PTRC E-Newsletter 10-28-2020

News from the Caroline County Public Schools –
  Parent Teacher Resource Center October 28, 2020


  PLEASE SHARE WITH STAFF AND FAMILIES!  

Click to register: Supporting Your Students With Special Needs During COVID-19

Thursday, Oct 29, 2020  1:00pm OR 7:00pm. Both sessions LIVE VIRTUALLY with Hank Millward, VDOE 

RECRUITING for the Special Education Advisory Committee!​  Click to Join Us

​Focus for the 2020-2021 school year:
Invite input and engagement from all stakeholders;
Support continuous improvement in policy and practice;
Work with the Director of Special Education to build capacity, communication, and community!
Be a voice for change!!  Meetings open to the public.  
Please take a moment to complete the survey below.  Your input is valuable and appreciated!  Federal Programs Survey
  The Federal Programs Department is beginning a comprehensive needs assessment across 5 grants, Title I, II, III, IV & McKinney Vento.  This is a requirement from the VDOE with the purpose of identifying county needs and prioritizing the allocation of funds.  

Military Family Symposium
Saturday, November 14, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m     
All participants must pre-register using the following link: Military Symposium November 2020. Upon acceptance of registration, attendees will receive an email with additional login information to access the Symposium on November 14, 2020.    
All Parents: 

  • Review Supporting Students With Complex Learning Needs
    Students with disabilities often have complex needs regarding accessing the curriculum. The purpose of this document is to help families identify ways they can work with educators to provide instruction and support to students with complex needs. Family-school collaboration is critical to remote learning. 
  • A Parent’s Guide to Virtual Learning: 4 Actions to Improve Your Child’s Experience With Online Learning
    Here are four things that you should know, and actions you can take, to guide your child’s journey through these unusual and unprecedented times.
  • Google is introducing new technology designed to help people who are nonverbal communicate with those around them while also making strides toward more inclusion at the company. While still tweaking, the goal of the Android app called “Action Blocks” is to make it a more seamless experience for people with disabilities who use augmentative and alternative communication.
  • Great Resource!
    PEATC’s Bi-Weekly E-News Blast is a space for parents, professionals, and youth to stay up-to-date with upcoming PEATC events and workshops happening around the state of Virginia as well as other “news you can use!” 

ADHD/Learning Disabilities:

  • How to Help Kids With Dyscalculia
    There are a number of ways you can support a child with dyscalculia – both in school and out. Join Dr. Laura Phillips for tips on how to spot and support when a child is struggling to understand, learn, and perform math and number-based operations.

Mental Health:

  • Social Wellness Podcast by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
    In this podcast, DBSA staff discuss the challenges individuals who live with depression and bipolar might face in terms of their social wellness. Also, discussed is the grief associated with changing plans due to COVID-19. Allowing ourselves to grieve social loss, and have conversations with loved ones about loss, gives us a chance to connect and create plans that support our wellness.

Deaf / Hard of Hearing:

  • The Hamilton Relay Scholarship application period is now open. This scholarship helps provide an opportunity to graduating high school seniors in Virginia who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking to assist in their goals of continuing their education. See the attached application. For more info contact Eric Alvillar at eric.alvillar@hamiltonrelay.com. Please note the deadline for applications is January 31st of 2021. 

Autism Spectrum:

  • ASCV Conference Series – Building a Spectrum of Opportunity
    This started yesterday with the opening keynote by Dr. Jed Baker on “Managing Overwhelming Frustration and Anxiety in the New Normal”.  Don’t worry if you missed it. You can register today and catch the recording! Also, don’t forget, this is just the BEGINNING. There are still 8 live presentations left! 

Resources you need to know:
Caroline County Schools Special Education Department  Stay updated!
Caroline County Schools Transition Program  Check out the latest activities our students are participating in. 

  • Paragon Autism Services   
  •   For more information contact Joshua@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.
  • The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)     PEATC builds positive futures for Virginia’s children by working collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. They offer FREE information, assistance, and support via email or phone, as well as, FREE workshops, presentations and training for both parents and educators. Call 1-800-869-6782. 

PTRC E-Newsletter 10-16-2020

News from the Caroline County Public Schools –  Parent Teacher Resource Center
October 16, 2020


  PLEASE SHARE WITH STAFF AND FAMILIES!  
The PTRC is here to assist all families to have a successful school year. Please call or email with your concerns and questions. If we don’t know something, we will find the answers.

Upcoming Activities with the Parent Teacher Resource Center:
Grandparent/Parent/Family/Guardian Partnership  virtually

Thursday, Oct 22, 2020– 2:00 pm To Sign up -Click here .
Or join on 10/22/20  at 2:00 p.m. with the link below:
Meeting ID  meet.google.com/nwp-ttcw-tft
Phone Numbers  (‪US‬)‪+1 845-293-2479‬   PIN: ‪109 265 146#‬
What is it?   Our goal is to provide support and assistance as we navigate virtual/online learning for our students, provide suggestions, resources and reinforcement. By building this relationship, we will also build confidence with this new way of learning. 
Please join with your questions and concerns.  We will brainstorm and/or research for more answers.  We look forward to seeing you! 
Questions?
  Contact Susan Gayle sgayle@ccps.us 804-633-7083

Click to register: Supporting Your Students With Special Needs During COVID-19

Thursday, Oct 29, 2020  1:00pm OR 7:00pm. Both sessions LIVE VIRTUALLY with Hank Millward, VDOE 

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Mark your calendar! More information to come.

