GCISD Special Notes

March 2016 Vol. 3 -1

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In District Training Opportunities

(Date -TBD) Goal and Objective Writing for Students in Life

Skills Setting 4:00-5:00 p.m., PDEC, Celebration Room

(Date - TBD) Data Collection for the Special Educator

4:00-5:00 p.m., PDEC, Celebration Room

March 9 - STAAR ALT Update/Review - 4:00 p.m. PDEC Bronco Bowl

Specifically for those who have never given the test before. However, anyone who has questions or want more detailed information is welcome to attend.

March 10 - Power Para Training - 4:00 p.m. PDEC Bronco Bowl

All paras encouraged to attend as we gain more information as a follow up for our Relational training on Feb. 15th.

March 23 - Power Para Training - 4:00 p.m. PDEC Bronco Bowl

All paras encouraged to attend as we continue to research software and websites and have a short review about STAAR ALT Testing and our role in the testing process.

April 14 - Power Para Training - 4:00 p.m. PDEC Bronco Bowl

All paras encouraged to attend as we celebrate spring and talk about curricular support ways our students can celebrate and learn at the same time.

Registration for all trainings listed above is now open in Eduphoria,

FOCUS NIGHT is Monday, March 7th

Hi Everyone! I can't believe it's already time for our next FOCUS Night. Where does the time go??

FOCUS Night is Monday, March 7th, 6:30-8:15. We are in need of volunteers to "hang out and be cool" with the secondary Game Night Group, to "be energetic and fun" with the elementary Sparkle Group and to "be sweet and loving" with the Childcare group. Thank you so much for helping us out!! We could not do this without you!!

Terrie Kremer

Support Services

Community and Home Services

817-251-6888 ext. 2920

( FYI: This is the copy from a flyer sent home to parents.)

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Department of Special Education FOCUS NIGHT

For our families of kids with special needs

There is something for everyone!

Game Night (High School & Middle School) & Sparkle (Elementary age)

This is a viable alternative opportunity for our students with special needs to get together and practice social skills through game playing in a relaxed environment.

Sibshops seek to provide siblings of children with special needs opportunities for peer support. Peer support is provided within a lively, recreational context that emphasizes a kids’-eye view & gives them the opportunity to talk about the good & not-so-good parts of having a sibling with a disability.

Child Care: For the young siblings of children with special needs. Offered by GCISD staff

for children 1st grade and below.In order to have plenty of staff available please RSVP.

Parent Workshop: MHMR Services Many of you have heard of MHMR but do you know if your child qualifies for services? Do you now of the many services available? If your

child doesn’t qualify can he/she still receive any services? Come hear from an MHMR

representative about what they have to offer and how your child can qualify.

To register your child for Sibshops:


Monday, March 7, 2016 6:30 pm

PDEC 5800 Colleyville Blvd. Colleyville, TX 76034

If you have a child attending ANY of the programs please RSVP so we can staff

accordingly: Amy.bryan@gcisd.net or 817-488-9588 x6750


(for additional information contact Laura Epperson)

Below is the upcoming webinar schedule through August 2016. Each webinar is held the secondWednesday of every month at 11AM for one hour (and 15 minutes if there are questions). Please see the dates identified below. Please stay tuned to for the registration links. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you and have a great day!

March 9, 2016: Behavior as Communication by Dr. Michael Parker

April 13, 2016: Anxiety Disorders by James Turnage

May 11, 2016: Common Medical Conditions and IDD by Andrea McElroy

June 8, 2016: Autism and IDD by Dr. Monica Durham and Dr. Michael Parker

July 13, 2016: Trauma and IDD by James Turnage

August 10, 2016: Therapeutic Interventions by Dr. Monica Durham

Lacey Eaton, MAPC, LPC-I

Project Manager

Medical, Behavioral, Psychiatric Support Team

MHMR Tarrant

1300 Circle Drive

Fort Worth, Texas 76119

Office: 817-569-5656

Fax: 817-569-4005

Email: Lacey.Eaton@mhmrtc.org

Region 11 Workshops of Note

Differentiated Instruction - Technology - 010688

Effective integration of technology is crucial for 21st Century Learning. In this session, participants will focus on planning for learning and not technology. Presenters will model how to use data to make decisions about technology integration and differentiating with technology to meet the needs of a diverse student population.

