We are very pleased to have renowned Parent Coach, Maria Sanders, LSW, to participate in our ONLINE SEPAC MEETING. Ms. Sanders has consistently been very generous of her time in presenting at our Meetings and helping answer Parents questions.
Maria Sanders is a Licensed Social Worker and PCI Certified Parent Coach®. She works with parents struggling with any parenting challenge, from getting a child to sleep to communicating with a taciturn teen. A lot of her work is supported by Conscious Parenting and Collaborative Problem Solving. Maria Sanders is Certified in the Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS) approach by Think:Kids, a program based in the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA
Maria works one on one with parents virtually (phone or video) or in her Montclair office. She offers programs to public schools, independent schools, preschools, pediatrician offices, professional organizations, and corporate settings.
For more information about Maria Sanders, you can check out her website:
“Know Your Rights: Heading Back to School During the Pandemic
In the Spring, many students made less than expected academic progress due in large part to the distance learning plans implemented by many New Jersey school districts. Mary Frances Palisano and Debra Clifford, Team Leaders of the Gibbons Child Advocacy Team, will discuss strategies and provide tips to help parents advocate for their struggling learners in the Covid-19 reality of remote instruction. Now is the time to get prepared to avoid further learning gaps.
Please join us Monday, August 17 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom
Topic: Special Education Discussion (arranged by Emily Goldberg)
Time: Aug 17, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Across the world, we are experiencing an unprecedented set of challenges as we all work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing and other protective measures. Having reliable, up to date information and resources to help us better understand COVID-19, necessary health and hygiene precautions, and strategies to maintain emotional well-being is important to us all.
The Boggs Center, as New Jersey’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and New Jersey’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program, has compiled a selection of resources from New Jersey and across the country that may be useful to the disability community across the state. “
View links to COVID-19 resources
Special thanks to Ms. Kelly Reer, M.A. SLE Coordinator, at BHS for the information.
“The following is from The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities:
Here is another webinar that transition educators and families may be interested in. It will be relevant to anyone graduating this year or next, or anyone already in the adult service system.
The Family and Support Coordination Partnership: Making Choices, Becoming Empowered, and Supporting the Life Your Family Member Wants
May 18, 2020 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
As the service delivery system changes, all people with developmental disabilities receiving services through DDD will be able to choose a support coordination agency along with the services they receive. This training will provide families with the information they need about support coordination. Participants will also learn how to help their family members select a support coordination agency that will best meet their needs, work in partnership with the support coordinator throughout the person centered planning process, and identify service providers to help their family member achieve the life he or she wants.
Click on the link below for more information and to register. https://rwjms.rutgers.edu/boggscenter/training/dd_families.html
The Family Resource Network is coming to you! To show you we are still here for you, we have created FRN Connect, a free
3-month webinar series that will provide interactive opportunities to stay healthy and connected while practicing social distancing. Connect with us today!
GET FIT – May 4, 2020, Mon- & Thur. @ 4-4:30 PM
Each class will feature a certified trainer and a model participant to demonstrate each exercise. We will focus on improving muscle building, full body flexibility, balance, motor skills and mobility through these fun exercises. Register HERE
YOGA – May 5th 2020, Tues.@1-1:45PM
This 45-minute yoga class offers a combination of breathing exercises, chanting, yoga postures, relaxation techniques (yoga Nidra) and other self-regulation tools that bring participants a sense of peace and well-being. Useful but not necessary props to have: yoga mat, access to wall space to lean against for standing balance poses. We encourage participation from parents, family members and caregivers. Take it together! Register HERE
Build fitness and character with the time-honored methods of martial arts training in the comfort of your own home. Sensei Damien Wright, a 7th Degree Japanese Jujitsu Black Belt and long time professional instructor, will conduct each class with beginner-friendly workouts and lessons designed to build important skills, cultivate a healthy and positive mindset, and provide each student with the opportunity to meet the best version of themselves. All workouts and lessons are highly adaptable to suit all body types, restrictions, and situations. All participants will have access to this class specifically for them as well as the full schedule of Virtual classes provided by Sensei Damien’s academy, Wright Fight Concepts. Excellence awaits. Let’s find it together. Register- HERE
The Loss, Grief and Coronavirus Toolbox -Wednesday, May 13th 2020 4:00pm -5:00pm
This work shop will enable you to: identify the losses impacting you and your family; define loss, grief, mourning, coping, self-care and resilience; identify what gets in the way of self-care; discover new coping skills and become more resilient. REGISTER _ HERE
Weathering the COVID Storm: Strategies for Engaging in Virtual Classrooms and Telehealth Sessions -Friday, May 15th 2020 1:00pm -2:00pm REGISTER _ HERE
Special thanks to Kelly Reer, MA, LDT-C Structured Learning Experience (SLE) Coordinator Bloomfield High School for this information.
