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:
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..
Our Friends at MONTCLAIR SEPAC have kindly invited all of our Members to this vital and very interesting Forum about Dyslexia, featuring a host of experts in the field. It will be held in the Hillside Auditorium, 54 Orange Road, Montclair, on October 30th at 7 P.M.
The Bloomfield School District Special Services Department will host a Workshop for Parents, led by Maria Sanders, LSW, on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at BHS from 6:00-7:30 P.M.
“This form is for all individuals interested in joining one of the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE)’s Statewide Assessment Collaboratives. These Collaboratives will represent interested stakeholders from across New Jersey who have direct and diverse experiences with the realities of statewide assessments and who represent various New Jersey education and community stakeholder groups.
The Collaboratives will meet for a single half-day to reflect on experiences and to form recommendations for the future of statewide assessment in New Jersey. We are particularly interested in perspectives on the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments, which are the current statewide assessments for English language arts/literacy and math.
All feedback will be recorded and responded to in a document to be published this summer. The NJDOE is looking to host and to hear from different participants at each gathering of approximately 40-60 attendees. The number of Collaboratives and specific meeting locations will be based on interest and are expected to be announced on May 11.
If you are interested in participating in a Statewide Assessment Collaborative, please complete and submit by May 8 11:59 P.M.
Please note: We are collecting personal information on the interest form with the sole purpose of building a diverse community of stakeholders at every meeting. Your information will not be shared or used for any other purposes. This is an initial form to gauge interest. The NJDOE will make every effort to include all interested individuals who submit a complete survey by the above deadline. However, due to space, location and time constraints, not every person who is interested may be able to participate in the Statewide Assessment Collaborative. We will notify you when dates, times and locations are finalized. We will also be contacting you when the listening tour dates and online questionnaire launch.”