Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Franklin SEPAC: September 2017 Newsletter

September 2017


We hope that you had an enjoyable and relaxing summer! With school back in session, we thought this would be a great opportunity to let you know that we have been working hard all summer to deliver a strong workshop schedule and activities for families throughout the year. 

First, here are the members of the 2017-2018 Franklin SEPAC Board:

Co-Presidents: Jennifer Hiscoe and Jennifer O'Duggan
Co-Vice Presidents:  Sara Mulcahy and Holly Perkins
Monisha Kallianpur and Laurie Wrobleski
Regional SEPAC Liaison/Outreach: Caryn Budd
Community Relations: Mark Thompson

Treasurer: Sharon Taylor

For many children with Special Needs and their families, back to school time can be a welcome return to schedule and predictability.  For others, the thought of a new year with new teachers or a new environment can be anxiety-provoking.  For many it is a combination of both.  We at SEPAC are here to help!  Our goal is to create a strong community of special needs families here in Franklin, where we can learn from each other while providing support and understanding.  

September Workshop

Introduction to Special Ed. Programming in Franklin/Parents Rights and Regulations

By Director of Student Services, Ms. Debbie Dixson followed by Ms. Laura Gillis, Esq.
When: Tuesday, September 12, at 7:00.
Where: Remington School Library, 
628 Washington Street.  

We look forward to seeing you there.  This will be a great opportunity to ask questions and learn about changes to your rights.  Take a look at our website, www.franklinsepac.org, for the complete list of workshops and dates for the year.  
Parent Support Group
When: Thursday, September 28, at 7:00.
Where: Cole's Tavern, 553 Washington Street.

In addition, we will be providing monthly opportunities for parents/caregivers to get together in a relaxed environment to share stories, make connections and learn from one another.  
Other Information
This year, one of our main goals is to provide more social events for families. Our first event would be:-
Halloween Hayride 

When: Friday, October 27
Where: Tanderini's Farm, Millis
More information will follow soon, so stay tuned.  These events will provide families with an opportunity to come together for some fun in a "judgment free" environment.  
We are looking forward to a great year and are very excited to meet you!  
       Mark your calendars! 
We have scheduled the following workshops all year round!!
***All workshops are free and open to the public***
All workshops are held 7:00 pm in the 3rd floor training room of the Franklin Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street, unless otherwise specified.

*October 16, 2017: Helping Children Cope: Putting Humpty Dumpty back together again - a look at building resilience in children; presented by Jeanine Fitzgerald -  workshop will be held in the Horace Mann auditorium

*November 16, 2017: Camps and Activities Fair; a variety of local & state agencies will be on hand to provide information on special needs camps and activities - workshop will held at the Keller cafeteria

January 18, 2018: Non-verbal Learning Disorders; presented by Joseph Moldover, PhD, Developmental Neuropsychologist

February 15, 2018: I Feel Worried! Tips to Help Kids Overcome Anxiety; presented by Ms. Nadine Briggs, CEO, Simply Social Kids

March 15, 2018: ADHD Essentials; presented by Brendan Mahan,MEd.,MS

*April 26,2018: Defining Autism from the Heart; presented by Mr. Kerry Magro, national speaker and best-selling author shares experience of growing up with autism - workshop will be held in Horace Mann auditorium.

Friday, May 4, 2018: Night of Comedy fundraiser - Join us for a fun night at CBS Scene! Tickets will be on sale soon.

May 17, 2018: Coping with Bullying; presented by Ms. Carolyn Wnuk, MSW, LICSW, Compass Social Skills and Counselling.

*Workshops will be held in an alternate location 
The mission of the Franklin Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is to promote a network for parents of children with disabilities and provide a forum to share information and discuss matters of relative interest and concern regarding our children. This group provides regular forums for Pupil Personnel Services and parents to share information and discuss pertinent issues; develops, maintains and shares tools and a resource guide; and raises awareness of children with special needs.

We host monthly workshops educating parents on special-needs topics. We also hold support groups, fun meet-ups for the kids and donate educational supplies to the Franklin Public School Special Education programs. We are a volunteer-run organization and need donations to help alleviate the costs of the above-mentioned programs. We receive our primary funding through an annual "Evening of Comedy" fundraiser that we host in April.
We are always looking for feedback and ways that we can help meet the needs of our community here in town.  Please don't hesitate to reach out to us via email at franklinsepac@gmail.com, follow us on Facebook at @franklinsepac, and now on Twitter at @franklin_sepac.
Stay updated about our workshops, support groups and events. Get social with us!


Franklin Special Education Parent Advisory Council
355 East Central St.
Franklin, Massachusetts 02038

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