September 2019 Parent Newsletter
Updated: Sep 4, 2019
Welcome back to School from Norfolk SEPAC! We are thrilled to be back for the 2019-2020 school year and look forward to a fun and educational year of SEPAC Programming!
Summer Event Recap
We hope everyone had a great summer! We appreciate all who participated in our summer events!
2nd Annual SEPAC Food Truck Event: Thank you to everyone for coming out to our 2nd Annual Food Truck Event! We had a great turnout and lots of fun! We appreciate everyone's generosity participating in our raffle and silent auction. We raised over $800 in funds that will go to supporting our 2019-2020 programming!
2019 Kindergarten Playground Night: This year's Kindergarten Playground Night was a big hit, welcoming children from all Kindergarten classes for a few hours of playground fun and getting to know classmates and families. Thank you to all who attended!
Norfolk Community Grant: The Norfolk SEPAC would like to send a BIG thank you to the Norfolk Community League for the $500 Community Grant. As a result of this award the Norfolk SEPAC will be able to offer a free parent workshop to our local community in the Spring.
Mark Your Calendars for these Upcoming Events!
Monthly SEPAC General Meetings
Event Description: Join the SEPAC Board for an informal meeting to discuss upcoming programming, volunteer for event committees, or get information about how to get involved! Beginning in October, we will meet on the first Tuesday of every month and all meetings are open to the public!
Location / Time
Norfolk Public Library, 2 Liberty Lane
2019 Meeting Dates
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Monday, October 7, 2019
Fall Free Parent Education Workshop
Parent Workshop on Social Communication Strategies
Freeman Kennedy School Cafeteria
70 Boardman Street
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Description: This presentation will include an overview of the different types of social deficits that children and adolescents may demonstrate, a summary of the recent research on social skills training, and a description of best practice guidelines for the provision of social support. In addition to a discussion on school-based services, parents will also obtain information about community-based social skills groups/programs and resources for supporting the social development of children and adolescents at home.
Friday, October 25, 2019
5th Annual Friends of SEPAC Trunk or Treat!
Save the Date for our biggest event of the year! Email email@example.com if you'd like to volunteer to help organize or to decorate your car for this event! We are looking for an event chair for the event!
Grades PK - 3 are invited this year! Stay tuned for more details to come!
Local Resource Spotlight
Families in Norfolk can benefit from the following resources in the community*.
South Shore Therapies (www.southshoretherapies.com) Sensory, Occupational, and Speech Services in Weymouth, Pembroke, and Norwood, MA
Warrior Poet Academy (See write-up in Norfolk Rec Registration Booklet, phone # 617-797-2921)
Kids in Sports, Walpole MA ( https://semass.kidsinsports.com/ )
Boston Ability Center ( https://www.bostonabilitycenter.com/ )
Vorpahl Psychology Associates, LLC ( http://www.vpa-psychologist.com/ )
ASPIRE (by MGH) (https://www.massgeneral.org/aspire/)
Learning Solutions, Norwood MA (http://learningsolutionsforme.com/index.html)
Visit our website for information on Adaptive Sports Programs
*Note: Norfolk SEPAC does not have a vested interest in any of these resources, nor can we guarantee a positive experience. These are resources that have been utilized by local families with positive feedback.
Have experience with a resource you'd like to share with other Norfolk Families? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can add it to our website!
SEPAC Book of the Month
Differently Wired, by Deborah Reber
Today millions of kids are stuck in a world that doesn't respect, support, or embrace who they really are—these are what Deborah Reber is calling the “differently wired” kids, the one in five children with ADHD, dyslexia, Asperger’s, giftedness, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, and other neurodifferences. Their challenges are many. But for the parents who love them, the challenges are just as hard—struggling to find the right school, the right therapist, the right parenting group while feeling isolated and harboring endless internal doubts about what’s normal, what’s not, and how to handle it all.
By offering 18 paradigm shifts—what she calls “tilts”— Reber shows how to change everything. How to “Get Out of Isolation and Connect.” “Stop Fighting Who Your Child Is and Lean In.” “Let Go of What Others Think.” “Create a World Where Your Child Can Feel Secure.” “Find Your People (and Ditch the Rest).” “Help Your Kids Embrace Self-Discovery.” And through these alternative ways of being, discover how to stay open, pay attention, and become an exceptional parent to your exceptional child.
This book is also available on Amazon Kindle free for Prime Members!