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.

To join the SEPAC mailing list, send a request to nashobasepac@nrsd.net

  • We send out a monthly newsletter via email.

  • Check out our SEPAC flyer, click here

  • SEPAC BYLAWS- Click here for more information 

Contacts:

Chair: Charlene Cabral  email: nashobasepac@nrsd.net

Secretary: Jenny Blounts

Treasurer - Michele Powell

Town Representatives


Bolton 
Pamela Dugan
 
Lancaster
Christine Collins 

Stow

Jenny Blounts 

High School

Michele Powell 

Social Media
Facebook postings - Colleen Goldstein
Find us on Facebook  (NRSD SEPAC) or follow us on Twitter (@NRSDSEPAC)

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


UPCOMING SEPAC EVENTS:  

SEPAC will have two meetings a month for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.  These meetings will occur on google meet at 7:00 PM

The 2nd Tuesday of each month: Business Meetings/Presentations/Elections

Meeting Link:  meet.google.com/jzj-kubr-cam

The 3rd Tuesday of each month: Parent Social/get together

Meeting Link: meet.google.com/yyu-htxs-mfz

May is “National Mental Health” month and we invite all parents to take this opportunity to discuss mental health with their children and/or do activities that promote good mental health.

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)

Past Events:

Basic Rights: Understanding the IEP, January 12, 2021
Time 7-9 PM  Register using the link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtd-morD0rHtHxbRjw9BuKZvWZBq2TqRMR
Click link for flyer 

Wednesday-March 25, 2020--Life Animated- Movie and Expert Panel with Q and A

(Cancelled - New Date to Be Determined)

Nashoba Regional School District- 12 Green Road, Bolton

6:30-9:00 pm

Inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young Autistic man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films.
Expert panel details to follow.


Wednesday- March 18, 2020 Transitioning to Life After High School   (Cancelled- New Date to Be Determined)


Tuesday -February 25, 2020--What Parents Should Know About Executive Function Skills
Presented by Merri Minnich of Beyond Booksmart

The Center School – 403 Great Road, Stow

7:00-9:00 pm

Why do capable children sometimes struggle in school? Oftentimes, the answer lies in developing the essential self-management skills or Executive Function that help students achieve goals and be productive.  Parents will learn the 8 skills that students need for success as well as tips and strategies to help their children study more effectively, stay organized, manage time, plan projects and maintain their focus.
Http://www.beyondbooksmart.com

Sunday- February 9, 2020--SEPAC Parent Social at Slater’s

Slater’s -356 Main Street, Bolton
5:30-8:00 pm

 





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