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November Newsletter

We are happy to share with you the Concord Public/Concord-Carlisle Regional Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) November Newsletter. Enjoy!

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Hosted by the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council

  • Would you like to learn more about out of district placements?
  • Do you think it would help to meet other parents and caregivers in a similar position?

Please join Marielle Wintersteen and Jessica Murphy, to learn about the role and responsibilities of the Out of District Coordinator and to get some answers to Frequently Asked Questions.  

When:   Thursday, November 1st  2018 from 12:30 – 2:00 pm

Where:  Conference Room 1, Ripley Building, Meriam Road

We would ask you to please keep your questions general in nature and not talk specifically about your child in this setting. If you already have a question you would like to ask Marielle, please submit it by 25th October to Any questions submitted to SEPAC in this way will be given to the Special Education team anonymously and addressed within the presentation.

For planning purposes, please RSVP via Eventbrite 

Happy Fall!

We are delighted to share with you our October newsletter. Be sure to check it out and see all that’s going on.


As we embark on a new school year we wish you an exciting and adventure filled year. We hope to see you at one of our many SEPAC events throughout the year. Starting with our Parent and Caregiver Meet and Greet this Thursday at 7:30 at Chang An. Come learn how you can get involved with the SEPAC team! For planning purposes, please RSVP.  Also, keep a look out for our September newsletter! It’s full of great information in a NEW and beautiful design. Here’s to a great year!

Gopen Fellowship Opportunity

The Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Network is seeking applicants with developmental disabilities for the 2018-19 Barbara Wilensky Gopen Fellowship. This Fellowship is an opportunity for a person with a developmental disability who has finished school to work part-time in an office environment on a disability project of interest. The Fellowship is for one year, from July 2018-June 2019.
The Fellowship is based at the Institute for Community Inclusion/UMass Boston, and the Fellow works occasionally at the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council in Quincy. The annual salary for 20 hours per week is $20,000, paid biweekly. Individuals concerned about how the Gopen Fellowship’s income might affect their Social Security or Medicaid benefits can open/contribute to an ABLE Account.
Fellowship and application instructions. Applications are due on or before Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
For more information or if you have any questions, contact Liz Fancher at .

Congratulations SEPAC Appreciation Award Recipients!

Last night the SEPAC and the Concord Public and Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committees honored twenty-seven people from the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District with this year’s SEPAC Appreciation Awards.

Parents and guardians of children who have a student on an IEP or 504 plan were invited to nominate one special person in the school districts who have made a difference to their family or student during the current school year. Among the honorees were special education teachers, cafeteria workers, general education teachers, tutors, administration, and two former co-presidents of the SEPAC.

Congratulations and thank you, honorees, for your dedication to our students and for believing that every student deserves an extraordinary education.

SEPAC Appreciation Awards

SEPAC Appreciation Awards will be presented tomorrow at the Joint School Committee meeting!

6:30 pm, Ripley Administration Building

Please join us as we honor our wonderful recipients.

Don’t Miss TONIGHT’S Transition Event!

Special Education Transition: Guidance, Preparation, Development

March 27, 2018 at 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden St, Concord, MA (Learning Commons

A panel presentation hosted by Heather Mahoney, Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Transition Specialist in collaboration with the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council

Come and hear from the following agencies and organizations:

  • Boston Center for Independent Living
  • Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
  • Student Benefits Counselor
  • Department of Developmental Services
  • The Federation of Children with Special Needs
  • The Department of Mental Health
  • Concord-Carlisle High School Transition Specialist
  • Concord and Concord-Carlisle SEPAC

Visioning Session moved to Trail’s End

The visioning session that was scheduled for today at 5:30 pm at the Ripley Administration Building has been moved to 7:15 pm -8:30 pm at Trail’s End. We hope to see you there!


Due to the weather, the board meeting for March 8th, 2018 will be canceled.

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