Category Archives: Announcements

E-News from the PTRC 3-16-2018

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

  • VIDEO MORNING AT THE PTRC – How to Do Homework Without Throwing Up! :
     Wednesday, March 21, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. at the PTRC. Homework is sometimes a difficult task. Learn tips to make it easier for parents to manage.

    • Navigating Dangerous WatersDinner provided for evening session.  TWO MORE OPPORTUNITIES!
    • Thursday, March 22, 6:00 pm at Caroline Middle School
      Saturday, April 21, 10:00 am at Caroline Middle School 

  • Navigating Dangerous WatersDinner provided for evening session.  TWO MORE OPPORTUNITIES!
  • Thursday, March 22, 6:00 pm at Caroline Middle School
    Saturday, April 21, 10:00 am at Caroline Middle School
  • REGISTRATION IS OPEN – April 28th – Dyslexia Conference – Chester, VA
All Parents:

ADHD/Learning Disabilities:

Mental Health:

Autism Spectrum Disorders:

  • The Autism Society Central Virginia (ASCV) is pleased to offer three types of scholarships for 2018
    Qualifying households and/or individuals may apply for any or all of the following scholarships:
    – Recreational and Social Scholarship – award of up to $300 annually per individual on the spectrum
    – Education Enrichment Scholarship – award of up to $300 annually per household holding current ASCV membership
    – Membership Scholarship – award of up to $25 annually per household
    More information and applications can be found here

SEAC – Monday 3-19-2018 – 4:30 pm at the PTRC

2018 Charitable Fund Award – Deadline Wednesday, March 14th

office804.740.6930    toll free | 888.241.6039   fax|804.740.6065

The DEADLINE to submit an application is Wednesday, March 14, 2018!  Click Here to APPLY!

In its tenth year, CCT’s 2018 CFA provides individuals with disabilities who reside in Virginia and demonstrate a financial need with grants of up to $1,000 to be used for equipment, medication or services.
If you have a client who lives in Virginia whose quality of life could be improved by this program, please consider applying. Examples of past awards include (but are not limited to):
        • Assistive technology, including iPads
        • Dental services and dentures, hearing aids and eyeglasses
        • Summer camp fees, therapeutic riding and fitness center membership fees
        • Equipment such as wheelchairs, van lifts, stair lifts, dehumidifiers and adaptive bicycles
        • Home safety modifications such as wheelchair ramps and grab bars

E-News from the PTRC 3-9-2018

News from the Caroline County Public Schools –
  Parent Teacher Resource Center
  • Morning at the Museum – Orchid Spectrum at the U.S. Botanic Garden (Washington DC)
    Sunday, March 25 from 8:30 am – 10:00 am (Doors open to the public at 10:00 a.m.)
    Morning at the Museum is a program that provides access to a museum for individuals with cognitive and sensory processing disabilities by providing pre-visit materials, early entrance for registered participants, and a “Take a Break” space. Participants will be able to pot an orchid to take home, stop by the orchid discovery cart and participate in other hands-on activities.

Blind/Vision Impaired:

  • Sounds of the James
    Two dates March 26 & April 6, 2018
    An event for VA students ages 8 – 21 with blindness or visual impairment and their families. Ride aboard a comfortable pontoon boat along the James River as Capt. Mike Ostrander enthralls you with one of the most unique bald eagle tours on the East Coast! Presented by VAAPVI and VSDB Outreach Services.

ADHD/Learning Disabilities:

  • Executive Functioning
    Understood.Org is currently focusing on Executive Functioning. Here are two of those resources –
    3 Areas of Executive Function – Executive functions let people plan, organize and complete tasks. This article takes a closer look at the different areas of executive function and the skills they affect.
    Boosting Your Child’s Executive Functioning Skills
    free webinar with Understood Expert Bob Cunningham on March 15, 2018 at noon.
    Many kids with learning and attention issues struggle with executive function. Join Bob Cunningham, M.Ed., to learn strategies, games and activities for building these skills.
  • The Youth Leadership Academy
    The Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) is an exciting opportunity for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors with developmental and other disabilities to further develop their leadership skills. YLA seeks to empower these young people and further develop their leadership skills. Students, serving as Delegates from communities throughout Virginia, participate in a wide range of activities and learning experiences during this summer program set on a university campus. The deadline to submit the application is March 16, 2018.

Mental Health:

Autism Spectrum Disorders:

E-News from the Parent Teacher Resource Center – 2-23-2018

News from the Caroline County Public Schools –
                         Parent Teacher Resource Center
Did you know……
Bullying Prevention Training Resources

Did you know that training resources are available on The Bullying Prevention Training Center offers webinars and other training resources and prevention tools for educators, parents, and others working with kids. Available trainings include:

  • The Bullying Prevention Continuing Education Course (with CEU credit)
  • Training for Educators and School Bus Drivers
  • Organizing a Community Event
  • Working with Stakeholders
  • Learning from Others

Visit to access these tools and learn how to take a public health approach to bullying prevention.

Latest Bullying Research Highlights

In the News

All Parents:

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

    • THIS Saturday, the 24th  

    at The Anthem Building at 2015 Staples Mill Rd. Richmond, VA 23230 (Davis Center Conference Rm)

    • • DARS
      • Sportable
      • Northstar Academy
      • NextMove
      • Disability Law Center
      • Autism Center for Excellence
      • Awakenings Music Therapy
      • RVA Metro Teens
      • RBHA REACH crisis program
      • VCU Audiology
      • And… more!
      Please contact: Resources for Independent Living to RSVP or for questions/concerns contact Kerry Byrne or 804-353-6503 x129
  • 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  For more info, contact

  • 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.

  • 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 –   804-633-5071 ext 114   or Susan Gayle at the PTRC at   804-633-7083
  • REGISTRATION IS OPEN – April 28th – Dyslexia Conference – Chester, VA

Vision Impairment:

  • The “Regs” are now available in Braille
    The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has translated the Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia  into Braille. They have had six copies of the Braille translation and will make them available at four different locations around the state. Click here for more info:

Cystic Fibrosis:

  • Cystic Fibrosis Family Education Day
    Sat, March 3 from 9 am – 2:30 pm
    at the Children’s Pavilion at the Children’s Hospital @ VCU
    This free event will feature guest speakers from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is open to anyone impacted by cystic fibrosis including parents, relatives, friends, teachers, coworkers and health care providers. Families receiving care at other CF centers are welcome! to register.

Down Syndrome:

Mental Health:

Autism Spectrum Disorders:

  • ASCV 10th Annual Recreation/Social Resource Fair
    Friday, March 2, 2018
    Come learn about opportunities for camps, social groups, music, dance, martial arts, soccer, sailing, swimming, gymnastics, and much more! This event is free and open to the community.
  • FREE movie screening of Deej – a documentary about autism and inclusion
    Mon, February 26, 2018
    7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Follow along as DJ “Deej” Savarese shares an insider’s view of autism. With unflinching candor, this film reveals what it takes to make the goals of inclusion and disability rights a reality. Sponsored by ASCV. The movie will be at River Road United Methodist Church

  • 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 Register at:
    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  Register at:
    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
  • 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
    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.