Announcement: Seeking 2023-2024 Board Members, May 2023

Seeking 2023-2024 Board MembersMay 2023 SEPAC SOMA is building our team for the 23–24 school year and we are seeking enthusiastic volunteers. Please consider lending your time, talents, and unique perspectives to supporting special education in our towns and making sure our kids get the support they need from the school district. Please join us!Continue reading “Announcement: Seeking 2023-2024 Board Members, May 2023”

Workshop: Self-Compassion for Parents, April 2023

Workshop: Self-Compassion for ParentsApril 23, 2023, 2:00-3:30pm SELF-COMPASSION FOR PARENTS: The everyday life of a parent is full of high expectations, isn’t it? Often, we put ourselves last, so we’re excited to share an opportunity to set aside those expectations and give yourself the gifts of time and grace at our free SEPAC SOMA ParentContinue reading “Workshop: Self-Compassion for Parents, April 2023”

Announcement: Meeting Recordings Available on YouTube, 2022-2023

Missed a meeting?! SEPAC SOMA TV has got you covered! Watch our 2022-2023 virtual meetings on the SEPAC SOMA YouTube Channel! OCTOBER: SOMSD Special Services OverviewNOVEMBER: Anxiety in ElementaryJANUARY: Middle School & Mental HealthJANUARY: Mental Health Support @ CHSFEBRUARY: Race & Special EducationMARCH: IEP Meetings & Parental RightsMARCH: JESPY House Information Session

Announcement: Paraprofessional Appreciation Day, April 2023

Paraprofessional Appreciation DayApril 5, 2023 SEPAC SOMA and the SOMSD PTA/HSAs love our paras!We’re celebrating Paraprofessional Appreciation Day! We are grateful for their hard work, commitment to and compassion for the children in our district. So, the next time you see a para, be sure to say THANK YOU! ❤️ What do Paras do?Some students require theContinue reading “Announcement: Paraprofessional Appreciation Day, April 2023”

ACTION: Emergency Drills Policy Changes, February 2023

ACTION ALERT!BOE MEETING: Thursday, February 23, 2023, 7:00pmAt tonight’s SOMSD Board of Education meeting, there will be a First Reading of changes to Policy 8420 (Emergency & Crisis Situations), which covers how emergency drills are handled in our schools. In recent years, parents and experts in our community, including SEPAC SOMA, strongly advocated to makeContinue reading “ACTION: Emergency Drills Policy Changes, February 2023”

Meeting: IEPs & Parental Rights, March 2023

IEPs & Parental RightsMarch 7, 2023 @ 7:30pm Tuesday, March 7 @ 7:30pmALL ABOUT IEP MEETINGS: Join us to take a deeper look at what’s in an Individualized Education Program (IEP), how to prepare for an IEP meeting, and parents’ rights during the process. We’ll share info and tips, with lots of time for questionsContinue reading “Meeting: IEPs & Parental Rights, March 2023”

Recap: Anxiety in High School, January 2023

Meeting Recap: Anxiety in High School January 9, 2023 At our January 24th SEPAC SOMA meeting, we learned how to spot – and support – anxiety in high school students, and about the mental health programs available at Columbia High School. Jenny Easton gave an overview of how anxiety often presents in teenagers and theContinue reading “Recap: Anxiety in High School, January 2023”

Meeting: Race & Special Education, February 2023

Race & Special EducationThursday, February 16 @ 7:30pm Thursday, February 16 @ 7:30pmRACE & SPECIAL EDUCATION: SEPAC SOMA is thrilled to have Dr Kevin Gilbert, SOMSD Assistant Superintendent of Access & Equity, joining us for our annual look at the intersection of race and special education in our school district. This year the discussion willContinue reading “Meeting: Race & Special Education, February 2023”

Recap: Middle School & Mental Health, January 2023

Meeting Recap: Middle School & Mental HealthJanuary 9, 2023 At our January 9th SEPAC SOMA meeting, a panel of SOMSD experts joined us to take a close look at anxiety in middle school, including signs of stress, strategies at home and how to get help at MMS and SOMS. Alison Steiner explained how anxiety presentsContinue reading “Recap: Middle School & Mental Health, January 2023”