I have decided to resign as the Leader of SEPAC, effective immediately and I am delighted to welcome Ms. Deborah Gordon-Goodrich as our new Bloomfield SEPAC LEADER!
You will know Ms. Gordon-Goodrich who has served with great diligence and compassion as one of our Team Leaders for several years and I am delighted to see her leading SEPAC in new and innovative directions. You can look forward to great things with her at the helm.
I am indebted to my fellow SEPAC Board, Ms. Nicole Dyer-Foncello and Ms. Catzel LaVecchia along with Deborah, for their wonderful and very generous support over the time I have served as Leader. Thanks too, to Ms. Carla Anez who always helped me out of a jam with translations and to the Bloomfield School District Staff who have worked together in the spirit of cooperation as often as possible. Lastly, I am most grateful to you our SEPAC Parents who have participated in our Meetings and helped us work to find solutions to help our kids. Parents helping Parents is why we are here.
Looking forward to a great new School Year for everyone.
Very truly yours,
POAC Autism Family Carnival Bloomfield July 30, 2016
Calling All Families of Children with Autism!
Join POAC for a great Autism family carnival: including free refreshments, inflatable rides, DJ, trackless train, mechanical swings, games and activities for the whole family. This is for all ages- and everything is free. Bring your pop up tents, chairs and blankets and have a great time with your POAC family.
This is another free recreational event brought to you by POAC. Please be sure to register all who are attending.
Saturday July 30, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT
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Vasser Field (Behind St. Thomas Church and School)
60 Byrd Avenue
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
A SPECIAL BLOOMFIELD SEPAC MEETING FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS
WHEN : WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2016. FROM 7 – 9 P.M.
WHERE: BROOKDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 1230 BROAD ST. BLOOMFIELD N.J.
If you are the Parent of a BHS or BMS Special Needs Student, we believe the upcoming Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting will prove very helpful. This Meeting is centered on helping your child with Transitioning from High school to college, to a career and to an adult life in general.
Our very special guest speaker, Ms. Dawn Oliver Monaco, is widely respected as a Parent Professional Trainer and the Coordinator/Co-Director of REACH for Transition for the renowned NJ SPAN. (NJ Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, Inc.)
We know that you, as a parent of a special needs student, are familiar with IEPs, 504s, special accommodations and the host of various items and information to help your child get the free and appropriate education they deserve. This special SEPAC Meeting offers lots of new and important information for you and your child. It it will deal issues for the older student and chances are many of the topics will be unfamiliar, but very useful to you.
NJ SPAN would appreciate if you would confirm you plan to attend by registering (For FREE,, please press here.) All are welcome; including other SEPAC Groups and Parents from other School Districts.
In the event of severely inclement weather, please check Bloomfield SEPAC on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BloomfieldSEPAC or www.bloomfieldsepac.com for any cancellations on the day of the Meeting.
REUNION IMPORTANTE PARA PADRES DE ESTUDIANTES CON NECESIDADES ESPECIALES DEL BHS & BMS – 20 DE ENERO EN BROOKDALE SCHOOL!
UNA REUNION ESPECIAL DEL SEPAC DE BLOOMFIELD PARA PADRES DEL HIGH SCHOOL Y DEL MIDDLE SCHOOL
CUANDO : MIERCOLES, 20 DE ENERO, 2016. DE 7 – 9 P.M.
DONDE: BROOKDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 1230 BROAD ST. BLOOMFIELD N.J.
Si usted es padre de un estudiante con necesidades especiales en el BH o el BMS, creemos que la proxima reunion de SEPAC le sera muy util. Esta reunion esta centrada en ayudar a su hijo con la transicion de la escuela secundaria a la universidad, a una carrera y a la vida adulta en general.
Nuestra invitada especial, Ms. Dawn Oliver Monaco, es ampliamente respetada como entrenadora de padres profesional y la coordinadora/Co-Directora de REACH for Transition para el renombrado NJ SPAN. (NJ Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, Inc.)
Sabemos que usted, como padre de un estudiante con necesidades especiales, esta familiarizado con IEPs, 504s, acomodaciones especiales y conoce mucha informacion para ayudar a su hijo a recibir una educacion gratuita y apropiada. Esta reunion especial de SEPAC ofrece mucha y nueva informacion para usted y su hijo. Lidiara con temas para el estudiante mayor y algunos temas seran desconocidos, pero muy utiles para usted.
NJ SPAN aprecia si usted puede confirmar si planea en asistir al inscribirse (For FREE,, please press here.) Esta reunion es GRATUITA. Todos son bienvenidos; incluyendo otros grupos SEPAC y padres de otros distritos escolares.
NOVEMBER SEPAC MEETING NOTES
There was a short update about items discussed at the September Meeting with Superintendent Salvatore Goncalves and the results from the questions raised at that meeting
We are indebted to Brookdale Elementary School Resource Teacher Jason Triano for his informative presentation about a new study on how people with autism perceive things. Mr. Triano include a series of photos that highlighted areas that people with autism may focus on and how these differences may help change the way educators teach, based upon these new perceptions.
Members contributed a good group of little successes their children have made recently during our Marvelous Marble ending session. The next Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting is Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Brookdale Elementary School from 7 – 9 P.M. This Meeting is tentatively schedule to have Ms. Dawn Monaco from NJ SPAN giving a workshop on Transition for high school students into College, Careers and the world after school….
DATH TOY & CLOTHING DRIVE IS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2015
BLOOMFIELD PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT AWARDED A 2016 RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITY INDIVIDUAL WITH DISABILITIES GRANT!
FROM THE FAMILY SUPPORT ORGANIZATION OF ESSEX COUNTY
Information Gathering and Listening Session with Kevin Casey
Date: December 2, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 am
Bloomfield Civic Center
84 Broad Street
Kevin Casey is the new Executive Director of The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD). Mr. Casey has an extensive background in management and public policy which has a vital role in ensuring people with intellectual and other developmental
disabilities have a forum and a voice in matters that directly affect their lives.
For the past 11 years, Mr. Casey led the Illinois and Pennsylvania state divisions that oversee services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Previously, he led nonprofit organizations that provided services for people with developmental disabilities, including serving for 15 years as the director of Pennsylvania Protection & Advocacy, Inc. Mr. Casey is a graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in Social Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Special Education.
Regional Family Support Planning Council 4 (Essex County) is a group of volunteer family members of inividuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities who host public forums to obtain input to improve family support services provided by the Department of Human
Services (Division of Developmental Disabilities) and Department of Children and Families.
For additional information call: (973)-803-7597.
Family Support Organization of Essex County is funded by the Department of Children and Families to provide peer support, education and advocacy for families of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, mental health, and Intellectual/Developmental challenges.
For additional information call: (973) 395-1441.
DARE TO DREAM CONFERENCES 2016, FOR HIGH SCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS – FROM THE N.J. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, OFFICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS.
From Donna Leedy about the DCF Regional School Open House:
“On Wednesday,October 21, 2015 the DCF Regional School of Essex County Newark Campus will be holding an open house to introduce parents to the school. There will also be very informative representatives from various groups such as the commission for the blind, Medicaid, family support, etc. This will be a great opportunity to meet parents in our special needs community and gain knowledge to advocate for your child. Please put the date aside and bring a friend.
DCF Regional School-Essex Campus
345 N.5th st.