Special Education Parent Newsletter

Rowland Community Advisory Committee Dec 2022/Jan 2023

RUSD SELPA CAC Meetings for Parents and Community Members

The November CAC meeting was rescheduled to December 13, 2022

Supporting children with Mild/Moderate Support Needs

*Tuesday, December 13, 2022 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Via Zoom, Registration Link


CAPTAIN Evidenced Based Practices for parents

*Tuesday, February 21, 2023 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Via Zoom, Visit Website for Registration Link

Very Special Arts Festival

*Tuesday, March 21, 2023 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, Location To Be Determined

Summer Planning, Camps travel tips & free resources

*Tuesday, April 18, 2023 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Via Zoom, Visit Website for Registration Link

New Special Education RUSD Staff

In June, the Rowland Unified School District named Stacy Berrest as the new Director of Special Education/SELPA. Mrs. Berrest was previously the Special Education Coordinator who supported secondary programs.

In addition, in September, the Rowland Unified School District named Nicole Hernandez as the new Assistant Director of Special Education. Mrs. Hernandez was previously the Special Education Coordinator who supported elementary programs.

Their contact information is listed below.

Stacy Berrest

Director of Special Education / SELPA

(626) 935-8210


Nicole Hernandez

Assistant Director of Special Education

(626) 935-8210


Lastly, during the October 14 RUSD Board Meeting, the Rowland Unified School District named Betty Benitez and Annette Martinez as the new Rowland Unified School District Special Education Coordinators.

RUSD Resources

RUSD Family Resource Center

Virtual Calming Room

Great resource for to help our kids feel more regulated


Holiday Baskets and Gifts for families in need

Reach out to your school site Community Liaision to participate

Special Education Student Featured in Superintendent Presentation

Parents Place Family Resource Center

Santa Photo Day

Parents Place
Saturday, December 10th, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
must call office to register 626-919-1091

Parent Support Group

1st Thursday of the month evening 7-8:30pm

December 1, 2022, January 5, 2023

Call 626-919-1091 to register

WSGV CAC meetings for all parents

What Therapies and Strategies are Available for Students with Autism

January 23, 2023

6:00 - 7:00 pm



Inclusion for Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities

(Saturday): December 3, 2022 | 8:30am-12:00pm


ADR - Dealing with Conflict and High Conflict Personalities and Negotiation Strategies to Break Impasse

December 8, 2022 | 8am-3pm

Register in advance by clicking on link below.


Parenting Black Children



Register here https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsfu6oqD0uE9R3O_iNwVtcyAVmgpAnSQ_v

Workshop 1: January 20th 1:00pm-2:30, Our Current Landscape

Workshop 2: January 27th 1:00-2:30, The African-American Institutional Experience

Workshop 3: February 3rd 1:00pm-2:30, The Path Forward

Community Events for Special Needs

SANTA CARES-Sensory Friendly

Santa welcomes people of all ages and abilities to visit during dedicated hours! To provide a quieter experience, Santa Cares events are hosted prior to stores opening, center music will be off, and guest traffic is expected to be minimal. Visits with Santa are free. Photo packages will be available for purchase.

Sunday, December 4 & December 11


Sensory Friendly Movies at AMC Puente Hills

AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Wednesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month. Please check your local theatre listings for specific showtimes, and don't forget to share your family fun with #AMCSensoryFriendly.

Letters to Santa

Write Santa a letter to tell him a little something about yourself and how you’ve been good all year! Remember, Santa knows if you have been bad or good! We have created a template for your convenience.

Letters must be postmarked by December 9th.

Mail or Drop off location:

250 S Mission Drive,

San Gabriel, CA 91776

You can also e-mail your letter to AFranquez@sgch.org.

View Flyer for More Information

Down Syndrome Family Resource Center

Serving The Entire Special Needs Community

Photos with Santa DEC 3 -registration needed


The Children's Museum at La Habra

Sensory Friendly Tuesdays

"Sensory Friendly Tuesdays" is a new program for children with autism and sensory processing differences. Children and their companions can explore the museum without the crowds, noise, and bright lights of a typical museum day.

Every Tuesday Morning from 9:00am – 10:00am . All “Sensory Friendly Tuesday” participants are welcome to enjoy their visit until museum close at 4:00pm

What to Expect:

As capacity is limited, reservations are required $7 per person two years old and older Free for museum members Free admission for one licensed aide per child.

The Children's Museum at La Habra

301 S. Euclid St.

La Habra, CA 90631