PAC Newsletter

Volume 4 Issue 2

PAC (Parent Advisory Council)

To support students with special needs and their families to successfully navigate the support services offered by Knox County Schools and the surrounding community.



Help Keep the “Happy” in the Holiday Season for Loved Ones with Special Needs

The Holidays are here and there's a great deal to see and do in a relatively short time. How do you help everyone in the family enjoy the holiday season?

Discuss or even role play with your child. It is helpful for children to know what to expect. Prepare them for unfamiliar family members or situations by sharing pictures and pairing them with names and roll playing greetings. (Shaking hands, rules in other homes etc.)

· Go visual. Have a color coded calendar with velcro items so that things can be removed or changed if the schedule changes. This can help rigid thinkers.

· Pick your battles. This is not the time to force a child with food issues try everything on the buffet. Instead (Bring child friendly foods if needed.)

· Get comfortable. Make sure that your child has comfortable clothing and bring favorite items such as a blanket or favorite toy. Practice what to do when feeling overwhelmed. (Breathing, going to a quieter space, etc. to give your child and an out.)

· Encourage respecting personal space. If your child does not want to embrace unfamiliar relatives, encourage other ways that are more comfortable to your child. Gestures such as a high five, fist bump, or simply a wave are appropriate.

· Help adults by offering topics that your child feels comfortable (That your child has practiced). Such as talking about a recent field trip or other activity. This can put everyone more at ease and allows your child to shine.

Parents have good instincts on what your child can handle. Understanding that having a movie night at home in your pajamas will go a long way in helping to slowing things down and can make a big difference when dealing with a busy schedule. Trust your instincts and have a wonderful holiday season.

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Knox County Schools Events/ Information

Next Steps Night - Pre-ETS Meet & Greet

Thursday, Jan. 30th 2020 at 5-7pm

8352 Kingston Pike

Knoxville, TN

Join us for an information fair featuring the agencies that provide Pre-Employment Transition Services in Knox County School.
Click Here to Learn More/ Register for Next Steps

Transition School to Work Grant Team

Community Events/ Information

Christmas for Kids - Knoxville TN

Saturday, Dec. 14th, 9am-12pm

10231 Sherrill Boulevard

Knoxville, TN

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church is hosting a one-day Christmas for Kids featuring activity stations where children will hear about the Savior's birth, praise Him in songs, make crafts, play games, and enjoy snacks and fellowship.

This event will happen on Saturday, December 14th from 9am to 12pm and is intended for ages 3-10. This is a free event, but please select a ticket for each child to ensure proper planning.

Your child will enjoy:

  • Making projects
  • Singing songs
  • Playing games
  • Celebrating Christmas
  • Snowballs
  • Snacks

(865) 966-3112

Click Here For More Information

Christmas at Sevier Heights is a musical Christmas presentation with family-friendly activities on-site before and after each performance.

Bricks 4 Kidz: Legos

Thursday, Dec. 19th, 5:30-6:30pm

8833 Middlebrook Pike

Knoxville, TN

We are rebranding our Knoxville Lego Club by partnering with Bricks 4 Kidz. To expand our reach Lego Club will now be divided into 3 categories(rooms):

1. Creative Play
2. DUPLO Play
3. LEGO Theme & Curriculum Snacks provided and parent/support discussions are greatly encouraged.

STEP Lunchtime Leaders Family Engagement Webinar Series - Supporting Students in their Least Restrictive Environments

Wednesday, Jan. 22nd 2020 at 12:30-1:30pm

This is an online event.

Free Webinar

Students with disabilities are to receive education in their least restrictive environment. This webinar will look at child, family, and curriculum considerations to consider as the IEP team discusses the individual needs of each child related to supports and services to ensure student success in their LRE. Don’t delay, reserve your Webinar seat now at link below! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. View System Requirements:

Contact: STEP, Inc.
Phone: (800) 280-STEP

Web Link:

Sponsors: STEP, Inc.

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