Welcome to the Franklin SEPAC!
LOCATION CHANGE FOR OCTOBER WORKSHOP!!! THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE ANNIE SULLIVAN SCHOOL CAFETERIA, 500 LINCOLN STREET
OCTOBER WORKSHOP: “No Sibling Left Behind”
The journey of a child with a sibling that has a disability can be a difficult one. How do we, as parents and professionals support typical siblings when those with disabilities often require more of our time and energy? How do we find balance in our families? On Thursday, October 20th at 7:00, representatives from the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network, Hillary Dunn and Kathleen Amaral, will be coming to speak with us about the unique perspective of children who have siblings with disabilities. Learn tips and strategies to support siblings, as well as study current trends in sibling research. This workshop will be held in the cafeteria of the Helen Keller/Annie Sullivan school, 500 Lincoln Street, Franklin. As always, this workshop is free and open to everyone. Please spread the word! We hope to see you there. For additional information about this program and others offered by SEPAC check our website, www.franklinsepac.org or find us on Facebook at franklinsepac.
Parent to Parent Support Group, 10/27/16 at 7:00
This month we will be trying something a little different for our parent to parent night. We have invited Mr. John Krieger to join us and answer any questions you may have surrounding IEP’s, services, evaluations, transitions, or any other Special Needs topic on your mind. Mr. Krieger is a well-respected advocate who has worked with many of our Franklin SEPAC families. This event will be held in the Preschool Room of the YMCA, Thursday evening, September 27th, beginning at 7:00. Please bring your questions to be answered in a casual environment. We hope you will be able to be there!!
It’s time for our annual SEPAC HALLOWEEN HAYRIDE!
When: Friday, October 28th, 4:00
Where: Tangerini’s Farm, 139 Spring Street, Millis, MA
Come in your costume for a great afternoon at Tangerini’s. We will go on a hayride, pick and paint pumpkins, and visit the animals. Bring a flashlight to enjoy the haymaze. Snacks will be served. (Please let us know of any allergies or food sensitivities so that we can accommodate all needs.)
This event is open to all special-needs students and their families at no cost. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. This event fills up quickly!! Hope to see you there.
WE NEED YOU!
Going forward, we would love to expand the board to include Representatives from each of the school buildings in town. We feel that this is a great way for SEPAC to learn more about successes and issues taking place in each building. If this is something that you would be interested in, please let us know...the time commitment is minimal.
In addition to Board positions, we are looking for volunteers to help with the planning of social events and fundraising. This is a great way to help out without taking on a Board position.
The mission of the Franklin Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is to promote a network for parents of children with disabilities and provide a forum to share information and discuss matters of relative interest and concern regarding our children. This group provides regular forums for Pupil Personnel Services and parents to share information and discuss pertinent issues; develops, maintains and shares tools and a resource guide; and raises awareness of children with special needs.
We host monthly workshops educating parents on special-needs topics. We run monthly parent support groups and periodic events for children. Franklin SEPAC also contributes an annual donation to Franklin's Special Education programs. We are a 501(c)(3) volunteer-run organization and rely on donations to help alleviate the costs of the above-mentioned programs.
Your participation will provide a unique opportunity to meet school officials and other parents, stay informed on policy and legislative changes, ask questions and discuss concerns, and learn something new. Your input into potential speaker topics, and other SEPAC initiatives of particular interest is also welcomed.
We are a member of the Massachusetts Association of Special Education Parent Advisory Councils (MassPAC).