Partnering with Parents

To Meet the Needs of Our Students with Special Needs

January 24, 2020 Volume 2 Issue 6

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Important Dates

February

4-5- Parent Teacher Conferences

13- Early Dismissal for Students- Staff Professional Development

14- No School for Students- Staff Professional Development

17- Presidents' Day- Schools Closed

Upcoming Events

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness for Children- https://www.nytimes.com/guides/well/mindfulness-for-children- is a great article which discusses mindfulness for children at each age level and how parents can support children in a mindful manner.

Teaching Perseverance

from the Love and Logic Institute:

"Teaching perseverance isn’t complicated. It requires a willingness to allow kids to experience healthy challenges as they grow. It also requires that we let them see that they have what it takes to cope with life’s challenges." -Dr. Charles Fay

see graphic below

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Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG)

BIG NEWS!

Our SEPAG has been featured in the November issue of the SPAN Parent Leadership E-News! Here is a link to the article- https://spanadvocacy.org/blog-post/hamilton-township-school-district-atlantic-county-sepag/. The article is also printed in it's entirety below.


SPAN is the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network. If you would like to sign up for the e-news, you can do it here- https://spanadvocacy.org/.


We have a Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG) in the district. Each district board of education shall ensure that a special education parent advisory group is in place in the district to provide input to the district on issues concerning students with disabilities (N.J.A.C. 6A:14-1.2(h).


Future Meeting Dates

  • March 5
  • May 7

All meetings will be held in the Davies IMC from 6:30-8:00 p.m.


Please contact Marylynn Stecher- stecherm@hamiltonschools.org- if you would like to serve as a member of this group and you will be added to the email group to get reminders of meetings.

Register Ready – New Jersey’s Special Needs Registry for Disasters

Register Ready – New Jersey’s Special Needs Registry for Disasters allows New Jersey residents with disabilities or access and functional needs and their families, friends, caregivers and associates an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency."

For more information, click on this link.

Project Child Find

Parents of Hamilton Township who are concerned that their school age child (3 years to 21 years) may have special needs can receive assistance from the local school district's Child Study Team. In addition, the Hamilton Township Schools are organizing a Child Find campaign to locate and provide services for children ages three to five who may have physical, cognitive, language or emotional difficulties. Information also may be obtained on how and where to receive services for children with special needs who are younger than three. Professional guidance, assessment and an educational program are all available free for eligible children. For more information contact the Hamilton Township School District Child Study Team office at 476-6111.

The Project Child Find Fact Sheet

NJDOE Project Child Find Information

Resources

Administrative Team

Supervisor of Special Education and Child Study Teams

Marylynn Stecher stecherm@hamiltonschools.org


Supervisor of Instruction in Special Education

Dana Kozak kozakd@hamiltonschools.org


Supervisor of Special Projects

Jeff Wellington wellingtonj@hamiltonschools.org

Notice of Nondiscrimination

The Hamilton Township School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, ancestry, disability, age, or social or economic status in its programs and activities.


The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Marylynn Stecher

Affirmative Action Officer

609-476-6313

stecherm@hamiltonschools.org


HAMILTON TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE


For further information on notice of nondiscrimination, visit https://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.