E-News from the Caroline Parent Teacher Resource Center 11-3-2017

News from the Caroline County Public Schools –

                  Parent Teacher Resource Center

Upcoming Activities:

November 2017 calendar
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  • Involved Fathers – Friday, November 10, 2017 – 10 a.m.—12 p.m. @ the PTRC.  (see attached)  Fathers are just as essential to a child’s healthy development as mothers. This workshop for dads and moms will cover what it means to be an involved father and how to support fathers to stay involved especially in challenging situations ( i.e. demanding job, military deployment, custody involvement, incarceration, etc.)
  • Parent Activity Day (your choice) – Thursday, November 16, 2017 10:00am – 2:00pm @ the PTRC.  Come with ideas that your child needs help with and we’ll help you create the activity.
  • The disAbility Resource Center has scheduled a workshop about Extended School Year on November 17, 10 a.m. to noon at the dRC409 Progress St., Fredericksburg.  Extended School Year or ESY refers to special education and/or related services provided beyond the normal school year of a school division for the purpose of providing a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to a student with a disability.  Learn about the factors to be considered when determining ESY, when to discus ESY, what is NOT ESY, and what procedures the IEP team must follow to determine ESY for a student.  Register by linking to https://drcspedseries.eventbrite.com.  For more information, emailklett@cildrc.org or call 540-373-2559 (v), 540-373-6890 (CAPTEL).
  • SEAC – Special Education Advisory Committee – next meeting Monday, November 20, 2017 – 4:30 pm – Parent Teacher Resource Center – 16261 Richmond Turnpike, Bowling Green, VA.  Topics will include new member recruitment. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more info CLICK HERE or contact Susan Gayle at the PRC at  804-633-7083   sgayle@ccps.us or ccpsseac@gmail.com
  • Getting Organized with All that Paperwork!  Wednesday, November 29, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. So much paperwork to sort through when your child has special needs. Where do you start?  Join us as we give you the tools you need to get organized.

Resources you need to know:

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

  • Paragon Autism Services: 1st Saturday of each month from 10 to 12 p.m.Paragon’s Lego/Train Club at our Chatham office.  We provide Legos and trains for the children.  Older individuals bring Lego Games and are provided a separate room. The children have fun and the parents exchange information, stories, and comradery.
  • 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m.  Paragon Autism Services and ASNV co-host a Support Group in our Princess Ann St. office   Every other month a topic which has been requested by the group is presented by a local professional.  February has free discussion on the agenda and March has a presentation scheduled for transition services.
  • 3rd Wednesday of each month from 5-7 p.m  Paragon’s Special Needs Night at KD’z Kidz World where we rent the entire facility and limit attendance to 50 children to ensure safety.  It proves to be a fun evening for both children and their parents!!!!
  • 4th Thursday of each month from 12 to 1 p.m.  Rappahannock Area Autism Council Lunch and Learn held at the dRC.  This event is a unique opportunity for parents and caregivers of individuals with Autism to ask questions and seek information from local service providers.
  • 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.

Have a great weekend!!