Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 12.7.20

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December 7, 2020
Hello from your Parent Resource Center. If you missed last week’s registration for the final Crisis Prevention Intervention Training (CPI) for Parents/Caregivers, you are in luck! The session was rescheduled to tomorrow, Tuesday, December 8th at 7pm, so there is still time to register. Details are provided below.

On Wednesday evening, we hope to see you at Arlington SEPTA’s Annual Super Chat with Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Francisco Durán on Wednesday evening. Read more.

Additional event information is listed below. Have a good week!

Crisis Intervention Training for Parents/Caregivers
NEW DATE: Tuesday, December 8, 2020: 7:00-7:45pm
Register here
From time to time, families inquire about strategies to support challenging and noncompliant behaviors exhibited by their children within the home setting. Understanding how adult responses and approaches to behavior displayed by children is a key factor in preventing and de-escalating undesired behavior.Join us to learn more as Arlington Public Schools’ (APS) Crisis Prevention facilitators define Nonviolent Crisis Intervention and its philosophy of providing Care, Welfare, Safety and Security as adults respond to behavior challenges.Each session will provide a live, introductory session with facilitators. Upon completion of the introductory session, participants will have access to independent, asynchronous interaction with training modules during a two-week session. At the end of the session, there will be a live, follow-up session with the facilitators.
Although this session is free of charge, we do ask families to commit to participating in both live sessions and completing the training modules independently.

Arlington SEPTA’s Annual Superintendent Chat
Wednesday, December 9, 2020: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Online via Zoom Webinar: Register here
Join Arlington Special Education PTA (SEPTA) for its annual “Super Chat” with Superintendent Durán and the Office of Special Education to discuss topics relevant to special education in Arlington Public Schools.All SEPTA meetings are open to everyone.
American Sign Language interpreters will be available for this meeting.
Questions are submitted by SEPTA members and compiled by SEPTA’s Board.

Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC)
Tuesday, December 15, 2020: 7pm – 9pm
Virtual Meeting –  via Zoom.
Please note that the business portion of this meeting will be recorded through Zoom.
At the beginning of each meeting, ASEAC welcomes comments from the public regarding the needs of students with disabilities in APS.

Understanding Transition Services: Day Program Support
Wednesday, December 16, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Register here
Arlington Public Schools Transition Services, Parent Resource Center and Program for Employment Preparedness (PEP) are continuing to sponsor a Transition Series, which this month will feature a workshop on Day Program Supports.
Day Programs offer persons with disabilities the opportunity to spend their day in meaningful activities, focused on social and community engagement. Various community vendors will share information about their programs and the supported activities they offer. Families will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the program staff.
For further information contact Kelly Mountain at 703-228-2136 or Christina Eagle at 703-228-5738.

Community Webinar/Virtual Learning Opportunities/Meetings

Upcoming Events from PEATC – Virginia’s Parent Education and Advocacy Training Center

Families Taking Action for Inclusion: Global Virtual Summit
December 8, 2020
Register Here for 8am EST
Register Here for 8pm EST
Join a Virtual Summit on the Families Taking Action for Inclusion Programme on December 8th in two different timezones. Join family leaders from around the world to talk about inspiring a vision for inclusion; a vision that clearly identifies a family member’s rightful place in the world. Be part of a global gathering of families committed in our pursuit of an inclusive life and be part of creating social change around the world. Come celebrate families and a vision for inclusion!

Parents in a Pandemic
A parent support group dedicated to maintaining family cohesion and development in the midst of global change
Register for December 8th Meeting
Register for December 22nd Meeting

Developmental Support Associates (DSA) is offering a virtual family support group for local families who care for children, youths, and young adults with developmental and/or behavioral challenges. The immediate goal is to help families collaborate with professionals and with each other in order to break out of isolation and share experiences, thought, feelings, and novel strategies for promoting personal and social growth. Meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings at 5:30 – 6:30pm.  Meetings are free, but pre-registration is required. Login information for the Zoom Meeting will be sent to registrants prior to the date of the meeting.
For questions about the support group meetings, email or
Sponsored by Developmental Support Associates (DSA) in partnership with The Arc of Northern Virginia

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Arlington Parent Support Groups
Now Meeting Virtually
These groups are geared to parents whose child is experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, including: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, mood disorders and more. No diagnosis is required to participate. Participants are given the opportunity to share their story, experience support, and glean guidance (as desired) from group members regarding both community and school resources. Confidentiality is respected.

School Age Students and Teens (PK-12) for 2020
Sundays 7-8:30pm

  • December 13 (Contact Michelle Best at for registration information

Older Teen and Young Adults: 3rd Sunday 1-3pm
Questions??  Contact:

  • PK-12: Michelle Best (
  • Adults: Naomi Verdugo (
  • Both: Alisa Cowen (