PAC Newsletter

Volume 3 Edition 2

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.
Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Web Page (KCS SPED)

Make sure to check out our web page. (Click the button ) This page includes a calendar with both Knox County Schools and community events/ workshops/ Trainings. Also packed with where to find information for children with special needs of ALL AGES.

Preparing Your Child with Special Needs to Enjoy the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful, even in the best of circumstances. The sights and sounds, changes in routine, and the general chaos can be especially challenging for children with special needs and their families. Families may need to be flexible in defining what traditions and rituals should look like to create joyful, long lasting memories. A little stress planning can make the difference in eliminating unnecessary stress.

  • Get Ready: Discussing what will happen at different events or activities. Social Stories, movies and books can help children prepare. Also discuss coping skills such as wearing comfortable clothing, having head phones, or having a favorite toy or activity available.

  • Prepare for Gatherings: Gather pictures of less familiar relatives prior to the event and play memory games matching names and faces. Share that offering a wave, a hand shake or blowing a kiss are acceptable if hugs are uncomfortable.

  • Practice Relaxation Techniques: Teach children breathing techniques (Such as pretending to blow out a candle) stretching, or pack a self-care relaxation bag.

  • Write Things Down: Help children make a list of what they want to do for the holiday and add it to the calendar. Discuss the plans regularly and count down the days to the events.

  • Be Flexible: Don't overbook. Do some relaxing activities such as making pop corn and watching a movie in your pajamas. It is amazing what an hour or so of relaxation can do for all of your bodies, minds, and spirits.
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Ritta Students Get Lessons from Sled Bears (KSC Blog)

Building Strong Brains: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Developing Resiliency

Go to Knox County Schools Website as a Guide to Finding the answers for the Scavenger Hunt

Night to Shine

To find information and register for the local "Night to Shine" Event, on February 8th, see listing (under youth activities) below.
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Parent/ Caregiver Events and Trainings

Building Strong Brains: ACEs - Knoxville

Thursday, Dec. 20th 2018 at 9am-12pm

9076 Middlebrook Pike

Knoxville, TN

Find out more information about ACES!

This presentation will explore how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) harm the developing brains and bodies of children compromising the foundation for lifelong health. The ACE research has resulted in child abuse and neglect being acknowledged as a major public health problem and a leading cause of early death. From academic failure to alcoholism, from crime to cancer, presence of ACEs compromise the safety, tax dollars and quality of life for all Tennesseans. This presentation will also identify community-based strategies to prevent and mitigate ACEs and build resilience. Understanding the ACE research deepens professional knowledge across sectors and creates a common language for collectively addressing community challenges.

Art for the Caregiver: Reducing Burnout with Creativity

Thursday, Jan. 17th 2019 at 12-2pm

116 Childress Street Southwest

Knoxville, TN

You’ve probably heard it before: Self Care, self care, self care! To be able to water another person’s garden, you need to water yours first. Art and creative activities have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, and help with processing difficult situations. No art experience is necessary to reap the benefits of a creative practice.

More Info./ Registration for Art for the Caregiver

Bring your lunch and an open mind, ready to create and relax.

Youth Events

Safety City Trail of Lights

Thursday, Dec. 20th 2018 at 5-8pm

400 Main Street Southwest

Knoxville, TN

The Knoxville Police Department’s Safety City is ringing in the Christmas season with its first “A Safety City Christmas” on Dec. 8, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Families will be able to walk through the miniature city enjoying the decorated buildings. Children will have a blast playing games, making crafts, and rocking out to some wonderful holiday music. We have even gotten word that Santa will make a special appearance. This event is free to the public. Safety City will also be open during the month of December on the 11, 13, 18 and 20 for open ride from 5-8 p.m. along the Trail of Lights.

Lego Club (Knoxville) with Bricks for Kidz

Thursday, Dec. 20th 2018 at 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.

Night to Shine

Friday, Feb. 8th 2019 at 6-9pm

405 Black Oak Drive

Knoxville, TN

We are so excited to be hosting the 2019 Night to Shine event in partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation on February 8th, 2019 at Black Oak Heights Baptist Church.

Registration begins November 1st!

* There are free dresses available for girls that would like to attend and need them.

Click Here: More Info. / Register for Night to Shine

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