Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

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The Nashoba Regional School District’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is a parent-led group providing support to parents & guardians of children who have an IEP or 504 Accommodation Plan.

SEPAC membership is open to everyone in the Nashoba Regional School District Community. Meeting dates and locations are included in the Nashoba Regional School District Calendar.


If you are interested in joining a subcommittee or have questions, comments or concerns, please email SEPAC at:         SEPACchair@nrsd.net

  •  SEPAC BYLAWS- Click here for more information 

Contacts:

Chair:  Charlene Cabral      email:    coliveira@nrsd.net 
Vice Chair -Michele Powell   email:    mpowell@nrsd.net

Secretary: Jenny Blounts
Town Representatives


Bolton-Pamela Duggan,  Lancaster- Christine Collins,  Stow-Jenny Blounts,  High School-Michele Powell

Social Media  - Pamela Duggan-  pduggan@nrsd.net

PTO Reps:   Lancaster: Christin Collins,  Stow: Alicia Frigon
 

                                     Upcoming SEPAC Events:
   

January

 

  • Thursday, January 27        7:00 PM

Ask The Advocate- Questions and Answers with Advocate Cynthia Moore

Send your questions in advance to the advocate at: advocatetipoftheday@gmail.com

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84636523832?
pwd=TTgxMUM3TmJzN1pNeXJPNkRZUzZUQT09


Dial by your location
        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 846 3652 3832
Passcode: 534345

 

Click here for the flyer

 

February

 

Children Dealing with Trauma Presentation by Molly Desloge of LUK,Inc.

Link:TBD


March

  • Monday, March 28,     7:00 PM - Virtual 
    Cognitive Connections- Executive Function

              Presentation by Sarah Ward, MS, CCC/SLP - Link TBC

  


                                          Ongoing Events:

Greater Massachusetts Special-Needs Events                                           

Super Star- Certificate of Apprecitation

Disability Awareness Calendar

                                     2021-2022 PAST Events:

Thursday, January 20       7:00 PM  -   Virtual

Survey Subcommittee meeting

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/okb-bkyx-vri

Or dial: +1 929-256-1446 PIN: 748130776




Saturday, January 15          5:00-8:00 PM

Smores  Family Fun Party at Slater’s – 362 Main Street, Bolton

Come join us for a fun, family event around the outdoor fire pit.

We will provide all the fixings for the delicious gooey treats.  RSVP by

January 12, at 5:00 PM         SEPACchair@nrsd.net

                                     Click here for the flyer




Thursday, January 13                7:00-8:30 PM

Navigating the College Search for Students who Learn Differently

Presented by Ferne Bork of The Landmark School

                                            For Slides from the presentation- click HERE

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/afk-rcjt-kpx

Or dial: +1 484-463-7946 PIN: 763946632




December 13, 2021 - 7:00 - 8:00 PM- Virtual 
Q & A with Superintendent Kirk Downing

ZOOM LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87112446245

Click here for more details


December 1, 2021 - 7:00 PM - Virtual
Mediation and Appeals by BSEA

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87500788651?pwd=bUpaNy9RTWdWNWhTc0pycUlkVFAwdz09

Meeting ID:875 0078 8651               
Passcode:CcZKN9   


November 17, 2021 - 7:00 PM - Virtual
Rising Anxiety Among Children

Presentation by: Dr. Jacque Cutillo, Ph.D., LLP, LPC, LMHC of the Few Center

Join Us:  Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 84411920657
Passcode: 308674
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84411920657?pwd=dWl5VzRKQlF6ZXhZejVROUVIcEZGQT09
Presentation Flyer

Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 7:00 PM - Virtual
Kerrigan Classroom- Reading Comprehension Strategies

http://meet.google.com/exg-fqaf-mud
Click here for flyer
Click here for brochure

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 7:00 PM

Basic Rights in Special Education: Transition Planning -

a virtual presentation by the 
Federation for Children with Special Needs
(please visit fcsn.org to register for this free event)   Click here for flyer

Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 7:00 PM (postponed)
Virtual Business Meeting- Link TBC

Wednesday, September 15, 2021  7:00 PM
Meet and Greet with the Superintendent
Nashoba Regional High School


Thursday, September 9, 2021 6:30 - 8:30 PM -
The Role of SEPAC Presentation 


Via Zoom:  
https://fcsn-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsdu2grjssHd3gHv_x4OnfWQx00Ik8Vcoj


COVID-19 SPECIAL EDUCATION UPDATES:

Disclaimer for Special Education Services Online September 9, 2020

Letter Concerning Special Education Services September 9, 2020

DESE Back to School Letter for Families of Children with Disabilities September 2020  (Letter Translations)

Extended School Year Reopening Guidelines 2020

Extended School Year Update June 2020

Virtual Meeting Announcement April 2020

DESE Letter to Families April 2020  (Letter Translations)

DESE Family Resource Toolbox  (Letter Translations)

March 16, 2020 Update

March 13, 2020 Update


                                              Check out our suggested activities:


Create your own glitter jar! 
Deep breathing exercises:
Create blowing activity for little ones:
Make a blowing tube...  use the inner tube from toilet paper roll or kitchen paper roll and tape thin strips of tissue or cellophane paper on one end and have child blow from other end to make the papers dance when they blow through the tube!

-Create and Decorate your own gratitude journal or write out what you are grateful for on strips of paper and staple them into rings like banners for a more festive expression.
-Set a positive Intention for the week.

- Create a set of positive affirmations or mantras and have your child read the affirmations daily while looking into a mirror. (Pinterest has great lists of affirmations)

Review some A to Zs of COPING STRATEGIES with your child or create your own lists to print an put up: (Here are some ideas):
A:  ASK for help;  Work on an ART project
B:  BREATHE deeply; BALANCE on one foot
C: COUNT forward or backward for CALMING; CRAFT a project
D: DRINK cold water or an herbal tea; DOODLE; DO NO HARM
E:  EXERCISE
F: FIND a safe/quiet place
G: GO to your happy place in your mind; GO NOODLE video
H: HUG a family member
I: INSIST on being good to yourself especially when you don’t feel like it
J: JOKES - find some jokes that will make you laugh
K: KEEP yourself safe - Think KIND thoughts
L: LISTEN to calming music; LIST all of your amazing qualities
M: MEDITATE
N: NAME the emotion you are feeling
O: OBSERVE nature
P: PAINT a picture or write your own POEM
Q: QUESTION your thoughts
R: go for a RUN
S: SEPARATE yourself from the situation for a bit; SEE the situation from other point of view
T: TURN negative THOUGHTS to positive
U: USE your skills
V: VOICE your concerns
W: WRITE about your feelings or a story to get you into a different headspace
X: EXHALE
Y: do YOGA or YELL into a pillow (in appropriate place)
Z: ZONE out (Relax)



 



Do you have ideas for topics you’d like to hear about and discuss?  Please come to a meeting or email us at nashobasepac@nrsd.net  Follow us on Facebook (Nashoba SEPAC) or Twitter (@NashobaSEPAC)

Cheryl Gallaugher, Special Educator from NRHS

Click here to download lecture slides

Cheryl Gallaugher, Special Educator from NRHS

Click here to download lecture slides