Sunday, September 18, 2016

2016-2017 Welcome to the Georgetown SEPAC!!!

Would you like to get involved with the Georgetown SEPAC (Special Education Parents Advisory Council)? The SEPAC’s mission is to work for the understanding of, respect for, and support of all children with special needs in the community. Any questions will be welcomed at georgetownsepac@yahoo.com. The SEPAC meets monthly, and the 2016-2017 Meeting Schedule through December is as follows: Thurs., Oct. 6, 7:30-8:30pm – Basic Rights Workshop with Attorney Tim Sindelar at Flatbreads Pizza, Georgetown. Wed., Oct. 19, 7:30-830pm – Meet & Greet with New Special Education Dir., Jack Tiano, at La Grange Hall, 22 Pleasant St., Georgetown Wed., Oct. 26, 5:30-7:30pm – SEPAC Trick or Trunk, Penn Brook lower parking lot Mon., Nov. 14, 7:30-8:30pm – Effective Team Meetings with Attorney Tim Sindelar, at Flatbread Pizza, Georgetown Thurs., Dec. 8, 7:30-8:30pm – Holiday Gathering, TBD 2017 Mon., Jan 9, 7:30-8:30pm – What are Tests Testing: Understanding Assessment, with Joseph Moldover, PsyD, Flatbread Pizza, Georgetown February – Testing Accommodations/Alternatives, Date/Time TBD, Penn Brook Elementary School March – Private Options for Extended School Year (ESY)/Summer Vacation, Date/Time/Location, TBD April – Catch Up with Special Education Dir., Jack Tiano, Date/Time/Location TBD Wed., May 10, 730-8:30pm – Creating and Funding Special Needs Trusts with Marshal Grant & Peter Morris, Flatbread Pizza, Georgetown June - Awards Gathering, Date/Time TBD

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Congratulations to New Leadership!

Congrats to the new Special Education Parent Advisory Council Leadership! Can't wait to help you guys plan this summer Tom Stewart (new Chair) and Chantel Bennett Pszenny (new Treasurer)!! Woot! Want to be on the email list? Email your request to desiree.edwards05@gmail.com :) Have a wonderful summer!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Vote on SEPAC Leadership Wednesday June 15th at Dunkin Donuts

Join us to vote on the next SEPAC leadership - Wednesday June 15, 2016 9:15-10:15 AM or 7:15 - 8:15 PM at Dunkin Donuts in Georgetown. Anonymous ballot - it will take 5 minutes of your time. We will be voting on a Chairperson and a Treasurer for the 2016/17 school year. The following people have been nominated for positions: Tom Stewart, Nominated for Chairperson and Chantel Pszenny, Nominated for Treasurer. If your child is currently on an IEP or 504 plan, you are eligible to vote. Thank you for your vote!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Looking for an opportunity to make a difference for children & families with special needs right here in Georgetown? The position of SEPAC Chair is open and waiting for a caring, motivated individual who would like to serve. If you are interested, please contact our Director of Special Education, Dr. Donna Straight. We wish to offer our deepest thanks and gratitude to Shelby Walker, for her many years of dedicated service as Georgetown SEPAC Chair! So many people have benefitted from her kind support, as well as her generous sharing of time, legal expertise and understanding of how schools, families & students can most effectively work together to help our children!
Future scheduled Georgetown SEPAC meetings for the 2015-2016 school year, including those on April 12, May 10th & June 14th have been cancelled. If you have any concerns or questions, please do contact your child's teacher, special education coordinator, or Dr. Donna Straight either at 978-352-5777 x4 or straight@georgetown.k12.ma.us.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Georgetown SEPAC 2015-2016 Meeting Schedule

The Georgetown Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) Meeting schedule for the 2015-2016 school year is as follows: SEPTEMBER 15th: SEPAC Meet & Greet. Our first meeting of the year will feature Dr. Donna Straight, Ed.D., our Director of Special Education. Dr. Straight and other members of the Special Education Department will provide parents with an overview of the vision for the Special Education Department for the 2015-2016 school year. Additionally, parents will be able to ask questions and share concerns. Other topics will include: fundraising and parent participation. Please note that we will have two 2 Georgetown SEPAC Fall 2015 meeting times for this first meeting of the year: (1) 9:00 – 10:00 AM in the Main Office Conference Room (1st Floor) at the Penn Brook School; and (2) 7:00 – 8:00 PM in the Library at the Penn Brook School. OCTOBER 13, 2015: SEPAC Monthly Meeting. General Q & A, information sharing and group discussions on a variety of Special Education Topics. Please note that this runs from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in the Library at the Penn Brook School. NOVEMBER 10, 2015: SEPAC Monthly Meeting. Deconstructing the IEP: Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know, but Were Afraid to Ask. Presented by Sandy O’Connor, Georgetown’s Elementary Special Education Coordinator. Ms. O’Connor will review the IEP form, individual sections and discuss the differences between an IEP and a 504 Plan. Please note that this runs from 9:00 – 10:00 AM in the Main Office Conference Room (1st Floor) at the Penn Brook School. DECEMBER 15, 2015: SEPAC Parents Holiday Coffee Connection. An informal gathering the celebrate the Holidays with other SEPAC parents. Refreshments will be served. Please note that this runs from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in the Library at the Penn Brook School. JANUARY 12, 2016: SEPAC Monthly Meeting. Extended School Year Services (“ESY”): What is ESY and Who Qualifies? Presented by Dr. Straight. Please note that this runs from 9:00 – 10:00 AM in the Main Office Conference Room (1st Floor) at the Penn Brook School. MARCH 15, 2016: SEPAC Monthly Meeting. General Q & A, information sharing and group discussions on a variety of Special Education Topics. Please note that this runs from 9:00 – 10:00 AM in the Main Office Conference Room (1st Floor) at the Penn Brook School. APRIL 12, 2016: SEPAC Monthly Meeting. Special Education Law Boot Camp. Presented by Shelby Walker. This seminar will focus on the basics of both state and federal special education law. Additional practice points on the do’s and don’ts of negotiation, tips and strategies for how to be an effective advocate for your child while building trust and respect. We will also cover the “W’s” of Advocacy: When should I begin advocating for my child? What laws should I become familiar with? What else do I need in order to be an effective advocate? Please note that this runs from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Library at the Penn Brook School. MAY 10, 2016: SEPAC Monthly Meeting. General Q & A, information sharing and group discussions on a variety of Special Education Topics. Please note that this runs from 9:00 – 10:00 AM in the Main Office Conference Room (1st Floor) at the Penn Brook School. JUNE 14, 2016: End of the Year Wrap-Up and Shining Stars Awards. We would like to recognize Georgetown Educators, be they teachers, therapists, aides, support staff or administration, that have been exceptional in their support of our children and/or 3 Georgetown SEPAC Fall 2015 Special Education programs within the School District. Please note that this runs from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in the Library at the Penn Brook School. If there is a topic you would like to learn more about, or a speaker you think we should invite to a meeting, please send all suggestions, comments or concerns to Shelby Walker at georgetown.spedpac@yahoo.com.