The 8th Annual Newton SEPAC Special Educator Awards

The Newton Special Education Parent Advisory Council is pleased to announce:

The 8th Annual Newton SEPAC Special Educator Awards

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Newton North High School Cafeteria
457 Walnut Street

6:30 pm: Buffet Dinner, Dessert, Beverages, and Mingling
7:00 pm: Awards Ceremony

The Special Educator Awards are presented to Newton faculty and staff members who have done exceptional work with students receiving special education services. Parents/guardians and students may submit nominations and may nominate any staff member who they believe has done exceptional work; in the past we’ve had regular and special education teachers, aides, BTs, secretaries, principals, and custodians receive awards.

Please note that the awards do not identify you or your child by name, to preserve the child’s confidentiality. Only the honoree is given the name of the family who nominated him or her.

Please submit your nomination by June 5.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • DON’T feel like you must nominate your child’s whole team to avoid hurt feelings. PLEASE only nominate those who have done exceptional work.
  • PLEASE nominate your educator ASAP to enable your honoree to plan to attend the ceremony and bring family/friends. It will also allow us time to know how many people are attending, and how much food to get.
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May 12 Presentation on Special Needs Trusts and Estate Planning

The next NewtonPAC evening meeting will be held on Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 pm. in room 210 of the Education Center at 100 Walnut Street.

Annette M. Hines, Esq., will be presenting on Special Needs Trusts and Estate Planning.

The meeting will begin with networking and refreshments at 7:15 pm., and the presentation will be from 7:30-9:30 pm.

All NewtonPAC meetings are free of charge, and everyone is welcome. For weather advisories and cancellations, please check www.newtonpac.org.  If Newton Public Schools cancels school on the day of a PAC meeting, we will cancel the meeting.

PLEASE RSVP if you are planning on attending. The past few meetings have been very crowded, and we’d like to make sure that we have a big enough room.  The address to rsvp is pacmeetingrsvp@gmail.com. If you’re not sure, just send the message “maybe”.  Thanks!

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March 29 Presentation on Restraint, Seclusion and Time-Outs, and the use of quiet rooms

The next NewtonPAC evening meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00 pm. in room 210 of the Education Center at 100 Walnut Street.

Dan Almeida, District Supervisor of ABA Services, will be presenting on the new State regulations and Newton’s policy changes.

The meeting will begin with networking and refreshments at 6:45 pm., and the presentation will be from 7:00-9:00 pm.

All NewtonPAC meetings are free of charge, and everyone is welcome. For weather advisories and cancellations, please check www.newtonpac.org.  If Newton Public Schools cancels school on the day of a PAC meeting, we will cancel the meeting.

PLEASE RSVP if you are planning on attending. The past few meetings have been very crowded, and we’d like to make sure that we have a big enough room.  The address to rsvp is pacmeetingrsvp@gmail.com. If you’re not sure, just send the message “maybe”.  Thanks!

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February 23 Presentation on Effective Progress

The next NewtonPAC evening meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 23 at 7:30 pm. in room 304 of the Education Center at 100 Walnut Street.

Attorney Dan Heffernan, a partner at Kotin, Crabtree and Strong, will present on Effective Progress.

The meeting will begin with networking and refreshments at 7:15 pm., and the presentation will be from 7:30-9:00 pm.

All NewtonPAC meetings are free of charge, and everyone is welcome. For weather advisories and cancellations, please check www.newtonpac.org.  If Newton Public Schools cancels school on the day of a PAC meeting, we will cancel the meeting.

PLEASE RSVP if you are planning on attending. The past few meetings have been very crowded, and we’d like to make sure that we have a big enough room.  The address to rsvp is pacmeetingrsvp@gmail.com. If you’re not sure, just send the message “maybe”.  Thanks!

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January 20 Presentation on High School Special Education Programs

The Newton Parent Advisory Council for Special Education (NewtonPAC) will host a meeting on High School Programs and Transition from middle school on January 20, 2016.

The meeting will be held in the Education Center at 100 Walnut Street, room 304 (subject to change).

The meeting will be from 6:30-8:00 pm  (An hour earlier than our usual time at the request of the early-rising high school staff who are coming to present)

The meeting agenda:

6:30 pm. Welcome and  Announcements

6:35-6:45 High School Administrators: What to expect from your transition Team meeting

6:45- 7:30 pm. High School Programs and Q&A
-Academic Support (North and South)
-The Learning Program
-Connections/ Neighborhood Inclusions (North and South)
-Community Connections (North)
-Communication and Organization (North)
-The Learning Program (South)
-Compass (South)
-Southside (South)
-Links (North)
-Step (North and South)
-Rise (South)
-Pilot (North)
-ABA (North and South)

7:30-8:00 pm.  Transition Issues Panel:  High School Administrators and parents
-Academic expectations and how to prepare children for high school
-Social and emotional issues in transition
-Common challenges and solutions

All NewtonPAC meetings are free and open to everyone.  Please check our website at http://www.newtonpac.org for weather updates and cancellations.  If you have any questions, please email Eileen Sandberg at Eileen.sandberg.newtonpac@gmail.com.  Thanks!

