Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 11.22.21

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La Sopa de la Abuela Premiere TONITE at 7pm!
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Happy Monday! Your Parent Resource Center is buzzing with excitement and gratitude this morning! A collaborative project many years in the making, this evening we will launch La Sopa de la Abuela – A Special Education Telenovela at 7pm. We are so grateful to have been a member of the amazing design team, composed of parents and staff from several APS Departments, who worked together to create an innovative tool that we hope will support families and staff in navigating the special education process. Our premiere this evening has attracted many Arlington parents, staff and community members, as well as viewers from across the county. We even have registrants from Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador. Good news is that FREE tickets are still available for this virtual world premiere! Register here to join us this evening to learn more, celebrate and watch several episodes. Red carpet attire is optional! 🙂 We hope to see you this evening at the movies. The session will be presented in English and Spanish.

Thanksgiving Greetings
IHappy Thanksgiving graphicn this season of gratitude, the team at your Parent Resource Center is especially grateful to have the opportunity to connect and work with our parent community. As you have supported your families through the upheavals the global pandemic thrust upon us, we continue to admire your resilience, dedication and advocacy, and your collaboration with and support of your educational partners in Arlington Public Schools.

We are grateful to our Office of Special Education administrators, Dr. Kelly Krug, Ms. Heather Rothenbuescher, and Ms. Angelique Close, who have been working tirelessly to address the needs of students, families, and colleagues as schools have returned to in person instruction this year, while continuing to exercise visionary leadership to further the work outlined in our Five Year Action Plan to strengthen supports and outcome for students.

The PRC team feels fortunate to be part of a community of dedicated educators, support staff, administrators and parent leaders who strive to ensure APS students are meeting with success, and we look forward to continuing to support families and our colleagues in their work on behalf of students.

We wish each of you a safe, relaxing and joyful Thanksgiving!

Emma, Gina and Kathleen

Kudos to Joyce Kelly, Transition Coordinator, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Program

Screen Shot 2021-11-22 at 11.24.44 AMCongratulations to our colleague, Joyce Kelly, a Transition Coordinator at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Program. Joyce received The Arc of Northern Virginia’s 2021 Rusty Garth “You Are the Change” Advocacy Award earlier this month. Joyce embodies the true spirit of this award and is a model of fierce and tireless determination and advocacy for students. Congratulations to Joyce on this well-deserved award. We thank her for the knowledge she shares with us and for all she does for our students, families and the APS community. You can watch Joyce receive this well-deserved award at approximately the 28 minute point in The Arc’s webinar.  Congratulations, Joyce!

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Annual Parent Survey

VDOE survey graphicThe VDOE is still accepting responses to its annual parent engagement survey. In addition to the English and Spanish versions provided by VDOE, Arlington Public Schools translated the survey into Arabic, Amharic and Mongolian. Surveys were forwarded to APS families by US Mail earlier this year. Please contact the PRC if you wish to receive a hard copy of the survey and/or a translated survey.

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