The Bloomfield Board of Education broadcast their Board Meeting last night, (Oct. 13, 2020.) Superintendent Goncalves and Assistant Superintendent Joseph Fleres gave very comprehensive details on the current Plans to reopen Schools for In-Person Classes on Nov.30, 2020 and on maintaining Virtual Classes for Parents who choose to do so; including schedules, safety measures and Staffing.
Please watch the video HERE
They fielded numerous questions from Bloomfield Parents as did the B.O.E, Members. Thus far, over 2,000 have viewed this video. This allowed for many more Bloomfielders to “attend” the Meeting and they took time to answer many more questions than could have been answered under regular conditions.
From The Good Folks at Montclair SEPAC
Not an easy watch, but an informative one.
Acompáñenos en una conversación virtual totalmente en español. Esta es nuestra oportunidad para hablar y compartir de nuestras experiencias tras el COVID-19, el cierre de las escuelas y el aprendizaje remoto
-Discutiremos los desafíos de los estudiantes Latinos y sus familias durante el COVID-19
– Representantes de SPAN hablaran sobre los servicios y programas disponibles para las familias
-Información sobre los planes de reapertura de escuelas y como las familias pueden involucrarse.
– Acceso a recursos sobre COVID-19 y SPAN
miércoles, 5 de agosto de 2020
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Para más información contacte a: Fanny Ochoa a email@example.com o llame al 551-260-0046
Attention Latino parents and allies!
Join us in a virtual conversation entirely in Spanish. This is our opportunity to speak up and share our experiences during COVID-19, school closures and remote learning
-We will discuss the challenges of Latino students and their families during COVID-19
– SPAN representatives will talk about the services and programs available to families
-Information on school reopening plans; and how families can get involved.
– Access to resources on COVID-19 and SPAN
Parents and Students are welcome to take this Survey or provide further input and suggestions. The online survey may be taken in English or Spanish and may be done anonymously.
PRESS HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY OR GET FURTHER INFORMATION
From the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities:
“Every five years, the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities develops a State Plan that reflects a comprehensive review of major service systems and issues as they affect children, teens, and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families in New Jersey. The State Plan is developed in accordance with the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act). The Council’s work centers around system change activities.
The plan is important because it outlines goals, objectives, and activities that the NJCDD will implement in order to bring about system change. The State Plan guides the work of the Council and drives decisions about how staff and fiscal resources are used.
Right now, NJCDD is in the process of developing its Five-Year State Plan for the period from October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2026.
We are gathering input from the community to formulate our goals for the next five years. We want to hear from individuals with I/DD, families, caregivers, service providers and other stakeholders about what is working for people with developmental disabilities; what needs to change; and, how could it be changed.”
DEADINE is July31,2020
GOOGLE LIVE TRANSCRIBE Can be a very helpful APP, for your phone for aiding communications with those who are hearing impaired, deaf or have trouble processing speech. Basically, when opened it gives live closed captioning to the words you say, which come up on your phone screen and the other party can read what you have just said. They can respond with spoken words or type. You can also switch between languages.
” Live Transcribe was made in collaboration with Gallaudet University, the premier Deaf and hard of hearing university in the US.”
From the good folks at Hinkle, Prior & Fischer, Attorneys at Law:
Special Olympics NJ Virtual Summer Games
Start on Friday, June 5
Here’s How to Join in the Fun…
As you may know, Hinkle Prior & Fischer is actively engaged in supporting the athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey. Every year we look forward to seeing you at our booth in Olympic Village.
This year, the live Summer Games we have come to love will be replaced by a Virtual Summer Games. Click here to learn more: sonjsummergames.org.
There are lots of great opportunities to support the athletes of SONJ and be a part of the Virtual Summer Games.
The athletes have been preparing by conditioning and practicing at home. They are ready and excited to compete, please show your support by watching opening ceremonies, cheering on the athletes with a sign or poster and/or joining in the celebratory events. This fun, free event helps us build community and stay #JerseyStrong.
Here is how to be part of the fun:
1) Mark Your Calendar – On Friday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m., the Virtual Summer Games Opening Ceremony will debut on sonjsummergames.org. Don’t miss it.
2) Be a “Fan in the Stands” – Go to this link: https://sonjsummergames.org/volunteer-registration/ to learn about ways to be part of the Virtual Opening Ceremony Video. Scroll down to upload a poster, chalk drawing, picture or video of you and your friends with words of encouragement for the athletes.
3) Join us on Social Media – Share your photos and videos to the Virtual Summer Games Facebook Group, follow and tag our social media platforms using #SONJVolunteers, #GenuineJerseyPride.
4) Be part of the dance party following the opening ceremony on June 5:
This celebration of our community can help us stay #JerseyStrong, and bring everyone together at the same time we normally would be gathering for Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Games.
The 30-minute opening ceremony video will remain on sonjsummergames.org and posted to SONJ social media accounts following the debut.
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From The Boggs Center:
“Information and Resources Related to COVID-19
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.
We were all set for a terrific joint presentation with the good folks over at Glen Ridge Association for Special Education (GRASE) about TRANSITION to Adulthood for older students back in April. That was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID. However, here is a second chance to learn some information about TRANSITION by stepping in virtually to The ARC of NJ’s Webinar on Transition WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, FROM 3:30 – 4:30 P.M.
REGISTER FOR THIS WEBINAR- HERE
“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.
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
Martial Arts- Fighting & Fitness – Mon. May 5th 2020, Tuesdays @12-1:00PM
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.