01930303/08/2016 09:00am - 04:00pmESC Region 11


NTACT Webinar Series

NTACT’s Webinar Series in 2016 will continue to address five areas: (a) rigorous academic preparation; (b) career-related curricula; (c) quality secondary transition planning and services; (d) strategies to reduce dropout and increase graduation for students with disabilities; and (e) data-driven decision making. Each one will be hosted by NTACT on a Thursday (once each month) from 2:00 – 3:00 PM (Eastern). Additionally, an “Ask the Expert” webinar on a specific aspect of the topic presented in the monthly webinar will be presented one week later(usually), followed by two weeks of facilitated online discussion with the Ask the Expert webinar presenter. See below for a sample of scheduled topics through August, 2016:

Go to http://www.transitionta.org/ for more opportunities

Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each. - Plato

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Miss Sweetheart Pageant to be held in April

The North Texas 2016 Miss Sweetheart Special Needs Pageant is set for April 16 at Hillside Community Church in Keller, TX. Request an entry form at rhonda.mssnpageant@yahoo.com . They are only taking the first 50 applicants.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication and the Autism Spectrum/FA1122637

Autism 10: Top Ten Pieces to the Puzzle/FA1019638

Autism for the General Education Teacher/FA1019900

Classroom Organization: The Power of Structure for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders/FA1019640

Communication: The Power of Communication for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders/FA1019641

Futures Planning for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders/FA1020214

Navigating the Social Maze: Supports & Interventions for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders/FA1019642

Solving the Behavior Puzzle: Making Connections for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders/FA1019644

Solving the Behavior Puzzle: Making Connections for Individuals with AutismSpectrum Disorders/FA917423

Region 20 Offers Many Online Training Opportunities (You will need to create an account then search online courses/Special Education)

What’s going on for special needs families... below is a copy of the March calendar previously sent from Amy Bryan via email on

FREE Activities

 All Stars Talent Show 3/4/16

Friday, March 4 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Crown of Life Lutheran Church

6605 Pleasant Run Road Colleyville, TX 76034

North Texas SNAP will be hosting the All Star’s Talent Show. Come and cheer on the members as they show off their talents from lip sinking to dancing to reading aloud. Concessions will be available for purchase. Please RSVP Brandy Schimmel 817-545-9456 or executive.director@ntxsnap.org

 Parents Supporting Parents Support Group 3/22/16 Fourth Tuesday of each month 7:00 -8:00 pm Compass Church, Colleyville Compass Center Conference Room B

Meet parents in your community that share the same interest in raising children with special needs.

Questions and RSVP to Brandi Gilbreath at brandigilbreath@att.net or 817-896-3378

 Miracle League “Play Day 2016” 3/19/16

Saturday, March 19 10:00 pm to 1:00 pm Miracle League of Southlake

An opportunity to experience the feel of the Miracle League and to get ready for the Spring season that opens the following Saturday. Players will have a chance to bat, throw and run the bases. New players (or those who haven’t registered) will have the opportunity to sign up for Spring. This is a “come and go” event. In order to plan for food please let us know the number who will be attending from your family by sending an email to craig@miracleleagueofsouthlake.com

 We Have A Voice 2016

1300 Gendy Street Fort Worth, TX 76107

We Have A Voice is looking for young adults with IDD to participate in speaking for themselves through theatrical performance. Previously advocates have produced original work through a series of questions speaking directly to the community about their hopes, dreams and concerns. Through music and spoken word, non-professional actors create change in individuals and society by “holding up a mirror” to real life concerns. Weekly classes will be held.

