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    SEPTA Meetings
    Members of our board along with our PPS Director, Jeanne Love, will stay after the meetings for an open forum, to address questions submitted before the meeting. Any questions can be sent to our email address: wantaghsepta@yahoo.com. Jeanne Love and the members of our board will also stay later for any individual questions or concerns so they can be addressed privately.    
     

    Remember we have babysitters for our meetings. Our wonderful babysitters created a brochure with a form for parents to fill out with information about their child. This way the babysitters will get to know the child and be able to relate to him/her and help him/her to enjoy their time while you attend the meeting. And we hope that it will help increase their social skills. The brochure is pictured here and note the form section about the child.

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    Upcoming 2019 -2020 Meeting Dates:

    January Meeting: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 7:30 pm in the Middle School Library

    TOPIC: Sensory Processing Disorder: Lauren Saccone presents on sensory processing disorder from the perspective of a Special Education Teacher and a parent of a daughter with a sensory processing disorder. some of her writing has been published by NY Metro Parents Magazine and in local Long Island newspapers. She has also contributed stories to the special needs website, The Mighty and has created a Facebook page for sensory parents called My Sensational Girl: Tips from a Sensory Mom. Go to her blog for more information. 

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    March Meeting:
    March 10, 2020 at 7:30 pm in the Middle School Library:

    LiteracyNassau Topic: Kim Nau from Literacy Nassau will speak about dyslexia and programs available at Literacy Nassau. Literacy Nassau is a not-for profit organization, located in Wantagh, that makes literacy services accessible to disadvantaged populations of all ages by providing donation-based language-building programs.  The presentation will provide an overview of our programs, specifically our donation-based, Orton-Gillingham tutoring program for children with dyslexia.  Dyslexia signs, symptoms, interventions and remediation will also be discussed. Go to their website for more information: https://www.literacynassau.org/

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    April 29, 2020:
     Meeting is with the combined 6-12, Bandwagon, Booster, WDPAA for the Wantagh District's Budget Presentation

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    June 16, 2020:
    Friends of SEPTA Awards

    Previous Meetings & Resources:  

    October Meeting: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 7:30 pm in the Middle School Library. 1stMeet

    TOPIC: Increasing Social Skills with Your Children: Ellis O'Connell, Clinical Supervisor at Marra & Glick Applied Behavior Analysts presented on learning how to help your child develop an understanding of social cues to increase positive social interaction. 

    We were so pleased with the enlightening presentation last evening discussing "Increasing Social Skills for our children" with Ellis O'Connell. (Below is the listing of resources she gave out for your reference.) And we were truly grateful for all who were able to join us.

    Social Skill Resources from Marra & Glick Applied Behavior Analysts, PLLC: 631-479-2900 | mg-aba.com

    Sports:
    Be the Best Sport, Port Washington, NY: 516-453-0990 | bethebestsport.org
    East Meadow Baseball/Softball Association: 516-794-8965 | http://eastmeadowbaseballsoftball.com/
    KISS (Kids in Special Services), Plainview, NY: 516-822-3535 | http://kidsinspecialsituations.org/about/

    After School Programs and Classes:
    Adler Center for Special Needs, Mid-Island Y JCC, Plainview, NY: https://www.miyjcc.org/adler-center-for-special-needs
    Family Center for Autism, Garden City, NY (social skills group and more): http://familycenterforautism.org/
    Pop Earth, Dix Hills & Wextbury, NY (yoga, dance fitness, holistic health): https://www.popearth.org/
    Theresa Academy of Performing Arts (TAPA) Long Beach, NY: https://theresafoundation.org/
    Specialty MineCraft Website for Children with Autism: https://www.autcraft.com/

    Teaching Resources for Parents:
    Guide to teaching social skills for parents: https://mission-cognition-share.com/…/A-Parents-Guide-Teach…
    www.missioncognition.com/mc-share
    Nationalautismresources.com (social skills games)

    FoSmeeting Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 7:30 pm in the Wantagh Middle School Library: 

    (Friends of SEPTA Awards Meeting) Please join us for the best meeting of the year while honoring members of our community who have gone above and beyond for our students with a Friend of SEPTA award. It is such a special and heart-warming night where we highlight people who make a difference in the lives of our children.  

    Our Honorees were:

    PPS Department nominated Superintendent John McNamara

    Robyn and Luca Valentino nominated Nancy Perrone, Forest Lake Elementary Resource Room Teacher

    Marybeth Reynolds nominated Miss Denise Weinberg, Forest Lake Elementary Fourth Grade Teacher

    Marybeth Reynolds nominated Mrs. Terri Ann Fuimefreddo, Forest Lake Elementary Teacher’s Aide 1:1 in Mrs. Torrella’s class

    Debbie and Richie DeRupo nominated Ms. Corrie Harris, Wantagh Middle School 7th Grade Integrated Co-Teaching Services

    Liz and Dan Beatty nominated Mr. Brian Ward, Wantagh Middle School Guidance Counselor

    Melissa Lanciotti nominated Courtney Prestianni, Wantagh High School Guidance Counselor

     

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (6-12, Bandwagon, Booster, SEPTA  joint budget presentation meeting in HS)

    Tuesday, March 26, 2019: Samantha Feinman from New Frontiers in Learning presenting on Post High School Transitions

    ProcedSafe Wednesday, February 13, 2019: Join us in the Wantagh Middle School library. Our PPS Director Jeanne Love will give us a clear explanation of our parental rights in the procedural safeguards along with specific examples of where these safeguards are needed and might be used.

