Community Notes

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10 Traits of Effective Parents in Special Education

Advocating for children in the special education system can be frustrating and overwhelming for parents. Over the past decade, Attorney Jeffrey Sankey has worked with hundreds of parents to help them obtain special education services for their children. In his experience, he has found that the parents who are best able to navigate the intricacies of the special education process share a number of common traits, which we will explore during this session.

SEPAC Presentation by Jeffrey Sankey of Sankey Law Offices, P.C.

Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding key special education rules and regulations
  • Maintaining accurate and complete records
  • Facilitating productive relationships with school staff
  • Please come with any questions you may have

January 16th, 7:15 – 9:00 pm
Room 210, Newton Education Center, 100 Walnut Street

FORJ Family friendly meeting with pizza ans socializing

You’re invited to the FORJ All Schools Family Friendly Meeting including:

  • Family Pizza dinner and socializing
  • Art Activity focused on Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired themes
  • Video and Small Group Discussions on Microaggressions and Standing Up Against Racism and Bias at our Schools

Sign up HERE https://goo.gl/forms/WN67i9Bb1eTLzyvp2
Want to receive FORJ Newsletters? Sign up here www.forjnewton.com and make sure the forjnewton@gmail.com is in your contacts. Hope to see you soon!

January 17th, 6:30-8:30 pm
Angier Elementary

Winter Warmer Concert

The Newton Winter Warmer, headlined by Newtones, Newton South’s a cappella group.  along with special guests from Newton North Forte and Cambride Rindge and Latin School Pitches and Do’s.

Tickets $10.00 at the door. To learn more visit https://www.facebook.com/events/337517210168158/

January 18th, 7:00 pm
Gregorian Rugs, 2284 Washington Street, Newton Lower Falls

Basic Rights in Special Education for the Asian American Communities

The Newton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (Newton SEPAC) is hosting a seminar on Basic Rights in Special Education for the Asian American Communities. The speaker will be Susan Ou from the Federation for Children with Special Needs, who will present and can answer questions in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, depending on the needs of audience members. Anping Shen, who is a Newton School Committee member, will speak. Eileen Sandberg from the SEPAC will give a short talk about special education in Newton, and her experience with her children. They plan to leave lots of time for questions.

Discussions will cover the student’s and parent’s legal rights, how to explore whether special education services would be helpful, and the support that the parents in the Newton SEPAC can provide.

The presentation is a free event and all are welcome. Begin with refreshments and networking at 7:15 pm, and the presentation and question session will be from 7:30 pm –  approximately 9:30 pm.

January 30th, 7:15 – 9:30 pm
Room 210, the Education Center, 100 Walnut Street, Newton

Service Stars

We currently are registering for our monthly service programs which are run on Saturday and Sundays and our April vacation Camp.  Our summer program will be open for registration this weekend.
Each day of our program focuses on a different service theme and we work together on a service project, play games and have small group discussions about the different service organizations.
Our winter and spring programs are for grades k-5 and our summer camp will have two age group offerings k-3 and 4-8.
Parents can learn more about our program offerings and register on our website https://sites.google.com/view/service-stars/home and see our program in action on our facebook page www.facebook.com/servicestarsnewton.

Register for Newton Youth Lacrosse

Sign ups for Newton Youth Lacrosse Spring session for grades 1-8 are taking place through February 1st.

Register early to be guaranteed a spot by clicking this link Registration or going to newtonyouthlacrosse.com. Questions about registration, coaching and volunteer opportunities can be directed to newtonlaxpresident@gmail.com.

New England Camp Fair

The New England Camp Fair will hold its 4th annual event at Underwood School. The Camp Fair is FREE and open to the public and brings together camps serving kids ages 5-14.

Bring your camper(s) and engage with staff from 20+ premier day and sleepaway camps from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut. Participating camps run the gamut, including traditional day and overnight camps, sports camps, theater camps, computer camps, fencing camps, arts camps, as well as many other themed camps.

Visit www.newenglandcampfair.org for a complete list of camps attending. Parking and refreshments are also free! If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Underwood PTO at underwoodpto@gmail.com.

February 10th, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Underwood School

Math tutor Grades 3-7

Experience 5th grade teacher and math tutor with 25+ years of experience working with students in the classroom setting and as a private tutor of Bowen and Oak Hill students. Skilled in working with students needing math review/enrichment, confidence building, test prep including ISEE.  Conveniently located across from Bowen School.  Some weekday openings available Please e-mail Maureen Parsons at mparsons1723@gmail.com

Your help is needed

Centre Street Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to help staff the pantry on Tuesdays and the first Saturday of each month.  Volunteer shifts are available in two hour increments and sign up is flexible.  Tasks include stocking shelves, helping clients shop, clean up and more.

Volunteers must be 16 and older to volunteer without an adult and 12 is the minimum age with an adult. For more information, please visit the Get Involved tab here:  https://www.centrestfoodpantry.org/get-involved-2

In Home Jams

Fall is in full swing, and now is the time to sign up your child for a
music class through Inhome Jams! InHome Jams, located in Newtonville,
is organizing a rock band class for Bowen Elementary for all level
players. Enroll now and your child or children will get the chance to
play in a real band setting with classmates from their school. Check
out our website (www.inhomejams.com) to see all the classes we offer!
Our band classes will teach your kids how to play guitar, bass, piano,
and drums in a rock band setting. The classes use easy-to-play
rock’n’roll arrangements, with parts for both the complete beginner
and the more experienced musician. We will have your child sounding
and feeling like they’re in a real rock band by the end of their first
rehearsal! All band members take part in writing their own lyrics to
establish ownership in the music they will create. There is also a
performance opportunity to play a rock show at a real music venue! To
enroll or learn more about rates and other lessons and classes
offered, please contact Darren at inhomejams@gmail.com or call 857 234
1935. To sign up for a free trial lesson, visit:
http://www.inhomejams.com/sign-up/.

Sign up for the NewtonSTEM newsletter: Science/Tech/Engineering/Math

NewtonSTEM.org publishes a weekly newsletter of announcements about Science/Tech/Engineering/Math relevant to Newton students, parents, teachers, and community volunteers.

Sign up for the weekly email here, and you can unsubscribe at any time.  Now in its eighth year, NewtonSTEM is a clearinghouse for information about STEM achievements, events, opportunities, and resources, both in and outside of school, specifically relevant to Newton.

For more information – or to submit announcements – email info@newtonstem.org.

 

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