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Upcoming Events:

Hello SEPAC Families!

Just a quick reminder of tonight's MURSD SEPAC meeting - 6:30pm at Nipmuc or via Zoom herehttps://mursd.zoom.us/j/85605877946?pwd=bWtocngzNWgySUxIYW1EM2FrQmxvZz09

And an UPDATE! Cheryl Kirkpatrick, Assistant Superintendent and District 504 Coordinator, will join us at tonight's meeting to share an overview of the purpose of and process for assessing and providing 504 accommodations for students. 

In addition, as previously posted, at tonight's meeting we will discuss Procedural Safeguards.  What are Procedural Safeguards?  They are designed to protect the rights of parents and their child with a disability and, at the same time, give families and school systems several mechanisms by which to resolve their disputes.  Every parent or guardian involved in the special education process should be aware of these procedures, but there's a lot to them, so let's break it down together!

Hope to see you there! 

- The MURSD SEPAC Board - 

What is the SEPAC?

The MURSD Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is a group of parents and guardians of children who are supported or who are seeking special education support in the Mendon-Upton school district. Our SEPAC not only provides a support network for other parents, but a forum for open communication about special education in our district, an opportunity for collaboration with district leadership, and more.

Mission Statement
The mission of SEPAC is to facilitate understanding, respect, and appropriate education for all children, while also supporting families and educators who are also striving for this goal. We believe that inclusion matters, that every child is unique, advocacy is welcomed, and community is important for parents and educators helping students to reach their full potential.

How can I get involved?
Come to a meeting, email us at mendonuptonsepac@gmail.com, or follow us on Facebook! We welcome all parents and guardians, as well as teachers and district staff to attend SEPAC meetings and participate in the discussion. Each year we host regular meetings to discuss MURSD special education and to network with other parents, while also hosting workshops with guest speakers on topics relevant to special education. Check our Facebook page or this page regularly for upcoming meeting and workshop dates!

Email us a mendonuptonsepac@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook

What is the MURSD SEPAC? 

The MURSD Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is a group of parents and guardians of children who are supported or who are seeking special education support in the Mendon-Upton school district. Our SEPAC not only provides a support network for other parents, but a forum for open communication about special education in our district, an opportunity for collaboration with district leadership, and more. To be added to the SEPAC email list, please reach out to mendonuptonsepac@gmail.com. More information here: Mendon-Upton SEPAC | Mendon-Upton Regional School District (mursd.org)

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2022-2023 SEPAC Board Meetings

September 19th @ 6:30pm Nipmuc Regional HS - PDC

October 24th @ 6:30pm Nipmuc Regional HS - PDC

November 14th @ 6:30pm Nipmuc Regional HS - PDC

December 12th @ 6:30pm Nipmuc Regional HS - PDC

January 30th @ 6:30pm Nipmuc Regional HS - PDC

February 13th @ 6:30pm Nipmuc Regional HS - PDC

March 6th @ 6:30pm Nipmuc Regional HS - PDC

April 3rd @ 6:30pm Nipmuc Regional HS - PDC

May 8th @ 6:30pm Nipmuc Regional HS - PDC

June 12th @ 6:30pm Nipmuc Regional HS - PDC

Connect with the SEPAC

Facebook Mendon-Upton SEPAC

Email mendonuptonsepac@gmail.com

We are looking for more resources to share with families! If you have a clinician, group, or activity that you want to share please send the information to mendonuptonsepac@gmail.com

Family Events

Regal’s My Way Matinee gives everyone the opportunity to experience a movie with the lights turned up and the volume turned down.
* This becomes safe space where guests are free to express themselves by singing, crying, dancing, walking around, talking or shouting while enjoying Hollywood’s latest films.
* These showings will be the first show of the day.

Upcoming Movies:

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
November 19 & 22

Avatar: The Way of Water
December 17 & 20

Bellingham:

Regal Bellingham & RPX
Ticket fees apply.
For more information visit www.regmovies.com/static/en/us/promotions/my-way-matinee 

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Parent/Caregiver Resources

Webinar, September 13th, 2022, with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB).  Join the MCB’s Virtual Town Hall, focusing on “The Importance of Rehabilitation Teaching”.
* Presentations from MCB program experts and consumers will address topics such as:
Navigation tools
* Technology
* Transportation
* Street Crossing
* ASL
To register or for more information visit
www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-commission-for-the-blind/events?  

Webinar, September 13th, 2022, with Thrive Advocacy of Marlborough, MA. For parents and family members of persons with an intellectual or developmental disability, this seminar provides an overview of the legal consequences of reaching the age of emancipation at 18.
* Learn what it is, who can be one, how to become one and more.
To RSVP for the Zoom link contact fsactivities@icanthrive.org

Webinar, September 22nd, 2022, with the Insurance Resource Center for Autism and Behavioral Health, UMASS Chan Medical School – Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center. Free – Lunch and Learn” Via Zoom, 2nd & 4th Thursdays of Each Month. 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
September 22nd 2022: MassHealth Premium Assistance. Free to attend. Registration required.
* Spanish translation available.
* All presentations will be recorded and posted on the the Insurance Resource Center for Autism and Behavioral Health website.
To register or for more information visit https://massairc.org/event/upcoming-webinars-and-trainings/#page-content

FAQs

Who can participate in SEPAC/ attend workshops?
All parents and guardians of Mendon and Upton students receiving special education services are encouraged to become involved in SEPAC. Participation is also open to other interested parties such as teachers, service providers, students studying special education, and families from other towns.

What are ways I can get more involved with SEPAC?
We are always looking for volunteers to help. There are opportunities to get involved with our organization even if you don't have a lot of time to commit.

How can I join your mailing list?
Email us at mendonuptonsepac@gmail.com

I want to suggest/present a workshop
Our workshop schedule runs September - June. If you would like to make a suggestion or offer to present, please contact us. 

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SEPAC Board Members 2022-2023

Co-Chairs

Ali Freeman & Jessica Miarecki

Co-Secretaries

Elicia Basoli & Lauren Van Norman