meeting to tell us about the new Best Buddies and Unified Sports programs at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School. Please join us on Thursday, March 26 at 12:30 CCHS rm. 242
  • INSPIRE is a FREE 6-week Parent Support Group Program for parents/grandparents of children with special needs (4-9 years old). Members of this group will meet other parents who can offer immediate empathy for the unique challenges they face on a daily basis and over the long haul. Tuesday mornings from March 24 - May 5. Limited number of spots. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED!
  • The SEPAC Appreciation Awards will be presented on April 14, 2020 at the Joint School Committee Meeting at the Ripley Building on Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30. All are welcome to attend and to help celebrate our recipients.
  • A Sensory Friendly Performance of CCHS Theatre's production of 9-5: The Musical is being sponsored by the SEPAC on Wednesday, May 6th at 5:00 pm at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School. More details to come in next month's newsletter.

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