Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 5.24.21

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May 24, 2021

Good afternoon! We are very much looking forward to virtually welcoming Ann Dolin back to Arlington Public Schools this evening. Ann is a dynamic and highly engaging presenter, who always offers practical tips for families. This evening’s session, How to Avoid Learning Loss Without Sacrificing Summer Fun, will begin at 7pmRegister here

The Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC) will hold its May monthly meeting tomorrow, May 25th at 7pm.
Register here

Notes from Arlington SEPTA

  • Don’t We Already Do Inclusion? Session Recording Available through June 3rd
    If you missed Don’t We Already Do Inclusion? with Dr. Paula Kluth, don’t worry – you still have time to be inspired! The recording is now available online through Zoom until June 3rd. If you registered prior to the meeting, you can use the meeting link sent to you with passcode SEPTA5.20. APS Employees: Please do not use a link sent to you by another individual if you would like professional learning credits for this program. Please register at the link below to get your own unique link. If you haven’t yet registered, you can register here now. Access Passcode: SEPTA5.20
    The latest information including links mentioned in the video, copy of slides, a transcript of the recording, etc., will be posted to the event page
  • SEPTA Seeking Nominations for Executive BoardElections for the 2021-2022 SEPTA Executive Board will be held at the June 10th SEPTA meeting.  While all positions are open for nominations, we are looking to fill vacancies in the following positions:
    • Treasurer
    • VP Membership
    • VP Communications
    • VP Fundraising
    • President-Elect
    • Parent-Liaison Coordinator
    • Espacio Hispano Coordinator

SEPTA officers serve one-year terms for up to 4 years. Time commitments vary by position and vary throughout the year, but in each case we work as a team to support each other when needed. This is a great opportunity to serve not only your own school community but ALL schools throughout Arlington.  Learn more here: interested in running for a position should contact SEPTA co-presidents, Alison Cassels and Kathleen Clark at

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  • Resources For Foster Care Parents and Youth In Care
    May is National Foster Care Month, a time to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. It’s also a time to renew our commitment to ensuring a bright future for the children and youth currently in foster and kinship care. Here are some resources:

    • Newfound Families Virginia is a nonprofit, membership-driven association offering information, support, and resources for foster, adoptive, and kinship families.
    • Great Expectations is a strengths-based mentoring/support organization that helps young people in and leaving Virginia’s foster care system access higher education. Great Expectations bases coaches at each of Virginia’s community colleges and works with youth at any stage of their transition out of care.

Other Resources:

  • Keys to Independence
    This summer, The Arc of Northern Virginia will offer the next Tech for Independent Living training for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The purpose of Keys to Independence will be to provide direct access to, and training on, our suite of online independent living curriculums, including TravelMate, EmployMate, SafetyMate, and DailyMate. This continues our commitment to offer our award-winning suite of “apps” directly to families.This will be a virtual experience with a variety of formats including Zoom, small group virtual meetings, and one on one support meetings throughout the four day experience.
    Learn more at:


Can You Really Have It All?
How to Avoid Learning Loss Without Sacrificing Summer Fun
NEW DATE! Monday, May 24, 2021: 7-8pm
Featuring Ann K. Dolin, M.Ed.
Register here
This spring, as we navigate hybrid learning and launch into yet another new normal, we’re all looking forward to a relaxing summer ahead. But this summer, more than ever, we want to make sure our kids are feeling confident and prepared academically for school success this fall.In this interactive virtual talk, Ann will share strategies for:

  • Planning interactive summer activities so fun that your child won’t even realize they’re learning
  • Ensuring your child is up to speed after a year of inconsistencies and setbacks
  • Accessing online and offline learning resources that make summer learning fun and easy
  • Incorporating math, reading, and writing into your child’s summer routine to minimize pushback
  • Encouraging engagement when your child seems burned out or distracted

Ann Dolin, M.Ed. is the President and Director of Educational Connections. She holds a B.A. in Child Psychology/Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Special Education, with a concentration in Learning Disabilities, from Boston College. Ann is a former Fairfax County, VA public school teacher with over 20 years of teaching and tutoring experience. Ann is a recognized expert in education and learning disability issues, and she is also the author of the award-winning book Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools and Solutions for Stress-Free Homework.

Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC) Meeting
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Register here
Virtual Meeting –  via Zoom
The Zoom meeting link will be sent to those registered prior to the meeting. Please note that the business portion of this meeting will be recorded through Zoom.
7:00 – 7:20 pm  Welcome, Member Introductions and Public Comments
7:20 – 7:30 pm  OSE Updates and Response to April 2021 Public Comments
7:30 – 7:40 pm  Recovery/Compensatory Services Update
7:40 – 8:20 pm  (Tentative) Discipline and Special Education
8:20 – 8:30 pm  ASEAC Updates
At the beginning of each meeting,ASEAC welcomes comments from the public regarding the needs of students with disabilities in APS.  See the ASEAC Public Comment Guidelines at for information about submitting public comments.

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