Norton Special Education Parent Advisory Counsel

The SEPAC is not just for parents of children with severe disabilities; if you have a child that has ADHD, anxiety, a learning disability or maybe he/she (or you) is just having a difficult time right now and you’re not sure why, we may be able to

A parent advisory council is a school-wide organization of parents, teachers, and administrators working in partnership to promote innovative educational environments where children with disabilities have equal access to educational opportunities. SEPAC provides parent education, support and training at the local level. Workshops, parent connections, newsletters, websites, and referrals provide broad outreach. The council provides valuable feedback and information to the school district, school committee and various educators. SEPAC can assist the school in reducing the frustrations that parents can experience when they first stumble into special education. One thing is certain: early detection and intervention are vital for children with special needs. Every child deserves the opportunity to reach his/her FULL potential. SEPAC can assist parents in accessing the information and direction they need to facilitate that process. The Parent Advisory Council is not a school council. They are two different organizations with a different, but equally important focus and mission. School Councils are specific to a particular school. Parent Advisory Councils are specific to an entire community and school district. Your child does not have to have a diagnosed disability or an IEP for you to be involved.

Mission: Promote and support an educational environment where children with disabilities have equal access to opportunities and a school and community environment where all children are encouraged to reach their full potential. Promote a network for parents of children with disabilities and provide a forum to share information and discuss concerns regarding our children. Promote communication and programs within the community to encourage understanding, respect, acceptance and inclusion of children with disabilities. Promote collaboration with the school community to continually improve the educational opportunities that promote improved educational outcomes for children with disabilities. Assist parents in navigating the Norton School system.

[06/02/14]   Reminder: June 2nd Norton Parents/Care Takers Support Group 9:30 am -11:00 am at HoneyDew Drop in as you can...Hope to see you there!

[05/09/14]   June 2nd Norton Parents/Care Takers Support Group 9:30 am -11:00 am at HoneyDew Drop in as you can...Hope to see you there!

[05/07/14]   Reminder: SEPAC Meeting on Social Thinking and Business Meeting 6:30 to 8:30

[05/05/14]   We are selecting Labor Day for our fundraiser at Deutche Bank. We will serve food and take a percentage of proceeds and tips for the SEPAC. I need two to three people to take a shift from either 8 am to 3pm or 3pm to 8 pm.

[04/14/14]   Join The SEPAC on May 7th at the Yelle Library for a presentation on Social Thinking and immediately prior a Business Meeting including 2014-2015 Planning and Election of New Officers. If anyone is interested in Co-Chair and Treasurer Position please let us know. Everyone is Welcome. This Presentation will be a brief overview of the SocialThinking Curriculum being utilized with students to teachsocial skills across the District.

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Join the Norton SEPAC for a presentation: THE REAL FRIENDS PROJECT, Introduction to Friends: Discussing Ways to Help Establish and Sustain Relationships Between People With and Without Disabilities. The project is a partnership between The Arc of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services. The event will be held Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 7:00pm at H.A. Yelle Elementary School 64 West Main Street, Norton, MA. Everyone is welcome.
For more information on the SEPAC visit us at www.nortonsepac.org.

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Teachers Driving Academy is offering a a FREE Distractology 101 session from APRIL 21-25, 2014 in Mansfield. Participants get a $15 gas card. The goal is to show the negative effect of texting and driving to newly licensed and permitted drivers. See this flyer for complete details.

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What Really Happens When You Use the R-Word

What Really Happens When You Use the R-Word

Tomorrow March 5, 2014 - National Recognition Pledge Day - The Norton Middle School is participating in the pledge to not use the R-word.. Please read this article.. Like if you support.. I'll be there to help with the on-line pledging, stickers and banner signing
For the full story...
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huffingtonpost.com When employing this specific language, the objective is to separate and distinguish the "user" from those being "used."...

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What Is Working Memory and Why Does It Matter?

This may be of interest

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[11/25/13]   Mansfield Special Olympics Bowling starts Monday Dec 9th.
Practices will be on Mondays from 4-5 in Taunton

Please email Heather Gage at [email protected] if you would like to sign your athlete or unified partner up!

Please pass this email onto your family and friends who might be interested as well.


Heather Gage
Mansfield Special Olympics Coordinator
[email protected]

[11/25/13]   Mansfield Special Olympics Basketball Basketball starts Tuesday Dec 3rd.

Practices will be on Tuesdays from 5-6 in Foxborough at Mass Premier Courts!

Please email Heather Gage at [email protected] if you would like to sign your athlete or unified partner up!

As always feel free to pass this email onto your family and friends who might be interested as well.



