Family Engagement Newsletter

Eau Claire Area School District



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Start the New Year off by

Strengthening Family Engagement in Special Education

Lauri Malnory, Parent Facilitator Special Education

Family Engagement is crucial for our Special Needs Children to succeed.

SEPTA has Identified three areas to focus on based on the last Family Engagement survey.

We need you to provide input to these areas!

At this SEPTA meeting, we will break into small groups to discuss and look for ways to strengthen Family Engagement for special education in our district.

Special Education PTA (SEPTA) Meetings

JANUARY 12, 2021 from 7-8:30pm Zoom Meeting

Meetings will be held the second Tuesday

of each month from 7-8:30 pm.

A zoom link will automatically be sent to you if you are on

the SEPTA e-mail list. If you are not receiving emails

from SEPTA and would like to,

please e-mail to be added

to the distribution list.

Eau Claire Area Community Food and Other Resources

The ECASD & Community Resources is updated monthly and be found on

ECASD | COVID-19 web site and is available in English, Spanish & Hmong.

January 2021 ECASD-Community-Resources-01-01-21.pdf

Strong and healthy relationships are empowering, supportive, and comforting. The Healthy Relationship Promotion Action Team from Eau Claire Healthy Communities created this toolkit and directory to provide youth, teens and adults of the Chippewa Valley with resources to help foster healthy relationships and tools to identify potentially unhealthy ones.

Eau Claire Healthy Communities FaceBook Page

Are you looking for help for your child with emotional, behavioral or mental health problems?

The Western Region Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) can help families learn about mental health resources in the Chippewa Valley.

Contact by phone at 715-726-7900 or 1-800-400-3678.

Webinars from Wisconsin Transition Improvement Grant

Youth and family involvement in the transition planning process are crucial components of a successful plan. There are 2 upcoming webinars to address various aspects of family engagement at the middle school and high school (secondary) levels. Join WITIG and other families to discuss critical issues relating to transition at each stage of your child’s life.


January 6th Focus on Middle School

March 10th Focus on High School

To Register:

Parent Videos to Support Learning at Home for Students with a Most Significant Cognitive Disability

The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) and TIES Center jointly developed a series of videos for parents on various aspects of supporting the learning of children with significant cognitive disabilities at home. Each video focuses on three key questions: Why is it important to focus on this with my child at home? How can I do this at home? What support can I ask for from my child’s school? These videos help families learn ways to support the learning of their children with significant cognitive disabilities at home and have conversations with teachers to link home- schools supports.

Additional videos will be added to the series over the next several months. The future videos will be on supporting the learning of reading, writing, and math at home, as well as one on monitoring progress.
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January Young Athletes Schedule

Special Olympics Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities (ID), ages 2 to 7 years old. Young Athletes introduces basic sport skills, like running, kicking and throwing. Young Athletes offers families, teachers, caregivers and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children.

January 12

YA Craft: Polar Bear

January 14

YA Practice: Yoga

January 19

YA Craft: Sledding

January 21

YA Practice: Striking

January 26

Story Time: Sneezy the Snowman

January 28


Please remember if you would like to participate in our crafts or practices to register on our Google Form. You only need to register once. If you have not registered to get reminders or updates please register with the links below:



**If you need help getting supplies for a craft please email me at and I can see if we can help purchase supplies for you!

The Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

The Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is a full-service speech, language, and hearing clinic serving children and adults in the Chippewa Valley. We provide services in the CCD which features a reception area and two waiting rooms, 16 treatment rooms with observation deck, an Augmentative and Assistive Technology Lab, and a Speech Science and Voice Lab, to name a few. We are also able to provide services via Telepractice as needed or requested. Services are provided by undergraduate and graduate student clinicians working toward advanced degrees in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. All students are supervised by fully licensed and certified Speech Language Pathologists.

For Information about UWEC's Center for Communication Disorders

Mail: Center for Communication Disorders

Human Sciences and Services 112

239 Water Street

Eau Claire, WI 54703

Phone: 715-836-4186


Visit our Web Site!


The current WI Family Engagement Newsletter is here!

Read about:

  • Family Engagement Article: Financial Literacy Skills are Keys to Successful Transition to Adulthood
  • Research to Read: Supporting Strong Transitions Remotely: Considerations and Complexities for Rural Communities During COVID-19
  • Online resources for youth and families in the area of Transition
  • For Your Information: Information about Transition Services During COVID
  • Information about upcoming statewide trainings, workshops and conferences

  • At Home Learning Strategies

Note: The WI FACETS Family Engagement E-Newsletter and past editions can be found online at:

Early Learning Connections Newsletter

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Eau Claire Area School District Board Policy - Visitors to the Schools During the School Day

Eau Claire Area School District

Eau Claire Area Unified School District does not endorse any commercial products or services that may be advertised or available, for purchase or otherwise, on any of the Linked Sites. Website users should be aware that, because of the nature of the World Wide Web, website content may change from what was originally linked to by the Eau Claire Area School District.
We encourage users to contact us if you find inappropriate content.

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