    IEPorganizer Wednesday, January 9, 2019: Dodie Daniels, Long Island Regional Coordinator, Parent to Parent of NYS will present an Education Records Organizer workshop, where she will bring binders and help families organize their paperwork in order to be more effective members of their child’s CSE. PPS Director Jeanne Love will also be available for questions on CPSE and IEP meetings and will give her insights as well.

    Jo Futerman Mindfulness Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Middle School Library: Mindfulness Over ADHD Matters

    Jo Futerman will discuss ADHD and mindfulness and lead us in meditation. She is a member of Nassau County CHADD and runs their meetings and support groups. She is an invaluable resource. Go to her website for more information: http://www.jmfcoaching.com/  

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    Topic: Kerry Mullen from Safe 4 Kids will present on food allergies. She educates schools and community groups on the importance of awareness of food allergies and how to manage them. She discusses how to create food allergy friendly environments for children to keep them safe and healthy. She also give powerful testimony on the seriousness of food allergies. Go to the website for more information and resources: http://www.safe4kids.net/

     


    Past 2018 Meetings: 

    Tuesday, January 9, 2018: 7:30 pm in Middle School Library

    Topic: Graduation requirements explained by Jeanne Love and Frank Muzio. (So many things have changed regarding the requirements needed to graduate and what degree or certificate can be achieved. This meeting will help explain and clarify the requirements.)

    Wednesday, June 7, 2018: 7:30 pm in Middle School Library

    Topic: Friend of SEPTA Awards Meeting where SEPTA recognizes those individuals who positively impact our children’s education experience.

    Tuesday, May 8, 2018: Combined District PTA Group meeting

    Topic: Budget Meeting

     
    2016-2017 Meetings: 

    Wednesday, November 8, 2017: 7:30 pm in Middle School Library

    Topic: "How to Talk to Your Child About Their Disability” presentation.

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017: 7:30 pm in Middle School Library

    Topic: Meet & Greet our special education personnel and we are hoping to get a special presentation from the OT’s and PT’s to explain more of what services the children get at school.


    anxiousgirl Monday – November 7th @ 7:30 pm: "Anxiety in Childhood" was discussed by Dr. Deena Abbe, PhD. She presented information addressing anxiety and depression in children and how it manifests in children. She was an insightful speaker who answered many questions and gave some suggestions for books along with CDs, websites and apps to help children cope with stress and anxiety. Several are listed below, as well as on our Resources page.

    Websites to find Books, CDs and other resources on mindfulness for children and ways to relieve stress and anxiety:

    MindfulSchools Mindful Schools: http://www.mindfulschools.org/

    Lori Lite's Stress Free Kids: https://stressfreekids.com/

    Wake Up Schools: http://wakeupschools.org/ 
    from http://www.thichnhathanhfoundation.org/

    GoZen Mindfulness Cards: http://www.gozen.com/product/mindfulnesscards/

    Teaching Emotional Language books from: http://www.weareteachers.com 

     

    Websites to find Apps and Videos:

    StopBreathThink Smiling Mind: https://smilingmind.com.au/

    Buddhify2: http://buddhify.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/buddhify-2-Media-Release-Jan-6-2014.pdf

    Yoga for Kids Video and info: http://bentonlearning.org/

    Yoga for Kids App: http://www.kidsyogaverse.com/

    Stop, Breathe and Think: http://www.stopbreathethink.org/

    To find more information on Dr. Abbe, go to her website. Anxiety is something that effects so many children in general education as well as special education.
     
     
     
    Parent2Parent Wednesday – January 11th  @ 7:30 pm: Thanks to Alissa Morris of Parent to Parent. She covered the topic of "Understanding OPWDD Supports and Services” from OPWDD. To learn more about NYS Parent to Parent, go to their website. PPS Director Jeanne Love will discuss graduation requirements at a future meeting. And special thanks to Heidi Felix from NEFCU who gave a great amount of info for parents about the services NEFCU provides or families, students and PTA members.
     
    Wednesday – March 22nd @ 7:30 pm: Jonathan Cooper, LCSW presented "All in the Family" talking about the challenges families face when their children have difficulty with social skills. Jonathan Cooper LCSW has been in practice for over 30 years as a therapist, administrator, consultant, and trainer in the field of social work, therapy and education. To learn more about his practice and social skills groups, go to his website.