Heather Gage
Mansfield Special Olympics Coordinator
[email protected]



Heather Gage
Mansfield Special Olympics Coordinator
[email protected]

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New Success! - Governor signs special education legislation.

myemail.constantcontact.com MAC is pleased to announce that Governor Patrick just signed important special education legislation, S. 218, An Act to Maintain Short Term Objectives for Students with Disabilities. This law, which has been a MAC priority, requires school districts to continue the current practice of including shor...

[11/25/13]   Assistive Technology DROP-IN DAYS


Not sure what assistive technology (AT) really can do for you?

Stop by during our "drop-in" days - First Wednesday of every month
Chat with one of our ATRC specialists.

Come in and view examples of AT, discuss your questions and concerns, and leave with a better understanding of what AT can do for you at home, work and school.

All events are free and open to the public.

Please RSVP one week prior to the event.

Accommodations available if contacted 2 weeks in advance. RSVP - call 617-226-2634 or email.
[email protected]

Easter Seals Assistive Technology Regional Center
89 South St. Boston, MA 02111

[11/25/13]   If anyone wants to post a confidential message to promote discussion, please send an email to
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SNOW FUN!!

From March 28 - 30, 2014, New England Disabled Sports, thanks to a generous grant from the Arbella Insurance Foundation, is hosting a Symposium entitled "Sports for Life" at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH.

"Sports For Life" (SFL) aims to use 3 days to immerse participants in the Adaptive Sporting experience through active engagement, educational instruction and resource-sharing. SFL will open up on Friday evening with a welcome reception and a keynote address from a Paralympic athlete. On Saturday, there would be opportunities to try equipment, "how to" clinics, motivational talks from Paralympic and elite athletes who have disabilities. During the resource-sharing symposium, there will be a chance to visit with the vendors and organizations that are present. Adaptive sport videos will play throughout the symposium as well. The conference will finish up on Sunday with a fun downhill alpine race, which will be designed for full participation by all SFL attendees.

As an important individual who serves the disabled community, we would like you to participate in the SFL. The cost is free to individuals like you who are willing to provide new students the opportunity to engage in the SFL. Thus, if you bring a new student to this event we will provide lodging at the Mountain Club on Loon www.mtnclub.com for you and a companion as well as separate accommodations for the student and his/her family. In addition to providing lodging, we will provide rental equipment and lift tickets for all those that participate at no charge.

There will be several (4 or 5) Paralympian athletes who will speak on the following sports:

* Swimming
* Sailing
* Skiing
* Wheelchair Racing

New England Disabled Sports has also invited the Commissioner of Education from the state of New Hampshire to address the 2013 US Department of Education mandate http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201301-504.pdf providing opportunities for primary and secondary students with disabilities to engage in sporting events. Mr. Kirk Bauer, Executive Director of Disabled Sports USA, will also lead a discussion on this subject. http://www.disabledsportsusa.org/

The objectives of the "Sports for Life" conference are fourfold:
1. To provide education about adaptive sports opportunities for people with disabilities, especially those who live in New England.
2. Increase awareness of adaptive sports opportunities for people with disabilities, especially those who live in New England.
3. Create and provide REAL participation in adaptive sports
4. Create opportunities for families.

The mission of New England Disabled Sports is "through sports, to change lives affected by disabilities". www.NEDisabledSports.org

Participation in this program is limited, so please contact:
Jack Daly - [email protected]
Terry MacDonald - [email protected]

Or call us at the office 603.745.9333 for additional information or to register.

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Easter Seals Massachusetts : Youth Leadership Program

This may be interesting!

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Arc of South Norfolk/Family Autism Center Newsletter

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[11/20/13]   Challenger Basketball & Cheering
2013 - 2014


Norwood Challenger Sports is gearing up for another season of fun. Children and young adults with special needs are invited to join us for Friday Night Basketball sessions from December through March. No experience necessary.

Parent coaches and high school volunteers work with the players on a wide range of basketball skills and play short games. Theses sessions are non-competitive with a focus on learning basketball skills in a fun atmosphere.

We will also be continuing our Cheer/Dance group with Coach Hannah Howard. All are welcome!


Start date : Friday, December 6, 2013 - March 14 2014


Time: Cheer/Dance - All ages - 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Basketball - Younger players – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Basketball - Older players – 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location : Coakley Middle School Gym
1315 Washington Street, Norwood MA

Age: 6 and up

Registration Cost : $10.00


Optional mesh basketball shirt & shorts sets are available for $15.
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**Please reply to this email ASAP with sizes!



Attached is the registration form. Print it out and bring it with you, mail it in or fill out form upon arrival.


* Basketball & Cheer/Dance will be held most Friday evenings
thru mid-March
* No basketball when school is closed (vacation/snow day)

Questions? Contact Margaret at [email protected]

All Are Welcome!