Our next Meeting (Nov. 13, at BHS, from 6-8 P.M.) is not aimed at only Special Ed Students. Any student or parent may benefit from this very helpful and informative Forum. So please spread the word among your friends and school families. You will have the opportunity to ask your questions of our Presenters following their talks.
Our topics will be overview of Suite 360 and the Wingman initiative.
Assistant Superintendent of Bloomfield Schools, Joseph Fleres, will give a presentation about Suite 360.
“Suite360 provides students with information and techniques to support self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships skills, and responsible decision-making. In addition, the program addresses specific topics such as cyberbullying, academic success, substance abuse and many other challenges students and communities face. Finally, the program provides behavior intervention support for students who experience common conduct issues.”
Bloomfield Schools Supervisor of Guidance, K-8, Michael Bruno, will give a presentation about The Wingman Program.
The Wingman Initiative- “Wingman is a unique youth leadership program from Dylan’s Wings of Change that develops social and emotional skills through team bonding and trust building activities. Wingman inspires children to be more empathetic, courageous and inclusive young leaders. The Wingman program is being used in schools, dance studios, running clubs, summer camps and after school programs to promote accepting and inclusive environments around the world.
We look forward to seeing you on what is bound to be a most informative evening.
There will be a community night presentation for parents called, Talk Saves Lives. The organization presenting is the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The Talk will be held at the BHS Media Center on April 17, 2018 at 7 P.M.
BLOOMFIELD SEPAC is an independent, volunteer-run organization made up of parents helping parents. SEPAC helps parents become better informed about Special Education in the Bloomfield school district. We provide resources and support for families of students who require an IEP and special services while at school. We work in a cooperative effort with the Bloomfield Special Services Department and the Bloomfield Board of Education to help ensure every child is getting the best education possible.
SEPAC meetings provide, but are not limited to, information on how to read an IEP, what channels go through if you have questions and concerns about your child’s education and services, what you can do about bullying, knowing your child’s and family’s legal rights, and how to handle transitions for your child.
We look forward to seeing you at our meetings this year.
Grupo de Apoyo de Padres en Educación Especial
2017-2018 SEPAC Meetings
October 11, 2017 BHS 6-8 PM
November 8, 2017 BHS 6-8 PM
January 10, 2018BHS 6-8 PM
March 14, 2018 BHS 6-8 PM
May 9, 2018 BHS 6-8 PM
SEPAC es una organización independiente de padres voluntarios que tienen como objetivo ayudar a otros padres a estar informados sobre Educación Especial en el distrito escolar de Bloomfield, NJ. Nuestra organización provee recursos y apoyo a familias con estudiantes que tiene un IEP o un plan 504 y que reciben servicios especiales mientras asisten a la escuela. Trabajamos en colaboración con el Departamento de Educación Especial y la Junta de Educación de la ciudad de Bloomfield, NJ para de esta manera ayudar a garantizar que cada estudiante reciba la mejor educación posible.
Las reuniones de SEPAC proveen, pero no están limitadas a, dar información acerca de cómo leer un IEP o un plan 504 y qué vías se deben seguir si tiene preguntas o inquietudes acerca de la educación de su hijo/a y los servicios que debe recibir. SEPAC también ayuda en circunstancias de bullying e informa a padres de los derechos de su hijo/a y de la familia. Además, guía a padres cuando se presentan transiciones en la educación de su hijo/a.