Webinar on The Role of The Paraprofessional in an Inclusive Class 10-09-14 @ 3 p.m.

Brookes Publishing, in association with The Inclusive Class Blog,  present a webinar on The Role of the Paraprofessional in the Inclusive Class on Thursday Oct. 9, 2014 at 3 p.m.

“The role of the paraprofessional in an inclusive classroom can be challenging. Inclusion expert Julie Causton, knows what it takes to succeed  – and in this webinar, she’ll give you tips and tools to manage the complex expectations of this job.  You’ll learn how paraprofessionals can work successfully in the inclusive classroom, give students effective and appropriate support, manage relationships with teachers and students and help support friendships between students. A can’t-miss learning experience for both teachers and paraprofessionals.”

Please click here to register for this webinar.

(This information provided thanks to SEPAC’s Spanish Translator, Ms. Carla Añez-Espinosa.)



SPAN Regional Conferences in Oct. & Nov. 2014

SPAN (The New Jersey Statewide Parent Advocacy Network) will be presenting three Regional Conferences in Ewing, Teaneck and Vineland.

From SPAN:

“An excellent opportunity for parents, students and advocates to spend a day gaining new skills and knowledge that will help you be an effective partner in your child’s education journey and in improving the lives of children throughout NJ.”

This information furnished by the kind courtesy of Ms. Carla Añez-Espinosa.


Exploring ADHD – Free Workshops 10-16-14


   The Morris-Union Jointure Commission (MUJC) offers Parent Awareness Workshops three times a year, in October, January and March, which focus on topics relating to children with special needs.  These workshops are open to anyone who wishes to attend and, in addition to parents, are beneficial to other family members, child care workers and school personnel.   This no cost evening workshop is from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the MUJC  Professional  Development Center, West Wing, 340 Central Avenue, New Providence.  Attached please find the details of our October 16, 2014 workshop entitled, “Exploring ADHD Strategies.”   Although there is no cost for this workshop, registration is required.  Certificates for professional development hours will be given to registrants at the end of the workshop.  Any questions, please email me at dhenriksen@mujc.org.

Bloomfield Education Foundation – Tail Gate Party 9-26-14 @ The Town Pub

The Bloomfield Educational Foundation is a charitable organization that helps students  in the Bloomfield Schools District.  This Friday night, Sept. 26th the BEF are holding a Tail Gate Party from 5:30 – 7:30 P.M. at the Town Pub on Broad Street:


“Tail Gate Party Date Set

Join fellow alums for food and drinks before the Friday night football game featuring BHS against Belleville HS on

Sept. 26th from 5:30-7:30 PM at The Town Pub. 

E-mail info@bloomfieldeducationalfoundation. org if you would like to be added to the reservation list.  Admission is $20 and includes beer, wine, and Town Pub’s famous thin crust pizza. You will also receive a commemorative mug and admission to the game against Belleville HS.  For those under 21, admission is $10.

Valid ID is required.  Please drink responsibly.”


SPAN parent/youth workshop mini conference 10-04-14

SPAN (STATEWIDE PARENT ADVOCACY NETWORK OF NJ) will be presenting a series of workshops on October 4, 2014. The topics are:

IEPs. Basic Rights in  SPecial Education –  Bullying and many more.  This is open to anyone who has a child or works with children who have a need for supports in school.

The Conference is free (though registration is necessary) and you have option to purchase lunch for $10. You can REGISTER FOR FREE – HERE.


– Contributed by SEPAC Board Member Carla Añez-Espinosa



Notes from the 9/17 SEPAC Meeting

20140918_094943_resized I am very pleased to say that our first SEPAC Meeting of the year was a bit of everything helpful. There was some useful information, knowledgeable speakers and some very frank and heartfelt exchanges of ideas. 

Special thanks to all of our Panel this month, Mrs. Catzel Bumpus, the SEPAC BOE Liaison, Linda Colucci, the Bloomfield School District Director of Special Services, Mike Sceurman, Director of Bloomfield Parks & Recreation, John Baltz. Assistant Director and their Bloomfield Parks & Recreation Staff. There was a helpful Question and Answer period with the members of the audience. 

One of the results from this meeting you will see very shortly.  That is a link between SEPAC and The Rec Department’s website. So our SEPAC folks will easily find out the many programs the Rec Depart offers; including those geared for Special Needs people.

We finished the meeting on a high note with The Marvelous Marble. It is something to experience for yourself, as I find it tough to explain, but I think one SEPAC Member described it rather eloquently to me after the meeting saying:

“We shared successes, positive moments in our kids’ lives, in our own lives, etc. each gemstone represents an individual triumph, and the bowl our collective growth.”  It was a positive ending for a wonderfully positive meeting. Extra special thanks to all our SEPAC Parents who made time to attend the meeting. Keep your eye out for our next SEPAC Meeting, which is scheduled for Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Bloomfield Middle School, from 7 – 9 P.M.

– G.Lombardi