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Ditch the Deficit Thing

Interesting Link

http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/10500.html

additudemag.com Instead of dwelling on deficiencies, what if we helped students use their talents — their abundance of abilities and skills — to help them grow and learn?

[10/26/13]   For Parents of Children who take the MCAS-Alt

82 (ONLY 82) students across the state who took the English MCAS Alt in HS were determined competent and eligible for a high school diploma since 2001 (in 12 years).
What is your opinion on this?

[10/12/13]   How's it going with the new bus company?

[09/08/13]   Great suggestion from Norton Parent....
How do you send forms to school that contain sensitive information? Do you put them in your child/teens backpack? We'd like to recommend that you put these forms with personal information in an envelope, or maybe drop it off at school.
Do you ever think that you may be advertising your students "weaknesses" without even realizing it? Instead, how about filling pages your son/daughter may read with "strengths". Let's think twice about papers that may be left on a teachers desk for "passed" in.
Thanks to the concerned parent that brought this to our attention.

[09/05/13]   I know there was a conversation today about the new program for Autistic students but can't seem to find it. The SEPAC was made aware of this last year - just before it was brought to the school committee but did not know that it would be provided by a vendor. We did feel that parents may like to comment and in fact received questions about why the program was begin started in lower grades. We brought all these concerns to the interim superintendent who reported that he would review our concerns.

[09/05/13]   Great conversation. Can we try not to use students names.

[09/05/13]   Not Bullying?

A boy is having a great day. He is especially excited because it is lunchtime and he is getting to talk with his friends and today they are having pancake's - his favorite. He goes through the lunch line and finds the table of friends and sits down. Oh - he forgot to get a knife so he gets up. While he is gone, one of the kids at the table tells another kid to "Throw me a frisbee" referring to the boy who got up to get a knife's pancakes. They boys quickly throw it around a few times, then back on the plate. The boy comes back with the knife and he know's his food has been touched. He is very angry and goes and gets the teacher and tells what happened. The asst principle calls the boys Mom to let her know what happened. The Asst Principle advises the mother that her son should no longer sit at the table because something like this may happen again. He can not understand why these kids continually go back and sit with kids who do stuff like this. The boy has lunch at a different table the next day inviting one of his friends to sit with him. His friend replies I want to sit at the table with all my buddies. He asks others to sit with him. They all want to sit at the popular table with all their friends. The boy is no longer welcome. No one wants to sit with him. What did he do to deserve this? He had been so happy before this happened. He had lots of friends. If only that kid had not played with his food.

He sits alone everyday at lunch while his friends all eat and have a great time. He grows angrier. He feels like killing himself.

I am angry. I want my son to sit at that table and I want that other kid who thinks it is just so funny to have to sit by himself. I think the asst principle got it wrong. We need to punish the people who throw the pancakes, not the ones who it belongs to.

[09/04/13]   Let us know if your interseted in coffee and parent networking at HoneyDew in Norton on Wednesday September 11 (7:00ish). Great opportunity to share experiences for the first week of school. Also a great time to gab about concerns with other parents.

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[08/30/13]   There is a new out of district bus company next week. I'm not sure if it will effect all out of district students. Some families received calls and letters over the past few days. If you have an out of district student, you may want to warn them of the possibility. I wish I had known sooner!

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Just added to the website www.nortonsepac.org
Apps to help with writing disabilities
Apps to help with reading disabilities

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[08/13/13]   Are you spending too much time on Facebook? Need something rewarding to do? How about assisting the SEPAC? We could really use your help. Visit our web site at www.nortonsepac.org

[08/13/13]   Important School Dates:

J.C. Solmonese School
Sept. 3 and 6: Open House K-3 at 5:30 p.m.

L.G. Nourse School
Sept. 3 and 6: Open House, grades K-3 Project Early

H.A. Yelle School
Sept. 3-6: Open House, grades 4, 5 and 6:30 p.m.

Norton Middle School
Sept. 18: Meet the Teachers Night, 7-8:30 p.m.

Norton High School
Sept. 12: Meet the Teachers Night, 6-8 p.m.

School starts Wednesday, Sept. 4.

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The Norton Special Education Parent Advisory Board needs new members for the 2013 -2014 school year. Please consider helping out. It does not require a large investment in time but does a lot for the children in Norton with disabilities! Please reply here or on our web site www.nortonsepac.org or by emailing [email protected]

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Drug Disposal - National Take-Back Initiative

Prescriptions will be accepted at the Norton Police Department on April 27, 2013 from 10am to 2pm as part of a National Take Back Program in partnership with the DEA.
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Drug Disposal - National Take-Back Initiative

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Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration Office of Diversion Control

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