RUSD Special Ed Parent Newsletter

Rowland CAC April/May 2023

Special Education Parent CAC Meetings

Summer Planning, Camps, travel tips & free resources

*Tuesday, April 18, 2023 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Via Zoom, Visit Website for Registration Link

Join Zoom Meeting

Friday, June 2, 2023 Graduation picture opportunity at Special Ed Office

The Arts Celebration Festival was a Sucess!

We had a good turnout despite the rain. Thank you to all who came to participate in the annual event for Special Education families and students! Thank you to all RUSD clubs, teachers, and staff that made this festival a very special and memorable event for our children in special education.

Thank you to:

The School Board, Special Education Director and Administrators,

RHS Digital Art teachers and student volunteers

NHS Dance Team,

RUSD School Counselors for the Sensory Bottle table

RHS Re-Define Club for volunteering to host the art stations- bubble art, coffee filter Art, Friendship bracelets,

RHS JAR Culinary team

All amazing volunteers!

Thank you to our community partners :

Parents Place Family Resource, San Gabriel Pomona Regional Center, RUSD Family Resource Center, and to the Special Education CAC that all shared important information with our community. Special thanks to Ms. Annette Martinez for all your help!

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Alfonso Iniguez Memorial Award

RSP Teacher Ms. Becky Gomez was celebrated for her outstanding service to special education students. She was nominated by parents and exemplifies the qualities of the Alfonso Iniguez Memorial Award. The Iniguez Family also gave her some flowers.
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Parent Requested Training Topics for next year

Please email us by May 15, 2023 at with any RUSD trainings you would like to see next year and any school wide events you would like to see next year. We appreciate all your ideas and feedback.

Graduation Class of 2023

Congratulations to all the students and parents celebrating HS graduation or certification of completion this year. Remember to encourage full participation in all school events and activities for seniors! Please send us pictures of your grad to feature them in our last newsletter of the school year.

RUSD April Autism Awareness events

Rowland Unified will be having Autism Awareness Week. 4/25/2022 – 4/29/2022

Jellick Elementary will highlight Autism Awareness Week by wearing Rainbow or Tie-dye shirts

Telesis Academy will be having Super Buddies Club meetings

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Autism Acceptance in Schools

Please share if your school will be highlighting Autism Awareness this month. Here is a link of classroom lessons you can share with teachers and administrators at your school site.

Autism Acceptance in Schools

April/ May Community Events

Autism Friendly Activities Around Town

Join us for the

2nd Annual Sirens of Silence: A Special Day with First Responders

SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2023, 9AM-12PM.

San Gabriel Pomona Regional Center


For more information, contact Josie Martinez (909) 710-8817

Parents Place Information Fair

Everything is FREE! Cotton candy, snow cones, crafts, lunch provided

Sunday, April 30th, 2023 from 1pm-4pm

Cortez Park, West Covina

Parents Place Parent Support Group

First Thursday of every month, 7pm-9pm on zoom

SGPRC 2023 Virtual Trainings About Educational Matters for Parents

Provided by Nora Perez-Givens, Education Specialist

These trainings will provide parents with the fundamental knowledge about Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA),

Section 504 Rehabilitation Act and advocacy skills to assist parents when advocating for their child’s educational needs.

Thursday Evenings from 4:30pm to 6:00pm

April 27 IEPs vs. 504 Plans- Which one best supports my child at school?

May 25 Parents Rights – Special Education

June 22 IEPs – Related Services

July 27 Bullying at School – What can be done?

August 24 Options for Resolving Disagreements Regarding Special Education

September 28 Understanding IEP Meetings

October 26 Effective Communication in the IEP Process

November 2 IEPs Transition Planning for life after high school

Zoom ID: 864 3665 3824

2023 California Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) for Students with Disabilities Informational Guide

July 13-15: Virtual Sessions on Zoom, (July 16: No Sessions), July 17-19: In-Person Sessions

YLF is a six-day leadership program for students with disabilities, which will be held

through a combination of online Zoom sessions and in-person activities in Sacramento

(at California State University, Sacramento). Students will learn advocacy and

leadership skills from alumni and professionals with disabilities and create a “Personal

& Career Leadership Plan” to help reach their future education, independent living, and

career goals.

To Apply

Visit the Youth Leadership Forum website at to download

the application and learn more about the YLF including messages from past delegates.

E-mail the application, essay, and letter of recommendation to

In the email subject line, put your first name initial, last name, and the words “2023 YLF

Student Application”. (For example, “A. Applicant YLF 2023 Student Application”)

Only typed application packets will be accepted.





April 13, 2023 at 11:00AM - 12:00PM

Click here for Zoom Link Zoom ID: 890 0198 5467

Speaker : Joshua Trevino, Board Certified Behavior Analyst

For more Critical Issues Forum information, please visit our website or contact:

Josie Martinez (909) 710-8817 or Amos Byun (909) 710-8815

Parent to Parent: April 27th is Autism Super Mom Day!

This day was created in 2019 to celebrate the mothers of Autistic children and the efforts and hard work that they put in to caring for the special children in their lives. During the month of April, Autism is recognized and celebrated to show support for those individuals who suffer from all aspects and extremes that the “spectrum” represents. This day is to recognize the mothers who offer the care and nurturing to help grow these fantastic minds. Mothers that truly deserve the accolades and designation as “Super Mom!” for their continuous caring and unwavering strength, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
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