THIS MONTH"S ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Parent Participation Needed...Finalist Days

The District is embarking on the search to permanently fill the role of Department Head of Elementary Special Education.

Parent participation and feedback is an important aspect of this process.

Parents of elementary special education students can participate in the process by attending one of these sessions:

3/22 11:00-11:45 Superintendent's Conference Room in Central Office

3/23 11:00-11:45 Superintendent's Conference Room in Central Office

3/24 11:00-11:45 Superintendent's Conference Room in Central Office


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Calling ALL Parents
Do you have kids grades 9-12 (up to 22) interested in participating in Track at WHS


3/23 Unified Track Information Meeting for Parents, 7pm, WHS Faculty Dining Room

What is a unified sport?
Special Olympics Unified Sports is a fast-growing initiative that brings people with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same team to compete.
And now - NEW this year - it comes to WHS

The Unified Track season will begin March 28th and practice will run Monday through Thursday 2:45-4:00.  There will be 3-4 league meets, a Sectional Meet and State Tournament. Athletes can register through the WPS Athletics website.
Students who are in grades 9-12 and up to age 22 can participate. Jesse Davis will be the head coach. 
Please direct questions to the WHS Athletics Department.


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March/April Events in nearby towns:

Apr 5
Processing Speed, Social Skills, and Family Life
Worshop sponsored by Academy Metro West in Natick, 7:30-9:00

To learn about more events around MA...go to SPED Child & Teen, Disability Camps, Workshops & Events in Greater Massachusetts

WHAT'S COMING UP THIS YEAR

Jan 26
Speaker:  Jessica Minahan, M.Ed, BCBA  7-9pm, WMS Library
Jessica will speak about mental health and its impact on vulnerable students

TBD
Speaker:  Dr. Susan Swick, M.D., 7-9pm, WMS Library
Dr. Swick, Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, will discuss mental health supports and the rise in school refusal.

TBD
Basic Rights Workshop II, at Preschool at Wellesley Schools, 9:15-11 am
Lori Cimeno and Tere Ramos, will discuss special education laws and their application to IEP's

April 5
ACCEPT Collaboration Workshop, 6-8:30pm, WHS
"Talking with you kids about sexuality:  a workshop for parents and caregivers of students with developmental disabilities"

May 4
Speaker:   Allen Blume, 7-9pm WMS Library
Allan will talk about the IEP process, including determining how to write effective goals and benchmarks.

PAST EVENTS

Missed our last WellesleyPAC presentation? 

Dr. Ruth Potee addressed teen brain development and substance abuse on Oct 13, 2016.  Presentation download COMING SOON!

WE NEED YOU!

Join the 2017-2018 PAC Executive Board
The PAC nominating committee is seeking the names of potential candidates now.  If you are interested in being considered as a candidate, or know someone you would recommend we ask, please email Elizabeth Humber

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