Recap: Anxiety in Elementary, November 2022

Meeting Recap: Anxiety in ElementaryMonday, November 21, 2022 Anxiety in elementary school … What does it look like? How can parents and caregivers support children at home? Who can help at school? Where to start?? At our SEPAC SOMA community meeting on November 21, 2022, SOMSD Social Workers Arelis Tapia-Vargas and Marilu Gregory shared valuable informationContinue reading “Recap: Anxiety in Elementary, November 2022”

December 2 is Special Education Day!

December 2 is Special Education Day! SEPAC SOMA recognizes Special Education Day on December 2. Enacted in 1975, IDEA shaped the future of what we know as Special Education today. If you like to learn more about what things were like before IDEA, here are a couple of videos for you to watch. We hopeContinue reading “December 2 is Special Education Day!”

Statement: Transgender Awareness Week 2022

Transgender Awareness Week 2022 The Special Education Parent Advisory Committee Executive Board of South Orange & Maplewood School District wants you to know …  November 13-19 is Transgender Awareness Week and November 20th is Transgender Remembrance Day. In our role as an advisory group to the district, SEPAC SOMA is here to support and be an ally forContinue reading “Statement: Transgender Awareness Week 2022”

Announcement: Mobile Sensory Station Fundraiser

FUNDRAISER: Mobile Sensory Station Each year, South Orange Village President Sheena Collum invites the community to celebrate her birthday with a “Party with a Purpose.” SEPAC SOMA is absolutely thrilled to share that this year’s focus is to fund a Mobile Sensory Station for community events in our towns. We hope you’ll consider donating toContinue reading “Announcement: Mobile Sensory Station Fundraiser”

President’s Note: October 2022

President’s Update: October 2022 Fall Greetings, I’m Beth Cosentino, a Maplewood resident with two children in the school district and this year’s President for the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee: SEPAC SOMA. In the last few years, I’ve held various SEPAC roles, including Special Education Liaison, SEPAC Communications Officer and Administrator and SEPAC VP ofContinue reading “President’s Note: October 2022”

Watch: SEPAC SOMA’s BOE Presentation, September 2022

SEPAC SOMA Presentation to SOMSD BOESeptember 29, 2022 SEPAC SOMA presented to the SOMSD Board of Education on 9/29/22. We were so pleased to share more about our parent-led group – who we are, what we do, and our goals for this school year – and were encouraged by Board Members’ thoughtful comments and follow-up questions.Continue reading “Watch: SEPAC SOMA’s BOE Presentation, September 2022”

Announcement: 2022-2023 Executive Board

Announcement: 2022-2023 Executive Board The proposed slate for the SEPAC SOMA 2022-2023 Executive Board was approved at our 6/9/2022 community meeting. Thank you to all our new and returning board members for your commitment to and passion for supporting Special Education families in the South Orange & Maplewood School District! President – Beth CosentinoEx-Officio –Continue reading “Announcement: 2022-2023 Executive Board”

Announcement: New SEPAC SOMA 2021-2022 Board Members

SEPAC SOMA is happy to announce two recent additions to our SEPAC SOMA Executive Board: Nicole is the Special Education Liaison at Jefferson Elementary, and has previously served as our Vice President of Parent Support. Michelle is a former Special Education Liaison at South Mountain School. We’re thrilled to have their passion and experience inContinue reading “Announcement: New SEPAC SOMA 2021-2022 Board Members”