E-News from the PTRC 2-16-2018

News from the Caroline County Public Schools –
                         Parent Teacher Resource Center
  • Tsunami Swimming is offering free swim lessons for youth ages 5 – 18 who are from low income households.  Receiving Federal or State financial assistance.  Lessons start on Sunday February 18th, and run for 6 weeks for 30 minutes. Classes are held between 4 and 6 pm at Fredericksburg Academy.  The First twenty qualified applicants will be guaranteed a spot in class  Swimmers also receive a free swimsuit, swim cap and goggles.  Contact Peter Maloney for more information.  540-371-4369  http://www.TsunamiSwimming.org

  • FREE TAX PREPARATION – Rappahannock United Way –
    For tax site locations and schedule, visit
    www.RUWFreeTaxes.org or call (540) 373-0041 ext. 300.

  • Tuesday, February 20 – Video Show at the PTRC 10:00 am OR 1:00 pm – Helping Your Child Get Ready to Read – View the video and make activities to take home. 
  • Tuesday, February 27 –  Video Show at the PTRC 10:00 am OR 1:00 pm – Phonemic Awareness & Phonics – View the video and make activities to take home.
  • 24 February– Smithsonian Morning at the Museum at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20560 on Saturday, February 24th from 9 to 10am. Morning at the Museum is a Smithsonian program that provides access to a museum for individuals with cognitive and sensory processing disabilities by providing early entrance into the museum, facilitated movement and art activities, and a “Take a Break” Space!  The museum regularly opens to the public at 10am.  Registration is REQUIRED at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/si-morning-at-the-museum-hirshhorn-museum-and-sculpture-garden-tickets-41722156092.  For more info, contact access@si.edu.
  •  Friday, March 2 – Read Across America 10:00am -12 noon @ the PTRC.  1:00 pm – Make a Book to take home.
  • Tuesday, March 6   Video Show at the PTRC 10:00 am OR 1:00 pm – Reading Together – View the video and make activities to take home.
  • SEAC – Special Education Advisory Committee – next meeting Monday, March 19, 2018 – 4:30 pm – Parent Teacher Resource Center – 16261 Richmond Turnpike, Bowling Green, VA. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more info CLICK HERE   To be added to the agenda, contact Wendy Sneed, SEAC Chairperson – Wendy.Sneed@dss.virginia.gov   804-633-5071 ext 114   or Susan Gayle at the PTRC at   804-633-7083
     or ccpsseac@gmail.com
  • SAVE THE DATE – April 28th – Dyslexia Conference – Chesterfield, VA

All Parents:

  • Cast for Kids – May 12th, 2018 James River, Osborne Landing
    Cast for Kids is hosting 40 children (ages 5-18) this year. All children will receive a fishing pole, tackle box, t-shirt, hat, plaque and life jacket to keep. Each participant has the option to ride on a boat or fish from the shore. All participants must sign up and be accompanied by an adult. Lunch will be provided for the parent and child. Click the above link for complete infohttp://castforkids.org/event/jamesriver/
  • The 7th Annual Virtual TechKnowledgy Conference
    Assistive technology (AT) can often be the game changer that allows children, youth and young adults to fully participate and be independent in educational and community activities. All you need to participate is a computer and sessions are free.

    • Preparing for the Real World 
      March 1, 2018, 12:00 – 1:00 and 3:00 – 4:00
      Join us for a fast-paced discussion of assistive technology to ease the transition from high school to post-secondary or employment environments. Many transitioning young adults struggle with time management, reading, note taking, and stress management. We will share tools and strategies we have found to be successful with this age group. https://techknowledgy.ttaconline.org/Schedule/Z043-105nkecvDIlzokitw

ADHD/Learning Disabilities:

Mental Health:

Autism Spectrum Disorders:

Get the Most from Your Parent-Teacher Conference – Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018 – 10am or 1pm @ the PTRC

Staff and Families,
Please join us for a workshop:
“Get the Most from your Parent-Teacher Conference”:
Wednesday, February 7,  2018 –  10 am OR 1 pm.@ Parent-Teacher Resource Center.
Use the attached 3-P form so families can organize information for students.   PRC 3P’s Conference Chart (2),
5 Parent-Teacher Conference Prep Tips
When prepping for parent conferences:
-communicate with them early and often
-keep data handy
-balance the conversation
-invite the student
-make the experience pleasant.
For more information, contact the Parent Teacher Resource Center.


