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Parent Resource Center Monday Message: December 6, 2021

Good afternoon, and Happy December from the team at your Parent Resource Center. This week, we are delighted to share a number of new resources below, along with updates on upcoming events. Have a great week! Student Services Advisory Committee Video The Student Services Advisory Committee invites you to watch a recording of their meeting […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: November 29, 2021

  The team at your Parent Resource Center hopes you all enjoyed a happy and restful Thanksgiving holiday weekend. This week as Family Engagement Month draws to an end, we are delighted to welcome the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Specialist, Ms. Chiquita Seaborne, to Arlington Public Schools. In our culminating Family Engagement Month […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 11.22.21

    La Sopa de la Abuela Premiere TONITE at 7pm! Happy Monday! Your Parent Resource Center is buzzing with excitement and gratitude this morning! A collaborative project many years in the making, this evening we will launch La Sopa de la Abuela – A Special Education Telenovela at 7pm. We are so grateful to have […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: November 15, 2021

This week, we are looking forward to welcoming back one of our favorite presenters and colleagues, Ms. Deborah Hammer, who will share tips and strategies on Supporting Positive Behavior Development at home on Thursday evening. Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC) will hold its monthly meeting tomorrow, Finally, as we continue to celebrate Family Engagement […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: November 8, 2021

November 8, 2021 Digital Premiere of APS’ La Sopa de La Abuela/Grandma’s Soup One of the true highlights of 2021’s Family Engagement Month is the long awaited release of La Sopa de la Abuela/Grandma’s Soup: A Special Education Telenovela on November 22nd. Several years ago, a collaborative team of Arlington parents of students with disabilities and […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: November 1, 2021

November 1, 2021 Happy Family Engagement in Education Month! Although we celebrate and support family engagement throughout the school year, Governor Ralph S. Northam, Dr. James F. Lane, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Virginia Department of Education recognize November as Family Engagement Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia. “The importance of parental engagement in […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: October 25, 2021

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Week October 25-29 Arlington Public Schools is acknowledging Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Week from October 25 – 29. AAC is used by people who cannot rely on oral speech (some or all of the time) to communicate. AAC includes a variety of ways that people communicate. To support equity […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: October 18, 2021

This week, we focus on preparing for Parent-Teacher Conferences and sharing Inclusive Practices guidance for our community. Several upcoming events of note are posted in our Events section, including two Celebrate Calm sessions, SEPTA’s upcoming session with Dr. Paula Kluth, and a session on supporting Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) at Home as we celebrate Augmentative and […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 10.4.21

  October 4, 2021 Happy October to all of our families, colleagues, community partners and subscribers! This is always a busy month, as there are a number of disability awareness recognitions designated each October. October is Learning Disabilities (LD) Awareness Month, a time when the nation turns its attention to the one in five students […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: September 27, 2021

Good evening!  Don’t miss this week’s session with Dr. Erin Berman – who will present on Worry and Anxiety in Children and Youth at 7pm on Tuesday, September 28th. Dr. Berman is an engaging presenter, and we’re very grateful to welcome her back to Arlington to share helpful information and with our community.  We’ve enjoyed having […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 9.20.21

September 20, 2021 Good afternoon. We hope everyone had a great weekend, and enjoyed the slightly cooler mornings and evenings. The Parent Resource Center is excited to launch our first 2021-22 parent session this evening as we welcome Ann Dolin back to Arlington Public Schools. Ann will be presenting on how to improve your child’s […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 9.13.21

September 13, 2021 Good morning! We hope that all of our families are settling back into school routines, and are looking forward to the 3rd week of school. As classes resume, parent meetings are also beginning to take place. Please see our Events section for information about tomorrow evening’s Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting, our […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 9.6.21

We hope everyone had a terrific first week of school, and that the extended weekend is providing opportunities for recreation and relaxation. Please find below an abbreviated Monday Message, along with registration information for upcoming events, resources for families celebrating upcoming holidays, and information from the Office of Special Education. A Message from the Office […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 8.30.21

Monday, August 30, 2021 Welcome Back to school! After a very unique period, we join in the excitement of our students, parents, colleagues and supervisors in welcoming Arlington Public Schools students back to school for the 2021-22 academic year. We hope each of your children had a wonderful first day, and we look forward to […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: August 23, 2021

