Bloomfield B.O.E. Details The Return to In-Person Classes and Maintaining Virtual Classes. (VIDEO)

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.

Info & Resources to Help Special Needs Students & Parents Cope With The Way COVID Changes Things in Our Lives

From The Boggs Center:

  • “Information and Resources Related to COVID-19

    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) CDC imageAcross 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.

Upcoming Webinars for Our Members

TRANSITION

“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

Family Resource Network

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.

NJCIE is Helping Parents Online

The New Jersey Coalition For Inclusive Education, NJICE is continuing helping Parents with its online presence, while in person assistance remains suspended. They are beginning a series of “Lunch & Learn” via ZOOM or via telephone.

FROM: NJCIE:

“We will be covering different topics each day, but please feel free to ask any questions and we’ll try to answer them.

MONDAY, MARCH 23 @ 1:00 P.M.

Weeding Through the Web: Virtual Tours, Sing-Alongs, Story Time and Fun for All Ages

with Jessica & Katherine

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 @ 8:00 P.M.

Learning Beyond Your Kitchen Table: Finding Opportunities for Learning in Your Daily Life

with Kristy & Kim

FRIDAY, MARCH 27 @ 1:00 P.M.

Friendly Support Friday

with Michelle & Jessica

To join a Lunch and Learn session:

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE MEETING

Meeting ID: 237 730 1823

Dial one of the numbers below to phone in:

+1 253 215 8782 US
+1 301 715 8592 US

The meeting ID and phone numbers are the same for each session.

Have trouble reaching us? Contact Grace at grace@njcie.org for support.”

Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting- is Wed. Nov. 13, 2019, from 6-8 P.M. at BHS. TOPIC- SOCIAL AWARENESS FOR STUDENTS

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.

 – Your Bloomfield SEPAC Team Members

May 8. 2018, Board of Ed Meeting- Synopsis

cropped-logo_sepac1blue.jpgThere were two very informative presentations at the May 8, 2018, Bloomfield Board of Education Meeting. One was about “What’s Ahead” in Special Education in our schools, with Bloomfield’s Director for Special Services, Keri Regina and one of the Crisis Counselors at BHS, Heather Cannon, MSW, LCSW.

Ms. Regina told us about a special grant from the NJ Department of Education that will provide 10 days training to Staff who are involved with the Early Intervention Process. This deals with the very young children that are incoming to our District, from age 3 and up. She cited the need to better identify the situations these students face and to help develop more and improved ways to communicate with their incoming parents to help them understand the Special Education Programs, evaluations etc.. There were some videos of students in Inclusion Classes at Grammar Schools with the teachers co-teaching. It showed a seamless process of blending Special Needs students and typical students at two schools.

Ms. Regina mentioned the large scope of the task of managing our Special Needs population which is close to 1,000 students. She had thanks and praise for all of her Staff, describing the collaborative efforts from Supervisors, Educators, School Psychologists, Paraprofessionals, Therapists, etc. in working to find methods that are helpful and utilising them. She also spoke of learning new approaches for Special Education. also a new method for helping students with Dyslexia. The month of May, being Mental Health Month, and mental health being so vital for all of our students, Ms. Regina introduced Ms. Heather Cannon, MSW, LCSW, and one of the Crisis Counselors at BHS.

Ms. Cannon described working along with the other BHS Crisis Counselor, Ms. Cindy Sherman and the vast job of helping some of our students. They deal with things that are bothersome on students minds on any given day, along with groups of students dealing with more serious ongoing situations. There will soon be a website and smart phone app where students can contact her staff and even contact Bloomfield Police in dire emergencies and this app will be functional all year round. Ms. Cannon also described connecting when needed with Mountainside and Clara Maas Hospitals, Bloomfield Police and other local agencies.

Ms. Kristie Arnold and Ms. Suzanne Johnson gave a fine presentation about “Researched-Based Literacy Instruction.” They described the many ways of increasing literacy among students of all ages and described various methodology used by the District Educators in both book form and digital form. References were made in particular to Newsela, Newsela, Click here.  This site breaks down current news stories and presents them according to a student’s reading level. They also described methods for students being able to  annotate text digitally and being able to have interaction with their teachers through online methods, including the capability of handing in homework that was done online using the Google Platform. All high school grades will have Chromebooks next year as well.

My favorite part was video clips of the students “caught” reading. Sometimes just for fun, sometimes for classwork and reading both regular books as well as online material.

These were two truly informative presentations and we at Bloomfield SEPAC are grateful for the dedicated work of all those involved.

(Please note: This is merely a synopsis and is not intended to cover every item discussed at the Meeting during my time there.)

Teen Mental Health Review, Workshop For Parents. Dec. 5, 2017, 6-8 P.M. at BHS.

Bloomfield Schools District offers a Workshop for Parents, with Elizabeth Dunlea, LCSW & Sandra McClurg, LCSW,  who will present a Parent Workshop on Teen Mental Health, on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 from 6-8 P.M. in the BHS Media Center.

The topics will include, Trauma Informed Suicide Prevention, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Social Networking.