Please join us!

SEAC – Special Education Advisory Committee – 
on Monday, January 29, 2018 – 4:30 pm –  ​(PTRC) ​ParentTeacher Resource Center – 16261 Richmond Turnpike, Bowling Green, VA.  22427

Additional agenda items:
Myers Respite presentation
Individual School reports

Staff and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more info CLICK HERE or contact Wendy Sneed, Chair –  Wendy.Sneed@dss.virginia.gov   804-633-5071 ext 114
or Susan Gayle at the PRC at  804-633-7083   sgayle@ccps.us or ccpsseac@gmail.com

E-News from the PTRC-1-12-2018

News from the Caroline County Public Schools
Parent Teacher Resource Center 

Upcoming Activities:

    • Housing Options – Thursday, January 18, 2018 – 6:30 pm @ disAbility Resource Center – 409 Progress St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401  540-373-2559    SPONSORED BY FACT – Fredericksburg Area Council on Transition.  Learn what options for housing are available in our region for people with disabilities.
    • SEAC – Special Education Advisory Committee – next meeting Monday, January 29, 2018 – 4:30 pm – Parent Teacher Resource Center – 16261 Richmond Turnpike, Bowling Green, VA. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more info CLICK HERE   To be added to the agenda, contact Wendy Sneed, SEAC Chairperson – Wendy.Sneed@dss.virginia.gov   804-633-5071 ext 114
      or Susan Gayle at the PTRC at   804-633-7083   sgayle@ccps.us or ccpsseac@gmail.com

Beginning January 2018, the Inclusion Project is pleased to announce it is offering up to 6 mini grants (max: $2,000) to support schools interested in planning an Inclusion Project event.


    • The Youth Leadership Academy is now accepting applications for the 2018 session –
      The Youth Leadership Academy is an exciting opportunity for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. These ‘delegates’ will learn directly from peer mentors and successful adult role models while they work on their own personal leadership plans, improve their communications skills, visit the state capitol, and have a chance to speak directly to state legislators and policymakers, and much more! https://www.vaboard.org/YLA.htm
    • Angry Kids: Dealing With Explosive Behavior – How to respond when a child lashes out
      Sometimes parents see this kind of explosive behavior as manipulative. But kids who lash out are usually unable to handle frustration or anger in a more effective way. This informative article was posted on Child Mind.org.  EN ESPAÑOL
    • The Positive Vibe Café provides hands-on training in food services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
      The upcoming session will be Monday-Friday January 8-February 2, 2018 from 2:30-4:30, with three in-house internships to be scheduled upon acceptance into the program. Click here for more info: http://positiveviberva.com/training/
    • Get Ready for College: A Resource for Teens with Disabilities
      This is a free series of online lessons, each focusing on a different aspect in the college preparation, selection, and disability services process. Topics include the differences between high school and college, postsecondary education and training, selecting a college best fit, getting accommodations in college, and what you can do now in high school to prepare for college. https://centerontransition.org/training/getReady.cfm
    • Paid internship opportunities through The Next Move Program
      Next Move Program will expand its partnership with Wells Fargo Corporate and will offer a 12-week internship session to young adults with disabilities at the Wells Fargo Advisor’s location in Glen Allen, March 12-June 1, 2018. The application and functional skills assessment are both due to our staff by January 12, 2018. http://www.thenextmoveprogram.com/news/
    • Tips for Traveling With Challenging Children – How to minimize stress and maximize fun for everyone
      Traveling with children who are anxious, wary of change, or otherwise challenging can be daunting, precisely because it does what we expect vacations to do—take us away from the routine of home and expose us to new sights and sounds. This article by Beth Arky posted on Child Mind.org had some practical tips to help things go smoothly.

