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BLOOMFIELD SEPAC MEETING NOTES

We were delighted to have  the very knowledgeable and very engaging Ms. Dawn Monaco of NJ SPAN give us an in depth look at Transition for older special education students. Ms. Monaco cautioned that the time to begin learning about Transition was at least “five years before your child will need it.” Many parents commented that they were glad they came to the meeting because there was a great deal they didn’t know about the importance of Transition and the information presented at this meeting served as a wake-up call regarding all that there is to learn about it.

Thank you to all our parents and school staff who were able to attend and special thanks to Brookdale Elementary School Principal, Joseph Fleres, for his kind hospitality and the use and abuse of his school.  It was a cold wintry evening outside, but we learned a good deal of heartwarming and vital information inside. Many thanks to Ms. Dawn Monaco for her outstanding and inspiring presentation!

Please keep your eyes out for Special Services Director Linda Colucci’s upcoming Parent Partnership special Forum about Anxiety in February. (Possibly, February 24th? The date and location will be firmed up and announced shortly).

Our next SEPAC Meeting will be March 16, 2016 at Berkeley School, with S. Paul Prior Esq. of the law firm of Hingle, Fingles, Prior and Fischer, speaking. He will give us the benefit of his advice on advocating for your child and helping to get and  keep the special services your child needs; as well as a bit about Guardianship for kids who are between 18-21 years of age.

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IMPORTANT Meeting for Parents of BHS & BMS Special Needs Students – Jan. 20th at Brookdale School!

A SPECIAL BLOOMFIELD SEPAC MEETING FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS

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WHEN : WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2016. FROM 7 – 9 P.M.

WHERE: BROOKDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 1230 BROAD ST. BLOOMFIELD N.J.

If you are the Parent of a BHS or BMS Special Needs Student, we believe the upcoming Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting will prove very helpful. This Meeting is centered on helping your child with Transitioning from High school to college, to a career and to an adult life in general.

Our very special guest speaker, Ms. Dawn Oliver Monaco, is widely respected as a Parent Professional Trainer and the Coordinator/Co-Director of REACH for Transition for the renowned NJ SPAN. (NJ Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, Inc.)

We know that you,  as a parent of a special needs student, are familiar with IEPs, 504s,  special accommodations and the host of various items and information to help your child get the free and appropriate education they deserve.  This special SEPAC Meeting offers lots of new and important information for you and your child. It it will deal issues for the older student and chances are many of the topics will be unfamiliar, but very useful to you.  

NJ SPAN would appreciate if you would confirm you plan to attend by registering (For FREE,, please press here.)   All are welcome; including other SEPAC Groups and Parents from other School Districts.

In the event of severely inclement weather, please check Bloomfield SEPAC on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BloomfieldSEPAC  or www.bloomfieldsepac.com for any cancellations on the day of the Meeting.

REUNION IMPORTANTE PARA PADRES DE ESTUDIANTES CON NECESIDADES ESPECIALES DEL BHS & BMS  – 20 DE ENERO EN  BROOKDALE SCHOOL!

UNA REUNION ESPECIAL DEL SEPAC DE BLOOMFIELD PARA PADRES DEL HIGH SCHOOL Y DEL MIDDLE SCHOOL

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CUANDO : MIERCOLES, 20 DE ENERO, 2016. DE 7 – 9 P.M.

DONDE: BROOKDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 1230 BROAD ST. BLOOMFIELD N.J.

Si usted es padre de un estudiante con necesidades especiales en el BH o el BMS, creemos que la proxima reunion de SEPAC le sera muy util. Esta reunion esta centrada en ayudar a su hijo con la transicion de la escuela secundaria a la universidad, a una carrera y a la vida adulta en general.

Nuestra invitada especial, Ms. Dawn Oliver Monaco, es ampliamente respetada como entrenadora de padres profesional y la coordinadora/Co-Directora de REACH for Transition para el renombrado NJ SPAN. (NJ Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, Inc.)

Sabemos que usted,  como padre de un estudiante con necesidades especiales, esta familiarizado con IEPs, 504s,  acomodaciones especiales y conoce mucha informacion para ayudar a su hijo a recibir una educacion gratuita y apropiada.  Esta reunion especial de SEPAC ofrece mucha y nueva informacion para usted y su hijo. Lidiara con temas para el estudiante mayor y algunos temas seran desconocidos, pero muy utiles para usted.

NJ SPAN aprecia si usted puede confirmar si planea en asistir al inscribirse (For FREE,, please press here.) Esta reunion es GRATUITA.  Todos son bienvenidos; incluyendo otros grupos SEPAC y padres de otros distritos escolares.

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Bloomfield Recreation Dept. January Calendar for their Horizons Program

The Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Department runs their HORIZONS Program for adults 18 and over with special needs.

Horizons Program – This program is for adults 18 and older and is a community outreach program. It also follows the school calendar and distribute its own calendar of activities on a monthly basis. Activities include night at the races, movie night, dinner, theatrical plays and bowling to name a few – all activities encourages life skills. There is a $50 registration fee plus the cost of each activity. It meets Friday nights from approximately 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm dependent on the activity. Transportation is not provided.”

Horizon Events for January 2016 are listed below: