Category: From Newton Public Schools

Workshop from Newton PAC: Effective Communication and the IEP, Feb 9 7:30-9:00pm

Effective Communication and the IEP: a Workshop for Parents

Participating in IEP Team meetings can be challenging!

This free workshop addresses the communication skills needed by parents participating as members of the IEP Team. The presentation includes communication skill building techniques to help parents engage effectively in the IEP process through clear concise communication. Participants will learn about pitfalls to avoid and applying best practice strategies to resolve conflict when it occurs.

Date:  February  9, 2012

Location: 100 Walnut Street, Newtonville.  Room 210

Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM, light refreshments and networking begin at 7:15 PM.

Presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs, hosted by Newton Parent Advisory Council (NewtonPAC) for Special Education.

Please RSVP to info@newtonpac.org so that we have enough handouts.


This is going to be a great presentation, please plan to attend!

Sandy Baird

Newton PAC meeting, this Thursday, Dec 1st, Rm 210, 100 Walnut St

Please join the Newton Parents Advisory Council for Special Education (PAC) at our next meeting – THIS THURSDAY evening, Dec 1st.

If you have any questions about the meeting or the PAC, please contact your M-S liaison, Jess Wilson at jessgordonwilson@yahoo.com.

Hope to see you there!

Basic Rights in Special Education Law, presented by Tim Sindelar, Esq.

Thursday, December 1 at 7:30 PM

Learn your rights and responsibilities under special education law so that you can more effectively advocate for your child.  Learn the basics of Federal special education law Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Massachusetts special education law (Chapter 71B) and 504 plans under civil rights laws.  Learn about eligibility, evaluations, free and appropriate education (FAPE) and least restrictive environment (LRE).  Everyone can benefit from learning or reviewing your basic rights!

The presentation will be held in Room 210 at 100 Walnut Street.  Light refreshments and networking begin at 7:15 PM.  The presentation will begin at 7:30 and end at 9:00 PM.

Bring your questions!

A summary of Education Rights can be found at http://newtonpac.org/resources/educational-rights/

Also on December 1st, from 9:30 to 11:00 am in room 304 of the Ed. Center

Meeting about Summer Services for Summer 2012

Joint NewtonPAC and NoNAP meeting with Judy Levin-Charns and staff.

Information about eligibility for Extended School Year (ESY) Services can be found at http://newtonpac.org/resources/

Sandy

Sandy Baird
Co-Chair, Newton Parent Advisory Council for Special Education
info@newtonpac.org
www.newtonpac.org

Newton Parent Advisory Council (NewtonPAC) for Special Education meetings are free and open to all people interested in learning more about special education in Newton.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month-Know the Warning Signs!

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.  Through the combined efforts of the Jordan Bennett Weiss Fund and the City of Newton Health Department, we are committed to the well-being of our students and children by educating the community about the warning signs of diabetes.

Knowledge of the warning signs is our greatest weapon against this disease.  Sometimes the symptoms may be obvious and sometimes they are not.  Symptoms which might appear to be unrelated, when viewed in the context of the list of warning signs, may suggest intervention.  We hope that you will familiarize yourself with the warning signs/symptoms of diabetes.

Warning Signs of Diabetes
A COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE JORDAN BENNETT WEISS FUND AND THE CITY OF NEWTON HEALTH DEPARTMENT

JBW FUND – PO BOX 590223 NEWTON CENTRE MA 02459  – JBWfund@aol.com

Familiarize yourself with the warning signs / symptoms of diabetes. Sometimes the symptoms are very obvious, and other times they are not.  Early detection and knowledge of the warning signs is your greatest weapon against the disease and its complications!*


TYPE 1 DIABETES MELLITUS: These symptoms often occur suddenly and must receive immediate medical attention.
٭ Excessive thirst
٭ Frequent urination, sometimes exhibited by bedwetting
(in large quantities)
٭ Sudden vision changes
٭ High amounts of sugar in the blood and/or urine   (A sweet, fruity odor may be
present in urine, on one’s breath/body.)
٭ Extreme hunger (increased appetite)
٭ Rapid or unexplained weight loss
٭ Fatigue (weak and tired)
٭ Irritability and mood changes
٭ Drowsiness, lethargy
٭ Nausea and/or vomiting
٭ Abdominal pain
٭ Rapid, hard breathing (heavy, labored)
٭ Confusion, Stupor, Unconsciousness


TYPE 2 DIABETES MELLITUS: These symptoms occur gradually, however, they must receive immediate medical attention.
٭ Blurred vision
٭ Tingling or numbness in the legs, feet or fingers
٭ Frequent infections of the skin
٭ Recurring skin, gum or urinary tract infections
٭ Darker patches of skin usually in neck folds
٭ Itching of skin and/or genitals
٭ Drowsiness
٭ Slow healing of cuts and bruises
٭ Any of the symptoms listed under type 1 diabetes


*PLEASE NOTE:  MANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS CAN BE RELATED TO ILLNESSES THAT ARE NOT ASSOCIATED WITH DIABETES, INCLUDING THE FLU. THERE IS NO FEVER WITH DIABETES. THIS IS A CRITICAL FACTOR IN DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN THE FLU!  ONLY A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CAN PROVIDE APPROPRIATE DIAGNOSTIC TESTS AND TREATMENTS.

For more information, log onto http://www.diabetes.org

www.diabetes.org   www.jdrf.org ,  www.joslin.org   www.JBWfund.org

 

 

Newton Schools Foundation

Support the Newton Public Schools–Give to the Newton Schools Foundation

This holiday season, support the Newton Schools by giving to the Newton Schools Foundation (NSF). The NSF is the private fundraising organization that has provided more than 500 grants totaling over $2.5 million to Newton Public School teachers and administrators, and most recently supported the installation of 21st century classroom technology in 42 fifth grade classrooms throughout the city.

Our Foundation is growing. We’re reaching out to the community—businesses, institutions and individual—to provide our public schools with the teaching and learning tools that will enable Newton’s students to succeed in a challenging and complex world.

Please help us help us achieve this goal. Complete and submit the form that came home in your child’s backpack or donate online at www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org.

Newton Inspires: An Evening of Ideas and Community Thursday, Oct 27th

Dear Newton Community:

Please join me for a wonderful free community event: “Newton Inspires:  An Evening of Ideas and Community,” presented by the Newton Schools Foundation.

On October 27, two-dozen prominent Newtonians will discuss their passions, share their insights, and inspire us with their stories.  The speakers, who represent an array of fields and interest areas, will address topics ranging from business, government, education and economics to sports, arts, entertainment and life, in small group sessions.  You get to choose three 20-minute sessions to attend.  At the end of the evening, we will gather together with one another and the speakers to debrief and reconnect over coffee and dessert.

This free event will take place Thursday October 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Newton North High School.  Space is limited so please register in advance at www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org  The web site also includes a list of the evening’s terrific speakers.  

The Newton Schools Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides critical financial support to the Newton Public Schools.  This free event is their gift to the Newton community.  I hope to see you there.

Sincerely,

David

David Fleishman

Superintendent of Schools