Blake Jung 817-773-4300 advocacytheater@gmail.com

For informational purposes only. GCISD does not endorse any of these programs. March 2016 #1

 Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday, March 26 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Northwood Church

1870 Rufe Snow Keller, TX 76248

Bring the whole family! Pictures with the Easter bunny, bounce houses, face painting, Easter Egg hunt, outdoor trackless train, and more! Will have popcorn and water on hand. Please RSVP to events@featnt.org

 Miracle League of Southlake Opening Day March 26.

Registration now open!

To register go to www.miracleleagueofsouthlake.com

Or if you have questions contact


 First Annual Sped Spokenword Slam and Open Mic Showcase

Junior and High school students and young adults with Intellectual &

Developmental disabilities are invited to participate in the showcase.

Saturday, April 2 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Arlington Improv at the Highlands 309 Curtis Mathis Way Arlington, TX 76018

Three Free creative writing and confidence building workshops: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

 Thursday, March 3 Greenbriar Community Center

5200 Hemphill Street Fort Worth, TX 76115

 Tuesday, March 8 Handley-Meadowbrook Center

6201 Beaty Street Fort Worth, TX 76112

 Thursday, March 10 Handley-Meadowbrook Center

6201 Beaty St. Fort Worth, TX 76112

The Sped Slam is a unique statewide literary arts event that focuses on poetry and performance in a way that creates a new platform for creative self expression for our special needs youth and adults. For more info contact Mike Guinn 972-704-5001.

 H2OPE 4/2/16

Saturday, April 2

Texas Health Harris HEB Physical Medicine and Rehab Facility

251 Westpark Way Euless, TX 76040

Texas Health Resources HEB foundation is hosting a no-cost water exercise program for children with special needs. Registration and Physicians release form must be completed. For more information and to register go to www.offthedeependaquatics.com and click on H2OPE link.

For informational purposes only. GCISD does not endorse any of these programs. March 2016 #1

Activities with a FEE:

 Autism Tween Social Group 3/5/16

Saturday, March 5 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

FEAT-NT Resource Center and Library

7286 Glenview Drive Richland Hills, TX 76180

Non-clinical, parent run, social group focusing on the skills necessary

to have a friend over to play. Social games and dinner. $5 donation

per person eating to cover cost.

 Hansel and Gretel puppet show 3/12/16

Saturday, March 12 4:30 pm

Dallas Children’s Theatre Rosewood Center

5938 Skillman Dallas, TX 75231

Sensory Friendly performance. Optional pre-show activities including face painting, clown

performances and other activities. Tickets: $5.00 To purchase tickets, please call 214-740-0051.

 Zootopia 3/12/16

Saturday, March 12 Studio Movie Grill

5655 Colleyville Blvd, 300 Colleyville, TX 76034

Family-friendly movies free for children with special needs and siblings, adult tickets $6. Movies shown with lights up and volume lowered. Children free to move around, talk or even dance. Otherlocations participate as well. Call ahead to check.

 Autism Teen Social Group 3/23/16

Wednesday, March 23 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

FEAT-NT Resource Center and Library 7286 Glenview Drive Richland Hills, TX 76180

Teen social group for ages 13-18 with high functioning autism/Aspergers. Social games and dinner. Non-clinical, parent run, social group focuses on the skills necessary to have a friend over to play.

$5 donation per person eating to cover cost.

FREE Workshops

 SSI Application and Determination 3/3/16 IDD Council Meeting

Thursday, March 3 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Easter Seals North Texas

1424 Hemphill Street Fort Worth, TX 76107

Mindset The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

This is an outstanding book and has been the subject of several district book studies. These ideas can be especially meaningful to those of us who work with special needs populations. If you would like to join a book study sponsored by the GCISD Special Education Dept. please email your interest to sarah.hodge@gcisd.net. The study will be centered around the applications of Dweck's theories in the classroom. Meetings will be held at the PDEC and are open to any GCISD employee. the study schedule is as follows: