Basic Rights in Special Education: A Workshop for Parents and Professionals to be presented on November 8, 7:00 p.m.

The Newton SEPAC presents a two-hour workshop that will provide a basic understanding of the complex special education laws and procedures.

Presenter: Ruth Diaz of the Federation for Children with Special Needs

November 8, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Room 210, Education Center, 100 Walnut Street, Newton

Newton Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program seeks volunteers; deadline October 20

Join the dynamic task force of trained volunteer CAP Prevention Specialists committed to teaching children in the Newton elementary schools the skills that they need to stand up for themselves if faced with verbal, physical or sexual assault. CAP is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year until October 20. CORI and SORI screenings are required. Nineteen continuing education credits are available for licensed MSWs. Multi-session training for volunteers begins on October 29.

Newton Community Preservation Committee public hearing to be held November 16

A new proposal from Newton Cemetery is now online in preparation for a November 16 hearing. Written comments on the proposal that are received by October 27 can be forwarded to the CPC before the hearing. For additional information, go to www.newtonma.gov/gov/planning/cpa or contact Alice Ingerson at aingerson@newtonma.gov or 617-796-1144.

Community invited to new Zervas elementary school on September 23, 11:00 a.m.

Please join the Newton Public Schools for a Community Open House at the new Zervas Elementary this Saturday, September 23rd from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The new Zervas provides much-needed space and an updated facility to enhance learning opportunities for our students. We are excited to show Newton families the result of their investment in our district. Families are welcome to tour the building and see the terrific new learning spaces. We look forward to seeing you there!

Special ed parents/guardians: Info session on Back to School Night; join the Parent Advisory Council

Kate McCarthy, chair of the Special Education Department at Newton North, will host an information session for parents/guardians of students who receive special education services on Wednesday, September 27, 6:30-7:00 p.m., in the Film Lecture Hall. The session will include information about special education at Newton North, including the supports available from both general education and special education staff.

Meeting to be held October 10, 7:30 p.m., on NPS work with elementary school families on issues of race, culture, and identity

This year, the Newton Public Schools will provide interested elementary school families with opportunities, information and resources on talking to children about issues of race, culture, and identity. This work will be personalized to individual school communities, based upon needs and interest.

To lead this work, the district is working with Amy Behrens, a parent coach, diversity educator, and NPS parent. She will support parent volunteers from all schools to help them

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