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)


Dates to Remember:


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

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)

Monday, March 28, 2022, 7:00 PM
Cognitive Connections: Executive Function - a virtual presentation by Sarah Ward, MS,
CCC/SLP - Link TBC


                                                  2021-2022 Past Events:

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


Super Star- Certificate of Apprecitation

Disability Awareness Calendar


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