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Tonight Dec 15 Attention 4th and 5th grade parents: PAC Meeting Tonight on Middle School Transitions

We will host a NewtonPAC meeting tonight on:

Middle School Programs and Transition Planning
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
7:30-9 pm.
Room 304 of the Education Center at 100 Walnut Street, Newtonville

The agenda includes:
What to expect in your child’s transition meeting
Presentations on the programs in all four middle schools:
Neighborhood inclusion
The Learning Center
Integrated programs
District-wide programs:
– Spark
– Focus
– Boost
– Reflections
– Bridge
– Learning Disabilities
– ABA program.

We will also have a panel discussion including middle school assistant principals, Allison Mountford (Coordinator for Therapeutic Services) and three parents whose kids have recently transitioned to middle school.

Everyone is welcome and the presentation is free.

Thanks!

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Middle School Programs and Transitions on Dec. 15

We will be holding a PAC meeting on December 15 at 7:30 p.m. In the Education Center at 100 Walnut Street.  The topic will be Middle School Programs and Transitions. We will discuss specific NPS programs as well as academic and social issues for 6th graders.

Parents of current middle schoolers, would you be willing to participate in a panel on the transition from elementary to middle school and share your insights?  Please contact me at eileen.sandberg.newtonpac@gmail.com.

Thanks!

Eileen

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Monday, November 16 at 7:30 pm Sex Education For Kids With Special Needs

Monday, November 16; networking at 7:15, speaker at 7:30 pm

Newton North High School Film Theater
457 Walnut Street

The Birds and the Bees: Age-Appropriate Sex and Relationships Education at home and at school
Lack of access to sexuality info puts all young people at risk, but even more so for young people with special needs.   SRE is important for all ages but is often too little too late and with incorrect and incomplete information. This talk by Newton parent and sex and relationships educator Megara Bell will address the need for age-appropriate sex and relationships education for all learners.  Megara will discuss what your kids need to know and some good ways to bring up sensitive topics with your children as well as to advocate for sex and relationships education inclusion.

Megara Bell is the director of Partners in Sex Education with 15 years of experience teaching comprehensive sex education to youth.  She teaches in public and private middle schools and high schools, colleges, parent groups and therapeutic schools.  Megara conducts professional development workshops on Teaching Sex Ed on the Autism Spectrum, Making Sex Ed relevant to SPED students, Teaching Pregnancy to At-Risk Boys, Teaching STD Prevention to Teens, Understanding Sexual Urban Legends, Teaching with Games, and Understanding Consent and presented the closing keynote at the national Sex Ed Conference 2014 with her husband Brian.  They have 3 children currently and formerly in the Newton Public Schools.  (Lincoln-Eliot, Bigelow, NNHS)

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Nominations Due Tuesday Nov. 3 for NewtonPAC Officers and Board Members

Dear Newton PAC members,

On November 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm, the Newton Parent Advisory Council (NewtonPAC) for Special Education will hold elections during the regular PAC meeting at the Ed Center (100 Walnut St) for officers and board members.

Everyone who is a parent or guardian of a child with special needs in Newton is eligible to vote.

Election Time Line:
Nominations due: Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Online voting opens: Tuesday Nov. 10
Online voting closes: Tuesday Nov. 17
Paper ballots for those without online access: Tuesday Nov. 17 at meeting
Results announced: Friday, Nov. 20

Nominations
Please consider nominating someone for a NewtonPAC position. Self-nominations are most welcome as well.

If you would like to run for office, please send a brief description about yourself and why you want to run to newtonpacelections@gmail.com by November 3, 2015. If you have questions about any of the positions, send them along and and I will forward to the current board.

The open positions are:

Co-Chairs (2)
Secretary/Treasurer (1)
Board Member – Program Coordinator (1)
Board Member – Liaison Coordinator (1)
Board Member – Volunteer Coordinator (1)
Board Member at Large (2)
Coordinator- Inclusive Schools Week (1)

Please see attached document for a descriptions of roles and responsibilities.
Once elected, positions begin immediately, and go through May 2017.

If we all help out a little our PAC can continue its great work.

A HUGE thank you to all who volunteer – past and present.

Best,

Betsy DiSciullo
Newton PAC Election Coordinator

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October 28 – Basic Rights in Special Education

we are pleased to announce that Attorney Tim Sindelar is presenting on “Basic Rights” and recent changes in the special education law.  Attorney Sindelar will cover decisions that have come down in special education law over the last year. There will be ample time for questions and answers.

The meeting will take place in Room 304 at The Education Center, 100 Walnut St, Newtonville.

Light refreshments and networking begin at 7:15pm, presentation begins at 7:30pm.
PAC meetings are open to the public.

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