Sensory Processing:

  • Excellent resource for parents AND students
    LD OnLine is a great website on learning disabilities, learning disorders and differences. Topics covered include: ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dysnomia, reading difficulties, speech and related disorders.http://www.ldonline.org/

Resources you need to know:

Caroline County Schools Transition Program  Check out the latest activities our students are participating in.

  • Paragon Autism Services’ Special Needs Lego and Train Club–Paragon Autism Services hosts a free, monthly, special needs Lego and Train Club for children with disabilities and their siblings.  We plan for inclusion with typically developing peers and offer multiple play options to include: standard Lego,  Duplo and Mega Blocks, as well as wooden trains and tracks and Geotrax.  Paragon Lego and Train Club is free, but registration is required and limited to 50 participants to ensure safety.  Event takes place the first Saturday of each month at.417 Chatham Square Office Park 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event is a great way for parents to play with their children, meet other parents of children with special needs, and obtain and exchange resources. For more information contact Tina@paragonautismservices.com. Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paragon-autism-services-special-needs-lego-and-train-club-tickets-41394928345
    Paragon Autism Services’ Special Needs Night at KD’z Kidz World–Paragon Autism Services is proud to offer a free, monthly special needs night of fun at KD’z Kidz World for children with disabilities and their siblings at KD’z Kidz World.  The facility is closed to the public during our events.  Registration is limited to 50 participants to maintain safety and registration is required.  The event takes place the third Wednesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m at KD’z Kidz World 220 Tyler Von Way, Fredericksburg ,VA 22405.  For more information contact Tina@paragonautismservices.com.  Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paragon-autism-services-special-needs-fun-night-at-kdz-kidz-world-tickets-41395963441
  • Rappahannock Area Autism Council presents a Lunch and Learn on the fourth Thursday of each month from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Disability Resource Center located at 409 Progress Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.  This monthly event offers a unique opportunity for parents and caregivers of individuals diagnosed with Autism to obtain resources and ask questions of local service providers.  For more information contact Tina@paragonautismservices.com.
  • Autism Society-Central Virginia (AS-CV)
    Whether you’re new or have been involved in the ASD community for a while the AS-CV is the #1 resource for you and your family. They offer a wealth of information and resources, as well as, social, support and sibling opportunities. Becky Boswell, Bradford Hulcher, Tammy Burns and the rest of the team are committed, knowledgeable and passionate about helping you and your family. Be sure to check out their ‘meetings and events’ page.
  • Community Services Board (CSB)
    The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) provides prevention, treatment, employment and support services for Caroline citizens and families with mental health, substance use and intellectual disabilities. They work collaboratively with schools, law enforcement, and social services. They can also assist you with case management, counseling, crisis services, and general parenting education.
  • Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)
    The department offers a wide array of specialized services, supports, resources and programs for Virginia residents of all ages who are experiencing significant visual disabilities. The DBVI is committed to providing quality services to assist Virginia’s citizens who are blind, deafblind or vision impaired in achieving their maximum level of employment, education, and personal independence.
  • Department of Social Services (DSS)
    and the CSB work very closely together to serve you, your child and your family. They help to ensure that thousands of Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens have access to the best services and benefits available to them, such as: Financial Assistance, Medicaid Waivers, Health Financial Assistance, Family & Individual Services, Services for Children, and Services for Adults.
  • disAbility Resource Center – 409 Progress St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401  540-373-2559
    A Center for Independent Living working to enable people of all disabilities of all ages to reach their greatest potential of independent living.
  • Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR)
    DSAGR is a wonderful resource. They strive to improve the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome and their families by providing access to current and accurate information on Down syndrome and by fostering programs that focus on education, community services, public awareness, medical issues, research, advocacy, legal issues and parenting.
  • Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
    DARS can assist you with many things. They collaborate with schools in providing Transition Services. They offer Employment Services help people with disabilities get ready for, find, and keep a job. We have a residential training and medical rehabilitation center known as Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center, and they process disability claims for benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Disability Programs.

For more information on any topics addressed in this email, please contact the Parent Teacher Resource Center.

Promoting a partnership between families, teachers, and Caroline County Public Schools