PTRC E-News – 10-11/2019

News from the Caroline County Public Schools –  Parent Teacher Resource Center

Mark your Calendar

October is Bully Prevention Month!

Parent Corner
Report cards come home on October 18th. Contact the PTRC for resources.

****October 11th and October 14th:  No School****

 October 18th:   Parent/Family Day at PTRC 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Reading Together (free books)

 October 21st:   SEAC Meeting- 4:30 pm at Bowling Green ES     
Topic: Behavior Management Techniques       

  October 25th:     Morning Video at PTRC- 10:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m.     
     Topic: Simple Parenting Strategies                  

  October 30th:  Critical Decision Points: 10:00 am -3:00 pm at PTRC
 Points you need to know for a child with disabilities  to earn a diploma  and more.   Please register below:
        https://forms.gle/ZXDZoimNiMLw7r3h7        

                              

 

Teacher Corner

Get the 3P’s form and send home with report cards.

 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   hosts a free, monthly, special needs Lego and Train Club for children with disabilities and their siblings.  Paragon Autism Services’ Special Needs Night at KD’z Kidz World.  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.  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.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 trainings for both parents and educators. Call 1-800-869-6782. 
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (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.Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS)
This department manages Virginia’s public mental health, developmental disability and substance abuse services system. Services are provided for children, families, and adults with mental illness, intellectual or developmental disabilities or substance abuse disorders, as well as, for veterans. For more information call 804-786-3921 or visit their site, especially the Individuals and Families tab.   For more information on any topics addressed, please contact the Parent Teacher Resource Center.

Parents of Students in Special Education- VDOE Survey

Each school year, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is required to report to the U.S. Department of Education the “Percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities.”  To gather this year’s data, the School Year 2018-2019 Indicator 8 parent survey response collection period will continue through January 31, 2020.  As was done with last year’s survey collection, a printed survey and a postage paid return envelope will be sent to each local educational agency’s special education administrator in quantities to match the agency’s reported December 1 child count, plus an additional 10 percent.  The printed survey will be available for distribution beginning in August 2019.  Once received, a copy of this survey should be provided to each of your families who have a child with a disability being provided special education services through an individualized education program (IEP).  Families who have more than one child receiving special education services should be afforded the opportunity to complete a survey for each of their children. 

There is also an online survey for parents to complete in lieu of the printed survey.  The online survey is now open for completion in English and Spanish versions at the following web links:

English Version —– English Version of 2018-2019 Indicator 8 Parent Survey

Spanish Version —– Spanish Version of 2018-2019 Indicator 8 Parent Survey

PTRC recognized at the Virginia Council of Administrators of Special Education 2019 Annual Spring Conference

Caroline County Public Schools was recognized at the Virginia Council of Administrators of Special Education 2019 Annual Spring Conference.
Caroline County’s Parent Teacher Resource Center’s Family Fair was singled out by the Office of Facilities and Family Engagement for their outreach to the community. 

Dr. Samantha Hollins, Assistant Superintendent, Special Education and Student Services with the Virginia Department of Education Leaders, presented the State of the Commonwealth address giving the state’s perspective on the latest information relative to the administration of special education. The semi-annual Family Fair is a resource and training event focused on getting parents more engaged in their student’s educational pursuits and progress.
Congratulations to the Parent Teacher Resource Center!