Regional Transition Guide  Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020 – 1:00 pm

Full Life Ahead – Thursday, Dec 3, 2020 – 6:30 pm



All Parents: 

  • Transition University, a free parent-friendly five-week, self-paced online transition course. It is never too early to start learning about students with disabilities transitioning to adulthood and it is never too early to begin taking steps to prepare for the future. This is just one of many fantastic offerings from PEATC.
    • What is PEATC and why should I connect with them?
      The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) builds positive futures by empowering families and individuals with disabilities through education and training. They offer FREE information, assistance, and support via email or phone, free workshops, presentations and trainings for both parents and educators.
  • Teachers Guide to Anxiety in the Classroom
    In this guide, the experts at Child Mind Institute outline the types of anxiety that are common in children, and the symptoms of anxiety you might see in your classroom. Parents – some of you have moved into the role of teacher at home so, this might be very helpful to you, as well.
  • Teaching Math and Computer Science to Kids with Special Needs
    Andrea Pretorian (content manager for BitIRA),  has been leading efforts to investigate the barriers to entry for women in cryptocurrency and blockchain as well as the greater STEM community at large. She is passionate about introducing students to STEM, especially her area of focus, bitcurrency. She’s just assembled a list of STEM resources for kids with special needs; it offers a range of options and approaches for parents and educators alike. It’s worth a look!
  • 123 Magic Parenting is posting new videos all the time.
    Their latest topics include: Communicating with your teen; Self-esteem; Discipline in a public place; Getting your child to stop doing something without yelling, The adolescent snub; and more.

ADHD/Learning Disabilities:

  • Common ADHD Questions Answered During Awareness Month
    During this year’s ADHD Awareness Month, the coalition of CHADD, ADDA, and ACO is presenting the most common questions about ADHD with reliable answers from noted experts. On the ADHD Awareness website and the coalition’s social media—Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram—new questions are posted daily. Questions from the previous days are grouped by topic for readers to explore further.

Down Syndrome:

Early Childhood:

  • VCU-ACE Early Childhood website
    This NEW website provides a wealth of new learning opportunities for families; including several new video series.
    Along with info re: how to support your child’s success and how to problem-solve through challenges. Info from their seminars, webcasts, and online courses can help families and caregivers understand more about appropriate interventions and strategies to help their child.

Autism Spectrum:

  • A Second Annual Autism Hope Summit at UVA
  • The Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR) initiative at the University of Virginia is hosting the Second Annual Virginia Autism Hope Summit.  This event is free of charge and provides an opportunity for learning, networking, and discussion on a range of topics related to autism across the lifespan. Families, self-advocates, friends, and service providers are welcome!
  • Upcoming ASCV Conference Series – Building a Spectrum of Opportunity
    This conference will feature weekly virtual presentations on critical autism-related topics for self-advocates, caregivers, teachers and other professionals. Featuring an Opening Keynote from Dr. Jed Baker on “Managing Overwhelming Frustration and Anxiety in the New Normal”, and additional topics including: utilizing waiver services, Interoception, gender differences, co-occurring mental health conditions, and more. Click the above link for complete info and registration 

Resources you need to know:
Caroline County Schools Special Education Department  Stay updated!
Caroline County Schools Transition Program  Check out the latest activities our students are participating in. 

  • Paragon Autism Services   
  •   For more information contact Joshua@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.
  • The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)     PEATC builds positive futures for Virginia’s children by working collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. They offer FREE information, assistance, and support via email or phone, as well as, FREE workshops, presentations and training for both parents and educators. Call 1-800-869-6782. 

JOIN US – TOMORROW! Homework Strategies – Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, 1:00pm or 7:00pm

Join the Caroline County Parent Teacher Resource Center as we co-host this event with our Regional Parent Resource Centers!

Please register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/homework-strategies-with-tracy-lee-tickets-123215423649

Is homework a struggle? Join us hear about various at-home learning issues, as well as some solutions that can be quickly implemented.

About this Event

When our children are doing their work at home, whether they’re only doing their homework or they’re utilizing a full virtual learning model, parents often find it to be a struggle. Tracy will address various at-home learning issues, as well as some solutions that can be quickly implemented.

Tracy Lee is currently the Family Engagement Specialist/Special Projects Coordinator in the Department of Special Education and Student Services at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). She provides leadership and technical assistance to Parent Resource Centers (PRCs) throughout the Commonwealth and trains both parents and school divisions in parental rights, dispute resolution, and best practices in collaboration through the special education process. She is also managing a grant project through the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities regarding Critical Decision Points for Families of Students with Disabilities.

She has been an elementary school teacher, preschool director, and the Family Resource Coordinator for Colonial Heights Public Schools. Mrs. Lee has co-authored two bestselling parenting books (1-2-3 Magic for Kids and the 1-2-3 Magic Workbook) and has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates, nationwide, discussing parenting and education related issues. Additionally, she was the 2019 recipient of Virginia’s Governor’s Honor Award in the category of Personal and Professional Excellence, which is the highest possible honor for an employee of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

PTRC Virtual Cooking Class: Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 10:00 am – 11:00 am.

Register below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSffU-bsfYpEyFt46pSDdDDEr4-zG-RY2BJRZBCp-mcpIDU79Q/viewform

PTRC Virtual Cooking Class

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020

10:00 am – 11:00 am.

Join us as we welcome Beth Jimenez from Virginia Cooperative Extension Office as she helps us save money and time in the kitchen.

What’s for breakfast? Is it time for lunch?

Virtual learning can be a challenge to the food bill.
Learn some fun, quick and healthy ways to start the day along with quick fix lunch ideas.

The link to join will be emailed to those who have registered.