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

IEP Facilitation – A New Part of The IEP Process- Could it be for You and Your Child?

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Could IEP Facilitation be for you?

IEP Facilitation is a FREE service offered by the NJ Department of Education, using the services of an impartial  person,  who is not employed by the school district, nor the Dept of Education, who is experienced  and has training with the IEP Process.

It is a voluntary service and differs from going to Mediation or a Due Process Hearing. It can help all of the IEP Team, Parents included, to better understand and develop an IEP by proposing certain goals, accommodations, therapies etc. and help reach an IEP that is mutually acceptable.

Press Here To Learn More About a Facilitated IEP Meeting.

Pathway To Success – Sept. 10, 2019. 4-6 PM

The Partnership For Children of Essex invites: All Bloomfield Special Needs Students and Their Families to attend –  A Pathway to Success event on Tuesday, September 10th from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM outside the Bloomfield Public Library. The event is targeted for youth ages 14-21 to provide them with the necessary tools to be successful in post-secondary life but youth of all ages and their families are welcome to attend. There will be education resources, transition services/programs for youth with developmental disabilities, a presentation on financial literacy, local colleges/universities, and more. There will also be food and refreshments available, as well as prizes and giveaways.

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BLOOMFIELD SEPAC MEETING- Wed. May 1, 2019 at BHS, from 6-8 P.M.

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Our final Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting of this School Season will be this Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at BHS from 6-8 P.M.

We are very pleased that our featured presenter will be the Director of Special Services for the Bloomfield School District, Ms. Keri Regina. Ms. Regina will report on the status of Special Services throughout Bloomfield Schools for this school season and also discuss promising new initiatives for the upcoming Fall School Season.

Additionally, any Parent who would like to serve on the Bloomfield SEPAC Board is welcomed and encouraged to attend this meeting to discuss further participation as a SEPAC BOARD MEMBER.

We look forward to seeing you at this helpful and informative Meeting.

Your Bloomfield SEPAC TEAM.

 

Bloomfield/Glen Ridge Special Ed Meeting Notes

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We had a very informative Meeting with the members of Glen Ridge’s GRASE and our SEPAC members featuring a presentation from the law firm of Manes & Weinberg on what makes for a good IEP for your child.

Additionally, we learned about a new service under the auspices of the State of New Jersey Department of Education, to assist parents during an IEP Meeting. It is called an IEP Facilitator, available at no charge to parents. This process is in place in our District and when a parent requests the service of an IEP Facilitator, it has typically taken approximately 5 days to schedule one to come to your IEP Meeting. More info below:

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We also touched on the topic of ESY, (Extended School Year) and the options of some Summer Camps, one of which is CAMP FATIMA.  Applications for 2019 Summer Camp are NOW OPEN.

Extra Special thanks to G.R.A.S.E. President, Ms. Jocelyn Gottlieb for contacting Manes & Weinberg and coordinating this special Meeting. Also thanks to BHS Home & School Association President, Ms. Jen Vigna, for very kindly providing the hot coffee and doughnuts; which were deeply appreciated and enjoyed on a wintry evening. Thank you to all those parents who came out to participate in the Meeting, as well as to Bloomfield Special Services Director, Ms. Keri Regina who provided various insights into many questions.

Our next Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting is scheduled for May 1, 201 at BHS at 6 P.M..