Greetings from the team at your Parent Resource Center (PRC)! We hope you’ve all been enjoying a happy and healthy summer with your family. For families new to Arlington Public Schools (APS), the PRC provides supports and information to families, primarily those of students with disabilities, to help families navigate the special education process, collaborate […]

Parent Resource Center Weekly Message: 6.18.21

June 18, 2021 The team at the PRC extends congratulations to all APS graduates, and to all students, families and staff for pulling together during an incredibly challenging year. As restrictions are increasingly being lifted and more and more members of our community are getting vaccinated, it is exciting to be reconnecting with extended family […]

Parent Resource Center Weekly Message: June 8, 2021

June 8, 2021 Good afternoon. As we plan for parent learning and programming next year, we’d greatly appreciate hearing from our parent community about what types of sessions and resources would be of interest to you. Please take a moment to share your feedback here.         CHADD (Children and Adults with ADD) […]

Parent Resource Center Weekly Message: 6.1.21

June 1, 2021 Recovery Services Questions? See Recovery Services section below. Happy June, everyone! It always seems astounding when we reach the final month of school each year. As we look ahead to many upcoming events – promotions, graduations, summer break, and a return to full-time school ahead in the Fall, this June is an especially […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 5.24.21

    May 24, 2021 Good afternoon! We are very much looking forward to virtually welcoming Ann Dolin back to Arlington Public Schools this evening. Ann is a dynamic and highly engaging presenter, who always offers practical tips for families. This evening’s session, How to Avoid Learning Loss Without Sacrificing Summer Fun, will begin at 7pm. Register […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: May 17, 2021

      Happy Monday from the team at your Parent Resource Center. We hope you and your family enjoyed some cicada spotting this weekend! We are enthusiastically looking forward to Arlington SEPTA’s Inclusion Event with Dr. Paula Kluth on Thursday, May 20th. We had an opportunity to attend a session with Dr. Kluth a few years ago, and […]

Parent Resource Center Weekly Message: May 12, 2021

May 12, 2021 Don’t miss Arlington SEPTA’s Excellence in Special Education Awards toniite! We are eagerly anticipating celebrating many in our community this evening as Arlington SEPTA hosts its annual Excellence in Special Education Awards at 7pm! Join us to celebrate staff, parents and students, and congratulations to this year’s nominees! Register to attend the session […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 5.3.21

May is Mental Health Awareness Month     Monday, May 3, 2021 SEPTA 2021 Awards in Excellence Nominees Wednesday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m Congratulations to all of the nominees for Arlington SEPTA’s annual Awards for Excellence in Special Education, and a special congratulatory shout-out to the Parent Resource Center’s Kelly Mountain, who was nominated […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 4.26.21

April 26, 2021 The team at your Parent Resource Center hopes you all enjoyed a restful and relaxing weekend. This week, the Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC) will meet on Tuesday evening at 7pm. The agenda, meeting details and a registration link are listed below. Last month, the Transition Series offered a wonderful session […]

Parent Resource Center Weekly Message: 4.13.21

April 13, 2021 Greetings from the Parent Resource Center. We are looking forward to welcoming Dr. Jamell White from the National Institute of Mental Health this evening at 7pm. Dr. White will share information on Irritability in Children and Youth.  As we celebrate Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month, we are pleased that our wonderful colleague, […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 4.5.21

Good evening, and welcome back from Spring Break! We hope you all had a pleasant, relaxing and restorative spring break week. As we return to greet a new month, April is filled with a number of events that we hope you’ll join us at. Details are below. SEPTA Award Nomination Deadline: Midnight – April 6th, […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 3.22.21

March 22, 2021 SEPTA AWARDS Earlier today, Arlington’s Special Education PTA (Arlington SEPTA) announced that it is welcoming nominations for its annual Excellence in Supporting Special Education Awards. Nominations must be received by midnight, April 6th, 2021. All nominees will be recognized for their participation, and winners will be announced by May 12, 2021. Please […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 3.15.21

