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Annual Report to School Committee

On May 24th, 2016 SEPAC board members presented an overview of accomplishments to the Concord and Concord-Carlisle School Committee. Our presentation was well received. The detailed report can be found here.

Superintendent screening committee will include SEPAC representative.
We would like to thank the School Committee for recognizing the unique perspective that a parent/guardian of a child with special needs could bring to the search process! We are excited for this opportunity to represent our children’s and families’ needs on this committee.

Annual Election of SEPAC Officers

Date & Time: Friday, June 3, 2016 – 12:30-2pm

Location: Fowler Library, Conference Room, Concord, MA

About the Elections*

The Concord SEPAC is holding its annual election. The following Board positions are open for the 2016-2017 academic year:  Membership Chair, Events Chair, and Technology Chair. Any position can be shared by up to 2 individuals.

  • Everyone in attendance can vote.
  • Officers are elected by a majority of votes cast by a quorum.
  • Each elected officer shall hold office for a term of at least one year (July 1 through June 30).
  • Newly elected Board Members are required to be sworn in at the Town Clerk’s office within 2 weeks of election.


If you are interested in serving in a position or nominating someone, please email Get involved to represent the needs of students in our District!

*As part of the June SEPAC Monthly Meeting

June Newsletter

Now available at: Newsletters

Transition Overview Workshop

Now is the time for High School Students on an IEP to start planning for their future.

Transition Overview Workshop

Please join us for an overview of transition planning and key factors that are critical for postsecondary life, including transitioning to college. The Concord SEPAC and Concord Public Schools/Concord-Carlisle Regional School District are pleased to offer a Transition Overview designed to help you prepare and plan for your or your student’s postsecondary needs and goals. This is part of a Transition Planning Series that will be offered during the 2016-2017 school year.

The Transition Overview will include information on:

  • Transition assessment, planning and services in Massachusetts, including the Transition Planning Form.
  • Review of transition laws (State and Federal).
  • When to start developing independent living skills.
  • Post-secondary agencies and community resources for parents, providers and students.
  • Short Q&A. Please submit questions in advance to

Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS), The Learning Commons, 500 Walden Street, Concord, MA

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

  • Parent mingle: 6:30 pm
  • Presentation: 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Q&A: 8:30-9pm – Please submit questions in advance to

Presented By: 
Heather Mahoney, M.Ed., Transition Specialist, CCHS
Please RSVP and send questions to

Hosted by the Concord and CCHS SEPAC

Directions to CCHS Learning Commons

When entering the high school from the lower lot, go up the stairs and you will find the Learning Commons off the school lobby. When entering from the upper lot, you will see the Learning Commons as soon as you enter the building,

SEPAC is seeking volunteer liaisons to represent each school in the district.

We are parents of special education students who have voluntarily joined together to provide information and support to families of children in special education.  Currently the SEPAC is seeking volunteer liaisons to represent each school in the district.

SEPAC Liaison Role Description

The role of the SEPAC liaison is to represent the SEPAC at various events, help connect parents to the resources SEPAC offers, stay abreast of school happenings, and share information about their school to the SEPAC Board. Specifically, the liaison will:

  • Attend school meetings and events such as PTG meetings, Special Education Coffees, informational sessions, back-to-school nights, and other school meetings and events.
  • Speak on behalf of the SEPAC at back-to-school night with a presentation provided by the SEPAC board so that the message is consistent across the schools.
  • Listen to any parent concern, suggestion, or question brought to the attention of the liaison and then bring that information to the SEPAC board.
  • Attend SEPAC meetings when possible, and update board on an as-needed basis.


Open Door Theatre – Peter Pan Show

Open Door Theatre of Acton, MA is committed to making Theatre accessible on both sides of the curtain. This community theatre is committed to providing accessible experiences for individuals with disabilities in performance as well as those attending.

Tickets for this year’s show, Peter Pan on now on sale.

Performance dates:

Adoptive Family Together

Acton Area Parent Group Info

Join us at a parent run group for adoptive parents, as well as kin, guardian and foster parents. Others personally connected to adoption, including birth parents or adults who were adopted, are also invited to participate.  This is a free, ongoing group that meets once a month for support, resources, and discussing adoption related issues. Feel free to drop in!!

 Faith Evangelical Free Church

54 Hosmer St.

Acton, MA 01720

Meets The First Wednesday Of Each Month

From 7:30-9:00 PM

  March 2, 2016

April 6, 2016

May 4, 2016

June 1, 2016

For more info contact:

 Lori Baeumler 857-728-2157

For more info about Adoptive Families Together and a complete listing of all of our parent group locations, visit our website at

Executive Function Presentation by Sarah Ward

Executive Function  Presentation by Sarah Ward
Tuesday, March 8, 2016       7:00 PM     
Weston Middle School Amy Potter Center
Learn how to support your child in:

– Creating a homework space
– Organizing personal and school materials
– Recording assignments and creating a schedule
– Managing time, tasks and completing long-term projects

Sarah Ward, MS, CCC/SLP Speech and Language Pathologist
Sarah Ward is a dynamic speaker who regularly presents on the topic of executive functions to a variety of professional and parent organizations. Her innovative and effective approaches have been featured on National Public Radio and she has received multiple awards, including the Massachusetts General Hospital Expertise in Clinical Practice Award and the Faculty in Excellence Award. She works directly with students in her private practice.

This workshop is designed for parents and faculty members (not students).

Please contact  with any questions.

SEPAC business meeting weather cancellation policy

SEPAC business meeting weather cancellation policy

In the event of school cancellation for Concord Public and CCHS, our business meetings will be cancelled.  If we determine that driving will be hazardous at the time of our scheduled meetings we will also cancel.  If there is a delayed opening, the meetings will still be held.  Please see our website and FB page for updates.

What is an IEP?

What is an IEP?

Presentation Basic Rights PDF

An IEP is an important legal document.

It spells out your child’s learning needs, the services the

 School will provide and how progress will be measured.

Creating an effective IEP often takes time, effort and

Patience. The more you know about the process,

The better you can advocate for your child.

The Concord SEPAC is offering an

IEP Basic Rights Workshop designed to help you

Learn how to be effective partners with your child’s

school and to plan, make decisions and

monitor your child’s progress in school.

You will also learn your rights and responsibilities

Under Massachusetts Education Law and have the

opportunity to ask questions about your child’s IEP.

Presented by advocates and former 

Concord SEPAC ChairsMelody Orefi and Bonnie Polakoff

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Parent mingle: 6:30 pm

Presentation/Q&A: 7:00-9:00 pm

Concord-Carlisle High School

The Learning Commons

500 Walden Street

Concord, MA

For planning purposes please RSVP to

(When entering the high school from the lower lot, go up the stairs and you will find the Learning Commons off the school lobby.

When entering from the upper lot, you will see the Learning Commons as soon as you enter the building.)

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