Special Education events: NSPAC’s 9/9 “Coffee and Connect” and 9/25 Welcome Back Night

If you have a child with special education needs, the following meetings may be of interest.

Next week, Northborough/Southborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council (NSPAC) will resume its monthly Coffee and Connect gatherings, with the first four held in our town. (That may make it easier for some Southborough parents to attend.)

And later this month, the group will host its annual Welcome Back Night.

NSPAC is the district’s council to advise the school commitee on  matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with learning differences, behavioral challenges, disabilities, or medical issues.

The organization is run by volunteers. They seek to be a resource to students struggling with academic, social, behavioral, physical or medical challenges, and their parents/guardians:

NSPAC is here to ensure our community delivers an understanding, respectful and inclusive support system. This includes ensuring that the children in our district receive a safe and appropriate education, that parents feel heard and supported, and that our community delivers recreational opportunities to all types of learners.

NSPAC_coffee_and_connect_flyerEvery month, the group holds its Coffee and Connect as a chance for parents/guardians to connect with other members of the community facing similar challenges. Each meeting also includes a specific discussion topic (chosen by participants) to share and brainstorm on challenges or unmet needs.

The first takes place next Wednesday, with subsequent meetings the first Wednesday of each month, from 10:00 am – noon. This year, the first four sessions will be held at the Southborough Library. Beginning in January, meetings will move back to the Northborough Library.

NSPAC_welcome_back_night_flyerOn Friday, September 25th at 6:30 pm, Algonquin Regional High School’s library will be the site of Welcome Back Night. The evening includes a chance to help them plan their year:

Come out, connect with old friends, and make some new ones. We are a group of supportive parents who have “been there.” Help us plan for the year and learn how we provide information and support for families. As always, your ideas and suggestions are welcome.

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