March 15, 2021 Please Share Your Feedback by March 19th The Office of Special Education is interested in hearing feedback from parents/guardians on distance learning experiences to continue to improve special education and related services for students. Please take a moment to complete a short survey by this Friday, March 19th. English Language Survey Encuesta […]

Parent Resource Center Weekly Message: 3.9.21

March 9, 2021 Happy School Social Work Week! This week we acknowledge and celebrate APS’ School Social Workers, who provide vital support to students and families in APS. During this challenging year, we’ve been especially heartened to learn of the significant impact our school social workers have had on our community, and we are honored […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 3.1.21

March 1, 2021     A new month, filled with many new beginnings over the next few weeks!  Kudos to the staff, families and students who have worked hard to prepare for this transition, and we wish all of our returning APS students a wonderful first few weeks in their new learning environments.     […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 2.22.21

February 22, 2021 Tomorrow evening, Tuesday, February 23rd, the Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC), will welcome Arlington Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Francisco Durán, to its monthly meeting. This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom, and details and a registration link are provided below. The Parent Resource Center is looking forward to Noche de […]

Monday Message: 2.8.21

    Good evening! This week, the PRC will co-sponsor NOVA Night tomorrow (Tuesday, February 9th), and Arlington SEPTA will feature a presentation on Social Connection in the Age of COVID on Thursday, February 11th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. For some children, making social connections can be a challenge even in normal times, but […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 2.1.21

Good evening, and Happy February to you from the team at the PRC. We hope everyone enjoyed the wintry weather the weekend brought, and encourage caution on slippery roads and sidewalks! This month, APS will celebrate Black History Month. Watch a message from Dr. Francisco Durán, APS Superintendent, and learn more about this year’s celebration […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 1.25.21

    January 25, 2021 The team at your Parent Resource Center hopes this message finds you keeping warm on this chilly day. This week we join APS in celebrating Principals Appreciation Week, and acknowledging the dedication of our school leaders during this unprecedented year. APS invites you to send them a message, work with […]

Parent Resource Center Message: 1.19.21

    January 19, 2021 As yesterday was a school holiday and an official day of service, our regular Monday Message will return on January 25th, but we joined you yesterday in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A wonderful group of student advocates have provided a great service to […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message – January 11, 2021

Greetings from the Special Education Parent Resource Center. This evening, we wrapped up our first-ever Project Core for Parents Series, and wanted to give a big shout-out to all of the families who participated in this 12-week session, along with our wonderful colleagues who facilitated the sessions: Marbea Tammaro, Dr. Lauren Bonnet and Sandi Stoppel, […]

January 4, 2021 Parent Resource Center Monday Message

    Happy New Year, and welcome back. We hope you each enjoyed a restful rejuvenating Winter Break, and we send our warmest wishes for a happy and healthy 2021.   5-Year Action Plan During the 2018-19 school year, APS partnered with an outside consultant to evaluate the quality of programs and services for students […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 12.14.20

    December 14, 2020 The team at your Parent Resource Center wishes you all a wonderful winter break. While many of us may perhaps be experiencing winter break in new and different ways this year, we hope that the time off offers opportunities to create cherished family memories and perhaps some new traditions. The […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 12.7.20

    December 7, 2020 Hello from your Parent Resource Center. If you missed last week’s registration for the final Crisis Prevention Intervention Training (CPI) for Parents/Caregivers, you are in luck! The session was rescheduled to tomorrow, Tuesday, December 8th at 7pm, so there is still time to register. Details are provided below. On Wednesday […]

Monday Message: November 30 2020

The team at your Parent Resource Center (PRC) hopes that you all enjoyed a safe and restful Thanksgiving break. During the weekend, the law currently known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) turned 45 years old! Nov. 29, 2020, marked the 45th anniversary of President Gerald Ford signing Public Law 94-142. The 1990 […]

Monday Message: November 23, 2020

      Greetings, and warm Thanksgiving wishes from the team at your Parent Resource Center. While in the midst of a global pandemic and contending with the likelihood that this will be a challenging holiday season on many fronts, we know that gratitude serves an important purpose in building resilience and coping with stress. […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: November 16, 2020

    November 16, 2020 Transition Series As we parent PreK students, elementary age students, middle school students, and even high school students, it’s sometimes hard to imagine our children’s lives beyond their school years. However, that is what all of our efforts are leading to, and those of us who are now parenting young […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 11.10.20

        November 10, 2020 As Family Engagement in Education Month continues, the Parent Resource Center is happy to share a variety of events and opportunities for parents this month. If you are interested in a slot for the Crisis Prevention Intervention sessions, there are still limited spaces available, and the next introductory […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 11.2.20

November 2, 2020 Good evening, and November greetings from your virtual Parent Resource Center. Although we are grateful to support family engagement in Arlington Public Schools’ throughout the year, we are pleased to announce that Governor Ralph S. Northam, Dr. James F. Lane, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Virginia Department of Education recognize November as […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: October 26, 2020

Greetings from your virtual Parent Resource Center. This last week in October we look forward to the final two sessions of our 2020 Virtual Dyslexia Conference. Dr. Judith Fontana of George Mason University’s Training and Technical Assistance Center has a great session to share with us this evening on Dyscalculia – a math learning disability. […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 10.19.20

      October 19, 2020 Good evening. During the past few weeks, the team at the Parent Resource Center has been keeping busy with the launch of our first Project Core series with our wonderful colleagues, Dr. Lauren Bonnet, Sandi Stoppel and Marbea Tammaro, Assistive Technology Specialists; and Laura DePatch and Erin Donohue, Autism/Low-Incidence […]

Monday Message: 10.12.20

Good evening! We hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend. The PRC team was grateful to have the opportunity to join our colleagues in a Professional Day of Learning focused on Equity – an important concept for our community. As we acknowledge AAC Awareness Month, we capped off the evening with a number of parents/guardians who […]

Monday Message: October 5, 2020

Happy October – one of the busiest months for our community. During the month of October, we acknowledge Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Month, Blindness Awareness Month, Disability History and Awareness Month, Dyslexia Awareness Month, and Down Syndrome Awareness Month. We are excited today to announce two series that will begin this month – Project […]

Monday Message: September 28, 2020

We hope everyone had a pleasant weekend. This week, the Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting (ASEAC) will hold its first meeting on Tuesday evening, and we are looking forward to welcoming Celebrate Calm’s Kirk Martin back to Arlington on Wednesday. Details and registration links are below. Suicide Prevention Awareness Month As September’s Suicide Prevention […]

Level One Return to School Update: 9.24.20

A Message from the Office of Special Education Arlington Public Schools (APS) is planning for a small group of students with disabilities (SWD) to receive in-person support as part of the Level One Return to School. Schools and APS staff are using the considerations detailed below to identify potential students to include as part of […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 9.21.20

    September 21, 2020 Good afternoon! We hope that everyone enjoyed the cool and crisp weather this weekend – sweater weather snuck up on us! Earlier today, the Department of Teaching and Learning shared an update with information on services for Students with Disabilities, English Learners, and Gifted Students. During this period of virtual […]

PRC Monday Message: September 14, 2020

September 14, 2020 Welcome to Week 2 of the new school year. We hope that last week ended well for all of our students, and hope that all of our families are settling in to our new virtual learning routines. The PRC was delighted that Ann Dolin of Educational Connections was able to join us […]

PRC Monday Message: 9.7.20

September 7, 2020 Good evening from the team at your Parent Resource Center. As you prepare for the first day of the 2020-21 academic year, we just wanted to wish each of your families all the best as we embark on this most unique of school years together tomorrow morning. As mentioned in last week’s […]

PRC Update: September 3, 2020

As our community embarks on a long weekend prior to the first day of school next Tuesday, September 8th, the team at the PRC wanted to acknowledge the incredible amount of work our administrators, colleagues, and the parent community have dedicated to ensuring a successful start to a most unusual school year. We hope the […]

2019-20 Parent Resource Center School Talk Messages

August 6, 2020: School Reopening – Frequently Asked Questions for Families of Students with Disabilities
July 10, 2020: School Reopening – Model Selection Information for Families of Students with Disabilities
6.8.20 Monday Message
6.1.20 Monday Message
5.27.20 Weekly Message
5.18.20 Monday Message
5.11.20 Monday Message
5.4.20 Monday Message
4.27.20 Monday Message